'Motipol' literally means the locality of the pearls. The area was referred to as such due to the high concentration of pearl traders in it. Being a prominent port for several centuries meant that Surat had a thriving pearl trade that was considerably lucrative and allowed its participants access to various regions extending beyond the present-day subcontinent. These myriad regional influences found their way into the architecture of the houses in this locality, as can be observed even today. The houses here represent a further evolved version of a traditional house form, with eclectic influences in the detailing of individual elements ranging from local ones, to Arabesque and Baroque ones. A remarkable element common to these houses is their balcony projections.