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People embarking on a search for their ideal home in Dubai are certainly spoilt for choice, with projects cropping up here and there, in sections of Old and New Dubai. One can also choose between ready and off-plan property, freehold and leasehold.
But for Wilfred and Kathryn Bergman, both British nationals, finding a place to call home in another country was more than just finding the perfect three-bedroom townhouse they would share with their son. Both working in the New Dubai area, the couple wanted a place closer to their workplaces and eco-friendly at the same time. They also wanted to enjoy the luxury of space in a mature community with plenty of verdant landscapes. Green Community West in Dubai Investments Park (DIP) happened to tick all the right boxes.
For a few months in 2012, the family lived in a rented apartment in Dubai Marina. Will says, “Dubai Marina is a great place, but we found it a bit impractical to keep on paying rent, especially with the rent hikes and all. For me and my wife, at least, we felt it to be more conducive for yuppies, or single people and young couples. We wanted a quiet place we could all go home to at the end of the day. If the space permitted it, we also planned on having a mini library to house all our books... and we did! We converted one of the bedrooms into a guest bedroom cum mini library.”
“We were always checking the Properties section of Gulf News to make sure we didn’t miss out on any listing that might mention a property we’d be interested in. We also did a little digging online. After many weeks of waiting, we finally zeroed in on three communities: Arabian Ranches, The Springs and Green Community West,” recalls Kathryn.
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The couple diligently went on viewings. To conclude their search, they considered their workplace commute, villa sizes and prices. Green Community West emerged as the clear winner since it was located closest to their offices, had considerably larger units, a floor plan they were happy with, and the unit they got was relatively well-priced. The eco-friendly principles reflected in the community were a special added bonus that the Bergmans found greatly to their liking.
“We are an environmentally conscious lot, so we’re quite happy here,” adds Kathryn. “I also enjoy put-tering in our little garden whenever the weather permits it.”
The community is self-sufficient, with existing retail, banking, leisure, health and fitness, medical, edu-cational and commercial facilities. They even have their own little mall called The Market catering to residents’ shopping, dining and leisure needs.
Currently, Phase 3 is already underway, featuring the usual spacious units comprising mainly town-houses. We asked the Bergmans if they would recommend it to others still on a search for their new home.
“Definitely! It’s a great place to be in... quite close to the Expo 2020 site, so we’re pretty excited. Aside from the construction of a new bridge to facilitate smooth traffic flow, we also heard that RTA will be making a lot of improvements transportation-wise, including putting up a dedicated metro station to service the DIP area. Now that’s something we can all look forward to,” remarks Will.
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But is living in Green Community West really that great? “There is one pet peeve – the traffic at the huge roundabout! But that’s about it. We love the home that we have made here, and we plan on staying put,” closes Kathryn.
• Well-established neighbourhood
• Family and pet-friendly
• Eco-friendly and completely self-sufficient
• Spacious, well-planned units
• Excellent landscaping and maintenance services
• Located close to Jebel Ali and Expo 2020 site
• Heavy traffic during peak hours at the large roundabout going to DIP
Source: Claire Dangalan, Special to Freehold