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It's not the flashiest of Emaar's residential developments, but The Greens remains popular with both young families and professionals from across Dubai's expat spectrum. The low-rise development, which offers residences ranging from compact studios to large and airy four-bedroom apartments, draws a broad crowd seeking the convenience of apartment living within easy reach of the city's bright lights, but nestled in a quiet community with good facilities.
Situated just across Shaikh Zayed Road from Dubai Internet City and adjacent to Tecom, The Greens enjoys excellent access to main commuter routes. Perhaps unusually for Dubai, many Greens residents find there's no need for a car — shuttle buses ferry commuters to and from the nearby Dubai Internet City Metro station for free, bus routes to other areas are plentiful and taxis are easy to come by. Nonetheless, on-street parking is still abundant.
Each of the original ten blocks enjoys access to great community facilities that have undoubtedly helped maintain the development's popularity, despite newer buildings springing up all around. There are now 36 blocks grouped into clusters of four. Each block backs on to a large and spacious community courtyard featuring a gated pool, separate fenced children's splash pool, well equipped gym and a family room, bookable free of charge for children's parties or get-togethers. The children's play parks and basketball courts are a focal point of the community, while multiple barbecue stations in the well-maintained gardens are put to good use in the cooler months.
The area benefits from a small community mall featuring a Choithrams supermarket, nail and hair salons, a pharmacy as well as a number of small stores and food outlets such as Wagamama, Costa Coffee, Pitfire Pizza, Bert's and a branch of Organic Foods and Café. Emirates Golf Club is next door, while the jogging tracks are popular with exercise enthusiasts. Its central location places The Greens within easy reach of a number of schools, with Regent International, Dubai British School, Dubai International Academy and Emirates International School all within the Emirates Living area.
Medical facilities are also plentiful, with Saudi-German, Welcare and Al Zahra hospitals close at hand.
Despite being comparatively old — some buildings date to 2002 — The Greens has been exceptionally well maintained and continues to be well looked after. Pool and gym facilities have recently been upgraded in many of the buildings and maintenance and security teams are based in the community.
While it is central enough to enjoy excellent transport links, the area feels almost quaint and very neighbourly. Mums and nannies gather around the large man-made lake for walks and play dates with their children every afternoon, where the quiet walkways are perfect for a jog or a stroll with a pram.
The area is also hugely popular with dog owners due to the provision of a pet park, a benefit since the banning of dogs in some other areas. Community spirit extends beyond the lake, with developer Emaar taking pride in hosting events for residents, from the recent Spring Fair to the annual celebrations of Diwali and Christmas, and even a recent meet-your-neighbours cruise on the Dubai Creek.
While the apartments are spacious, the kitchens and bathrooms in the traditional Greens properties are rather cramped and dated by today's standards, while many of the internal corridor and entry areas are functional at best. Additionally, the removal of concierge or front desk staff means the buildings rely on a key card entry system with cards limited to two per property, which can be awkward for those who regularly have guests.
Similarly, the vast majority of apartments have access to only one underground parking space and one car park access key, which is a definite disadvantage for families with at least two cars. While the arrival of payment meters late last year has reduced the number of commuters using the area for parking, subsequently cutting rush-hour congestion, their introduction prompted protests from local residents, highlighting the fact they are now the only Emirates Living residents expected to pay for parking outside their own homes.
Studios are currently selling at around Dh750,000, while three-bedroom apartments are being marketed for upwards of Dh2.25 million To rent, studios start at around Dh70,000 per year, with three bedrooms attracting around Dh145,000.
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Source: Jennifer Gibson, Special to Property Weekly