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We’re currently renting a four-bedroom detached villa in Jumeirah Islands, but we intend to buy one in the foreseeable future. We’ve been waiting as we’re expecting prices to drop in the next six months or so, then we’re hoping to be able to buy a villa at a reasonable cost. When we signed our tenancy agreement, we felt the price to buy was too high to make it a worthwhile purchase for us. As we’re only renting right now, we’ve been reluctant to personalise the property too much and have stuck to using furnishings and decorating to make it our own.
We love the size of the property; it’s big enough for our family of four, but not so big that it loses the homely atmosphere. However, we do feel it’s dated. If we owned it, we’d like to replace the kitchen, bathrooms and windows to a higher standard. We have easy access to Sheikh Zayed Road, and can also get to Al Khail Road through the Springs and Meadows developments. Although
Jumeirah Islands is close to Sheikh Zayed Road, just be hind Jumeirah Lake Towers and next to Jumeirah Park, we feel it’s quite hidden in between developments and can be tricky to find if you’re not familiar with the area. There are 180 townhouses being built just outside the two main gates of Jumeirah Islands, between here and Jumeirah Heights, so we’re hoping the roads leading to and from the development will be improved once the townhouses are completed.
Fantastic play areas
All the properties within the development are detached with driveways, dou ble garages, gardens and private swimming pools. We’re very lucky to have three fantastic play areas for children, as well as tennis courts, and there’s a clubhouse with a communal pool and a gym which we use regularly. The clubhouse also has a hair and beauty salon, and a restaurant with a licensed bar.
We think Jumeirah Islands is a lovely community in which to live, and we love that there’s such a community feel within the development, perhaps because of the clubhouse and its many so cial activities. For leisure and entertainment, we’re within walking distance of the clubhouse so we go to the quiz night on a weekly basis. There’s also coffee mornings and many other social activities there.
Saying no to billboards
A short distance away we have the facilities within the Springs and Meadows developments which include a medical centre, a large Spin-ney’s and a shopping centre with plenty of amenities including a pharmacy, a pet shop, salons, boutiques and more. We can also get to the Jumeirah Park Pavilion via pathways suitable for walkers and bikes. We’re able to take lovely walks around the lakes on the inner circle in Jumeirah Islands, and as it’s a master-planned development all the common areas are beautifully manicured and well maintained. Recently, though, new advertising boards have been put up on lamp posts as you enter the community and we feel they’re something of an eyesore in the middle of such a lovely green environment.
British expat Laura McConnon lives with her husband and two children in a villa in Jumeirah Islands. It is a gated community by master developer Nakheel, located between Jumeirah Lake Towers and Emirates Hills. Similar properties are available to rent for Dh310,000-Dh350,000 per year, according to the Rera rental index, and to purchase you could expect to pay Dh1,300-Dh1,600 per square foot for a four-bedroom property.
Source: Catherine Rankin Harper, Property Weekly