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Living in a beachfront property is a dream for many of us, as it comes with a number of advantages. However, beachfront homes command premium prices.
The UAE offers plenty of beach residences to choose from. Jumeirah Beach Residence and Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, Hidd Al Saadiyat and Al Raha Beach in Abu Dhabi, and Falcon Island in Ras Al Khaimah are some of the developments in the country that have properties facing the beach.
Unlike having just a glimpse of the sea from the window or balcony, beach homes built near the shore have plenty of advantages. People who live by the beach get to step out of their homes straight to the sand, stroll along the beach, feel the sand between their toes, smell the salty sea, view the beauty of the sunrise and sunset from the comfort of their home or the beach, and just relax and fall asleep to the sound of waves hitting the shore.
Apart from these vital incentives, beachside living brings a sense of good health and psychological benefits. The relaxed atmosphere keeps stress levels in control, the sea breeze brings fresh air to keep the lungs healthy and gives one unperturbed sleep, the sound of waves calms the senses, the sun gives doses of vitamin D, and the blend of sun and saltwater improves skin conditions. Also, floating in the water helps pump fresh blood around the body, bringing more oxygen to the brain. All these can make a person feel alert, active, peaceful and energised.
Furthermore, coastal living provides residents with recreational water sports activities like swimming, diving, surfing, snorkeling, fishing and boating. Some water sports activities are considered the best and safest workouts.
If you live by the beach which is a tourist spot, you have the added benefit of living in a buzzing and a happening place, which adds to the feel-good factor. In addition, you would get easy access to shops, restaurants, cafés and leisure areas.
If you own a beachside property and travel extensively, you can easily lease it out as a holiday home, giving you extra income in the process. So, aside from the health benefits beachside living gives to investors, a beachfront property also fetches them a huge return on investment.
* UAE’s beach properties offer a relaxed and luxurious lifestyle for residents
* They provide incentives such as lovely views, fresh air, watersports activities
* They give therapeutic benefits including keeping one’s stress levels in control
Source: Arva Shikari, Special to Properties