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I live in a one-bedroom apartment in Jumeirah Bay X1 tower, Cluster X, Jumeirah Lake Towers. I chose to rent because when I was looking to move in, I didn't consider the property market to be in a buyer's favour. I don't intend to be in Dubai long-term, so renting was the most suitable option for me. I decided on JLT as it was extremely cost-effective, which was very important for me at the time.
Why this property?
I was looking for a spacious, light, airy apartment with good views and my home fits the bill perfectly. It has large windows which let in the sunlight and as I'm high up, looking out over the city, I don't need to worry about people being able to see in. For a one-bedroom, it's surprisingly large so I feel as though I have plenty of space for me, my cat and two dogs.
There are plenty of plus sides to living in this apartment. I know some towers in JLT can be difficult to access or leave, depending on the time of day and traffic, but the location of Jumeirah Bay X1—on the edge in X cluster — means I find it easy to get in and out. I really like the pool and recreation area, and all the security and cleaning staff in the building are friendly and welcoming. The maintenance team are particularly helpful when I have issues that need attention.
I love that there's so much literally on my doorstep. I have lakes and green areas to walk my dogs, plenty of grocery stores and supermarkets, and pretty much every service provider I need from salons to dry cleaners and dog groomers. The choice of restaurants and cafes is immense, and there are plenty of hotels in the community that offer bars and nightlife for those who want it. I very rarely need to leave!
There's a real community feel here in JLT, despite the fact that it's a high-rise development. We have a lovely, friendly dog-walking group that meets up mornings and evenings, and there's always a familiar face at the pool or in the elevators. It makes me feel at home.
JLT is in a great location with easy access to the rest of Dubai. I can be out on Sheikh Zayed Road then at Marina Mall, Mall of the Emirates or over in JBR in a matter of minutes, and nowhere is that much further than a 20-minute drive.
And of course I have a metro station a few minutes' walk from my apartment so I can leave the car at home if I choose to and even walk over to the Marina and the tram station via the metro bridge in the cooler months. There's a real mix of people in JLT, from singles to young couples, families and older residents. I think it's because there's something for everyone; from play parks, soft play areas and walkways to gyms, shops, restaurants and bars.
What are the drawbacks?
I'd say the only downside to living here is parking for your visitors. Cars are restricted to three hours free parking in the clusters — understandably, since they have retail and commercial outlets and need to ensure they have space for their customers — so it makes it difficult if you've got friends coming over to spend the day or evening. They could always get the metro, though.
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Source: Catherine Rankin Harper, Special to Property Weekly