A vibrant community with a village feel

The development attracts families for its huge residences and family-friendly atmosphereimage Credit: Supplied

Jumeirah Village Triangle (JVT) is a dynamic community located around 30 minutes from the Dubai International Airport and 15 minutes from the beach or the Marina area.

With strategic access to major arterial roads like Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, Al Khail Road and Shaikh Zayed Road, JVT is a versatile residential development that gives residents a unique choice to make extensions to their properties.

Hector Blanch and wife Julie Chen have been staying in a two-bedroom townhouse (with a maid’s room) in JVT for the past two years. Hector is a Sales Director at Teka, Middle East, while Julie works as Tradelane Manager at Agility Logistics.

The family moved to JVT from the pulsating hub of Dubai Marina two years back, where the couple stayed for three years. When they were expecting their first child, the couple said they felt that they needed a bigger living space ideally with a garden; hence, JVT came into the picture.

“A huge living room, a sizeable garden and not too many cars on the road are just some  of  the perks of living in JVT,” says Julie, who adds that her family loves spending a lot of time in their garden.

“Price-wise, JVT is not as expensive as Marina and size-wise, it has much bigger villas than The Springs,” says Julie.

The fact that JVT is now a gated community has upgraded its security factor and Julie says they feel quite safe and secure in thisresidential development.

Julie also vouches for the comfortable community feel, saying it is “quite interactive and open.”

She narrates that her two-year-old son Eric enjoys his time in the play area and has a good number of friends as he gets a chance to interact with other kids in the community.

JVT also hosts various activities. “There are lots of ongoing activities in the area like garage sale, fitness sessions and tennis classes, which offer anyone the opportunity to connect with neighbours,” says Julie.

The family says they are looking forward to the opening of Al Khail Avenue where they can shop and watch movies.

Despite all its comforts and conveniences, Julie reveals that the area is still in its developing phase. The developer has to take efforts to complete a lot of things; for instance, the water in the lake needs to be cleaned regularly, while the canal is yet to come up.

There are a few other concerns that also need to be looked into. Julie is worried that the conversion of JVT into a gated community might affect the bus service in the area as gated communities may not allow buses to enter their premises and this will affect her housemaid’s mobility.

Another stumper is that the road leading to Shaikh Zayed Road through Jumeirah Park is closed, so while it takes 15 minutes for her to reach her workplace in Jebel Ali, the return journey takes 25 minutes via Hessa Street.

Julie would have been happier if there were nurseries within JVT itself. Currently, her son goes to Emirates British Nursery in MotorCity, a ten-minute drive from their home. The good news is that two schools are coming up in the community and Julie, in all probability, would enroll her child in one of these.

However, despite all its shortcomings, JVT is still considered a residential haven. “People love to live here and don’t want to leave this place,” concludes Julie.

Source: Bandana Jain, Special to Freehold

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