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No one wants to be cooped up in a tiny space, even more so if it concerns that one significant place where you slip into after a stressful day at work and where you can be yourself to entertain family and friends during an outdoor party or a weekend barbecue. It is no surprise then that villas are, hands down, the big winners in the space department when it comes to residential properties. And that, despite their generally lofty price tags, they continue to draw investors near and far. One of these is expat couple Debasish and Manjulika Dhar who has a 15-year-old daughter Anushka.
Manjulika narrates that they moved from The Springs to Jumeirah Village Triangle (JVT) in July last year due to rising rents, appreciating property prices and the need to have a permanent residence in Dubai. She explains that most of the established communities in the emirate command steep prices, so while house hunting, they ensured that the villa they were going to purchase ticked the right boxes in terms of affordability, availability of a large plot, proximity to good schools and accessibility to the main roads.
They did look at the Arabian Ranches, The Greens, Jumeirah Park and The Lakes, but settled for JVT after considering a number of positive points. ''The residence has a big plot area of 7,200 sqft, perfect for entertaining guests and organizing large parties. It has spacious bedrooms and a living room, and we are permitted to build additional rooms which is a huge advantage for us because we are planning to add one or two rooms. JVT has easy access to Al Khail, Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed and Shaikh Zayed Roads. It is also in proximity to DAA, DIA (where Anushka studies), EIS, BIS, Regent International School and JSS International School,'' Manjulika says. The Dhars' Dh2.65M two-bedroom house boasts a maid's room, a spacious garden and a two-car parking area.
JVT, along with Jumeirah Village Circle (JVC), is part of the master planned community Jumeirah Village, a mixed-use development featuring thousands of villas and townhouses. The freehold project is designed in such a way that it exudes a community feel, with plenty of green spaces, schools, retail shops and leisure facilities and amenities. Two new malls will soon be added to its commercial scene.
When asked what her first impression was of the JVT neighborhood, Manjulika says, ''The community is blessed with a tranquil environment, and there is enormous space between adjacent properties. I also love the designs of construction—Arabic and Mediterranean.''
Although the Dhars expected a safe, gated, landscaped and well-maintained community, Manjulika reveals that it did not deliver to the fullest extent, adding, ''it is safe but not gated, and it is not fully landscaped yet.'' ''Community facilities like supermarkets, cafes and laundries are yet to come up. Currently, we only have two grocery stores and one cafe. The community area is not fenced, and there is an absence of security gates manned by security guards and an absence of road signs. However, pets are allowed. The community is ideal for families with pets.''
She adds that JVT has ''five tennis courts, several parks and jogging paths, and is near Ibn Battuta Mall and Mall of the Emirates.''
Her favorite place in what she considers a peaceful and picturesque neighborhood? ''The tree-lined roads perfect for walking and jogging, the landscaped green gardens, and the beautiful and spacious front terrace with a view of the Dubai skyline.''
Overall, living in JVT is what she terms as ''affordable luxury.''
• Peaceful neighborhood
• Pet-friendly community
• Easy access to the main roads
• Proximity to several schools
• Sports facilities and parks
• Not gated
• Not fully landscaped
• Absence of security gates manned by security guards
• Absence of road signs
Find out the latest market trends of Jumeirah Village Triangle - the freehold project designed in such a way that it exudes a community feel
Source: Ellen Joyce Soriano, Special to Freehold