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Location makes or breaks any buyer or tenant’s decision to latch on to a house. Considered a major element in property hunting, it has either sent many a prospective property owner or occupier scurrying away for better options, or drawn hordes of people to a specific property like a moth to a flame. If location results in the latter and the developers have thrown in other elements into the property profile, then they have concocted the right mix of “flavors” that make up an ideal residential destination.
Dubai Silicon Oasis’ (DSO) proximity to schools, modern conveniences and accessibility features (but more on the first) proved to be the major factors for the Aquino couple Francis, a civil and sanitary engineer, and Lizette, an accountant, to move to a two-bedroom apartment in the community. The couple has three children: John Daniel, Sarah Elise and Luke Joseph.
Lizette narrates that when their son John got a spot at the GEMS Wellington Academy - DSO, the decision to leave their two-bedroom flat in Ras Al Khor to be near his school was a no-brainer. She says, “When our son got admission at the GEMS Wellington Academy, our priority was to move to DSO. We didn’t consider other communities. My husband and I are both working, and we couldn’t afford to drop off our son in school every day. Taking the school bus was never an option either as he was just three years old that time. With DSO, he could just walk or cycle to and from school with my husband (when the weather allows).”
She adds that they also factored into their decision several considerations: a first-floor unit (for child safety purposes), their being the unit’s first occupiers (for hygienic reasons), the availability of a verandah, panoramic views from the verandah or master’s bedroom and a closed kitchen. DSO perfectly met all these, and more. “We love the place. It’s family-friendly and quiet. The Dubai Police and the DSO police regularly patrol the area. There are lots of green spaces around, and the surroundings are clean. We don’t have pets, but the neighborhood allows pets,” Lizette adds.
DSO consists of residential villas and apartments, and offices catering to the high-tech sector, yet it is studded with retail shops, dining outlets, children’s play areas, mini parks, jogging/walking trails, fitness venues and healthcare establishments – huge pluses for residents. Lizette says, “Our community has mini parks. There is also Choithrams and Spinneys, Costa and Starbucks, restaurants, a medical center, fitness center, nursery, salons and spas. Moreover, my children’s pediatrician recently opened a clinic near our place.”
The accountant says they are often seen at the Cedre Villas shopping complex where she and her husband do grocery shopping or grab a cup of coffee while their children play at the Kids Jungle. “Also behind this complex is a sort of a mini park where my children can ride their bikes with other children while we catch up with other parents. We also love the side streets of GEMS Wellington Academy and Semmer villas where I can walk with my children safely. For my ‘me time,’ I love going to Sheba Spa to have a massage, or have my nails and hair done,” she adds.
DSO is located away from the city center, but it enjoys easy access to the emirate’s important locations like the airport, business hubs and major shopping malls.
Lizette says that they love everything about DSO and can’t think of any downsides, concluding that they find the community quite homey.
Plenty of greenery
Easy access to the city center
Absence of a homeowners association
Source: Ellen Joyce Soriano, Special to Freehold