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Dubai is a city where one could be driving past a vast stretch of barren land for several months or even years, till you realize much later, and a little too late (to take pictures of the drama unfolding), that the dust and the noise of construction that used to haunt you while stuck in the early morning, midday or evening traffic have materialized into a vision of what now stands before you – a magnificent building or a series of villas, seemingly unending, row upon row, set against a still rather desolate landscape.
Then you give it a few more months and you finally have paved streets, parks, flowers, trees and shrubs, and whatnot; or give it a year or so, and then you already have a mall, a couple of office buildings, perhaps even a metro station nearby and more.
And while a lot of urban dwellers have a penchant for being in the middle of it all, there are also some who feel that, although they have to work in the city, it is unnecessary to stay within the city perimeter, and prefer to stay in the periphery… desirous of a more calming and soothing atmosphere, more of nature and greenery, to greet them at the end of each day.
In the latter group of people are Nadia (last name withheld upon request), age 24, a young Iraqi Business Management major working in marketing, and her immediate family residing in Andalusia at The Villa.
After having looked at some villa communities in Emirates Living and Arabian Ranches, Nadia's family decided on The Villa, and got a Perla type house.
''Emirates Living and Arabian Ranches are obviously among the earlier successful villa developments in Dubai so we did look into them. But we decided on our beautiful Perla villa because we were impressed by the ads we saw. Part of us expected it to be more fluff than reality, but my parents were pleasantly surprised upon seeing the actual villas. As advertised, the villas have an airconditioned courtyard, quality fixtures and fittings from Villeroy & Boch, Bosch and Grohe, Italian designer kitchens, marble and wooden floorings, and beautiful fencing, and The Villa community has beautifully matured and continues to grow even more beautiful with the passage of time. I, of course, totally love our pool!'' says Nadia. She also adds that her parents were quick to decide when the agent told them about the three-year payment plan on offer, and the exclusivity of Andalusia as there are only 69 of them out of the more-than-1,800 villas in The Villa.
Nadia remembers passing by the area once in a while when she was still studying at the American University in the Emirates at DIAC without any inkling whatsoever that someday she would be living in it itself.
After moving in in June, Nadia and her folks have gotten into the habit of doing most of their shopping at Mirdif City Centre, the Dubai Outlet Mall and Mall of the Emirates. She also finds it pretty easy driving to International City to dine at her favorite Chinese restaurant.
''Life here is truly beautiful in its simplicity. I have a pet fish named Goldie who is friends with my Turkish Angora named Cookie. Sometimes, when Cookie is in the mood to be obedient, I take her on strolls around the neighborhood. I spend a lot of my free time lounging around and reading or chitchatting with my family. It's a pretty laidback life we have here, and very peaceful. It's like having our own tiny magical forest in our garden, and this place is exactly what we wanted,'' says Nadia.
When asked about her favorite corner at The Villa, Nadia quickly says, ''Home. I really love our place here. There is nothing quite like it.''
• Very spacious units and plots
• High quality fixtures and fittings
• Spacious balconies with great views
• Well-landscaped, beautiful garden
• Self-contained community
• Peaceful and secure
• Construction ongoing in some units
• Community amenities yet to be completed
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Source: Claire Dangalan, Special to Freehold