Pick of the prime neighbourhoods

Pick of the prime neighbourhoodsGregory Lewis

Prime property in Dubai is among some of the finest in the world and at the moment in a softening market, represents excellent value for money. Buyers are spoiled for choice with regard to the prime spot they choose for their luxury home.

When a prime purchaser is considering which property to live in, many considerations arise. Personal preference and individual expectations vary depending upon circumstances and taste, but common among all prime buyers is the desire for luxurious surroundings that will enhance their lifestyle.

Dubai's prime residential areas provide the quality, but some cater to different aspects of the potential purchaser's requirements more than others.

If your preference is privacy on a large plot with an established garden and an outside pool area, Emirates Hills and Al Barari will suit you well. Both offer large villas in well-established surroundings, on spacious plots, in which levels of privacy and security are high.

Properties in Emirates Hills comprise large, three-to-eight-bedroom town houses and independent villas on plots varying in size from 12,000-60,000 sq ft. There is also the option to purchase a plot for development to create a truly bespoke residence.

Emirates Hills is one of the most long-established and highly desirable residential areas of Dubai. Overlooking the Montgomerie Championship Golf Course, this gated community contains some of Dubai's most exclusive freehold properties.

Another location popular with our clients is one of Dubai's best-kept secrets, Al Barari. The development offers residents a high level of luxury and privacy set in one million square metres of lush, landscaped gardens with rivers, lakes and waterfalls providing an oasis-like environment.

The luxury homes are built in a sequence of gardens — Balinese, Renaissance, Woodland, Water, Mediterranean and Contemporary — to provide a diverse setting for each select section of residences. The communities themselves offer different architectural styles of accommodation.

Shoreside living

Identified as one of Dubai's defining developments, the Palm Jumeirah is instantly recognisable and world-renowned for offering luxury homes in a unique location, providing more than 1,400 villas and 2,500 beachfront apartments on the trunk, fronds and crescent.

Prime residential properties tend to be located on the fronds and the crescent, to take advantage of the plentiful beachfront — more than 78 kilometres in total — which gives the homes a distinct appeal. Some of the most desirable villas are located on the Palm, encompassing a variety of styles, from contemporary to Mediterranean and Arabian.

It's a family affair

For families with children, nurseries and schools are an important consideration. Emirates Hills and Al Barari are ideally positioned to take advantage of some of the best educational establishments in Dubai. The emirate benefits from a wide selection of first-rate schools and nurseries where most are within a short drive from most prime residential areas.

Leading a healthy, active lifestyle is also important for kids and parents, so if you're a golf lover, Emirates Hills is ideal for you, providing both a world-class golf course and plenty of parks, open spaces and swimming opportunities for children.

Those who enjoy water sports or yachting should consider a villa on the Palm, where the warm Arabian Sea is literally at your doorstep. Those who prefer a more sedate lifestyle may enjoy walking in Al Barari's expansive gardens.

Bright lights, big city

If sophisticated city living, within easy reach of all that Dubai's glittering nightlife has to offer, is your style, Downtown Dubai may be your ideal location as there is a range of outstanding apartments to rival those of any world-class city.

Centred on the Burj Khalifa area, Dubai Fountain and Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai is a two-square kilometre, mixed-use development featuring residential tower blocks, up-market hotels and the world's largest shopping mall, all close to Shaikh Zayed Road and the principal business areas of Dubai. Amenities such as shops, cafés and restaurants are often important to prime purchasers. This is where Downtown Dubai comes into its own, offering a world class choice of retail, dining and socialising options.

The luxury apartments in the area complement a metropolitan lifestyle with some units benefiting from outside space in the form of terraces or balconies to enjoy city views. Prime apartments and penthouses abound in the 19-plus residential towers, all of which epitomise urban living at its very best.

The centrepiece of Downtown Dubai is The Burj Khalifa residences—the tallest residential tower in the world — which feature the magnificence you'd expect of this development in its penthouses and apartments.

Other desirable addresses include The Address Residence, Burj Views, 8 Boulevard Walk, The Lofts, South Ridge, Armani Residences, Standpoint and Burj Vista.

Homebuyers seeking a luxury home or a prime investment property have an abundance of choice in Dubai. There are some outstanding properties available for even the most discerning purchaser, whether your tastes are for a tranquil seaside property or one in the centre of one of the most culturally diverse and exciting cities in the world.

Did you know that UAE residential realty ranks second for value picks

Source: Gregory Lewis, Special to Property Weekly

The author is Senior Negotiator at Knight Frank


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