Is this Dh25m villa the most stylish property in Dubai's Al Barsha?

The modular design may be an acquired taste

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It's called Resort Villa, but no, it isn't located at a luxury holiday resort in a far flung tropical paradise surrounded by palm trees with the sound of the ocean easing you into a welcome state of tranquility.

The good news however is that you can find this property in Al Barsha in Dubai.

And that means there's no travelling miles and miles to the nearest shops and there's no trouble getting your favourite takeaway delivered to your door.

This contemporary villa on a 15,000 sq ft plot is certainly out of the ordinary in terms of style when compared to many of the other sizeable Dubai properties in a similar price bracket - and this one is on the market for Dh25 million with

If you like your homes to be modular, you will like this mass of squares and rectangles, with floor to ceiling glass.

Furthermore, the white walls and expansive, almost empty rooms are in contrast to some of the city's high-end villas which can at times be heavy on the bling.

This isn't a place where you'd necessarily enjoy that cosy feeling on a cool winter's night though, as the layout means you are always surrounded by open space and those white walls almost make it feel like an ice palace.

The idea however is to create a sense of calm while lending itself to any style of decor and colour scheme.

The kitchen meanwhile is one of the highlights with a wood and marble plus stainless steel appliances. Then there's the five bedrooms which all have walk-in closets and wood floors except the master suite which is decked out with plush carpet.

Outdoors there a substantial swimming pool with a wraparound wooden deck and a water feature, as well as a pool house and gym.

The property is considered a "hidden gem".
The property is considered a "hidden gem".

Q&A: Jason Hayes, CEO & Founder of

Is this the most expensive property in Al Barsha?

No, it is not. We have another property listed with us at over AED 40 million.

Why buy in Al Barsha and not one of the more glamorous addresses?

Al Barsha is a treasure trove of spectacular homes, as demonstrated by this fantastic contemporary villa. Its location provides for great access to the wider city and although it is in a very urban district, it enjoys the tranquil ambiance of a family community and is fast becoming a sought-after area of Dubai.

Are white walls and minimalist interiors popular among high-end property buyers at the moment?

Yes, contemporary design and architecture are very much of the moment. As the demographic of Dubai's home buyers is shifting, with more younger buyers entering the market, we are seeing this design become more and more popular.

Is there scope for a new owner to change this style if it’s not to their taste?

This is one of the finest examples of contemporary architecture in the city and has been designed with a certain aesthetic in mind. While a buyer could renovate it to suit a different taste, I think that would be akin to an art collector buying the Mona Lisa and putting a moustache on it!