There is no doubt that the UAE is home to some spectacular properties. From penthouse apartments to plush villas with sprawling gardens and incredible pools, it’s a real estate haven.
Each week, The National showcases some of the best homes on offer in its Property of the Week. This week, it's an Emirates Hills mansion with Dubai skyline views ...
The key details
An eight-bedroom, eight-bathroom mansion located in the coveted Emirates Hills community. The property is spread across a built-up area of 22,000 square feet, on a 24,000- square feet plot, with a basement and a roof terrace for entertaining. It is being sold fully furnished.
What's the story?
This custom-built, waterfront property has been put on the market by the owners who designed it in 2013. Clearly built with family and entertaining in mind, there is no shortage of space and luxury leisure facilities within the home, including a bar area, outdoor dining, roof terrace, sauna, billiards room and Jacuzzi bath.
Stepping into the home, you're greeted by a grand entrance and sweeping staircase within a double-height atrium.
On the ground floor, the open living areas flow from space to space, with a large kitchen, formal and informal dining areas, and a grand living room. There are also two bedrooms on the ground floor, which can offer a little more space and privacy to their occupants.
The further six bedrooms are located on the first floor, including the master suite, accessible by the grand staircase or internal lift. The bedrooms overlook the nearby golf course and the adjacent lake, as well as offering spectacular city views.
However the master suite stands out with herringbone parquet flooring, a walk-in wardrobe and sizeable ensuite facilities.
Framing the property is a first floor terrace, which wraps around the villa and looks out over the Dubai Marina skyline.
On the top floor, there is a roof terrace designed with entertaining in mind. A spacious terrace and dining area has all of the appeal of Dubai's most chic roof-top bars and lounges.
In the basement, there are media and billiards rooms, a bar and ample lounge space.
What the brokers say ...
What makes this property stand out?
A home can be viewed as a portal into one's life, it's a physical reflection of past influences and a glimpse into a future journey. So when we have the opportunity to design and build a home using a blank canvas, or in this case an extensive vacant plot of land in one of Dubai's most prestigious residential estates, it truly allows the owners to draw upon life experiences to create something unique and special.
What inspired the interior design?
Creating several interconnected living spaces and experiences in the family home was the primary goal of the owners and designer. Ensuring effective circulation and connectivity between the three floors and rooms was a focus. The designers considered that although bringing the family together was paramount, so to was creating living areas that were not in conflict visually or acoustically. This home is inspired by family.
What kind of buyer does a property like this appeal to?
This property is desirable for a broad reach of owners, it is not specific to one nationality nor taste in design, however one trait that will be common is the desire to live in a home where the family comes first. The property is Vastu compliant, which is also very attractive as it is rare to have such a grand custom home desired to meet the criteria required for compliance.
What makes Emirates Hills such a desirable neighbourhood?
Emirates Hills is an upscale gated community inspired by Beverly Hills, California and embodies luxury living at its finest. It was one of the first freehold property areas in Dubai, allowing international buyers to purchase a home in a premier neighbourhood. This gated community provides security and 24-hour maintenance, along with dedicated play areas for children. It is a friendly villa community that offers a comfortable lifestyle for anyone who wishes to live here. Emirates Hills is located away from the hustle-bustle of the city, making it is ideal for individuals who prefer a peaceful and luxurious lifestyle away from the traffic.
How long has the property been on the market?
The property has been lived in by the same owners since its completion in 2013; the owners put the home on the market in December 2020.
What lifestyle amenities in the property have appealed to prospective buyers the most?
The ambiance, use and flow of the open spaces. If you are looking to get away and have some fun, you don't need to leave the home. The large full-size basement is designed for entertainment and fun. A media room, billiards table, lounge and full facilities ensures that this basement getaway is a perfect retreat for the kids or adults.
Matthew Bate, managing director at The Urban Nest, theurbannest.ae