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Old Jul 19th 2008, 12:34 pm
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I don't get how a 6 bed/5 bath villa can ask for AED300,000...i thought a 3-bedder in Al Raha Gdns was going for the same...what gives?

Found it on Better Homes website (www.bhomes.com)...the specific page with the villa pic is as follows:

http://www.bhomes.com/UAE/residentia...as/26996.xhtml

anyway, i'm only moving in oct so the market will prolly be very diff then
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Old Jul 19th 2008, 12:42 pm
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it's probably already gone...if it existed in the first place...
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I don't get how a 6 bed/5 bath villa can ask for AED300,000...i thought a 3-bedder in Al Raha Gdns was going for the same...what gives?

Found it on Better Homes website (www.bhomes.com)...the specific page with the villa pic is as follows:

http://www.bhomes.com/UAE/residentia...as/26996.xhtml

anyway, i'm only moving in oct so the market will prolly be very diff then
Nina Hi,

MBZ is a bit cheaper than KCA and Al Raha Gardens.
There is nothing in MBZ except a national school and housing-it very much does have the 'living in a desert' feel about the place.The houses are nice;the one highlighted I suspect has already rented say 3 moths ago.
You will get houses today in MBZ for 250-300 for sure but it takes more than fancy bricks and mortar to make a cosy hacienda and comfortable living environment.I couldn't live in MBZ but know people who do so quite happily.
Oh and 35min commute is more realistic
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it wouldnt bother me living over in certain parts of MBZ if i had to which may be next year, but next year there will be more places available, and MBZ will have grown up as well.
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its sandwiched between the graveyard and the labour camps at the mo.
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it wouldnt bother me living over in certain parts of MBZ if i had to which may be next year, but next year there will be more places available, and MBZ will have grown up as well.
Any insider news on the Honeycomb you can share about planned community and leisure developments in MBZ please BB
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nope not yet, only kca/kcb's
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Old Jul 19th 2008, 1:12 pm
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Originally Posted by busybee2 View Post
nope not yet, only kca/kcb's
Ah. Would you agree estimated commute time from MBZ to AD down town 35mins -50
For most of us. I know you have your own specialist form of transport
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i would say around 45 mins going down al salam st, with all the developments/contraflows/roadworks/people missing the new sets of traffic lights etc etc.
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thanks, BB and Eva.

was just debating the same with DH - living in a well-established community (ie al raha with 1,000 families, kca, etc) vs. a 6-villa compound like the advertised one at sheikh zayed where there are prolly fewer opportunities for the kids to make friends, etc....
i am all for the former coz i'm a working mum and its impt for me that the kids develop an independent social network...

as for the 35 min commute mentioned, i suppose that is to the town area? if work/school for us are all in the off-island areas, i'm just wondering - is there a real need to travel much to the main town (ie khalidiya/corniche) area?

never been to AD so am rather ignorant
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well if you are off island for school and work then yes you dont need to travel on island for much, you may do a weekly shop at car4 which is only just 'on' island and 10 mins away from kca, and you can now go to spinneys at mangrove which from kca is about 8 mins away so if you dont need 'shops' then yes you dont need to venture too far, only on a weekend for retail therapy and if you need something doing, you can get laundries/fast food/perfume/pharmacies/pet shop/vets/medical/schools/supermarkets/petrol etc all off island now.....yipee before you didnt.
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Nina, the majority of the people you will be working with are downtown (i.e. island) based. Most business happens downtown too, including the main retail and leisure activities that BB2 mentions. If you live off island, I don't think you can avoid the commute..but I am told it isn't so bad. Bit like Johar Bahru without passport control and less traffic...
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Nina, the majority of the people you will be working with are downtown (i.e. island) based. Most business happens downtown too, including the main retail and leisure activities that BB2 mentions. If you live off island, I don't think you can avoid the commute..but I am told it isn't so bad. Bit like Johar Bahru without passport control and less traffic...
weescot - thanks, you're right that work-wise i will prolly need to make the trip downtown pretty often...good to hear the commute isn't so bad coz i do need to be near al yasmina (kids' school)....btw, very interesting to hear the JB analogy from you - didnt realise u were familiar with the far east :-) :-)
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weescot - thanks, you're right that work-wise i will prolly need to make the trip downtown pretty often...good to hear the commute isn't so bad coz i do need to be near al yasmina (kids' school)....btw, very interesting to hear the JB analogy from you - didnt realise u were familiar with the far east :-) :-)
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Kinda amazing that we are now thinking that 300,000 Dirham is a good deal! That is over 80,000 USD!
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