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Jumeirah Park, Dubai. Pawan Singh / The National
Jumeirah Park, Dubai. Pawan Singh / The National

On the Market: New from Nakheel

A three-bedroom villa in Jumeirah Park offers a large garden and plenty of space but not much in the way of general amenities.

Dh215,000 Annual rent for a three-bedroom villa in Jumeirah Park

Features This "Legacy Large" villa measures 3,527 square feet and is located in Nakheel's latest residential development. The ground floor includes a lounge and dining area, a fully fitted kitchen, a maid's room and two storage rooms. The en suite master bedroom features a dressing area and fitted wardrobes, as well as a balcony. The second and third bedrooms are also en suite, with fitted wardrobes. There is an additional family room/study area.

Pros We like the "his and hers" basins in the master bathroom.

Cons Rent has to be paid in one cheque, and this is still a very new development, so there isn't much in the way of landscaping or general infrastructure.

They say A stunning family home.

We say Nestled between Emirates Hills and Emirates Road, the location won't be for everyone. It's also brand new, so there may be some teething problems. Saying that, the villas are well-appointed and the garden is a definite plus point.

Contact Better Homes, 600 52 2212

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