We would all like to design our own home, if not from the ground up then certainly how the interior should look.
A problem many property buyers find however, especially with new builds, is that they are put off by the developer's own vision, or that of the previous owner.
Now, a rare opportunity has arisen for those looking to buy in Dubai - although it will require a hefty amount of money first.
This Dh41.6 million villa in Dubai Hills comes as a blank canvas. The exterior is complete, but the interior can be moulded as per the new owner's imagination to make the home of their dreams.
The seven-bedroom home is part of the upmarket 11 million square metre estate, which features three architectural styles. This one in particular is a "Contemporary" villa composed of sleek angular lines and floor to ceiling glass panelling.
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Other options include Mediterranean villas inspired by Spanish and Italian coastal homes, or Arabesque villas reminiscent of traditional Arab domiciles.
The villa is spread over three levels, including a basement, and every facet can be customised from the paint on the walls to the layout and functionality of each room.
“When it comes to off-plan properties, this is an ideal choice for the discerning buyer,” said Jason Hayes, chief executive of Luxury Property.
“It helps to avoid the pain of architectural drawings, building permits and 24 months of construction, plus the inevitable headaches that come with all of that. The home is delivered as one vast open space. Just take the keys and design the internal configurations of the rooms as you desire.”
It has views over Dubai Hills Golf Course, providing a tranquil setting in which to set up what would make a comfortable family home.
The outside landscaping is ready for design and can include a swimming pool should the new owner fancy taking a dip.
The number of off-plan property deals in Dubai jumped 118 per cent in the third quarter to Dh4 billion from the previous quarter, according to a report from Chestertons released last month.
Downtown Dubai accounted for half of the value of off-plan transactions in the third quarter, while Dubai South led in the volume of transactions with 1,151 deals, Chestertons said.