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On the Market: A resort-like lifestyle on Palm Jumeirah

This three-bedroom apartment looks directly on to the water and offers shared access to amenities including a private beach.

The apartment's placement on the end of the building allows for ininterrupted views. Amy Leang / The National
The apartment's placement on the end of the building allows for ininterrupted views. Amy Leang / The National

Property

Adriatic A Type CE three-bedroom apartment in Oceana, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai.

Price

Open to offers.

Key features

At the top of the Palm Jumeirah's trunk sit two distinctive wave-topped developments. These are the Tiara and Oceana residences, striking modern buildings in ochre and blue. Tiara stands on the northern side of the trunk, Oceana on the southern.

This property is a rare "end" apartment looking directly on to the water, with breathtaking views of the palm's southern fronds, the perimeter island and the Dubai Marina skyline.

The apartment is a three-bedroom, four-bathroom plan with floor-to-ceiling windows throughout and a substantial balcony looking over the private beach below.

The property offers a living area of 2,368 square feet (219 square metres) plus two parking spaces and access to the development's extensive recreational facilities, including a large infinity pool and private beach, a well-equipped gym, children's club and a spa. The complex is also home to the well-regarded West 14th steakhouse. Completing the facility will be a Mövenpick hotel at the apex of the site, construction of which is complete and the opening planned for "soon".

The owners, James and Linda, originally from Holland, moved into the new apartment in April, having previously lived in a villa. The finish of the building was to a generally high standard, and no structural changes have been made, but it has been furnished and styled to take maximum advantage of the views.

Linda oversaw the interior design, opting for a striking colour scheme of blacks and silvers, which contrasts nicely with the dark wood and cream marble of original finishes. The decorations and furnishings are all her own choosing. "The wallpaper is actually Laura Ashley," she says, "which was quite hard to get, but I wanted something different to what the local interior designers usually produce."

The apartment's location on the outward end of the building has a number of advantages, James adds. "We're not overlooked by anybody, and because we're facing the sea rather than the club, we're not bothered by noise at all. In fact, we don't even have directly adjoining neighbours in the building. There's a staircase separating us, so the apartment is really very quiet and peaceful indeed.

"In fact, the only reason we're considering moving on is that Linda, like a lot of European expatriates, really misses having a garden. The balcony here is certainly big enough for a dining table and a barbecue, but she'd prefer a bit more space and greenery."

They say

"This is a rare opportunity on the eighth wonder of the world. It is a bright and spacious apartment with stunning views of the sea, the Palm Jumeirah and the skyline of Dubai Marina. With sweeping ocean, marina and garden views, each generous, upscale residence reflects superior attention to detail."

We say

Oceana is definitely a classy resort, and you only need to have a look at the cars parked in the basement to understand just how much it appeals to discerning buyers. Ceilings are high, materials and finish are good and there is a quiet air of quality and solidity about the property that augurs well for future residents. The outdoor leisure area is large, well equipped and secluded, protected by the building but offering spectacular views to the south and west. For those who enjoy this type of living, Oceana certainly has a great deal to recommend it.

Minuses

The same things that appeal to some people might dissuade others: the outdoor space is necessarily always shared. The only private outside space is a balcony, and although the beach may be private, it's not exclusively your own.

Verdict

Oceana is a good example of a particular way of living, and this apartment is one of only 24 end units in the development, with the result that if offers even more of the light and airy nature that characterises the property. It gives access to an excellent range of shared amenities, and at the same time manages to be private and quiet. For some, that combination will prove irresistible.

For further information, contact Christoph Engels of the exclusive agents Engel & Volkers; 050 29 11 405; www.engelvoelkers.com/dubaialmarsa