Inside a Dh20 million 'treasure chest' Jumeirah villa in Dubai
Old meets new in this classic neighbourhood
New villa districts are popping up all over Dubai, with all of the mod cons, shiny floors and a tendency to feature an abundance of glass on the exterior.
But if it's classic Dubai you're after, then Jumeirah is undoubtedly the location of choice.
The days of Jumeirah being a fishing village with animals grazing close to the sea are long gone.
But while pockets of history remain, it's the modern landmarks which have become the Instagrammer's dream, from the Burj Al Arab to the Jumeirah Beach Hotel and more recently the destination that attempts to tick all boxes, La Mer.
With regards to places to live, this villa could be a landmark in itself - and would be worth an Instagram snap accompanied by a caption declaring "look what I just bought!", such is its unusual mixture of old and new.
On the market with LuxuryProperty.com for Dh20 million, it is a fine example of the district's diverse property portfolio with its Roman-style columns providing an imposing front entrance, and moulded sculptures adorning the walls.
One way of viewing it is as a big treasure chest, and although it isn't quite dripping in gold inside, there is certainly enough to feast the eyes upon.
The interior decoration is lively with plenty to catch the attention, especially in the huge lounge which stretches right across the rear of the property. It features elaborately patterned tray ceilings, tiled floors and wooden furniture with a warmth enhanced by the light emanating from hanging chandeliers.
Then there's the two kitchens which have more of a country fee to them, while a private majlis with Moorish arches provides a more Arabian theme.
The bedrooms, of which there are seven, come in a variety of styles, including a children's maritime theme.
Q&A with Jason Hayes, founder and CEO of LuxuryProperty.com
Is the rapid rise of modern villa developments around Dubai having an effect on prices in Jumeirah?
No, Jumeirah is Jumeirah. It remains one of the finest addresses in the city in spite of everything else that is coming up in the city - class is permanent.
How many minutes is it from the beach? Which beach is closest?
It is a five-minute drive from both Jumeriah Beach and the incredible La Mer Beach.
What are the advantages of buying an older, more classical villa over a new one in, say, Jumeirah Golf Estates?
In this case, it is the fantastic location - close to City Walk, close to Box Park, close to the beach. Property of course is very subjective. This home is a classic example of grandiose charm, whereas new homes tend to have a more modern contemporary aesthetic. I for one love old-world charm and anyone who feels the same would absolutely love this villa.
There’s no swimming pool?
No, but this property doesn't really need one as there is an abundance of gorgeous beaches in very close proximity. The gardens are mature and well stocked and enjoy the most incredible views of the Burj Khalifa and city skyline.
Do you see Jumeirah remaining one of the premier communities, or will newer ones overtake it?
There will always be pretenders to the throne, but Jumeirah is to real estate what Bentleys are to super nouveau riche cars. Jumeirah, like the Bentley motorcar, is old-world charm blessed with classic Arabesque architecture. The restaurants and shops in Jumeriah are splendid tending to be boutique and artisan in nature. There will of course always be larger, bigger, brighter indeed shinier new homes and locations but thankfully there will be only one Jumeriah.
Updated: May 14, 2019 08:02 PM