Dubai Rent: Couple Pays Dh81.5k for 2-Bed Apartment

Ian and Fran Steer, a British couple, made the move from Abu Dhabi to Dubai two years ago, accompanied by their two beloved rescue cats, Bonnie and Star. They currently rent a spacious two-bedroom apartment in the Saratoga complex located in the Al Barsha district.

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Ian and Fran Steer's Ideal Home in Saratoga, Al Barsha

The prime location, recommendations from friends residing in the building, ample living space, and convenient access to the Dubai Metro and Mall of the Emirates were all factors that drew them to this property. With a yearly rent of Dh81,500, Mr. Steer opens the door to The National for an exclusive tour.

A Well-Designed Home in Saratoga

When downsizing from their previous duplex apartment in Abu Dhabi, the couple's priority was to find a property with a generous kitchen, ample storage space, and easy access to the metro for their daily commutes. Although the building itself is 15 years old, the management's responsiveness and helpfulness have kept it well-maintained, giving it a fresh and modern feel. Their apartment, one of the largest in the complex, boasts a spacious living and dining area, a galley-style kitchen with laundry facilities, two double bedrooms (including a master en-suite), an additional 1.5 bathrooms, a large balcony, basement parking, and an air-conditioned storage room. The abundance of natural light in all the rooms creates a bright and welcoming atmosphere.

A Desirable Location and Convenient Amenities

Before settling in Saratoga, the couple resided in a two-bedroom duplex apartment overlooking the Abu Dhabi Corniche, leaving behind the captivating sea view. However, their decision to move to Saratoga was influenced by Fran's preference for a property with easy access to the Dubai Metro, as she doesn't drive. The proximity of Saratoga to the metro system, just a few minutes' walk away, fulfills this requirement. Situated between the vibrant Mall of the Emirates and the efficient metro system, Saratoga offers a prime location for affordable city living. The neighborhood provides a range of local shops, restaurants, hotels, and the added bonus of being close to Al Barsha Pond Park, ideal for leisurely evening strolls or bike rides. The complex itself offers well-maintained communal facilities, including a spacious courtyard with access to a large semi-shaded swimming pool, two fully equipped gyms, and an indoor playroom for children.

Personal Touches and Comforts of Home

Ian and Fran have personalized their apartment with a collection of art that reflects their travels and experiences. Each piece holds sentimental value, from African masks collected during a trip to Tanzania to a serene landscape of Angkor Wat that reminds them of their honeymoon in Cambodia. These artworks evoke a sense of home and familiarity. Their two feline companions, Bonnie and Star, also feel at home in the apartment. They joyfully race around the kitchen, taking advantage of its two entrances, and bask in the sunlight while observing the outdoor activities from the safety of the apartment's large windows. Additionally, the second bedroom serves as a well-equipped office, accommodating their hybrid working lifestyle.

Contentment and Value for Money

The Steers express their satisfaction with their current residence, as it provides everything they need within walking distance and feels like home. The property offers excellent value for money, with the current rent still lower than pre-pandemic levels. The apartment's unique appeal lies in its generous proportions and fully fitted kitchen with integrated appliances, without any additional chiller charges. Their intention is to continue staying in the apartment, unless there is a substantial increase in rent.

Navigating Local Traffic Challenges

joy in their home, they acknowledge that at certain times of the day, traffic congestion can delay their departure from the area. Despite this downside, the overall comfort and convenience of their apartment make it a highly desirable place to live.

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