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Ridgeback 17th July 2012 07:18 AM

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Originally Posted by RT666 (Post 839064)
We're looking at Villas in Jumeirah Village Triangle. These are all 2-bed. Can anyone give me an idea of what we'd be looking at for DEWA yearly? Properties look to be between 85-120k and I know we will need to add 5% housing fee within that.

Also, on all the adverts it says 'Central A/C & Heating'. Does this mean District Cooling (the expensive option!) or the other option?

Thanks very much for any information you can give.

I own a 2 bedroom detached Villa at the JVT, handover at the end of the month. The Central A/C units are located on the roof so there is NO district cooling charges or fees.
DEWA depends on usage, so if you decide to have a large grass lawn (plot is 7000 sqft) or don't switch off the A/C when not using a room etc.. expect a bill between 2-3k. Otherwise 1k should be budgeted. I live in a 4 bedroom villa & pay 2k on average (1k in winter, 3k in summer).
My agents informed me that rents for this kind of villa is 110-120k depending on the number of cheques. PM me if your interested.

RT666 17th July 2012 08:54 AM

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Originally Posted by Ridgeback (Post 844131)
I own a 2 bedroom detached Villa at the JVT, handover at the end of the month. The Central A/C units are located on the roof so there is NO district cooling charges or fees.
DEWA depends on usage, so if you decide to have a large grass lawn (plot is 7000 sqft) or don't switch off the A/C when not using a room etc.. expect a bill between 2-3k. Otherwise 1k should be budgeted. I live in a 4 bedroom villa & pay 2k on average (1k in winter, 3k in summer).
My agents informed me that rents for this kind of villa is 110-120k depending on the number of cheques. PM me if your interested.

Thanks very much for your reply - really helpful. We're not looking to move until early 2013 . Just getting an idea of how much everything costs. We're at home all day each day so likely to be closer to 2-3k for the DEWA I'd expect.

Thanks again! :thumb:

rasskass 18th July 2012 03:43 PM

Hi I been looking on this forum but cant find the right answer. Please help

I know you may think this doesn't belong to this thread but it's got to do with landlords and any procedures dealing with renting an apartment and having my GF live with me. This is not asking if it's legal or not or other non property complications just purely how to deal with the land lords and what information to give them.

I want to make an offer for an apartment but before I can make an offer they have given me a form to fill to see if they even want me there.

Point is they want a visa copy. On the visa it says your not married and on the form it wants the name of the people living with you. If I put her name on the form and put related as wife they will see on the visa I'm not married. Should I not put her name down? Would there be problems after wards?

If any one has experience with landlords please share any tips or advice

Thank you

asafaryan 18th July 2012 04:18 PM

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Originally Posted by Bigjimbo (Post 604860)
It happens unfortunately, and there are the occasional nutters who pay that kind of figure. Nothing is ever done till its signed, and I always try to get a contract finished as soon as I can after a deal is agreed.

Please, if you are a normal English speaker, can we find a small but very clean and not stinking apartment or small villa up to 38-45k per year? My workplace is near Mazda showroom in Al Qusais. Help!!! Today I went to see some apartment in Al qusais and I was shocked. Neighborhood was stressingly awful and the building was smelling awful in the inside halls and apartment also was smelling awful and everybody speaks broken and damaged english. My mobile number is 0562447913 Arsen from Armenia

asafaryan 19th July 2012 07:20 AM

help
 
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Originally Posted by Evenstar (Post 605479)
my years rent cost less than a months salary- and I have a huge 1000sqft apartment with big windows, a balcony, and I live next to a carrefour and several other amenities.

I'm just saying it isn't perfect- but it may be perfect for someone else moving here.
And shouldn't knowledge be shared?

I'm currently looking for an apartment there can you tell me where exactly is the place where you guys live near Carrefur? I'm originally from Armenia and our lifestyle was very free and polite...My wife and 8 months old boy will be joining me soon and I have to find a proper accommodation. Prefer having Australian neighbors rather than a pack of men hanging there and spoiling English language. Please leave some contact as I don't know how to PM here. my email is arsenvs at gmail dot com or +971 562447913

Roadworrier 20th July 2012 10:16 AM

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Originally Posted by asafaryan (Post 845741)
Please, if you are a normal English speaker, can we find a small but very clean and not stinking apartment or small villa up to 38-45k per year? My workplace is near Mazda showroom in Al Qusais. Help!!! Today I went to see some apartment in Al qusais and I was shocked. Neighborhood was stressingly awful and the building was smelling awful in the inside halls and apartment also was smelling awful and everybody speaks broken and damaged english. My mobile number is 0562447913 Arsen from Armenia

I stayed in Al Qusais a few years ago (2006) in an apartment-hotel because everything was booked in Bur Dubai and it was before many of the newer hotels or apts in the Marina, etc had opened. This was back in the crazy times when dumpy 3-star hotels were frequently going for $250 a night. Al Qusais was a dump - looked like some areas of Baghdad post-2003 war.

Yes, AlQusais still leaves a lot to be desired. Our local partner has his office near Al Mamzar which is nice but the surrounding area is a quagmire. If you see other advice here, consider Mirdif or other more English-speaking or European expat-friendly areas to the south or east, from Jumeirah and Sheikh Zayed Road on toward the Marina and the Springs (but I hear repeatedly you should stay away from the Discovery Gardens or International City). The commute may be a little longer but you will be much happier.

asafaryan 20th July 2012 06:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Roadworrier (Post 847381)
I stayed in Al Qusais a few years ago (2006) in an apartment-hotel because everything was booked in Bur Dubai and it was before many of the newer hotels or apts in the Marina, etc had opened. This was back in the crazy times when dumpy 3-star hotels were frequently going for $250 a night. Al Qusais was a dump - looked like some areas of Baghdad post-2003 war.

Yes, AlQusais still leaves a lot to be desired. Our local partner has his office near Al Mamzar which is nice but the surrounding area is a quagmire. If you see other advice here, consider Mirdif or other more English-speaking or European expat-friendly areas to the south or east, from Jumeirah and Sheikh Zayed Road on toward the Marina and the Springs (but I hear repeatedly you should stay away from the Discovery Gardens or International City). The commute may be a little longer but you will be much happier.

Well thank you for the advice, there are many shared villa's with affordable prices, I have been offered a few. I search in dubbizle mostly and I get crazy when I see agency fees, they get huge fee for doing nothing. They are not even concerned to get you several options and let you choose, take you from house to house, then maybe they would have deserved an agency fee. I'm very frustrated and I can't seem to find a proper house with affordable rent rate in a polite and clean environment. My budget is 28-38k per year for a rent but I'm ready to give even 45 to get what I exactly want.

wandabug 20th July 2012 06:54 PM

[QUOTE=asafaryan;847727]Well thank you for the advice, there are many shared villa's with affordable prices, I have been offered a few. I search in dubbizle mostly and I get crazy when I see agency fees, they get huge fee for doing nothing. They are not even concerned to get you several options and let you choose, take you from house to house, then maybe they would have deserved an agency fee. I'm very frustrated and I can't seem to find a proper house with affordable rent rate in a polite and clean environment. My budget is 28-38k per year for a rent but I'm ready to give even 45 to get what I exactly want.[/QUO

Unfortunately with your budget the agents won't have much to show you and the agent fees are not huge on those rents. You really are going to struggle. Look for villa shares on Dubizzle that are advertised directly - not through agents, to save some money or place your own advert on Dubizzle and state in the advert No Agents Please. Hope this helps.

steve_99 25th July 2012 05:24 AM

Hello Guys,

So I am not sure how much I will be offered by my company but I think it would be a good amount to lease an apt.

I am 26 yrs old and single. So I want to live where the action is. I do enjoy going to bars clubs etc. And I want to live where I can meet other young expats. After some research on this forum it seems that Marina walk would be a good place for me. My work will be 30 kms from Marina walk. Is this too much? How long does it take to cover 30 kms?

Also, If i get an apt in Marina walk then the airport would be 30 kms on the other side. So basically I will be living in the middle of my work and airport (which is ideal for me)

Question:
1) How much will a good 2 bedroom furnished apt cost at marina walk?
2) How much will a good 1 bedroom furnished apt cost at marina walk?
3) How much will a good 2 bedroom unfurnished apt cost at marina walk?
4) Where exactly should I look? which towers etc? I would like to be somewhere with a good view of the ocean
5) any other recommendations?


thanks all!

wandabug 25th July 2012 06:31 AM

You should consider Downtown Burj Khalifa in any of the Towers close to Dubai Mall and Souk Al Bahar. The area is full of bars and clubs, all in walking distance.

Marina Walk is a dry area (no alcohol). There are bars in the hotels and at Madinat but you still need a taxi from Marina Walk.

Towers like Burj Residences anf The Lofts are good and you can still get a sea view. Or go for the ultimate and rent a serviced apartment at The Address Downtown. A 1 bed there is about dhs.120k a year but it is 5* and includes all your bills. And has a cool swim up bar.
Dont know prices for a 1 and 2 bed at Burj Residences,Check out Dubizzle.


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