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caetanomi 10th August 2012 05:20 PM

Marina flat hunt finally over
 
With an avarage of 44 degrees, my wife and i have just terminated a seven day flat hunt for a 3 br appartment in dubai marina and here are hopefully some interesting information about the situation right now.

Basic info:

There are mainly one and two bedroom flats available in the marina and for them you can negotioate the most about price and checks. Three beds are less as most people tend to stay in villas so not as easy to find as smaller appartments.

How to save time:
Check out the available flats on dubizzle but filter to your number of beds, budget plus choose to see only ads from last two weeks maximum. Then see where the flats are located and go visit them even without an agent, most of the time the security guy in the tower you visit will give you a key or come and show you the appartment. Once you are in the the tower, you will know if this is for you and can start contacting the agencies and many times you will discover that ten agents want to show the same flat so remember the flat number.

Tower reviews:

Mag 218 - good choice and value for money, have friends living there and are happy

Marina Heights - same as mag 218 but bigger sized rooms. Great gym, pool and upkeep is better than avarage. If it wasnt for the missing maid room, we would have signed here.

Riviera tower - Good layout, upkeep is ok but only flats facing marina and not shk zayed rd are worth considering. Some finishing is not good quality.

Emaar six towers - best choice if you have the money, not the most modern but good quality.

Silverene - amazing finishing, best design and superb location. If you are a young couple in the media/design industry you should live here. Space and no dishwasher are limits but safe bet as i have friends living there. Gym in A building is not ready however.

Botanica - avoid. As gavtek said in another post, select group sucks and upkeep is a risk.

ARY tower - Total crap option. Bad finishing and people leaving their smelly shoes in hall plus it feels like 30% of the apprtments are occupied by hookers or happy ending massage studios.

Marina Mansions Tower - huge apprtments but felt like somthing was missing and for same price there are better options like above mentioned towers.

Time Place tower - top location and well planned appartments with great view. To consider if not too expensive. Bathrooms are not too sexy however and not sure about upkeep but looks good.

Diamond towers and pinnacle - avoid as without quality, many serious agents dont work with those buildings

Marina 23 and torch - newer saw them but if you are looking for a two bedroom, go see them as i heard only good things.

Orra tower - signed a flat here as finishing is great and easy for me to commute daily to abu dhabi. Not sure about upkeep however so taking a risk plus pool sucks.

JBR - not for us, wrong location and too much council housing feel to it. Great for deals and

As mentioned before on this forum, the are loads of crap estate agents with no clue about anything or Foxton's styled british expats trying to get you to sign asap. Of all the agents i met, i can recommend two companies based on my experience. Shameel at open source at 971 555139446, he is a young guy so not an experienced oldtimer but active and no ********ter. Other is hussain ali at trump real estate at 971 509255664, a serious guy and only agent who actually bothered to send some additional photos for a duplex that i requested.

Good luck!
Mr Peter

mariog99 11th August 2012 12:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by caetanomi (Post 866271)
With an avarage of 44 degrees, my wife and i have just terminated a seven day flat hunt for a 3 br appartment in dubai marina and here are hopefully some interesting information about the situation right now.

Basic info:

There are mainly one and two bedroom flats available in the marina and for them you can negotioate the most about price and checks. Three beds are less as most people tend to stay in villas so not as easy to find as smaller appartments.

How to save time:
Check out the available flats on dubizzle but filter to your number of beds, budget plus choose to see only ads from last two weeks maximum. Then see where the flats are located and go visit them even without an agent, most of the time the security guy in the tower you visit will give you a key or come and show you the appartment. Once you are in the the tower, you will know if this is for you and can start contacting the agencies and many times you will discover that ten agents want to show the same flat so remember the flat number.

Tower reviews:

Mag 218 - good choice and value for money, have friends living there and are happy

Marina Heights - same as mag 218 but bigger sized rooms. Great gym, pool and upkeep is better than avarage. If it wasnt for the missing maid room, we would have signed here.

Riviera tower - Good layout, upkeep is ok but only flats facing marina and not shk zayed rd are worth considering. Some finishing is not good quality.

Emaar six towers - best choice if you have the money, not the most modern but good quality.

Silverene - amazing finishing, best design and superb location. If you are a young couple in the media/design industry you should live here. Space and no dishwasher are limits but safe bet as i have friends living there. Gym in A building is not ready however.

Botanica - avoid. As gavtek said in another post, select group sucks and upkeep is a risk.

ARY tower - Total crap option. Bad finishing and people leaving their smelly shoes in hall plus it feels like 30% of the apprtments are occupied by hookers or happy ending massage studios.

Marina Mansions Tower - huge apprtments but felt like somthing was missing and for same price there are better options like above mentioned towers.

Time Place tower - top location and well planned appartments with great view. To consider if not too expensive. Bathrooms are not too sexy however and not sure about upkeep but looks good.

Diamond towers and pinnacle - avoid as without quality, many serious agents dont work with those buildings

Marina 23 and torch - newer saw them but if you are looking for a two bedroom, go see them as i heard only good things.

Orra tower - signed a flat here as finishing is great and easy for me to commute daily to abu dhabi. Not sure about upkeep however so taking a risk plus pool sucks.

JBR - not for us, wrong location and too much council housing feel to it. Great for deals and

As mentioned before on this forum, the are loads of crap estate agents with no clue about anything or Foxton's styled british expats trying to get you to sign asap. Of all the agents i met, i can recommend two companies based on my experience. Shameel at open source at 971 555139446, he is a young guy so not an experienced oldtimer but active and no ********ter. Other is hussain ali at trump real estate at 971 509255664, a serious guy and only agent who actually bothered to send some additional photos for a duplex that i requested.

Good luck!
Mr Peter


thank you so much for takeing the time to do this is so help full i will be doing the same in 2 months :clap2:

de Mexicaan 11th August 2012 05:08 PM

@Mr Peter, thanks for your input on this.
We are also looking for a 3-bed, but probably will choose JBR anyway because of the pedestrian area around it and the proximity of the beach.
We also saw Marina Heights. It was not bad but in my opinion the living room is very narrow.
Were you able to negotiate the price? I have the impression that many apartments are empty (at least in JBR), even 3-beds.

caetanomi 11th August 2012 08:28 PM

@ da mexicaan

Three beds are less of compared to other categories, especially with maid room. I did not had time to haggle which would probably saved me 5-10 K but got 4 cheques which is what i wanted. Regarding JBR, be aware that traffic is terrible (except for in august) while getting in and out and from there and you might get stuck forever.

Sisi2012 12th August 2012 12:58 AM

If you have a family with children, which is better: meadows 1 or the Lakes?

jas_mirage 13th August 2012 02:34 PM

I was looking at a 1BHK in and around the Festival City. That is where I will be working. We are just a young couple what should I be expecting realistically..

rsinner 13th August 2012 09:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jas_mirage (Post 868741)
I was looking at a 1BHK in and around the Festival City. That is where I will be working. We are just a young couple what should I be expecting realistically..

Dubizzle.com in case you havent checked it yet. Expect some neotiation.
No idea what communities are close by though

jas_mirage 13th August 2012 11:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rsinner (Post 869073)
Dubizzle.com in case you havent checked it yet. Expect some neotiation.
No idea what communities are close by though

Have checked it, but am wondering if there are any communities nearby or the areas to avoid. Guess Rashidiya falls somewhere round there. Any other places worth checking out?

Seanog85 14th August 2012 08:58 AM

Excellent post

Black Jack 14th August 2012 02:59 PM

I have a question about renting in THE ADDRESS....

I understand it is "all inclusive", however, are there ANY fees at all?

Parking?

DEWA?

What kind of cable TV and Internet are provided?

Is the internet reliable?


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