Hattan at The Lakes: A Family Home with Not A Crane in Sight

January 30, 2018
Written by Arpan Ghosh
In 2017, Dubai saw a record number of off-plan transactions. Some of the city’s top developers launched exciting new residential projects in prime locations and sweetened the deal with very attractive payment plans. However, while off-plan did put a dent in secondary sales, it also ended up presenting new opportunities for buyers seeking the comfort and security of a home in a well-established community.
 
Hattan at the Lakes is one community that exemplifies this trend. The Lakes, part of the expansive Emirates Living project by Emaar is tucked away behind Sheikh Zayed Road, a suburban retreat in the midst of the urban jungle. As a fully developed community, it is also devoid of the construction sites and unsightly cranes that tend to hover over many parts of the city’s landscape.
 
This immaculate five-bedroom villa is a good example of the type of unique opportunity that awaits buyers in The Lakes. This beautiful home has been lovingly upgraded and is a true turnkey purchase option that is ready to move in. The convenience of not having to do any remedial works is just one of the advantages this property offers over off-plan properties and the long waits until completion. This lovely family home features a stunning modern Arabic exterior design and a well-finished interior that includes possibly one of Dubai’s finest Poggenpohl kitchens complete with every genre of Miele appliance and a much sought-after Miele coffee machine. But the real showstopper is the outside space. A beautifully designed pool, terrace and outdoor kitchen make this the perfect family home to enjoy those warm Dubai nights, or to entertain family and friends.
 
Jason Hayes, Founder and CEO of LuxuryProperty.com, says, “We have seen an increasing number of families wanting to find a home that suits their lifestyle now, not in the three or five years that they would have to wait for an off-plan option. This beautiful home is one of the best examples of how buyers can get both quality and convenience today and not have to wait for their home to be delivered."
 
A sense of community is at the heart of the offering of neighbourhoods like The Lakes. At the centre of The Lakes sits The Lakes Club, a community centre that encompasses shopping, dining and fitness facilities. A key facet of the club is the Reform Social & Grill, a British gastropub that offers much more than just good food and drink. Hosting regular events that include weekly quiz nights and weekend roasts, Reform Social provides the sort of communal experience that’s hard to find in most Dubai neighborhoods.
 
“We know most of our neighbors here,” says Stephen Robinson, a seven-year resident of The Lakes and current owner of the villa. “It’s got such a great mix of cultures and we all get to know each other over time.”

“Plus there’s the location,” he adds. “There are at least 3 nurseries within walking distance, and my son’s school is just a 10-minute drive away at most.” The proximity to major shopping malls, the beach and three championship golf courses doesn’t hurt either."
 
Safety is another important factor for Robinson. “The whole place is just very well-maintained, and there are great play areas for the kids designed to keep them safe. Security patrols the area frequently to keep an eye on things. We sort of just take it for granted, but it’s good to know that it’s there. You really get a sense of where your service charges are being used.”
 
With over AED 300 million worth of transactions in 2017 and a relatively steady price per square footage, The Lakes continues to be one of Dubai’s most stable and desirable communities in the face of an ever-changing property market. A prime location and good pricing, especially for the luxury villa segment, make it one of the top picks for families.