If you have a spare Dh36.5 million, it will buy you a villa in one of Dubai’s most sought after areas – Emirates Hills. Designed and built by the original owner in 2006…

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If you have a spare Dh36.5 million, it will buy you a villa in one of Dubai’s most sought after areas – Emirates Hills. Designed and built by the original owner in 2006, this villa has five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a private pool, a gymnasium, driver’s quarters and a Bond–villain-style fish tank.

Not only does the house have a view of a lake and golf course to the rear but it sits on a park at the front.

At 10,000 square feet, it’s not massive as mansions go. Yes, its kitchen is fabulous, yes, its fittings are beautiful and yes, the marble flooring is exquisite, but that isn’t what you are buying, you are buying its address.

It’s the number one rule in real estate – location, location, location. Emirates Living, as the area is known, houses The Springs, The Lakes, The Meadows and Emirates Hills, and is perhaps one of the most desired places to live for expatriate families in Dubai with Emirates Hills the most desired.

When the term “exclusive” was coined, with regard to real estate, it might have well been meant for Emirates Hills.

When the plots were being sold for the freehold development in the early 2000s, it was the only area in Dubai at the time that allowed buyers to design their own mansion. This gives the area a far more inpidual feel than many other developments in the city.

As the price tag suggests, the area houses the rich and even famous. Dubai’s top chief executives, politicians and not so struggling artists call the place home. The assassinated Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto was a resident until 2007.

Being situated between two golf courses, the Montgomerie Championship Course and The Emirates Golf Club, its thoroughfares are tree-lined avenues with leafy groves around very corner.

The placid, verdant nature of the surroundings only changes when one looks higher at the skyscraper backdrop of Sheik Zayed Rad and you realise this is a suburb in the heart of the metropolis, an oasis of calm in the chaos of the city and the towering skyline makes you think the villas price tag doesn’t seem so high.

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