Family enjoy value and community in Mirdif Townhouses costing AED 75,000
Ejari Dubai It takes you inside the reader’s home to take a look at what they get for their money, how much they pay in rent, and ask them what they like and don’t like.
Businesswoman Bhawna Sahra and her family live in a two-bedroom townhouse in Mirdif, Dubai.
She moved to the UAE from her native India 23 years ago “when the Burj Al Arab opened” and says her current home gives her a quiet space where she runs her scented candle company, Palm Lights.
Ms. Suhra, 46, moved to Mirdif three years ago with her husband, Gurpreet, 49, a property manager in Dubai, and their 15-year-old son, Agamjit Singh.
Mrs. Sehra takes the National On a tour of their cozy home…
Tell us about your location
The townhouse has 2 bedrooms on the first floor, with attached bathrooms. There is a shaded parking space, kitchen and living room on the ground floor.
The living room opens onto a small backyard overlooking the (community) pool. We also have a maid’s room with attached toilet and laundry room downstairs.
We are on a relatively quiet street, but our house is under the flight path (relative to Dubai International Airport) so you can hear a plane flying over every few minutes in the day as well as at night. Our annual rent is 75,000 dirhams.
Where did you live before?
We love the Northern Emirates and were staying at Al Hamra Village in Ras Al Khaimah, which is a spacious gated community.
We lived in the UAE for 23 years, including Sharjah. My husband and I are former hoteliers and worked with Jumeirah Hotel Group.
My husband has joined a new job in Dubai, most of my clients are companies in Dubai. So, as soon as my eldest daughter moved on for higher studies, we decided to move to Dubai to be close to work and chose Tawfeeq Complex.
What drew you to this area?
During Covid, rents in this area were lower compared to other places in Dubai, and we wanted to continue living in a villa or townhouse, so Mirdif was the perfect choice.
Gurpreet scoured the area for available properties, shortlisted a few, contacted the owner directly and arranged a viewing. The process took about three months.
Properties in Ras Al Khaimah are very affordable and huge so although moving to Dubai, in a similar rental category, inevitably means ‘downsizing’, we are looking forward to a change.
What are the advantages of living here?
Quick access to the E311 Highway and Emirates Road (E611). Mirdif City Center Mall is a seven-minute drive away and 10 minutes from the airport.
Also, the neighbors of the villa complex get together during New Year’s Eve and other festivals like Diwali and Christmas.
How did you customize your city house?
The first things you see when you enter our home are the blue sliding doors that open into the backyard overlooking a blue pond. I love color in my surroundings, so (we) matched the living room wall color to the color of the windows and doors — you guessed it, blue.
Besides the laundry, the basement also has a maid’s room with storage facilities and a shower. We turned this space into a study for myself and my husband. It’s also where I dream about new fragrances for my candles. Free of any distractions, I blend natural essential oils for unique scents… a creative, peaceful retreat.
Do you think this title offers value for money?
We moved here during covid times when rents were a little lower. Since then, our rent has been stable. The owner indicated a raise this year but no raise has been sanctioned as per the Rera indicator so we plan to continue as is. Compared to other villa settlements in Dubai, this area is better priced.
Are there any downsides to living here?
We feel the kitchen is small compared to properties we’ve lived in before. Besides that, I wish there were more parks nearby for an evening stroll and more sporting facilities in the vicinity. Now, we have to walk all the way to Uptown Park through traffic. There is only one sports center which tends to be overcrowded with children of all age groups.
Are you planning to stay on your property?
We’d like to move to a bigger place eventually. But for now, we’re happy here.
Updated: August 20, 2023, 8:00 am