A whole new worldPosted: 7 August 2013
Our lease is up for renewal in December and although we love staying here and love our landlord even more because of the minimal increase in our rent for almost 3 years we have to move on to a larger flat. The boys are growing up fast and with their increase in weight and height also comes the increase in their toy collection. But not to put all the blame on the boys I have the tendency to collect and keep stuff too ( I call this my Lola Mary syndrome)
Background: Lola Mary is my maternal grandmother who was the ultimate hoarder. It got so bad that when she died we’ve unearthed things in her closet that was of pre war age. I bet it would have done well in an auction (watching too much Discovery Channel ie. Storage wars and auction kings to name a few)
I like our community here in Discovery Gardens even though I do complain of the traffic (sometimes-ALOT!). But there is a shortage of two bedrooms here and the waiting list to get one is long so the odds for us to get a 2 bedroom flat by December is close to impossible. When Arnie told me we might have to look somewhere else I have to admit I felt sad but this feeling didn’t last too long … trust me.
Last weekend we drove around the areas where it would be possible for us to rent, these were the candidates
REMRAAM™ offers attractive freehold apartments for individuals and families wanting serene community living in the heart of DUBAILAND® near Dubai Bypass Road, in rapidly developing “new Dubai.”
The development is situated between the Jebel Ali Free Zone and Arabian Ranches, with easy access to Sheikh Zayed Road and Emirates Road, in proximity to the city’s prime commercial and residential districts. REMRAAM™ creates a friendly yet tranquil neighbourhood with communal swimming pools, lawns, barbecue areas, play areas for children and a mosque.
- Dubai Investment Park – EWAN Residence
EWAN is a unique residential community, offering world-class accommodation that introduces a new style of modern living in a vibrant environment. Traditional and international design and architectural concepts have been combined together throughout the project to reflect a mix of Arabic heritage and modern lifestyles, aside from elements as wind towers and residences that reflect Emirati, Arabic and Andalusian characteristics. This beautifully landscaped development is a secure, gated community that also includes a recreation centre and several facilities such as play areas for children, swimming pools and a jogging track throughout the complex. Many top retail outlets are scheduled to open at the specially created shopping area that will have a souq-like atmosphere to allow residents to experience the finest traditions of the region. From:http://www.dipark.com/SitePages/residential.aspx#9
- Dubai Silicon Oasis
Established in 2004, Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA) (www.dso.ae) is wholly owned by the Government of Dubai providing both a living and working integrated community. Silicon Oasis is a Free Zone Authority and provides free trade zone incentives and benefits to companies operating within the tech park.
Dubai Silicon Oasis’ (DSO) spans 7.2 km². The Authority has made a large capital investment in its infrastructure to cater to the need of high tech industries in the free zone, this ranges from advanced telecommunications, a fibre optic network, tier 3 data centre with 120 high capacity racks, and a high-tech utility infrastructure with 8 power stations with a capacity of 1600 MW.
The technology park possesses a combined fire, water and irrigation supply system which is supported by a pump station and a 5000 m³ underground irrigation tank. A sanitary water network is also provided giving potable water supply of 44,525 m³ per day based on an estimated 162,400 population working and/or living at the Silicon Oasis. DSO has a sewerage management system includes onsite pumping stations that transport wastewater to municipal plants through a new pressure pipeline. Current capacity of the sewage management system is 3,000 m³ per day (of which the technology park currently uses approximately a third) with a planned expansion set to see the capacity increased to 10,000 m³ to facilitate the community’s future growth.
In addition, DSO has a fully completed network of roads allowing quick in and out access to Dubai’s major highways.
I can imagine myself living in any one of these, so as you can see my loyalty to Discovery Gardens is not as strong as I thought. The main and deciding factor here will be the rent price and the no. of bathrooms, and the space, and the security , and the pool, and the play ground, and the parking, and the…I’m kidding. Some things we can over look if the price is right. But I think the feeling of living in an area is an important deciding factor too, we have to be happy about the area, at the end of the day that’s the important part right?
There are more properties to check out and choose from, but right now we are just looking and checking out the places that are unfamiliar to us. We have not contacted any real estate agent yet because it still is 4 months away and Arnie has no plans of being barraged by phone calls from agents pressuring him to make a decision.
All in all I think the my role comes in with the decorating part and making the new place into a home which is also what excites me the most. This flat we are living in now has been a big part of the boys’ life that moving to a new and bigger flat would be like living in a whole new world for them and I intend to make the transition from the old place to the new one as smooth as possible.
I can’t wait for December, but first I’ve got to start collecting boxes and start packing. Wish me luck!!!