Nestled away on the outskirts of Dubai, Al Barari, an exclusive estate of palatial villas, houses some of the emirate’s richest and most private residents.
But this 19,145 square foot, six-bedroom Bromellia house in the leafy Desert Leaf 1 neighbourhood takes all that to a new level.
The villa’s current owner, who lives in Monaco, has spent thousands of dirhams upgrading what was already a fairly luxurious, if standard, Al Barari villa into the type of home he hopes will attract the world’s super rich.
Standard villas in the district currently sell for around Dh15 million. But this villa, which has never been lived in, comes with a price tag of Dh49m thanks to its upgrade – though the agent says the seller is “prepared to negotiate”.
It is rumoured that Saudi businessman Adnan Khashoggi, once considered one of the world’s richest men, has even viewed the property.
Certainly this villa, which comes fully furnished, has all the trappings a billionaire playboy could hope for.
Features include a 1,300 sq ft chlorine-free pool with fibre optic lighting underneath and glass walls which create a striking starry pattern in the water. Close by is a 200 sq ft jacuzzi alongside a pool bar and barbecue area.
A separate yoga temple and massage area help one balance one’s chi as well as a state of the art gym complete with steam room, exotic shower and ice plunge pool.
Inside, in true James Bond style, is a games room as well as a vast private cinema.
The property includes its own air-conditioned “car showroom” for four cars plus a garage for another three cars making it seven parking spaces in total.
“This is one of the only super luxury trophy homes in Al Barari,” Mr Jones adds. “Most of the villas in the development come on plots measuring around 15,000 square feet but the owner here has bought an extra chunk of land meaning that this villa plot is rare in measuring around 26,000 square feet.”
What is Al Barari?
Al Barari, which means “the wilderness” in Arabic, is a luxury, eco-conscious gated estate in Dubai’s Nad Al Sheba enclave built by Dubai’s prominent Zaal family. The whole development comprises just a few hundred low density homes surrounded by lush gardens. The first residents moved into the community in Spring 2010.
What is in it?
The development comprises 217 villas, a health food restaurant and the region’s largest privately owned plant nursery. Eighty per cent of the 4.2 million square foot development is made up of green space, themed gardens, landscaped lakes and freshwater streams.
Where do the plants come from?
The Zaal family have brought plants from all over the world to Al Barari. They boast that they have introduced 800 species that have never been grown in the Middle East before, including a tall palm tree called a Bismarckia nobilis, or the Bismarck fan palm that is native to Madagascar.
Is this a good time to buy?
According to the property broker Cavendish Maxwell, villa prices in the third quarter of 2015 are 9 per cent lower in the city than they were a year ago. However, Mr Jones says that although Dubai’s mainstream real estate market is slowing down this year, the super luxury end is still moving. He points to the sale in October of a villa in Emirates Hills for Dh93 million. He stresses people are willing to pay for quality.
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