Dubai’s most expensive communities to rent or buy

Emirates Hills is the most expensive villa community to buy or rent a property in Dubai, according to Propertyfinder Group, which has analysed the emirate’s priciest areas.

According to the real estate portal, those looking to buy in the luxury villa community would shell out Dh2,604 per square foot to live there. Palm Jumeirah takes second position at Dh2,437 per sq ft, while The Lakes community, which sits next to Emirates Hills, comes in third at Dh1,369.

“Even with real estate prices dropping across the country, luxury living still comes at a premium,” Propertyfinder Group said in a report on Monday.

Graphic: Propertyfinder Group

A square foot in Emirates Hills costs 243 per cent more, and in Palm Jumeirah 221 per cent more, than the median asking price in Jumeirah Village Circle, the least expensive area in Dubai, Propertyfinder said.

The three top communities for purchasing villas are also the top three most expensive villa communities to rent, with Emirates Hills costing tenants Dh80 per sq ft, Palm Jumeirah Dh75 per sq ft and The Lakes Dh74 per sq ft.

Residential sales and rental prices in the UAE continued to fall between April and October, encouraging renters to consider buying properties, according to Propertyfinder Group’s 2017 Trends study released last month. Real estate prices and rents in the UAE have fallen over the past two years due to the economic slowdown, job cuts and lower housing allowances amid an increase in supply in some communities.

Mario Volpi, the chief sales officer at Kensington Exclusive Properties, said Emirates Hills continues to attract wealthy buyers “due to its exclusionary and privileged trademark and it has been the ambition of many to own a villa in this sought after community”.

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