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Is your Dubai neighbour paying less than you?


DUBAI – “Never buy the most expensive house on the block” is common wisdom often passed on to property hunters. But in Dubai, where one’s home is often located in a high-rise, it can be tough to tell who is paying the most, and how luxury offerings compare to the neighbours in the building next door.

A recent survey by Propertyfinder Group determined the median asking prices in popular luxury buildings, then compared those prices to what the average resident is paying in the area.

Comparing those median prices for luxe living to the median prices of the area overall revealed that some Dubai residents are paying nearly three times more for the best address.

Dubai Marina is by far the most popular community in Dubai. In the Marina, residents pay a median price of Dh1,570 per square foot, according to Propertyfinder data through the end of October 2017.

But for those who call Le Reve or Silverene towers home, the asking prices there are a whopping 150 percent more than the area’s median: asking up to Dh4,000 per square foot.

A similar story plays out in Downtown Dubai,’s third most popular community by search volume. Those who wish to buy an apartment in the world’s tallest tower will pay an epic premium. The median asking price in the Burj Khalifa is between Dh3,000 and Dh4,000 per square foot.

The median price per square foot for sale in Downtown Dubai is nearly half that, at Dh2,132.

A community that bucks this trend is Jumeirah Village Circle. Its median asking price for apartments is Dh925. A top luxury offering in that area, according to search data, is Milano by Giovanni Boutique Suite. Buyers can expect a median asking price of around Dh1,000 per square foot, which falls close to the area’s overall median.

Luxury apartment buyers, never spoiled for choice in Dubai, will have even more to choose from in the coming years as Bluewaters Island, Bvlgari, CityWalk, Dubai Creek Harbour, and Dubai Hills Estate finish development.

Shiny new offerings will have a downward effect on existing luxury units. That is, your neighbourhood’s most expensive offering may soon be more affordable. DAJ/Expat Media


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