Dubai Marina has grown to become one of the most admired residential hubs in the city, primarily for its central location, beaches within short walking distance, plethora of restaurants and cafés, and of course fitness centres and spas.
Previously plugged as the area of choice for youngsters and singles, Dubai Marina has gradually drifted away from that notion, now playing home to families and those who enjoy living amidst the bustle of the city.
The area is best defined by its retail outlets and shopping malls. For instance, “the Spinneys outdoor parking” is a term that Dubai residents are well aware of. That’s how we came to find The Residences at Marina Gate, a trio of towers – one of which belongs to Jumeirah Living – surrounded by the Arabian Gulf on one side and the marina on the other.
The towers, by property developer Select Group, will soon offer a selection of restaurants and shops on the Plaza level. To find out more about each unit, we explored the premises, beginning with the four-bedroom duplex penthouse. The views? You can take your pick from the picturesque sea on one end, to the Marina skyline and golf course in the distance. The apartment opens up to a spacious area with the dining table and living room set-up near the balcony. All units are flooded with natural sunlight, which makes waking up all the more delightful. The ground floor comprises an open-layout kitchen with Miele appliances, the maid’s room, two bedrooms and bathrooms. Upstairs is perhaps the area where you and your family will spend most time. The family room is a great nook for the family to kick-back, watch TV and catch up on reading, or for the children to do their homework. Both penthouses differ slightly, in terms of the home office and en-suite bathrooms. Type 3,4 showcase the study/home office as a room, whereas in Type 4,5 the office desk in placed in a corner, on the way to the Master bedroom. Type 4,5 also offers views of the marina from the washroom, with a stand-alone bathtub allowing you to indulge in a hot soak as you take in the glamour of the surroundings. Our favourite features were hands-down the finish of the bathroom with a clean, minimalist theme, and of course, the walk-in closet which provides just enough space to store your finest outfits.
What makes a residential tower stand out from others in the area? The amenities. The Residences at Marina Gate offer a spectacular temperature controlled infinity pool, children’s pool area, illuminated squash and paddle tennis courts, and a dual level gymnasium that rivals most in the city in terms of equipment and views. The state-of-the-art gym is sectioned into areas, with a zone for women looking for a bit of privacy. If you are looking to invest in the marina, this should be one to consider, not just as a potential rental but perhaps even as a family home. Need to know: The penthouses are available from Dhs7.5 million.
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