The Lakes form part of the Emirates Living development, a highly regarded upmarket zone conceived in the early 2000s and built by renowned developer Emaar.
The wider Emirates Living area comprises four gated communities, The Lakes, The Springs, The Meadows, The Greens, The Views and Emirates Hills.
The defining feature of the area is water and greenery and there is an incredible 52 million square feet of greenery, alongside relaxing water features and meandering lakeside pathways.
The area is popular with international families, especially given that all the properties have large private gardens and the kids are safe thanks to communal swimming pools, play areas and parks.
Two to six-bedroom villas and townhouses are available in The Lakes, across six different zones, Forat, Zulal, Ghadeer, Maeen, Deema and Hattan.
The well-established community delivers the best in suburban living and is only a 10 to 15 minutes drive to the bustling beauty of JBR, Dubai Marina and the beach as well as Dubai Internet City and Media City, both important business hubs in the city.
Residents can enjoy urban skyline views, parks, lakes, swimming pools, basketball courts, tennis courts, football pitches and gyms.
There are many local shops within the community, and the local malls offer cinemas and restaurants, making it the perfect location for smaller and growing families.
The Lakes Club is within the community, where locals enjoy local supermarket Choithrams, a nail salon, a hair salon, a dry cleaner, a gym, a fun club for the kids, and the well-known Reform Social and Grill, a popular destination restaurant.
Education-wise, there are a number of renowned nurseries, primary and secondary schools close by, within the wider Emirates Living development, including Dubai International Academy, Emirates International School, Dubai British School as well as the American University in Dubai on the edge of Dubai Media City.
Dubai British School offers pre-school, foundation, primary and secondary places and Emirates International School provides international education from early years through to year 13, and The Lakes is home to Raffles International School Nursery.
A key attraction for many is the Emirates Golf Club and Montgomerie Golf Course, world-class golf courses which are both within a kilometre of The Lakes.
For medical services, the closest hospitals include Al Zahra Hospital and Saudi German Hospital in Al Barsha, while there are clinics and dentists within the Emirates Living suburb. The six smaller neighbourhoods within The Lakes feature 600 villas in three to six-bedroom layouts.
The properties themselves are designed in contemporary architectural styles, with high ceilings and plenty of space and will get a maid’s quarters, ample parking, a private garden and many offer glorious views of greenery or the extensive lakes.
Prince Ufouma is an Associate Director at Powerhouse Real Estate