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Mansion Global - Once a Desert, Now a Lush Estate—Dubai Villa Sells for US$11.4 Million

A fully furnished villa in an “eco-conscious” community created from a slice of empty desert in Dubai has sold for AED42 million (US$ 11.4 million).


Located in Al Barari—the name of which translates to “wilderness” and touts itself as “the region’s first integrated luxury and active eco-conscious development”—the 11,646 square-foot mansion sold Wednesday, according to Evern van Niekerk, a private client adviser at Maria Morris Real Estate.


“The allure of Al Barari continues, and this latest transaction is testament to the fact that our high-net-worth clientele are seeking well-designed, quality villas within the community,” Maria Morris, founder of the firm, said in a statement.


The agency declined to comment on the buyer, but noted he “sought a turnkey solution for his family’s dream home.” Mansion Global was unable to identify the buyer.


Developed by Farah Realty, the six-bedroom, seven-bathroom villa is the firm’s first completed project in the U.A.E., although there are several more in the pipeline. The house was originally listed in June for AED 48 million.


The custom-built abode includes Calacatta Oro marble throughout, furnishings from Minotti and Fendi, bespoke crystal chandeliers and KNX home automation, according to the listing. There are also floor-to-ceiling windows and an open floor plan that allow for a light-filled residence.


Warm woods and biophilic elements are used both inside and outside the home to connect it to the surrounding landscape. Outside, there is a pool and lush landscaping, listing photos show.


“In Dubai’s thriving real estate landscape, the demand for turnkey luxury villas is continuing to rise,” van Niekerk said in a statement, adding that Al Barari has attracted strong interest from international buyers. “Purchasers are also lured in by the idyllic family community, lush greenery and lakes.”


Dubai has been a hot spot for luxury real estate in recent years. The average price in the city was up by 48.8% year over year in the second quarter, and it has been the top-performing city for eight consecutive quarters, according to the Knight Frank’s Prime Global Cities Index.


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