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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 20 November 2018

Inside a Dh12.5m Dubai villa with a home cinema - in pictures

Spread across three levels, this golf-course-adjacent property also has a home gym and a built-up area of 10,924 sq ft

With the summer heat at full blast, going to the cinema is a popular option to wile away a few hours, especially when it feels like there is a constant stream of blockbusters on the big screen.

But what if you don't feel like leaving your house to sit in a comfy chair next to your friends, lights dimmed and popcorn in hand - and your 43-inch Samsung just doesn't cut it any more?

The concept of a full-on home cinema is one usually reserved for the mega mansions of this world - the 14-bedroom palaces containing rooms crying out for purpose. If you are in the market for a new villa in Dubai, however, and would prefer to stay at home for private viewings of your favourite films, then this five-bedroom Wild Flower villa at Jumeirah Golf Estates could be an enticing option - if your budget stretches to Dh12.5 million.

The home cinema might not come at the top of a list of priorities for many buyers, but it's a great addition with its Sony FHD projector, Monitor Audio system, and acoustic carpets and wall paint. The chairs are yet to be installed, however.

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The Wild Flower community is one of 16 at Jumeirah Golf Estates, many of which have Mediterranean and Tuscan inspired designs.

This one, being marketed by LuxuryProperty.com is of the Mediterranean variety with its warm, sandy hues, red-tiled gable roof and balconies with black metal railings. The interior, which comes unfurnished, contains marble flooring, mosaic wall tiles in the bathroom and ebony door frames throughout.

Spread across three levels, the villa has a lift and benefits from a home automation system to make life that bit easier. The kitchen is sleek and contemporary with its white Poggenpohl cabinetry, while a large central island can act as a breakfast bar.

The basement level is where the fun is found - a games room and home gym both with ceiling skylights, plus a sauna and of course the cinema. Meanwhile, the outdoor area features a swimming pool, gazebo and shower, and is open to customisation.

Dubai's residential market is continuing to feel the pressure of an oversupply, according to a new report from property company Chestertons. Although average sales prices for apartments dipped 1 per cent quarter-on-quarter, average villa prices remained flat during the same period.

Palm Jumeriah was the only area which saw an increase during the second quarter, with prices up 4 per cent to Dh2,298 per sq ft. Arabian Ranches, Jumeriah Park and The Lakes all witnessed softening of 2 per cent, 3 per cent and 1 per cent respectively, while The Meadows and The Springs remained flat.