Boutique, luxury real estate agency Belleview Real Estate is celebrating after exceeding the record for a Dubai property sale after finding a £58.5 million buyer for a unique property on the coveted north fronds of Palm Jumeriah.
The previous long-standing record – of AED185m or £38.6m – has been unbeaten since 2015 and while many transactions came close to that amount, it was leading luxury property broker Conor McKay who clinched the astounding deal.
The property in question is a 10-bedroom, custom-built villa on Palm Jumeirah. This expansive contemporary white villa features an enormous 33,000sq ft of state-of-the-art living space, ‘seven-star’ spa hotel facilities, (including a gym and a hair salon), imported and handpicked book-matched Italian marble, all furnished by uber-lux Italian furniture houses Giorgetti and Minotti. It also boasts 70 meters of private beachfront.
Real estate platform propertymonitor.com verified that the sale of this Palm Jumeirah villa sets a new record for the highest value residential villa sale in Dubai.
Property Monitor’s COO, Zhann Jochinke, said: “To see a transaction of this magnitude illustrates the ongoing strength of Dubai’s property market, particularly in the ultra-high-end segment. The transaction not only beats Dubai’s previous record, but closes the gap between Dubai’s luxury market and those of leading global cities such as London, New York, and Hong Kong.”
Broker McKay is no stranger to Dubai’s uber-luxury property market. He has a long history of selling luxury real estate. Having established himself as one of the top brokers in Emirates Hills, Palm Jumeriah, and Dubai Hills, he has won numerous third-party awards over the years. McKay prides himself on giving expert advice to his clients, combined with a finely tuned, strategic approach to negotiations to ensure his clients get the best deal.
Having sold more than AED 750,000,000 in luxury real estate in 2021 alone, McKay is already shaping up to surpass that in 2022 with this record-breaking transaction.
Those familiar with Dubai’s property market might have been expecting the transaction record to be beaten. 2021 saw tremendous growth – with property prices increasing an estimated 21 per cent within the first 10 months of the year and over AED135 bn worth of transactions occurring between January and November 2021.
According to McKay: “One major key to the growth in 2021 was the government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. While we experienced a very strict lockdown, within six weeks Dubai had one of the most comprehensive testing infrastructures globally, allowing life to return to normal almost immediately. Within 12 months, 89.7 per cent of the population was vaccinated. This response saw an influx of high-net-worth individuals from overseas. Combine that with an already undervalued property market and the result is the explosive growth we witnessed last year.”
While such rapid growth could be cause for alarm, Peter Smithson, sales director at Belleview, thinks otherwise: “While a short-term view of the market can be intimidating, when we look at the overall history, we see the current average AED cost per sq ft of property is only 78 per cent of the previous peak in 2014. Consider how strong Dubai is now, compared to then, and you have no option but to predict further significant growth.”
This suggests that the buyer of this magnificent, record-breaking property is likely to see their prized asset increase in value over the coming years.
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