During the past year, many of us were obliged to work from home. As a result, we spent many hours in our residential environments.
One advantage that arose due to this situation was the ample time we were afforded to fully appreciate and understand the functionality of our home environment and what we genuinely require from our personal and family space.
The most apparent, notable conditions include security, comfort, efficiency and healthy lifestyle options. Sizeable living areas, clean outdoor spaces, multiple facilities to suit all ages, secured private entrances, all within a green, peaceful, friendly setting. These types of developments have flourished across the world for many years and are referred to as Gated Communities.
Cypriot residents are beginning to appreciate this type of residential lifestyle development, recognising that they promote a superior quality of life.
A first for Nicosia
The construction of this type of unique development is now in progress, meeting these standards, in Dasoupolis, Nicosia. Set in 10.000 square metres of elevated land in a new peaceful neighbourhood, this gated community is home to six residential apartment buildings arranged on its perimeter.
The development is close to the Cyprus Olympic Committee headquarters, behind the Aretaeio hospital, close to Alfa Mega supermarket.
A central courtyard outfitted with comprehensive lifestyle features is the focal point of this development. The buildings cover less than 30% of the total land leaving abundant space for its residents to enjoy the 5.500 square metres of gardens and open areas within the development. The central garden area, which is surrounded by the buildings, is what gave the development its name; “The Courtyard”.
Some of the lifestyle features found in the vast Courtyard include a multipurpose wooden exercise deck placed near a green wall with the calming sounds of a trickling water feature to add to the ambience, and many shaded squares for friendly get-togethers and a reading/working space with internet facilities allowing residents to work or relax outdoors.
Plush Green Areas
Meticulously designed green areas will be covered with mature trees, flowers and colorful bushes, etc., offering their aromas and pleasing to the eye.
Each of the six buildings has been named after a Cyprus-native tree, planted in its entrance.
A broad pathway will encircle the development, offering space for jogging and exercise. On the outer edge of the complex, a large, safe children’s playground, party area and a designated barbeque site can be found.
Vehicles, motorcycles, and bicycles will be prohibited throughout the ground-level areas for added security and enhanced aesthetics. Due to this arrangement, all buildings will have ground-floor apartments with their gardens extending into the yard area.
A wide entrance services the single-floor basement parking area for cars, motorcycles, and bicycles. The underground parking hosts more than two parking spaces per flat. The basement hosts spacious storage rooms for the apartments and provision for charging electric cars in every parking bay.
The design of the apartments is based on the desires of modern families and includes spacious, functional areas built with materials to stand the test of time, requiring little or no maintenance.
There are two buildings with only 2-bedroom flats, two buildings with only 3-bedroom apartments and one building with only 4-bedroom flats. Each floor houses only two independent flats that share no common walls and have at least 2.5 meters between them for privacy.
The 5-bedroom flat building houses only floor flats, i.e. one flat per floor.
In general, flats in The Courtyard are more spacious than those of the competition, with internal covered living space of 94, 145, 208 & 257 square meters for the 2, 3, 4 and 5 bedroom apartments, respectively.
The reasonable pricing of the units compares very favourably with market competition especially considering the inclusion of the following features in the price:
· Under floor water heating (including the heat pump)
· Electrically operated aluminium Venetian blinds on all windows
· Air-conditioning units installed in all rooms including concealed systems in the reception area
· Movable Venetian barriers on verandas
· Two parking spaces for each flat (with certain conditions apply)
· Solar water heaters and water pressure systems for each flat
· Photovoltaic systems to cover the electrical cost to common areas
· The development also has its water well for irrigation making common water expenses zero.
The Courtyard offers enjoyable day-to-day living in a friendly, comfortable, safe and quiet environment, surrounded by green spaces and outdoor facilities. Enjoy a quality of life in a gated community bursting with life. It is an extraordinary residential development that will enhance the lifestyle of the privileged residents that will reside there.
Written by: George Mouskides
Director FOX Smart Estate Agency
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