Apartments are self-contained residential units occupying part of a larger building. They are usually set out on a single storey of a building and it is for this reason that in some regions (UK, India etc.) they are referred to as "flats". The term apartment is one that is used extensively in Europe, North America and places that use American English. The term "flat" is used in the UK, India and places that use British English. Apartments or flats have their own front door, kitchen, toilet and bathroom. In some countries a 1-bedroom apartment may be advertised as a 1bhk or 1bhk flat. The term "bhk" or "BHK" refers to bedroom, hall and kitchen. This means that the unit would have 1 bedroom, a hall (lounge/sitting room) and kitchen.
A compound apartment can be defined as an apartment that is located within a residential compound or "neighbourhood/society". Renting an apartment in a compound offers many benefits such as security, maintenance, swimming pool, gym, clubhouse with various facilities, children"s play area and other sporting facilities to name a few. Compounds vary in size, some are gated and others have the convenience of a mini supermarket for groceries, a restaurant or even a mosque. Not all compounds offer apartments for rent as some only have villas. There is a wide variety of compounds in Qatar that suit most budgets and have all kinds of amenities. It is worth asking the agent about any adverts you have seen and checking the amenities with them if you are looking for anything in particular, as sometimes agents do not list all the available amenities in a compound.
West Bay Lagoon also known as "Leqtaifiya" (spelled as Legtaifiyah or Al Qutaifiya) is a district in the municipality of Doha. It forms part of Zone 66 of Qatar together with Onaiza and Al Qassar. The district is well known for its luxurious waterfront villas which are some of the most expensive in the country. It is one of the few areas in Doha where properties are available for purchase by non-Qataris. It is an area highly favoured by both locals and the expatriate population and one of the most searched for areas when it comes to high-end property in Qatar.
West Bay Lagoon has over 10 local and international schools making it a popular area for families when moving to Doha. It is also very conveniently located for easy access to the Pearl and the business and diplomatic centres of Doha. The Corniche, multiple museums and historical Souq Waqif are all nearby. The area has excellent road links and its own Metro station, Legtaifiya on the Red Line. There are several large International Hotels in the area and extensive retail facilities including the popular Lagoona Mall with its designer boutiques offering the best brands, modern eateries and artisan cafes to enjoy some of the best cuisine in Doha. There are plenty of beautiful apartments and luxurious villas available to rent in West Bay Lagoon, some with their own private beaches and many other enviable features.