A house is a property that is usually set out over two or more floors. In Qatar, houses are usually referred to as villas, although it is possible to also find townhouses too. There are two kinds of villas: either standalone villas or compound villas. A standalone villa is defined as a house that has boundary walls and stands on its own private land as a detached and separate entity. A compound villa is defined as a house that is located within a residential compound or "neighbourhood/society". Compounds vary in size and can be anything from a handful of houses to hundreds in the much larger compounds. Both have their benefits and drawbacks for example, standalone villas offer more privacy for their occupants and compound villas usually benefit from many more amenities, security and maintenance.
A townhouse is a type of terraced housing often referred to as "row houses" as they are constructed in rows and stand side by side with shared walls usually to both sides. Most townhouses typically have more than 2 floors and commonly three in most regions. There is a wide variety of houses available in Qatar with varying amenities and suitable for most budgets.
Al Messila is a district in the west of the municipality of Doha and shares its western border with Lebday and Old Al Rayyan (Al Rayyan City): two eastern districts of the municipality of Al Rayyan. The area is populated with mainly residential compounds, some large and gated with extensive facilities. The area also has plenty of schools to choose from. It is an area suitable in particular for families to find a home to rent either unfurnished or furnished as desired.
The area has good links for transport and the Al Shamal Road (Q1) otherwise known as the Doha Expressway, runs along the west side of the district separating it from the Al Rayyan municipality. Other main roads that run through the district are the Al Jazira Al Arabiya Street, Jassim Bin Hamad Street, 22 February Street, and the Al Rayyan Road which begins at Souq Waqif in Central Doha and later on merges into the Dukhan Highway (Q3) as it passes through the Al Shahaniya municipality and ends in the city of Dukhan in the west of Qatar by the coast.