Properties advertised as semi-furnished or partly furnished come with a few furnishings. In Qatar when a property is advertised as semi-furnished or partly furnished this usually means that there are some appliances in the kitchen and sometimes fitted air conditioning units or fitted wardrobes in the bedrooms. This type of home is useful for those not wishing to spend on large kitchen appliances or "white goods" as they are otherwise known. These are typically, items that are somewhat costly to buy and also may require maintenance or a warranty, so it is definitely an added convenience to have peace of mind knowing that if your kitchen appliances ever have a problem, they will be taken care of by the landlord. This convenience is factored in the monthly rental price and semi-furnished or partly furnished homes do cost more to rent, which is expected for the reasons explained.
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.
Porto Arabia is a precinct in the spectacular man-made island of The Pearl. The area is mixed use, offering both residential and retail capabilities of world-class standards. The architecture in Porto Arabia is inspired by Mediterranean style, offering its residents access to impressive Marina living with 3.5 kilometres of waterfront promenade. There are over 7,200 residential units in sizes ranging from 116 to 900 square metres to suit all requirements. The 31 impressive towers provide varying residential options including one- to four-bedroom apartments and larger luxurious penthouses. Additionally, beautiful Mediterranean inspired townhouses offer residents an alternative to apartment style living and range from one- to three-bedrooms.
Porto Arabia is an exemplary upscale living, leisure and recreational destination offering both indoor and outdoor retail outlets. With a wealth of popular international brands, a vast array of food and beverage units and a breath-taking five-star hotel and resort, the precinct is certainly complete. Plenty of friendly services and amenities ranging from climate-controlled shopping arcades, open-air Boardwalk with access to valet parking facilities, water taxi drop-offs and golf cart transportation, Porto Arabia stands out like the "jewel in the crown" and with the huge offering of homes for rent and sale, you can be sure to find yours.