A study by a group of real estate professionals reveals that while there are still more young men than young women investing in properties, the real estate industry is inclined to cater more to women’s aesthetic and functional sensibilities. This is because surveys show that women have as much as 91 percent influence in residential property investments.
This shouldn’t be a surprise; after all, the prevailing notion is that it is the women who make a house a home. Besides that, women, particularly the younger set, seem to have a better idea of what they want in a house and how to make it an asset in their life.
So if you are a young woman looking to rent your first home in a big city like Dubai, you’ll surely find the list below a handy guide to use. Learn all about the different vital features or qualities that young women want for their abode, be it a rental or a forever home, in this post.
1. Beautiful, convenient and safe neighborhood
Most young women are quite particular about location when searching for a house to move into. Safety is a top priority. Indeed, if you’re a single woman living in a busy city, you want your community to be safe and secure. However, it’s always so much better if the community is not just safe, but also homey and convenient.
According to a group of young females who are working their first jobs out of university, it is for such reasons that they typically gravitate toward real estate provisions in a premium location, such as apartments for rent in Dubai Sports City.
Even if they know they might not be able to afford it, they do not give up hope that they’d find a unit that could work with their budget somehow. This is because they do not just want a safe place to live in — they also want a lifestyle.
2. Impressive Architecture
It’s only natural for young, stylish females to be quite particular with the architectural design of houses because most of them want their home to be an extension of their personality. Therefore, the residential structure should be visually impressive and strategically functional.
Real estate reports share that currently, for many single female tenants, houses with European and Japanese architecture are top picks. Women like the ornate details of Scandinavian and Mediterranean-style dwellings, and the clean, seamless, and peaceful appeal of Japanese architecture.
There’s a growing number of ladies with creative lifestyles who want a garden. Horticulture is a hobby, and they view a garden as a means to manage their expenses and health better. You’ll find many of them spending their days off from work tending to plants and hosting afternoon tea and outdoor dinners in their yards.
This is believed to be one of the factors behind the trend of female friends leasing gorgeous villas for rent. In Springs, a lovely and wholesome community in Dubai, you can expect to find young, female urban professionals of different nationalities that live together. They thrive in the arrangement because they all share a standard of living wherein a lovely home with a garden serves as a solid foundation.
It’s worth mentioning, too, that for most property investors and even mere renters, a view is a must and for a lot of young women, there’s no better view than a garden.
4. Spacious Kitchen
Another vital home feature for those who want a home is a spacious kitchen. In recent years, there’s been a noticeable revived interest in homemaking among young women. Thus, a big and high-performing kitchen has grown to a must-have.
Many of these ladies find that a spacious kitchen inspires them to become not just dedicated homemakers but also gracious hostesses. A large and open kitchen design truly makes it easier for them to cook and take care of other kitchen duties without leaving their guests.
5. Extra Bedrooms
If budget is no issue, extra bedrooms are not luxuries but must-haves, as well. These make hosting holiday celebrations a more enjoyable affair. Instead of having guests, such as parents, siblings, relatives, and friends check in at nearby hotels, you can just have them at home.
Being able to provide this temporary accommodation is a win for all. Your guests can save on expenses, while you can enjoy their company (perhaps even get them to help with traditional holiday preparations).
6. Modern Bathroom
Travel host Samantha Brown always says females have high standards when it comes to bathrooms, so it’s no shock that modern bathrooms make this list.
According to Brown, most women wouldn’t want a quaint one, which is interpreted as a small and cramped bathroom with the most basic features. Ladies prefer a good-sized bathroom equipped with fancy components. They also want a bathroom counter large enough for a collection of hygiene essentials and skincare products.
Adequate storage for styling tools is considered essential—ditto with a relaxing bathtub, a sophisticated shower, high-tech toilet, and other innovative integrations.
A bathroom is not just a place meant for hygiene purposes; it’s a sanctuary as well — a private corner of the house where they can relax and luxuriate.
7. Thoughtful Interior Layout and Built-ins
The interior layout and the presence of built-ins in residential properties are indicators of styling and utility potential. Women pay close attention to the flow these elements create and how these can serve their personal living requirements or preferences.
If the layout is off and some built-ins serve no actual use, savvy young investors or potential tenants will usually resume their search since rental costs are always influenced by every square foot of the property.
Today, young women are more success-oriented, financially savvy and assertive. It’s great to know that the real estate industry is catering to their needs effectively.
Author Bio: Mark Tolland is the Founder and Managing Director at Abode Property, a boutique real estate brokerage ﬁrm providing top-notch, personalized services to discerning landlords looking to sell or let out their premises in prime locations of Dubai like Marina, Downtown and The Palm. The firm also advises global HNIs looking to rent or buy a prized asset in Dubai, and prides itself in upholding high service standards, ethics and accurate advice.