A Floating Villa for $2.7 Million in Dubai

For years, Dubai has been known as a playground for extreme urban design. From Ski Dubai, the city’s massive indoor ski slope, to the towering Burj Khalifa, daring architecture seems limitless in the United Arab Emirates’ capital city. Soon, Dubai will be adding yet another innovative wonder to its roster: the Floating Seahorse villas, located roughly two and a half miles off the coast in the waters of the Persian Gulf. Spearheaded by the design firm Kleindienst Group, the units have a current asking price of $2.7 million. The floating homes will consist of three levels—the main floor at sea level, an upper deck, and a lower level completely submerged in water. The main floor, which includes an outdoor shower, a kitchenette, and glass-bottomed jacuzzi, will be ideal for entertaining. The lower level houses a master bedroom with floor-to-ceiling windows for breathtaking views of marine life.

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Each villa will also feature a man-made coral garden, spanning 495 square feet, that’s connected to the underwater level. “We will create an artificial coral reef beneath the luxury retreats,” said CEO Josef Kleindienst about the design element that gave the complex its name in a statement. “It will be a protected area in which seahorses can safely live and breed.”

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 The cluster of villas will be a section of the World, a man-made archipelago designed in the shape of a globe. After a halt in construction following the 2008 financial crisis, the World is up and running again, with the Floating Seahorse housing units expected to be the first completed project.
After undergoing a series of rigorous engineering tests, the homes should be move-in ready by early 2017.

Josh Gleyfano

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