The New Digs

12 Nov

One of the first important undertakings when moving to a new country is to find a place to call home. People working for the large oil and natural gas companies in Qatar often move into compounds owned or rented by the company as soon as they arrive.  We, like many other expats living here, are in a different line of work so finding a place to live often falls within our own responsibility.  With 6 years of expat experience behind us, we have learnt that the most effective way of finding a place to live is to research as much as you can before you arrive, make contact with good property agents or compound managers and ‘befriend them for all your worth’ until eventually they give in and you secure a house. This is all left to Olaf as I am a hopeless negotiator and flirt.

Four years ago when we last lived in Qatar housing was in short supply and very expensive. The situation seems to have changed a bit since then with compounds, apartment blocks and free-standing houses springing up everywhere at a rapid rate easing the demand somewhat. This country is developing and growing FAST.

Having lived here before we had a good idea of the areas we thought would work for us and the type of housing that would suit our family and lifestyle. During the 5 weeks that Olaf has been living here before us, he did all the leg-work, meeting an agent, looking at houses and securing us a home before Luka and I arrived. He did an excellent job and I couldn’t happier with the choice he made. We had the freedom of choosing a free-standing house, an apartment or a house in a compound. We opted for compound living again as we like living in a small community, feeling secure and being able to use shared facilities like a gym and pools without having to maintain them ourselves. 

I snapped a few (bad) pics yesterday when we went over to see the house for the first time. It has all the usual basics like furniture and white goods but obviously needs some love and lots of personal touches to turn it into a home. I am more than happy to oblige!

Our street within the compound


The compound pool, with jacuzzi and kiddies pool behind me out of picture


Our Backyard

I’m really excited about having our own outdoor space for Luka to play without me worrying about him falling into a pool or going walkabout, a place to barbeque with friends and just generally hangout undisturbed.

Family room and huge kitchen in the distance


Lounge and diningroom

 The house has 4 double en-suite bedrooms upstairs, some with little balconies of their own. It’s more space than our little family of 3 really require but these houses only come in one size. We have plans to change one of the bedrooms into a craft/playroom and will keep the other as a guest bedroom. Now that we no longer live in Saudi Arabia, people suddenly want to visit us again! We look forward to having all our family and friends to stay. 

We are currently staying in a hotel/serviced apartment and are due to move into our house later this week. However, we are still waiting for our household goods from Saudi to arrive so we may have to delay the move until they arrive. It would probably be more comfortable to sleep on sheets and have a kettle to boil water than not!


8 Responses to “The New Digs”

  1. Gayle November 13, 2011 at 5:19 pm #

    Hi Pipsy love,
    Thanks for the pic’s of your new abode, like the pools etc., how lovely to have such a great enclosure for Luka to ride and play around in, knowing he will be safe. Hope you enjoyed your coffee morning meeting all your new friends.
    Much love mom

    • Philippa Brinkmann November 14, 2011 at 7:09 pm #

      Hi Mom
      The pictures aren’t great but at least you have an idea. It’s really difficult to get decent shots of rooms in a house, particularly when there is very little to see. I will take more once we are in. They’ll be good for before and afters at least. Can’t wait to move in.

  2. Toni November 14, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

    Thanks for keeping us up to date. The new place looks really nice. Hope the stuff from Saudi arrives soon 🙂 Big kisses xxxx

    • Philippa Brinkmann November 14, 2011 at 7:11 pm #

      Thanks Toni. There is much to do still but it’s a start. There will be loads of unpacking AGAIN. If I never pack or unpack a household again in my life…it will be too soon.

  3. Sue November 15, 2011 at 4:29 am #

    Your new crib looks nice and cosy already. But I know with your touch and it will turn into a warm & conducive home.. Where is the compound located?

    • Philippa Brinkmann November 15, 2011 at 4:38 am #

      It’s in the Al Waab/VIllagio/Aspire area, right on Al Waab Road (next to Beverly Hills 2 and 3. We like the area. Close to Olaf’s office and good schools.

  4. Fay November 16, 2011 at 8:59 pm #

    Hi Philippa, hoeraaaaa for your new homy!!!! Or lets say YOU will make it home ;-))). Great that it has space and private backyard! Hope you can move in soon and have a lovely time redecorating etc etc again! Looking forward on that progress with nice pics! Say hi to your hubby!!!! Big hug, Fay x

    • dustbusting November 17, 2011 at 5:02 am #

      Thank you, Fay. Our boxes arrived from Saudi yesterday afternoon. They are piled up high waiting to be unpacked today. Your outdoor furniture has joined us in Qatar, we hope it settles in well! 😉

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