If you’re an expat planning to come to Jeddah, you’re probably googling compounds in jeddah and you’re probably frustrated about how little results you get from search engines. This is because 80% of compounds do not have websites !!! I had a very difficult time searching for compounds so I hope my post will clear things up for you.
First you need to understand the different type of housings available to you (All prices are on a yearly basis):
1- An Appartment: This is usually the cheapest type of residence in Jeddah. Two bedrooms appartments are anywhere from 20 000SAR to 40 000 SAR per year. If you’re looking to stay in an appartment building, make sure you chose a good location (Near supermakets, near shopping center, near hospital, clinic etc..).
2- A compound residence: Ideal for a family because compounds are gated communities. Normally they include a swimming pool, tennis court and some even have their own supermakets ! They are more expensive than appartments. A trick I learn is: If you are arab, do not mention that that you have a foreign citizenship. For some reason, they tend to price foreigners about 1.5 time the normal price. When they know you are an Arab, they price you a discounted price. Prices for a 2 bedrooms can range from 45 000 SAR to 75 000 SAR.
3- A Villa: Villas are not exactly like compounds because there’s no gate and streets inside. It’s basically a set of Villas forming a rectangular shape with 1 pool in the middle. Each villa normally has its own garage door. Villas are much bigger than appartments and compound residences and usually quieter. Of course there’s a price tag line Villas. Prices can range from 80 000 t0 150 000 SAR.
TIPS: When you chose a residence, keep in mind that if you want to get yourself a house maid, you will need to have an extra bedroom. Keep this in mind ! Also, make sure you negociate your housing package with your employer. There’s always place for bagaining and you don’t lose anything by trying. Same thing with owners of appartments, compounds, villas.. Negociate your yearly rate !
Don’t rely on the quality of the compound’s websites.. They are all out dated but it doesn’t mean that the compound is bad !
A big nice compound that I know is Sharbatly Village (http://www.sharbatlyvillage.com) This is really nice and has pools, supermarkets, tennis courts, its own restaurants etc. The only downfall of this compound is that it’s a bit far from the city’s main attractions (Example from Tahlia street which is the main shopping district). Their prices are a bit expensives and there’s a waiting list of at least 3 months (That’s what I’ve been told). A 2 bedroom goes for about 80 000 SAR.. Price is to be confirmed. I suggest you give them a call.
Another set of compounds owned by Haji Husein Alireza are the HHAproperties. Their website: http://www.hhaproperty.com.sa/property/ These compounds usually have a pool and a tennis court. They are not as big as Sharbatly but they are located in key areas in jeddah (Near shopping malls, supermarkets etc.). Call and ask for Eveline. She’s very nice and will help you find something. Prices for a 2 bedroom: about 55 000 SAR.
I will try to post more compounds as I discover them. Feel free to leave your comments !