What are the top factors to keep in mind when searching for a place to live in your city?
Neighborhood is certainly a large consideration to take into account before initiating a home search in Bahrain. Living in the central city of Manama is usually more suited for single expats and apartment living, although there are plenty of villas if a family chooses to live in the city. Most expats choose to live in the areas of Amwaj Island, Riffa, Saar or Budaiya.
Most families choose to live in the Saar/Budaiya area on the outskirts of Manama. There is a large selection of villas in this area and many compounds, which offer great facilities such as swimming pools, gyms, tennis courts, squash courts and children's play areas.
It is advisable that you work with someone who properly understands the needs of expatriates when selecting a home. There are many landlords who are happy to collect their rental check each month without honoring their commitments in regards to maintenance and general upkeep. Crown Bahrain can help you locate a suitable property.
What are the most popular neighborhoods in your city for expats?
Adliya is one of Manama's most popular areas. It is centrally located and is home to some of Bahrain's most wonderful restaurants and bars. There are many apartments to choose from in this area; villas are also easy to come by for those who require a little more space. The British Club is located just outside this area.
The Saar/Budaiya area is approximately a 15- to 20-minute drive from central Manama and is an excellent area for families, with many great compounds. The Dilmun Club, Country Club and the Bahrain Rugby/Football Club are in this area. The largest expatriate school (St. Christopher's) is also located here.
Do expats tend to buy or rent their homes?
Generally, expats opt to rent their homes.
Typically, will I be required to pay additional money up front (such as a deposit) before moving into leased housing? If so, how much is common?
You will not typically need to pay any deposits up front.
Are utilities generally included in the price of rent, or are they extra?
It depends on each individual landlord, however, more often than not they are an additional cost to the rent.
Are there special security concerns I should be aware of in regards to my home or choice of neighborhood?
The majority of Bahrain is generally very safe; however there are certain areas where it is not recommended for an expat to live in a single, stand-alone house. Crown Bahrain can offer advice on areas that best suit the needs of the expatriate.
I’m not sure if I should bring my appliances. What is the electric current, Hz and plug shape in your city?
- Voltage: 230/110
- Frequency (Hz): 50/60
- All plugs are the standard UK-shaped plugs, square with three prongs.
Do you have any other accommodation information that might help me?
Always try to negotiate on price. Landlords are known to be rather flexible with requests such as new curtains, carpet and asking for walls to be repainted. Some will even let you choose the colors and fabric.
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