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Housing in Riyadh

There are many types of housing in Riyadh including, villas, apartments, large Western compounds and these smaller versions of a compound concept. These little “compounds” usually have around 20 villas all together with a large wall around them. This type of housing has a common area outside as in this picture below. Children play and ride their bikes and there is a tiny pool as well as a grassy area at the end of the compound. We lived in this little housing area after we moved from the large,Western compound. We lived here for three years and this picture was taken after a major renovation. Basically it is just like living outside but you have the benefit of neighbors.

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The windows you see are the family room that face into the walking area.

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Above you can see the end of the compound and the kitchen door of the villa.

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  1. Nice improvements for your family Lynz!

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    September 29, 2015
  2. They look beautiful!

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    September 29, 2015
  3. You lived in many different kinds ouf houses. It’s very interesting for us to see since many of us have no idea about the different living situations over there. Thank you, Lynz!

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    September 29, 2015
  4. It looks really nice and protected. It’s so good that your living conditions improved so dramatically.

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    September 29, 2015
  5. I love these posts – I can imagine you and your beautiful children staying here! Did you miss the larger compound when you moved here?

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    September 29, 2015
    • well we went from here to there and all over! lol and got used to one thing so yes to be honest, most of our friends moved to other compounds but we moved here, which was rusty and not nice, they did this renovation after we left! So I left guilty not liking it but it was hard after having a bus and a way to get out and meet people etc.

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      September 29, 2015
      • I can definitely see that! Understandable, I think I would feel the same way, too. And I just saw your comment about moving 8 times – wow! I have moved 5 times in the last 8 years and that was exhausting, but that was only me so I can’t imagine how hard it was with your family.

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        September 29, 2015
  6. I like the looks of this setup, especially the walking area. The architecture has a sort of southwestern look. Thanks for this post – it made me feel like I was visiting.

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    September 29, 2015
  7. This is so fascinating.. I love how it is so private! Thank you for sharing ❤️

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    September 29, 2015
  8. omtatjuan3 #

    It looks a bit desolate if you ask me… Plants don’t thrive in that climate…

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    September 29, 2015
  9. Most here in US take our nice homes for granted. I appreciate you sharing this with us. 🙂

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    September 29, 2015
  10. This is informative and I learned more about your journey’s path. I think it looks sparse compared to what I am used to but the space and renovations may have made you feel good in this setting. Thanks for sharing, Lyn. ♡

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    September 29, 2015
  11. I understand it was difficult to leave the big place. It is so much better to go to improved house than the other way. I have moved around here like that.

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    September 29, 2015
  12. I love this place, looks beautiful Lynn!

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    September 29, 2015
  13. I find the window into your life in Saudi very interesting, Lyn!

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    September 29, 2015
  14. You got more pictures of where you used to live?!! Oh! I gots to go roaming arounfd your site! Love this kind of posting! Thank you!

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    September 29, 2015
  15. Looks like tight quarters, but some nice touches.

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    September 29, 2015
  16. You certainly had a lot of house moves, Lynn. This place looks nice, but I imagine it took some getting used to after the large compound. Your story is fascinating, as always..

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    September 29, 2015
  17. Nice and clean house. Got to know about different types of houses in Riyadh. I always like your writing and these one is also very interesting

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    September 29, 2015
  18. Thank you for sharing this. I always think it is good to learn about the world and how others live. It is so easy to start thinking everyone’s situation is just like ours. I went from a house with a yard to a tiny apartment when our children were young due to financial issues. It is difficult to do, but it made us appreciate everything after that.

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    September 29, 2015
  19. Looks nice.. We have moved only twice and it takes a lot of time to settle down.. I wonder how u managed 8 times

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    September 29, 2015
  20. What did you mean when you said it’s like living outside? Did you sleep in one of the buildings pictured here? Were there no doors?

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    September 29, 2015
    • sorry hard to explain. ok outside of the compound which is like a little reality of it’s own. this is no shopping bus, no store etc. a tiny place so i call it outside!

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      September 29, 2015
    • so basically not within the confines of a little western world but outside in the real world of saudi

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      September 29, 2015
      • Oh ok!! I get it. Thanks for explaining!

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        September 29, 2015
        • sorry hard to remember people do not know what the heck I am talking about! lol

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          September 29, 2015
          • lol that’s ok.You are always so kind to explain so I don’t mind asking. I never feel like I’m “bothering” you with my questions 🙂

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            September 29, 2015
          • oh I am so glad Tasha!!

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            September 29, 2015
  21. Love traveling through your eyes….I love the beiges and nuteral colors of the homes….thanks for sharing with us….kat

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    September 29, 2015
  22. That looks challenging.

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    September 29, 2015
  23. I love the tiny potted plant that adorns each unit. How do these guys survive the heat!

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    September 29, 2015
  24. It looks well kept, and safe.

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    September 29, 2015
  25. I notice how light colored all the buildings are. Does that help with climate control or work against it?

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    September 29, 2015
  26. You moved here (pre-renovation) after the large Western compound with furniture and good schools?

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    September 29, 2015
    • Yes after the big compound we moved there. It was pretty dumpy before renovation but ok

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      September 29, 2015
      • I’m sorry, I was happy for you! (Still invested in the story… I mean I know you’re here now…) Did you have to give up the Western school too?

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        September 29, 2015
        • Yes we lived in alkhobar where i am writing story now. He got sent back after 4 months. We stayed alone, then after a few more months moved to nice compound in Riyadh. 6 years there then to the compound in pics. Lol

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          September 29, 2015
          • What was his profession that he got sent around so much?

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            September 29, 2015
          • he is a civil engineer but in saudi getting hired local hire you are not guaranteed a job. allot of expats come with their company and then there are tons of benefits and high pay, tickets home, school paid for, etc.

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            September 29, 2015
          • So interesting!

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            September 29, 2015
          • a whole different world!

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            September 29, 2015
  27. Hey, I have nominated your blog for the lovely blog award
    https://babyskinforadults.wordpress.com/nomination-for-the-one-lovely-blog-award/

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    September 29, 2015
  28. Another great insight Lynz, it looks very clean and orderly, but a little ‘austere’ (compared to western housing) Nice safe are for children to play though which is great.

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    September 30, 2015
  29. Nice and simple housing! Thanks for sharing a part of your world and experience living in Saudi.

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    September 30, 2015
  30. Kev #

    Looks nice and tidy, Lynn. 🙂

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    September 30, 2015

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