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.
The windows you see are the family room that face into the walking area.
Above you can see the end of the compound and the kitchen door of the villa.