Looking for a place to move out
We moved in in 2012. We had a sea view, full Marina view. Due to construction around, sea view is blocked and we are loosing Marina view as well. Pool is still closed after the fire. Noise is 92dB - highest in Marina! We live in 30th floor but we can feel vibration from the construction. Noise is ongoing 24/7. Poorer life quality for 5% increasing rent yearly. Staff is nice, trying to manage the building as much as they can. It's well kept.
Nice building but very noisy!
The building is well-maintained and the gym is fairly big. The staff are very polite and friendly and there is a nice feel in the common areas. Unfortunately the swimming pool is closed as a result of the fire and there is no confirmed date for re-opening so far. The biggest downside is the construction noise which is throughout the whole day and night (except Friday) and makes me question whether the rent I pay today is really fair compared to 1 or 2 years ago when there was no noise and the swimming pool was functioning. It is very unfair that the Rental Increase Index does not take these factors into consideration when calculating the new market rate for the Torch apartments, which gives me no choice but to forward my vacating notice.
It used to be good...
I have been living at the Torch for the past 4 years for two reasons - location and beautiful views of the marina. The location is still good and traffic is bearable HOWEVER the view will very soon disappear and with it my hearing too as the noise from the construction is non-stop!
Overall a nice tower
I live on the opposite side to construction so noise from there is not an issue. I suggest figuring that out BEFORE renting on construction side. Traffic is easy with direct access to SZR. Can be noisy at night though with impatient drivers honking horns. Walking distance to JBR and Marina is at your doorstep. The gym is great & pool is scheduled to re-open October - November inshallah... Staff and security are awesome & super friendly. So far I am enjoying living in the Torch :) (3 months)
Maintenance - the building is already old, and unless the particular unit has not gone through a major upgrade, expect a lot of drainage issues and cupboards/wardrobes breaking. Staff - very good Gym - good size but nothing special Pool - isn't functioning since the fire. Not expecting any development in the next year or so. Children Friendly - no outdoor community areas which are safe for children and no children play room. Noise - 24/7! The construction which is going to block the marina view completely will only be finished after 2 or 3 years! Good Luck to anybody who currently rents in Torch or has bought a unit there! Traffic - reasonable. Guest Parking - simply does not exist!
My last year in this building!
My first year at The Torch and I will not be renewing my contract. The staff are very friendly and professional but the building quality is extremely poor. The construction noise is day and night! No swimming pool either! Be prepared not to have any visitors as there is no additional parking inside or near the building. Unless there are no more available units in the Marina, I do not recommend renting at The Torch.
Good location and gym, but ....
The location and the gym are great. Unfortunately the building hasn't had a pool available for the past 18 months and no idea when it will be available again. Also, construction noise is pretty evident on the marina side (live in the mid-20 floor range) and view will be gone very soon =( Build and finish quality in apartment is mixed and unfortunate for a relatively new (but for Dubai standards old) building =(
I love my place, its a great 2 bedroom, with great marina views for the moment before it will be blocked. There is a good amount of construction noise - very unfortunate but inevitable given the location next to an empty plot. The Gym is great, but there is no pool - hasn't been since i moved in!
Great Building. Amazing gym
I've been living here for 2 years now. I love the building. High floors have a great view, with no noise at all. Gym is by far the best when it comes to gyms in buildings.
Old building - 24/7 noise!
Tired building with very noisy 24/7 construction site next door for the next 3 years. No pool access since fire and will remain closed. Great staff and but no guest parking.