As 6th of October City continues to expand, magically transforming the vast desert into the kind of suburban spaces more and more Egyptians are seeking, it’s become somewhat difficult to tell the good from the bad from the meh when it comes to the numerous compounds that continue to sprout. Just take a look at the endless stream of vague real estate billboards with rehashed slogans along the Mehwar and you’ll know what we’re talking about.

One of the newest gated communities that have already started to separate itself from the pack is IGI Real Estate’s Oak Park, which keeps things simple – in layman’s terms, its best features are practical, useful and lend themselves to the kind of easy, breezy living 6th of October demands.

First off, the location is perfect. Sitting pretty on El Wahat Road, Oak Park is only a few minutes away from the Mall of Egypt and Mall of Arabia, just a short distance away from the likes of Galleria40, Arkan Mall and Al Guezira Plaza and right around the corner from Zeweil University and the Olympic City, as well as Magicland and Dreamland. In conclusion, you’re slap-bang in the middle of the most hip-and-happening cluster of dining, entertainment and more. Oh and it's five minutes away from the new metro station that's being built.

Behind the gates, there are options, too, with Oak Park boasting of three types of buildings made up of apartments that range from 167 to 235sqm. The fully furnished apartments on the ground floor come with a garden while the last floor apartments are equipped with a roof. The modern, chic buildings are surrounded by lush greenery, but here’s the clincher: you can secure an apartment with a 5% down payment and an eight-year installment plan.

We basically get the best of both worlds, being right in the middle of all the action while also having the option to retreat to our own sanctuary whenever we need to unplug. And with a club membership that comes as part of the package, our exercise won’t just be limited to shopping anymore. The Hay Al Ashgar sports club has two half-sized swimming pools, three tennis courts and of course a gym, giving us ample opportunities to work on our bikini bodies for the summer.

You can find out more about Oak Park on Instagram and Facebook.