Saudi Arabia's change in economic base and rapid transformation into a modern nation affected housing and life styles. Privacy plays a major role in the physical and social structure of the Saudi society. A woman's position in the family is one of influence now more than ever due to the educational attainment of today's women. The activities of women, their needs, desires, and the facts concerning their privacy are major considerations in housing design. In order to obtain guidelines for villa housing, the socio-cultural structure and the impact of change and modernization is studied. Interviews were conducted with women to provide a reference for understanding and evaluating the existing and the preferred conditions in villa housing.