Hi my name is Neil and I have been generously invited by Phil to write a regular Blog for Ajarn.com. I am the MD of a real estate agency here in Bangkok called EasyHomes, and I hope the help and advice contained in these blogs will assist in your property searches.
Coming to Thailand for the time and looking for a job and a property can be really daunting for even the most confident of people. A new language, a new culture, a new city and new people all thrown at you at once! Where do you start?
Well of course getting a job is a major priority, assuming you have not arranged employment before you arrive. However second on the list must be......accommodation! Let's face it no one likes living out of a suitcase and no one wants to pay hotel bills each day at approx. THB 1 000/night, when they could be renting an equally nice, if not better place for a third of that price.
Looking for accommodation in a new city can be a time consuming and confusing task. Trying to work out the geography of city you are not familiar with is difficult enough, but then a whole array of other questions crop up, such as:
1. Is this a safe neighbourhood?
2. Is this property value for money?
3. Is the landlord trying to rip me off?
4. Will I get my deposit back when I eventually leave?
In time we will look into all these questions and more in the new blog column, but today let's just start by looking at a few properties that have answered positively for the above questions, so that anyone who wants to find a place to stay that has been vetted already, can do so.
I will highlight three properties that we have found to be very popular with teachers in Bangkok, to give a quick glimpse of what is available, in various parts of town.
The first one is in a district that is not as popular as those of Sukhumvit or Silom, and yet offers residents a great deal for a low-price. Not only that, but the property is just over 2 years old and offers a luxurious escape from the hustle and bustle of the built up areas of Bangkok.
Located in Thonburi, this property is within easy reach of Salaya and Pinklao, but at the same time allows residents to be back in Siam square in less than 30 minutes, due to the recent extension of the Silom BTS line over the river, which now extends to Wong Wian Yai BTS station.
Metro Park Sathorn has great value studios starting at THB 7 500, for 30 sqm. The building itself features a large swimming pool, garden areas and the development even has its own 7-Eleven, coffee-shop and restaurant with further retail outlets coming soon.
There are also one-bedroom condos priced from THB 9 000 per month with 42sqm and separate kitchens. These units have some of the best lay-outs in a modern Bangkok condo.
Finally Metro Park Sathorn also has 2 Bedroom units for teachers who have perhaps come over to Thailand with a small family. With units starting at THB 14 000 per month, these 58sqm condos my sound small, but with large windows, modern furniture and kitchens, they feel a lot bigger than the size suggests.
Of course not everyone can live across the river, as most schools, universities and language schools are based on the Siam Square side. So let's look at one or two properties on this side of the river and yet close to the MRT or BTS.
In near the central Sukhumvit area of Asoke, there is a great apartment offering large extremely well maintained studios adequately sized at 40sqm. These studios also come with UBC and ADSL for free once a 12 month contract is signed. And starting at just THB 10 400 per month offers great value to live close to the center of town.
With easy access to the MRT at Rama 9 and many local shops including The Esplanade, the building features 24 hour security and car parking, as well as a gymnasium.
With a great landlord and a high level of cleanliness, we have found this property is very popular with teachers over the years, who are working in both Sukhumvit and Ratchadaphisek.
Finally something for those wanting to live in a more northern area of the city with Lat Prao and Viphavidee within easy access. The Greeny Place Apartment offers a more traditional feel, but has plenty of space. Studios start at THB 8 000 and one bedroom units are even better value at THB 10 000 per month and a spacious 60sqm. The apartment offers good value for money. Plus there is car parking, 24 hour security and gymnasium.
Within a 5-minute motorbike ride of Ratchadaphisek MRT station, once you are on the Metro system then you can be anywhere in the city center within 30 minutes.
In the coming weeks I will be writing more blogs, which will cover subjects from getting back commissions, to buying condos, to looking at the Bangkok Property market as a whole, its health, development and where it looks like it is going.