New condominium and apartment blocks seem to spring up every fortnight in Bangkok. Over the course of a year, it’s not uncommon to see two dozen or more well-appointed and well-located buildings materialise in the central areas of the city. This gives plenty of opportunity for anyone looking to lease or rent residential properties near the Bangkok BTS or MRT train networks.
Location, Price, Facilities, Style, Design, Views?
Obviously not all new condos and apartments in Bangkok are as appealing as each other. Inevitably, some stand out from the crowd for a whole host of reasons, some of the most common being:
- Price (value for money)
- Service management
- Style & design
- Surrounding views
It is never just a single factor that makes one building better than the competition. Here I have put together what I think are the overall best current choices in condos and apartments to rent around the Thai capital for the current market.
Just like all “best of” lists, my choices here are subjective. I’m sure any reader with an in-depth knowledge of the Bangkok property market will dispute some of my choices and argue that there are other buildings more worthy of the praise. I’ve not onely listed condos and apartments that I personally like the look of though, but also ones which have been given good feedback by expats living in the city. In other words, some or my top picks have been tried and tested.
Le Luk Condominium In Phrakanong
The first Bangkok condo I will look at is the Le Luk Condominium in Phrakanong. This building is located just a five minute walk from Phrakanong BTS station. Le Luk offers studio, one, and two bedroom units for rent. The building opened its doors for the first time in the summer of 2011. One of the initial attractions of this condominium is the size of the living areas when compared to the relative size of many newer projects coming onto the Bangkok real estate market.
Over the last 5-10 years there has been quite an increase in well-located, well-appointed, modern condo and apartment constructions in Bangkok. And, due to the popularity and convenience of the MRT and BTS lines, many of these properties have been located within just 500m-1km of a station.
However, the one draw-back of the current housing boom has been the shrinking living space. Condominium units, in general, have been getting smaller and smaller with each passing year. This is where the Le Luk comes into its own as an accommodation of exceptional value for money. With Studios as large as 40sqm, one bedroom condos over 50sqm, and two bedroom units over 80sqm, these units are not only well designed, bright, and airy, but also genuinely spacious when compared to many of the newer projects.
Le Luk – The Conclusion
Le Luk condominium combines the best of both worlds for those looking to reside in mid-range accommodation in Bangkok. It has both the stylish design and architectural advantages of a new building, combined with the size and spaciousness of much older constructions. Also, factor in the value for money represented in the rental price, then Le Luk is undoubtedly one of the best Bangkok condos currently on the market.
The Sky Walk Condominium Phrakanong
The Sky Walk is another condominium that has units to rent in Phrakanong. It too is within close proximity to the BTS Phrakanong skytrain station, and like the Le Luk condo above, the Sky Walk also offers excellent value for money. This building only opened its doors in 2012, but has already proved to be a big hit amongst our clients. With excellent facilities, great lay-outs, and bright open rooms (thanks to large windows), which bestow spectacular views of the city, makes the Skywalk condominium another popular choice.
Units available include studios, plus one and two bedroom options, all of which are relatively large in size for this market. The Sky Walk caters for a wide range of foreigners looking to rent in Bangkok.
A new commercial and retail building opened in the same compound provides the residents of Sky Walk easy access to restaurants, shops, and supermarkets, which makes renting a condo here even more appealing than when it first opened. And the Skywalk is also set to become one of the few condos in Bangkok that’s connected to a BTS station (in this case, the Phrakanong BTS) via a sky bridge.
Sky Walk – The Conclusion
All these things and more, make the Sky Walk a great Bangkok residential building, not least because of its location, facilities, amenities, and value for money.