Constructed in the late ‘80s and thus one of Chiang Mai’s earliest condo developments, City View Tower hasn’t exactly aged gracefully. Plagued by years of poor governance and a sizeable accumulation of unpaid maintenance fees, it’s little wonder the condo fell into a state of disrepair. Yet while the building itself won’t win any prizes in the looks department or outshine its rivals in the provision of on-site amenities, the City View Tower condo has comparatively recently received something of a reprieve courtesy of an overhaul in building management. With the appointment of a full-time juristic person, an active condo committee, a palpable sense of community and a highly sought-after location, City View Tower now offers exciting rental prospects to those able to look beyond superficial appearances and its beleaguered past.
Tucked away down a small, quiet soi [lane] off Tha Phae Road, the city’s principal thoroughfare, City View Tower has almost no equal in being positioned as close to the historic centre of Chiang Mai as any condo. Lining the soi are several mom and pop eateries. Marking the eastern entrance to the ‘Old City’ and reachable from City View Tower in no more than 10 minutes on foot, the heritage landmark Tha Phae Gate serves as the origin of the near-legendary Sunday walking street night market (in fact, the single most popular retail experience in all Chiang Mai) and the site of regular public events in the adjoining pedestrianised plaza. Lying less than 1km due east of Tha Phae Gate is the fabled Night Bazaar optionally by the amply stocked Tops Daily supermarket. Situated a similarly short walking distance from the property is Kad Luang, Chiang Mai’s oldest and largest commercial complex set in the very heart of the city’s Chinatown quarter; primarily home to the century-old Warorot and, juxtapositioned, Ton Lam Yai indoor day markets and each featuring three storeys of an almost mind-boggling diversity and magnitude of foodstuffs (Northern Thai culinary specialities in particular), clothing and textiles as well as household goods. Directly behind Ton Lam Yai market, facing the Ping River, is the splendid and equally fragrant flower market, Kad Dok Mai. For those needing a different work environment, the little-known government-administered Thailand Creative and Design Centre is conveniently accessible roughly 850m to the north of City View Tower and incorporates a first-floor coffee shop, hireable meeting room and exhibition hall in addition to a supremely-equipped, immaculately-kept and exceptional value Resource Centre (housing a library and sofa-adorned ‘movie room’) upstairs. Mere steps from TCDC is the fruit, vegetable and meat wholesale market, Kad Muang Mai; heavily patronised by buyers from many of Chiang Mai’s restaurants, the market remains open round-the-clock, spans several blocks and is characterised by implausibly low prices.
Just inside the main entrance of City View Tower condo, signed as such, is the juristic office; staffed from 8 AM to 5 PM Monday to Saturday, the occupying assistant condo manager speaks excellent English as well as demonstrates a professional duty of care, helpful work ethic and personable nature. Although security guards are now limited to the hours between 7 PM and 7 AM, CCTV cameras are at least present in all common areas of the property. On the same floor are a modest amount of car and motorcycle covered parking bays with additional spaces available on the level above as well as in the basement. The communal swimming pool of old is, sadly, no more and indeed leisure facilities of any description are now entirely absent from the condo. Likewise, building-wide shared WiFi isn’t available though installation of private, in-unit home broadband can be organised through any of Chiang Mai’s Internet Service Providers (though supplementary charges will be incurred).
Admittedly, City View Tower can’t claim to have witnessed such a resurgence of interest as has occurred at condos like SR Complex but the 15-storey building has nevertheless seen some of its 160 odd units duly renovated with the extent and quality of interior fittings and fixtures, assortment of home appliances and housewares as well as the layout and design style subject to the discretion of the individual owner. Long a haven for retired western males, studio units vary in size from approximately 30 to 48 sq m, 1 bedroom units (some of which are duplex) from 71 to 97 sq m and 2 bedroom units from 70 to 128 sq m. Although normally out-of-bounds, periodic access to the building rooftop is allowed during certain national holidays, observances and festivals when residents can behold among the most spectacular, unimpeded 360° vistas of the surrounding municipality and mountain ranges of any high-rise in Chiang Mai.
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FAQ about City View Tower Condominium
No, there is not a pool at City View Tower Condominium.
No, City View Tower Condominium does not have a gym.
Yes, City View Tower Condominium has 24 hours security.
No, the reception at City View Tower Condominium is open in office hours only.
Officially City View Tower Condominium does not allow rentals in the condo for less than 30 days as per the government regulations.
Yes, there are plenty of public transport around.
Yes, there are plenty of coffe shops within an easy walk of City View Tower Condominium.
No, there are no shops in the building of City View Tower Condominium.
Parking at City View Tower Condominium is very limited.
The closet shopping mall to City View Tower Condominium is Kad Suan Kew shopping centre.
The common area fee at City View Tower Condominium is 19 Baht per square metre.
The prefer the common area fee to be paid yearly at City View Tower Condominium.
There is currently space in the foreign quota at City View Tower Condominium but we high recommending double checking before signing any sales and purchase agreements as this can change fast.
There are no other facilities at City View Tower Condominium.
Yes, you can pay your electricity and water bills at the reception of the City View Tower Condominium though a small service fee for electric bills maybe charged.
There is no cleaning service avalible at City View Tower Condominium.
There are coin operated washing machines located in the lobby of City View Tower Condominium.
No, City View Tower Condominium does not allowed pets.
Disclaimer: These FAQs are meant to serve merely as guidance and Perfect Homes cannot be held responsible should they be no longer correct. If any of the points in this article be essential to your renting or buying a particular property in the building please do double check for any changes or updates from the building directly.
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