Second chance CONDO DEVELOPMENT from Chiang Mai’s real estate golden years!
After the original developer went belly up allegedly from contractors on the take, The Embassy House project caught a break and, with its blended architecture of quintessentially Lanna style and -what was then- the modernest design, finally opened for business getting on for a couple of dozen years ago.
A residential old-timer it may be but, among Thai and expat folk both, the lofty landmark construction stands as one of the most sought-after condos in Chiang Mai finding favour in no small way thanks to its applaudable level of building care and resident relations.
So exactly WHEREABOUTS in town is The Embassy House?
Rising grandly against the city skyline, the condo backs onto the grassy eastern bank of the gently coursing river Ping at Rattanakosin Bridge and entranced on Charoen Rat Road. Straight across from the property is the flagship branch of the Monsoon Tea Company purveying wild and free-grown teas from the highlands of North Thailand; letting occupants hit the spot with a freshly fixed cuppa, take home tea accessories or any of 60+ loose-leaf varieties, try out tea-infused regional dishes or sit in on a tea-themed workshop! Caffeine hounds can instead kick-start the day by taking morning coffee or else grabbing brunch at the justifiably popular Natwat Home Café one door up. And not 300m further up the road at X2 Chiang Mai Resort, the Thailand Tatler top-rated Oxygen Dining Room glasshouse restaurant for creatively staged and flavourfully executed local and international fine cuisine concocted by a Michelin star French chef; rounding off the evening with an adult thirst-quencher or two at the boutique hotel’s Ozone Roof Bar!
Other highlight destinations reachable in under 15 minutes’ walk (or the quickest spin on wheels) from The Embassy House include the spread-out Muang Mai market; a non-stop buzz of activity trading seasonal fruits, vegetables, herbs, mushrooms, meats, fish and more at improbably low prices. Located a short distance downstream sprawls Chinatown; scene of the century-aged Kad Warorot and Kad Ton Lam Yai daytime bazaars for a wonderland of provincial eats, garments, fabrics, household wares, cut flowers and, from sunset, a mass of street food vendors!
ON-SITE AMENITIES that pretty much cover all bases!
Accompanying a roster of security guards on the premises 24 hours, communal corners of The Embassy House Chiang Mai are captured on video camera with electronic keycard access through the building’s first floor main doors. Right around from which are a ration of sheltered car and bike bays in addition to an underground parking lot good for a load more vehicles.
As well as providing courtesy WiFi internet throughout the whole of the condo, inside the teak-appointed foyer’s a seated waiting area, twin passenger lifts [elevators] plus a reception desk fronted from 9AM to 6PM Monday to Saturday by the juristic manager. Off of the lobby is a nobly proportioned and no less tastefully accommodating sofa’ed miscellaneous room which, between its open fireplace and wall-mounted photographs of forgotten Chiang Mai, conveys more than a hint of vintage charm!
Beyond the lounge lies a sprucely manicured and tree-enveloped rear tropical garden while one floor up is a meeting room facility (which might be repurposed in the future) with a saltwater swimming pool and separate jacuzzi outdoors.
Here’s why The Embassy House CONDO UNITS are so in demand!
Despite its burly 12-storey physique, The Embassy House comprises very nearly the fewest units of the 200-odd condominium projects in metro Chiang Mai – a mere 36 suites! The upshot being cavernous condo pads and scant, if any at all, neighbours sharing the same floor. At 75 square metres, even the littlest 1 bed, 1 bath units are twice as big as the city average for their class; the greater number, though, come with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms offering 104 to 154 sq m of overall space with several 3 bed, 3 bath condos at a whacking 175 to 290 sq m.
Accounting for up to a quarter of their total size, units feature either single or double linear or wrap-around private balconies which, from higher storeys in particular, command absolutely outstanding aerial views over Chiang Mai’s life-sustaining waterway and townscape to the yonder mountains!
In general, suites are presented with an open-plan living/dining/kitchen layout, and supplied furnished, air-conditioned and equipped completely. Though still perfectly inhabitable, admittedly the interiors of various condo units are rather behind the times now whereas some have been seriously dolled up into contemporarily and luxuriously specified quarters.
Sad to say, rental and re-sale condos at The Embassy House are seldom available. The building hasn’t actually filled its 49% foreign quota but given the scale of the units, what’s left of the non-Thai allocation won’t allow for another purchase; and because units don’t often pass to new owners, the situation’s unlikely to change any time soon.