No more fittingly titled, Chiang Mai’s very own Quality Condo Company has been a yardstick of real estate excellence since the introduction of their initial offering, The Convention condo in mid-2009. Hot on its heels, the esteemed property developer unveiled Mountain Front condo superseded by the geographically-contiguous Mountain View condo then followed with their fourth finished project, the award-winning The Resort condo. Completed in February 2010 and constructed to western standards, the modern-contemporary styled and professionally managed Mountain Front condo embodies luxury, carefree living amid an atmosphere of exclusivity and, for its largely foreigner demographic, affords a welcome greenery-encircled sanctuary away from the hullabaloo of the city’s urban environment.
Hidden out of sight right at the end of a minor, all but traffic-free soi [lane] on the north western outskirts of the city, Mountain Front condo lies almost within touching distance of the biologically diverse, hilltribe-inhabited Doi Suthep-Pui National Park providing an effortlessly reachable adventure playground for outdoor enthusiasts as well as a wealth of must-see natural sights and man-made attractions within its borders. Yet for all its glorious seclusion and peaceful serenity, Mountain Front condo is opportunely positioned within steps of Canal (Irrigation) Road so benefitting from fast and easy access to the likes of the immensely hip Nimman neighbourhood in little more than five minutes, the forever charming ‘Old City’ in only double the time,
Northern Thailand’s largest shopping mall, CentralFestival in less than a quarter of an hour and even Chiang Mai International Airport in under half an hour. Residents eager to dine out on a hearty and mouth-watering cross-section of authentic regional Thai cuisine in a relaxed alfresco setting need only wander a few paces beyond the entrance of the condo and take a seat at the much lauded eatery, Kaeng Ron Baan Suan. Within a stone’s throw of the restaurant, in a stunning traditional teakwood Lanna [Northern Thai] house set amid charming gardened grounds is Sote Wellness Haven and the perfect spot from which to kick back in comfort at the recently remodelled café, sample local organic produce and crafts at their popular weekly “Sunday Hangout” or even participate in a personal growth workshop! To indulge in freshly baked artisan breads or assorted home-made delicious and nutritious edibles, head along the nearby Rural Road to the community moo baan [Thai style housing estate] of Suan Pailom (or Bamboo Garden in Thai) where, every Saturday morning, the terrific ‘Jungle Market’ organised by Chiang Mai’s native Nana Bakery is held deep in the wooded surrounds of the residential compound. Sporting buffs will undoubtedly appreciate that the municipal 700th Anniversary Stadium is situated a mere 30 minute stroll (or five minute drive) from Mountain Front condo; opened to host the 1995 Southeast Asian Games and at the same time to commemorate seven centuries since Chiang Mai’s founding, the multi-purpose complex (behind which is the scenic Navamin lake) is home to an Olympic sized swimming pool, two gymnasia, ice skating shows, drag racing, ping pong tables, golfing green, a shooting range, aerobic dance and taekwondo classes, a running track, a football field, a cycle velodrome in addition to badminton, basketball, tennis and volleyball courts.
On approach to the property stands a security station serving both Mountain Front and Mountain View condominiums and staffed by suitably attired security guards overlooking the barriered gateway to the premises 24 hours a day. Common areas are also monitored round-the-clock by surveillance cameras while admittance to the inside of the condo is controlled by means of a personal-issue electronic keycard; for extra reassurance, the hospitable juristic office is available between the hours of 8:30AM and 5PM Monday to Saturday and situated facing the snugly furnished, attractively adorned and liberally proportioned “Living Hall” communal lobby off of which are two pairs of double lifts (elevators). Likewise sharing the first floor are four rentable visitor rooms, storage facilities for residents, a business centre, separate-sex saunas and a decent sized excellently equipped gym. Outside, Mountain Front condo boasts a seldom seen 1:1 car parking allocation (sheltered in parts) supplemented with designated bays for motorcycles. And whenever the mood takes you, enjoy a refreshing dip in the raised 20x7m outdoor swimming pool complete with tumbling waterfall feature or else while away the hours with your preferred beverage at the poolside coffee shop; fringing the water’s edge are half-a-dozen padded wooden reclining loungers behind which are the open-air pavilion studded and conscientiously tended lush landscaped tropical gardens. WiFi is freely distributed throughout the single building or residents can –at their own expense- optionally choose to have high-speed home broadband installed courtesy of either of 3BB or Sinet Internet Service Providers.
Occupying nearly three rai (almost half a hectare) of land, every single one of the 77 residential units spread across floors two to seven of the 7-storey Mountain Front condo comes air-conditioned and, from the attached spacious private terrace, assures simply uncompromising and uninterrupted vistas of the soaring Thanon Thong Chai mountains. With interior design and specification undertaken by Chiang Mai-based Indochine Décor, units are presented completely furnished and classily appointed using quality fixtures, fittings and materials by default. Built to be “extra-wide” with near full height/width windows and energy-saving glass, each unit is laid out as an open-plan living/dining/kitchen arrangement for optimal use of space while bedrooms incorporate a walk-in wardrobe (closet) and bathrooms their very own view of the nearby forested peaks! With only six or seven aligned residential units per floor per wing, the 2nd to the 6th levels of the building each accommodate 1 bedroom units of 53.94, 61.78 and 81.35 sq m, 2 bedroom units of either 97.72 or 109.05 sq m, one deluxe 1 bedroom unit of 83.25 sq m and a couple of deluxe 2 bedroom corner units weighing in at 144.04 sq m; with only four or five aligned residential units per floor per wing, the top floor of the condo contains 1 bedroom units of 81.35 sq m, 2 bedroom units of 97.72 sq m, a deluxe 1 bedroom unit of 83.25 sq m, two 2 bedroom penthouses of 115.72 sq m and as many again of 3 bedroom corner penthouse units at a positively voluminous 260.12 sq m.
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