As would reasonably be expected for real estate a quarter of a century old, Nakornping condo doesn’t exactly portray the visual appeal of a shiny new modern development or is otherwise endowed with the very latest in on-site amenities. In its defence, Nakornping condo’s enduring popularity especially among western retirees and Thai families is a testament to its solid construction, routine building upkeep, reputable management, overall affordability, pet-friendly status and prime geographic position snuggled expediently between the ever-enchanting historic heart of Chiang Mai and the municipality’s most fashionable neighbourhood, Nimman.
Standing prominent along a short soi [side street] just off the flourishing thoroughfare of Huay Kaew Road, Nakornping condo offers ready access to every conceivable daily need and conveniently situated to a host of must-visit city attractions. Flanking the main entrance to the condo are a mom and pop eatery serving up a broad selection of inexpensively priced domestic fare while facing which, and presenting somewhat more refined a menu, the European styled Le BRUNCH bistro. Mere steps farther down Ratchaphuek Alley is the Green Store Minimart; run by a former buyer from Chiang Mai’s premium supermarket Rimping and, stocking a thoroughly decent choice of imported groceries, dairy products, bakery items and freshly prepared coffee, understandably a firm favourite of local foreign residents! For the ultimate all-you-can-eat Thai barbeque buffet and seemingly the largest restaurant in the entire city, the aircraft hangar sized Su Khon Tha Mu Katha (or
else labelled as Sukontha Mookata) lies just 500m from Nakornping condo; open nightly from 5PM to midnight and representing incredible value for money at only 209 baht per person, patrons can easily satisfy their appetite with a vast –and regularly replenished- array of lip-smacking fresh seafood and shellfish, meats, vegetables, mushrooms as well as plentiful pre-cooked dishes, Thai salads, seasonal fruits, dipping sauces, desserts and even non-alcoholic drinks. Even closer to the condo and en route to the northwest corner of the ‘Old City’ is the enormously pragmatic Kad Suan Kaew, one of Chiang Mai’s very first malls and, actually opened in the same year as the condo itself, still welcomes a significant footfall of customers and local Thais in particular; housing several hundred shops and restaurants, the mall also anchors a Central department store, branches of Tops supermarket and IT City, three food courts, a fitness centre, a bowling alley, private karaoke booths as well as a seven-screen multiplex cinema (though nowadays very few films are aired in English) and, every Thursday to Saturday, the absolutely charming open-air night market Kad Sum Murd with its pop-up stalls and mobile food trucks providing a wide range of temptingly good eats in addition to cut-price clothing. For more up-to-the-minute retail therapy yet scarcely more than a 10 minute walk from Nakornping condo is the ultra-modern Maya Lifestyle Shopping Centre and, directly across from which, voguish Nimmanhaemin Road (affectionately nicknamed Chiang Mai’s “Hip Street”) with its eclectic assortment of chic bars, upscale restaurants, designer cafés, boutique outlets, co-working spaces and contemporary art galleries. Continuing in a westerly direction is the 3 square kilometre town-like main campus of Chiang Mai University featuring the gloriously scenic Ang Kaew lake backdropped by the lushly forested slopes of the Doi Suthep-Pui National Park.
Just beyond the foyer of Nakornping condo are the passenger and transport (wheelchair-friendly) lifts admittance to which is controlled by means of a personal-issue electronic keycard. Watching over the lobby and patrolling the premises 24 hours a day are a team of uniformed security guards supported by CCTV cameras mounted in key spots throughout common areas of the complex; for extra peace of mind, the pleasant and accommodating juristic staff are on duty daily from 08:30AM to 5PM. Occupying floors one to four of the single building, the condo boasts sheltered multi-storey parking sufficient for no fewer than 130 cars with ample additional spaces designated for motorcycles and push bikes alike. Adjoining the parking entryway at street level is a recessed bay containing four self-service washing machines and separate tumble drier installed in the company of a coin-operated water-vending machine. Although devoid of a gym, Nakornping condo does incorporate a generously proportioned outdoor communal swimming pool on the fifth floor complete with a couple of stone tables and seating from which to savour the fine and almost uninterrupted panoramic views overlooking the urban surroundings and nearby Doi Suthep-Pui mountains. Shared WiFi is distributed throughout the property with a monthly package costing a reasonable 350 baht; alternately, residents can arrange –albeit at their own expense- a high-speed home broadband connection through either of the appointed Internet Service Providers 3BB or Sinet.
A lofty 16-storeys in height, Nakornping condo comprises 300 residential units altogether which, for the most part, come fully furnished, air-conditioned and with an attached private balcony. Laid out as studio, 1 or 2 bedroom units between 37.26 and 101 sq m of habitable space, some units still exist in their original –and now rather decrepit- condition though many have since been renovated with the degree and specification of furnishings, variety of electrical appliances and home wares as well as the design and style of interior decoration very much influenced by the whims of the individual owner.
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