Debuting with Twin Peaks followed by Peaks Garden, the Siam Zokei/Saha Asia real estate partnership upped the ante still further with the latest -and most sublime to date- of its Japanese themed and expertly managed Peaks branded low-rise luxury condos in Chiang Mai, Peaks Avenue. Move-in ready from July 2015 and, in the same year, recipient of the coveted ‘Best Residential Development (Chiang Mai)’ at the esteemed Thailand Property Awards, the modern-contemporary styled and decidedly boutique Peaks Avenue promises an “ideal city home” exemplifying carefree, premium living amid an aura of inimitability whilst enjoying a highly sought after downtown location.
Nestled along a small, private and tranquil soi [lane] off Chang Klan Road, Peaks Avenue offers a residential oasis insulated from the bustling main drag yet is within quick and easy reach of Chiang Mai’s Central Business District with its plethora of everyday amenities, conveniences and local attractions. No more than a hundred metres beyond the condo is “The Peak”, a group of tenanted commercial outlets chief among which is a licensed travel agency providing an array of province-wide tour itineraries as well as vehicle leasing. And after a tiring day’s excursion (or simply because you feel you deserve it!), what better way to recuperate body and mind than a healing massage, re-energising scrub or detoxifying herbal wrap at the luxurious and TripAdvisor-endorsed Peak Spa and Beauty Salon opposite with special concessions for residents of Peaks Avenue!
For all your laundering needs, a serviced wash shop-cum-dry cleaners exists just steps away facing which is the increasingly popular and modestly priced Choei Café & Bistro; of specific interest to digital nomads, the city’s newest co-working space, WERK.it, is set to open directly above the Choei coffee house in the next month or so. Favourably positioned a 10 minute walk from the condo and, nothing short of a national treasure, is the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar; amongst the most historic and well-trodden of the city’s after-dark shopping, dining and entertainment hotspots, the area is home to a nigh on overwhelming multitude of open-air and indoor restaurants, food courts, purpose-built shopping pavilions, travel agencies, Thai massage parlours, bars and roadside merchants hawking just about every product under the sun! A comparable distance farther lies Tha Phae Gate marking the eastern flank of the time-honoured and ever-charming ‘Old City’. For the largest selection of IT and electronics in the whole of Northern Thailand or for exceptionally economical groceries at Big C supermarket, visit Pantip Plaza on the way to the Night Bazaar from Peaks Avenue then, during the evening, patronise the recently opened Le Dta’wan outdoor street food market in front of the mall.
Borne of a most charismatic heritage, a cosmopolitan gathering of cultural minority groups -Tai Yai [Burmese Shan] and Cin Haw [Yunnanese Muslims] in particular- have settled throughout the Chang Klan subdistrict as illustrated by the mosques, hilltribe farmers’ markets and halal eateries that dot the neighbourhood. For a touch of 21st century retail therapy, both of CentralFestival and Central Airport Plaza shopping malls are readily accessible from the condo courtesy of their respective free shuttle bus which runs every day from the nearby five star Shangri-La Hotel or, next door to which, The Astra condo.
With the safety and welfare of its residents a top priority, the electric gated entryway to Peaks Avenue is under constant surveillance by a crew of high-profile and suitably outfitted security professionals with closed-circuit TV cameras installed throughout all common areas of the premises in addition to electronic keycard-controlled restricted access to the condo from the outside world and, via the ’Floor-Lock’ lift (elevator), to pre-approved levels of the single building; for extra reassurance, staff on the reception desk are available daily from 8:30AM to 5PM and assisted out-of-hours by a skilled maintenance technician. Rare among the city’s condos, Peaks Avenue supports a parking allocation (under storey for the most part) of one car per residential unit with ample coverage for those instead in possession of a motorbike. As might be expected, recreational facilities and functional amenities at Peaks Avenue are absolutely top-notch. Sharing the ground floor is a Zen-influenced and liberally-proportioned communal lobby richly infused with natural light and chicly presented in Earth tones with inviting deep-seated plush cushioned corner sofa. Claiming a section on the sixth floor of the 7-storey development is a sauna, steam room and, for fitness enthusiasts, a well-equipped gym with dual-aspect outlook. But it is the rooftop of Peaks Avenue -aptly dubbed “a pool and party paradise”- that demands most attention; together with a striking showpiece 18m infinity swimming pool and separate jacuzzi, the wood-panelled sun terrace and “Panorama Sky Deck” feature a collection of deep-filled swish rattan lounge chairs affording a positively idyllic setting from which to savour the far-reaching and unimpeded vistas over the surrounding cityscape and imposing peaks of the mountainous Doi Suthep-Pui National Park while imbibing a refreshingly chilled beverage from the on-site bar. For the purpose of staying connected, WiFi is supplied to all shared areas of the condo without charge and residents can also set up –at their own expense- private, high-speed home broadband through either of 3BB or Sinet Internet Service Providers.
Affixed with a digital door lock for added peace of mind, just 28 select residential units were built at Peaks Avenue and, without exception, come fully furnished and balconied. Although entirely absent of studios, the condo variously comprises space-optimised 1 bedroom units (36.20 to 91.49 sq m), 2 bedroom units (64.06 to 124.59 sq m) and 3 bedroom units (175.25 to 187.61 sq m) with each of those occupying the 4th/5th and 6th/7th floors available as duplex suites. Radiating the highest quality of finish, materials, appliances, décor and furnishings, units have been conscientiously designed and sophisticatedly appointed with both comfort and visual appeal foremost in mind; from white-brushed solid oak flooring, meticulously crafted fitted kitchens, bespoke fixtures, integrated wardrobes, glass-tiled bathrooms and prominent brand name appliances to concealed split-level air-conditioning systems, Peaks Avenue is unlikely to disappoint even the most discriminating of individuals.
Very much the stronghold of westerners as well as a sizeable complement of Japanese clientele on long-stay commitments, the supremely civilised Peaks Avenue has already fulfilled 14% of its 49% quota of foreign ownership.
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