Punna Chiang Mai, Meaning town or community in the Northern Thai [Lanna] regional dialect, the word ‘Punna‘ embodies the core design philosophy of its namesake property developer. For almost a decade, the Punna Group has accomplished a solid reputation for constructing and provisioning residential real estate in Chiang Mai to consistently high standards while promising residents an unsurpassed quality of life in terms of comfort, service, convenience, luxury and security. Completed in March 2010, Punna Residence @ Nimman represented the Group’s debut project and, though since succeeded by Punna Residence @ Suthep (Punna 3), Punna Residence @ CMU (Punna 4), Punna Residence 5 and Punna Residence Oasis, remains their most popular development to date not least on account of its enviable position in the heart of the city’s most fashionable and sought after locale.
The condominium is favourably situated a mere 10 to 15 minute drive from Chiang Mai International Airport and just steps away from Nimman’s chic bars, restaurants, cafés, art galleries, independent boutique shops and vibrant nightlife. Within doorstep reach of the property is the developer’s very own lifestyle shopping complex, ’Punna Place @ Nimman’, an intimate collection of eateries, upmarket retail concerns, fitness centres, beauty salons as well as a sizeable outlet of Chiang Mai’s native Wawee Coffee. In no more than a 10 minute leisurely walk from Punna Residence @ Nimman is the futuristic-looking and well-trodden Maya Lifestyle Shopping Centre; home to more than a hundred shops and restaurants, the mall also anchors a world-class cinema, a library café-cum-work space (Creative And Meeting Place or CAMP for short) open 24/7, two food courts, a fitness studio, a branch of Chiang Mai’s very own Rimping Supermarket, a weekly “Night Out Market” and, on the sixth floor (‘Nimman Hill‘), a series of rooftop bars and eateries as well as an observation platform with sweeping vistas across the city and nearby peaks. The northern end of Nimmanhaemin Road intersects with both the multi-lane Super Highway and one of the city’s major arteries, Huay Kaew Road, with ready access to the principal campus of Chiang Mai University (CMU) with its abundance of budget-friendly food courts, coffee shops, bakeries and the picturesque Ang Kaew lake behind which are the forested slopes of the Doi Suthep-Pui National Park while little more than a five minute drive in the opposite direction is the ever-charming 13th century ‘Old City’ of Chiang Mai.
With the safety and wellbeing of its residents paramount, a team of duly attired security guards oversee the barriered entrance to the property and patrol the premises round-the-clock supplemented by CCTV cameras which monitor all common areas both indoors and out with admittance to the interior of the main buildings via biometric fingerprint scan; for added peace of mind, the personable and obliging juristic staff are available between the hours of 8AM to 6:30PM every day of the week. Ample on-site private parking is provided by way of covered bays at street level or by using the underground lot. Along with double lifts (elevators), each of the two condo buildings incorporates a bright and airy lobby invitingly furnished with an arrangement of smart cosy sofas, matching armchairs and glass coffee tables. Although the condo lacks communal laundering facilities, some units are outfitted with a washing machine or, alternately, the adjoining ’Punna Place @ Nimman’ plaza plays host to Em’s Laundry, a serviced wash shop and trusted name among foreigners and Thai folk alike. Despite the absence of shared WiFi throughout the whole of Punna Residence @ Nimman, residents can –albeit at their own personal expense- easily organise installation of high-speed home broadband independently through any of the city’s various Internet Service Providers.
Occupying more than 2 rai (roughly a third of a hectare) of prime land just off the Nimmanhaemin strip with the prominent Thanon Thong Chai mountain range in direct view to the west, Punna Residence @ Nimman’s pair of adjacent 8-storey residential buildings (commonly referred to as Punna 1 and Punna 2) are set amidst pleasant and diligently tended gardened grounds. On the eastern edge of the property and dubbed “a masterpiece of pool design” exists a decent sized and attractive palm-lined outdoor saltwater swimming pool –a rare find in Chiang Mai condos- and surrounding sun deck complete with a couple of wooden reclining loungers and separate-sex sauna rooms. In addition to no less than two modestly proportioned but well-equipped gyms, Punna Residence @ Nimman also boasts a fully serviced business centre with a handful or so of offices for sale or rent.
In honouring their architectural concept, the developer has focussed less on building tall and more on the amount of habitable space given to each of its 158 air-conditioned furnished residential units. Accommodating studios as well as 1, 2 and, on occasion, 3 or 4 bedroom units, even the very smallest studio unit at Punna Residence @ Nimman is presented with a useable area of 45 sq m (so a good 14 sq m larger than the average sized studio in Chiang Mai) while the most voluminous –and quite possibly the largest of its kind in the entire city- offers a truly impressive 250 or more sq m living environment. Over the years, many of the original units have been revamped as modern-contemporarily styled, luxuriously appointed and homely condos with the extent and specification of fittings and fixtures, complement of electrical appliances and home wares as well as the decorative flair determined by the inclinations of the individual owner.
Reflective of the neighbourhood’s international cross-section of visitors and expats, the inhabitants of Punna Residence @ Nimman are largely foreigners (westerners and East Asian nationalities in particular) with only a relatively minor percentage of Thai residents.
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