Older style development gaining traction among investors! More than a few condominiums in Chiang Mai date from the economic boom of the early nineties. And while some have since proven popular with foreign visitors in particular, others are much lesser known and still being rediscovered!
Enter Rooks Condotel – architected by Bangkok’s Sukhumvit Asset Management company and completed in 1994, the single building’s had a paint job to the exterior of late and looking all the better for it! At the same time, an increasing number of the 136 original residential units have been bought up for a song then modernised into affordably comfortable quarters set in walker-friendly whereabouts.
Off-centre LOCATION perfectly suited to the transportless!
Rising a dozen storeys high amid an overwhelmingly local area made up of working Thai folk alongside university students and medical staff, Rooks Condo is tucked quietly down Soi Chiang Kham lane off the south side of Suthep Road.
From the junction with the main drag and past CMU’s Maharaj Nakorn teaching hospital, condo inhabitants need only hoof it in an easterly direction for under 10 minutes to reach the west gate of the moat-surrounded ‘Old City’; Chiang Mai’s 700+ year old beating heart for moseying, pedalling or segwaying around its network of unendingly charming streets edged by Thai wat [temples], traditional shophouse eateries, modern-day cafés and, in the south-west corner, the delightful Nong Buak Haad garden park. Steps away west from Rooks, on the other hand, are a Mini Big C convenience store, a horde of feeding and beveraging joint plus, at the meeting of Suthep and Siri Mangkalajarn Roads, Suandok Park community mall home to Black Canyon Coffee, McDonalds, Salad Terrace and Tops Daily supermarket. Better still, 700 metres ahead lies the intersection with the ever-in-fashion Nimmanhaemin Road as the port of call for many a chic bar, cosmopolitan restaurant, coffee house, retail boutique, co-working hub as well as Maya and One Nimman lifestyle malls. Otherwise, a fraction of a kilometre further on, at the meeting of Suthep and Canal Roads, is Ton Payom fresh market and just beyond, the southern entrances to the principal campus of Chiang Mai University backdropped by the forest-clad mountains of nearby Doi Suthep-Pui National Park!
No Frills 0n ON-SITE FACILITIES!
Immediately inside the main doors of the property, the foyer features little more than a couple of passenger lifts [elevators] and a juristic side office occupied from 8AM to 5PM daily except Sunday.
Although Rooks Condotel does not have neither of a pool or a gym, it does at least offer a serviced laundry amenity complete with a trio of coin-operated washing machines and water-vending dispenser.
How about the CONDO UNITS at Rooks?
With units generally more generously proportioned than the city average for their kind, studios are between 32 to 80 square metres of useable space whereas 1 and 2 bedroom suites range from 50 to 98 square metres.
Remodelled units come fully furnished, air-conditioned and, on the whole, laid out as an open-plan living/dining/kitchen with or without an attached balcony; of course, the extent and standard of interior appointment, choice of household wares and appliances as well as the décor depend on the individual owner.
Overall thoughts on Rooks Condo.
Just remember that Rooks Condotel, a high-rise condominium dating back to the early ’90s, is experiencing a resurgence in popularity. Located in a predominantly local area in Chiang Mai, it offers residents proximity to cultural landmarks and daily conveniences. Recent renovations have revitalized its appeal, with modernised units offering affordable comfort in a walker-friendly locale. Despite lacking some amenities like a pool or gym, it compensates with a serviced laundry amenity and secure parking. With generous space in its fully furnished units and access to free WiFi, Rooks Condotel stands as an enduring symbol of the city’s golden era of high-rise living.
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