The Shine Condominium – A paragon high-rise fit for a state premier

the-shine-condo-exterior-2-chiang-maiBilled not as a prospective housing solution but rather an opportunity to experience a “New Destination of Living”, The Shine exemplifies excellence in both name and specification. They were completed in the last quarter of 2013 by distinguished real estate company The Empire Chiang Mai. Now home to a mixed demographic of local and foreign residents, this shining example of a luxury condominium development showcases a stunning modern-contemporary design style with an excellent standard of interior appointment at the same time as being enviably positioned amid Chiang Mai’s commercial and financial heartland.

Vying with the Royal Lanna Hotel and The Astra condo for supremacy of the Chang Klan Road skyline, the 15-storey stature of The Shine dwarfs most other architectural constructions in the city’s Central Business District. Set back from the main drag to minimise any traffic noise and with doorstep access to the dual-level ’@curve’ community mall, adjoining 7-Eleven convenience store and, more or less facing which, the Central Chiang Mai Memorial Hospital, The Shine lies but a short 15 or so minute walk from the illustrious and pulsating Night Bazaar.

The Shine Condominium
The Shine Condominium

Among the oldest and most iconic after-dark shopping, dining and entertainment venues in all of Thailand and a latter-day legacy of early Yunnanese merchants who plied ancient trading routes between China and Myanmar, the area is home to an almost dizzying sprawl of near-countless open-air and indoor restaurants (including Chiang Mai’s very first McDonalds!), food courts, purpose-built shopping pavilions, travel and tour agencies, Thai massage parlours, bars and street market vendors hawking virtually every product imaginable. From there, the eastern boundary of the ’Old City, the traditional heart of Chiang Mai, is situated just moments away. En route to the Night Bazaar from The Shine stands Pantip Plaza, Northern Thailand’s largest IT and electronics mall. It also features a sizeable Big C supermarket opposite which is the newly launched nightly flea market, Le Dta’wan. On account of its historical origins, the Chang Klan neighbourhood is inhabited by a fascinating diversity of ethnic minority groups –Tai Yai (Burmese Shan) and Cin Haw (Chinese Muslims) in particular- with their cultural influence manifest in the mosques, hilltribe farmers’ markets and halal eateries abundant in the area. For more progressive retail therapy, CentralFestival, Central Airport Plaza and Promenada Resort malls are all easily reachable –as are a variety of other locations throughout the city- from The Shine by riding their respective complimentary shuttle bus, which departs several times every day from the nearby Empress Hotel.

The Shine Condominium
The Shine Condominium

Continually supervising the barrier main entrance to The Shine is a two-person squad of duly attired G4S-supplied security professionals in addition to the presence of CCTV cameras fitted in all common areas of the property and keycard-controlled admission to the single building and, via the double lifts (elevators), to individual condo units; for extra comfort of mind, the juristic office –besides the sofa-adorned central lobby- is staffed daily between the hours of 9 AM and 6 PM. Off-street parking allocation is, by most standards, incredibly generous, with the initial four floors of the condominium supporting covered car bays enough for around 60% of the overall residential capacity together with a great complement of sheltered spaces designated for motorbikes and floor-mounted racks for push bicycles. On-site leisure facilities and practical amenities at The Shine are predictably outstanding. Spread over the entirety of the fifth floor are a reading corner, meeting room and a handful of coin-operated self-service washing machines; the level above boasts a substantially proportioned and particularly striking outdoor saltwater swimming pool with integrated jacuzzi, a poolside sun deck and a collection of padded wooden loungers while just beyond the water’s edge is the “Health Club” comprising a respectably sized and fully-equipped gym flanking which are separate-sex sauna rooms. Assuming part of the penultimate floor of the building is the densely planted and wonderfully secluded rooftop “Sky Garden”, a positively idyllic setting in which to kick back while savouring the breathtaking views over the surrounding cityscape, broad stretches of the Mae Ping River and imposing forested peaks of the Thanon Thong Chai mountain range. WiFi is freely available in all shared areas of The Shine. 

The Shine Condominium
The Shine Condominium

Occupying floors six to 15, all 108 fully furnished and air-conditioned residential units at The Shine exist in either 1 or 2 bedroom arrangements and offer superior (from 33 to 70 sq m) or deluxe (from 49 to 58 sq m) rooms, miracle suites (from 69 to 73 sq m) or, the condominium’s crowning glory and quite possibly Chiang Mai’s most acceptable, presidential suites.

The duplex penthouses accommodate a capacious 135 sq m to a stately 220 sq m of optimally laid out habitable space and benefit from an expansive glass-walled private terrace commanding a far-reaching and spectacular outlook in a northerly or westerly direction; sparing no expense and unlikely to disappoint even the most discerning character, each presidential suite is exceptionally presented in either an “Elegant Silver” or a “Luxury Gold” decorative theme, outfitted with bespoke furniture, premium quality fixtures and fittings, one or more outsized whirlpool hot tubs, solid teak wood flooring and proudly flaunts prestigious brand name appliances from the likes of Smeg and equally regarded bathroom fittings such as those from Toto.

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FAQ about The Shine Condominium

The Shine has a very nice rooftop pool with a nice area to relax next to it.

Yes, the pool at The Shine condominium is free for residence of the building.

The Shine has a basic gym with basic equipment, but it is more than enough for those looking for somewhere to workout .

Yes, the gym at The Shine condominium is free for residence of the building.

Yes, The Shine is a very secure condo with 24 hr security.

No, the rception at The Shine is open in office hours only.

Officially The Shine Condominium does not allow rentals in the condo for less than 30 days as per the government regulations.

The Shine's location on Chang Klan road gives the building great access to red taxis, local buses and Grab drivers.

There are plenty of shops and coffee shops within a short walk from The Shine.

The are no shops located with the Shine condominium.

With its multi level parking there is generally plenty of parking at the Shine Condominium.

The closest shopping is located at the Rimping supermarket just across the river or a short drive to Central Airport plaza.

The common area fees at The Shine are 55 Baht a sq meter.

The Shine common area fees are paid yearly.

There is currently space in the foreign quota at The Shine but this can change quickly so we advise checking before signing any sales and purchase agreements.

The shine provided swimming pool, Fitness center and sauna.

Yes, you can pay your electricity and water bills at the reception of the The Shine through a small service fee for electric bills maybe charged.

There is cleaning service from the building starts from around 400 Baht a time. Many Residents us an external cleaning company.

There is water filter machine and coin operated water machine on 4th floor.

The Shine does not allowed pets.

 Disclaimer: These FAQs are meant to serve merely as guidance and Perfect Homes cannot be held responsible should they be no longer correct. If any of the points in this article be essential to your renting or buying a particular property in the building please do double check for any changes or updates from the building directly.


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