DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT
Over the past decade or thereabouts, the suburb of Santitham has been gradually shedding its image as a somewhat run-down and, in places, seedy part of the city. Even to this day, no-frills serviced and long-stay apartments still prevail in the discernibly local neighbourhood but now joining its real estate line-up is the freshest residential kid on the block, The Vidi condo. The sole project of homegrown developer, the Chiang Mai 99 Palm Company, the finishing touches to the modern style classy low-rise were only made in November last year (2017). So everything’s satisfyingly shiny, mint, ‘new’ smelling and, with just 10 of the rooms occupied right now, blissfully bereft of human traffic!
Built on a tad more than 1 rai (0.16 hectares) of land at the undisturbed tail end of a local strip within Santitham, The Vidi could scarcely be better placed to immerse residents in the best of all Chiang Mai worlds. Not metres from the condo, day-to-day amenities and conveniences by the truckload with the surrounding backstreets no less blessed with wet markets, cafés, live music bars and row upon row of mom-and-pop shophouses supplying Thai fodder, mobile phones, household goods, health and beauty treatments, you name it!
If it’s glitz and glamour residents seek, on the other hand, the futuristic-looking Maya Lifestyle Shopping Centre, lies just 600m away from The Vidi condo; besides over one hundred stores and restaurants, the oh-so popular landmark mall lays claim to a multi-screen SFX cinema [movie theatre], a library café (‘CAMP’) open 24/7, a duo of food courts, a pro fitness outfit, a branch of Chiang Mai’s Rimping Supermarket, a thrice weekly ‘NightOut’ market and, on the top floor (‘Nimman Hill’), a half-dozen sky bars and an observation platform to eyeball the rainbow-like sunsets against the Doi Suthep-Pui mountains. For yet more foraging exploits, retail therapy and recreational diversions, literally a few strides from Maya is the grooviest spot in town, Nimmanhaemin Road. Together with its branching sois [lanes], Nimman is bursting with multifarious offbeat and homey coffee shops, most of the city’s fully-fledged co-working environments, a hotchpotch of international dining venues and, after dark, a cast of dapper beer, cocktail and wine lounges.
With a focus on maximum security, The Vidi features guards in uniformed getup on duty continuously at both of its double-barriered entrances. Added to which, closed-circuit video cameras keep a watchful eye on common areas of the property plus an electronic keycard system controls access not only to the interior of each condo building but also, via their single lift [elevator], to individual floors. By the same token, smiley, well informed and quick to help staff are on hand at the front desk and juristic office alongside from 9AM to 6PM Monday to Saturday.
The main communal lobby itself is minimally but stylishly garnished with a smattering of decorative embellishments, a nice sized comfy sofa and the entire space enjoys a present-day look and agreeably airy feel. Though originally planned, the on-site restaurant, self-service laundry and 24-hour minimart have since been shelved; it’s far from a raw deal for the condo’s inhabitants, mind, seeing as the street on which The Vidi stands is absolutely teeming with the likes! Surprisingly different, shared WiFi internet isn’t just free to use but actually available across all floors. Outdoors, there’s private parking sufficient for 31 cars with almost the entirety of the landscaped grounds cloaked in tropical green splendour offering nothing short of a micro oasis of peace and privacy. As an extra sweetener, The Vidi stars a 15x7m open-air saltwater swimming pool complete with natural stone sun deck graced with rattan loungers. And for more athletic folks out there, a decently proportioned gym stocked with brand spanking new workout and training gear.
ROOM TYPES, LAYOUT & SPECIFICATION
More or less divided evenly between its two separate 7-storey condo buildings, every one of the 98 residential units at The Vidi comes air-conditioned and furnished in full. Connected to each unit, the resident’s very own wide terrace and in some a second, smaller balcony while, as a bonus safety measure, rooms are rigged with a digital door lock.
Intentionally designed to make every last bit of useable space count, The Vidi’s four types of condo unit exist as studios with 1 bathroom (28.70 to 40.33 sq m) as well as those with 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom (39.20 to 53.00 sq m), 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom (50.00 to 60.85 sq m) and 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (60.10 to 64.00 sq m); all, though, are laid out with combined living/dining/kitchen quarters. Presentation throughout is smart, contemporary and welcoming with carefully chosen premium materials and sporting quality branded home appliances and fixtures.
Whilst you’re here, why not give our selection of rental and sales units at The Vidi condo the once-over.
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