DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT
Like a lot of its similarly mature contemporaries, the almost three decade old Vieng Ping condo has regularly been beset by accounts from co-owners of less than effective management and inadequate upkeep at the hands of entrenched honchos hired by the original developer. So, for all its steel-beamed and long-lasting architectural makeup, to credit the property by its alternate –and far more grandiose sounding- moniker of Viangping Mansion would be to embroider the noticeably down-at-heel condition of the building itself. Even so, the impressive looking high-rise enjoyed a much-needed fresh lick of paint just a few short years ago improving its outward appearance no end. Not to mention supporting a great many units which’ve been gutted from top to bottom and transformed into thoroughly modern, fully equipped and seriously comfortable pads at prices otherwise hard to come by in its setting at the premier and most wanted part of town. Precisely why, undeterred by its cosmetic flaws and administrative shortcomings, Vieng Ping condo remains to this day a hugely popular piece of Chiang Mai real estate among foreign investors and long-term tenants seeking to maximise their money’s worth.
Standing lofty on –but just back from- the multi-lane Super Highway for speedy, direct travel to other corners of the city, Vieng Ping condo backs right onto the well patronised and ultra present-day Maya Lifestyle Shopping Centre. Looming large over Rin Kham junction and the most recent addition to Chiang Mai’s mall scene, the iconic and world-class retail arena shelters no less than a hundred plus shops and restaurants to say nothing of a digital multiplex SFX cinema [movie theatre] showing all the very latest film releases in both English and Thai, the always open Creative And Meeting Place (C.A.M.P.) library café, a couple of food courts, a pro health and fitness hub as well as a branch of the homegrown Rimping Supermarket for imported foodstuffs and locally sourced premium quality groceries; whereas, with the evening approaching, condo residents can stop by the weekly open-air pop-up “Night Out Market” to tuck into assorted lip-smacking and dirt cheap edibles or else head to the top floor (‘Nimman Hill’) of the mall to snag an ace sunset view over the not too distant peaks of the Thanon Thong Chai mountain range from the observation platform before sipping on speciality cocktails at any of the sky bars. Emerging from Maya and scarcely several paces beyond is the 1.3km main drag of Nimmanhaemin Road and the vibrant epicentre of its stylish namesake neighbourhood. Whether for dining opportunities, retail therapy or leisure interests, the decidedly 21st century Nimman area is absolutely chock full of more independent and chain coffee houses than you can shake a stick, more true co-working spaces than the rest of the municipality combined and to boot a diverse pick of international cuisine, art and design studios, handicraft purveyors, wellness practitioners, medical clinics, hair and beauty salons, massage parlours, travel agencies and, after dark, a flourishing bevy of cultured wine and craft beer lounges. Or for a venue vastly more steeped in heritage and Lanna [Northern Thai] traditions, Chiang Mai’s 720 odd years of age and eternally captivating ‘Old City’ is but a 5 minute drive away to the south east; while for an escape from the built-up environment, a comparable distance along the Huay Kaew thoroughfare in the opposite direction lies the greenery shrouded Suan Sak campus of Chiang Mai University (CMU) home to the exceedingly photogenic and placid Ang Kaew lake directly behind which the forested landscape of the biologically rich and ethnically diverse Doi Suthep-Pui National Park.
Being a more aged development, an electronic keycard system is altogether absent at Vieng Ping condo but a posse of security guards do patrol the premises 24 hours a day and closed-circuit surveillance cameras are installed throughout communal spots. Inside the WiFi-outfitted but somewhat lackluster lobby, the front desk is staffed between the hours 9AM and 5PM Monday to Saturday and ahead of which are situated separate passenger and service lifts [elevators]. Outdoors at street level, a fair number of underbuilding private parking spaces are available and, conveniently in the vicinity, a covered row of half-dozen coin-operated, self-service washing machines together with a tumble dryer. And despite the lack of a gym, there is a large, decent enough swimming pool (no longer costing 50 baht a pop to use (at the time of writing)) surrounded by recliner-adorned tiled decking and, unveiled only a matter of months ago, the poolside L’apres Café supplying a modest choice of piping hot or ice cold liquid refreshments.
ROOM TYPES, LAYOUT & SPECIFICATION
At 14 storeys in stature, Vieng Ping condo’s single building features units considerably more lavishly proportioned than their respective city averages; studio rooms weigh in at 31 to 44 sq m with 1 and 2 bedroom units providing anywhere from 63 to 108 sq m of habitable space. The numerous remodelled units come entirely furnished, air-conditioned and, for the most part, laid out in an open-plan living/dining/kitchen arrangement with an attached balcony or two; naturally, the extent and standard of interior presentation, selection of household wares and appliances as well as the décor are influenced by the individual owner. Still, for something a bit special and representing one of the most monumentally sized condo units in the whole of Chiang Mai, feast your eyes on this 523 sq m 4 bedroom, 5 bathroom duplex penthouse suite occupying the upper two floors of Vieng Ping with its very own landscaped roof garden commanding 360° bird’s-eye vistas to die for!
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