I'm in the process of looking for a condo to rent on a yearly basis. Much of lower Sukhumvit (Thong Lor, Ekamai, etc.) is out of my budget for anything within easy walking distance to the BTS for commuting to work. I went out to On Nut and it was okay, but I wasn't thrilled with the area except that the Tesco Lotus and beer garden made it convenient for groceries/food.I went out to the Ari area and I liked it a lot. Quiet, clean, good food, decent nightlife. I can't really find a place that is under 15,000 baht per month, though. Does anyone know of any condo out there that's under 15K, or is this area as a whole more expensive than that for a studio? I checked out Prakard, but their listings for Ari are kind of slim.On a related note, would you recommend just using an agent to find an apartment? I'm finding the "boots on the ground" method of walking around to places confusing and not really productive in my case. If I find anyone who speaks English I just can't get much accomplished with them.
I looked at some places in ari that were 10k. You have to walk 10-15 mins down the sois to find them. Generally larger apartments, but 20-30 years old.
Nothing on mrroomfinder.com?
Guy Manpoof sux nuts for $$.
Tomcat trained. Satisfaction guaranteed.
And get used to the confusion, it's general until it's not.
Just start with "Mi hong mai?" and let it unfold from there. You develop an eye for the likely rent charges too and can skip the buildings that say "out of my range" loud and clear.
^Oh come on, walk into reception/main office of many of those apartment buildings and there is always someone or they'll find someone who can speak some english, I mean, do you think no farang has ever enquired at these places before?
When I was in America a guy told me to 'have a nice day' but I didn't, so I sued him
You wanna live in mid-so neighborhood, you gotta pay mid-so prices.
Ari area has a lot of retired military and expensive housing. Years ago I looked there for an apartment and it wasn't reasonable. Not sure Victory Monument is much better, but it's worth a look.
There's a few reasonable places 10k ish off of soi rangnam at victory monument in the 10k zone. No pool or gym though.
I think 10K would be a minimum at soi rangnam these days. Ari doesn't have that many apartment buildings. Maybe OP should extend his search to Saphan Kwai, unless that's going too far towards Mo Chit. I don't understand OP's considerations in looking up and down the BTS line - is the location of the condo for proximity to work, or just a nice place to live? If OP likes On Nut, there's Lumphini Ville on Sukhumvit 77 - they have lots of units available for his price range.
I was searching these areas because all the schools I've interviewed with are along the BTS (mostly on Sukhumvit from Phloen Chit to Asoke). If I was to live somewhere without easy access to the BTS (or possibly MRT) then getting to work in this traffic would be a bit of a hassle, no? If I'm wrong about that then please let me know, but from the traffic I've witnessed the last couple of weeks and the time I've spent standing on city buses for 45 minutes at a time, I would think being close to the Sukhumvit BTS line would be smart if that's where I'll be working. Obviously those areas are markedly more expensive, but the convenience factor of living at say, On Nut, would be worth it to me. Otherwise, adding up costs of motorcycle taxis to get to the BTS and/or walking in work clothes in this heat would make my days either more expensive or miserably sweaty.
I do think On Nut is a decent area. Not much going on as far as restaurants/nightlife but that really doesn't matter as you are a few minutes away on the BTS if you wanted to go out for more than something at the beer garden or Tesco Lotus.
Last edited by uncrebel11; 27th August 2012 at 13:06.
move up were they respect your apartment seeking skills.