Saturday, 23 February 2008

Apartment Hunting – Part 3

OK! I've decided! After all the looking around and internet surfing, I'm tired (physically too – awww my legs!). I think I've seen enough apartments to become an agent. So, after searching high and low, I've narrowed it down to 2 places:

APARTMENT 1

  1. At Sukhumvit area (happening), but also close to one red-light area. Actually, I still feel its safe – just have to walk past a lot of the bars with girls in skimpy clothes (if they really ARE girls). Area = pro
  2. Far walk to train station. 20 mins fast walk or 30 mins slow walk. OR 10 Baht for motorbike taxi. Distance to BTS = con
  3. Need to change trains to get to work. Distance to work = little bit cons, but still alright.
  4. 1 bedroom apartment, large size. Balconies on front and back. One side facing the canals. Very airy. Apartment = pro
  5. THB 23,000 per month, include tv and internet, towel change, cleaning, bed sheet change, etc. Price = ok
  6. Nice small swimming pool and garden. Amenities = pro
  7. Laundry is calculated by pieces, can be quite expensive. Laundry = con
  8. Furniture is ok. Not much. Furniture = so-so

APARTMENT 2

  1. Not at happening area, but still near to shopping malls. Happening are just few train stops away. Though not many expats around here. Area = pro
  2. Just 15 min walk from station. 10 mins if you walk fast. But they do have free tuk-tuk from the apartment to nearby areas, like the train station. Distance to MRT = borderline pro
  3. Just 4 train stops from work. Don't even have to change trains. Distance from work = pro
  4. Studio apartment. Balcony has nice view from 5th floor. Studio = con, view = pro
  5. THB 13,000 a month, include cable tv. But internet, water/electric pretty reasonable. Price = pro
  6. No swimming pool. There's one community pool nearby (eeww). However, there's a big tv. Amenities = con
  7. There's coin laundry on each floor. Laundry service also provided at ground floor. Laundry = pro
  8. Furniture is brand new and very modern, posh looking. Furniture = pro

So... after much thought, I've decided to go for apartment 2! Yes, I've finally made my decision!! The thing that push me over = near to work, no need to walk so far, and nice modern furnishings. Oh yeah... half the price too.

2 comments:

nat said...

Whoops... forgot to mention, that the sink for washing dishes is on the balcony for apartment 2 (cons), whilst it is in the normal kitchen area for apartment 1 (pro). Lots of hassle when your sink is far away from the kitchen. :(

audrey said...

waaahhhh! yes, i was going to say apt.2 but you've already decided. very nice place you got. can i go crash over sometime?