About location, I forgot to mention Smile Square, a big project by Chinese investor group, which will include 4-star hotel (Cachet Deluxe Bangkok), residence (long leasehold), office building and huge retail space. This project is located not far from Q Chidlom Phetchaburi.
There’s still a large plot of land, owned by Bangkok Land (the developer of Impact Muang Thong Thani), waiting to be developed as condo.
And recently, the biggest news in the industry is that SC Asset Corporation spent to buy a land plot with an amount breaking the country’s highest record in land price. It bought a piece of land sized about 3 rai at land price of 1.9 million baht per sq.w. to develop a high-priced condo project. This plot is located 200 meter away from Q Chidlom Phetchaburi.
Thank you Khun Chef for this photo.
This doesn’t include a rumor about a land plot, owned by the Department of Religious Affairs, where many shophouses including the famous chicken rice restaurant are located and planned to have a renovation. (Some rumors say this plot will have developer developed the whole plot). This location, therefore, has many developments waiting to make a big change.
Now about unit plan and significantly, which unit is the best (in my humble opinion)
Starting with lobby. Lobby here has a height of around 4 meter, yet not a serious double volume (but there’s a small corner where ceiling-to-floor height is very very high). Lobby here is very beautiful. The 4-meter height is enough to build a feeling of luxury and elegance if its decoration is good (like Ashton 38). The weak point is that Ananda doesn’t use glass to separate the lift lobby and mailroom which can be a prominent point. It now disappears.
If the two shops in front of the project become Starbucks, it will be good. But if they become a convenient store, it will hurt feeling.
The lift lobby reminds me of Ashton 38.
Common area is fully provided as in the picture. WOW!!! 360-degree swimming pool on the 42nd floor in a semi-outdoor style with fitness and sky garden floating above the pool. Don’t forget that this location is Chidlom, Pratunam and Ratchaprasong where, besides a good view, fireworks on New Year’s Eve is very beautiful. They can be seen on the top floor here.
The lift lobby on facilities floor has dimension and is beautiful, isn’t it? The void area in front of it is from the 41st floor to the ground level.
The view will look like this. Photo credit: Starview
Take a look at unit plan.
Q Chidlom Phetchaburi is located between KPI and Manhattan building, therefore there will be units being fully blocked by these two buildings at two sides.
On these areas, the designer puts 1-bedroom type which is small-sized unit (35 sq.m.) and has lower price than other units and solves the problem by setting back a bedroom to get inside the unit to put curved glass at the whole area in the unit’s living room. With this way, the view is more open, not fully blocked. In the bedroom, there is a small window at the end of the bed for a privacy but there is not much natural light into the bedroom. Using a sliding door to separate room can link the areas and light.
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Units at these two sides will have lower prices for a 35-sq-m type. I prefer the eastern units at uni 12a and 14 as KPI is a building with the wall made by glass window and aluminium composite. Blocked view at a distance of 12 metre should be better if another building’s wall is reflective glass or aluminium composite. It is better than seeing the window of other people’s bedroom at Manhattan building.
Moreover, KPI building is shorter than Manhattan. The units from the 30th floor upwards at Q Chidlom Phetchaburi will not get a view blocked by KPI. Unit 12a and 14 on the 30th, 31st and 32nd are premium as they will get a nice unit plan with curved glass and unblocked view. Furthermore, unit 12a and 14 will be close to the project’s huge void, therefore it is more private definitely.
The 06/07 side is not that bad. The design of the unit can help open the view and there is a nice garden and a swimming pool at Manhattan’s 7th floor. I prefer unit 07 rather than unit 06 as its city view at the south through a channel is more beautiful. The view is open on the north (but it’s shophouses’ roof) but it should be on higher floor as The Market is quite high.
The 45-sq-m unit’s highlight is the double-access bathroom with see-through bathtub and walk-in closet. But its unit plan is quite deep, therefore window where natural light will get through is small when compared with its size. (At first Ananda planned to use private lift to destroy this weak point of unit plan but it cut off eventually. What a pity.)
Unit 02 and 04 will get a city view on the south. I prefer 02 unit as the view at 04 unit on lower floors will have The Market blocked. 02 unit will not get blocked. One more is that unit 02 will be opposite to the project’s void. It will feel better when closing-opening the door or walking from the lift lobby at unit 02 than at unit 04. But a negative point of unit 02 is that the head of the bed is at the west while it is at the east in unit 04. It depends on each people’s belief.
At the north, unit 09 and 11 is the same at unit 02 and 04. But I still prefer unit 11 as it will be opposite to the void just like unit 02. (I don’t believe in the side of the bed’s head). At the north, there will be a pool view of Berkeley Hotel. The view will get clearer on floor 1x.
The 47-sq-m unit will be wider than the 45-sq-m but there are poles at the unit’s left and right side. Some people like it as it will be beautiful when having built-in cabinet. But some say they obstruct. However, double-access bathroom is cut off. I prefer the south side unit 03 as unit 10 has something people unlike. It is opposite to the garbage room and the unit at the project’s front on the main road will be more disturbed by the noise.
At the south side with the same direction to The Market, it should be on the 18th to 20th floor in order to avoid The Market.
The 2-bedroom 63-sq-m unit will all be located at the 4 corners of the building. I prefer unit 01 as the view is very beautiful definitely and opposite to the project’s void. Anyone preferring an open view can choose the front (Noisy). Besides an open view at the front on the lower floors, there will be a pool view of Manhattan and Berkeley Hotel as well.
The huge bedroom with curved glass.
On the 30th floor upwards at the KPI side, there will be an open view as well.
Note–On the top of KPI Building, there is a large air-conditioned channel which can disturb the atmosphere.
The 32nd floor is the floor where a public garden is. Unit 32-12a will not have KPI blocked and it is in front of the door to the garden.It is so beautiful. Absolutely, it is suitable for garden lover but needs to trade with some privacy. Unit 3208 is very cool as it is beside the garden. All units are beautiful except only for unit 06 and 07 which are inferior as they still see Manhattan building but it’s much better as the higher levels of Manhattan is slimmer.
On the 33rd floor above the garden, there will be a clear glass wall to take a garden view below. Outside at the north is an open view with a cluster of buildings on Ratchada side and a green area of Makkasan including a private garden on this floor. I prefer this floor than the 32nd floor. Unit
33-12a is the best 35-sq-m unit of the project. In front of it is single corridor with clear glass where a garden view is. View is also open.
Unit 3307 is also cool as it is the unit in front of the garden. View is unlikely blocked as Manhattan is slimmer.
Duplex zone will be on the 34th – 35th and 36th – 37th floor in the same class and on the 38th – 39th floor for the super-premium unit where a private garden will be included on the lower floor or the 38th floor besides small pocket gardens on the 34th – 37th floor.
A number of duplex unit on the 38th – 39th floor is fewer as they are on the top residential floor. These floors’ side connecting the facilities area will have no leakage problem from the pool or noise from fitness like top floor units below the facilities area in other projects face (as the pool is put higher).
Duplex unit on the side facing KPI will not be blocked. The view is open and beautiful.
Let’s see the side facing Manhattan. On the 32nd – 36th floor of Manhattan are penthouses with private garden and jacuzzi. The building gets slimmer. When compared the height of Q Chidlom Phetchaburi, its 34th floor will be on the same level of Manhattan’s 32nd – 33rd floor. And at Manhattan, there is a chimney in the middle going up around 3 floors. Approximately, duplex on the 38th – 39th floor on the west will be unlikely blocked. Otherwise if it is unfortunate, it will be only little. So, unit 38-39 05 and 38-39 06 is attractive.
Manhattan penthouse photo. Photo credit: Rightmove Thailand
The most favorite duplex for me is 34-12a and 36-12a with indoor trees, WOW. The double volume zone is an area stretching outside with curved glass surrounding on a floor-to-ceiling height of around 6 meter where we can stay like flying. It is very superb. The curved glass continuing along the height is rare, one and only in the country.
Duplex unit 02, 03 and 04 is the southern duplex with a nice view but its plan is typical, not nice like the view. The unit is quite large. It is 1+1 bedroom. What a pity is a fewer number of windows than other unit. The window is also one sided so there will be no wind. You need to accept these if you want a southern, 1-bedroom duplex.
Let me repeat the facilities as I really love them.
The facilities floors include the 40th ,41st , 42nd and 42 mezzanine.
They will comprise 360-degree swimming pool/ sky fitness / sky garden / double-volume social club.
The most distinguishing is Turkish bath. Is there any back rub in the genuine Turkish-bath style available?
The outdoor swimming pool with roof and high ceiling height on the 42nd floor is very superb. You can swim amid both raining and sunshine.
We can end an exhausting year with a sky garden where New Year’s Eve fireworks can be viewed.
Beautiful swimming pool
The prices that Ananda briefed its sales staff are approximately 5.8 million baht for a 35-sq-m unit, 7.6 million baht for 45 sq. m. and 10.8 million baht for 63 sq. m.
Contract price is 5%. Downpayment is 10% throughout 26 installments.
Don’t hesitate to book a unit if you make a final decision. For existing customers, after you finish reading this article, you should call to book a nice unit with your sales staff immediately. For new customers, please wait for an event at Siam Paragon.
For me, attractive buying prices for mid-2015 when land prices soared to 1.9 million baht per sq. wah. should be no higher than 170,000 baht per sq. m. This project is not quite worth for renting out but better for Airbnb (which breaks the rules). Customers queue up to stay as this is a hottest location for shopping.
Say goodbye with the building perspective in final version, added with sky garden on the 33rd floor. The building’s exterior color is slightly toned down.
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