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CM Condo Rentals through the Roof!

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Good afternoon, forum.

 

I plan to move on in the New Year and have been looking at condo prices these past weeks. It seems that they’ve gone through the roof. Heck, I see tiny 32 SQM 1-bed joints average 12,000 THB, and more in some cases.

 

THE RAPID RISE IN RENTALS

 

My first condo here ten years ago was a 60 SQM corner room with a view on Nimmanhaemin for 9,000 THB/Mo. Next was a 54 SQM pad in a quiet soi near CM university for 7,000 THB/Mo. I then moved into a 32 SQm brand new place for 10,000 THB/Mo. It was high-quality throughout, but poor design, so I only stayed for one year. The TV was just too close to the couch for comfort, with no room to move back.

 

MOVING ON

 

I then moved to Mae Hia in a similarly sized new place,  but with views to die for and a massive lake in the middle. This one has cost me 9,000 THB/Mo. I’ve been here for four years. However, it’s getting more occupied, and now i have neighbors. The problem is that the walls are paper thin (probably to save costs). Seriously, I can hear pee drop into the toilet next door each time someone visits the loo. I could probably headbutt my way into their bedroom, that's how thin the partition are.

 

TIME FOR CHANGE

 

So, I plan to move on again in the New Year. The idea is to stay as close to the countryside as possible, preferably in Mai Hai. I love to cycle, and this part of town is perfect for that. But I can't believe my eyes as I browse through local rentals. Heck, even some 30SQM joints are going for 15,000 THB/Mo. Unbelievable!

 

MORE FOR LESS

 

Perhaps I’m not searching the right way? I was hoping to spend a bit more this time and invest in a little extra living space. Alas, it seems that condos are getting smaller yet more expensive. Surely demand isn’t higher than supply, not with so many empty units all over the province. What’s going on out there, folks?

 

MEDIUM-TERM RENTALS

 

Anyway, it’s never too soon to start looking around at potential options. I tend to stay in a place for 3–4 years if I’m happy there. I don’t fancy a house as I find the Thai homes soulless inside. A bit like a garage without cars and ramps in the middle. Also, it’s not always easy to get a problem fixed if the landlord isn't around. There are also more security vulnerabilities with houses when left unoccupied.

 

DO LET ME KNOW

 

Anyway, if anyone knows any modern, reasonably-priced condos around Mae Hia way, do let me know. Especially any that are tucked away off the beaten track. I don’t mind being some distance from local amenities. An older building is also okay if the units inside are modern-ish.

 

SO, HIDDEN GEMS, ANYONE?

 

I’ll also be on the lookout as I travel around, and may use an agency nearer the time if needs be. But anyway, there’s no harm in posting here. One never knows. Someone might—just might—know of, and happy to share, a hidden gem or two between now and my next move.

 

Best regards,

 

Stubby

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well...any apartments under approx 10k a month your going to get a standard cookie cutter box style room, maybe the view out the window or presence of a balcony will differ between units.

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There's certainly been competition with all the new buildings but they are much of a sort......the 32 sqm sort you don't like. They and even most of the bigger ones look good at first but in fact are pretty low quality, narrow hallways , melamine kitchens, cheap fittings etc.

Older buildings in very good locations have more advantages and places like Skybreeze are in great demand with all the advantages of a terrific saltwater pool and walks and rides through CMU campus and up the hills via very nice student eateries and coffee shops. 

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8 minutes ago, cheeryble said:

There's certainly been competition with all the new buildings but they are much of a sort......the 32 sqm sort you don't like. They and even most of the bigger ones look good at first but in fact are pretty low quality, narrow hallways , melamine kitchens, cheap fittings etc.

Older buildings in very good locations have more advantages and places like Skybreeze are in great demand with all the advantages of a terrific saltwater pool and walks and rides through CMU campus and up the hills via very nice student eateries and coffee shops. 

Skybreeze is definitely a hidden gem.  Great area too.  I rented at Punna close by and negotiated my rent down from 15,000 to 14,000 for a 2 year contract back in 2012.  Now...exact comparable unit (same floor plan, size, view, etc.) is now asking 13,500 for a 1 year lease.

 

http://chiangmaiproperties.co.th/EN/condo/rent/Fully-furnished,-1-bedroom-condo-with-1-bathroom(s)-and-pool-in-Punna-Residence-4-@-CMU,-Suthep,-Mueang-Chiang-Mai/C2737.aspx

 

A buddy of mine rented the unit 2 floors below this one (carbon copy) at Mountainview for 15,000 in 2013.  Now can be had for 13,000.

 

http://chiangmaiproperties.co.th/EN/condo/rent/Fully-furnished,-1-bedroom-condo-with-1-bathroom(s)-and-pool-in-Mountain-View-Condo,-Chang-Phueak,-Mueang-Chiang-Mai/C2764.aspx

 

Prices definitely haven’t been going up when comparing apples to apples.

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Yep op is right. I had a look a month ago and DESIRABLE areas off the charts

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Rental prices are definitely down in the established high quality buildings around town.

It's a buyers market, especially out of season.

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Im in Phuket and I can tell you condo prices have gone down maybe over supply you can get a brand new condo for 9000 Baht with a pool look in the FB groups for your area might have more luck, LTR market is well down this year

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3 minutes ago, Pattaya46 said:

… by day ? 

No bye the hour

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Itsaris Guest House , 2 bedroom apartment +veranda ฿10,231 

per month

/ month

Long term you maybe get a better deal

 

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/31525652?adults=1&check_in=2019-11-01&check_out=2019-11-30&source_impression_id=p3_1571044434_QIeiF3bqdD40qwJ1

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Well, it seems like I'm looking in the wrong places going by the response so far.

 

Perhaps pounding the streets is better than the online search.  I have no intention of moving back into town, even if there are bargains aplenty. It's become to busy, too loud, and crowed for me. I left Bangkok to get away from that nonsense. That does limit my options somewhat, though. I'll keep searching anyway.

 

Thanks for the input thus far 😉

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