As much as we love our school provided (and therefore totally free) apartment here in Nichada Thani, we’re starting to realize that we’re just a little too isolated out here in this gated community.
And thus, we are embarking on a new adventure: a quest to find a spacious, yet reasonably priced, 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment with a balcony in downtown Bangkok – not as easy as it sounds. There is an ever-expanding list of beautiful (and not-so-beautiful) apartments on the Thailand section of Craig’s List, which has been my starting point, but I think it’s going to take a lot of time and effort to find just the right apartment in just the right location.
The problem is that now that we’ve decided we want to move downtown, we want to start looking. But, it appears that there are so many apartments available all the time that when I called a few places today, they were kind of shocked that I was looking now for a move in June. Most recommended that we start looking in May! For such an anxious planner, it’s going to be a difficult few months for me to wait to really start looking.
For now, I think we have to start thinking about where we want to live, and developing a list of must-have’s for our new place so we’re prepared when we finally get our chance to go out on the town!
Here’s what I’m thinking so far for apartment requirements – in order of importance:
- Close to the expressway and BTS so we can get to work easily – we’re thinking Chitlom or Rajadamri, or maybe Silom right now
- Minimum 2 bedroom, 2 bath, but would be great if we could get a 3 bedroom.
- Full kitchen (stove, oven, fridge and plenty of counter space)
- 2 bedrooms don’t share a wall (ie: they are separated by a hallway, bathroom or closet)
- Washer and dryer
- Balcony or at least large windows
- Partially furnished – now that we have so much of our own stuff, why pay for someone elses?
- Aircon that lets you adjust to the actual temperature (not just on/off)
- Newer building, if possible
What do you think? How much are we talking for this fabulous (and currently, totally imaginary) pad? Anyone know of the perfect place for a couple where one works out by Cheangwattana and the other on Sukhumvit Soi 49?
What’s the secret to finding the perfect apartment in Bangkok?
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