Somkid Gardens - Chidlom (Listing # PL3939)
The Bangkok condo/apartment is located on Chidlom in the Chidlom community of central Bangkok. The Somkid Gardens building is conveniently located just 450 meters to the Chit Lom BTS Skytrain station which amounts to about a 5 minute walk.
The most exclusive areas of Chidlom real estate are those of Langsuan Road (Lang Suan) which runs one-way, north from Rama I to Lumpini Park and Soi Somkit which runs south all the way to Petchaburi Road. Both roads area lined with trees and have greenery throughout making them choice for those looking for sanctuary in the middle of busy Bangkok. There are far more apartments in Chidlom than condos. Langsuan has only 6 condos (as of 2014) so finding an condo or apartment rental is a lot easier than trying to buy a property anywhere near the Chit Lom BTS.
- RC International School (Ruamrudee soi 1)
- Mullberryhouse International Preschool (Soi Tonson)
- Phloenchit International Kindergarten (Sukhumvit soi 4)
- Topsy Turvy International School (Sukhumvit soi 4)
- British School of Bangkok (Sukhumvit soi 4)
- Webster Univeristy (Phloenchit Road)
- Mater Dei School (Phloenchit Road)
- Central Chidlom (Rama I Rd.)
- Siam Paragon (Rama I Rd.)
- Siam Center (Rama I Rd.)
- Pantip Plaza IT Mall (Pratunam)
- Platinum Fashion Mall (Pratunam)
- Central World Shopping Mall (Rajprasong)
- MBK Shopping Center (Rama I Rd.)
- Lumpini Park (Ratchadamri Rd.)
Most foreigners use property agents when renting a condo in Bangkok. Using a real estate agency is of no cost to you and you can use the agent’s expertise in Bangkok real estate to find a perfect place and location. It is usually good to begin looking for a place a month before you intend to move in. This gives you plenty of time to see properties and allows you the chance to pay a booking fee (10-25% of the rental) if you see something you like. The booking fee will hold the condo/apartment until your move-in date and go towards your deposit and first month’s rent.
Moving into an apartment or condo requires a refundable security deposit equal to 2x your agreed monthly rent or in this case ฿240,000 THB (Thailand Baht) in addition to your 1st month’s rent of ฿120,000 which is due on the day you move in. Your total move-in costs for this Bangkok rental property will be ฿360,000. Your real estate agent will help you negotiate anything from rental price, included utilities, lease terms, special requirements etc. with the landlord and prepare your lease agreement which are usually in Thai and English languages.
Living Expenses & Paying Rent
Unless you are staying in a serviced residence, you will be responsible for paying your monthly utilities which will always include electricity and water. Most Bangkok renters also have internet and cable television. For most condominiums will have to setup the services under your name and pay directly to the service providers. In the case of apartments, you will likely have to make payment to the building which may have a set fee for water. Your real estate agent can help you set up your utilities. You can pay all utility bills at the cashier of any convenient store in Bangkok. Rent payment is usually made via cash deposit or bank transfer directly into the landlord’s account.
In order to get your ฿240,000 security deposit back you must not break any terms of your signed lease agreement. This includes giving the proper move-out notice if applicable, moving out of the property by the correct date and returning the property as you rented it, with no damage to the condo itself as well as the furniture (if rented fully furnished). If you break any terms of your lease the landlord will not refund your security deposit.. If you rented a condo you will likely get your security deposit back in cash from the landlord during the week you move out. However most apartment buildings will take at least 30 days to refund your security deposit via corporate check.