Bangkok expats know that there are 3 main areas where Westerners, Japanese people and other nationalities making their home in Bangkok congregate and they are Silom, Sukhumvit and Sathorn.
These three areas are traditionally the most popular international areas and therefore have been the Bangkok districts that have seen the greatest number of Bangkok condos and Bangkok apartments on the market.
Most expats have also demanded the convenience of having their condo or apartments within close proximity to an international standard hospital in Bangkok such as Samitivej on soi 49 of Sukhumvit, or Bangkok Hospital on Petchburi Road and shopping plazas such at The Emporium and Siam Paragon, two of the best shopping malls in Thailand.
However with the city center of Bangkok expanding some expats in the last 3-4 years have looked for an alternative and have found it in Ari, the northerly district of Bangkok close to Sanam Pao and Saphan Kwai districts. Whilst still on the BTS Sky-Train therefore affording residents the convenience of the Bangkok metro system, and therefore has become a great place to rent in Bangkok.
Ari district is a high-end desirable district of Bangkok with an arty and slightly bohemian feel, and so attracts Bangkok expats whom are artistic and perhaps connected with the media industries in Bangkok.
Bangkok property developers have noticed this surge to Ari and have obliged by building some iconic and high-quality condos in Ari that have style and quality.
Taking a look at some of the best condos that have drawn people to Ari we will start with Villa Rachakhru, built by TCC Capitalland and located in Soi Rachakhru, a low-rise and chic condominium building with fewer than 80 units, really gives this condo building a feeling of intimacy.
With one bedroom, two bedroom and three bedroom units, Villa Rachakhru caters for a large section of the market. Ranging from THB 25 000/month for a 55sqm rental unit, these are spacious and well laid-out with floor to ceiling windows in the main room and bedrooms.
One Bedroom Condo at Vila Rachakhru, Ari
The two bedroom units are equally well designed and are found on the corners of the buildings so the master bedroom can enjoy a wrap around window design, giving residents a great view of the district of Ari. Making Villa Rachakhru trulu one of the best designed condos in Bangkok within the last 5 years.
Two Bedroom Condo a Villa Rachakhru, Ari
Also on the top floor of the 8 storey condominium building there are 3 bedroom units with high-ceilings, up to 5m high in some areas.
Three Bedroom Unit in Villa Rachakhru, Ari
Probably the most obvious condominium building in the Ari are of Bangkok is Noble Lite, which is within 5 mins walk of the Ari BTS station, making this condominium building not just attractive, but also practical.
At present this is the only modern high-rise structure in Ari and so those who are renting units in the high-floors are afforded breathtaking views of the northern Bangkok districts.
Noble Lite has Studios through to 3 bedroom units, and each and every unit has a bathtub in the bathroom, which is a pleasant addition to the Studio unit.
Studio Condo at Noble Lite, Ari
One bedroom condos at Noble Lite are also highly desirable, with large windows, high floors and great views, at just THB 22 000 Baht/month these are great value.
One Bedroom Condo at Noble Lite, Ari
Finally a forgotten gem in Ari is often Centric Place Ari, a building often overshadowed by its more prominent cousin Centric Scene, this tranquil Bangkok condo offers residents a personal and relaxed environment.
With the standard high-end facilities found in all the above Bangkok condos mentioned here, Centric Place Ari has as a swimming pool, gymnasium, fitness room, car parking, security and sauna.
Offering Studio condos up to three bedroom condos Centric Place covers a large part of the Bangkok property market.
Studio Condo at Centric Place, Ari
One Bedroom Unit at Centric Place Ari
Two Bedroom Unit at Centric Place Ari
So as can be seen, for those wanting to live away from Sukhumvit, Silom and Sathorn, there is indeed a realistic and attractive alternative, and that alternative in Bangkok district of Ari.