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Take it easy by the river

Take it easy by the river

Situated on the western shore of the Bassac River and bound by Sihanouk Blvd to the north and Norodom Blvd to the west, the sangkat of Tonle Bassac is one of the capital’s most placid residential areas. In recent times, there has been considerable development on the banks of the river, giving rise to the Sofitel Hotel, Diamond Island, the Naga World complex and a swathe of gated communities. These include Bassac Garden City, Les Jardins Du Bassac and Borey Chamkarmorn, each offering residents a variety of property choices that are located in a secure and managed environment. The peaceful district also has the rarest of Phnom Penh offerings – small villas with gardens making the area very popular with expat families. Unfortunately the supply of these villas is not keeping up with demand and as such prices in this sector are rising.

Venerable villa
AN expansive, partially furnished villa located on a quiet leafy street in Tonle Bassac, this property has a total of six bedrooms spread out over two levels. There are living areas on both the ground and first floors. The separate kitchen is enormous, and comes furnished with an oven and refrigerator. A large terraced area is situated to the rear of the first floor, while a large balcony to the front of the house overlooks the vast courtyard. The frontal courtyard comprises a well-maintained pool and there is sufficient parking for a number of vehicles. The property is priced at US$3500 per month plus utility payments.

Traditional treat
THIS spacious four-bedroom wooden villa is situated near to the Independence Monument. It is partially furnished and features two bedrooms on each of the two floors and a large living room located on the ground floor. The expansive Khmer-style kitchen contains an oven, refrigerator and ample cupboard space. The second floor features a second living area that opens out to a screened balcony, while the courtyard to the front has enough space for a couple of vehicles. The property is on the market at US$1400 per month excluding utility payments.

Brilliant budget option
THIS charming two bedroom apartment is conveniently located very close to the Independence Monument. It features two well-lit bedrooms, both with en-suites, a separate kitchen and a small living area. The property comes furnished with a gas cooker, fridge, washing machine and a lounge. An ideal residence for a sole occupant or couple where location is a priority, it is a great budget option and is listed at US$500 per month plus some utility costs.

For further information on these properties and others in Phnom Penh, Independent Property Services director David Murphy can be reached on 077 959 861 or [email protected]. Alternatively, visit


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