Art the homefinder's spot of the week

Art the homefinder's spot of the week


I have a nice two-bedroom, first-floor apartment with a balcony on two sides

Photo by:  WILL BAXTER
With the hot season upon us, what a perfect place to relax and cool off. The balcony runs around two sides of the building and being on the first floor tenents will get a nice breeze.

Photo by: WILL BAXTER
The carved timber bed is solid and strong and the timber sofa and chairs are comfortable.

The kitchen is basic and there is plenty of storage space. WILL BAXTER

Atmosphere:
★★   
This is a large, two-bedroom place with big, wide steps leading to the first floor and a nice balcony that runs around two sides of the apartment. It’s in BKK1, one of the most popular areas in town with expats, and is a nice, comfortable apartment with great furniture.

Utilities and service:
★★★★★
The owner does not add any extra charges to the bills like some landlords do, so standard charges apply for electricity and water. If you want to get the internet connected, speak to the owner and he can arrrange things because the wiring has alrready been done.

Security:
★★
This is a safe area and the apartment block has a big, high wall surrounding it. Many expats live in this street, and while there are no security guards, this street is regarded as one of the safest in town.

Location:
★★
This is a very good location in BKK1, close to shops, supermarkets, local markets, clinics, pharmacies and restaurants. Everything you need is within walking distance.

Value:
★★★★★ 
The owner is asking for US$550 per month for a short term lease and US$500 per month for a long term lease. I think this is good value for this large, two-bedrooom apartment in a good location.

Furnishings:

The furnishings are a highlight of this place, with a beautifully carved timber bed in one bedroom and a matching timber sofa in the living room. There is a nice dining table and chairs and a JVC TV in the living room. Both bedrooms have air-conditioning.

Maintenance:
★★★★
The owner has just had all the appliances checked and everything is in fine working order. If anything breaks down or stops working the owner has some tradesmen on call to come and make repairs. This owner takes pride in his place and repairs get done quickly.

As always, my rating system is based on an innovative five Star rating system.

Art Hong Ly works independently as a home finder in Phnom Penh. If you want to look at the spot of the week or other available apartments, villas or offices, he can be reached during standard business hours by calling 012422126 or email [email protected]. For other questions related to this column send an email to [email protected].

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