AS always, my rating system is based on an innovative five thumbs-up rating system.
You will want to move into this three-bedroom spot once you see it. The challenge is finding two people to jump in with you.
One of the bedrooms, top, has lots of sunlight and plenty of room. Some new furniture will make all the difference. The living area, above, is nice, and the balcony has plenty of space and a view. PHA LINA
Only $800 for an entire three-bedroom house in a central location in Phnom Penh is quite a deal. With great maintenance and attentive owners to boot, you can live a life of relative luxury along with two friends for only $266 a month.
Utilities and service:
All utilities are sold by the owners of the house at the cost that it is sold to them. Besides electricity, which is more expensive in Phnom Penh than almost any city in the region, everything is very affordable and will only add slightly to your monthly expenses.
Located in the Tonle Bassac area of the capital, near the Ministry of Agriculture, this house benefits from the surrounding safe haven created by government security. It’s also at the end of a small road, which means that you won’t be bothered by the foot traffic and steady stream of cars and motor-bikes that many urban dwellers must deal with.
With windows on the east, west and south side of the house, the house will be filled with light from the sun throughout the day. The architects took it to the next level by building a terrace on both sides so you will never have to sit in the shade. One of the balconies also has a great view of the Ministry of Agriculture’s pond nearby. It’s not exactly pastoral Cambodia, but it’s better than most places in the city.
The apartment already has some nice furniture, including a flat-screen Samsung TV, a two part refrigerator/ freezer and beds with mattresses that leave little to be desired. The owners are committed to buying the rest of the furniture when occupants arrive and tell them exactly what they want.
The management is almost as dutiful as what you would expect from a serviced apartments, despite the fact that you also have the luxury of living in your own house. The paint job, windows and every other feature of the residence has been redone since the last tenants and it almost looks brand new.
The area is so safe that it almost shouldn’t count against the owners for not hiring a security guard as many homeowners do. I wouldn’t worry about it since there are plenty of safety measure being taken by your neighbours, but it will take away one thumb up.
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].