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Condo Review: The Esse at Singha Complex

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The only mixed-use luxury grade project in Asoke/Ratchada area featuring high quality design with premium grade specifications both inside and out.

Development Name:
The Esse at Singha Complex
Developer:
Singha Estate PLC.
Location Area: Asoke Montri / Petchaburi Intersection
Product Type: Luxury Freehold Condominium
Land Area: 2-0-98.2 Rai (3,592.8 Sq.M.)
Building: 1 Building, 39 Stories
No. of Units: 319
Unit Type & Size:
1-Bedroom (34.75 - 47.75 sq.m.)
2-Bedroom (70 - 77 sq.m.)
Penthouse (215.5 sq.m.)
Parking:
277 spots (87% Parking to Unit Ratio)
Estimated Completion: Quarter 2, 2020
Average Price/Sq.m: Starting at 275,000 baht/sq.m. (As of June 2017 - Price may vary)

Review Condo - The Esse at Singha Complex, Bangkok, Thailand

About The Builder:

The Esse at Singha Complex, as the name might suggest is being developed by Singha Estate PLC., a part of Singha Corporation. Singha Corporation is a listed company that got their start making the world famous Singha Beer. Today the company has expanded into a multitude of industries, property being one of them. The first residential project was The Esse at Asoke which is currently under construction. Even though Singha Estate PLC is relatively new to the Bangkok residential property market, having the resources of Singha Corporation behind them, buyers need not have any concern of the reliability of this developer.

A Note About The Importance of Mixed-Use:

Understanding the value proposition of The Esse at Singha Complex will require an understanding of the master plan the residence is a part of. There has been a growing trend in real-estate development in Bangkok towards mixed-used projects driven by a combination of factors including scarcity of prime land in downtown areas, the resulting price increases to substantial new highs every year, and changing lifestyle behaviors of buyers. The latter is a result of rising middle and upper-middle class demographic, increasingly comprising millennials, in Bangkok who are becoming more concerned with their lifestyle and quality of life.

Review Condo - The Esse at Singha Complex, Bangkok, Thailand

Mixed-use projects provide the potential for developers to address multiple concerns at once. Firstly, as the cap-ex on projects continues to balloon with the cost of land, having multiple types of product sectors in one project diversifies risk for the developers and investors. Secondly, it addresses the needs of buyers by using the concept of placemaking that allows residents to live, work, and play in one area and within walking distance of each other. The latter is important because it addresses a growing issue of commute time between work and home. With Bangkok traffic growing more congested, many buyers are looking to improve their work-life balance by reducing time spent traveling each day. A mixed-use project with a mix of residential, office, and retail answers this need, which is exactly what The Esse at Singha Complex provides to both buy-for-use and investors alike.

The mixed-use master plan project will be built on 11-1-24 rai (19,296 Sq.M.) of freehold land which comprises two main buildings. One building will contain the office and retail portions of the project while the other will contain the residential space. The office will feature grade-A office space with a gross floor area of 62,000 square meters. The high zone will hold 10,000 square meters of lettable area, while the mid-low zone will contain 40,000 square meters of lettable area. The retail space will be located in the low floors of the office building and feature a gross floor area of 11,000 square meters with a lettable area of 6,273 square meters.

Location Overview:

Review Condo - The Esse at Singha Complex, Bangkok, Thailand

The project is situated on the corner of Asok Montri Road (north/south bound) and Petchaburi Road (east/west bound) giving residents easy access to all directions of travel from the project. Using Asok Montri Road, drivers can easily commute into the downtown, Sukhumvit area or head out towards the Ratchada area. They can also use the road to connect to Sirat Expressway (also known as the motorway 7 toll road), giving them easy access to the express way system. Using Petchaburi Road drivers can access another portion of the Sirat express way that gives them access to Dao Kanong and Chang Wattana area. Driving in the eastward direction will quickly get them to Thong Lor and Ekamai areas.  

The uniqueness of the location is that it sits right between two business and retail districts of downtown CBD and the up-and-coming Ratchada business and entertainment district. Another important thing to note is that this mixed used property will feature its own underground entrance to the MRT subway system from the office and retail center making traveling more convenient by foot. The location puts travelers one station away from the Sukhumvit MRT station where they can to the BTS sky train to go to other parts of the downtown area and is also only one station away from Rama 9 station where they can walk directly into Central Rama 9 and the Fortune Town electronics superstore. Furthermore, the property is connected to the Sansaab Canal that offers transportation via boat.  

The location should cater towards to the modern urbanite looking for a convergence location where they can live, work, and play—a place where they can spend more time living their lives, than traveling to the next destination.  When it does come time to travel they will have options that reduce travel time significantly due to the projects location at the corner of an intersection and the MRT subway system.

The complex is also close to major hospitals as well which alleviates concerns about access to healthcare facilities.  Bumrungrad Hospital is only 1.7 KM away while Bangkok Hospital is 2.9 KM from the site.

The Esse at Singha Complex Design:

Review Condo - The Esse at Singha Complex, Bangkok, Thailand

The Esse at Singha Complex is one of the few buildings in the Asoke/Rachada area that has targeted the luxury end of the market. The look of the residential condominium and office follows the same design language to keep uniformity in the complex. The developer wanted to ensure a sense of privacy in the mixed use project, so the condo residences is placed further inside the property with green barriers to ensure a sense of peacefulness for residents. While on the topic of green, the designers focused on the importance of a healthful environment that give residents space to rest both inside and out, and as a result they put much emphasis on park areas both on the ground floor and sky gardens. For example, the ground floor garden will have a privacy wall to separate the vehicle roundabout from the park, letting residents enjoy the garden while feeling a sense of privacy and safety from vehicles. Furthermore, the building layout was thoughtfully designed so that none of the units face the office building, which will give residents a sense of privacy while in their homes.

As part of the focus on placemaking, designers emphasized creating spaces in the residences as well as the retail portion of the complex where people could rest, relax, exercise, and socialize. That becomes evident when looking at the full featured facilities they provide to residents. The library, lounge rooms, communal working spaces, and gardens were designed to give residents the flexibility to socialize with other residents or find quiet corners to spend time alone. The condo provides an impressive 5 floors of facilities for residents which fortifies the developers’ goal to design the building with placemaking in mind. The list is as follows:

Ground Floor:

  • Garden with Green Amphitheater & Hidden Pavilion
  • Supercar Parking
  • The Grand Lobby
  • Drivers Waiting Room
  • Full CCTV Security System
  • Keycard Security Access for Lifts and Resident Areas

8th Floor:

  • Sanctuary Terrain Garden

36th Floor:

  • Meeting Room
  • The Residence Lounge
  • The Sky – Social Lounge
  • The Library & Co-Working Space
  • Private Theater Room
  • Private Spa & Salon

37th Floor:

  • On the Cloud Fitness Center with Boxing Ring & Rock Climbing Wall
  • Private Exercise Room
  • Sky Edge – Infinity Swimming Pool, Kids Pool, and Pool Terrace
  • Changing Rooms
  • Fully Equipped Onsen
  • Steam Room

Rooftop:

  • Sky Terrace Garden Area

Another amenity that the developer is working on creating is a full concierge service that will provide a range of hotel-level services to the residents of The Esse. While the feature list is still under consideration the developer is working to create bespoke services such as doormen and porters, 24 hour concierge services, housekeeping, food delivery service, and much more to ensure that residents have all conveniences at their fingertips. (Final list of services pending.)

Review Condo - The Esse at Singha Complex, Bangkok, Thailand

Review Condo - The Esse at Singha Complex, Bangkok, Thailand

Interior Design:

The unit layouts are one of the best layouts for small to medium unit sized units in the market in terms of space utilization and functionality. Unit types are broken into 3 main types which include a 1 bedroom, 2-bedroom, and penthouse layout. The one bedroom units begin at 34.75 square meters making them a good size for investors in need of unit sizes that would be easier to rent out. Larger sizes are also available with 2 bedroom units beginning at 70 square meters. Penthouses are available with unit sizes of 215.5 square meters. The layout in both 1 and 2 bedroom types is smart and functional with floor to ceiling heights of 3 meters in the living and bedroom areas and 2.7 meters in the bathroom and kitchen areas—maximizing the sense spaciousness in the unit. Another space maximizing feature is in the 34.75 square meter unit where the developer used sliding glass doors to separate the bedroom and living room areas to allow the owner to open up the space when they want to or partition off the space for sleeping or for privacy.

The developer has chosen to use specially selected premium materials and specifications as standard, which gives the units a balance of utility and quality.  Units feature engineered wood floors and composite stone tiles. Accessibility and convenience is enhanced by a home automation system that allows easy control of lights, curtains, and air conditioning systems from a central console or from provided mobile applications. The front door features an electronic door lock for ease of use.  

Kitchens are well equipped with brand name appliances such as Kupperbusch or equivalent. Hot water is available through a central water heating boiler, meaning that both the bathroom and the kitchen will have hot water without the need for separate water heaters. Boiler technology is also more reliable and energy efficient as the water is kept hot at a constant temperature reducing energy spikes caused by heating cold water on demand.

Review Condo - The Esse at Singha Complex, Bangkok, Thailand

Review Condo - The Esse at Singha Complex, Bangkok, Thailand

Bathrooms are respectably fitted with TOTO and Grohe fixtures. The bathrooms will be finished in a stone composite material and tile floors making it strong and easy to maintain while keeping the look and feel of luxury throughout. Not only does the master bathroom feature a rain shower for soothing shower experiences the clear glass wall of the bathroom makes the master bedroom look spacious and the highlight is that when the bathroom user wants some privacy the glass panel can be frosted with a flip of a switch. This allows the user to have privacy when using the bathroom but still makes the space feel open larger when the glass is not frosted.

Perhaps one of the biggest highlights to mention is that the units come, not only fully fitted, but fully furnished as well. The furniture is included as standard. The developer is offering three different furniture packages to suit the preferences of a majority of buyers. Even the bathrooms with a glass partition wall will have a feature that turns the glass opaque with the flip of a switch in order to give users privacy in the bathrooms. From a practical standpoint purchasing the unit fully furnished makes it easier for buyers and investors to utilize their new units. Investors need not worry about furnishing their unit for rental, and buyers planning to live in the unit themselves can simply carry their bags into the unit when it is done for a stress-free experience.

Review Condo - The Esse at Singha Complex, Bangkok, Thailand

Review Condo - The Esse at Singha Complex, Bangkok, Thailand

Summary of Key Features:

Now that we have reviewed the specifics of this project, let us discuss the key strengths. These are the features that, in our opinion, make this project particularly interesting to buyers and investors. In today’s market, there are many projects for buyers to choose from, and sometimes within close proximity of each other, so developers must find a way to differentiate themselves from one another. Here are the key strengths we think The Esse at Singha Complex can offer investors and buyers:

  1. Mixed-Used Advantage: First of its kind in Bangkok. Designed from the start to be a project that includes office, retail, and residential all in one place, maximizing convenience for tenants and residents by converging different aspects of life into a live-work-play model of placemaking.
  1. Location: Very centrally located between the CBD and the new expanding CBD area of Ratchada. The project is situated on a major intersection, allowing resident to travel conveniently by vehicle with convenient access to the toll way network. The project features a private MRT subway entrance on property that allows residents to access public transport easily for traveling without car. Only one subway station away from a major transit intersection where travelers can easily switch the BTS sky train network.
  1. Proximity to Amenities: In addition to having its own retail center for servicing patrons, the project is only one subway station from Terminal 21 to the south and Central Rama 9 and Fortune Town to the north. As a note, the airport rail link is only a few minutes away from the project as well.  Furthermore hospitals and schools are within short distance of the project. Close proximity to schools, hospitals, and lifestyle centers and shopping malls make The Esse an excellent choice for seniors looking for a convenient place to live in the heart of Bangkok and for students alike—which in turn make this project an excellent option for investors.
  1. Facilities: The leisurely park and garden areas combined with fully equipped health and fitness, and social facilities will make The Esse an excellent option for those looking to have a life in the compound of the project without needing to wander far for food and entertainment. Add the convenience of bespoke concierge services to the mix and residents have the ultimate combination of a convenient luxury lifestyle in a central location in Bangkok.
  1. Complete Value Proposition: The whole package combined makes The Esse and excellent choice for residents looking for luxury and convenience while still enjoying privacy and comfort. For investors, this project represents an solid option as unit sizes are not too big making them affordable to rent with a yield, fully furnished means less hassle when prepping the unit for renting out, and lack of land of this size means that it will not be easy to create another project of this scale, meaning that availability of this type of project in this type of location will be very scarce. That should drive up the value of units in this project over time for both investors and personal use buyers.

In conclusion, it is not difficult to understand the unique value proposition that The Esse has to offer. It is the only luxury grade project in this location featuring iconic, high quality, design with premium grade specifications both inside and out.  Sales response to this project is expected to be very positive due to its unique mix of facilities and amenities. The Esse at Singha Complex should be a valuable portfolio addition for any buyer looking for a property in the heart of Bangkok.

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