Sunday afternoon I met Brian for dim sum at the Conrad Hotel, then we walked up the block to his new condo. The complex, the Athenee Residences, is part of the Athenee Hotel, a five-star Royal Meridian property on Wireless Road near the US and British embassies.
(Yeah, a little hi-so for me, but what are you going to do?)
Brian’s unit is on the 28th floor and has views to the south and west. At this point it is unfurnished but it sounds like in another month or two he’ll be able to move in. It is interesting to look at other people’s homes because everyone has different values and desires when it comes to living space: layouts, size, views, etc. are all dependent on personal taste.
Personally, I’d replace the craft paper window treatments, but that’s just me.
Needless to say, at twenty-eight stories above the Big Mango, he enjoys some nice views. It was hazy on Sunday afternoon, but here are some shots and a short video clip.
Looking to the west (and zooming in) you get a good view of the US ambassador’s residence, which is on one of the largest, most lush and most under-developed plots of land in the city center.
At the corner of Wireless and Phloenchit Roads is this property, a series of shop houses that are being slowly demolished. I wrote about this in October. The open space on the other side of the Skytrain tracks is the British embassy, the front portion of which (demarked by the white wall) has been sold to the Central Group. Central, a retail chain that owns the Central Chidlom department store which is just out of the upper left corner of the frame, plans on building a mall and office complex here to connect to the department store.
Phloenchit Skytrain station is on the right hand side of this picture and Wave Place, an office/retail complex that houses Home Pro (kind of a weak Home Depot) is the large building in the upper right hand corner of the picture.
Here’s the panorama from his balcony with a little explanation.
On the way home out in the “countryside” of Soi Thong Lor, I found myself behind a pickup truck carrying two bulls. Why in the world they were driving into Thong Lor Soi 25, I have no idea. It is a residential alley with no outlet and, to the best of my knowledge, no farms.
The strange things you see in this city!