I mentioned in a previous entry that the mid-Sukhumvit area in Krungthep (Bangkok) used to be on the outskirts of town, home to the weekend homes for well-off residents of Rattanakosin Island (the old city) and Yaworat (Chinatown). Here is a perfect example of the type of home from the 1950s and 1960s that were quite common on the sois of Sukhumvit.
This is the house located in Sukhumvit Soi 12 on the same property as the Crepes and Co restaurant that we enjoy having brunch at. The house could be described as “modern Thai tropical” and is typical of the old houses in our neighborhood including the one that was just torn down behind us.
While the house itself isn’t that exciting, I love the grounds. Cool, shady, tropical. To some extent, this property reminds me of the one my paternal grandparents lived on in suburban Kansas City:
This is taken one morning in the summertime probably sometime around 1990. The row of elm trees branching over the street provides nice shade, a look that I associate with midwestern suburbs. I lived in this house for fourteen months before moving to Thailand and while I was disappointed by the lack of good sunshine for a garden (except in a small plot in the back), I really liked the shade afforded by the trees.
Whether in Thailand or in the US, I’d like to live somewhere with nice shade trees. Or vines.