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Living in Pattaya Condominiums

Oct 18, 2007
Located about 150 km south east of Bangkok and lying along the Gulf of Thailand, Pattaya is perhaps the most wonderful island in Thailand. With its picturesque surroundings comprising incredible beaches, city-like dining, vibrant nightlife, and excellent shopping facilities, living in Pattaya is regarded as living in paradise.

Inspired by the amazing beauty and highly sophisticated infrastructure of the island, many foreigners, including Americans and Europeans, have chosen this destination to spend their life after retirement. A host of other benefits are also derived from living in Pattaya. The main is that Pattaya provides an excellent lifestyle and that too on a small budget. Another great benefit is safety, since the crime rates are comparatively low in contrast to other destinations. Above all, Pattaya boasts of a salubrious climate year-round.

No matter your choice is apartment, single detached house, villa, or bungalow, Pattaya has a plenty of accommodation options. Since Pattaya has now become a much favored destination among foreigners, condominium units are of special demand here. Further, the Thai government does not impose any kind of restrictions on foreigners to own a condo unit in Pattaya, except for some requirements to be met under the Condominium Act (1979), such as bringing in 100% of funds for the purchase of condo unit in foreign currency and recording of it by a Thai bank on a Foreign Exchange Transaction Form (FETF), which in turn is considered an evidence to submit it to the Land Department.

Many condominium units around the prime areas of Pattaya, such as Wong Amat beach, Jomtien beach, and Bang Saray and Tawanron beach, are sold out even before the completion of their construction. The demand for Pattaya condominiums is further driven by factors such as low interest rates and a weak Thai Baht.

Depending upon your budget, lifestyle, preference, and number of family members, a variety of condominium units are now available in Pattaya, ranging from budget and luxury to single and multi-roomed. Pattaya condominiums come in a myriad of forms, including, townhouse, apartment, and sometimes even as a single detached structure. Let it be of any type or size, a condominium complex in Pattaya is mostly replete with amenities such as high-end bedrooms coupled with comfortable beds, expansive living rooms, fully equipped kitchen, most modern bath area with uninterrupted water supply, and eco-friendly areas.

Some of the most popular condominium units come attached with most sophisticated facilities such as game rooms, laundry facilities, whirlpool spas and saunas, pools, meeting rooms, and parking areas. There are also certain condominium complexes attached with facilities such as game rooms coupled with tennis courts and gym.

Further, purchasing a condo unit in Pattaya provides a continuum of benefits. One of the greatest advantages of living in a condominium in Pattaya is that it allows you to live in a well managed community. Security is another great benefit of Pattaya condominiums, as there are a large number of people.

Other benefits of living in a condominium in Pattaya are low interior as well as exterior maintenance costs and access to common facilities such as library, elevators, and swimming pools. Also, buying a condo unit in Pattaya serves as an excellent long term investment, yielding huge profits. However, the price of condominium units is exceptionally high when compared to other accommodations options such as houses and villas.

Prior to choosing condominiums as your accommodation alternative, certain things have to be taken into consideration. As condo units are mostly governed by condominium association, it must be checked whether the rules and regulations put forward by them are flexible. For instance, there are certain condo communities imposing restrictions on the usage of the pets. Other matters such as condominium interior and outdoor maintenance fee, neighborhood, and parking area must also be considered for living in a condominium in Asia.

Buying or renting a condominium in Pattaya is no longer a tedious process, since a multitude of property builders, consultants, and real estate firms as well as realtors are in the scenario to render best services. Since many of them have them have their own sites on the web, with details including expected price, amenities available and pictures of the condominium, it allows for convenient purchasing of a condominium.
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Wantanee K. is an independent author evaluating and commenting on leading International Property Consultants in Thailand, especially CB Richard Ellis.
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