• Sitth Chongprasobtam
  • 30 December 2016

Sansiri, Thailand’s leading and only fully integrated property developer with over 32 years of experience, unveils a phenomenal project Khun by Yoo, a super luxury high-rise condo at Thonglor Soi 12 with a collaboration from a world-class designer Philippe Starck. This reidential masterpiece features 1-berooms to penthouses, astonished facilities, and finest materials to create sophisticated opulent living experience. Meantime, the project is sold by 60%. This review will give a glimpse of wonderment at Khun By Yoo for a greater comprehension.

 

KHUN BY YOO

World-class residence amid vibrant Thonglor

 

(Reviewed: 19 December 2016)

Project Name: KHUN by Yoo
Developer: Sansiri Public Company Limited (SIRI)
Address: Thong Lo 12 (Sukhumvit 55), Khlong Tan Nua Subdistrict, Wattana District
Website: www.sansiri.com/condominium/khunbyyoo/en/
Call: 1685

 

KHUN BY YOO

Paramount facilities on the top floors

 

Project Area: 1 rai
Project Type: 27-storey condominium with 148 units
Target market: High-end consumers who seek property with urban setting
Construction Progress: Start in March 2017 and expected completion around February 2019
Elevator: 2 passenger and 1 service elevators
Parking: Mechanical Parking System with 102% accommodation (B1-B4 Fl. and 1-5 Fl.)
Facilities: Lobby, swimming pool and Jacuzzi, fitness, lounge, screening room (theatre), and game room
Designer & Consultant List:
Lighting: Matteo Messervy
Design: Palmer & Turner
Landscape Architecture: LAB
Interior and Exterior designs: Philippe Starck
Security System: Key Card Access, Digital Door Lock, 24-hour security guards and CCTVs
Selling Rate: 60% are sold for Sansiri’s privileged customers
Official Sale: March 2016
Terms of Payment:

Room Type Size/Sq.m Booking Contract
1BR 41.5 – 53.5 100,000 5%
2BR 82 – 97.75 200,000 5%
3BR 139.25 – 149.75 300,000 5%
PH 294 – 302.75 400,000 5%


Sinking fund:
800 Baht/Sq.m.
Maintenance Fees: 130 Baht/Sq.m./Month
Starting Price: 15 MB
Average Price/Sq.m.: 360,000 Baht
Unit Type (Fully Fitted):
1-Bedroom 1-Bathroom 41.5 – 53.5 Sq.m. (15 – 25 MB)
2-Bedroom 2-Bathroom 89 – 97.75 Sq.m. (29 – 50 MB)
3-Bedroom 3-Bathroom 139.25 – 149.75 Sq.m. (65.1 – 76.7 MB)
Penthouse 294 – 302.75 (163.7 – 178.1 MB)

Project Details

KHUN by Yoo is Sansiri’s first branded residence with a collaboration from a world-class designer Philippe Starck, who set a luxury tone through core materials of coppers and full-height glass on the facade, and projects the concept of Industrial Heritage in both exterior and interiors. The project also comes with cutting-edge innovations such as electric car charging station and mechanical parking system, as well as finest quality furniture and top-branded fittings in the residential units.

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

Project’s model: the top floors are swiming pool, fitness, theatre, and game room

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

Main entrance right by main road (Sukhumvit 55)

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

The place where electric car charging station is located, as well as entrance of the mechanical system parking

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

Full-height windows offer each unit a wide-angle view of the vibrant city

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

The main entrance with marble interspersed with copper

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

Electric car charging station and mechanical parking space

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

Master Plan shows facilities and surrounding garden on the ground floor

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

6-10 Fl. comprise 10 units each with mixture of unit types

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

11-21 Fl. comprise 8 units each

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

22-23 Fl. comprise only 4 units each with 3-bedroom type

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

The 26th floor has two units of penthouse

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

Uniqueness: extensive balcony

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

Uniqueness: large space for dining area

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

Uniqueness: extensive balcony and large dining area

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

Uniqueness: extensive balcony, large dining area, two bedrooms and closed kitchen

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

Uniqueness: extensive balcony, large dining area, three bedrooms, walk-in closet and master bathroom

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

Uniqueness: longest balcony, maid room, Thai kitchen, three bedrooms (two master bedrooms with walk-in closet and master bedroom each), foyer and yard

Surrounding Views

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

Sukhumvit 55 is on the west side

North: Commercial buildings
South: Commercial buildings
East: Baan Klang Krung (4-storey townhome project)
West: Views toward Phrom Phong area and J Avenue community mall

 

Facilities 

On the ground floor near the project’s entrance is a little verdant unwinding garden featured with Industrial Heritage waterfall, a little corner for you to be in touch with the nature amid hectic Thonglor. Philippe Starck also enchants the lobby with marble backdrop and prestigious furniture to accommodate residents in a majestic atmosphere. On the 24th floor is a stunning 30-metre swimming pool where Starck puts fibre optic lights under the water to create experience as if you are swimming amongst the stars, not to mention the 180-degree view of the cityscape you could enjoy in the meantime. Around the pool is another creative artwork of the icon designer, tens of stylish lamps illuminate the alfresco space in a state-of-the-art design. Moreover, there’s fitness and lounge on the 25th floor, and theatre, game room, recreational garden on the 27th floor.

 

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

30-metre swimming pool and Jacuzzi on the 24th floor

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

Fitness on the 25th floor

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

Recreational garden, game room, and theatre on the 27th floor

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

Garden with Industrial Heritage Waterfall

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

Lobby with opulent furniture and one-of-a-kind design from Philippe Starck

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

Facilities on the top floors (24-27 Fl.)

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

Fibre optic lights under the water and stylish lamps on the alfresco space

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

Recreational garden with panorama of Bangkok bustling city

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

Screening Room (Theatre) and Game Room designed by Philippe Starck

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

Lobby’s furnishings in the project’s sales office

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

Starck degined chairs, table and chandelier which will be used in the project

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

Elegant stairway with marble steps which will be used in the project

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

Project’s presentation inside the sales office

 

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Specifications

Flooring: Hardwood and Marble
Ceiling Height: 3 m.
Door: Digital Door Lock
Furnishings: Fully Fitted
Kitchen Set: Built-in counters, sink from Foster, hob, hood and fridge from Smeg
Bathroom Sanitary: Hansgrohe, Axor and Duravit (Philippe Starck’s collections)

*The sales office offers showcases of fittings instead of show unit as a whole  

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

Sales office’s walkway to the showcases

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

3-bedrooms and penthouse will have four fridges while 1-2 bedrooms have only 2 (Brand Smeg)

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

The other two fridges below (height 60 cm.)

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

High-gloss cabinets help cleaning to be easier. 3-bedrooms and penthouse are provided with oven, wine cellar, and dishwasher

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

The centre is hob from Smeg with 4 heating spots on top of the marble countertop. Below are drawers to store utensils

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

Another drawer with expansive storage to keep kitchenware

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

Upper cabinets, shelves and hood above the hob

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

Besides are more storage to keep appliances

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

The luxurious island is topped with Italian Arabescato Chiaro Marble, while the sink is built-in at the centre

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

The sink comes with a modern wooden cover from Foster

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

Bathroom’s fittings with Starck designed collections

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

Italian Arabescato Chiaro Marble on the flooring and basin’s base. The toielt is from the high-end brand Duravit (designed by Starck)

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

The shower faucet is also the top brand Axor (another Starck’s collection)

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

The shower is Hansgrohe branded

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

Rain Shower from Hansgrohe with upscale price and quality

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

Basin from Duravit with Starck’s design

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

One of the Starck’s masterpieces Axor Starck Faucet (in lobby’s restrooms)

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Location

Thonglor

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

Sukhumvit 55 Junction on Thonglor Road (turn left into Sukhumvit 55)

Deemed as the ultimate lifestyle hub of Bangkok, Thonglor synchronously has a part of its name “Thong” referred to “Gold” in Thai, as the area is well recognised as the golden area among players in the real estate industry. In detail, Thonglor is usually referred to Sukhumvit 55, a thoroughfare between Sukhumvit Road and Petchaburi Road with bundles of stylish restaurants, chic clubs, bars and community malls; to put in conversations, locals would say “let’s hangout around Thonglor,” which means the hangout spots along Sukhumvit 55 Road. It’s not an ordinary event to have a new condomimnium popped up on this most aspired location, as, perhaps, tens of millions of Baht is still not enough to own a land plot here; and that put Thonglor to be the gem location among all.

 

Location

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

Thonglor Soi 12 next to Khun by Yoo

The project is located right by Sukhumvit 55 Road next to Thong Lo Soi 12. As a premier lifestyle hub, the surroundings comprise dozens of amenities. Community malls, cafes and restaurant open at day, while pubs, bars, entertainments are people’s destinations at night. The location’s character definitely results in a bustling environment from crowds of people and high traffic. Yet, bear in mind that the living experience in Khun by Yoo would be a total different world.

 

Getting There

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

Project’s location

BTS

Alight at BTS Thonglor Station, take exit 3 and proceed with motorcycle taxi to Thonglor Soi 12.

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

Exit 3 sign on BTS Thonglor Station

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

Insert your card and walk through the entryway

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

At this point, turn left

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

As you descend on the footpath, Sukhumvit 55 would be a short walk away

Personal Vehicle 

From either side of the road, you can turn into Sukhumvit 55 at the junction. Then, go straight for around 1 km. and make a U-Turn after you see Starbucks on the left. You would find the project right after the U-Turn

On Phetchaburi Road, you have to make a U-Turn around Ekkamai Nuea Junction unless you come from Phattanakarn Road. Then, turn into Sukhumvit 55 and drive straight for around 1 km., the project would be on the left, a short distane past the J Avenue community mall on the right. You could also come from Sukhumvit 63 Road (Ekkamai Road) and take a shortcut at Ekkamai 19 Alley and exit on Sukhumvit 55. Then, the project would be on the left a couple hundred metres away

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

Sukhumvit 55 entrance from Sukhumvit Road

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

Thong Lo Soi 12 is on the righ side of the picture, a short walk opposite to the white building shown in the picture

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

Thong Lo Soi 12 sign

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

Project’s sales office at Thong Lo 12

KHUN by YOO inspired by Starck

The sales office stands as a landmark at Thong Lo 12 at the moment

 

Lifestyle Amenities

Make a bucket list as this flourishing neighborhood has too many places to go. Around Thonglor Soi 17, The Commons and 72 Courtyard are the two trendy community malls. The two places comprise casual dining restaurants, desert cafes, and bars; however, the latter has BEAM, a high-end pub with House and Techno music beats. A little jaunt down to Thonglor Soi 8 is Eight Thonglor, a novel lifestyle mall on the base of luxury residence, offering countless retails, yoga and beauty shops, a hip bar, and 24-hour supermarket. 300-metre walk from The Eight Thonglor is The Maze Thonglor, a new-born open-air community wall with cosmopolitan restaurants; it opens from a half past six to one o’clock at night. Off from Sukhumvit 55 to Sukhumvit Road, there’s another fresh community mall Rain Hill, sits half way in-between BTS Phrom Phong and BTS Thong Lo; the place covers restaurants, bars, salons, and fashion boutiques. The list goes on to note all hangout places in Thonglor, a few more for nighters are pubs in Thonglor Soi 10 such as Demo, Funky Villa, Muse and DND Club right by Ekkamai Road.

Other Community Malls

J Avenue Thonglor
The Taste Thonglor
Piman 49

School and Hospitals

Wells International School
Thonglor Pet Hospital
Camillian Hospital
Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital 

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Analysis

Returns

The average rent price for 1-bedroom unit is around THB 50,000 per month, while resale could give you up to 250,000-270,000 baht per square metre, which is a decent return. In terms of land values, lands in Thonglor surge yearly by 13% approximately. For residential demand, 80-90% of properties in Thonglor are being accommodated, translating as chances for you to easily find tenants.

 

Benchmark 

Project Unit Usable Area/Sq.m. Average Price/Sq.m. Starting Price (MB)
Tela Thonglor 84 111 – 280 300,000 Baht 33
The Diplomat 39 156 54 – 450 280,000 Baht 15-185
Kraam Sukhumvit 26 128 61 – 228.5 275,000 Baht 15 – 62

 

Tela Thonglor

tela thonglor

tela thonglor (pic via telathonglor.com)

Project Name: Tela Thonglor 
Developer: 
Gaysorn Property Co., Ltd.
Address:
 Thong Lo 13’s entrance, Sukhumvit Road, Khlong Tan Nua Subdistrict, Wattana District, Bangkok
Website: telathonglor.com
Project Area:
 1-3-63 rai 
Project Type: 
32-storey condominium with 84 units
Unit Type: 2-4 Bedroom 111-280 Sq.m.
Parking:
 169%
Average Price/Sq.m.:
 300,000 Baht/Sq.m.

 

The Diplomat 39

The Diplomat 39

The Diplomat 39 (pic from kpnland.com)

Project Name: The Diplomat
Developer: KPN Group Corporation Limited 
Address:
 Sukhumvit 39 (100 m. from BTS Phrom Phong), Khlong Tan Nua Subdustrict, Wattana District, Bangkok
Website: kpnland.com
Project Area:
 0-3-30 rai 
Project Type: 
31-storey condominium with 156 units
Unit Type: 1-3 Bedroom, Duplex, Penthouse 54-450 Sq.m.
Parking:
 100%
Average Price/Sq.m.:
 280,000 Baht/Sq.m.

 

Kraam Sukhumvit 26

Kraam Sukhumvit 26

Kraam Sukhumvit 26 (pic via nyeestate.co.th)

Project Name: Kraam Sukhumvit 26
Developer: NYE Estate Co., Ltd.
Address:
 Sukhumvit Soi 26 (BTS Phrom Phong), Sukhumvit Road, Khlong Tan Subdistrict, Khlong Toei District, Bangkok
Website: nyeestate.co.th
Project Area:
 1-3-91 rai 
Project Type:
29-storey condominium with 128 units
Unit Type: 1-3 Bedroom, Penthouse 61 – 228.5 Sq.m.
Parking:
 140%
Average Price/Sq.m.:
 275,000 Baht/Sq.m.

 

 

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Summary

Khun by Yoo is a product for deep-pocket consumers who aspire luxury residence with one of a kind designs. Philippe Starck, an icon of world-class design, carves Industrial Heritage concept into Khun by Yoo through uniquely designed furnishings, facilities, and the architecture. The project would suit for those who love Thonglor’s bustling character, where endless hangout places are there to be explored at day and night. The only downside here could be the remote distance from BTS Thonglor but the motorcycle taxi service nearby would solve the issue with low cost. Meantime, 60% of units are sold while the current starting price at 360,000 baht per square metre is expected to surge to 400,000 in the year 2017.

 

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