Left The Gucci Room in Baan Sansiri 6. Baan Sansiri
It happens only once a decade or so. This is a reference to Sansiri's flagship super-luxury projects, where the creation of the most exclusive condominiums and opulent houses are up for grabs. This year, it's Baan Sansiri Pattanakarn, where resplendent white houses (all lakorn-cameo worthy) have been erected on Pattanakarn 30. Inspired by the Regency era, much of the design aesthetics on these 37 rai of land will be derived from what is considered the golden age of arts and culture in 19th-century England.
Not that one has to be a fan of Jane Austen to enjoy living here. It's not a Euro-baroque nightmare one would find themselves trapped in, as the designs that take inspiration from the Regency style are streamlined enough to complement modern contemporary decor. The façade of the houses are all white, and the striking black accents that give it a British touch without going too overboard are the wrought-iron works that can be seen on the staircases, windows, gates and doors. There is also an immense loftiness about the spaces, with 7m ceilings in living rooms and greenhouse living rooms that let in a lot of light. If the prayer calls from the nearby mosques in the vicinity don't reach this 37 rai plot of land, one may just feel like they are strolling around Regents Park, what with the uniform white houses surrounded by well-groomed greenery.
Chief creative officer of Sansiri, Ou Baholyodhin, explains that this era was an inspiration for this flagship project thanks to its thriftless roots of opulence and grand spaces that are great for entertaining house guests. "We have sought the opinion of more than 70 families of customers in the super-luxurious group to try to understand the taste, the preference, as well as the style and the design that are truly representative of this group of customers. We have found it in the 'Regency Style', with its charms of combining classic opulence with attention to detail that has led to a new aesthetic that is calm yet beautiful. It also possesses the identity of an English gentleman while perfectly blending in the modern contemporary," he says.
Future tenants can easily go all-out to achieve the Britsy look with dark upholstered sofas, House of Hackney wallpaper and the sort of paintings like those by Edmund Blair Leighton, although your Jonathan Adler baubles would fit right in too. One of the show houses, Baan Sansiri 6, which is the current largest available house size of 661m², has three bedrooms which are strikingly decorated accordingly to the colours and flair of high-end fashion brands such as Hermès, Gucci and Valentino. Named simply with numbers like musical masterpieces from this time period by virtuosos such as Mozart, the three types of houses are named according to their size. Baan Sansiri 4 is 459m², with four bedrooms, five bathrooms and four parking spaces. Baan Sansiri 5 has the same amount of rooms, but is 548m². In truth, there is also a Baan Sansiri 9, which boasts an area of 941m², with six bedrooms, seven bathrooms and six parking spaces. However, all four Baan Sansiri 9s have already been sold, while 40% of the 36 houses in this community have been bought too. These houses, priced between 65-240 million baht, are selling like hot cakes before news of them has even officially launched, and Ou jokes that perhaps they would have planned more Sansiri 9 houses, had they known they were actually going to sell out.
While these new mansions look like they'd be the address of splashy parties, much of the infrastructure was built in mind for elder folk as well. Elder-care rooms are built with non-slip and shock-absorption floors, with the option to install safety rails in bathrooms coming at no extra cost. Public-area-wise, the garden and pond spaces come in the form of English gardens. The saltwater swimming pool is not a big stunner, but the clubhouse itself is an elegant escape with interiors painted pastel blue, as influenced by another Regency icon: Jasperware porcelain. Famous for its pastel blue colour, contrasted against white relief, the building takes cues from these utensils, which were all the rage among the aristocracy and royalty. Other facilities tzhat can be used by tenants free of extra charge (the maintenance fee is 87 baht per square metre) include the fitness room, pavilion, barbecue area, jacuzzi and tea room, where Fortnum & Mason tea is served. What the gents are most excited about, however, seems to be the golf simulator room, where one can experience the layouts of more than 150 golf courses from around the world.
Following other enduring flagship projects such as the Baan Kaimook in Hua Hin, Baan Sansiri Sukhumvit 67 and 98 Wireless, this latest offering from Sansiri is also positioned to be a shoo-in investment. The largest houses are now all gone, so if you've always wondered who it is snatching up all the top properties, birdies have told us it is usually a list of past customers from Sansiri who are given the first look whenever new projects come up, namely ones that have at least 80 million baht in their bank accounts. If you're not on that privileged list, well, you've seen and heard it here now, so keep in mind that another superlative single-house project may not come up in another 10 years. In words similar to those of Jane Austen's, we must admit that it is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a grand house.
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