- 24 Hour Security
- Air Conditioning
- BBQ / entertainment area
- CCTV security
- Ceiling fans
- Close to Central Market
- Close to French Embassy
- Close to schools
- Close to USA Embassy
- Colonial building
- Elevator access
- Fully furnished
- High ceilings
- Hot water
- Large open plan spaces
- Natural light
- Parking nearby
- Separate street access
- Tourism location
- TV Cable
- Washing machine
This large colonial-style apartment, now available for rent, is located on the riverfront near the night market in Riverside, Daun Penh.
It is a double-width (8 metre) apartment located on the 5th floor in an authentic French colonial building with a private terrace overlooking the Tonle Sap.
The residence is highly secure in one of the rare remaining historic buildings in the heart of Phnom Penh and has a secure entrance directly to Sisowath Quay.
The interior is furnished with Art Deco original solid wood furniture (which may be removed if you have your own) and the floors are solid hardwood.
The open-plan kitchen has all modern appliances, the living room is fully furnished and large windows.
The modernised bathroom includes a washing machine and a comfortable shower.
This apartment is perfect for accommodating up to four people in a modern and functional environment.
Apartment fees of $220-280/month cover:
- Water use/cable TV/internet (Ezecom) – can be negotiated
- Security: Intercom, CCTV and 24-hour team
- Maintenance: In house staff (A/C are maintained bi monthly)
- Elevator: The only residential building in Riverside with one!
- Cleaning of common areas (stairs, elevator, hallways).
Original ID: DP2.B39
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Riverside: the real colonial downtown
Riverside, the real downtown is the old city with Wat Phnom, Old Market and Chaktomuk. Many generations’ footprints are here from Angkor kings, French colonists to UN troops.
It is where the Mekong, Tonle Sap and Bassac rivers meet and where the Water Festival occurs each year. Riverside is pretty especially at sunrise and sunset. Day or night it is busy and a popular tourist spot.
Sisowath Quay (in honor of King Sisowath) is the riverfront road. It starts at the Buddhist Institute and goes north to Japanese Bridge. Here it becomes Road 6, then out of the city.
Riverside has a wide selection of eateries, hotels and bars. Among the restaurants, you will find Italian, French, Japanese, Vietnamese and Malaysian.
A personal reflection:
Street 172 is punctuated with $3 massage joints and bars occupied by grey faces framed with light grey hair.
Yet, just around the corner, Street 178 is now arguably the rising art gallery district of Phnom Penh with the University of Fine Arts a stone’s throw away.
Friends Café has made a bold statement and the Mansion House seems to be waiting for reincarnation.
Now the Hyatt has opened its doors to the Jet set, it may well be a different designer-schmick precinct to what is currently now.
In fact, when you look up along 172, the standard of shophouses is somewhat ‘better’ than in other parts of the city: it could be the rising star of Daun Penh and Riverside.
In the streets around Riverside, there is a sense that there are too many hostess bars, each vying for a shifting slice of the tourist and expat pie.
Rents will rise with the inevitable escalation of land values and the ROI of each vendor’s patch will become more and more critical as the clock ticks.
Looking at Phsar Kandal and the open block where Prey Sar prison once sat. one can’t help but wonder what’s coming next.
Given its proximity to Riverside and the 172 and 178 ‘sweet spot’, maybe there is something special waiting in the sidelines, something for the inspired new generation of architects and artists.
A short history of colonial villas
Phnom Penh was an important hub for French colonialists and its wide roads, beautiful gardens and grand villas and colonial mansions earned it the undisputed title ‘Pearl of Asia’ in the 1920s.
From this time, the city expanded rapidly.
- ID: 33625
- Published: February 12, 2024
- Last Update: February 19, 2024
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