Khan Toul Kork: A Rags to Riches story

Feb. 16, 2017, 11:37 a.m.

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Moving away from its undeveloped past, these days Toul Kork has become a popular suburban area filled with a variety of villas that people can either rent or own, apartments and office complexes.

Offering land prices significantly lower than hot inner city districts such as Chamkarmon and Daun Penh, families have the chance for a larger living area when they move to Toul Kork. The outskirts of Toul Kork are key industrial areas of the city, and many residents in the area work nearby. Toul Kork in 2016 is seeing a huge rise in establishments such as restaurants, clinics, and private schools, and an increasingly eclectic mix of Traditional Khmer families and expatriates.

How’s the property market?

LAND MARKET:

According to a report released by V Trust Appraisal, there was a slight increase in land prices in the area from 2013 to early 2016 which moved average rates from $2,150 to $2,530 per square meter. Prime commercial streets have also been reported to reach up to $5,750 per square meter in central Toul Kork. The lowest land price average comes from the Boeung Kak Ti Muoy Sangkat, at $1,820 per square meter. The highest land price average comes from the Phsar Depou Ti Bei Sangkat, at $3,630. According to V Trust, “Over the last preceding decade, Northern fringes of Tuol Kouk district was the first main destination for residential relocation because of its available large portions of vacant land and a neighborhood of the central parts of the capital. “V Trust also notes that many of the locations in the Toul Kork District now appear to have reached their market price caps. Hoem Seiha, the company’s director of research, says “The market started to show sign of slowing down since the fourth quarter of 2015. The whole year (2016) is foreseen to be a bit sluggish.”

RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES:

Depending on your preference and needs, you may opt to rent a condominium in Toul Kork. You can get a furnished one-bedroom condo unit to rent for $180 a month up to a four-bedroom fully-furnished lower-end unit for $2,000 a month near TK Avenue. Prime Units in Boeung Kak 1 have three bedroom units, for around $2,100 per month.borey

Serviced apartments are also widely available, starting from $350 upwards to around $4,000 per month, depending on the area, services and amenities.

For a villa, the rental prices range anywhere from $550 upwards, depending on quality, rooms and amenities such as swimming pools.  Villa’s are much more freely available for rent and sale in Toul Kork, as compared to prime inner city districts where the availability of villas is now very low, and also much more expensive than those in Toul Kork.

An increasing number of borey developments are also popping up around Toul Kork, proving very popular with local buyers seeking shop houses and villas with sound infrastructure and a safe, neighbourhood environment.

OFFICE SPACES AND BUSINESS CENTERS:

There are a number of office spaces for rent in Toul Kork. Rental fees of these offices start as low as $4.50 per square meter per month.  You can also rent out a decent multi-level building for around $8,000 a month.

Other than renting office spaces, entrepreneurs, small businesses and startups may want to check out the SmallWorld Business Center, a unique business center that provides the necessary facilities, amenities, guidance, community support, and provision for budding businesses. They mostly cater to the younger generation, but all entrepreneurs are welcome to both seek assistance and contribute here. It has a set of foreign and local entrepreneurs in its roster.

NEW DEVELOPMENTS:

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The new Appenines Condominium by KHSI Investment PTE LTD will reach completion around early 2018 or late 2017. It will rise to be 17 storeys tall, and will include units that will range from one bedroom to three bedrooms. It will also have shared condo facilities such as a gym, car parks, and a pool.

Conveniently positioned in front of the Royal University of Phnom Penh – TK Royal One is a luxury residential and office complex on Russian Boulevard, very close to Toul Kork. This property provides residents with sweeping views of parklands and the greater Phnom Penh City.

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Lifestyle facilities include the fitness center,swimming pool, community lounge and roof garden. TK Royal One is close to the Prime Minister’s Office, major banks, shopping malls and the three overpasses along the Russian Boulevard to ensure the smooth traffic between Phnom Penh International Airport and downtown.

Toul Kork Lifestyle:

What schools are in the Toul Kork area?

There is no shortage of schools in Toul Kork. The educational institutions in the area which cater to the needs of students from kindergarten all the way to college. This area is perfect for those who need to live nearby key educational institutions.

There are a mix of local and international schools in the area such as the Footprints International School, Learning Jungle School, Hope International School, Western International School, Western University, Stamford International Academy, Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia, the Institute of Technology of Cambodia, and the Royal University of Phnom Penh.

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Most of these schools also have international accreditation from organizations like the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, the Cambridge International Examination Centre, and the International Baccalaureate.

How do I move around the city?

There are a few familiar modes of transport that people may be familiar with such as the taxi, tuk tuks and the occasional public bus.

Motodops are motorbike taxis that serve as a source of income for locals. Tuk tuks and motodops may be the most convenient and fastest way to get around if you don’t have a vehicle of your own, but bus routes in Phnom Penh also pass through Toul Kork.

Bus stations in the area include the Daem Kor Market bus station and the Kampot Express Limousine Bus terminal.
How is Infrastructure in Toul Kork improving?

There are already two major roads – Mao Tse Toung Boulevard and Russian Confederation Boulevard – that connect Toul Kork to different districts around Phnom Penh, making neighbouring Khans and Sangkats accessible, and also offering Toul Kork residents a quick drive to the Phnom Penh International Airport.

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The Russian Boulevard overpass connecting Toul Kork to the rest of the city has recently undergone a massive improvement, and already traffic congestion at these key crossroads points have decreased significantly. Roads such as Hanoi Street have also seen drastic improvements over the last year. The ongoing development of Boeung Kak lake will also greatly ease pressure on Toul Kork infrastructure moving forward.

What if I get sick? Are there Toul Kork Medical Centers?

There is no shortage of medical facilities in the area. Toul Kork has the Cambodian Red Cross, National Pediatric Hospital, Khema Clinic & Maternity Hospital, Toul Kork Clinic & Maternity, Biomed Phnom Penh Laboratory, and the National Institute of Public Health. It’s also the location for Cambodia’s Ministry of Health.

For your dental needs, you can pay a visit to the Dental Clinic Le Sourire that’s located at the Russian Confederation Boulevard or the American Dental Clinic at Street 289.

Is the Toul Kork area prone to natural disasters?

When the government and private sector developed Boeung Kak Lake, pumps were installed to transfer water to the surrounding rivers, as the lake previously helped regulate floods in the area. But since the lake’s development, flooding became an issue in surrounding areas such as Toul Kork and Daun Penh. But not all locations here are easily flooded. This “no flood” attribute has been a selling point for some of the properties that are listed online. So if you are looking at ground floor properties in Toul Kork, it is best to check with your agent and previous owners/tenants as to whether or not your future house, and the street you live in, is a flood free area. If it’s not, you may get a surprise next rainy season!

What’s the nightlife like in Toul Kork?

Though known to be a quiet area, Toul Kork has plenty of places to wind down after a hard day’s work. If you want to go out for some fun, karaoke, food, and good company, you can go to the numerous KTV bars and restaurants located here. You can choose between the Romantic KTV, M2 Restaurant & KTV, Moonlight Restaurant & KTV, and many others.

If you’re looking for dance parties and loud music, there’s also the Egypt Nightclub on St. 112 in Boeung Kok II. It has a wide dance floor, good local songs playing, food, and drinks. It’s open from 8:00 pm to 5:00 am.
Are there any places to shop and eat in Toul Kork?

There are a number of shopping malls and facilities in the area such as Hin Sokha, but most of the people are drawn to the open air shopping experience of TK Avenue.

tk-avenueFor those seeking international cuisine and want to do some shopping, or catch a movie in the cinema, your best bet is TK Avenue. A trendy shopping and eating plaza, famous among local culture vultures and expats, TK Avenue has french, korean, japanese and american food on offer, and a whole lot more. You can also catch the latest blockbuster movies here on the big screen. The plaza has its own supermarket too, if you need to pick up your groceries while you are there.

Find several retail, electronic, and F&B businesses like Dairy Queen, Chatime, Browns coffee, Breadtalk, Penshoppe, Romanson, Pedro, Chateau De Sable, Lily, Sony, OSIM, and Esprit.

If you’re searching for a wider selection of food, drinks, and produce though, you may also want to check out the Thai Huot Market, just a drive away from TK Avenue. It was built to serve the needs of both locals and expatriates by providing local and international products you would rarely find elsewhere. But there are also other markets in the area such as the Daem Kor Market, the Neak Meas Market, and the Phsar Plaecher.

There are also many restaurants around Toul Kork, but one of the favorites in the area is a branch of the Sonivid Fresh Seafood Restaurant that serves a hefty serving of seafood in asian style. But if this does not satisfy you, you can also go to Burger King, Ratana Srey Mao, Metro Azura, The Blue Pumpkin, J8 Korean Grill & Casual Dining, or the Red Wine House to satisfy your cravings.

Toul Kork will also be the location for the Aeon Mall 2 which will stand with four floors and a total area of 151,000 square meters that aims to serve the growing number of tourists and middle-class citizens. The Aeon Mall 2 is expected to be completed by May of 2018.

Where are the Gyms, Fitness and Wellness Centers in Toul Kork?

For the fitness buff, a couple of gyms are scattered within the area such as the Core Fitness Center along Russian Confederation Boulevard and SeaStone Fitness Center along Street 219.

But if you’re looking to get some action through actual sports, there are a couple of sports centers in Toul Kork as well where you can play Soccer, Badminton, and other activities as well. The list includes the Akira Sport Club, Tuol Kork Sport Club, Premium Sport Club, and the Ramar Football club.

If you get exhausted after that, spas like the TK Steam Sauna Massage Spa and New Men City Hotel & Spa await you to help you relax and unwind.

What Costs of living should I expect in Toul Kork?

In a recent Numbeo survey, it was shown that one way transport tickets may cost you an average of $2 and a monthly pass might cost you $29.69. Taxis, meanwhile, start at $1 for short trips in the city. If you have your own vehicle though, gasoline prices in Phnom Penh are expected to be around $0.93 per liter.

Depending on your usage, utilities may vary. But the basic utilities such as waste disposal, water, and electricity are at an average of $84.12 per month for a one room apartment, and the internet is approximately $34 for 10mbps of unlimited data. A minute of call on your prepaid phone sets you back just about $0.06.

For the food, milk is priced $2.36 per liter; a dozen eggs costs around $1.55; rice is $1.03 per kilogram; a loaf of white bread is at $1.33; and water is $0.77 per 1.5 liters. Meals prices also vary. A meal at an inexpensive restaurant costs an average of $2.75 per person. A three-course meal for two at a mid-range restaurant costs around $16.

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