I want to move to ... Tuol Kork, Phnom Penh


I want to move to ... Tuol Kork, Phnom Penh
Written by Melanie Brew
Wednesday, 03 December 2008
What's going for it?
Located in the northwest corner of the city, Tuol Kork is an exclusive
labyrinth of streets twisting between gated communities and lavish
homes. Quiet neighborhoods, cul-de-sacs and wide-open spaces make this
an ideal area to raise a family. There are numerous housing options
ranging from studio apartments to fully serviced high-rises to massive
villas. Tuol Kork is quickly becoming a hot area to move to, and new
development plans will provide more shopping, recreation and leisure
activities in the future.

What's the catch?
Tuol Kork is very suburban and very expensive, and for the
cosmopolitan urbanite it could feel a bit too insular and distant from
the heart of the city. What little shopping, drinking and dining there
is in the community is scattered, which makes walking impractical and
dangerous on major streets. Also, while the many gated communities in
Tuol Kork may provide comfort and safety to some, to others it may
seem segregated and unsociable. The biggest drawback, however, is that
there are no supermarkets in Tuol Kork.

Getting there, and away
Unless you work nearby or have flexible work hours, commuting to and
from Tuol Kork can be a nightmare. Not only are the roads entering and
exiting the area packed during rush hours, but entering the city
during peak hours can be brutal especially crossing Russian Boulevard,
which connects the city to the airport. Traffic in the community is
fairly loose, however, and people can be seen bicycling and walking
the suburban streets. Motos and tuk-tuks, while present, are vastly
fewer in number in Tuol Kork as most people living in the area already
have their own transportation.

Logos International, Zaman International and Western International
School all have campuses in Tuol Kork. Logos International School is a
private Christian school "seeking to impact Cambodia for Christ by
raising up today's youth to be tomorrow's Christian leaders", but it
plans to move its campus out of Tuol Kork at the end of this school
year. Zaman International School is one of the only schools offering
an international and bilingual curriculum. It is Council of
International Schools (CIS) accredited and has a kindergarten and
primary school campus in Tuol Kork. Western International School is a
Khmer school that teaches classes in English. It already has several
buildings and is continuing to expand. Northbridge International
School is outside Tuol Kork but is very popular with residents. It is
both Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and CIS
accredited, and with one of the most beautiful campuses in Cambodia
and outstanding facilities, it is one of the country's top schools.

Out of the house
There's not a whole lot going on in Tuol Kork. There are a few
restaurants - mostly Khmer plastic-chair beer gardens and roadside
eateries - but a number of Korean places are opening, and there are
also a couple of western-style dining options. The two local markets
are not outstanding but provide the necessary staples. Walking and
bicycling is fairly safe along side streets, and it is interesting to
get out and see how quickly the landscape is changing. The Royal
Rattanak Hospital in Tuol Kork, offers world-class medical facilities.

On the market
Tuol Kork has plenty of vacancies. Average apartment and flat rentals
are between $700 and $1,200 per month. Land is currently fetching
around $1,500 to $1,800.

Gated community villas
Sunway City is one of the prime gated communities in Tuol Kork. A
number of properties are available, including luxury row houses for
$280,000. They each measure six by 20 metres on six-by-28.8-metre
plots. Each has four bedrooms, four bathrooms and all the modern
amenities you'd expect. There is off-street parking and twenty-four-
seven security. Contact John at Bonna Realty on 012 949 577.