Even before the pandemic, integrated townships have been all the rage. But as mentioned in the latest Lamudi roundtable discussion titled The Rise of Intelligent Homes: Reshaping the Modern Filipino Home, they have become more popular when the health crisis hit. As more property seekers move to these communities, you’re probably wondering whether it’s time to live in one yourself.
Here, we’ll be talking about all the things you need to know about integrated townships to help you decide if it’s worth making the move:
What is an Integrated Township?
First things first: what exactly is an integrated township? Property experts would sometimes refer to them as mixed-use communities, self-sustaining estates, or microcities. By these terms, you would already have an idea of what integrated township means. It’s a community that integrates different types of real estate projects, having residential, commercial, leisure, and retail developments in one place, supported by crucial infrastructure, including roads and utilities.
Put simply, it’s designed to be a “stand-alone” that people in it will have everything they need within the community. As the popular catchphrase goes, you can “live, work, play” in an integrated township.
Why Are Integrated Townships Popular?
Many are attracted to townships for the convenience it offers. Being able to walk or bike to the office, the park, or grocery store is particularly appealing, especially when you’ve grown tired of the traffic congestion in the metro. When you live in a mixed-use estate, you can do away with using cars completely. For those who are trying to lead an eco-conscious, health-conscious lifestyle, this is a sure plus.
More people wanted to experience the type of convenience integrated townships offer during the height of the pandemic, when local government units implemented travel restrictions between municipalities. Those living in integrated townships didn’t experience trouble going to the supermarket or the bank for weekend errands.
Is Living in a Township for You?
Different types of property seekers will benefit from living in a township. Here are some of them:
- Professionals. Imagine the convenience of walking or biking to your office in the morning. You won’t have to endure long hours on the road, braving the traffic jams. Then, after a long day at work, you can drop by the mall nearby, eat a hearty dinner with colleagues, or spend me-time at the coffee shop. You never have to worry about the rush hour in the evening, going home.
- Young families. Leisure amenities form part of mixed-use estates. From parks to bike trails, there are plenty of recreational spaces you can enjoy with your little kids. Some integrated townships even feature full-scale amusement centers, such as waterparks. With less time on the road and more time on the kids, you can experience the ultimate bonding experience with the family.
- Senior folks. It’s no secret that retirees and empty nesters experience mobility issues as they grow old. With integrated townships primarily designed to provide convenience to people going from point A to B, it’s an ideal living arrangement for senior folks. Some estates have hospitals and clinics within the vicinity, too, aside from residential and leisure spaces.
What Townships Are in Metro Manila?
If you do decide to take on integrated township living, then it’s time to hit the property market. Here are some estates in and around the capital region that you can check out:
- Arca South. Located in Taguig City, this Ayala Land development features residential communities, such as Arbor Lanes and Park Cascades, as well as an office building, ARCA South Corporate Center. The community also hosts Ayala Malls Arca South.
- Arcovia City. In this township in Pasig City, two residential condominiums will rise: 18 Avenue de Triomphe and ArcoVia Palazzo. The Megaworld-developed community is only a 15-minute drive from the business districts of Bonifacio Global City and Makati.
- Bridgetowne. This is an integrated township spanning Quezon City and Pasig, which will host business process outsourcing (BPO) buildings, a shopping mall, and a five-star hotel. Cirrus and Velaris are the residential projects you can find in this mixed-use development.
- McKinley West. This Megaworld estate in Taguig City hosts residential condominiums, including Park McKinley West, St. Moritz Private Estate, and The Albany. These communities are within walking distance to retail spaces and office buildings.
- Parqal. A project by D.M. Wenceslao and Associates Incorporated (DMWAI), this development is located in Aseana City in Parañaque. It will host retail and commercial centers, dotted with lush green spaces. Midpark Towers, a four-tower, 15-story condominium development, is situated near Parqal.
- Vertis North. This Quezon City mixed-use estate, also by Ayala Land, has Orean Place and Avida Tower Vita as its residential spaces. The commercial area is the Vertis North Corporate Center. Meanwhile, residents can spend leisure time at Ayala Malls Vertis North.
Integrated townships offer sheer convenience to residents, which is why it’s no surprise that many property seekers today prefer this living arrangement. Experience its perks yourself by moving into one.