The New Ideal: Homebuyers want amenities geared towards holistic living

People are putting increasing importance on health and wellness, and property seeking trends reflect this new priority too. Lamudi gives a rundown of living features seekers should consider to create the balanced environment they desire.

2020 was a year characterized by disruption and uncertainty, but also one of change and reflection. Lockdown measures resulted in people retreating internally to their homes, which encouraged them to look within and re-examine their priorities amid the pandemic. With the home also becoming the office, people took the extra effort to create routines and explore hobbies to regain work-life balance. Social media feeds were filled with people starting out their yoga journeys, accomplished bike routes, quarterly reading lists, and the latest TikTok food trends.

In Lamudi’s latest trend report titled The Outlook on the Residential Real Estate Market: Pandemic Spurs Digital Adoption in Boomers in 1Q2021, health and wellness amenities continued to be property seekers’ top desired property features in terms of leads. Amenities such as swimming pools and gyms composed 34.19% of all leads in the first quarter of 2021. Looking at recent trends, it is clear to see that property seekers crave environments that promote rest and leisure in a time when work-related stress permeates the home too. To help achieve this ideal way of living, Lamudi lists down a number of features that homebuyers should consider.

Nature and green spaces

There is a growing number of studies related to nature and its positive impact on mental health. If possible, integrating pocket gardens or living near vast greeneries would be especially desirable. For instance, Idesia Lipa, a master-planned horizontal development by PA Properties Hankyu Hanshin, a partnership formed by PA Properties and Japanese firm Hankyu Hanshin Properties Corporation, boasts of generous green open areas and parks within its vicinity. Residents can enjoy quiet afternoons by the lagoon in the community’s very own wellness zone. For a change of scenery from family lunches spent indoors, residents can spend their weekends picnicking in the gazebos of Idesia’s sakura garden, shaded by Palawan cherry blossom trees.

Open floor plans

To enable more natural light and a sense of harmony between the living areas, open floor plans have become increasingly popular. It’s a convenient feature for parents of young children, who can – because of the absence of obstructing interior walls –  tend to the kitchen while watching over their children in the living room. It is also an ideal set-up for couples entertaining guests for game nights, as they can cook and refill refreshments without missing out on the conversation and exchanged jokes. Another advantage of the open floor plan is its flexibility. Spaces can be multifunctional and easily converted to a home office or reading nook depending on its residents’ needs at given moments of time.

Communal areas

It is the casual encounters in shared spaces that help create a sense of community in a place. The little things – making friends with fellow dog-owners at the park, joining the neighborhood basketball match, asking for tips at the gym – are what make people feel more connected, and are appreciated more so in this current era of virtual meetings and video calls. Idesia provides indoor and outdoor amenities, and open air activity centers for opportunities to safely interact with neighbors. In addition to tennis and basketball courts, the residential community features playgrounds as well as a modern-tropical inspired pavilion and pool. Blending Japanese quality of living and classic Filipino hospitality, the vicinity is designed with humans in mind as it features numerous benches and cabanas that encourage homeowners to slow down and lounge around with others.

Accessibility

A downside to idyllic, off-the-grid vacation destinations is that it is often located away from commercial establishments and marked by unstable connection. To get around this, homebuyers can look into developments that offer a sense of serenity without compromising accessibility. 

Idesia Lipa is conveniently situated a few minutes away from the province’s rising business process outsourcing (BPO) district. Residents have access to essential establishments within a five kilometer radius – S&R Lipa, De La Salle Lipa, Lipa City Hall, the Metro Lipa Medical Center, to name a few. Traveling to the metro from Idesia will soon be much easier, as it is located adjacent to a Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) led bypass road currently in the works. Another significant infrastructure in the area is the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR) Tollway, which connects the City of Lipa to the Skyway and Southern Luzon Expressway (SLEX).

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PA Properties Hankyu Hanshin will be exhibiting Idesia Lipa at Lamudi’s Online Housing Fair, happening from May 3 to 31, 2021. Visit the Online Housing Fair to find the best PA Properties Hankyu Hanshin deals and get exclusive discounts.

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