The concept of integrated mixed-use developments is not something new in the Philippines. With the increasing purchasing power of middle-class Filipinos, thanks to the favorable economy, there has been a shift in the preference of property-seekers not just in Metro Manila but also in nearby provinces.
Many industry watchers believe that the robust business process outsourcing (BPO) industry has changed the way Filipino homebuyers view real estate. As a population who is always on the go, middle-income earners want to be in a place where everything is within their reach, fueling the demand for complete, self-contained communities.
Real estate giants saw the potential to establish townships to cater to these demands, companies like Ayala Land, Megaworld, and SM Prime have launched several of these townships across Metro Manila and in nearby provinces, the most notable of which include Eastwood City in Quezon City, Nuvali in Laguna, and Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.
No doubt, this trend is still spreading like wildfire and now we see the likes of Ayala Land's Arca South and Cebu Business Park; SM Prime Holding's MOA Complex; Megaworld's McKinley West and Mactan Newtown; and Filinvest Land's City de Mare rising as the new generation of integrated, mixed-use developments.
As the clamor for such integrated developments continues to grow, it is not surprising that developers are now going beyond the confines of metropolitan areas to establish similar projects. One thing is for sure: mixed-use townships will pave the way for a less centralized economic landscape in the country, giving chance for other markets to be in the spotlight.
Overall Winner: Ayala Land (Nuvali)
History meets modern sustainability with Nuvali. Transitioning from a small portion of the Friar Lands to a sugar plantation at the onset of the 1900s, this Ayala Land project now stands as a beacon of visionary development in the south.
With its rapid expansion of commercial services, Nuvali stays true to its three-fold vision: harmony, diversity, and sustainability.
While it is not the case, Foster may have very well been describing what has always been in Ayala Land's drawing board: the move to mixed-use developments.
This huge Ayala Land development unleashes the potential of Southern Luzon with innovative residential and business communities, including LEED silver approved Nuvali One Evotech. Major educational facilities, topnotch hospitality spots, and recreational parks are also housed in the rearing green city of the south.
Spanning a total of 2,290 hectares of land between the cities of Cabuyao, Sta. Rosa, and Calamba in Laguna, Nuvali is more than a site for commercial advancement. Outdoor junkies are also free to enjoy local flora and fauna with the 35-kilometer mountain bike trail, wildlife sanctuary, hiking paths, and camping grounds. Residential communities also abound, including Cerilo, a 85-hectare upscale housing project amounting to a whopping Php11.3 billion. Cerilo is the eighth residential estate unveiled within Nuvali, establishing it as a site for generations of Filipino families to come.
Ayala Land prides itself for bringing surefire quality amenities to its customers, spanning major areas throughout the country. With the continuing popularity of its upscale properties, Ayala Land is ready to launch the country into an all-new era of real estate development.
Nominee: Megaworld Corp. (McKinley Hill)
Megaworld's biggest township development in Metro Manila strongly abides by its signature of staying true to the live–work–play–learn principle. From its status as a high-end shopping district to an outstanding professional hub, McKinley Hill is a perfect fit for every Filipino's needs. Covering a land bank of almost 50 hectares in Fort Bonifacio in Taguig, this Megaworld development has become the poster child of a successful mixed-use township.
McKinley Hill has formed a community of its own character, including 36 high-end residential towers, one exclusive village, office towers, shopping complexes, international schools, and foreign embassies within its turf.
A staple of office development, McKinley Hill's PEZA-certified cyber park features the highest standard of business process outsourcing (BPO) companies. However, the tenant mix of the township is more diverse than one would have thought. Corporate occupiers have chosen McKinley Hill as their home, including Colgate–Palmolive, Thomson Reuters, Hewlett-Packard, Holcim, and 3M Philippines, among others, which proves that the township is more than just an IT park but a full-fledged business district.
Nominee: SM Prime (MOA Complex)
Always a sight to behold, it is no wonder that the Mall of Asia Complex remains to be one of the biggest investment of SM Prime Holdings Inc. The reclaimed 1,727,000 square meters of land overlooks Manila Bay.
Feats of engineering ensuring seawall foundation, drainage channel, and land strengthening measures are all testaments to SM Prime Holdings' dedication to disaster risk reduction and has relied on this as its main commercial strategy. Putting the safety of its customers in the frontline, the MOA Complex is proof that the success of a project goes hand in hand with its concern for its patrons.
MOA Arena, a popular venue for both local and international acts, sits well within the complex. Governing over 64,000 square meters of land, the arena is built to house a crowd of 20,000. From concerts of iconic artists to widely watched sports competitions, the arena remains to be a site for all things worth staging at present day.
The area houses the world-renowned SM Mall of Asia, which at more than 400,000 square meters is the country's fourth largest. Nearby are the multi-tower condo developments (Shore Residences, Sea Residences, and Shell Residences) and glass-curtain- walled officer skyscrapers (One-Ecom, Two-Ecom, and Five-Ecom) all within striking distance of the mall, completing the MOA Complex's live–work–play atmosphere.
Visayas Nominee: Megaworld Corp. (Mactan Newtown)
Perfectly blending the concepts of live, work, and play is one of Megaworld's most well- known creations, Mactan Newtown, a 28.8-hectare resort-inspired community that has made history as the first major mixed-use township development with its own beach.
FThis thriving community is home to prime office towers, upscale condominiums, leisure amenities, luxurious hotels, a slew of retail shops, and a school handled by the Lasallian Schools Supervision Office. It's a dream come true for many homebuyers and property investors, given its accessible location in Lapu-Lapu City; it is after all located on the island's more tourist-focused side while still a few minutes away from the Mactan–Cebu Inernational Airport).
Fulfilling its live promise, Mactan Newtown offers high-end condominium projects that perfectly suit whatever lifestyle home seekers wish to have in this vibrant neighborhood. Projects like One Manchester Place, 8 Newtown Boulevard, and One Pacific Residence highlight the majestic beauty of the city with spectacular views of the historic Mactan Shrine, Magellan Bay, and Hilutungan Channel.
Mactan Newtown wants to be at the forefront of the city's economy, creating opportunities for local and foreign firms alike to tap into the city's pool of talent. It boasts a Cyberpark that is home to several office towers for its work aspect.
One World Center, one of the well-known office towers in this community, houses international business process outsourcing (BPO) firms. Its sister tower, the Two World Center, also hosts major names in the BPO industry. Other office skyscrapers are Eight Newtown Boulevard and Pacific Garden Tower. By 2021, the township is projected to be the location of at least five more office towers, a move toward Megaworld's aspiration to make Mactan Newtown Metro Cebu's next BPO hub. It is currently expanding its office spaces for BPO firms, targeting to offer 150,00 square meters of space.
The play aspect of the city comes from the planned premium hotels, two of which are beachfront. A world-class beach club will soon rise on the 11-hectare beachfront property formerly known as Portofino Beach.
Mactan Newtown is scaling up to be a major driver not just of the city but of the country's economy. Expected to be fully realized in the next few years, this creation will surely blaze its own path in the real estate space.
Nominee: Ayala Land (Cebu Business Park)
True to its Growing Business, Growing Life mantra, Ayala Land's Cebu Business Park operates to answer the growing demand for commercial and office spaces in the city. This 50- hectare master-planned development integrates business, residential, and recreation facilities all into one incredible experience. Its centerpiece is the 9-hectare Ayala Center Cebu shopping mall, home of the premier local and foreign retailers.
As a major player in city's premier and commercial district, Cebu Business Park has gotten the trust of business process outsourcing (BPO) and industrial firms. These firms have established their presence in the city knowing that Cebu Business Park will help them reach out to their target market, tap into the competitive talent pool, and take part in the continuous growth of Cebu.
Meanwhile, locals and foreigners may find their perfect home in any of the high-rise residences confined within the Cebu Business Park, with each tower reflecting different lifestyles. For stylish urban achievers, there is the Sedona Park condominium. For growing families, perhaps the Park Towers can help them paint their lives. Meanwhile, the affluent ones looking for distinctive living experience can find solace and luxury in either Park Point Residences or 1016 Residences.
Interestingly, Cebu Business Park also focus to the importance of breathable spaces. Its integration of bigger green spaces and other sustainable efforts such as its wastewater treatment and recycling facilities make Cebu Business Park head above shoulders of other mixed-use developments not just in Cebu but in the whole country.
Nominee: Filinvest Land (City Di Mare)
Foregrounding the Cebu City coastline is an urban development unlike any other. Aptly named as the Italian translation for its location, City Di Mare takes up a vast 50 hectares within the estate of the municipal government.
Geared to be the Lifestyle Capital of Cebu, Filinvest Land's premier township in Cebu is composed mainly of spaces for community building. Public spaces take up 60 percent of the property, lining the coast with vibrant greenery unique to the city by the sea alone. Leisure and family bonding activities need not be stressed about since City Di Mare is close by.
Residential hubs also thrive in Cebu city's largest master-planned seaside township. Italian- inspired condominium Amalfi provides upscale living amenities, with all three buildings, an Olympic swimming pool, and a clubhouse to boast for.
Contrasting the cosmopolitan specter that is Amalfi is Sanremo Oasis, innovating the traditional condominium with majority of its territory dedicated to open spaces. Determined to give residents the best that it can offer, the facilities are similar to that of a resort's, providing a stress-free atmosphere to the area.
Rooted in Filinvest Land's drive to build the Filipino dream, the group aims to boost Cebu's economy by adding this accessible yet impressive piece of development to the city's ever changing real estate landscape. And with almost 50 years of experience, the company is well underway to achieving that.
Industry watchers are proven right this year as the country's residential market delivers another stellar performance, with developers launching their innovative and promising projects not just in Metro Manila and Metro Cebu but also in nearby provinces.
The property market has shown resilience this year, despite the internal and external geo-political uncertainties the country continues to face. The residential market in particular has shown promise, with developers seeing the potential in fringe areas of Metro Manila, particularly Laguna and Cavite. Much of the activity in Metro Manila's residential space involve vertical projects. In fact, 2017 saw several project launches by some of the biggest names in the industry.
Early this year, DMCI Homes unveiled The Celandine, a 47-story project located in Quezon City that will offer close to 1,600 units. It also started the construction works of the final tower of Oak Harbour Residences, an upscale vertical community in the Bay City; launched Prisma Residences in Pasig City, and four buildings of its Mulberry Place project in Taguig.
While many developers are shying away from building new spaces in major cities due to lack of developable land, some players are making use of the available supply in the pipeline. For instance, Keyland Corp. disclosed its plans to develop a high-rise residential project in Makati.
There are also major projects in nearby provinces. One of which is Moldex Realty's three planned projects in Cavite: Fern Parc, Moldex Residences Silang, and Heritage Spring Homes West. In the province of Batangas, a 43-hectare exclusive beachfront residential development was launched by AboitizLand. Nestled in the municipality of San Juan, this residential development will feature 800 homes.
AboitizLand also launched the 300-hectare Foressa Mountain Town in Balamban, Cebu. Expected to complete in 2020, this development embraces the beauty of nature to create the ultimate backyard and outdoor experience.
But out of all the developers who made their mark this year, five stood out in their own ways. Camella, Crown Asia, Filinvest Land, PrimaryHomes, and Maria Luisa Properties have proven their place in the real estate industry with their commitment in helping contemporary Filipinos realize their dreams.
Overall Winner: Camella
Camella has always been the Goliath among Filipino homebuilders. As a powerhouse in the horizontal housing space, Camella has already expanded its presence to about 104 cities and municipalities across the Philippines.
This year, Camella solidified its position by unveiling 32 new projects in one day: 15 new projects in Luzon, six in Visayas, and 11 in Mindanao—a feat that was never before seen in the industry.
Camella has launched some of the most sought-after residential projects in Luzon. One of its biggest projects is Camella Laoag, which successfully infuses the province's rich Spanish heritage with the rustic Ilocano culture. This 18-hectare project provides homeowners with the accessibility to major transport hubs, educational institutions, malls, and health facilities.
In Malolos, Bulacan, Camella Provence takes inspiration from French suburbs, aspiring to create an exquisite yet affordable dwelling for its residents. Camella Provence has 230 hectares of land area that boasts scenic landscapes, tree-lined throughways, modern facilities, and state-of-the-art houses.
Camella Legazpi, meanwhile, is a Caribbean-inspired community that leverages the city's laid-back lifestyle and atmosphere to provide residents with a quality housing development. This house and lot project offers residents a verdant community with majestic view of Mount Mayon to boot.
And who would imagine that a coffee and citrus plantation would be transformed into a beach-like residential community? Camella's Plantacion Meridienne in Lipa City has been known to feature homes inspired by those in the sunny state of Florida, making every day seem like vacation for residents.
Camella also made its mark in the urban jungle. In fact, Camella Cerritos East is one of its most accessible projects in the metropolitan area. This three-hectare house and lot development in Pasig has been one of the most sought-after residential development due to its convenient access to the business centers of Ortigas and Makati.
Consistent with its tagline “We Are Everywhere,” Camella plans to push and reach further, aiming to extend its network to 200 cities and municipalities in 2018.
Nominee: Crown Asia
For more than 21 years, Crown Asia has created and provided Filipinos housing masterpieces that are timeless and elegant, meeting the dwelling needs of the middle to the upper-income earning families.
This Vista Land subsidiary is known for its top-notch aesthetics, which is apparent in its major projects in Luzon. For instance, the Italian-inspired Ponticelli in Cavite boasts the Designer House Series where homeowners are given the flexibility to decide about home partitions. This 22-hectare development is strategically located along the Daang Hari Road in Bacoor, Cavite, close to Las Piñas. It exudes the vibrancy of a laid-back lifestyle that takes residents into a holiday experience away from the hustle and bustle of Metro Manila.
Another Italian-inspired Crown Asia project is Citta Italia, also in Cavite. Its stunning landscapes, calm surroundings, and refreshing atmosphere make this residential project a gem for nascent property-seekers looking for a place to kick-start their lives.
Sitting atop the grassy hills of Antipolo is Mille Luce, a residential project overlooking Metro Manila's ever-changing skyline, while Marina Heights, part of the 60-hectare master-planned community Lakefront City in Sucat, Muntinlupa, exudes American suburbia. Composed of over 170 homes, Marina Heights wants its residents to unwind and enjoy its the tranquil vibe.
Crown Asia also expanded its presence in Laguna with its three residential projects that stand out on their own. Valenza in Sta. Rosa mirrors the allure and the romantic atmosphere of Italy, while Fortezza in Cabuyao adds a contemporary feel to its Italian flair. On the other hand, the 46-hectare La Merea in San Pedro reflects a Southern American lifestyle, perfect for those households who have conservative yet contemporary lifestyles.
Most importantly, Crown Asia has pushed the boundaries of the industry with its Aventine project in Taguig. With Aventine, the company has proven that it can still deliver an upscale country-club experience within the confines of a busy city. Aventine secludes its residents from the urban jungle and immerses them in the relaxed ambience of the suburbs reminiscent of the Italian countryside.
At the end of the day, Crown Asia aims to be not just a homebuilder—it aspires to help Filipinos build their dreams and reach their goals.
Going outside the box is the name of the game for Filinvest Land, Inc. (FLI). It has built its reputation by introducing exciting and innovative formats to the residential real estate space, challenging the norms and blazing new paths for other players to follow.
Historically focusing on the development and sale of affordable homes, FLI's business has recently expanded out to the upscale market. Over the course of its existence, FLI has transformed over 2,400 hectares of land into some of the most inventive residential projects and has provided 150,000 families with the home of their dreams.
This real estate giant is known for its unique take on house expansion. It has created a way for homeowners with houses on small lots to expand with ease through an addition of a second story. Additionally, FLI brought to life the concept of Asenso Village, a collaborative effort allowing small- and medium-size business owners to work in a residential project with access to government agencies.
FLI's level of commitment to its craft is certainly apparent in some of its most popular projects scattered in Metro Manila and the nearby provinces of Rizal, Bulacan, Batangas, Cavite and Laguna.
The Spanish-themed Alta Vida in Bulacan and the English-inspired Ashton Fields are some of the more contemporary projects of FLI. Both projects promise its residents blissful mornings and calm nights with its lush landscape, amazing amenities, and perfect location.
Perhaps one of FLI's most iconic projects is the Havila townscape. Situated in the mountainous part of Rizal, Havila sprawls over 300 hectares of land overlooking a breathtaking panorama of verdant landscapes meeting the city skyline.
FLI has truly come a long way since its humble beginnings. A lot may have already changed but its mission to fulfill the Filipino dream continues.
Visayas: Winner: Camella
As the largest homebuilder in the Philippine real estate industry, Camella has made its mark in the Visayas region with some of the most lucrative and popular residential projects homeowners can find.
Through the years, Camella has been on the top of its game, creating an immense selection of high-quality yet affordable homes inspired by different places in the world. Savannah City in Iloilo City is one of Camella's greatest creations in Visayas. Inspired by the landscape seen in the U.S. state of Georgia, this sprawling 300-hectare estate sits cuts through three municipalities in Iloilo. Savannah City has five major enclaves, each caters to the diverse home demands and requirements of modern property seekers. The Glen offers affordable housing plans for the budget-conscious ones. On the other hand, middle-income families have two options: The Trails and The Glades. For the affluent population, Savannah City has The Orchard and The Crest.
Camella Aklan is also a quite popular residential project, given its proximity to the world-renowned Boracay. This 11-hectare project sits within Metro Kalibo and boasts Italian-inspired houses.
Meanwhile, the 17-hectare Camella Bogo transports its residents to the colorful culture of South America. Given its location within the New Bogo City Central Business District, Camella Bogo offers a fantastic connectivity to different points of interest in the city.
In the emerging residential hub of Talamban in Cebu sits Camella Riverfront. This recent house and lot development embraces nature with its verdant landscapes, scenic views of the sea, the hillsides, and the valleys, and the steady stream of water from its nearby river.
With the success of Camella Ormoc, this developer unveiled another residential project for Ormocanos, Camella North Hill. Known as the Little Baguio of Ormoc, this 14-hectare development paints a perfect picture of a gated community where families can raise their children and build memories together.
Indeed, no one's stopping Camella from conquering the whole country with its creations. With the Filipinos as its primary source of inspiration, Camella continues to move forward with its affordable yet world-class homes.
Nominee: Primary Homes
Cebuano families have always found a reliable partner in Primary Homes Inc. Celebrating its 25 years in 2017, this real estate powerhouse is among the pioneers of large-scale vertical and horizontal residential developments in Metro Cebu and in the Visayas Region.
One of its newest flagship projects is Astele, a contemporary community nestled in the balmy Mactan. Astele is a sanctuary surrounded by beautiful beach resorts, allowing its residents to turn their everyday lives to a never-ending vacation. Astele's minimalism is reflected in the clean façade of its house models. Its modern architectural take allows each dwelling to maximize the use of natural elements, allowing sunlight to illuminate and air to cool the interior of each house.
With Royal Palms Tres in Panglao Island, Primary Homes is showing a perfect example of world-class resort living made affordable. This project boasts Mediterranean-inspired houses and state-of-the-art facilities that will truly make anyone's stay feel like a vacation.
Fulfilling its duty to give a home that fits the budget, Primary Homes launched Colorado Homes Bohol. What is interesting in this affordable housing development is the use of bricks in each house to make sure residents enjoy a comfortable temperature even in the warmest of days. More so, Colorado Homes Bohol's quaint vibe invites homeowners to enjoy a peaceful and tranquil lifestyle.
With the booming tourism in Cebu and the robust housing demand in the whole Visayas region, there is no doubt that Primary Homes will play a huge part in the housing market in the years to come.
Nominee: Maria Luisa Properties
There are three things that best describe what Maria Luisa Properties has to offer: quality, strategic location, and innovativeness. In its more than 50 years of existence, Maria Luisa Properties has continuously been a major player in the prime real estate scene of Cebu.
This regional powerhouse began with a 10-hectare high-end Maria Luisa Estate Park, which the company has successfully expanded to 200 hectares, making it one of Cebu's most sought-after residential developments.
Located in Brgy. Banilad, Maria Luisa Estate Park prides itself on being the only upscale community that is highly accessible to Cebu's city center. Despite its proximity to the hustle and bustle of the metro, Maria Luisa Estate Park still offers its dwellers a quiet sanctuary, secluding the residents from the harsh city noises.
Within the estate park is a cluster of homes known as 8 Maria Luisa, designed for those residents who embrace minimalism as a way of life. This small development within Maria Luisa Estate Park offers only a limited number of contemporary-style homes complete with amenities such as a two-car garage, infinity pool, scenic landscapes, and large entertainment decks.
Perhaps one of Maria Luisa's most prized developments is The Heritage, an exclusive subdivision built on the former site of Hacienda Mandaue. This development is a melting pot of the old and the new, paying homage to its roots while at the same time embracing the contemporary movements in architecture and design.
Maria Luisa Properties continues to prove itself as one of the most innovative, committed, and powerful real estate player not just in the Visayas but in the whole country.
Over the past ten years, we have seen the increasing number of condo developments in the Philippines, owing to the fact that many are drawn to the idea of living close to the burgeoning business districts of the country; namely, Makati, Bonifacio Global City, and Ortigas Center. And now that we are seeing the growth of financial centers in other spots like the Bay City in Pasay and Parañaque; Eastwood City, Eton Centris, Cubao, and Vertis North in Quezon City; Cebu Business Park and Mactan Newtown in Metro Cebu; and Metro Davao, developers are taking advantage by bringing their condo development experience to these areas as well.
In Metro Manila, condos are the go-to residence of young professionals, young couples, and students for their convenience in location, and even property investors are buying for exactly that. Living in a condo with top-notch facilities is one thing, but being close to your place of work or school plus countless other essential establishments is akin to getting a golden ticket to the ultimate city life.
Southward in the Visayas, the most sought-after condos are ones located near areas considered to be business centers, such as the Cebu Business Park and the Cebu IT Park in Cebu City, calling the attention of employees already in the area, as well as relocators hoping to move in a neighborhood teeming with employment opportunities. Being an island province, Cebu is surrounded by countless beautiful beaches, something that has been good not just for tourism but also for real estate with the increase of expats finding a new home in the area, as well as locals in search for a vacation home that can double as a rental for income.
Whatever the reason for investing and whoever is purchasing, condos will remain to be a popular choice among people of all walks of life, which is why these developers are working tirelessly to meet the demands of its growing market here and abroad.
Overall Winner: Ayala Land
With a history that dates back to the 1830s, Ayala Land has been changing the Philippine real estate landscape for nearly two centuries. Much of the large-scale transformation of Metro Manila and beyond happened under its tutelage, such as the Makati central business district in the 1960s; Ayala Alabang in the 1970s; Cebu Business Park in the 1980s; and Bonifacio Global City and Nuvali in the 2000s.
Makati remains as Ayala Land's crown jewel; its growth from an undeveloped piece of land to the country's premier financial district is proof of the company's vision and expertise. Aside from housing Ayala Avenue and Ayala Center, Makati also contains many of the developer's most prominent vertical addresses, including the ultra-high-end Two Roxas Triangle and Park Central Towers by Ayala Land Premier.
After Makati, the 240-hectare Bonifacio Global City (BGC) is considered to be another one of Ayala Land's most monumental achievements. Once a U.S. military base, Fort Bonifacio has since been redeveloped through a partnership with the Bases Conversion Development Authority and is now a world-class residential and business center. The company's pioneering BGC condo development, One Serendra, was a true game-changer: a residential project that blurred the lines between city living and rural escape. Other developments soon followed to accommodate other markets, such as Ayala Land Premier's The Suites, West Gallery Place, and East Gallery Place; Alveo Land's High Street South Block; and Avida Towers Turf BGC and Avida Cityflex.
Ayala Land's veracity as a property developer is well-known, reflected on their desire to ensure that in their task to remain one of the top-of-mind real estate names in the country, the customer will always come first, whether it be a starting family looking for a first home or a small business in need of office space for its expansion.
Nominee: DMCI Homes
Construction firm DMCI Holdings had been investing in infrastructure and real estate projects through its subsidiary DMCI Project Developers, Inc., but it was not until 1999 that they launched DMCI Homes, aiming to build residences in the form of condominiums and house and lots. Starting their venture with Lake View Manors in Taguig in 1999, they dared to be bolder and more innovative with their following developments; namely, Hampstead Garden in Manila in 2000 and East Ortigas Mansions in Pasig in 2003.
But perhaps the greatest testament to DMCI Homes' constant evolution is Acacia Estate, a 150-hectare Taguig development consisting of commercial areas, events halls, shared amenities, as well as a host of themed condo developments. Not one to stick with traditional modular design of a traditional condo, the company brought together internationally inspired aesthetics with the Filipino–Spanish project Ivory Wood, the neo-Asian Cedar Crest, the boutique hotel Maple Place, the Asian tropical residence Mulberry Place, the modern Balinese The Birchwood, Thai tropical Royal Palm Residences, and the modern Polynesian Verawood Residences.
Initially focused on building condo developments in Metro Manila, DMCI Homes has since expanded beyond, making their mark in Aklan with Alta Vista De Boracay, Baguio with Bristle Ridge and Outlook Ridge Residences, and Davao City with Verdon Parc.
SM Investments Corporation's integrated property developer SM Prime altered the middle-income condominium landscape when it introduced residential subsidiary SM Development Corporation (SMDC). SMDC made its presence known officially in 2003 with the launch of its maiden project Chateau Elysee in Parañaque, and it has since launched over 30 vertical residential developments all over Metro Manila. “Location, location, location” is perfectly embodied in SMDC's developments, which are concentrated in Makati, Ortigas Center, Taguig, Pasay, Quezon City, and several other business districts.
As the leading mall developer in the country—65 and counting—it was only a matter of time when they decided to build one of the biggest malls in Asia. But they did not stop there; around SM Mall of Asia, they developed the Mall of Asia complex, a district that not only offers commercial, retail, and entertainment, but also condo developments: Shore Residences, Sea Residences, and Shell Residences. Designed to emulate the look and feel of a tropical resort, these condos are well-equipped with amenities that define “staycation.” And with getaways in mind, SMDC has also started venturing out of the boundaries of Metro Manila with Wind Residences in Tagaytay, Cheer Residences in Bulacan, and Charm Residences in Rizal.
In recent years, SMDC has also taken on the luxury property market with an upscale brand, SMDC Premier. The high-end name started off their ritzy portfolio with S Residences in MOA Complex, followed by Air Residences in Makati, Fame Residences in Mandaluyong, and Coast Residences in Pasay.
Winner: Cebu Landmasters
A vision to “provide better homes for the average Filipino worker” is the catalyst that drove Cebu Landmasters to begin their task of changing the condo landscape of Cebu. Established in 2003 as a residential, commercial, hospitality, mixed-use, and civic project developer, Cebu Landmasters began with the platform of family values, passion for real estate, and customer commitment.
In 2010, the company embarked on condo development through their first vertical development Asia Premier Residences in Cebu IT Park. Together with New York–inspired 38 Park Avenue, the Cebu real estate brand also proved their commitment to not just provide reasonably priced condos, but also projects that surround residents with everything that matters.
Later on, Cebu Landmasters' condo portfolio expanded further with the rise of the 16-story Baseline Residences in Midtown Cebu in 2011 (to be followed in 2015 by Base Line Center); and the seven-building Mivesa Garden Residences in Lahug in 2013. The success of some of their subdivision developments even led to the construction of more condos. Launched in 2012, the twin-tower Midori Residences in Mandaue is a spin-off to the Zen-inspired subdivision Midori Plains located in Minglanilla. Casa Mira Towers-Labangon, launched in 2015, is the vertical counterpart of the economic housing development Casa Mira in Talisay.
Cebu Landmasters' mission also brought them outside Cebu Province; the company has launched condos in other provincial locations; namely, Mesavirre Garden Residences in Bacolod City, Mesaverte Residences in Cagayan de Oro City, and MesaTierra Garden Residences in Davao City.
Having been in the real estate business for over 20 years, PrimaryHomes is one of the very first brands to develop large-scale housing projects in Cebu. It started in the real estate business with the subdivisions in Bohol: The Royal Palms Panglao and Colorado Homes Bohol. The success of these communities led to more horizontal developments, namely Royal Palms Dos and Royal Palms Tres both also in Panglao, as well as Richwood Homes in Compostela, Cebu. But perhaps their most noteworthy development is Astele, an award-winning modern community with an Asian contemporary aesthetic and well-designed amenities.
It is not only with horizontal developments that PrimaryHomes excels in; the leading Cebu property developer has also ventured into the condo development game with the launch of Woodcrest Residences and The Courtyards at Brookridge both in Cebu City, as well as Brentwood in Mactan Island. Woodcrest Residences is not just about the convenience of having everything within reach; its location also provides the simple joy of having a nice view of the city lights at night. The Courtyards at Brookridge offers the ultimate in living with nature; its design allows residents to enjoy lush greenery through its many open-air courtyards. Divided in clusters and found in an island city setting, Brentwood has many of the most sought-after qualities of a modern condo development: resort-inspired amenities, low-density areas, and unconfined spaces.
With an intent to carry on the skills developed throughout their two-decade industry experience while also developing new skills and concepts to remain ahead of the competition, PrimaryHomes plans to continue providing home that offer residents a sense of assurance and pride.
For years, AboitizLand has been creating subdivisions and houses that respond to the needs of its clients, having already completed a fair number of communities; namely, Molave Highlands and Briza in Consolacion; Mahogany Grove, North Town Woods, and North Town Homes in Mandaue City; and Kishanta Zen Residences in Talisay City. And ready to change the lives of people looking to start new are upcoming projects Priveya Hills in Bacayan, Pristina North Resideces in Talamban, Amoa in Compostela, Almiya in Mandaue, Ajoya in Cordova, Foressa in Balamban, and Seafront Residences in San Juan, Batangas. But AboitizLand is on the verge of expanding their residential portfolio to accommodate buyers who are looking for something different under the company's name.
The Persimmon is AboitizLand's first foray into condo development, and the project is already making waves for bringing convenient urban living to Cebu. The mid-rise Asian contemporary residential enclave boasts a wide expanse of open green spaces and a view of the city or coast. The project also incorporates commercial space and first-class amenities to provide residents with a truly cosmopolitan experience, making it a worthy investment.
Ultimately, though, AboitizLand is all about providing “the ultimate real estate experience,” as expressed in the way by which they design and deliver each project. The company fleshes out its vision guided by the core values of integrity, teamwork, innovation, and responsibility, ensuring that their name will constantly be synonymous with quality.
The past few years saw immense progress in the real estate sector, proof of which is the continuous development not just of residential properties, but also of commercial elements that make up thriving mixed-use communities: offices, retail spaces, hotels, and recreational establishments.
Just in the third quarter of this year, we saw the completion of eight office buildings in Metro Manila, including Robinsons Cyber Sigma in Fort Bonifacio, Vertis BPO Phase 1 in Quezon City, and South Park Corporate Center in Alabang, adding a total of 194,600 sqm gross leasable area to the current supply. Also, by the end of the year, there is a projected additional 30,000 sqm leasable retail space to be completed by various developers, plus an expansion of about 800,000sqm in retail stock annually for the next three years. And with 2017's tourism numbers targeted at six million arrivals, developers are working to fill in the need for more accommodations. Activities are being seen among the country's biggest players, many of which have plans to expand their hotel brands.
Among the big names leading the pack of commercial developers are SM Prime, Ayala Land, and Robinsons Land, which already have multiple establishments and facilities under their belt and in the works. With more projects to come, there is no doubt that these developers will constantly be in the running as top-of-mind brands when it comes to commercial developments.
Winner: SM Prime Holdings
SM has long been ingrained in the consciousness of Filipinos; for over 30 years, the two letters have been synonymous with shopping, dining, and a myriad of recreational activities. From its early beginnings as a shoe store in downtown Manila in 1958, it has grown massively over the decades that by the end of 2017, there will be a total of 67 SM supermalls all over the country (plus seven in China). SM has also managed to produce some of the largest malls in the world, including SM City North EDSA, SM Megamall, and the Mall of Asia.
Under the Commercial Properties Group, SM Prime is also increasing its presence in the office space segment by constructing, leasing, operating, and managing office buildings. The Mall of Asia (MOA) Complex, for one, is home to the Ecom Centers, which are large corporate spaces fully equipped to accommodate BPO and IT companies.
SM has also established the SM Hotels and Conventions, which owns and operates a number of hospitality properties, including Taal Vista Hotel, Radisson Blu, Pico Sands, and Conrad Manila, which together boast a total of 1,514 rooms. This business arm also manages the group's SMX Convention Centers—events and convention venues with sites in the MOA Complex, Taguig, Davao, Cebu, and Bacolod.
Focused on the idea of being “catalysts for a better quality of life,” the SM group has been altering the Philippine real estate landscape for decades.
Nominee: Ayala Land
Turning an undeveloped tract of land into a thriving environment is not an easy feat, but the Ayalas had vision. They saw back in the 1960s that Hacienda Makati had potential and they jump-started it, helping it evolve into the country's premier financial district. Since then, they have not stopped using their expertise to awaken the economy of various parts of the country, from Bonifacio Global City to Davao.
To Ayala Land, a mall should not be just a collection of dining and retail options; they should be “lifestyle and cultural centers that celebrate Filipino architecture, artistry, and design.” As a result, retail hubs like Glorietta, Greenbelt, Bonifacio High Street, Solenad, Ayala Center Cebu, and Abreeza Davao have vibrant and innovative designs teeming with life. Parks are incorporated into the aesthetic, sustainability is built into the design, and the overall feel gives visitors a sense of community.
On the office front, Ayala is just as competitive. Built into their estates are corporate headquarters designed to accommodate local and multinational traditional companies, as well as so-called Technopods equipped to address the needs of BPO firms. Ayala is also upping the ante in terms of hospitality facilities, from their own hotel brand to recreational spaces. The Seda hotel brand, for one, is flourishing in locations like Taguig, Davao, Laguna, Cagayan de Oro, and Iloilo, while the tourist magnet Palawan is getting the Ayala treatment with the ultra-high-end El Nido Resorts.
Nominee: Robinsons Land
A company that prides itself in creating “new opportunities and a better life,” Robinsons Land has spent decades developing well-planned and vibrant communities and establishments. By building malls, offices, and hotels all over the Philippines, the brand aims to provide Filipinos with a truly well-rounded live–work–play experience.
Aside from being a leading subdivision and condo developer, the Gokongwei-led company is one of the largest office landlords in the country, and is considered the pioneer in providing corporate workspaces to BPO companies and call centers, as well as local and international corporations in the country.
Robinsons entered the retail property industry in 1990 with their flagship mall Robinsons Galleria, situated at the corner of EDSA and Ortigas Avenue. The property giant has since built 44 more malls throughout the Philippines with more in the pipeline, specifically in Naga, where their 46th mall and first mall in the Bicol Region will be built.
Addressing the growing need for tourist accommodations, the company—through the Robinsons Hotels and Resorts Group—has also diversified its hospitality portfolio, which began with the deluxe brands Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria and Holiday Inn Manila Galleria. Robinsons also introduced the Summit hotel chain with the opening of flagship hotel Summit Galleria Cebu, which was followed by Summit Hotel Magnolia, Summit Ridge Tagaytay, and Summit Circle Cebu. For the budgeted tourist, they launched GoHotels.ph, which is currently present in 15 locations in the Philippines, and are also co-selling hotel rooms for Karaksa Hotels in Japan.
Every Filipino dreams of having their very own home—a place where they create their own rules and make their own decisions. Juan dela Cruz need not dream any longer as this has now become an attainable reality owing to the existence of more affordable housing developments throughout the country.
Whereas not so long ago one has to be a top-level manager or a successful businessman before being able to purchase a piece of real estate, today the working class Filipino can equally become an able buyer. Easier finance schemes and lower interest rates have brought home-owning to a reachable level.
As more and more industries move out of Metro Manila, real estate properties have long gone ahead with the construction of affordable dwellings in significant places outside the Philippine capital. These places include Bulacan and Pampanga in Central Luzon, and Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, and even as far south as Batangas in southern Luzon. In the Visayas, places outside Cebu City are becoming popular for affordable housing developments, including Lapu-Lapu City, Talisay, Minglanilla, and Compostela, among many others. These areas' idyllic ambiance coupled with the rapid development of transport infrastructure are making them an ideal place for would-be homebuyers.
For instance, new railways and expressways being built in Central and Southern Luzon will make travel to Metro Manila faster and easier. In addition, these locations' vibrant tourism will play an important role to making them real estate investment hotspots.
Price will always be a primary determining factor when it comes to purchasing a home. Developers are keenly aware of this such that many projects offer house and lots with prices ranging from Php1.75 to 3.3 million for a two- or three-bedroom unit condominium in Metro Cebu. In addition, commitment to quality and excellence while maintaining price competitiveness is no easy feat, which is why real estate builders who continue to pursue both should be given proper recognition. The following are the projects voted as the Best Affordable Housing Development in Lamudi's 10,000-strong survey.
Winner: Avida Settings Cavite (Avida Land)
The word Avida stands for “Celebrate Life,” which is what every Avida Land development is founded on. With accessibility, unique features and amenities, quality assurance, stress-free buying, and a relaxing living experience as its five pillars, this ISO-certified company has indeed come a long way since its inception and has now established itself as the “developer of choice for the rising middle class.”
Dasmariñas is among the fastest growing cities in Cavite. It has evolved from being an agricultural town into an urbanized industrial city with the influx of industries and presence of major educational and medical institutions. As the largest city in terms of population in the province, Dasmariñas is home to over 70 residential subdivisions.
Avida Settings Cavite is a vibrant community with easy accessibility. It is a mere 15-minute drive to Alabang Town Center through Daang Hari Road and is likewise conveniently accessible from Metro Manila via the South Luzon Expressway or the Manila–Cavite Expressway. Its American-inspired homes lend a charming appeal that blends both innovation and class. Its two- and three-bedroom units, with floor areas of 90 and 131 sqm, respectively, are the perfect place to grow a healthy and active family.
This 58-hectare property is complete with contemporary amenities that every member of the family can enjoy: infinity pool, modern basketball court, freestanding gazebo, American-inspired clubhouse, courtyard system, and preserved sloping terrains. Their round-the-clock security, CCTV cameras, and an electric perimeter fence provide a sense of peace and security.
Nominee: Camella Cerritos (Camella)
Camella's tagline “We Are Everywhere” rings true as it has, through the years, took on the title of the largest homebuilder in the Philippines. Forging ahead and staying on top of their game for the past 40 years, Camella has consistently built high-quality affordable homes in 39 provinces and 104 cities and municipalities in the country.
Camella Cerritos, located in Daang Hari Road, Molino, Bacoor, Cavite, is situated adjacent to the rapidly growing Vista City and is an assemblage of several residential enclaves—namely, Terraces, Heights, Trails, Lessandra Heights, Hills, and Carson. Poised to become the premier location in the south, it is conveniently located a few minutes' drive away from the commercial districts of Alabang and Las Piñas.
This master-planned estate themed and spacious three- to four-bedroom homes, which are perfect for growing families. The development's tranquil environment, charming landscape, well-equipped amenities, and proximity to establishments allow parents to provide their children with village upbringing without being detached to urbanized living.
Nominee: Amaia Scapes Bulacan (Amaia Land)
Amaia Scapes Bulacan, a 3.3-hectare affordable estate by Ayala Land subsidiary Amaia Land, is situated in the municipality of Sta. Maria, first class, highly urbanized municipality in Bulacan and is considered part of the Metro Luzon Urban Beltway Super Region. Just a 15-minute drive from the Bocaue Exit of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), present and future residents of this development will find themselves near grocery stores, schools, and hospitals, as well as the Sta. Maria's downtown core.
True to Amaia's pledge to affordable housing, one can own a house and lot for only Php800,000. This development offers 200 units, each of which ranging in size from 27 to 75 sqm, giving single and married buyers as well as those with family more housing options to choose from. Despite the low cost, Amaia Scapes Bulacan did not scrimp on amenities. The site has a swimming pool, a basketball court, a tree-lined spine road, and a guarded entrance and exit, as well as Amaia's signature Patio Greens, which is a sprawling grounds of manicured greeneries. It also boasts a Village Pavilion, which is a versatile open space that can accommodate various family and community activities.
Winner: Camella Riverfront (Camella)
As the flagship brand of Vista Land, Camella has become not just a master builder but also a master-planner who has the expertise to construct well-thought-out communities. Location takes up a large chunk of a property's appeal and Camella has always had great foresight when it comes to choosing the best venue for its next residential project.
Camella Riverfront is one of the six strategically—and excellently—planned enclaves that make up the 70-hectare property development called The Riverscapes. Riverfront, which is a 10-hectare property, sits atop the hills of Talamban in Cebu City. This location is complemented by winding tree-lined roads and a magnificent river that make for one picturesque view after another.
Residents surely get the best of both worlds with the marriage between the beauty and serenity of nature with the practicality of urban living. Just a 10-minute ride away from the Banilad–Mandaue junction, they can conveniently find themselves surrounded by restaurants, offices, prominent schools including also Gaisano Grand Mall, while the city center is but a 20-minute commute away.
Camella's best-selling two-story unit models come with al-fresco, upper-floor balcony, as well as car garage provisions. The Mediterranean-inspired homes are certainly well-worth every centavo as the community comes with topnotch amenities, such as a swimming pool, children's playground, jogging paths and bike lanes, clubhouse, and landscaped parks and gardens.
Nominee: Amaia Scapes North Point Bacolod (Amaia Land)
Amaia Scapes North Point located in Bacolod is the first house and lot project of Amaia Land in Negros Island and the Visayas region. Residents and would-be buyers of this housing development are indeed “all smiles,” as their tagline goes, because of the many benefits this property has to offer.
Amaia Scapes North Point Bacolod is close to the city's important sites; it is a mere 10-minute drive away from the Bacolod Silay Airport and only 7.9 km away from Bacolod City proper. It is likewise part of a fully integrated community within the Ayala Land property, which includes BPO offices, a retail strip, a school, and other residential projects. A shuttle service from the entrance of the Ayala Land development to Amaia Scapes North Point provides extra convenience and comfort.
Homes are not only exquisitely designed, but are also energy efficient. From the wall colors to the placement of the windows, everything is carefully planned and properly executed to optimize energy consumption. In addition, are delivered in bare finish to make room for more design options. Homeowners are also given a one year warranty on workmanship and materials. Further security can be felt because the property is situated in a flood-free community. Family members can take advantage of well-appointed amenities—pavilion, pool, playground, basketball court—and open spaces surrounded by lush greens.
Amaia Scapes North Point homes grow with the family as each unit has provisions for expansion allowing residents to enjoy the fruits of their labor for many years to come.
Nominee: Richwood Homes (PrimaryHomes)
For over 20 years, PrimaryHomes has become a partner of Cebuano families in fulfilling their dream of owning not just any home, but quality home. The company is among the first to develop large-scale housing projects in the province of Cebu and is the only Triple A ISO Standard Construction Company in Visayas and Mindanao.
Built on a 5.4-hectare property and boasting about 709 housing units, Richwood Homes is set apart from other low-cost housing as others are usually located far from the main roads. Richwood Homes, however, is less than 200 meters away from the national highway. It is a 15-minute ride to SM City Consolacion and is a mere walk away from the church, supermarket, municipal hall, and the beach.
A 50-sqm unit in Richwood Homes is offered for Php1.25 million, making it ideal for young families. With flexible payment terms where one can begin equity payment of only Php4,500 per month, this housing project can easily be obtained by those working in the business process outsourcing (BPO) and manufacturing industries who Primary Homes targets.
The houses feature sleek modern designs with smooth concrete finished flooring, tiled toilet and bathrooms complete with fixtures, a kitchen counter, and a well-designed plumbing and electrical system. The community's amenities and features include 24-hour security, concrete access road, a multipurpose hall, a convertible court, and selected landscaped areas.
One will be forgiven to think that one will only find high-end subdivisions and gated communities in Metro Manila. After all, the Philippine capital for many years has been home to many well-known upscale villages, among them Forbes Park, Dasmariñas Village, and Urdaneta Village in Makati; Ayala Alabang Village in Muntinlupa; Corinthian Gardens and White Plains in Quezon City; and Valle Verde in Pasig.
However, building high-end housing developments such as these require large land areas, which unfortunately is in short supply in Metro Manila at the moment—not to mention that the cost of acquiring such huge tracts of land would be prohibitively costly—so it is not surprising that developers are now venturing out of the Philippine capital, including the Cavite and Laguna provinces, for their next upscale housing projects. And because land is no longer much of an issue in these places, builders can now add a long list of impressive amenities (man-made lake and gold courses, anyone?) that buyers would surely swoon over with.
Here are the top high-end housing developments voted in Lamudi's 10,000-propery-seeker survey, and we can say that these projects are truly upscale and impressive.
Winner: Ayala Greenfield Estates (Ayala Land Premier
A project by Ayala Land's luxury subsidiary Ayala Land Premier, Ayala Greenfield Estates is situated in Calamba, Laguna, only 20 minutes south of Alabang via the South Luzon Expressway. This estate is also strategically located, being close to Laguna's industrial parks, to Tagaytay, and Ayala's other Laguna project Nuvali, and it sits on the slopes of Mount Makiling, offering residents spectacular views of Tagaytay Ridge, Laguna de Bay, and Batangas. Being a high-end project, lot size range between 400 and 700 square meters, with prices ranging from Php3 to Php16 million (approximately Php17,250 per sqm).
Among the development's first-class amenities include Nature Park, Arbor Trails, and Riparian Grove where residents can enjoy picnic groves, open playfield, tree groves, hike and bike trails, and even a fishing lagoon and camp and picnic sites. To top it all off, residents can also enjoy an 18-hole, par 72 championship golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones II.
Nominee: Ayala Westgrove Heights (Ayala Land Premier)
Another project of Ayala Land Premier, Ayala Westgrove Heights is a prime residential estate located in Silang, Cavite, and offers property seekers a magnificent and sweeping expanse of over 400 hectares of groves, hills, and valleys blanketed by thousands of mango trees. This nature-oriented high-end housing development is the perfect place to raise a family, as it boasts same topnotch level of security, luxury, and aesthetic standards accorded to every Ayala Land housing project.
Ayala Westgrove Heights is strategically located within close proximity to Nuvali, which in turn makes it near numerous commercial and leisure destinations, schools, hospitals, and even technology parks, including St. Scholastica's College–Westgrove, DLSU Canlubang, the Asian Hospital and Medical Center, Paseo de Santa Rosa, and Solana, among others. And in keeping with the Ayala tradition of preserving nature in its developments, half of the housing project's area is reserved for parks and open spaces. According to the Ayala Land Premier website, lot sizes at Ayala Westgrove Heights range from 430 to 720 sqm, which are priced between Php5.7 and Php8.5 million (approximately Php12,350 per sqm).
Nominee: Valenza (Crown Asia)
Named after the Piedmontese comune of Valenza, Crown Asia's upscale Sta. Rosa, Laguna housing development is testament to the developer's commitment to providing Filipino families with a trophy home they can be proud of. This 25-hectare prime and gated community is strategically located close to the South Luzon Expressway, Nuvali, and Alabang, and in turn it is also close to some of the area's highly sought-after establishments, including De La Salle Canlubang, St. Scholastica's College, Brent International, Xavier School, Paseo de Santa Rosa, and Solenad, among others. It is also close to Tagaytay via the Sta. Rosa–Tagaytay Road.
Valenza is part of the larger community known as Sta. Elena City—a 300-hectare, master-planned project of Crown Asia's parent company Vista Land. This massive development features exclusive residences and themed enclaves set amidst a well-preserved natural landscape. Valenza is now seen as a new destination for growing families who dreams of experiencing the same urban living close to nature and away from the noise of Metro Manila.
Apart from the quaint Italian architecture of its houses and plush landscapes, Valenza also offers topnotch amenities, including a swimming pool, a tennis court, a basketball court, a children's playground, parks and pocket gardens, and a clubhouse for special events and gatherings. Prices of house and lots in Valenza start at Php7.2 million.
VisayasWinner: Maria Luisa Estate Park (Maria Luisa Properties)
Considered one of the most desirable locations in Cebu City, Maria Luisa Estate Park—a high-end housing development of Maria Luisa Properties Group—is remarkable in that it is perhaps the city's only high-end gated community that is close to many of Cebu's attractions. In fact, this subdivision development (comprised of several themed villages) is strategically located in Brgy. Banilad, Cebu City, which is a mere 10- to 30-minute drive away from the shopping malls of Cebu Business Park, the cultural and historical attractions of downtown Cebu, and even the ocean-side ambiance of the South Road Properties. Maria Luisa Estate Park offers lots ranging in size from 230 to 1,467 sqm, with prices starting from Php6,500 per sqm for mountain-side lots to Php15,000 per sqm for super prime lots.
Nominee: The Residences at NorthRidge (GENVI Development Corp.)
The Residences at NorthRidge is part of Monterrazas de Cebu, is a 200-plus-hectare master-planned, high-end mixed-use development located in Cebu City's Brgy. Guadalupe. Developed by GENVI Development Corp., this gated enclave is the second part of Monterrazas de Cebu housing and land development project.
Set amidst rolling hills and mountainous terrain, The Residences' location is noteworthy as it offers property buyers and would-be residents a mountain resort–themed village, much akin to those found in Baguio and Tagaytay. Another great thing about this project is that it is just mere minutes from the hustle and bustle of Cebu City.
The Residences at NorthRidge offers two model designs for houses and lots, each of which boasts its own swimming pool. Houses in this project were designed and envisioned to be perfect for intimate gatherings, with communal living, dining, and kitchen that are set in an open layout to give residents free-flowing space. To allow privacy and personal relaxation, however, bedrooms are tucked away or on different levels of the property. Should buyers wish to have their own custom-designed houses in The Residences at NorthRidge, lots are also available for sale, ranging in size from 281 to 540 sqm.
Nominee: Priveya Hills (AboitizLand)
A project of Cebu-based AboitizLand, Priveya Hills is a premier and exclusive housing community that offers wide-open green spaces set on a natural rolling terrain. This project deserves a spot in this category, not only because of its easily accessible and strategic location, but also for the privacy it offers to its residents.
Nestled in the verdant hills of Brgy. Talamban, it is only about 15–20 minutes away from Cebu City's central business district. It commands a wide vista of the skylines of both Cebu and Mandaue. It is also an ideal place for growing families as this low-density development only has only 13 lots per hectare. This high-end community also boasts three hectares of parks and ponds, 45 percent of which are devoted to wide and green open spaces. Amenities include multipurpose court with bleachers, swimming pool, combinable function rooms, a clubhouse, a linear park, and a commercial area, among others. Lots for sale in Priveya Hills have sizes ranging from 383 to 440 sqm, with prices ranging from Php8.5 to Php11.2 million.
Although condominium properties have been around since at least the Makati central business district has been in existence, it is only recently when they have become truly affordable, with the proliferation of high-density developments and low- and mid-rise projects located in not-so-prime areas of Metro Manila. These pieces of real estate, after all, have been historically tied to the rich and famous.
However, buyers should be aware that the word “affordable” must not fool them—most of today's low-cost condo developments, with their high-quality amenities, well-thought-out designs, and topnotch security, almost seem like expensive abodes, sans the high price tag, of course. With competition between property developers to capture the mid-end and affordable market segments, buyers can only expect to have a lot more inexpensive condo options in the coming years.
Many of today's affordable condo developments are found in fringe areas—at the periphery of business districts, where prices are still low and space abundant. These areas include some parts of Quezon City, Pasay, Parañaque, Marikina, Pasig, Muntinlupa, and Las Piñas, among others. Outside the Philippine capital, cities that boast plenty of affordable condo options include the provinces of Rizal, Laguna, Bulacan, and Pampanga; Metro Cebu (particularly Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu City); and Davao.
Given that plenty of Filipinos—particularly the growing middle class and OFW families—now seem enamored with condo living, we can expect the affordable segment of the condo industry to only flourish over the next few years. And this is good news to the buying public; the more options out there mean more competitive prices. Right now we are seeing regular folks becoming real estate investors, buying condos as a form of investment, cashing in on long-term capital appreciation or leasing them out to BPO workers for rental income. Judging from the results of Lamudi's 10,000-strong survey conducted in 2017, Filipinos are very much aware of their affordable condo options, as exemplified by whom they have voted for as the Best Affordable Condo Developments in the country.
Winner: Trees Residences (SMDC)
SMDC has come a long way from being a mid-range condo developer to a respected builder of quality and well-located projects. And one of its projects that stands out in terms of location, quality, and affordability is Trees Residences—its latest development located in Novaliches, Quezon City.
Situated close to SM City Fairview, this resort-themed condo development offers 6 seven-story mid-rise buildings (for its first phase) that boast apartments starting from 19 sqm in size. This 8.35-hectare development, touted as the largest condo project in Metro Manila, is projected to have three phases, each of which will have between five and eight towers and an overall number of units of approximately 7,200 and about 1,800 parking slots.
Future residents of Trees Residences will also benefit immensely from the MRT Line 7, which is currently under construction and will run from North Avenue (between TriNoma Mall and SM City North EDSA) all the way to San Jose Del Monte in Bulacan via Commonwealth Avenue and Quirino Highway. According to SMDC, prices of units at Trees Residences start at Php1.7 million.Nominee: Amaia Steps Alabang (Amaia Land)
For years, Ayala Land subsidiary Amaia Land has built quality housing and condo developments guided by its five pillars (“Malapit sa lahat,” “May dating,” “De kalidad,” “Napakadali,” and “Paangat ang buhay”), and its project in Las Piñas is no exception. Dubbed Amaia Steps Alabang, it is not surprising that this development has been voted as one of the best affordable condo developments in Metro Manila and neighboring areas in Lamudi's 10,000-strong survey.
Amaia Steps Alabang embodies its developer's five pillars. It is highly accessible to major transport infrastructure, most notably the South Luzon Expressway and the Metro Manila Skyway. In addition, its location along Alabang–Zapote Road makes sure that public transport options are easily available for its residents. At the same time, this development houses a collection of family-friendly amenities, including a swimming pool, village clubhouse for events and parties, a linear garden, a basketball court, and children's play area. And with flexible payment terms and affordable units (ranging from 24 to 49 sqm) priced between Php1.9 and Php3 million, Amaia Land makes sure that finally purchasing a condo property will be truly affordable for Filipino families.Nominee: Brio Tower (DMCI Homes)
Not all affordable condos are situated in areas far from business districts. This is best exemplified by Brio Tower, DMCI Homes' very first project in Makati. True to its promise of delivering high-quality and well-located residential projects, 30-story Brio Tower is located in Barangay Guadalupe Viejo (along EDSA), which is a mere stone's throw away from Rockwell Center. At the same time, this development is easily accessible from Bonifacio Global City and Ortigas Center.
Similar to other DMCI Homes development, Brio Tower boasts excellent resort-inspired amenities, including kiddie and lap pools, landscaped atriums, a sky patio, a linear park, roof garden. In addition, this project features the developer's Lumiventt technology, allowing air and natural light to penetrate freely the condo's hallways and commons areas, which keeps them well-lit and ventilated. A studio unit measuring 24 sqm at Brio Tower starts at Php2.6 million during its launch.
Winner: Urban Homes Condominium (8990 Holdings)
This development of noted affordable and low-cost condo builder 8990 Holdings in Mandaue City is perhaps what best exemplifies the company's commitment to providing Filipino families quality and well-located projects at a fraction of the cost. This four-story, walk-up condo development in Barangay Tipolo, is close to the city's commercial and business establishments, and sits along the city's M. C. Briones Street, making it easily accessible from Lapu-Lapu City via both the Marcelo Fernan Bridge and the Osmeña Bridge. In addition, it is also a short drive away from Cebu City's North Reclamation Area via the Central Nautical Highway. And although positioned as a low-cost development, Urban Homes Condominium boasts special amenities, including a swimming pool, a basketball court, clubhouse for events and parties, and a children's playground. The development also has 24/7 security.Nominee: Avida Towers Cebu (Avida Land)
If there is one thing in this development that stands out, it is the fact that it is the only condo project in this category that is located within a full-fledged mixed-use township (Ayala Land's Cebu IT Park). That fact alone makes sure that the buyers of this property are truly getting their money's worth.
Avida Towers Cebu is a 25-story condo development that offers units ranging in size from 22 to 52.5 sqm. According to its developer, prices of its units range between Php1.7 and Php5 million. And in keeping with Ayala's tradition of providing quality properties, this condo project's amenities do not scream affordable at all: adult and kiddie swimming pools, a clubhouse with a 150-capacity function hall, children's play area, an outdoor gym, and gardens and lots of open spaces. Figures from the Avida Land website show that units at this development start at Php1.7 million.Nominee: Amaia Steps Mandaue (Amaia Land)
Another project by Ayala Land subsidiary Amaia Land, Amaia Steps Mandaue is a mid-rise, nine-story condo development located in the city's Barangay Alang-Alang area. Similar to its sister projects across the Philippines, this development boasts a number of well-thought-out amenities aimed at families, including a clubhouse, a courtyard, a jogging path, landscaped areas, a swimming pool, and retail shops. This development is also well-located, being situated close to mixed-use developments, shopping malls, Cebu's airport, and transport infrastructure.
Prices of studio apartments (24 sqm) at Amaia Steps Mandaue range between Php1.7 and 1.9 million, while one-bedroom (31–33 sqm) and two-bedroom (34–41 sqm) units are priced at Php2.1–2.4 million and Php2.7–2.9 million.
Mid-end condominiums costing at least Php2 million are much in vogue today particularly with the flourishing IT and BPO industries that sweep not only across the capital but in other major cities as well. These concrete monoliths offering mid-priced dwellings sit close to office high-rises and commercial centers, which make them the perfect housing options for thousands of middle-class Filipinos, whose spending power only seems to increase every day.
However, the buoyant IT–BPO industry is not the only one responsible for the steady demand for condo real estate in the Philippines. Overseas Filipino workers (OFW) are another important clientele of mid-end properties as they, too, began shifting their interest from house and lot properties to condominium developments, mainly as an investment vehicle.
In fact, a Manila Times article mentioned that the World Bank estimates that up to 60 percent of OFW remittances are spent buying mid-end properties, which tells us that OFWs are interested in affordable condominiums that they can convert into investment properties. The mid-end condominiums that they have in mind are situated in prime locations; close to business districts, mixed-use townships, and transport infrastructure; and must feature topnotch amenities that will make city living feels like a “staycation.” It is not surprising then that Lamudi's users are fully aware of their mid-range options, as the following are their top choices for the Best Mid-end Condo Development in Metro Manila.Winner: 100 West (Filinvest Land)
Filinvest Land nestled a modestly magnanimous tower block adjacent to the South Luzon Expressway and the soon-to-be-completed Skyway 3 and named it 100 West. This Scandinavian-inspired residential condominium located along Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue in Brgy. Pio Del Pilar reconciles the needs of its mid-range clientele as this project meticulously provides resolve to their long-standing traffic dilemma.
Its strategic location within the Makati central business district and its proximity to the Metro Manila Skyway makes sure that this condo is as close to downtown Manila, to the airport, to Makati's burgeoning mixed-use developments, and even as far south as Alabang as it can get.
100 West seems to epitomize a modern reinterpretation of practicality. This high-rise abode offers residents an efficient way to master time. On its lower regions are retail amenities such as food establishments, convenience stores, banks, and service centers, while the building will also devote four floors to work spaces equipped with fiber optic facilities, making it perfect for IT and BPO companies.
With its congenial environment and imitations of a self-contained utopia, 100 West compounds convenience all under one roof as it stays faithful to Filinvest's vision of not just providing premier living spaces, but sound real estate investment opportunities.Nominee: Zinnia Tower (DMCI Homes)
Situated in northern EDSA is Zinnia Towers, another DMCI Homes gem that sits on a 1.9-hectare property in Balintawak, Quezon City. Despite being located in a busy section of QC, this three-tower condo development boasts resort-inspired amenities and plenty of open spaces, which is in keeping with DMCI Homes design philosophy. And just like other DMCI Homes development, Zinnia Towers also features Lumiventt technology—a design innovation of the property developer that lets ambient light and fresh air permeate the building, giving its hallways and common areas a pleasant, airy feel.
Speaking of resort-like atmosphere, the development's amenities—which include a koi pond, a lap pool, a kiddie pool, children's playground, a palm promenade, picnic groves, and lots and lots of open spaces—are perfect for growing families, while parents and working residents will be delighted to know that the condo is situated close to QC's transport infrastructure, such as LRT stations and bus stops.Nominee: Avida Towers Centera (Avida Land)
Avida Land's first development in Mandaluyong, Avida Towers Centera covers 1.25 hectares of land at the corner of EDSA and Reliance Street, making it a perfect abode for city dwellers who work and frequent Ortigas Center, Bonifacio Global City, and even the Makati central business district. In keeping with Avida Land's philosophy of building quality residential developments close to where people work, shop, study, and relax, it is not surprising that Avida Towers Centera is close to leisure establishments like Ayala Malls at the 30th, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Greenfield District, Capitol Commons, Pasig's Barangay Kapitolyo, while at its podium are numerous shops and retail establishments for residents' convenience. The condo is even a stone's throw away from the headquarters of broadcast giant TV5. Indeed, Avida Towers Centera is a great condo, both for end-use and as an investment, as it adheres to its developer's philosophy of well-located, high-quality dwellings at reasonable prices.
Modern technology has afforded Philippine real estate industry an unprecedented array of choices; it is no wonder that most successful buildings today are rife with traces of strong eclecticism. Vertical communities are no exception as they are particularly at the forefront of such penchant for variety.
For one, the prototypical boxed-like condominiums that once cluttered Makati and Ortigas Center are now waning in popularity and gradually being replaced by a new breed of condominiums with a seductive architectural flair. A quick stroll down townships and business districts in the metro is all it takes to know that Manila is presently littered with impressive high-rises that do not only function as shelters, but also serve a myriad of commercial and entertainment purposes as well.
The country's robust economy can be said to be the driving force behind such dynamic shift as more and more people gain purchasing power to own units in residences that are extraordinary not just in design but in amenities. This trend is not only pronounced in Metro Manila but also in Metro Cebu as demand for exclusive high-end residences in the Queen City of the South are on the rise.
As the aesthetic language of real estate landscape is turning skewed toward luxury, it seems quite an imperative for Lamudi to come up with the crème de la crème of high-end residences in the country.
Winner: The Proscenium at Rockwell (Rockwell Land)
Redefining the city skyline seems to be one of the many expertise of Rockwell Land as it spearheaded the construction of The Proscenium, an enclave of very high-end condo towers sitting on a 3.6-hectare land just across the existing Rockwell Center in Makati.
Internationally acclaimed Uruguayan architect Carlos Ott, who is noted for his iconic L'Operra de las Bastille in Paris, designed The Proscenium. The very name of the residence itself, which directly translates to the main frame of a theater stage, is more than apt as master architect Ott envisions The Proscenium to be a cultural space with a multi-purpose hall, a fine arts museum, a book museum, art galleries, and countless other structures dedicated to culture. This fondness for theatrical elements is also apparent in the name of the project's first four towers—Kirov, Sakura, Lorraine, and Lincoln—which are all world-class theaters.
Aside from the regular dose of art, recreational activities can also be enjoyed within the confines of The Proscenium with its sophisticated outdoor tennis court, a jogging path, and multiple fitness facilities. Residents can also enjoy a library, a day-care center for kids, and function rooms for special occasions and corporate meetings. Families and working individuals who want to own a unit in this rare structural gem can immerse themselves in a neighborhood of opulence, comfort, and refinement for as low as Php7.9 million for a 29-sqm studio apartment to Php130 million for an expansive 435-sqm unit.Nominee: One Serendra (Ayala Land Premier)
One cannot help but anoint the word “elegant” to One Serendra, a visually satisfying edifice straddling the well-charted streets of 11th Avenue and McKinley Parkway in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. One Serendra's two high-rise and five low-rise structures will surely enthrall onlookers with its hybrid architectural style composed of European-themed façade coupled with the enduring aesthetics of Filipino architecture typified by the distinctive bahay na bato.
Built in 2004, this garden-style development covers almost a 12-hectare land. Almost 500 units in the Narra, Mahogany, Bamboo, Jasmine, and Palm sections of One Serendra have been sold rapidly because of such ornate green beauty resembling the beguiling simplicity of a tropical rainforest.
This modern urban dwelling is nestled seamlessly among quaint shops, business complexes, unique service establishments, art galleries, and multi-cultural dining restaurants located within BGC. Families who choose to live here can send their children to nearby schools, such as the British International School, the Japanese International School, and Colegio de San Agustin. Also included in its attraction is its close proximity to Bonifacio High Street, touted as BGC's own Orchard Road.Nominee: 8 Forbes Town Road (Megaworld Corp.)
A luxury property worthy to be included on this list, Megaworld's newest BGC development, 8 Forbes Town Road, is a 53-story concrete masterpiece designed by the Recio+Casas Architectural Firm in a five-hectare land in Forbes Town Center. Majestic blue curtain glass and steel made up the façade of the building.
“8 Forbes Town Road offers investors and future residents this last opportunity to have relaxing views of the golf course greens from their windows and from our luxurious amenities deck. This opportunity must never be passed up,” claimed Megaworld International Managing Director Marivic Acosta in an interview.
Aside from the impeccably picturesque view from its balcony of the endless stretch of grass, 8 Forbes Town Road also has in its arsenal a range of luxurious, first-class amenities, such as a gazebo, a Taichi station, fitness gyms, function rooms, and an infinity pool overlooking Manila Golf & Country Club, among others.
Winner: 32 Sanson (Rockwell Land)
The robust residential property market in the Philippines is also invading cities outside the capital. For one, Cebu City is currently savoring strong demands for residential condominium projects as its major business hubs like Cebu IT Park and Cebu Business Park are both prompting increased sales, beguiling foreign and local dwellers alike to take up studio and one-bedroom units within the vicinity.
32 Sanson enjoys such rainfall of enterprise. Touted as Rockwell Land's first development outside Metro Manila, this charming modern version of Garden of Eden skillfully flirts with natural motifs in a 3.2-hectare land in Lahug, Cebu.
Raising the bar in loftier levels, Rockwell's applies its formulaic expertise to Cebu by letting Cebuanos get a taste of the “Rockwell Lifestyle,” which is analogous to luxury and convenience. Residents no longer need to endure lengthy sojourns from one point to another in order to eat or shop, as commercial centers like JY Supermarket, Lahug Market, JY Square Center, The Walk are all in close proximity. First-class restaurants like Country Basket, Azubu, Marisse Patisserie, and Bellini are also nearby.
Digging up the details a bit deeper, the five low-rise buildings that comprised 32 Sanson's complex are all endowed with state-of-the-art amenities. Residents can enjoy a laidback lifestyle with its two clubhouses, gym, two swimming pools, jogging oval, playground, and multipurpose court. Health and safety considerations are also apparent in the way 32 Sanson is designed as pedestrians are scattered all over the area, giving its residents a walkable environment easy to explore and navigate.Nominee: Marco Polo Residences (Federal Land)
The very notion of prestige is challenged by Federal Land when it commenced construction of Marco Polo Residences in Apas, Cebu. This high-rise tower confidently holds the gaze of anyone who would step foot on its territory, appeasing the strong appetite of property investors with its five-star glamor and panoramic vistas. Its stylistic tone can be attributed to the trusted names in architecture like The Gettys Group (Chicago), Architect Bong Recio, and E.A. Aurelio Landscape Architects. Modern amenities crowd the entirety of the complex as it has a mini-theater, an opulent grand lobby, culinary station, wine cellar, outdoor spa/cabana, game room, indoor day care, swimming pool, viewing deck, and al fresco area.
Living in Marco Polo Residences also entails being pampered with extraordinary hospitality as it stands true to its five-star hotel reputation, including concierge services, apartment cleaning, valet services and room-service-style dining, and a security system that ensures utmost comfort and privacy.Nominee: 1016 Residences (Ayala Land Premier)
Creating an impression of affluence was attained when Ayala Land Premier constructed 1016 Residences in the bustling Cebu Business Park. A premier luxury condominium with only 109 exclusive units within a 27-story structure, 1016 Residences has sold almost 100 percent of its units since its launching in 2010.
1016 Residences provides the utmost convenience to Cebu City living as it affords residents direct access to the exclusive City Sports Club Cebu, Cebu City Marriot Hotel, and Ayala Center Cebu. Add to that exclusive perks, 1016 Residences also endows its residents a taste of the coastal rural life as it just 40 minutes away from the nearest beach. Homeowners can catch a tangy waft of the tropical winds in the comforts of their balcony.
And as befits a world-class building with polished notions of refinement and luxury, 1016 Residences triumphantly harmonizes different aspects of human life with its wide range of recreational and roof deck amenities. For one, it has multiple gardens and generous open spaces for kiddie plays and special occasions.
Top educational institutions like the University of the Philippines–Cebu, University of Southern Philippines, and San Carlos Seminary are just adjacent, while places of worship, such as Carmelites Monastery, Redemptorist Church, and St. Joseph Church, can also be traversed by foot from the condo.
No matter how many innovative real estate products turn up, the demand for good 'ol houses is still the greatest among all types of real estate. Lamudi data over and over reveal that Filipinos still prefer houses over condos.
However, it is still not enough to just provide housing inventories. Thanks to the changing lifestyle and taste of the Filipino market, it is inevitable for developers to up their game and deliver what Filipino homebuyers deserve. With this in mind, top real estate players are developing their brand to become more worthy of investment. All amenities, features, and even design and architecture are now well-thought-out to create homes that reflect the true need of the market.
Merit should be given to the flexibility and adaptability of local real estate movers, because of their brilliant ideas, the market upgrade was answered pretty well. In terms of architectural style, here are the two best examples of award-winning subdivision designs that heed the call of change.
Winner: Ayala Greenfield Estates (Ayala Land Premier)
Calamba is often referred to as the Resort Capital of the Philippines because of its numerous hot spring resorts located on the slopes of Mount Makiling. However, the city has now emerged as a residential destination as well. Ayala Greenfield Estates by Ayala Land Premier, the overall winner for the Housing Development with the Best Design and Architecture as cited by Lamudi's 10,000-strong survey is one of the reasons that real estate is a hot commodity in Calamba and the entire Laguna province.
Situated only 20 minutes away from Alabang via the South Luzon Expressway, Ayala Greenfield Estates is a prime exclusive enclave. Every unit comes with priceless views of either Mount Makiling, Laguna De Bay, or the Tagaytay Ridge. Truly a feast for the senses, Ayala Greenfield Estates also offer first-class amenities, including its very own 18-hole, par 72 championship golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones II.
This 350-hectare project is designed to be a community that works around nature. The estate serves as a habitat for 35 species and 21 families of endemic and migratory birds. The estate's nature-centric design is made even more ideal as its strategic location keeps the conveniences of the city only a short drive away. The subdivision also has a 15-hectare nature park with picnic and tree groves, open playfield, hike and bike trails, a skating rink, a fishing lagoon, and campsites that complete the environmental package offered.
Winner: Maria Luisa Estate Park (Maria Luisa Properties)
Modernization and urbanization showcase the steady progress of the country, but despite these modern advancements, nature-centric developments filled with fresh sceneries and lush landscape never go out of style.
This is especially true with another noteworthy housing enclave in the Visayas. Maria Luisa Estate Park in Banilad, Cebu City, is a 200-hectare fully developed project that maximizes the abundance of nature to bring a fresh residential escape to its homebuyers.
All lots and units are designed for residents to enjoy the amazing views of the city, mountains, and valleys that surround the development. Now on its last phase and selling just a few more lots left, the estate is already considered as one of the most sought-after residential addresses in Cebu City. The lush landscape of Maria Luisa Estate Park presents a fresh and peaceful ambience and yet it is just a few minutes away from the city's business and commercial core.
Maria Luisa Properties Group started the estate park with just a mere 10 hectares of high-end development. From then, Maria Luisa Estate Park has since evolved into a 200-hectare prime residential property where relaxing greens and eco-lifestyle is an everyday indulgence.
It cannot be denied that one of the factors that led of Philippine real estate estate's boom is the proliferation of condo properties. In 2013 alone, approximately 51,000 condo units were launched, according to data from property consultancy firm Colliers International Philippines. Equipped with lifestyle amenities and standing in the most strategic of locations, condos became a preferred type of dwelling and investment option among Filipino property hunters. Even ultra high-end luxury condos with prices that can rival the gaudiest of mansions in Forbes Park or Dasmariñas Village are raking up sales. Because of the overwhelming response of the market to condo developments, these vertical residences no longer just provide comfortable living spaces; they are also lucrative business prospects.
Now this is where the competition comes in. To catch the eye of new discerning investors, condos are now carefully planned to be iconic landmarks. The shift is now evident as numerous condominiums are becoming more sophisticated in terms of design and architecture.
As these impressively designed properties continue to reshape the Philippine landscape, we can already pronounce that better architectural structures can be expected in the years to come. Thus, in a bid to recognize the hard work and commitment of delivering only the finest properties that follows architectural excellence, Lamudi's 10,000-strong survey cited two condo projects—one in Metro Manila and another in Cebu—that deserve to be tagged as best in architectural design.
Winner: Venice Luxury Residences (Megaworld Corp.)
Standing tall amidst McKinley Hill's impressive skyline, the Venice Luxury Residences by property giant Megaworld Corporation is living up to its name. The Andrew Tan–led developer dreamed of an Italian-inspired enclave right at the heart of bustling Taguig so they commissioned the Rome-based architectural company Paolo Marioni Architetto to give the condo an authentic Venetian look and feel.
What really set this project apart are the complementing structures that surround the condo. The seven towers of the luxury residences will be built around the Venice Grand Canal Mall and the Venice Piazza retail areas. Residents and visitors alike can take a romantic gondola ride while passing by a replica of the famed Rialto Bridge at the Venice Grand Canal Mall. Likewise, renowned places in Venice such as the St. Marks Tower and the Piazza Grande are imitated at the Venice Piazza. They even completed the experience by making sure that a flock of pigeons will visit the piazza during afternoons.
One look from your unit's window at the Venice Luxury Residences, you can already appreciate the grandeur of living in a true Italian city. Without a doubt a total luxurious experience from interiors to lifestyle, not to mention the availability of complete everyday necessities, from groceries, dining, and shopping to entertainment and specialty services.
Winner: One Oasis (Filinvest Land)
The Visayas will not be left behind as they also have a fair share of remarkable real estate developments. Triumphant in the Visayas segment for the best in condominium architecture is the sustainable condo community of One Oasis by Filinvest Land.
Deemed to be an urban oasis at the heart of Cebu City's Mabolo district, One Oasis magnificently illustrates Asian architectural theme through its nine towers. This sprawling 3.7-hectare property will offer a host of delightful family-centric amenities that pampers and entertains. But more than the trimmings of the comfortable lifestyle One Oasis has to offer, its eco-friendly attributes sealed the deal. Designed to offer a patch of green in the city, One Oasis will become a lush and verdant refuge that will feature a haven of landscaped gardens and open spaces.
Winner: Vista Land
In real estate, good customer service is everything. After all, sellers will be dealing with prospective buyers for a quite a long time during the buying process, and a lot can happen during this period, which stretches from making an inquiry, to property viewing, making an offer, and signing all the necessary documents. As such, it is very important that the seller knows how to make the buyer feel valued and respected.
Being the lifeblood of any business, many real estate developers go at great lengths just to make sure they have the best customer service in the industry. Some have put up online chats for those who want a real-time response, while others set up ubiquitous show-flats or model units—most of them in shopping malls—where would-be customers can just walk in and make an inquiry.
As good customer service is all about bringing customers back (or making new ones through word of mouth), one real estate company that does this so well would be Manny Villar–led Vista Land. Judging by the popularity of its brands—Brittany, Crown Asia, and Camella—the company undisputedly has one of the best, if not the best, customer services of any real estate developer in the country. It is not surprising that it was voted as such in Lamudi's 10,000-strong nationwide survey.
Camella's reputation alone transcends geographical limitations. It is by far one of the most widespread and trusted housing developers in the country, with projects from as far north as Ilocos to down south in Davao. No small feat in our opinion. Its sister brands Brittany and Crown Asia, on the other hand, are equally trusted and popular, with projects that are giving their competitors, even seasoned ones, a run for their money.
All of this probably boils down to good customer service. After all, happy customers will most likely recommend a good real estate company to their friends and relatives, and buyers of Vista Land's properties are most than just happy to share their experience to others.
Buying real estate is more than just finding for a place to call your home. It is also finding the best home your money can afford. And since in most cases what one can afford is not adequate to what is available out there, buyers are faced with the dilemma of finding the property that is reasonably priced, well-located, and of high quality.
Although many real estate developers would claim to have the best value-for-money properties, one stand among the rest: DMCI Homes. Often cited to offer no-frills, high-quality projects at reasonable prices, the Consunji-owned real estate developer (which is a subsidiary of DMCI Holdings) has made its presence felt all across Metro Manila and even in Cebu, Boracay, and Davao. It has projects in some of the most prime locations in the National Capital Region (such as Makati and Taguig), and up-and-coming districts that are proving to be quite popular to homebuyers and real estate investors.
The company's strategy is to choose a location just at the fringes of the traditional business districts (such as the Pioneer Street area in Mandaluyong, C5 Road and Brgy. Ususan in Taguig, and Taft Avenue in Pasay) and there build a high-quality project. Backed by DMCI's engineering and building expertise, its condos and estates are highly sought-after by homebuyers not just because of their design and resort-like amenities, but by their quality, affordability, and location. As of DMCI Holdings' 2016 Annual Report, DMCI Homes has sold 80,464 housing units and parking slots since 1999, which is proof of the company's reputation as the developer that offers the best value-for-money properties.
In this age when more real estate developers are vying for the attention (and spending money) of an almost fixed number of homebuyers, a plethora of offerings are rolled out to entice these increasingly becoming picky buyers. One of them is flexible payment terms. Another is a great concept and branding. In other cases, hefty discounts on cash purchases. However, one of the tried-and-tested ways to tempt homebuyers is to wow them with great amenities, in which one seasoned real estate developer is doing a great job at: Ayala Land.
It seems that Ayala Land won't run out of ideas on its projects' exclusive amenities. Ayala Land Premier, the company's luxury brand, leads the pack with the some of the most impressive lineup of amenities: Golf course in Ayala–Greenfield Estates; a private beach in Anvaya Cove; and man-made lagoon, green parks, and orchard in Ayala Westgrove Heights.
Even the company's other brands are not to be overlooked. Alveo Land's projects, for example, offer equally impressive amenities, such as several swimming pools and themed garden courtyards in Portico in Pasig; pavilions, jungle play areas, and elevated creek-side walkways in Kasa Luntian in Tagaytay; and sky deck, dance studio, and a game room in Solinea in Cebu City. Other Ayala subsidiaries Avida Land and Amaia Land offer topnotch amenities that are intended for young people and starting families—the companies' target markets.