The dynamics of a live–work–play environment is evident in many residential condominium development projects throughout the Philippines’ major urban centers. Essentially, these condos appeal to home-seekers with their “integrated living concept.” This concept combines the allure of a green and healthy environment with the modern conveniences and active lifestyle of urban communities.
Typically, these condominium developments feature not only residential units but also retail and office spaces on select condo levels. A slew of life and leisure opportunities is available to residents right within their building. The perks continue outside the development. Since these communities are often located within well-established commercial hubs or business centers, they are prized for their proximity to popular shops and restaurants, as well as business districts.
What’s also great is that there are many of mixed-use projects which are now ready for occupancy. No need to wait on the wings. With a purchase deal closed you can already enjoy all the benefits or living in a home where everything you need is “within arms’ length of desire.” Let us look at some of these opportunities to own a residence easily accessible for work and life and leisure activities.
Avida Towers Centera
Metro Manila is certainly rich in pickings of condo developments with live–work–play as one of their market drivers. One good choice is Avida Towers Centera, a four-tower development in Mandaluyong City strategically located on the corner of EDSA and Reliance Street just 400 meters north of the Boni MRT Station.
Featuring many firsts for Avida, Avida Towers Centera offers built-in retail spaces (Shops @ Centera) for its residents along with unique, zoned amenities in three recreational areas. These zones include two pools, an outdoor gym and jogging path at The Core @ Centera; a clubhouse, gazebo and a game/audiovisual room at The Hub @ Centera; and meditation garden, prayer room and rock garden at The Serenity Park @ Centera.
In addition to these array of amenities in three recreational zones, this high-rise condominium also offers a built-in retail area, just one of the firsts of such features for Avida. The Shops @ Centera is devoted not only for shopping as it is also set to accommodate service providers and venues for casual dining.
Aspiring Centera residents can pick among studios, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom units. Expect unit pricing here in the P2.2 million to P8.6 million range.
Avida Towers Altura
In Alabang, Muntinlupa City, Avida Towers Altura along Barangay National Highway comes as another top choice of a condominium community developed within a live–work–play setting. It consists of two towers integral to a 6.6-hectare mixed-use property development, the South Park District. Besides its Altura residential component, this estate likewise includes business centers, retail spaces, and a transport terminal, which are all now operational.
Ayala Malls South Park opened in November last year, featuring more than 500 retail and dining spaces. The South Park Corporate Center has also started leasing its office spaces, and the South Park Transport Terminal now hums with activity as well.
The district has likewise completed its parks and open spaces, and all are now accessible to the Altura condo residents. As endearing to buyers, the condominium itself features its own park for the exclusive use of the residents.
The Altura’s community facilities are located on the third level of the podium that the two towers share. This area features a playground, multi-function clubhouse, adult and children’s pool, outdoor gym and jogging path.
Just like in Avida Towers Centera, the living areas of Altura condo units range from studios to two-bedroom units. Pricing starts at P1.8 million and tops at the P5 million level.
Avida Towers Prime Taft
A live-work-play setting all but comes naturally to Avida Towers Prime Taft. As its name suggests, this condominium sits on a prime location on Taft Avenue. Just some 400 meters south of this major road corridor is Taft’s intersection with another strategic roadway, Buendia Avenue which leads eastward to the Makati Central Business District.
A few blocks north, Taft Avenue intersects with Kalye Pablo Ocampo (formerly Vito Cruz), another junction arterial to a wide selection of shopping malls, restaurants and recreational centers, as well as schools and employment centers. Besides its proximity to these nearby area amenities, this condominium likewise is walking distance to provincial bus terminals around the periphery of the Taft–Buendia junction which also teems with shops and restaurants.
Like Centera and Altura, Avida Towers Prime Taft is also now ready for occupancy. Built as a three-tower residential high-rise, Prime Taft offers three types of units: studios and one- and two-bedroom units. These condos have living areas of between 22 and 58 square meters, with their pricing ranging from P 2.4 million to P7.1 million.
Prime Taft has relatively fewer units per floor, thus allowing more private and more spacious lifestyle. Its amenities include a clubhouse, study room, function rooms, adult and kiddie pools, children’s play area, outdoor gym, sunset deck, open lawn and jogging path.
Any pick among Avida’s Prime Taft, Altura, and Centera stands as a smart choice for folks sold on living amidst a live–work–play community. These three condo developments have captured all the elements of a self-contained neighborhood convenient to all of life’s needs and fit not only to raise a family but also to pursue a profession or career.