Looking for a starter condo in Mandaluyong City? If you’re the type of person who wants everything within reach, then you’ve come to the right place.
Home to the Ortigas Central Business District, Mandaluyong is also a known haven to a number of commercial establishments, entertainment hubs, high-rise offices, hotels, shopping centers, and residential condominiums.
But what really gets people attracted to this city enough to make it their home? Pursuit of Passion lists the reasons why it is so:
1. Accessible Mandaluyong occupies the heart of Metro Manila.
The city is literally a heart-shaped piece of land right smack in the middle of Mega Manila. It is bordered by Manila to the west, San Juan to the north, Quezon City to the northeast, Pasig to the east, and Makati to the south.
Much of Mandaluyong is covered by Epifanio de los Santos Avenue, or EDSA, which links the north and south of Metro Manila and at least four major central business districts: Makati, Ortigas, Bonifacio Global City, and Araneta Center. The city is accessible to and from as far as Pasay from the south and North Avenue, Quezon City from the north via bus, FX, jeepney or the Metro Rail Transit 3 or MRT-3 Line train. It is also accessible via the C-5 road, a major thoroughfare that connects to four other ring roads in Metro Manila.
2. You’ll never go hungry in this city.
Whether you’re on economy or splurge mode, there’s never a shortage of dining options in Mandaluyong. You can try some local faves at a hole-in-the-wall, eat out at a fast food joint, or fine-dine with friends at high-end restaurants. If you want to pare it with booze, you can head out to Metrowalk.
Mandaluyong also has its food markets. You can check out Mandala Park in Pleasant Hills for some well-curated grub, or Kapitolyo Gastropark in nearby Kapitolyo, Pasig for some international finds. You can always head to any of the major malls along EDSA and Ayala Malls The 30th along Meralco Ave. and check out the latest restaurants.
3. Decently priced residential options give you the same convenience the city offers in-house.
Mandaluyong has seen a rise in residential developments in recent years. However, there are only a few that offer living spaces where everything is built in. Imagine, all that the city can offer, right in front of you.
Poised to become an EDSA landmark, Avida Towers Centera is a four-tower development with ready-for-occupancy studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom units with top-notch amenities and facilities. Located on Reliance St. off EDSA, public transportation, schools, offices, and commercial centers are all within its reach.
Featuring many firsts for Avida, Avida Towers Centera is set to offer its residents exclusive access to unique, zoned amenities that include Shops @ Centera, a retail area with shopping and dining options. Potato Corner, Lee’s Café, Pan de Manila, Thai Royale Spa, and 7-Eleven are only some of the shops that are open to date, but residents can look forward to more set to open soon.
4. The city supports a healthy lifestyle.
For the young (and feeling young), getting in shape is top priority. You can almost always find a boxing gym or a fitness center in every foot traffic-heavy locale in Mandaluyong for young professionals to go to before or after work. Whether you’re into boxing, Muay Thai, CrossFit, TRX, zumba, weightlifting, or the latest fitness fad out there, there is always a gym or a fitness facility in Mandaluyong for you to try out.
While there aren’t that many running tracks or open parks in Mandaluyong, recent condo developments are now addressing this need for outdoor workout space. Residents at Avida Towers Centera, for example, have a dedicated activity zone called The Core. It comes with an active pool, kiddie pool, adult pool, an outdoor gym, jogging path, and a play area for the little ones.
If you like some downtime, you can take a breather at one of the several pocket gardens at the Ortigas Central Business District or at home. Avida Towers Centera’s Serenity Park, for example, comes with an alfresco lounge area, prayer room, meditation garden, an open lawn, rock garden, and water features that could put anyone at ease. Homeowners can also go up to The Peak, Centera’s roof deck lounge that offers magnificent views of Mandaluyong and its neighboring cities.
5. You don’t need to go far to do your shopping.
Any fashionista would tell you that Mandaluyong is one of the best places for a shopping adventure. If you are looking for exclusive designer items, department fares, unique finds, and bargain steals, you’ll definitely find it somewhere in one of at least seven major shopping areas spread all over the city—from the new Ayala Malls The 30th to old reliables like Shangri-La Plaza and Megamall.
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Mandaluyong has numerous entertainment hotspots where anyone can head out for a few drinks or more. You can watch the latest movie out in 2D, 3D or IMAX at any of the movie theaters in the city. There are also plenty of bars, lounges, and clubs in Mandaluyong that are open well past bedtime, including Punta in Mandala Park and Blackwood Bar and Grill in the Greenfield District.
If you don’t feel like celebrating outside, you can host your own party in the comforts of your home. Residents of Avida Towers Centera can entertain their guests at The Hub, a Wi-Fi-ready convergence zone that comes with a clubhouse, pool and lounge deck, pool bar, game room, audiovisual room, and spillover areas. The Hub can host quick meetups, meetings, parties, and large functions.
While there’s magic in the urban madness of a city, it is still important to come home to a place where you can simply breathe and do your thing. And Mandaluyong offers this kind of balance.