When looking for your next home, the first thing you need to decide is where you want to look for one. Finding the right location will no doubt spur the city-versus-suburbs debate, especially if you need to factor in the following considerations: lifestyle, commute, living expenses, and even space. If you’re in this position now, let us help you break down what makes suburban living an exciting prospect for some home buyers:
1. Wide-open spaces
Avida Settings Lipa, which is just a stone’s throw away from the STAR Tollway exit, features open gardens, landscaped parks, and pedestrian-friendly paths.
In the city, the only time you’re going to experience space is if you are on a high-rise balcony with an unobstructed city or ocean view, or if you can afford to plunk in an extra hundred thousand pesos to buy a huge condo.
But it wouldn’t still be enough for people who need more breathing room. Residential areas in locations outside Metro Manila like Cavite, Batangas and Laguna have relatively less foot and automobile traffic compared to the city. A house and lot in an exclusive enclave or a subdivision in the suburbs come with a garage or garden where kids can play in freely or host parties in for friends. Moreover, you’ll also get access to generous pedestrian pathways, pocket gardens, and communal spaces for you to enjoy the time outdoors.
2. Natural surroundings
Nature is the biggest motivator for people looking to escape the city. And wouldn’t it be awesome if your future home is surrounded by nature?
Not convinced? According to a recent study in the US, living in or near vegetation, plant life, and mostly green surroundings can help women live longer and improve their mental health. We’re not surprised. Who doesn’t want to wake up in the morning with chirping birds in the background? Witness the sun rise or set via your porch or bedroom window. Smell the grass, breathe in the fresh air, and listen to the rustle of the trees. Experience the cool breeze as you go jog or stroll around your neighborhood.
Let’s also not forget that time in the suburbs seems to be a little bit slower. If you’re a workaholic, staying at home with your family during the weekend in your suburban home is something to look forward to.
Hillcrest Estates NUVALI in Calamba, Laguna is surrounded by nature with pocket parks, open spaces, and the lush Greenpark that brings nature right to your doorstep.
Some people can thrive in a city that never sleeps. But if you’re looking for a place with less light and noise pollution, then a suburban home will do wonders for you.
A suburban home offers a welcoming respite from the city’s horns, sirens, and lights. This is why residential areas in the nearby provinces of Cavite, Batangas, and Laguna will take a bit of a drive to commercial hubs. As such, families can relax and focus on family time in their personal living and community spaces. Grocery shopping, retail therapy, watching a movie, or simply dining out are treated as special affairs by the fam.
4. A sense of community
Southgrove Estates along Molino-Paliparan Road has green recreational spaces that encourage its residents to interact and live more in a secure and natural environment.
There’s just something about suburban living that is calming. So don’t be surprised if you happen to go on a property site visit and encounter people from next door who are warm and friendly.
Moreover, exclusive subdivisions and enclaves are designed to foster a sense of community. Developers build communal spaces that encourage people to bond more in an open space, relaxing setting. And because you and your neighbors are the only people who live in your area, it is only a matter of time that you’ll feel like you belong.
5. Good educational institutions
If you’re looking to expand your family, you’ll want to live in a home near schools. Subdivisions in the countryside are often built near major road systems and schools that give priority to the nearby neighborhood.
6. Cost of living
If you live in the suburbs, travel distance can be a little longer. Other than that, the cost of living in the suburbs is certainly lower than the cost of living in the city.
If you’re living in the city, chances are the home you are living in is rental. Buying a home in the suburbs can be a huge investment, but with the flexible financing options available you can manage to get your own home and not worry about paying rent or dealing with the landlord about the potential rent increase.
Moreover, consumer prices in the suburbs are way cheaper when you compare the expenses you make when living in the city, according to the latest Numbeo numbers.
|Consumer Prices||Indices Difference||Indices Difference|
|Cavite||– 29.99%||– 4.81%|
|Calamba, Laguna||– 48.33%||Not enough data|
|Sta. Rosa, Laguna||– 51.66%||+ 9.58%|
|Batangas||– 64.62%||– 9.96%|
Majority of the numbers are median figures. Consumer price indices difference do not include rental rates. Differences in Taguig indices for the following locations can go from up to 5 times high when you factor in rental rates.
How to decide
If you’re used to the comforts of the city life, moving to the suburbs can be a scary endeavor. Making this big decision will entail a lot of thought and conversations, but it pays to sound off the pros and cons with the people whom you’re going to share your life with in your future home. It will also help to schedule a visit to the area where you want to move to get a feel of the surroundings and the prevailing lifestyle of the residents there. At the end of the day, the trade-offs you’re going to make will be all worth it if the people in your life support you in what could be the biggest financial decision you’ll make in life.
HOMEPOSSIBLE is where Pursuit of Passion all started. Originally a series of events by Avida, it encourages and educates the target market to take steps toward an independent life and gives them the tools for an easy home purchase. Through the HOMEPOSSIBLE series, Avida has helped Filipinos to be better informed on how they can maximize life opportunities; inspiring and empowering them to reach their life goals, which includes owning and investing in a home.