One thing that the community quarantines have prompted is a reassessment of our homes’ location.

With homes evolving into an office-slash-classroom-slash-gym-slash-place of leisure, it dawned on us that having enough space may not be just a luxury but a necessity. For those living in the city, having to stay within the urban jungle for the past 14 months made us more conscious of how much our beloved cities lack the greenery and wide open spaces that we need for our health and well-being.

According to Colliers Philippines’ associate director for research and Inquirer Property columnist Joey Roi Bondoc, there has been a substantial demand for residential developments in key areas outside of the metro despite the pandemic. Larger living spaces, open areas and outdoor space are the key considerations of those looking for homes to invest in at this time.

Trusted property developer Sta. Lucia Land Inc. brings to the forefront its masterplanned communities which grant that necessary space and provide that essential connection to nature. What makes these estates even more appealing is their proximity to the comforts of urban living.

La Huerta Farms and Residences

Canlubang, Laguna

Located in Canlubang, Laguna, La Huerta Farms and Residences allows its residents to enjoy nature right in their own homes. La Huerta, which translates to “the orchard,” is suitably named as it integrates farming into its homeowners’ way of life, giving emphasis on the advantages of a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.

Sta. Lucia’s 50-hectare development south of Manila comprises four clusters: La Lluvia, El Cielo, La Luna and El Sol. Each cluster is specially designed with edible landscaping. Residents can look forward to morning runs and evening walks among fruit-bearing trees and edible plants. The residential estate also has an in-house team of garden management professionals and horticulturists to help homeowners in getting their gardens to thrive. Residents can learn more about organic farming, hydroponics, composting and other agricultural practices.

La Huerta’s strategic location in Canlubang allows one to reap the benefits of living amid nature while just being 15 minutes from Tagaytay and 45 minutes away from Manila.

Beverly Place

Residential & Business Estates

Mexico, Pampanga

Up north, Beverly Place Residential and Business Estates is designed to be the ideal community where one can build a home, raise a family, work and play.

Located in Brgy. San Rafael in Mexico, Pampanga, the mixed-use development gives its residents the advantage of location as it lies just along Gapan-Olongapo Road, is neighbors with SM Pampanga and Robinsons Starmills and a mere five minutes from the town proper of San Fernando. Going to and from Manila is a breeze as Beverly Place is just 45 minutes from Balintawak Toll Gate via North Luzon Expressway. Clark Special Economic Zone and Diosdado Macapagal Airport, meanwhile, are simply half an hour’s drive from the estate.

Beverly Place features an 18-hole championship golf course with a clubhouse, function rooms and golfer’s lounge. Residents also get to enjoy the community clubhouse and its tennis court, basketball court and swimming pool. And though the estate lies at the center of manufacturing, commerce and business, homeowners get to enjoy peaceful suburban living with the quiet splendor of Mount Arayat as their backdrop.

Acropolis Loyola

Brgy. Pansol, Quezon City and Brgy. Tumana, Marikina City

Those who can’t quite move out of the city but still want that steady suburban vibe should check out Acropolis Loyola. Nestled between Quezon City and Marikina, this residential estate is just a short distance from major establishments in Katipunan, Marikina and even Commonwealth.

Imagine going home to invaluable peace and quiet once you drive through Acropolis Loyola’s fully landscaped entrance. Yet, once you drive out, you’re a few minutes away from shopping centers such as UP Town Center, Ayala Malls Feliz, and SM City Marikina. Hospitals such as Marikina Valley Medical Center, East Avenue Medical Center and World Citi Medical Center are also nearby.

Families who will call Acropolis Loyola home will also be delighted to know that prestigious educational institutions such as Ateneo de Manila University, Miriam College, University of the Philippines and St. Scholastica’s Academy-Marikina are in the vicinity. For leisure, there’s La Mesa Ecopark, Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center, Art in an Island and Quezon Memorial Circle, all of which are less than 30 minutes away.

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