Monday, July 11, 2011

Redefining Standards in Affordable Condo Living

Modern life nowadays means rushing to and from somewhere every day, catching up on the latest in technology, and generally keeping up with our fast-changing world. One reality that more and more people are also realizing is the need to live in the city to be nearer our places of work or education.

Design consultant Paolo Alcazaren affirms that many Filipinos today are living in crowded subdivisions with few open spaces or limited access to amenities such that the views out of the window can just be a garage or the neighbors’ dirty laundry. There are not enough good playgrounds for kids and, sometimes, they have to cross high-traffic streets just to get to a park that can only accommodate a certain number of children.

In the past, standard villages, Alcazaren describes, have clubhouses that are actually just a shed or a swimming pool that is little more than a glorified bath tub. Parks, on the other hand, are usually just leftover strips of land with two trees and a swing for a playground while jogging paths are actually the sidewalk.

Thankfully, new developers are altering the landscape. “We will change the way Filipinos dream of affordable quality condo homes by incorporating in our project several features that were unusual, if not thought of being impossible, in similar developments,” says SOC Land President John Paul Reyes during the groundbreaking ceremony of ANUVA yesterday.

The medium rise real estate venue, located along the east service road of SLEX, is one kilometre away from the Sucat Interchange. Anuva, which means “new beginning” is a 2.4-hectare resort-themed development that has an 80 percent open space provision that is way above the industry average of 50 percent and the mandatory 30 percent.

To complement the vast open spaces, SOC Land will be building amenities designed to give future homeowners an enjoyable and convenient lifestyle. These include a 50-meter lap pool, a lagoon and lake, theme parks and gardens, clubhouse and function rooms, a lazy river, and a yoga meditation garden.

The designs of the common areas will have perimeter road access for safe crossing for the residents and their children. In addition, Anuva will have a sky lounge at the roof deck in each of the tandem buildings.

The buildings come with an average of 20 units per floor instead of the usual 75rooms of other residential establishments. The units have a squarish configuration, not rectangular, to give residents more room to explore and optimize their spaces.

The price tags? Units are sold at P1.2M or P54,000 per square meter. Straight payment is available at zero percent interest for as low as P7,500 a month. Choose from 1- or 2-bedroom units.

Anuva’s address is at Brgy. Buli, Muntinlupa City. For more information, call 8170-SOC / 533.4070 / 543.4691 / 0917.5579509 or visit

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