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Stay Close to Metro Manila’s CBDs in These Affordable Condos
As a responsible employee, one of the things that we try to do daily is to enter the doors of our workplace well within the allotted clock-in time. As great is this is for our bosses, not being late actually influences the way we feel and work for the rest of the day. This is precisely the reason why, if you can’t bring yourself to wake up really early every day, it would be better for you to move into a home close to your workplace. Aside from being on time, it also keeps you from spending a lot on gas or public transport fare.
Still, if you’re aware of how real estate works, one of the things you’ll notice is that condos located near a city’s central business district (CBD) tend to cost more than those farther away. Paying for prime real estate is not an option for most young professionals, so more often than not, they have no choice but to bear the traffic along the major thoroughfares of the city. Don’t despair, though, as there are surprisingly a lot of more affordable options for you that are relatively close to CBDs, and MyProperty.ph has listed them here.
Condos near Makati CBD:
Jazz Residences (SMDC)
Nicanor Garcia St., Bel-Air, Makati
SMDC’s Jazz Residences has to be one of the best condos for the most tireless night owl. There’s no danger of running out of hangout places due to the hundreds of restaurants and watering holes along Jupiter Street, in Century City, and at Ayala Triangle Gardens, all of which are only a few minutes away whether on foot or by car. And aside from having its very own mall, the four-tower condo also has amenities like a clubhouse, swimming pool, fitness area, and lounge. A 20-sqm studio unit is available for Php1.9 million.
*You can reach Makati CBD in 9–14 minutes via Jupiter St. and Makati Ave.
Brio Tower (DMCI Homes)
EDSA, Guadalupe Viejo, Makati
Brio Tower, a high-rise residential tower located in Guadalupe Viejo, is one of DMCI Homes’ premier developments. Within its 30 levels are amenities that encourage residents to kick back, like landscaped gardens and a linear park for those who want to enjoy the great outdoors, and a sky lounge and snack bar if you’d prefer to hang out inside. Not ready to go home after clocking out? No problem. Close to Brio Tower are the retail and dining havens of Rockwell Center and Power Plant Mall. Php2.2 million can buy you a 24-sqm one-bedroom unit.
*You can reach Makati CBD in 8–12 minutes via EDSA
Laureano Di Trevi (Vista Residences)
Chino Roces Ave., Brgy. Pio Del Pilar, Makati
As one of Vista Residences’ transit-oriented condos, Laureano Di Trevi is in close proximity to the Magallanes MRT Station and the Philippine National Railways, but that’s not the only advantage of living in this three-tower development. Conveniences like Walter Mart and Makati Cinema Square are close by, as are the Makati Medical Center and the restaurants of Little Tokyo. Amenities that’ll keep you in shape beyond hours of sitting behind a desk include a swimming pool and a jogging path. A one-bedroom unit is priced at about Php2.4 million.
*You can reach Makati CBD in 10–18 minutes via A. Arnaiz Ave. and Makati Ave.
Avida Towers San Lorenzo (Avida Land)
Chino Roces Ave., Brgy. Pio Del Pilar, Makati
Despite the name, Avida Towers San Lorenzo is actually in Pio Del Pilar, but Legaspi Village’s collection of hole-in-the-wall restaurants, artisan coffee shops, and eclectic stores aren’t too far away from the two-tower Avida Land development. Also, residents are free to explore and enjoy the developments many amenities, like the infinity pool, outdoor gym, and landscaped open space. For Php1.8 million, you can live in a 22-sqm studio unit.
*You can reach Makati CBD in 10–16 minutes via A. Arnaiz Avenue and Makati Avenue, or 10–18 mins via Paseo de Roxas
Condos near Bonifacio Global City
Grace Residences (SMDC)
Levi Mariano Ave., Brgy. Ususan, Taguig
Grace Residences by SMDC has a location that could be a cause of envy from others. It’s to the restaurants, shops, and recreational facilities BGC, not to mention the world-class facilities of St. Luke’s Global and the art installations and murals of the area. Still, it’s far enough that your quiet time really does bring you respite from the busy city. If working long hours at the office renders you too tired to leave your home to enjoy yourself, you can stay within the project and pass the time lounging by the pool or shooting hoops at the basketball court. This 27.33-sqm one-bedroom unit costs Php2.3 million.
*You can reach BGC in 14–24 minutes via Carlos P. Garcia Ave./C-5 Road
Cypress Towers (DMCI Homes)
C-5 corner Diego Silang St., Brgy. Ususan, Taguig
Priding itself in a design that balances form and function is Cypress Towers, a three-tower high-rise by DMCI Homes. With a pinwheel-inspired architecture, Cypress maximizes air circulation and natural light, making the development as energy-efficient as it is conveniently located. Inside are facilities like a sky lounge, lap pool, and lounge area, while points of interests like SM Aura Premier and the recreational options of Bonifacio High Street are easily within reach. A 24-sqm studio unit can go for Php1.5 million.
*You can reach BGC in 14–24 minutes via Carlos P. Garcia Ave./C-5 Road, or via Bayani Road
Condos near Ortigas Center
Axis Residences (Robinsons Communities)
Pioneer St., Mandaluyong
A two-tower development within the Pioneer Complex, Robinsons Communities’ Axis Residences is another condo that brings you close to two business districts, namely those of Pasig and Mandaluyong. On your way home from work, you can easily do your groceries at Forum, or dare to stay up late and follow the aromas wafting from Banchetto, a night feast that pops up along Cybergate Street on select days. If you feel like staying in to relax, take a book and read at the landscaped garden, or challenge your neighbor at the game room. A 23-sqm one-bedroom unit starts at Php1.9 million.
*You can reach Ortigas Center in 7–12 minutes via Pan-Philippine Highway/AH26
ADB Avenue Tower (Pyramid Construction and Dev’t Group Corp.)
ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig
Pyramid Construction and Development Group’s ADB Avenue Tower is designed for the hardworking young professional, having features like a business center and a fitness center, as well as shops, restaurants, and coffee shops at the lower levels. For recreation, it’s close to Robinsons Galleria, Ortigas Park, and multiple hotels like the Holiday Inn and Oakwood Premier Joy-Nostalg Center Manila. Should you need to travel away from the city, it’s also only a few steps away from the Ortigas MRT station, as well as the stops for buses that ply EDSA and Ortigas Avenue. A 19-sqm studio is priced at Php2.2 million.
*You can reach Ortigas Center in no time (this condo is located within the CBD)
Shine Residences (SMDC)
Meralco Avenue, Barangay Ugong, Pasig
Located just a stone’s throw away from Ortigas Center along Meralco Avenue, Shine Residences by SMDC offers a lot to prospective residents in terms of convenience. It’s only a few minutes away from SM Megamall and The Podium, Ortigas Home Depot, Metrowalk, and countless restaurants. Inside the condo are amenities like pools, a chillscape lounge, a tennis court, and a park with a gazebo, which are perfect for letting off steam after a long day at work. Save at least Php1.9 million to buy a 20-sqm studio unit.
*You can reach Ortigas Center in 3–7 minutes via Meralco Ave. and Doña Julia Vargas Ave. (or 11 minutes on foot)
Sheridan Tower (DMCI Homes)
Sheridan St., Mandaluyong
DMCI’s Sheridan Tower refers to itself as a sanctuary, offering amenities that help residents relax after getting through the daily grind. Facilities in this yuppie-friendly condo include landscaped gardens and a spa for wellness; lap pool, play courts, and a gym for fitness; and a convenience store, laundry station, and water station for easy access to your daily needs. For nights when a Walking Dead marathon indoors isn’t enough to unwind, the shopping and dining options of Shangri-La Plaza Mall and Greenfield District are close by. A 28-sqm studio condo can be yours for Php2.1 million.
*You can reach Ortigas Center in 7–10 minutes via Pan-Philippine Highway/AH26
Pioneer Woodlands (Empire East)
EDSA corner Pioneer Ave., Barangka Ilaya, Mandaluyong
Pioneer Woodlands by Empire East offers the best of two worlds to residents because of its location. Aside from being near Ortigas CBD’s offices, Pioneer Woodlands is also a few steps away from the Tiger City’s Pioneer area, where many of Mandaluyong’s BPO offices are found. And to make sure residents don’t have to go far for their health and wellness needs, it offers amenities like a tropical-style landscape strip, swimming pool, and a gym. For a minimum of Php2.2 million, you can own a 26-sqm one-bedroom unit.
*You can reach Ortigas Center in 5–7 minutes via Pan-Philippine Hwy/AH26, or 8–14 minutes via EDSA
Condos near Bay City
Breeze Residences (SMDC)
Roxas Blvd., Pasay
The 38-story Breeze Residences by SMDC imbibes what you’d call a “breezy” lifestyle, pun intended; its optimal location offers an unobstructed view of Manila Bay while also showcasing the brilliant Makati skyline. The development itself has a variety of features to allow you to relax after a busy day, including swimming pools and a pool deck, a sky lounge, and a landscaped area. And on the weekends, you can head out to nearby recreational centers like Manila Ocean Park and Star City to unleash your inner kid. You can get a studio unit for Php2 million.
*You can reach Bay City in 12 minutes via J.W. Diokno Blvd.
Avida Towers Prime Taft (Avida Land)
#85 Taft Avenue, Pasay
Working while earning a degree? Avida Towers Prime Taft is probably your best dwelling option, seeing as it’s close to many colleges and universities. Also, it’s not just near the Bay City, but it’s fairly accessible to Makati’s as well, so switching jobs wouldn’t be too much of a hassle, travel-wise. Among the yuppie-centric amenities of this three-tower development are function rooms, an open lawn, an adult pool, gym, and jogging path that’ll allow you to have a balanced live-work-play lifestyle. And nearby shopping and dining options include Robinsons Place Manila and Harrison Plaza, as well as the PX goods empire Cash and Carry. Php1.7 million can buy you a 22-sqm studio unit.
*You can reach Bay City in 14–20 minutes via J.W. Diokno Blvd.
Condos near Eastwood City
Acacia Escalades (Robinsons Communities)
Calle Industria cor. Amang Rodriguez Avenue, Manggahan, Pasig
If you thought something as modern as a condo couldn’t possibly possess certain qualities of a traditional home, Acacia Escalades by Robinsons Communities might prove you wrong. The mid-rise residential tower possesses aesthetics reminiscent of Filipiniana design, which might appeal to the culturalist in you. But don’t worry—Acacia Escalades does contain the modern necessities that today’s young professional needs, like a pool, gym, and landscaped areas, as well as a Robinsons Supermarket and retail stores at the ground floor for your convenience. A 24-sqm studio unit sells for Php2.1 million.
*You can reach Eastwood in 8–14 minutes via Calle Industria
Kasara Urban Resort Residences (Empire East)
Eagle St., C-5 Road, Bargy. Ugong, Pasig
If you like to squeeze quick getaways in between meeting deadlines and making presentations, you don’t even need to leave the city if you live in Empire East’s Kasara Urban Resort Residences. Within the project are all sorts of swimming pool designs and various water features, gardens, and jogging paths, all of which should do the job of getting you through week after week of drudgery. And if you can pry yourself away from this paradise-like residence, spots like Tiendesitas and the Philippine Sports Arena are just a stone’s throw away. To buy a 22-sqm one-bedroom condo, you need Php2.3 million.
*You can reach Eastwood in 6–12 minutes via C-5
*Based on Google Maps (estimates for a Monday morning 7AM departure time in a private vehicle)
This article is originally posted on Lamudi Philippines.