Living options and horizontal ‘blessings’

Published September 28, 2021, 2:24 PM

by Philip Cu Unjieng

If there’s something the ongoing pandemic has taught us, it’s that businesses have to diversify, pivot, and offer a new range of options in order to stay ahead of the curve, survive, and prosper. Real estate developers have been resourceful and resilient on that aspect. While their malls and retail businesses have obviously been absorbing a hit with the community quarantines, it seems that the market for new homes and desirable places of residence has remained steady.

Rockwell Land has found that its horizontals developments have become very popular, as its market and property buyers have shifted their preference for the Rockwell locations that hold the promise of an abundance of nature, of wide open spaces and fresh air, while still enjoying the benefits of city life. With the hybrid workforce and WFH still a feature of our near future, it would seem that all one really needs is a strong, dependable WiFi signal, and your quality of life and that of the family can be enhanced by avoiding the congestion since health and safety risks have now become part of our urban landscape.

It’s all about living life beyond the metro, and there are several prime locations, all over the country, where Rockwell Horizontals offers the discriminating investor wonderful opportunities and options.

In Canlubang, Calamba, Laguna, Rockwell’s horizontal development, Rockwell South at Carmelray, beckons. As with other Horizontals properties, a lot of thought and planning have been factored in; so that while it is living outside the metro, proximity to essential services and amenities are still part of the living equation.

Main guardhouse of Rockwell South. Photo below: Jogging path inside the community.

If you’re thinking of your children’s education, there’s Xavier Nuvali, Miriam College Nuvali, Everest Academy Laguna, and De La Salle University Laguna. If you’ll need medical care, Medical City South Luzon, and the QualiMed Hospital Sta. Rosa are nearby. Malls and groceries are up and running to satisfy your shopping needs; and the kids can enjoy the nearby farm and wakepark. There is also a golf and country club in the area for other recreational activities for the whole family.

Further south in Batangas, Rockwell Horizontals has Terreno South in Lipa. Considered the third highest elevated city in Luzon, Lipa City is nestled between Mount Malarayat and Mount Maculot, a form of natural protection that makes it a low-risk area for natural disasters.

Aerial view of the central amenity area of Terreno South.

With its cooler weather and country living ambiance, Terreno South in Barangay Lodlod offers lots with a 1:1 house-to-tree ratio. Residents have convenient access to nearby groceries, and ­a retail area will soon take shape within the property. There’s a De La Salle Lipa, the University of Batangas, a Lipa Medix, and a golf and country club. Once known as a coffee center, Lipa City is also called the Rome of the Philippines. The Lipa City Cathedral is just one of the imposing edifices devoted to religion.

Along GM Cordova Avenue, in the heart of Bacolod City, you’ll find the 11 hectares of Nara Residences. Here, you’re talking about thriving spaces with 80 percent open spaces as part of the Nara masterplan, which includes residential building and well-appointed amenities. Soon, the development will also introduce a horizontal component for more living spaces to enjoy. Again, all the establishments and essentials you’ll need are nearby; from the Queen of Mercy Hospital, De La Salle Bacolod, and St. Scholastica’s Academy. Currently, the Rockwell Glass House within the Nara property offers a glimpse of what’s to come with its lifestyle offerings.

Soon to rise here is Nara Residences in Bacolod City.

If it is seaside living you’re after, The Villas at Aruga Resort & Residences–Mactan are worth checking out. Located in Mactan, a popular resort island, Aruga Resort & Residences boasts of 270 meters of private white beach expanse. There are sea-facing swimming pools, a gym and yoga studio, a children’s play area, and other resort-type amenities. Villa owners will also each enjoy their own private pool decks. It’s really the best of both worlds, as Cebu City is just a short drive away, and yet, you’re living in a location that’s picture-perfect as a luxury resort.

Living area (above) and the pool deck (below) of The Villas at Aruga Resort and Residences – Mactan.

According to Rockwell Land president and CEO Nestor “Tong” Padilla, prospering in today’s market is all about versatility. You have the Rockwell equity that stands for unparalleled quality, design and taste; but rather than just offering high-rise vertical offerings, one should also have horizontal developments for those looking for land, and innovative spaces outside the cities. While no one foresaw the COVID pandemic hitting us so hard and for so long; the Rockwell inventory provides options all smart investors would need… and more.