The place may be famous for its bars and upscale retail shops, but should you consider permanently living in BGC?
Q: What’s it like to live in Bonifacio Global City?
A: Taguig’s Bonifacio Global City is often viewed as a shopper’s haven for its many high-end stores, or as a hotspot for people who like to party the night away because of the restaurants that line its streets. But this well-developed district has more than enough to offer people who want to take up permanent residence within its clean streets and well-manicured lawns.
Residing in the city
BGC is well-known for its townships, so-called cities within cities that offer a live-work-play atmosphere, including Uptown Bonifacio, McKinley Hill, and McKinley West. Due to its highly urbanized nature, BGC’s most common form of dwelling is the condo, many of which are built within said townships. Depending on its size and proximity to BGC’s center, a one-bedroom condo can be priced for as little as Php1.6 million and as high as Php4.8 million.
While BGC is known for the pricey restaurants and watering hole found in the Serendra and High Street areas, more affordable options like fast food joints are just as prolific, as are convenience stores like Family Mart and 7-Eleven.
Due to the city’s extremely walkable layout, many people choose to move from point A to point B sans public or private transport. BGC’s administration also made a conscious effort to make the vicinity friendly to travelers on foot, incorporating many parks, building several parking garages where people can leave their cars and walk to their nearby destinations, and ensuring that drivers give priority to pedestrians crossing the streets. But should you choose to go around on wheels, BGC has its own bus system that weaves in and around the area on designated routes, cabs are constantly prowling for passengers, and jeepneys are also found at the area’s outskirts.
Over the years, BGC has attracted foreign nationals (and their families) who have chosen to permanently reside in the Philippines, making it an extremely expat-friendly neighborhood. Also, art is a big element in BGC; all over the vicinity are life-size sculptures as well as street performers that give the neighborhood a relaxed vibe.
As a business district
BGC has become one of the fastest-growing central business districts in the Philippines, an advantage particularly for people whose relocation is driven mainly by their career. Some of the more well-known local and international brands that have chosen to set up shop and flourish in the vicinity are Coca-Cola, HSBC, Google, Sony Philippines, Sanofi-Aventis, and Globe.
Due to the consistent growth in the number of office space, as well as the local and international corporations setting up their offices in them, developers have been ramping up efforts to construct more office space, propelling BGC to the top in terms of office space availability in Metro Manila.
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