With all the developments happening outside the metro, Baguio remains to be the Summer Capital of the Philippines, constantly drawing crowds with its chilly atmosphere, all-too-familiar mountainous landscapes, and the barrel man.
But more than its touristy appeal, the City of Pines also has a constantly growing economy. Over the years, Baguio has seen the rise of outsourcing activity with the increase of call centers and other BPO-related companies setting up shop within the cool city. However, the city will always be appealing mainly for leisure purposes. People raid Baguio for everything from brooms to peanut brittle to second-hand clothes, and popular spots like Session Road, Mines View Park, and Camp John Hay never fail to attract visitors looking to shop, dine, and generally kick back.
All of this led to the increase of hotels and inns, as well as of residential real estate for people who choose to either relocate permanently or want their own temporary getaway from Metro Manila. Here are some of the condos you might consider as a second home in Baguio.
The Residences at Brent (Willowtree Development Corp.)
Located along Brent Road, The Residences at Brent is Willowtree’s seven-building community located close enough to the heart of the city, but also far enough to immerse you in the city’s natural landscape. The Residences at Brent has amenities that encourage outdoor activity, like bike trails, pocket parks, and gardens. The 26-unit Hackett Hall, the second building, is set to be launched in June 2016.
The Residences at Brent (Photo by Willowtree Development Corp.)
Nearby location: Baguio Cathedral (800 meters via General Luna Road)
Formally known as Our Lady of the Atonement Cathedral, the Baguio Cathedral is the see of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Baguio, and was an evacuation center during World War II. In true pilgrimage fashion, it can be accessed from Session Road via a stairway composed of over 100 steps.
Baguio Cathedral (Photo by Sir Mildred Pierce/Flickr Creative Commons)
Outlook Ridge Residences (DMCI Homes)
DMCI’s Outlook Ridge Residences is a modern Asian-inspired building rising six stories, with eight to 16 two-bedroom units per level. All units come with a balcony, and amenities include landscaped atriums, sky park, fire pit, and a coffee shop with al fresco dining to let residents enjoy the natural atmosphere of the city.
Outlook Ridge Residences (Photo from the DMCI official website)
Nearby location: The Mansion (550 meters via Outlook Drive South, Baguio-Bua-Itogon Road, Baguio-Tuding Road, and Romulo Drive)
The Mansion is a Spanish colonial revival structure built in 1908 as commissioned by then Governor-Genaral William Howard Taft. Aside from being the official summer residence of the country’s president, the building has served as the venue for several important events, such as the meeting of the Second Philippine Legislature in 1910.
The Mansion (Photo by Rex Pe/Flickr Creative Commons)
88 Gibraltar (Suntrust Properties)
Located on a 4,341-square-meter lot along Gibraltar Road, Suntrust’s 88 Gibraltar is a Mediterranean-inspired, two-cluster development composed of about 400 units. A condo fit for families, units range from studio to three-bedroom, and kid-friendly amenities include a children’s area, playground, picnic area, and a landscaped garden.
88 Gibraltar (Photo from suntrust88gibraltar.com)
Nearby location: Mines View Park (220 meters via Gibraltar Road)
Mines View Park overlooks the mining town of Itogon, especially of Benguet Corporation’s abandoned gold and copper mines. The observation deck can be accessed from the parking area down a winding stone stairway. Afterwards, guests can shop for pasalubong from any of the numerous stalls lining the entrance.
Mines View Park (Photo from Shutterstock)
Moldex Residences (Moldex Realty, Inc.)
Moldex Realty’s Moldex Residences is a 12-building condo community taking up 3 hectares of land along Ben Palispis Highway (formerly Marcos Highway). To ensure that residents enjoy a life of relaxation within the community, the Grand Clubhouse has been fitted with amenities like a fitness gym, Jacuzzi, and a lounge area with a fireplace.
Moldex Residences Baguio (Photo from Moldex Realty official website)
Nearby location: Burnham Park (2.8 kilometers via Agoo-Baguio Road, Aspiras-Palispis Highway, Ben Palispis Highway, and Kisad Road)
Burnham Park is a 32.84-hectare urban park named after Daniel Burnham, who created the master-plan for the development of the city in 1904. Burnham Park is also home to many attractions such as the Burnham Lake, Orchidarium, Igorot Garden, and the Children’s Park.
Burnham Park (Photo from Shutterstock)
Megatower Residences (Megapines Realty and Development, Inc.)
Megatower Residences is a single-story building with nine floors containing 174 residential units and 60 commercial spaces. To complete the easy lifestyle it wants to offer residences, plans for the development will include cafes, restaurants, various commercial establishments, and business offices.
Megatower Residences (Photo from Megapines Realty official website)
Nearby location: Session Road (180 meters via Sandico Street and Fr. Carlu Street)
Recognized as the main hub of the city’s central business district, Session Road is the main thoroughfare of Baguio. Lower Session Road in particular is home to numerous restaurants, hotels, shops, banks, newsstands, and more, and is understandably crowded during peak seasons.
Session Road (Photo from Lendl Peralta/Flickr Creative Commons)
The Courtyards (Goshen Land Capital, Inc.)
The Courtyards by Goshen Land is the first implemented master-planned garden community in Baguio and in Northern Luzon. Designed as a resort-type community, The Courtyards aims to provide families with an atmosphere where they can relax in a vacation-like complex with amenities like a mountainside infinity pool, kids’ pool with Jacuzzi, hillside falls, and a barbecue area.
The Courtyards (Photo from MyProperty.Ph)
Nearby location: Laperal House (3.4 kilometers via Lower Brookside)
Built in the 1920s along Leonard Wood Road near Teacher’s Camp, the Laperal House is not just replete with history related to the Second World War but one of supernatural nature as well. During the War, Japanese soldiers took over the mansion and used it as a garrison. Over time, it has gained a reputation as one of the most haunted places in Baguio. It is currently owned by business tycoon Lucio Tan’s Tan Yan Kee Foundation and functions as a museum.
Laperal House (Photo from Shutterstock)