Clockwise from top left: Amaia Skies Avenida, iPacific Residences, The Radiance Manila Bay, Four Season Riviera, Princeview Parksuites, Oxford Parksuites, Noble Place.
Not in photo: One Binondo
Chinese-Filipino trading history can be traced as far back as the 9th century, which explains why Chinese customs are so deeply ingrained into our own Filipino traditions. Perhaps the most evident proof of this is the existence of Binondo, which was already busy with commercial activity by Chinese immigrants even before the Spanish colonial period. Officially established by the Spanish government in 1594 as a district of Manila, it is considered to be the world’s oldest Chinatown.
Today, Binondo remains to be one of the top business centers of Manila, consistently drawing crowds during big events such as the Christmas season and Chinese New Year, which will fall on February 8 this year. If you’re in the market for a new home that will bring you close to one of the most historically significant centers of the country, consider any of these eight condos as your new home.
1. Princeview Parksuites
Rising 39 stories along Quintin Paredes Road, the 116-unit Princeview Parksuites is a partnership between real estate developers Anchor Land Holdings and DMCI Homes, Inc. Its location puts it only minutes from key areas such as Divisoria, Tutuban, Metropolitan Hospital, and Arranque and Bambang Markets. As a luxury condo project, Princeview Parksuites boast low-density living, and offers amenities such as a 38-meter lap pool, gym, function room, and game room. Unit prices range from Php3.8 million to Php16.2 million. Princeview is slated for completion in January 2018.
2. One Binondo
One Binondo by Filinvest Land, Inc. is a mixed-use community that is said to offer “opulent spaces with a distinct Chinese touch.” Aside from offering residential units, the 2.6-hectare project will have office spaces, a hotel, mall, plaza, and micro-retail stalls. The mall will be completed in 2017, and the residential portion and the rest of the project will be finished by 2019.
3. Noble Place
Noble Place by Megaworld Corporation is a modern 47-story tower that will rise at the corner of Juan Luna and Dasmariñas Streets. Truly a condo fit for residents ranging from young professionals to families, spaces range from studios to five-bedroom units. Nearby places of interest include Megaworld’s Lucky Chinatown Mall, Manila’s business areas, and several schools and universities. Completion of Noble Place is targeted at the first quarter of 2017.
4. iPacific Residences
Pacific Land and Building Corporation’s iPacific Residences is a residential project rising 23 stories at the corner of Lavezares and Ilang-Ilang, and is within easy reach of locations such as Binondo Church and 168 Mall. A pioneering modern building within the traditional community of Binondo, iPacific is the first fiber-powered building in the area, providing high-speed Internet to its residents.
5. Four Season Riviera
Composed of four 30-story towers containing a total of 167 residential units, Four Season Riviera by Federal Land is bound by Muelle de la Industria, Numancia Street, and Prensa Street, providing residents with easy access to Manila’s various business areas. Amenities include swimming pools, a game room, a multi-purpose hall, and a daycare center. Federal Land is targeting July of 2016 as Four Season Riviera’s date of completion.
6. Oxford Parksuites
Situated at the corner of G. Masangkay and La Torre Streets, Anchor Land Holdings’ Oxford Parksuites is a 39-story, 210-unit project developed primarily for families with school-aged children. It is located right in the “Chinese School Belt” and offers amenities conducive for academics, such as a reading room and a tutor room. To maintain a sense of privacy, Oxford is designed to be a low-density condo, with only seven units per floor. Completion is estimated at June 2017.
7. Amaia Skies Avenida
Located around 10–15 minutes from Binondo (less than 10 minutes by car with no traffic) is Amaia Skies Avenida, a 35-story development rising on a 6,772-sqm land along Doroteo Jose Street in Santa Cruz, Manila. Developed by Ayala Land subsidiary Amaia Land Corporation, the two towers of Amaia Skies Avenida comprise 1,167 units ranging in size from 18 to 32.7 sqm, which are perfect for young professionals or couples. Prices range from Php1.4 million to Php2.9 million. The turnover date for Amaia Skies Avenida is set for 2017.
8. The Radiance Manila Bay
Located along Roxas Boulevard 20 minutes from Binondo (14 minutes by car without traffic) is The Radiance Manila Bay by Robinsons Residences. Composed of two residential towers each 36 stories high, The Radiance contains one-, two-, and three-bedroom units priced from Php4.7 million to Php11.4 million. Boasting a green and peaceful lifestyle, the condo is designed using green architecture to maximize the use of natural lighting and air circulation, and offers amenities like an activity lawn, a garden walk, a gazebo, and a sky lounge. The Radiance Manila Bay will be completed by 2018.