These 15 affordable condos near Metro Manila’s business districts will make sure you clock in at work on time every day
Getting to work on time is one of the things we employees strive to accomplish daily. Face it: if you’re neither sweating from running to catch the last UV Express shuttle nor covered in dirt because of the smoke belchers that fill Metro Manila’s thoroughfares during rush hour, the rest of the day pretty much takes care of itself. That’s why, aside from waking up at the crack of dawn, actually living in a condo near your office is important. It doesn’t just save you money on gas or fare; it also saves your hide from getting another tardiness warning from human resources.
On the other hand, it’s common knowledge that the closer a condo is to a central business district (CBD), the higher the prices are, forcing many young professionals to endure the procession that is the EDSA road congestion every day. But there is hope: if you’re ready to give up your morning pilgrimage to Our Lady of Traffic, we’ve selected 15 comparatively affordable condos that are just about 15 minutes away from the metro’s most popular CBDs.
FOR THE ORTIGAS CENTER YUPPIE
Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Image rendering by Lincoln Gasmen
ADB Avenue Tower by Pyramid Construction and Dev’t Group Corp.
Address: ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig
Fastest route: Condo located inside CBD
How affordable: A 19-sqm studio is priced at Php2.2 million.
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.
Shine Residences by SMDC
Address: Meralco Avenue, Barangay Ugong, Pasig
Fastest route: 3–7 minutes via Meralco Ave. and Doña Julia Vargas Ave. (or 11 minutes on foot)
How affordable: Save at least Php1.9 million to buy a 20-sqm studio unit.
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.
Pioneer Woodlands by Empire East
Address: EDSA corner Pioneer Ave., Barangka Ilaya, Mandaluyong
Fastest route: 5–7 minutes via Pan-Philippine Hwy/AH26, or 8–14 minutes via EDSA
How affordable: For a minimum of Php2.2 million, you can own a 26-sqm one-bedroom unit.
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.
Sheridan Tower by DMCI Homes
Address: Sheridan St., Mandaluyong
Fastest route: 7–10 minutes via Pan-Philippine Highway/AH26
How affordable: A 28-sqm studio condo can be yours for Php2.1 million.
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.
Axis Residences by Robinsons Communities
Address: Pioneer St., Mandaluyong
Fastest route: 7–12 minutes via Pan-Philippine Highway/AH26
How affordable: A 23-sqm one-bedroom unit starts at Php1.9 million.
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.
FOR THE DESK JOCKEY IN MAKATI
Makati CBD, Makati City. Image rendering by Lincoln Gasmen
Brio Tower by DMCI Homes
Address: EDSA, Guadalupe Viejo, Makati
Fastest route: 8–12 minutes via EDSA
How affordable: Php2.2 million can buy you a 24-sqm one-bedroom unit.
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.
Jazz Residences by SMDC
Address: Nicanor Garcia St., Bel-Air, Makati
Fastest route: 9–14 minutes via Jupiter St. and Makati Ave.
How affordable: A 20-sqm studio unit is available for Php1.9 million.
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.
Avida Towers San Lorenzo by Avida Land
Address: Chino Roces Ave., Brgy. Pio Del Pilar, Makati
Fastest route: 10–16 minutes via A. Arnaiz Avenue and Makati Avenue, or 10–18 mins via Paseo de Roxas
How affordable: For Php1.8 million, you can live in a 22-sqm studio unit.
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.
Laureano Di Trevi by Vista Residences
Address: Chino Roces Ave., Brgy. Pio Del Pilar, Makati
Fastest route: 10–18 minutes via A. Arnaiz Ave. and Makati Ave.
How affordable: A one-bedroom unit is priced at about Php2.4 million.
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.
FOR THE BGC PENCIL-PUSHER
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Image rendering by Lincoln Gasmen
Cypress Towers by DMCI Homes
Address: C-5 corner Diego Silang St., Brgy. Ususan, Taguig
Fastest route: 14–24 minutes via Carlos P. Garcia Ave./C-5 Road, or via Bayani Road
How affordable: A 24-sqm studio unit can go for Php1.5 million.
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.
Grace Residences by SMDC
Address: Levi Mariano Ave., Brgy. Ususan, Taguig
Fastest route: 14–24 minutes via Carlos P. Garcia Ave./C-5 Road
How affordable: This 27.33-sqm one-bedroom unit costs Php2.3 million.
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.
FOR THE EASTWOOD NINE-TO-FIVER
Eastwood City, Quezon City. Image rendering by Lincoln Gasmen
Kasara Urban Resort Residences by Empire East
Address: Eagle St., C-5 Road, Bargy. Ugong, Pasig
Fastest route: 6–12 minutes via C-5
How affordable: To buy a 22-sqm one-bedroom condo, you need Php2.3 million.
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.
Acacia Escalades by Robinsons Communities
Address: Calle Industria cor. Amang Rodriguez Avenue, Manggahan, Pasig
Fastest route: 8–14 minutes via Calle Industria
How affordable: A 24-sqm studio unit sells for Php2.1 million.
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.
FOR THE WORKING STIFF IN BAY CITY
Bay City, Pasay and Paranaque City. Image rendering by Lincoln Gasmen
Avida Towers Prime Taft
Address: #85 Taft Avenue, Pasay
Fastest route: 14–20 minutes via J.W. Diokno Blvd.
How affordable: Php1.7 million can buy you a 22-sqm studio unit.
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.
Breeze Residences by SMDC
Address: Roxas Blvd., Pasay
Fastest route: 12 minutes via J.W. Diokno Blvd.
How affordable: You can get a studio unit for Php2 million.
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.
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