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20 Affordable condos near Metro Manila CBDs

by Jillian CariolaPublished: July 19, 2016Updated: October 23, 2017

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 more expensive they 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

15 Affordable condos near Metro Manila CBDs Ortigas Center Pasig City MyProperty Philippines
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 CommunitiesAxis 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

15 Affordable condos near Metro Manila CBDs Makati City MyProperty Philippines
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 Makati 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.


The Oriental Place by Federal Land

Address: Don Chino Roces Ave. corner Javier St., Makati
Fastest route: 10–22 minutes via Antonio Arnaiz Ave. and Makati Ave.
How affordable: This 24sqm one-bedroom unit costs Php2.6 million

Aside from the office buildings of the city, you can also reach Makati Medical Center, Makati Cinema Square, and Legazpi Active Park in a snap by living in Federal Land’s The Oriental Place. For days when you can’t leave your home but don’t want to skip your health routine, this development has a gym and fitness center, as well as a swimming pool. Alternately, you can spend your lazy days just hanging out at the pool deck and the landscaped podium garden.


For the BGC pencil-pusher

15 Affordable condos near Metro Manila CBDs Bonifacio Global City Taguig BGC MyProperty Philippines
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Image rendering by Lincoln Gasmen

Ridgewood Towers by C-5 Mansion Development Corp.

Address: C5 Road, Taguig City
Fastest Route: 12–20 minutes via 26th Street
How affordable: A bare one-bedroom unit can cost Php2.232 million

C-5 Mansion Development Corp. lucked out in developing Ridgewood Towers where it stands: its location along C5 road makes it highly accessible, and right across the road is BGC’s malls, parks, restaurants, and shops. But if going out isn’t your cup of tea, you’re guaranteed to have just as much fun staying in the complex, with amenities like a swimming pool, mini theater, gym, indoor play area, and lounge areas. In the project’s commercial area are conveniences such as a commercial bank, a mini supermarket, and a coffee shop. It has features that should please eco-conscious residents, too: the fourth tower, Ridgewood Towers Premier, is being built to comply with the Green Building Code of the Philippines through elements such as its very own sewage treatment plant and wide windows that maximize natural light.

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

15 Affordable condos near Metro Manila CBDs Eastwood Quezon City MyProperty Philippines
Eastwood City, Quezon City. Image rendering by Lincoln Gasmen

Circulo Verde by Ortigas & Co.

Address: Calle Industria, Bagumbayan, Quezon City
Fastest route: 5 minutes via Calle Industria
How affordable: A pre-selling studio unit costs as low as Php1.9 million

Covering 10 hectares of land in Quezon City is the master-planned mixed-use community Circulo Verde, which combines the tranquility of green open spaces with the conveniences of establishments one would find in a thriving city. Inside Circulo Verde are six residential developments, each designed to accommodate everyone from young professionals to a growing family and even to empty nesters. Every tower has an assortment of fun and health-related amenities, such as swimming pools, sky gardens, fitness gym, and lounge areas. Within the development is the lifestyle and commercial area Industria, where shopping and dining options are just a few steps away from your doorstep.


Kasara Urban Resort Residences by Empire East

Address: Eagle St., C-5 Road, Brgy. 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 corner Amang Rodriguez Ave., 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.


Shine Residences by SMDC

Address: Meralco Avenue, Barangay Ugong, Pasig
Fastest route: 12–26 minutes via Eulogio Rodriquez Jr. Ave./C-5 or via Doña Julia Vargas Ave. and Eulogio Rodriquez Jr. Ave./C-5
How affordable: This 20-sqm studio unit is Php1.9 million

Achieving a good work–life balance is one of the benefits of living in a project that’s right in the middle of a bustling city, and Shine Residences offers just that. Found in the Renaissance Center, one can easily travel from the SMDC project to various recreational places like Ayala Malls The 30th, Ortigas Home Depot, and Metrowalk. Inside, swimming pools, function rooms, gyms, parks, and shops are just a few facilities that can just as well provide you with some R & R.


For the working stiff in Bay City

15 Affordable condos near Metro Manila CBDs Bay City Paranaque Pasay MyProperty Philippines
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.


Victoria De Malate by New San Jose Builders

Address: Angel Linao St., Malate, Manila
Fastest route: 14–35 minutes via J.W. Diokno Blvd.
How affordable: This pre-selling 22sqm studio unit costs Php1.6 million

Developed by New San Jose Builders, Inc., Victoria de Malate is composed of two towers rising 45 stories, and is diverse enough in design and function to meet the needs of both young professionals and start-up families. If you’re the type who exercises regularly, good news: inside the project are facilities that ought to meet your basic needs for physical activity, such as a swimming pool, jogging path, and gym. Not too far from Victoria de Malate is Puregold Paco, as well as some of Manila’s many universities and colleges.


*All Google time estimates are based on a departure time of 7 AM, Monday in a private vehicle.

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