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The perks of living in a low-density condo development

by Jillian CariolaPublished: June 23, 2017Updated: June 23, 2017

If exclusivity is high on your condo must-haves, that is just one of the benefits of living in a low-density project.

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When looking into buying a condo unit, the most common considerations are the price, location, and amenities. One factor that does not get a lot of attention often is how densely populated the project is or will eventually be, perhaps because a buyer may not have a clear understanding of how the density of a condo would affect them as owners and/or residents.

A low-density condo is one that has far fewer units compared to other residential buildings, and many real estate brands will boast this characteristic as one of the selling points of their new development. For example, Ayala Land Premier’s One Serendra claims to be the lowest density project within the Bonifacio Global City (BGC) area, with a total of 372 units spread across seven towers. And just recently, Megaworld Corporation launched a 10-story, low-density condo in Taguig called The Albany, which will contain only a maximum of 64 units.

Low-density living is often viewed as a luxury feature for those who value exclusivity and are therefore willing to pay more to enjoy it, but what exactly do they get out of it?

Larger space

With a lower number of units—say, 10 per floor instead of 30 in some cases—low-density condos are able to offer bigger unit cuts, assuring that residents’ comfort is not compromised. Megaworld’s high-end 45-story residential tower Uptown Ritz makes wide living spaces one of its priorities. This all-suite condo in Taguig offers two-bedroom units starting at 78.8 sqm, three-bedroom units that span 108.1 sqm, four-bedroom units 131.3 sqm wide, and executive four-bedroom units covering 182.6 sqm. In addition, Century Properties’ Essensa Private Residences is another low-density development in BGC; this two-tower condo boasts a maximum of four units per floor, ranging in size from 200 to almost 540 sqm.

Added privacy

In high-end, low-density condo projects, privacy is one of the biggest priorities, especially since these condos are often marketed toward well-heeled and often high-profile individuals that require more exclusivity. This means it is essential to introduce new safety-related technology and features that will ensure residents’ protection. Filinvest Land’s Quezon City development The Signature is composed of three 15-level towers, with each level having only eight or nine units. A few of its pluses in terms of privacy are the separate access points for public and private spaces, as well as separate parking areas for residential and commercial use.

More intimate setting

As mentioned, living in a low-density condo means increased sense of seclusion. But viewed in another way, this intimate residential arrangement means creating and fostering more meaningful relationships with your neighbors should you choose to get to know them. And should your relatives and friends choose to buy and live in units in the same low-density condo, would it not lend you a heightened sense of familiarity and comfort to know that most of the building’s residents are your loved ones or close acquaintances? At Alveo Land’s 26-story, 398-unit Abreeza Place in Davao City, there are multiple features that can help encourage residents to mingle, including the adult and kiddie pools, roof deck, and landscaped gardens.

Extra security

Living in a low-density condo does not just mean fewer residents to run into, but also potentially fewer guests that will come in and out of the building. And with a lower number of non-residents frequenting the condo, the security outfit will have an easier time of tracking and vetting them to ensure residents’ safety. St. Moritz Private Estate is Megaworld’s nine-story, two-cluster, low-density development in their Taguig township McKinley West. In order to heighten their residents’ protection, units and elevators are accessible only through a keycard system. Also, all units are equipped with video phones that are connected to the reception and security counter.

Increased fire and earthquake safety

If you choose to buy a unit in a condo that is both a low-density and a low-rise, it increases your chances of getting to safety in the event of a fire or an earthquake. Even if a fire starts are the lower floors, people are the higher levels will find it easier to evacuate or be rescued through windows as they will be closer to the ground, an advantage they would not have if they were living in a high-rise condo. Located in Tagaytay is Alveo Land’s Kasa Luntian, a six-building condo project housing 343 units. Aside from following the national building code and doing annual inspections, it is also a low-rise project with each building composed of only five to seven levels.

Less noise

For some people who live in high-density condos, one of the most common complaints is noise particularly in common areas. Since low-density condos have fewer residents, noise-related incidents would likely be lower. Also, some low-density condos are small enough that they can be built within quiet, exclusive areas of the city, which lends it even more tranquility. One Antonio by Avida Land is a six-story condo located within the quiet San Antonio Village, Makati. While it is merely minutes away from the city’s corporate offices and recreational centers, its location allows residents to relax in a serene home due to its peaceful immediate surroundings.

Better use and maintenance of common areas and facilities

Can you imagine living in a 30-level condo with at least 25 units each floor being serviced by only two elevators? Living in a building with fewer residents means there would hardly be competition to use the elevators during rush hour, as well as all other facilities any time of the day. Also, landlords often limit the number of people they allow to live in their rental to minimize the risk of damaging the unit. The same can be said when it comes to low-density condos; with fewer people using common areas and amenities, there is a better chance that these will stay in good condition and therefore easier to maintain so residents can keep using them for a long time. Filinvest Land’s Botanika Nature Residences in Alabang is composed of three 13-story towers housing a total of only 370 units, and every building is equipped with two passenger elevators and one service elevator.


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