When you say “condo living”, people normally associate it with things like elevators, camera-equipped surveillance systems, Wi-Fi, swimming pool, and many other modern conveniences. Rarely do you encounter a vertical development that also offers historical value, but in Vista Shaw, taking a trip down history is as simple as taking a few steps from your unit to the Laurel Mansion.
Formerly known as “515 Shaw”, Vista Shaw is a Php 2-billion, 38-storey, two-tower condo found at the corner of Laurel Street and Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong City. While it offers the usual common amenities found in a contemporary, well-equipped development, what makes it unique is the historic landmark sitting right in front of the project: President Jose P. Laurel’s historical mansion.
“Originally, we thought of adapting the Laurel Mansion into a grand lobby but we decided to leave it untouched in order to preserve its integrity as a historical place and allow our residents to see it in its former glory,” says Vista Residences Division Head Elizabeth Kalaw.
While not completely unaltered (the interior has been redecorated by famed local design firm Atelier Almario), the basic structure of the mansion remains intact, and original pieces like a grandfather clock and a baby grand piano remain on display in the building.
Each residential level of Vista Shaw’s towers contain 20-23 units, with the first two floors being allotted for commercial purposes and the top floor for sky amenities. Unit types include studios (22.4-27.6 sqm at Php 2.2-2.5 million), 1-bedrooms ( 30.4-38.3 sqm at Php 3-4 million) 2-bedrooms (45.7-50.4 sqm at Php 5-6 million), and tandems, a combination of two studios or two 1-bedroom units (Php 7-8 million).
Prices are competitive for the “complete but not furnished” units, says Corporate Communications Head Emma Amores, who also points out that each one “exudes a warm, homey feeling through the design and the functionality”.
Reservation rates vary, Amores added: studios can be set aside for Php 25,000, while 1- or 2-bedroom units cost twice that to reserve.
According to Vista Residences area head Wendy Waterhouse, while turnover of the first tower won’t be until December 2017, they’ve already sold off 40% of its units.
Vista Residences also offers several value-added services like loan processing assistance, lease management, and design consultation.
Vista Shaw offers easy access to various establishments and transportation hubs.
Vista Shaw’s sky amenities include a fitness gym, game room, function rooms, and adult and kiddie pools.