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Caloocan: A City Divided

It is the fourth most populous city in the Philippines (after Quezon City, Manila, and Davao City) and the third in Metro Manila, but what’s interesting about the City of Caloocan is that it is something of an oddity. The city is actually divided into two parts: the southern, more urbanized section that lies directly north of Manila, which is more commonly associated with Monumento; and the northern more suburban area that lies directly north of Quezon City and south of San Jose Del Monte, Marilao, and Meycauayan in Bulacan. This part of Caloocan is what most people commonly associate with Novaliches and Barangay Bagong Silang.

This makes the two Caloocans seem like two separate entities, when in fact they administered as a single local government unit (LGU). Most of the city’s famous landmarks, however, are found in the southern section: the Taoist temple, the monument of hero and revolutionary Andres Bonifacio, and the City Hall, among others. Southern Caloocan is also home to the city’s well-known universities: University of the East Caloocan and Manila Central University (MCU).

 

How to Get to Either Part of Caloocan

The commute to southern Caloocan is more straightforward; one only has to take LRT Line 1, and alight at either 5th Avenue or Monumento Station. Buses that ply EDSA can be taken as well, specifically those that travel up to Letre and MCU. The commute to northern Caloocan, however, is more complicated. One could drive to this part from Quezon City via Quirino Highway, Congressional Avenue, and the North Luzon Expressway. Buses that ply EDSA and go to Novaliches can be taken as well, after which passengers can take jeepneys that go directly to Caloocan.

 

The Housing Market of Caloocan

The southern part of Caloocan is where most of the city’s urban and commercialized areas are found. The city has malls and big-box shopping centers, although they are not as huge as those found in other cities. Houses for sale in this part Caloocan are normally door apartments or townhouse-type homes, typical of high-density residential areas of Metro Manila.

In northern Caloocan, it is a different story. As this section is more suburban, there are plenty of subdivisions and gated villages, ranging from socialized housing projects and government resettlement areas of the National Housing Authority, to mid-market residential estates developed by some of the country’s well-known real estate developers. It is in this part where homebuyers can find a standalone house for sale in Caloocan.

Some of the most well-known subdivisions in Caloocan include Amparo Subdivision, which caters to the affordable and mid-market buyers. A house and lot here typically sells between PHP 2.85 million and PHP 4.98 million. Other subdivision projects in this part of Caloocan include Camella Seville, Deparo, and Altea, projects by Manny Villar’s Vista Land. Houses for sale here can be had for as low as PHP 3.38 million.

 

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