Makati is known for many things. Foremost of which is that it’s home to Ayala Avenue, long regarded as the Philippines’ Wall Street. It also houses the country’s most important central business district where one can find gleaming skyscrapers, high-rise condos, and shopping malls. And around the CBD are up-and-coming areas that are quickly becoming their own business districts in their own right, including Rockwell Center, Century City, and Circuit Makati.
But tucked away in Makati’s quiet corners are some of the most exclusive (and expensive) subdivisions to find and rent a home. These very pricy gated communities include Forbes Park and the villages of Dasmariñas, Urdaneta, Bel-Air, San Lorenzo, and Magallanes. These places offer some of the most expensive residential properties one can find anywhere in the Philippines, yet they also boast topnotch features. These villages are very close to both the Makati CBD and Bonifacio Global City, making them popular areas for expat employees. In addition, these villages are gated and secured 24/7 while their tree-lined streets are quiet and perfect for leisurely strolls, which make them highly sought after as living here wouldn’t feel like living in the middle of a busy city.
If budget is a constraint, however, one would be pleased to know that Makati also offers affordable houses for rent for average-income families. Areas such as Guadalupe Viejo, Guadalupe Nuevo, Poblacion, and Carmona, among many others, are teeming with newly built townhouses for rent that are perfect for starting families. These areas are also close to the City Hall, Rockwell Center, and Century City.
Meanwhile, traditional apartments or row-houses for rent can be had in the areas of Bangkal, Palanan, and Pio Del Pilar. These places are closer to the Makati CBD, while their proximity to Osmeña and Quirino Highways and the under-construction extension of the Metro Manila Skyway makes them accessible to downtown Manila and Pasay.
If proximity to the Makati CBD is preferred, then Barangay San Antonio is a more affordable option. This bohemian neighborhood, home to the National Shrine of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, up-and-coming condo projects, and interesting artisanal restaurants, is also home to many newly built townhouses for rent that are great for people on the go and newly wed couples.
Makati isn’t called the Philippines’ foremost financial and business center for nothing. As it is home to the country’s largest banks and corporations and multinationals, renting a house here can be quite expensive. However, this does not mean that affordable houses for rent cannot be had here, as its other barangays and villages also offer quality and modestly priced properties that are accessible for average-income Filipino families.