Manila is not just the Philippines’ capital, it is also the nation’s window to its rich, colorful, and at times turbulent history. It is where the old walled city of Intramuros (literally meaning within the walls) can be found—Spain’s bastion of imperial might in this corner of Asia. The city is also home to Binondo, which is the location of Chinatown, touted as one of the world’s oldest Chinatowns. Over at the Ermita area is Rizal Park and the general vicinity of the Manila City Hall, a Daniel Burnham–designed urban area that’s home to neoclassical buildings, sprawling parks, and lots of greeneries. The City of Manila is also home to Malacañang Palace, the official residence of the president of the republic, while within its general vicinity are numerous colleges and universities, which earned it the name University Belt. Over at España Boulevard is University of Santo Tomas, Asia’s oldest university. If shopping and bargain hunting is your thing, then you can head over to Divisoria, a popular shopping district where virtually everything can be found and bought. Around Divisoria are also popular shopping streets with their own special merchandise, such as Hidalgo Street in Santa Cruz for cameras and timepieces; Bambang for medical supplies; and Paterno for eyeglasses. But if high-end shopping is preferred, Manila is also home to gleaming malls, such as SM City Manila, Robinsons Place Ermita, and SM City San Lazaro. Filled with history, culture, and business, the City of Manila indeed is a place to be (and live). Manila offers a wide range of residential property options, from high-end condos along Roxas Boulevard; apartments and townhouses for students along Taft Avenue and the University Belt area; and traditional apartments in Sampaloc, Tondo, and Santa Cruz areas. The better options, however, would be landed houses, as land in Manila is scarce and would make for great investments.
Many of Manila’s districts are teeming with great properties, especially houses, for sale. One such district is Paco, situated southeast of the City Hall. Most of the houses one can find here are townhouses and traditional apartments or row-houses, ranging in size from 38 sqm to 106 sqm. These properties are great rental properties, as Paco is very near universities and colleges and government hospitals. If quite residential areas are preferred, then may we suggest the districts of San Andres Bukid and Santa Ana, both of which are situated close to Makati, Osmeña and Quirino Highways, and the under-construction continuation of the Metro Manila Skyway. Properties here are much larger, ranging from newly built townhouses apartments to old houses sitting on large residential lots. The great thing about San Andres Bukid and Santa Ana is that both are very near the Makati central business district, making commute to Metro Manila’s financial district quick and easy.