MANILA, Philippines — The homebuilding business continues to evolve along with changing times and trends in design and construction technology. The design of the property is largely guided and informed by the needs and behavior of its inhabitants, while at the same time also shaping the way they live for the better, forming a regenerative cycle.
In the luxury segment of the market in particular, the goal has always been to create truly distinctive and memorable living experiences for the discerning tastes of high net worth individuals and their families. These days, a home that provides freedom of movement amidst a safe and secure environment is highly desired, especially if it is situated in nature. Such an environment is increasingly rare with today’s rapid urbanization.
Fortunately, there are luxury developments today that successfully meet that need to adapt to an ever-evolving urban environment while continuing to offer a surprisingly charming home proposition.
Find a quiet part of town
Ayala Land Premier’s (ALP) Arbor Lanes, by its very name based on the Latin word for “tree,” is a condominium community that is rapidly gaining a reputation for providing a truly refreshing take on urban luxury, creating a true sanctuary based on In nature. for weary city dwellers.
The enclave is the pioneering residential component at Arca South, Ayala Land’s 74-hectare property on the former Food Terminal Inc. (FTI) site in Taguig City. This is a quieter side of town, characterized by low-density development: Arbor Lanes, for example, is home to fewer than 270 residential units per block.
Arca South’s mixed-use master plan features residential, commercial and office zones similar to BGC but on a more intimate and accessible scale. For one thing, given the property’s proximity to Ninoy Aquino International Airport, the structures here rise to around 20 stories high, ensuring clear, expansive views of the sky every time one looks up.
Arca South is also at the nexus of major government infrastructure projects such as the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), the C-5 and C-6 highways, and an integrated intermodal transportation terminal, including a station along of the Metro Manila Subway. Dedicated Skyway ramps leading into the district are also in the works. All of this makes the property a strategic gateway to southern Metro Manila, which is another burgeoning growth and development area.
Thriving in a community rich in nature
The overall expansive atmosphere of Arca South, with 60 percent of its land area dedicated to open space and greenery, and kept unobstructed through a network of underground utilities, seamlessly transforms into the daily living experience. at Arbor Lanes.
As you would expect from a high-end development, the design is deliberate and meticulous. The vertical community of five mid-rise towers is characterized by a rectilinear location, the simplicity of which belies the privacy and exclusivity it creates in terms of the flow of movement of its inhabitants. This placement also results in visually stunning corridors of green vegetation between the residential buildings, where trees literally take center stage. Some, for example, are planted at the bottom of parking levels below ground level, with their top branches poking through the lobby floor to create an unexpected landscape feature.
These corridors also comprise the common spaces where amenities such as gardens, pools, and lounges are strategically located, furnished with contemporary resort furniture in classic yet sophisticated neutral colors. Other common areas, such as the gatehouse and building lobbies, feature the same urban oasis design theme.
A notable architectural feature on Arbor Lanes are Garden Terraces, visible on the building’s façade as large vertical notches running through several stories. Varying in location and size, from 45 to 1,500 square feet, they all share the common purpose of providing additional service to residents, as well as allowing natural light and air to permeate building corridors.
Enjoying a sanctuary of a home
ALP’s attention to detail is even more evident in the space planning of the Arbor Lanes residential units, with thoughtful features that elevate everyday life with relaxed sophistication. For example, most units feature an oversized balcony equipped with a unique operable shade system that provides privacy and shields occupants from the tropical sun. Visually, the plantation-style shutters elevate the resort-like atmosphere of the development.
With generous square footage a hallmark of luxury condominium design, unit options at Arbor Lanes range from one to three-bedroom apartments from 62 to 370 square meters. A limited inventory of specialty units includes ground-floor Garden Villas with their own private terrace and access to the utility column; on the upper floors, there are Canopy Suites with large balconies and a select offering of Canopy Pool Villas, split-level penthouses with their own private pool deck.
The first three towers of Arbor Lanes are complete and the community is slowly coming to life with close to a hundred residents already enjoying their units, along with more moving in. Those looking to get into this modern residential community can still search the inventory at the last two pre-sale buildings. With Ayala Land Premier’s history of real estate development serving as a reliable store of value over time, a home at Arbor Lanes can be expected to endure from generation to generation, especially with its focus on sustainable living.
Perhaps most importantly, this may be the height of urban living brought about by harmony with nature, tranquility and good investment, a truly compelling proposition in today’s evolving luxury real estate market.