As the demand for horizontal developments outside of Metro Manila increases, one of the major players in the country’s real estate industry is focusing its efforts in the South.
For almost 20 years, NorthPine Land, Inc., (NLI) has been building quality yet affordable suburban communities in areas where there is a strong combination of accessibility and opportunity. NLI’s President Alan R. Cruz noted that the South, particularly the CALABARZON region, is one such area.
Mr. Cruz further stressed that, “In terms of accessibility, the South is an ideal place to raise a family, especially for professionals who work in cosmopolitan areas like Makati and Bonifacio Global City. This is why NorthPine Land made a firm commitment to change the landscape of the South to fit people’s lifestyle needs.”
Accessibility to Metro Manila will be further enhanced with the ongoing development of the Skyway extension and other infrastructure projects such as the Intermodal Transport System (ITS), the LRT 1 Cavite Extension and the LRT6 Project, among others.
These infrastructure projects are also expected to significantly decrease rush hour traffic in the near future, providing another reason why establishing a home in the South is such an appealing proposition.
Due to the rapid development of CALABARZON, particularly in Cavite and Laguna, the area is considered as one of the best places to settle down. As such, shuttling back and forth to Metro Manila may become less frequent in the coming years.
NLI has already contributed to the development of these two provinces with several finished and ongoing projects there. In Cavite NorthPine Land has developed Greenwoods, Wind Crest, Kahaya Place and Kohana Grove. NLI’s South Hampton is the company’s flagship project in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
These projects are characterized by first-rate architecture and amenities comparable to upmarket subdivisions in Metro Manila.
“The south is no longer as provincial as city dwellers used to think. Just like the Fort used to consist mainly of military bases but is now a center for business, commerce, and entertainment, the scale of development is continuing to migrate south,” Cruz noted.
Citing examples, Cruz points to hotels like Acacia, Vivere, Bellevue, Crimson Hotel, and boutique hotels like Azumi, and B Hotel that have all recently populated the South to accommodate the rise in tourism and development.
“Major businesses such as call centers and even multinational corporations have also set up headquarters in the business parks in the area. In addition, lifestyle and entertainment areas are also expanding and giving southerners many options to enjoy their leisure time on the weekends,” Cruz added.
NLI does not only focus on well-designed houses. Mr. Cruz further stressed that community values are well preserved in all NLI projects, as reflected in the people friendly features and amenities developed within the residential estates.
Another important indication of the South’s strategic location for raising family is the abundant choices of schools where children and adults can go to. Schools like De La Salle University, St. Jude College, Cavite State University, Westridge Academy, Dominican College, Don Bosco College, and Green Fields Integrated School are located in the area.
“Due to the close proximity of everything in the South, there is a stronger sense of community that is noticeably lacking in the city. Social circles are more interconnected because everyone is either someone’s friend or friend of a friend. The southern community is also much more family-oriented,” Cruz observed.
For those who just want to invest in NLI’s projects within the area and not necessarily live there, the company enumerates several key reasons why their projects are worthwhile investments.
An independent study by Cuervo Far East identified portions of Muntinlupa and Las Piñas as the “Southern Manila West Growth Area” which will experience robust growth in property prices within the next five years.
Property prices are also expected to increase in the nearby provinces of Cavite and Laguna. Major infrastructure projects in the South will also greatly enhance the value of properties in the area.
In addition to specializing in horizontal development, NLI’s edge over other real estate developers is also due to the fact that it offers many things other companies do not or cannot provide, namely value for money, continuous estate management, credible shareholders, customer service and optional house improvements.