Topnotch condos for deserving studentsBy Theresa S. Samaniego
Philippine Daily Inquirer
As summer draws to a close, parents now engage in a different kind of hunt.
Whereas months before, parents were scouting for perfect summer destinations for their children, now and over the next few weeks, they will surely be kept busy looking for the most convenient, conducive and secure apartment or condominium unit where their kids can stay throughout the coming school year.
To help parents in their hunt, Inquirer Property will be featuring in the coming weeks different property developments near colleges and universities to give them a list of options and enable them to decide which one of these will address the needs of their children.
SM Development Corp. (SMDC), for one, believes that five of its projects can provide students an environment conducive for long and tedious study hours, and more importantly, a safe and comfortable unit near their campuses. These projects likewise boast amenities and facilities that
would make every student’s life a breeze.
“When homes are near the school, students can focus a lot more on their school work and even find time for other hobbies and interests to further develop their character, while also easing their already busy routines,” SMDC said.
“Students need not bear with long hours of traffic, as SMDC’s residential projects are accessible via public transport and are near major roads. Parents residing in provinces or abroad are assured of their children’s safety and convenience at SMDC’s topnotch condos,” the company further explained.
Depending on one’s location, parents and students may want to consider the following SMDC developments:
1.) Berkeley Residences. Located on Katipunan Avenue and right across premier institutions like Ateneo de Manila University and Miriam College, the single tower Berkeley Residences evokes a modern Brisbane-inspired architecture. It is one of the most affordable in its class, thus making it a perfect investment for both parents and students.
The 35-story Berkeley Residences features a number of amenities and facilities that include the Student Lounge providing Internet access, recreation rooms, four-passenger elevators, commercial establishments, toddler and lap pools, spa, chambermaid services, automatic fire detection and alarm system, and standby power generator for common areas and select residential outlets.
2.) Blue Residences. This 41-story single tower prime residential condominium development located at the corner of Katipunan Avenue and Aurora Boulevard in Quezon City is another option for students of the University of the Philippines, Ateneo De Manila University, Miriam College and the Philippine School of Business Administration.
The modern tropical-themed Blue Residences will be ready for turnover between the fourth quarter of 2013 and first quarter of 2014 and will likewise feature amenities including Wi-Fi access, roof deck lounge, pool deck area, study lounge, five high-speed elevators, standby generator for common areas and sufficient fire exits.
Future residents will also enjoy sweeping views of Antipolo, Quezon City and the Ortigas skylines.
3.) Sun Residences. Future residents of Sun Residences, which is strategically situated on España Boulevard corner Mayon Avenue and in front of Welcome Rotunda, will enjoy accessibility to schools within the university belt area and neighboring Quezon City, medical institutions, and commercial establishments.
Currently, the two 40-story tower offers a studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units and provides amenities similar to a
luxury hotel, thus providing its future residents a taste of what it dubs as “5-star living.” Ideal for college students, the stylish yet affordable Sun Residences units can also be customized according to their needs.
4.) Mezza Residences and Mezza II Residences. Conveniently located at the corner of Aurora Boulevard and Araneta Avenue, right in the heart of Sta. Mesa, Mezza Residences boasts units that have been designed with the modern Filipino in mind.
According to SMDC, this condominium project allows its residents to enjoy the comfort and convenience of having SM City Sta. Mesa readily accessible for one’s needs, along with various shops and cozy dining places at the Mezza Strip for a relaxed night out to cap off the day.
Beside Mezza Residences, also on Aurora Boulevard, is the Mezza II Residences, which soars 40 stories high, thus providing a sweeping panoramic view of Metro Manila.
It likewise boasts premium five-star amenities such as swimming pools, function rooms and a Sky Lounge, as well as proximity to SM City Sta. Mesa and the Mezza Strip. Mezza II Residences, which provides residents easy access to the nearby LRT-2 station, is surrounded by distinguished learning institutions like University of the East, Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center and Central College of the Philippines.
5.) Green Residences. One of the tallest residential condominium developments in Manila is located right beside the De La Salle University and is near St. Benilde, St. Scholastica and other universities along Taft Avenue. Green Residences boasts student-oriented facilities and amenities such as the study hall, gym, fitness center and function rooms located at the sky lounge and swimming pool.
Students who need to replenish their supplies can easily drop by the grocery, while those who need to relax with friends can chill at the coffee bar or restaurant, also at the ground floor.
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