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Living the high life at Gold Residences

/ 03:00 AM October 24, 2020

Seated by the window, looking down on Manila as your plane prepares to land, you catch a glimpse of a glistening enclave just outside the airport complex. Your mind instantaneously associates it with power, luxury and prestige.

You just saw—and fell under the spell of—the magnificent Gold Residences.


In a few years, once the threat of the pandemic is gone, the economy has bounced back, and we can again fly in and out conveniently, residents of SM Development Corp.’s (SMDC) Gold Residences will lie down on the poolside lounge, watching planes descend with a sureness that those passengers look upon them with envy.

SMDC plays the role of a master jeweler with this premier property, exuding class, sheen and ingenuity. It materializes a familiar cosmopolitan aspiration. Like a precious accessory, a unit at Gold Residences is a status symbol.


Gold Residences offers a respite in the middle of a dynamic city.

Understated elegance

Asya Design, ranked 32nd among the Top 100 Architects of the World Architecture Survey 2020, came up with the understated elegance of the Phase 2 residential building. The design celebrates functionality. The façade plays with gray and white to create the illusion of depth and contrast with the gold-accented Phase 1.

Balconies are made with glass and metal to add texture. The firm thoughtfully designed the spaces considering building orientation, daylight potential, proportionality and the urban lifestyle. This is, perhaps, why SMDC knows the person befitting the units.

Studio units match the go-getters, gung-ho about professional success or the next adventure. Dwellers get ample space to rest, cook or work. For home-based work, take the one-bedroom cuts, where you can delineate work and living spaces.

Suitable for young couples or those moving in with a family is a two-bedroom cut. Here, they can host guests and sleepovers. Those with kids can move into the bigger unit. There is enough space to work or study, as well as make memories.

The finishes live up to the Gold Residences name. The kitchen is made with granite countertops. Following the trend among Hong Kong developments, units are fitted with a washing machine, whereas the toilet and bath have all the standard accessories. The dining and living area can accommodate gatherings while bedrooms have wood accents and airconditioning. An opulent welcome awaits homeowners, thanks to Singapore-based Michael Fiebrich Design, an award-winning firm. The lobby and reception feature black and gold tones, and a sense of five-star-hotel luxe.

Hypersized amenities

The amenities, hyper-sized for a first-class life, include adult and kids’ pools, Kids PLAYce, a fitness center, as well as a social hall and lounge. The landscape is by Adrian L. Norman, a Hong Kong-based planner doing business across Asia. His work harmonizes with the urban environment, inviting residents to both passive and active experiences.

Gold Residences is a fully integrated mixed-use development located inside Gold City, an 11.6-ha masterplanned community that also features residential office and retail spaces. Gold City was earlier recognized as the “Best Township Development” in the 2019 Dot Property Southeast Asia Awards.


Like an unmissable piece of jewelry, Gold Residences is in the right place—along Ninoy Aquino Avenue in Parañaque City, just across Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) Terminal 1. The Naia expansion project will increase footfall and, thus, the Gold Residences’ viability.

Furthermore, it is near transport nodes, destinations for gaming, retail, business and, with greater accessibility in the very near future, ecotourism spots outside the metropolis. These make a good case for property hunters. It can be a grand longtime residence or a wise unit for rent.

This gold standard of a home is the definitive address for local and global connectivity. A few years from now, will you be that onlooking plane passenger or that resident lounging in style?

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