Luxurious beachside living at Club Laiya
Written By: Theresa S. Samaniego
Exclusive resort communities and premium seaside leisure estates have seen a growing popularity among affluent buyers seeking for healthier residences amid the pandemic.
Over the past year, these buyers have been setting their sights on properties that can offer convenient access to nature, bigger and safer spaces to move about, and fresh air—now considered essentials in the new normal and which are particularly lacking in the metro.
Unsurprisingly, many have begun eyeing gated beach communities in the South, specifically in the province of Batangas. A study by Leechiu Property Consultants (LPC) last year showed an increase in transactions for these communities in Batangas, with “at least 40 properties” reportedly changing hands in just a few months’ time. The rising demand for beach properties also resulted in increased land values for the said period.
Smart investment option
Investing in a beach property, especially today, clearly makes sense. Not only will you benefit from value appreciation of the property or earn from it by renting it out, you also get access to the new must-haves amid and beyond the pandemic—wide open spaces and nature, which are said to be beneficial for one’s well-being.
“Investors usually view assets as something they can obtain joy from, or something that appreciates over time. A seaside property is an interesting asset as you get both. Land is something you can enjoy now, and while you’re enjoying it, it continues to appreciate,” said Erickson Y. Manzano, president and CEO of Landco Pacific Corp.
“A smart investor usually has a diversified portfolio. If we talk about land, most people already have their primary home in the city. If you’re thinking of getting a second or third or fourth property, a wise choice would be to get another asset in another location, like by the beach,” Manzano explained in an e-mail interview. “On top of being able to enjoy your beach house while it appreciates in value, there have already been countless studies on the health benefits of living by the sea.”
Citing Landco’s experience over the past 30 years, Manzano pointed out that their beachfront developments like Punta Fuego and the Playa projects have appreciated significantly more than their other developments within the city.
For example, Peninsula de Punta Fuego, a luxury seaside residential community in Nasugbu, Batangas, has seen its price appreciate more than a thousand percent since its launch in 1994. Prices in Punta Fuego continued to appreciate to P60,000 per sqm even last year at the height of the pandemic, as many sought to have a second home in this exclusive enclave. And it’s the same for its other existing projects, proof that Landco’s developments have remained relevant—more so, amid this prolonged pandemic.
Newest leisure estate
Recently, Landco unveiled its newest leisure tourism estate under the Landco Beachtowns brand.
Club Laiya—the latest offering from the leisure estate arm of Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC)—is set to deliver a luxurious beachside lifestyle well suited in the postpandemic era. Its intuitive design, choice amenities and well thought out features set within a sustainable, masterplanned community reflect the changing needs of today’s market, providing an ideal enclave that will allow you to achieve that much sought work-life balance.
“We finished planning our BeachTowns before the start of the pandemic. It just so happens that our design then is what these times need. The same way that after 9/11 all of us will have to go through stringent airport security for the rest of our lives, there will be structural changes once this pandemic is done—some of which may(include) social distancing and mandatory lower occupancies, safety protocols like wearing masks, (and) an emphasis for the outdoors,” he said.
“If you look at those three, they can be easily implemented in a BeachTown development. You are usually outdoors when you’re vacationing by the beach, and you have all that space. And numerous studies have confirmed that the risk of infection is much lower outdoors than it is indoors. Truly, it is a sanctuary,” Manzano added.
At the same time, it revolutionizes the concept of property ownership for Filipinos as investors have the flexibility to own premium properties that can serve as residential homes either as a dream beach house or second home; a commercial structure for a resort business; or both.
There are many benefits that come with investing in Club Laiya.
According to Manzano, you will have a titled property in front of or just a short distance from the beach, inside a sustainable, master-planned development by Landco.
“It’s great for a beach house. It’s also great for a business. Laiya is a popular domestic tourist destination due to its white sand beach; row of restaurants, resorts and bars; engaging water sports activities; and lively nightlife during peak season,” he said.
Other benefits include value appreciation of your property which can be passed on to the next generation, health benefits of living by the beach, quality time with your family and friends, your mental health, and bragging rights.
“Owning a beach house is the new Ferrari,” Manzano said.
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