The charm of garden communities
By: Ar. John Ian Lee Fulgar
A common consideration among many young families and individuals who seek to have their own home is location—whether it should be right by the bustling metropolis, or away from it, where lush and verdant greens can be found practically everywhere.
Whichever location one chooses though, monotony can still be an issue in the long run. Thankfully, real estate developers in recent years have started developing communities that offer the right balance between urban and rural life. One solution came in the form of communities within garden settings, yet located in thriving city centers. Such communities have since been offering residents an impressive array of benefits.
Pristine beauty, serenity
A garden-themed community is both refreshing and aesthetically appealing. Green spaces, trees, and flowers create a tranquil environment amid the bustling metropolis. Some garden-themed communities even offer resort-like amenities such as spacious swimming pools and pet parks, allowing residents to relax and connect with nature minus the hassle of traveling far.
One example is Crown Asia’s Hermosa, a 2.8-ha masterplanned condominium complex that recently launched a beautiful addition to the community. Jardin Hermosa, which means beautiful garden, now greets homeowners and guests as they enter the community, with its assortment of trees, blooms and greens including Red Mulberry, White Mulberry, Fukien ti, Conical maki, Bougainvillea, Carabao grass, Golden Tree, and Pink Eucalyptus, among many others.
Spanning 2,400 sqm wide, Jardin Hermosa consists of a maze garden, swing, koi pond, and an extension of Dear Joe, the country’s first letter writing cafe. Here, you can just take a leisurely stroll, relax amid the lushness and serenity of this garden, admire the beauty of the koi fish, while sipping some freshly brewed coffee.
Improved physical, mental well-being
Numerous health benefits have been linked to access to green spaces. Residents can engage in gardening, walking, and jogging in adjacent parks when they live in a garden-themed community like Hermosa. Literally just a few steps outside their home, Jardin Hermosa will readily give them exposure to nature on a regular basis, which has been shown to reduce tension, lower blood pressure, and improve mental health, thereby enhancing the quality of life.
Sense of community, social engagement
Due to its abundance of open parks, shaded walkways, and generally luscious vegetation that are excellent conversation starters, a garden-themed community, such as Hermosa, provides inhabitants with a place to congregate and interact. Community gardening initiatives foster a sense of belonging and nurture neighborly relationships. Thus, Hermosa residents can strengthen community ties by exchanging horticulture advice, collaborating on projects, and planning events.
A garden-themed community encourages eco-friendly and sustainable practices. It provides residents with opportunities to engage in organic gardening, composting, rainwater harvesting, and other eco-friendly activities. Residents contribute to a greener, more sustainable urban environment by actively participating in these activities.
Increased property values
Living in a garden-themed community like Hermosa can increase property values. Gardens and green areas that are well-kept are attractive features that appeal to prospective purchasers and renters, especially to starting families and those with pets. They contribute to the community’s aesthetic appeal, create a sense of exclusivity, and increase its overall desirability.
Best of both worlds
A home nestled in a garden-themed community within a bustling city center offers the perfect balance of experiencing the beauty of nature without depriving one of numerous urban conveniences, creating a sustainable and fulfilling lifestyle that can be easily maintained for years to come. It’s something that Hermosa, a residential community in Las Piñas City, has sought to offer—a blooming garden community that is conveniently near the airport, lifestyle hubs, shopping malls and business districts, thus enabling its residents to enjoy the best of both worlds.
The author (www.ianfulgar.com) is one of the premium architects in the Philippines who assists local and international clients in enhancing hotels, condominiums, museums, and commercial and mixed-use township developments with distinctive and forward-thinking design specialties for the real estate industry.