Fine living at the Vine: (The Metro Resort Lifestyle)

In my youth, Novaliches was a bucolic place teeming with greens and trees. It was a pleasant surprise when after a mere half an hour driving on a rough road from our house in Diliman, I smelled a scent akin to Antipolo or Tagaytay. We were in Novaliches!

Located in the northern part of Quezon City, Novaliches used to be part of Bulacan. A portion of Novaliches is now part of North Caloocan. It attempted to separate from Quezon City but it fell short in a plebiscite.


The rough roads are a thing of the past as Novaliches can easily be reached from many parts of the metro by bus, jeepney, van, and taxi on good roads. Accessibility will improve once it gets connected to MRT 7, LRT 1, MRT 3, and the Mega Manila Subway.

Oasis in the City

With its vision of creating a perfect home for the Filipino family, SM Development Corp. (SMDC) built Vine Residences, a master planned community right beside SM City Novaliches on San Bartolome, Quirino Highway.

A sprawling oasis in a prime location, it was constructed in the former property of the Girl Scouts of the Philippines. The essence of the former property was retained when 52 percent of its total land area was left for open space. Trees were transferred, trellises were put up as pathways and a camp site and an eco trail were set up at the back of the property. There is more than one swimming pool, several outdoor children’s play zones and a sunken garden. There is also a covered basketball court which can double as a volleyball court.

Sustainability and Disaster Resiliency

Aside from promoting an active lifestyle, SMDC is also advocating sustainability which encompasses economic, social, and environmental aspects. Along this line, rainwater is recycled to water its landscape. There is also a detention tank that controls and mitigates water discharge in case of heavy rain. The use of natural light and vegetation is optimized.

Sustainable living is complemented by disaster resiliency. In this regard, their condominiums are built on stilts raised from the ground approximately 3 meters as defense against flooding.

Best Affordable Condo

With all these features, Vine Residences has won the “Best Affordable Condo Development (Metro Manila)” awarded by Property Guru during the Property Awards 2021. It was also highly commended as “Best Landscape Architecture Design” by Property Guru in the Philippines in their Property Awards 2021.

Best Developer (Metro Manila)

SMDC, the largest and fastest growing real estate developer in the Philippines was declared the “Best Developer in Metro Manila” by the DOT Property Philippine Awards of 2021.

Its design philosophy of prime location; integration of retail development; property management; resort- style amenities; and hotel-like lobbies remain steadfast.

At the height of the pandemic when most of our mobility was curtailed, living beside a mall proved favorable. There was no need to go far for daily needs. SM City Novaliches, the fourth Supermall in Quezon City, is conveniently located along a major thoroughfare. It has its own transport hub.

Move in Now

As an incentive to investors, SMDC has come up with “Move in Now” which gives a 10 percent discount upon reservation on select SMDC RFO developments nationwide and the privilege to move in right away with five percent spot cash payment. That is definitely an offer too good to pass up. Live in a home beside the mall. Live in the home of the good guys. As sung in Rock Steddy’s song “Supernovaliches,” “Dito ka na lang.” The Good life starts here.