Living in Metro Manila can be practical and convenient for city dwellers, professionals and employees, with shopping and dining centers, residential areas, and the like within reach across the metropolis. The creation of mixed-use developments has, for one, paved the way for walkable destinations.
Mixed-use developments refer to development projects that blend residential, commercial, cultural, institutional, and entertainment uses into one space. These developments have allowed people access to places through public transit, and have helped encourage them to walk and bike to places of work or while doing errands. Mixed-use developments are not a new concept, and are in fact evolving the urban landscape.
According to Lamudi, the reasons why these types of projects are becoming so popular are because the properties within are highly convenient. It allows residents and property managers easier management, improved support and better processes. Plus, everything that residents — be it owners or renters — have access to almost everything they need within an arms reach. This is an important factor in a country where severe transportation problems is still being addressed, and walkability within a community is a major selling point.
Balanced lifestyle possible in an urban pocket development
Recently, many Filipinos have become more active and health conscious. Add to this, urban pocket developments have been popping up all over, especially in areas with high concentration of residents who aim to work near their homes and to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle. The rise of urban pocket developments have resulted in projects that are people-first with a high focus on human health and productivity.
Quezon City is expected to become one of the fastest growing business districts. Already the city is home to major TV stations, popular shopping malls, hotels, schools, and commercial offices.
This is where Cloverleaf Balintawak comes in. Cloverleaf is an 11-hectare mixed-use development in Balintawak, Quezon City, and developed by Ayala Land Inc. (ALI). Though relatively smaller compared to other mixed-use developments, Cloverleaf Estate is a breath of fresh air to the otherwise busy landscape of Balintawak.
In addition, it has much to offer to the residents, visitors, and the employees who will work within the pocket urban development: access to major transportation hubs and major roads, commercial establishments, safe and secure residential areas, pockets of green spaces, and office complexes within the township development.
- Access to major transportation hubs and major roads
Since Balintawak is one of the bustling districts of Quezon City, Cloverleaf presents what is best in modern and sustainable pocket urban development and offers a balanced lifestyle while serving as a green pocket in the otherwise busy city. The development is located at the intersection of EDSA and NLEX, and is directly connected to the LRT Balintawak station. This strategic location makes it one of the most accessible estates in the northern part of Quezon City — more so once the much-anticipated Skyway Stage 3 extension project is completed. It will be the future northern terminus of the thoroughfare and will connect NLEX and SLEX in Buendia, Makati City.
- Conducive office spaces
One of the many woes of the modern employee has to commute for two to three hours from their house to their offices. At Cloverleaf, office complexes for various enterprises and industries are available and will provide employment opportunities for employees and retail business opportunities for entrepreneurs. The complexes will feature privacy and exclusivity that is anchored on a blue print meant for growth.
- Safe and secure residential areas
Living in Cloverleaf is a unique experience because of the safe and secure community it provides, despite living in a bustling city like Quezon City. With a total of five towers in more than a hectare of land, promises of new beginnings can be found here.
Avida Towers Cloverleaf is the first residence to rise in the masterplanned, mixed-use development. The first tower at 31 stories high, with 28 residential floors, is set for completion by the second half of 2019. The second tower, meanwhile, will be the development’s highest at 36 stories high, with 33 residential floors. It will have Green Building features such as Rainwater Harvesting, Low-emissivity glass windows, and sensor lighting in common areas.
Avida Towers Cloverleaf has a three-floor shared parking podium and features a clubhouse, swimming pool and children’s pool, children’s play area, indoor gym, landscaped spaces, and serenity gardens. Tower 2 offers 848 units in studio, junior one-bedroom, one-bedroom and two-bedroom layouts.
Alveo Land is also constructing two towers that would offer 600 units of residential options to its occupants.
- Nearby commercial establishments
No urban development is complete without a shopping complex. Ayala Malls Cloverleaf offers everything residents would ever need within arms reach from their condominium units. The 2.2-hectare mall is equipped with a supermarket, a six-screen cinema complex, and a department store. Local and foreign fashion brands can also be found here for a more optimal shopping experience. There are also plenty of dining choices for residents who may be lazy to cook or who want to experience new things.
A new urban pocket development
In addition to Cloverleaf, ALI is set to establish a new urban pocket development in Novaliches called the Junction Place, which is targeted to launch within the year. The Junction Place is a 10.8 hectare mixed-use residential and commercial development meant to bring together a community amid the hustle and bustle of Metro Manila. Included in the development is a Waltermart that is set to open in 2020.
These urban pocket developments will usher in a new way of living and working in the ever-busy Metro Manila, balancing the modern needs of Filipinos in an urban setting.