Ching M. Alano (The Philippine Star ) – August 20, 2020 – 8:00am
MANILA, Philippines — I will always fondly remember the Quezon City of my carefree youth. Gorging on the most succulent steak with the creamiest gravy on Tomas Morato Avenue’s famed steak restaurant row. Riding a bus from work to go shoe shopping in QC with friends and then chilling out at our favorite ice cream parlor. Watching with wide-eyed amazement the greatest show on earth at the Big Dome every time the international circus came to town. Watching with childlike wonder some of the most magical Christmas displays in the metro whenever the holiday season came around. Indeed, Quezon City has never failed to fill the belly, warm the heart, and dazzle the senses.
But of course, this highly urbanized city has a lot more to offer today in terms of lifestyle, leisure and entertainment, historical and civic institutions, even work and livelihood opportunities. And now, with thriving communities that allow one to experience all these up close.
QC is home to Ayala Land master-planned estates –Vertis North and Cloverleaf. As Ayala Land offers different types of estates to cater to assorted lifestyles and interests, Vertis North and Cloverleaf have very distinct features. Vertis North is an invigorating city center located strategically along EDSA, and is positioned as part of QC’s Central Business District. On the other hand, Cloverleaf is a pocket urban neighborhood with a closely-knit sense of community in busy Balintawak.
Like all investment-worthy developments by Ayala Land, Vertis North and Cloverleaf are both highly sustainable, integrated and mixed-use communities, with residential and commercial areas connected by efficient road networks and pedestrian pathways. They’re also close to work and business opportunities, public transport systems, shopping centers, leisure venues, and essential facilities like hospitals and convenience stores that are most convenient, particularly in times of a pandemic.
All roads may as well lead north! Specifically, to Vertis North, the first modern mixed-use development in Quezon City with its diverse mix of retail, residential, office, hotel, dining, and entertainment facilities.
Vertis North’s unique advantage is its accessibility to QC’s main roadways and easy access to public transport that connects to other business districts in the metro and the surrounding North provinces.
Soon to rise beside Vertis North is a unified grand central station connected to the LRT1, MRT3, and proposed MRT7 and the Mega Manila Subway. The Department of Transportation aims to complete the station by 2021.
This large estate plays host to high-rise residences, hotels, retail establishments, and offices. You don’t have to go anywhere else if you’re looking for a place to live or work in, or to breathe in some clean, nice and crisp air as you commune with nature or socialize with neighbors at the planned Vertis North Garden—a most awesome green park that’s as huge as a football field. The 2-hectare park will not only serve as the green lung of the estate but also as a convergence area and a rainwater catchment basin.
To serve residents and office workers in the estate during the community quarantine period, there is Vertis North Market – a pop-up market providing a safe and convenient place for residents to shop fresh produce. Ayala Malls Vertis North likewise kept its free-spirited and socially active vibe by launching its “Project Easy” campaign that makes it easier for shoppers to pick up their purchases from the designated drop-off areas. Part of the campaign is a personal shopper service and Deliver EATS.
Meanwhile, those seeking a more convenient and laidback city living at the heart of the city, Alveo’s Orean Place, a two-tower residential development strategically accessible from the estate’s Agham road access and fully integrated into the estate’s masterplan, offers an abundance of shared spaces, amenities such as the ground floor lobby directly linked to the Retail Courtyard, naturally ventilated hallways, and a wide array of pools, a 1,800 sqm amenity garden deck, and other outdoor lounge and play areas for the family.
Mention Balintawak and the first thing that probably comes to mind is its pulsating public market that draws people from all over the metro. There’s a lot more happening in Balintawak, where an 11-hectare estate is evolving, with residential towers, office complexes, commercial and open spaces. Conveniently connected to Metro Manila’s major roads (EDSA, A. Bonifacio Avenue, and North Luzon Expressway) and easily accessible by public transport, Cloverleaf promises to be a sensible urban neighborhood with cozy residential offerings.
For instance, the Avida Towers Cloverleaf offers a complete range of recreational facilities designed for precious family bonding as well as amenities to complement one’s urban lifestyle. It will have three residential towers with a shared parking podium plus Avida’s condo must-haves – free-flowing air and sunlight, fewer units per floor for privacy and exclusivity, emergency power within the unit, sensible amenities, and easy payment terms.
The mixed-use complex is anchored by Ayala Malls Cloverleaf, which has a supermarket and a wide variety of essential shopping options. All these offerings serve not only QC denizens but those living in Caloocan, Malabon, and Valenzuela.
No wonder droves of people are heading north!