// posted October 15th, 2012

Pasig Townhouse or Townhome


Many people are now considering living in a city without the hassles of buying lots and tracts of land, and then building their houses through a contractor or through themselves.  Because of these, a great opportunity for business can be realized through the sale of prefabricated homes like townhouses and condominium units.

The article below serves readers that may be on the hunt for houses to live in within Metro Manila.  It will first talk about why townhouses, in particular, are good investments to make, and how one should go about looking for a townhouse.

This article will also talk specifically about Pasig Townhouses, since it is both commercial and residential in nature, and considering the fact that the townhouse building boom is more noticeable in the city of Pasig than in any other.  It will detail the lifestyle benefits that Pasig City has to offer to potential residents, and then it goes on to provide examples of townhouses that are being constructed or already for sale.

Townhouses are good alternative residences when living in the big cities.  This is truer when you've got a city the size of Metro Manila in the Philippines, which is made up of 16 component cities.  When you’re here making a living or staying in the city semi-permanently, you've got to have peace of mind at the end of the day to give you a rest from the chaotic elements of a megacity.

Townhouses, especially located in Pasig City, are the way to go.  Chances are good that you, the reader, may be in search of a residence that offers more room and breathing space than a condominium, but less costs and maintenance than a single-detached house.  If you are someone who lives in Metro Manila, townhouses in Pasig City may be the answer to your lifestyle.

Outlined below are some suggestions in searching and buying a townhouse, and then some information about Pasig City is given below to convince and inform readers what awaits them in this city.

General Tips in Choosing a Townhouse

If you are living in a condominium or a single-detached family house, and if you find your residence is either too large or too small for you or your family, you might want to consider buying a townhouse.  This is because a townhouse - especially a Pasig townhouse - offers the right balance between the convenience and functionality of a condo unit and the spaciousness and customizable features of a house and lot.

In terms of rates, a townhouse is much cheaper than the single-detached home, but more pricey than a regular condominium.  This is because a townhouse has more room and building features than a condominium unit, but has no exterior area common with single-detached homes.  Usually coming at two storeys high, townhouses share the same wall with the ones next door.

If you are the person who tends to do a lot of home improvement projects, then a townhouse is for you, since townhouses gives you a lot of room to do your renovations.  However, if you do not have the time for maintenance of the townhouse such as lawn trimming and repainting of walls, townhouses are still convenient choices since most townhouse complexes have homeowners’ association which takes care of all maintenance jobs.  This setup can be very handy for you if you have, let’s say, a roof portion to repair or a piping job to do.

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As such, find a townhouse that has the right location for you, as well as a reasonable price and placed inside a well-secured community complex.

When you scout for a townhouse, be prepared financially.  You can make deals with mortgage companies, banks, and other housing loan providers to find out how much you can borrow for a house.  A good consideration to make is the combined needs of your family.  Do you want more legroom and “running” room for your active kids?  Do you tend to invite a lot of people at home?  Or is your family more laid back and prefer coziness and peace?

Try to consider how if a particular townhouse will suit the lifestyle of your family.

Next, check out the amenities of the townhouse you are considering.  Does the community have shared amenities for the homeowners?  You might want to check if they have swimming pools, activity centers, gymnasiums, sports courtyards, and such.  Maintenance of these can be paid monthly as a homeowner contribution.

Living in a townhouse like a Pasing townhouse has more security and will give you more peace of mind because of security.  It also creates an atmosphere of friendship and belongingness to other members of the townhouse complex because of the inherent community lifestyle.

The Vibrance of Pasig City

Pasig City is one of the 16 cities that make up the National Capital Region.  It is located to the east of the metropolis and is bounded by Mandaluyong City to the west, Marikina and Quezon City to the north, and Taguig City to the south.  It is also one of the gateways to the eastern province of Rizal, bounded by Antipolo City and the municipalities of Cainta and Taytay.  The famous Pasig River cuts through the length of the city.

Pasig City is known for its upscale business district called Ortigas Center, which is a counterpart for Ayala and Makati business districts.  It is one of the top and most progressive business districts in the country, composed of high-rise buildings, office towers, and numerous residential condominiums and townhouses that cluster along the west side of the city.

Many of the biggest local and international companies doing business in the country have their headquarters here.  Notable entities making their home here are San Miguel Corporation, the Philippine Stock Exchange, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, the University of Asia and the Pacific, Robinsons Galleria, Manila Electric Company, The Medical City, and numerous local and international banks.

MetroWalk, El-Pueblo, and Frontera Verde are commercial complexes along Meralco and Ortigas Avenue, which is mainly composed of malls, parks, villages, office buildings, and restaurants.  The city is also home to the Tiendesitas shopping complex.

Aside from the Ortigas District, Pasig City is home to many manufacturing sites, factories, and warehouses, and other business establishments.  It is not uncommon to see residential areas placed side-by-side with large storage warehouses and factory plants.  The city is also aggressively developing townhouse and condominium complexes in its vicinity, as large parts of it are mostly residential areas.

The Connectivity of Pasig City

Pasig City is connected to the rest of Metro Manila through widely-known major roads.  It is bounded in the west side by the Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) which is the main thoroughfare of Metro Manila.  Major roads connecting EDSA into the interior of the city include Ortigas Avenue, E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue or more popularly known as C-5, Julia Vargas Avenue which goes through the SM Megamall shopping complex, Shaw Boulevard, and others.

These roads connect to EDSA allowing Pasig City residents to commute to and from the other parts of the city via buses,taxis, and a light rail system called the Metro Rail Transit which straddles the length of EDSA.  The MRT's Ortigas Station and Shaw Station primarily serve as the main transport hubs for Pasig residents.  Aside from this, the Santolan district of Pasig City is also served by the Light Rail Transit-2 system, which connects the northern part of the City directly with Manila.

Getting around the city is not a problem, since there are several transport options to choose from.  The city relies mostly on jeepneys and taxis.  Air conditioned minivans and full-sized vans ply special routes especially between major shopping malls and business districts.  Motorcabs are prominent along areas that are not regularly reached by jeepneys and taxicabs.  There are also ferries along the stretch of the Pasig River that transport residents from one side of the river to another.

Choosing to live in a Pasig townhouse or condominium is a very wise long-term investment, given the connectivity and the accessibility of the city to other parts of Metro Manila.  For example, if you are living anywhere inside the city, it is only about 30 minutes to the Makati Business District (if you work there) via the C-5 and Kalayaan Avenues, and 30 minutes also going to The Fort in Taguig City.  It will also take less than 30 minutes to Ortigas Center and Eastwood Libis, located in Quezon City.

Residents in Pasig City enjoy the proximity of major shopping malls.  It only takes 15-20 minutes of travel time going to SM Megamall, SM Hypermart, The Podium, Home Depot, Robinsons Galleria, Tiendesitas, St. Francis Square, Shagri-la Plaza, and Rustans.

Because there are business districts and commercial sites all around the area, you can barely find any shortage of employment opportunities there.

Furthermore, you can find places of personal importance such as schools, hospitals, and department stores for your daily needs.  If you have a family and kids and plan to live in Pasig, you can choose from either St. Paul College Pasig, St. Pedro Poveda Informatics, Brent International School, or the University of Asia and the Pacific, for college students. Go-to hospitals include the Pasig City General Hospital, Cardinal Santos Medical Center, and The Medical City.

Top 5 Facts

  • Pasig City is one of the city-municipalities of Metro Manila in the Philippines.
  • Pasig was incorporated into the province of Rizal, and was designated as the capital of the new province.
  • In July 1994, Pasig was converted into a highly urbanized city through Republic Act 7829.
  • Pasig is politically subdivided into 30 barangays.
  • The Pasig City Revolving Tower (Caruncho Tower) are now the seat of the market's administration office.

Examples of Pasig Townhouses

You can always visit the respective websites of townhouse developers to get an idea of what they are offering and whether or not the units that are offered are to your liking.  To get you started, here are several townhouses properties that are already developed or being developed.

  • Athena Residences 

    Located along Mercedes Avenue, this townhouse complex features two-storey residential units valued at P3.6 million pesos each.  There are three bedrooms and two bathrooms, a living room and a dining room, and a garage.  Construction of this townhouse complex is almost complete and will be ready for turnover soon.

  • Grand Monaco La Impreza

    This townhouse in Pasig is located along F. Manalo Avenue, which is just a walking distance away from the Pasig City Hall.  Its individual 2-storey units feature 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a dining hall, kitchen area, and a garage.  Each is priced around P3.59 million.

  • Grand Monaco La Potenza

    Each townhouse in this complex is valued at around P2.6 million or more, and is made up of 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a large laundry area, a single-car parking space, and is cable and telephone ready.  This townhouse community is well-gated and has a clubhouse and a playground for kids.

  • Camella Cerritos East

    This townhouse community is three-hectares large and is made up of attached two-storey townhouses.  It features four basic townhouse models: the Margarita, Reana, Carmela, and Marvela.  The latter two are different because they include a lot area, so these are technically not townhouses.  One of the perks of living here is that the developers have a professional Project Management Team that takes care of maintenance and also handles the affairs of the homeowner’s association.

  • Greenwoods Residential Estate

    This real estate property is more upscale than the rest and has townhouse, duplex, and single family houses.  Prices for these units range from P3.5 million to P12 million.  This project looks very polished and well-maintained, as evidenced by its cemented sidewalks with promenade trees, wide concrete roads for easy access, a landscaped entrance and guardhouse, swimming pools and sports courts, as well as an underground storm and drainage system, to mention a few.

  • Covina Verde

    Each townhouse in this complex costs around P4.1 million and is made up of two storeys.  Like Greenwoods, it is also well-developed.  The area is inundated with a strong WiFi signal throughout the community, so going online whenever you want to is no problem at all.

  • Somerset Place

    This kind of Pasig townhouse has three models of two-storey townhouses: the Corrine, Beatrice, and Audrey house models.  They are located in Manggahan district of Pasig City.  Each of the homes have a pocket garden, so if you are the greenthumb type, this might be for you.

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