Manila neighbourhoods
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What would make a neighbourhood your future home? Is it about the location? Is it about the nearby establishments like grocery, malls, and means of transportation? Or maybe it's about the security of the location and the overall vibe of the place? Heres a handy guide to help you choose from the most popular neighbourhoods in Metro Manila.

There are a few neighbourhoods in Manila which could become the location of your future home, like Ortigas Center, Pasig, Ermita Manila, Eastwood City, Bel-air Village, Legazpi Village, and Bonifacio Global City.

Ortigas Center, Pasig

Ortigas Center is one of the first districts in Manila that fully established itself as a prime real estate location that suits yuppies and expats alike. It is home to some of the country’s most prominent institutions like San Miguel Corporation, Meralco and several international call centre companies. Everything is located relatively close together, so travel times are short as compared to the rest of Manila. In this highly-accessible neighbourhood, you will find shopping malls like SM Megamall, Robinsons Galleria, the Podium and St. Francis Square. It is also home to premium hotels like EDSA Shangri-la, Holiday Inn Manila and Crowne Plaza Manila.

Ermita

Ermita is an important district of finance, culture, education and commerce in the country. It is home to several educational institutions like University of the Philippines – Manila, Adamson University, Philippine Normal University, Technological University of the Philippines, and Manila Science High School, to name some. Famous tourist attractions and landmarks like Rizal Park, National Museum, and Ermita Church are also tucked into this district.

Eastwood City

Eastwood City is a 17 hectare commercial and residential development developed by Megaworld Corporation and located in Quezon City. It has a BPO targeted office complex named as Eastwood Cyberpark. This area is home to companies like Accenture, Dell, IBM, and Citibank. It is also home to research and development companies for electronics and power supplies like Canon and Emerson Power Network. It currently hosts 12 luxury residential condominium towers with several more being developed, making it a suitable location for both yuppies and expats.

Bel-Air Village, Makati

Bel-Air Village’s reputation and location make it a prime investment for those who can afford the district’s real estate prices. Home of the old rich of Makati, Bel-Air is the country’s richest barangay. It is flanked by some of the metro’s major thoroughfares with entrance gates at Rockwell Dr, Jupiter St., Kalayaan Ave and Paseo de Roxas. It also has the luxurious Power Plant Mall right next door. Majority of the residential developments in the area offer exclusivity and security afforded by the rich and famous.

Legazpi Village, Makati

This affluent neighbourhood is walking distance from Makati CBD. It is home to the famous weekend food market (Legazpi Sunday Market). You will find many banks, department stores and shopping complexes located here. It is also close to the country’s top tier universities like Centro Escolar University Makati, La Salle College International, and Asian Institute of Management. This makes living in this homier side of Makati a viable option for growing families.

Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Taguig

BGC has something most of Manila doesn’t have – lots of space and greeneries. It is a highly urbanised, modern community in Taguig, home to startups, local and international companies. It has several high-end lifestyle hubs like SM Aura Premier, Serendra and Bonifacio High Street and Uptown Bonifacio. It has lots of residential condominium complexes to choose from, best suited for yuppies, starting families, expats and even retirees.

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