Results of a global buyer survey recently disclosed that since the pandemic hit two years ago, a number of Filipinos have moved houses, driven by the need for outdoor space and a private place of rest set in a healthy, breathable environment. In the same breadth, the discerning few continue to find these essential home living features in Tagaytay Highlands, an exclusive mountain resort complex just 90 minutes’ drive from Makati CBD.
With approximately 1,200 hectares of rolling terrain, Tagaytay Highlands is the only mountain resort of its kind and scale that spans the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, and Batangas. At 2,000 feet above sea level, residents and their guests enjoy year-round clean, crisp air and the intoxicating vista of Taal Volcano rising in a shimmering Taal Lake. On any clear day, however, Mt. Makiling, Canlubang Valley, and Laguna de Bay hover into view, nature scenes that are balm to the spirit.
The survey, conducted by trusted real estate agency and consultancy firm Santos Knight Frank, further revealed a growing number of buyers (85 percent of local respondents) preferring abodes with access to the outdoors (33 percent) and to functional property features (17 percent) such as health- and wellness-related facilities.
Such homebuyers’ considerations do not surprise. Cloistered at home during community quarantines and lockdowns, Filipino urbanites felt the urgency to “flee for the hills” where there’s more birdsong than traffic noises—and where they could keep safe from viral transmission while staying sane.
This finding is borne by reports of well-heeled homebuyers trading the metro’s sleek condo penthouses for detached homes or villas at suburban sprawls down south. As they seek tranquil havens for their families to this day, they realize that they need not look elsewhere for good air quality, soothing nature views, and proximity to vast green spaces.
“Most times of the year, Tagaytay Highlands’ nippy breeze spurs resident families to take leisurely ‘paseos’ at its lush garden parks or to indulge in more revitalizing activities such as trekking, hiking, fishing, go-karting, biking, and jogging,” says Lennie Mendoza, Senior Vice President of Highlands Prime, Inc. (HPI), developer of Tagaytay Highlands and a subsidiary of SM Prime Holdings. “Tagaytay Highlands, in fact, offers everything that is fun and frolicsome in life. In this self-contained community, residents have everything they need to live, play, work, and entertain themselves,” adds Mendoza.
For instance, the Tagaytay Highlands Country Club houses a three-level sports center that features swimming pools, an indoor basketball court, a fully equipped gym, a billiards hall, and a 14-lane bowling center. Golfing families have access to the Highlands’ world-class golf courses with championship-level layouts—the Tagaytay Highlands International Golf Club and Tagaytay Midlands Golf Club.
Residents and their guests who like to indulge their robust appetites may simply head for the Highlands’ slew of fine neighborhood restaurants. For the ultimate wellness experience, residents can check out The Spa and Lodge for truly relaxing spa services. All these are part of the exclusive privileges of membership in the premier mountain resort.
No longer just a weekend getaway, Tagaytay Highlands features options for every discerning Filipino family’s dream home: signature log cabins perched on expansive lots, posh condo units, and elegantly themed, low-density residential enclaves designed as alternative primary homes for upmarket property seekers.
Envisioned to last and endure through the years, Tagaytay Highlands is also primed for expansion, making it the foremost choice of investors who now see the wisdom of acquiring properties located in lush mountainous areas. Imagine everyday living in a beautiful home that brings the outdoors in and offers flexible interior spaces, ensuring long-term protection from future contagions.
As the country adapts to a ‘better normal’, Tagaytay Highlands invites discriminating homeowners and property investors to make it their permanent address. After all, the premier estate is probably their only option south of Metro Manila for an enduring dalliance with bountiful nature that is balanced by modern conveniences.
Interested homebuyers will be interested to know that despite the economic downturn due to the pandemic, HPI continues to dominate the Metro Tagaytay market, with the most active inventory at a time of peak market interest. HPI posted substantial gains as evidenced by homebuyers’ rapid uptake of its properties at the height of the 2020-2021 pandemic. The Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development has also named HPI as one of CALABARZON’s 2021 Outstanding Developers for Open Market Projects.
A development that values the safety of its homeowners, their guests, members, and staff, Tagaytay Highlands has also been awarded the Safety Seal of the City Government of Tagaytay.
Tagaytay Highlands’ competent club and property management teams ensure that all facilities and personnel will continue to adhere to strict sanitation procedures and safety protocols including disinfection, hand sanitation, wearing of face masks, and social distancing.
Property Management will also remain efficient—from compliance with health and safety precautionary measures to delivery of quick crisis responses during adverse natural and high-risk events.
ABOUT TAGAYTAY HIGHLANDS
Tagaytay Highlands is a private resort of themed residential communities where access to top-notch sports facilities and recreational amenities is part of the privilege and exclusive benefits of a member/homeowner, their families, and their guests.