Makati’s Brgy. San Lorenzo is home to Ayala Center, part of the Makati central business district (CBD), and San Lorenzo Village itself (from which it got its name), which effectively makes it one of the richest—if not the richest—barangays in the Philippines. Belonging to the first congressional district of Makati, San Lorenzo has a total land area of 1.7341 sq km and a population of just 10,000 according to the 2010 Census.
San Lorenzo Village takes up almost half of the Brgy. San Lorenzo’s land area, with the rest shared between Legaspi Village and Ayala Center—both of which are predominantly commercial areas. Under Ayala Center one would find some of the most popular shopping complexes in Makati (Greenbelt Mall, Glorietta Mall, The Landmark Makati, and SM Makati) and most of the city’s luxury hotels (New World Hotel, Raffles Residences and Fairmont Makati, Ascott Hotel, Dusit Thani Manila, Holiday Inn, and the Makati Shangri-La Hotel). Legaspi Village, on the other hand, hosts some of Makati’s most well-known office towers and condo developments, including The Enterprise Center, BPI Building, Rufino Tower, and the upcoming Nex Tower and Alveo Financial Tower.
Brgy. San Lorenzo as foodie haven
It is a well-known fact that Brgy. San Lorenzo is a go-to place for a great meal. Restaurants figure prominently in Ayala Center, particularly in Greenbelt 2 and 3. These restaurants range from fast-food joints for quick, on-the-go meals, to fancier places great for business lunches or dinner with clients. However, there are also places within Brgy. San Lorenzo outside Ayala Center that are popular foodie spots, including the following:
Legaspi Village itself is a popular foodie haven. Some of its streets feature well-loved and popular restaurants, including Perea, Palanca, Rada, and Esteban. Along Perea Street, for instance, one will find Mom & Tina’s, Ba Noi’s, and Balkan, the latter of which serves authentic Yugoslavian cuisine. Palanca Street, on the other hand, is home to Sicilian Roast, Plantation, and Gringo, while one will find Wild Flour, Nikkei, and Sarsa along neighboring Rada Street. Closer to Makati Medical Center is Esteban Street, where one will find Trufa, Your Local, and Yardstick Coffee.
Located along Chino Roces Avenue between Makati Square and Rufino Street, Little Tokyo has been a staple in Makati’s foodie scene since at least the early 1990s. Some of the popular restaurants here include Kagura, Dojo Dairy, Hana, Nodasho, Oishinbo, Sekitori, and Yamazaki Bento, among others.
The whole stretch of Arnaiz Avenue from EDSA to Chino Roces Avenue is lined by some of the most popular eateries in Makati. These restaurants may be considered old-timers when it comes to the food business, as many have been in operations since at least the 1980s and 1990s. Some of them include MilkyWay Café, Nihon Bashitei, Amici, Cirkulo Restaurant, Tsukiji, and Azuthai.
Finding condos for rent in San Lorenzo Village
As mentioned, Brgy. San Lorenzo is home to many residential condos, from the very upscale to more affordable options. Some of the most high-end condo towers in San Lorenzo are found within Ayala Center, including the three-tower Park Terraces beside Glorietta Mall, The Residences at Greenbelt next to Greenbelt Mall, Greenbelt Townhomes atop Greenbelt 2, Garden Towers right across Park Square and SM Makati, and Raffles Residences at the corner of Makati and Arnaiz Avenues. A typical two-bedroom, 106-sqm condo unit for rent in Park Terraces, for example, has a monthly rate of Php110,000, while a two-bedroom, 156-sqm condo for rent in The Residences at Greenbelt has a monthly rental rate of Php150,000.
A wider selection of condos for rent are available over at Legaspi Village. Some of the condo developments one will find here include Shang Grand Tower at the corner of Perea and Dela Rosa Streets; One Legazpi Park and Greenbelt Chancellor along Rada Street; Senta Residences, Grand Midori Makati, Eton Residences Greenbelt, and Greenbelt Hamilton along Legaspi Street; Greenbelt Excelsior and Greenbelt Parkplace along Palanca Street; The Columns at Legaspi Village at the corner of Arnaiz Avenue and Amorsolo Street; Eton Parkview Greenbelt and KL Mosaic along Gamboa Street. A typical one-bedroom, 60-sqm condo for rent in One Legazpi Park has a monthly rate of Php73,000, while a two-bedroom, 132-sqm condo for rent in Shang Grand Tower has a monthly rate of Php110,000.
More affordable condo options are also available in San Lorenzo, particularly in areas outside Legaspi Village. One of these areas is Amorsolo Street and the western side of Chino Roces Avenue (formerly Pasong Tamo), which stretches from EDSA to Gil Puyat Avenue. Some of the condos one will find in Chino Roces include San Lorenzo Place by Empire East Holdings, The Beacon Makati by Geo Estate Inc., and Paseo de Roces by Federal Land. A typical fully furnished condo studio for rent in The Beacon has a monthly rate of Php30,000, while a 32-sqm studio for rent in the Columns at Legaspi Village has a monthly rate of Php25,000.
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