One of the 16 cities that comprise Metro Manila and is the primary central business district (CBD) in the Philippines, Makati is a progressive city where people from diverse backgrounds and lifestyles reside and work. With a total land area of 27,355,700 square meters, it occupies 4.3 percent of Metro Manila’s land area; it houses 33 barangays, thousands of businesses, and 582,602 residents as of the 2015 national census. Filipinos see it as a sought-after address due to its prominence and benefits, and it continues to be a favorite home of expatriates who appreciate a low-maintenance lifestyle and a laid-back culture.
Many corporations in the country have headquarters in Makati, as it is a major financial district. Fourteen percent of its total land area is devoted to commercial use. Despite being widely acknowledged for its commercial areas, it is foremost residential. From high-end villages like Forbes Park and Dasmariñas Village to commercial-residential neighborhoods like Salcedo Village and Legaspi Village, Makati is a city of diversity preferred by many wealthy families in the country, young professionals, and expatriates.
Makati does not only provide a reputable address to its residents. Moreover, though house and lots for sale in Makati are typically expensive, its close proximity to offices, the abundance of places to hang out and dine, and the opportunities for growth it provides are unequaled.
For families who delight in the benefits of the cosmopolitan lifestyle, Villages in Makati are notable for the value they add to their residences.
Home to some of the richest Filipino business moguls, celebrities, politicians, and foreign diplomats, Forbes Park is a private village named after the erstwhile governor-general and millionaire William Cameron Forbes. Its development is credited to two pioneers of Ayala Corporation, Alfonso Zobel de Ayala and Joseph McMicking, a distinguished Spanish-Filipino patriarch and an American businessman-soldier, respectively. It is the first gated village project of the aforementioned corporation.
Forbes Park, which is divided into Forbes Park North and Forbes Park South and rests between the Makati Central Business District and Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Taguig. It is accessible via main thoroughfares including McKinley Road and Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA).
Dubbed as the Beverly Hills of Manila, Forbes Park has become synonymous with upscale residential living over the years. Its residents can live privately, at ease, and in style, due to it being high-end and secure. When residents seek leisure and recreation, the Manila Golf and Country Club, Manila Polo Club, and San Antonio Plaza are readily at hand. The Santuario de San Antonio, a Franciscan church, is open for residents who want to grow spiritually.
Initially, Ayala Corporation developed the gated Dasmariñas Village in 1965 to be part of Forbes Park. However, in 1971, a group of residents led the separation from Forbes Park to address the needs of their village better. Today, it is highly residential in use; there are no major business establishments within its confines. The high-end neighborhood houses foreign embassies and consulates such as those of China, the Czech Republic, Egypt, India, and Oman. It also houses one of the metro’s prominent schools: Colegio de San Agustin.
House and lots for sale in Dasmariñas Village are usually priced more than Php200 million, with multiple bedrooms, and are more than a thousand square meters in total lot area.
Residents of Dasmariñas Village are laid-back. Often, they are seen leisurely walking through the tree-lined streets and around the two village parks, Campanilla Park and Mahogany Park. Due to the neighborhood’s naturally unhurried ambiance, life within Dasmariñas Village is calm. For those who work or have a business in Makati CBD or BGC, traveling is easy as the village is near these financial centers.
Urdaneta Village is one of the smallest neighborhoods in Makati with a total land area of only 0.7399 square kilometers. An exclusive and private enclave that is solely residential in use, it is gated to ensure its residents’ comfort, safety, and privacy; it is a low-density neighborhood that places a high premium on well-being.
Along with Forbes Park, San Lorenzo Village, and Bel-Air Village, it is one of the first planned communities in Makati. In fact, Urdaneta and Bel-Air used to be one village called Beldeneta.
Due to the convenience it offers, well-to-do families and expatriates reside in Urdaneta Village. It is nestled only a few minutes away from Ayala Center and BGC. More so, traveling is trouble-free as it is bounded by the roads of EDSA, Makati Avenue, and Gil Puyat Avenue and by barangays Bel-Air to the north and west, San Lorenzo to the south, and Forbes Park to the east.
House and lots for sale in Urdaneta Village are usually more than Php200 million, have quality amenities, and are more than a thousand square meters in total lot area.
A private and gated village with four phases—Bel-Air I to IV—Bel-Air Village was initially developed as the home of Philippine Airlines pilots. Today, it includes Ayala North, Buendia Avenue Extension, Ayala Triangle, and Salcedo Village. With a total land area of 1.7121 square kilometers, it is one of the largest villages in Makati.
Those who plan to move to Bel-Air Village can expect a clean place of residence. Its streets are tree-lined, indication the commitment of the village to provide its residents a healthy environment. In 2005, it was inducted into the Makati Clean and Green Hall of Fame after being the cleanest and greenest barangay in Makati for eight consecutive years.
Bel-Air Village is notably close to Makati CBD and is surrounded by a myriad of hang out and dining options. Moreover, it is accessible via major roads in Makati. Nevertheless, its laid-back atmosphere is never affected by its close proximity to key areas.
Bel-Air Village residents are diverse, as it is an all-inclusive community; it leaves no rooms for discrimination. Residents include business executives, politicians, celebrities, and expatriates.