A highly urbanized city along the western shore of Laguna de Bay, Taguig is one of the 17 component cities and municipality of Metro Manila. It is the metropolis’ fourth most populous city, with a population of 804,915 based on the 2015 Census, and the fifth largest in terms of geographical area after Quezon City, Caloocan, Parañaque, and Valenzuela.
While it started as a largely fishing and agricultural pueblo during the Spanish times, Taguig quickly grew to become a predominantly residential and industrial locale for most of the 20th century. A large portion of its area was acquired by the American government and converted into a military camp: Fort McKinley. It was renamed Fort Bonifacio in 1957, and was privatized (at least most of its land) in the 1990s through the Bases Conversion and Development Authority, which oversaw its conversion into Bonifacio Global City (BGC). Today, BGC is one of Metro Manila’s most important business and commercial hubs.
Since then, Taguig has become one Metro Manila’s most important business and financial centers. BGC is now home the unified trading floors of the Philippine Stock Exchange, in addition to numerous office skyscrapers that punctuate its ever-changing skyline. Many local and multinational companies now call BGC their home, including pharmaceutical giants Roche and Sanofi, beverage maker Coca-Cola, and Globe Telecom.
BGC (and neighboring McKinley Hill) is also home to most of Metro Manila’s international schools, most notably the British School Manila, Everest Academy Manila, International School Manila, Manila Japanese School, Chinese International School Manila, and the Korean International School. The area is also a popular leisure and commercial destination, hosting mid-market and upscale malls, such as Bonifacio High Street, Market! Market!, SM Aura Premier, Uptown Mall, and Venice Grand Canal Mall. In 2017, Vista Land opened its Vista Mall Taguig (formerly Starmall Prima Taguig). Located in Brgy. Tuktukan, this Vista Mall is considered the largest mall in Taguig outside BGC and McKinley Hill.
All these developments are making Taguig one of the most highly sought-after locations in Metro Manila to buy a house and lot for sale. Aside from established subdivisions, the city has seen the development of new gated communities, many of them cater to the mid-end and high-end markets.
Taguig is quite well known for established communities that were previously government housing projects for employees and personnel of the Armed of Forces of the Philippines. Many of these enclaves, like AFPOVAI Village, are now privately owned and offer plenty of residential inventories. These properties are quite popular to homebuyers as well, due to their proximity to BGC, McKinley Hill, and even the Makati central business district (CBD).
In recent years, however, property developers have unveiled several subdivision projects in Taguig, in the hope of taking advantage of the city’s very buoyant housing markets. Some of these projects include the following.
A project by Megaworld Corp., this exclusive enclave with the popular McKinley Hill is one of the few locations in Metro Manila that offer large-cut residential lots within close driving distance of Makati (it has been, in fact, marketed as an alternative to Forbes Park and Dasmariñas Village). This leafy gated community is home to newly built, contemporary-designed homes, such as five-bedroom, six-bathroom property that comes with a garage that accommodate four cars. This semi-furnished house for sale comes with a separate maid’s room, functioning air-conditioning units in all its bedrooms, and a balcony, and its listed for Php69.5 million.
A 150-hectare estate developed by DMCI Homes, Acacia Estates has low-rise and mid-rise condo developments, a large events place, and at least gated communities or subdivisions: Mahogany Place I, II, and III. This whole development is under the shared jurisdiction of Barangays Ususan, Bambang, and San Miguel. A five-bedroom, newly built house in Mahogany Place I is currently on the market for Php48 million, which is a bargain compared to similar-sized properties in McKinley Hill Village 15 minutes away. This property has seven bathrooms, a three-car garage, and a total floor area of 430 sqm.
Although technically still under construction, 34.5-hectare McKinley West is another Megaworld Corp. project that will feature its own gated community or subdivision: McKinley West Village. Sitting on the former JUSMAG property along Lawton Avenue—just across McKinley Hill and neighbor to Forbes Park and the Manila Polo Club—this 12.4-hectare enclave will feature 285 prime subdivision lots, ranging in size from 188 to 300 sqm. In several years’ time, McKinley West Village will boast some of the most prime house and lot properties in this side of Taguig.
As it is now one of Metro Manila’s full-fledged business and financial centers, Taguig is one of the most highly sought-after places to find a house in the Philippines. Houses for sale in the city’s established subdivisions are now popular commodities, especially among property buyers looking for high-return investments. Indeed, few places can rival the city at the moment in terms of investment potential, and houses for sale in Taguig are some of most prime and safest investment there is.