Getting into the Alabang lifestyle

In Photo: Southern luxury is redefined at the master-planned Versailles community.

ALABANG, the third-largest barangay in Muntinlupa City, has always been the apple of many real-estate developers’ eye—and for good reason.

Located in the south of Metro Manila, it exudes a relaxed and peaceful lifestyle, where neighbors usually become good friends and dinner parties at home are not just common, but a must.

Here, families gather regularly in church or run into each other at the mall, at the parks, along jogging trails or at the basketball courts and soccer fields. It’s the perfect suburban atmosphere to build, grow and nurture a family. Alabang has truly earned its illustrious reputation in the real-estate industry for trailblazing quality, commitment to innovation, and value appreciation, with the numerous master-planned, mixed-use communities in the area.

One such community is from State Properties Corp., the real-estate arm of State Investment Trust Inc. Its premier residential-estate project in the area is dubbed Versailles, just across Ayala Alabang Village along Daang Hari Road. Versailles has taken the familiar comforts of an Alabang lifestyle and upgraded it with European-inspired luxury.

The 75-hectare development is a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood with verdant open spaces.

While preserving old-world elegance, the Versailles community comes fully equipped with modern underground utilities and a tight security system. The Mediterranean-inspired houses come in the form of a townhouse and three-, four- and five-bedroom offerings, which are all gracious and elegant in every angle to be able to satisfy the tastes of highly discerning would-be residents. The units are designed by renowned architectural firms Palafox Associates and Rolando Mercado Design Associates. Versailles being in the neighborhood of some of the most well-known high-end subdivisions and popular community centers in the south, offers reasonably priced homes for the potential homeowner looking to settle down in the area.

Major leisure hubs, places of worships, hospital and schools are very near, such as the Alabang Town Center, Saint James the Great Parish, Asian Hospital and Medical Center and De La Salle Zobel, to name a few.  And with two major access points—the Skyway and the newly opened Muntinlupa Cavite-Expressway (MCX) that connects Bacoor, Cavite, to the South Luzon Expressway—daily commute to Versailles is now a breeze. The MCX serves as an alternative route from Metro Manila to Cavite and vice versa, cutting travel time and avoiding traffic. It is these benefits and more that make buying a home in Versailles a wise and sound decision. According to research firm Cuervo Far East, the investment outlook in Alabang area is forecasted at 10-percent to 15-percent price appreciation annually for high-end residential properties.

By 2019 the price of land in the area is expected to continually grow to about P100,000 per square meter as new developments rise in the area.