According to real estate industry watchers, families are now opting to live away from crowded city centers due to the pandemic. For families and property seekers who yearn for the freedom and safety of the outdoors and who have a special regard for nature, the good news is that paradise is just two and a half hours from Metro Manila.
Seafront Residences by AboitizLand, located in Brgy. Calubcub II, San Juan, Batangas, takes resort-inspired living further because of its pawikan nature reserve. The entire 43-hectare beachside development, including the shoreline, has been officially designated as a prime nesting ground for endangered olive ridley sea turtles.
Although pawikans are known to have a long life span, many hatchlings don’t survive to adulthood, driving the marine turtles to near extinction. They are also known to be very sensitive to sea conditions and could alter their behavior when choosing nesting sites. AboitizLand understands that maintaining paradise entails commitment and community engagement, which is why the seawater and shorelines at Seafront Residences are properly maintained to enable sea turtles to nest there every year. Aside from daily clean-ups, AboitizLand “adopts” nests found along the shorelines outside the development so that these can be adequately managed and the hatchlings safely released back into the sea.
All these efforts are part of a 5-year Pawikan Conservation Project, the developer’s partnership with Aboitiz Foundation, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and the University of the Philippines Diliman Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology. Within three years of the program, AboitizLand has completed the profiling of sea turtles in the area and their nesting sites, and has also created beach zones to identify and evaluate safe areas.
Another major aspect of the program is providing jobs and volunteer opportunities in animal conservation for the Batangueños from nearby towns as well as community vecinos (neighbors or residents in Spanish). With the engagement of local government units, the Pawikan Beach Patrol was established to help ensure the protection of endangered marine species through collaborative action by empowered stakeholders. Today, AboitizLand and Seafront Residences are recognized as leaders in the locality when it comes to Pawikan Conservation, along with partner organizations.
The environment-sensitive master plan of Seafront Residences was developed by Florida-based DPZ CoDesign, a thought leader on New Urbanist communities. Blessed with a vista of Mt. Banahaw and Tayabas Bay, the beachside retreat in Batangas offers residents an enriching, restorative work-from-paradise lifestyle with options for biking along interconnected pathways, safe social distancing in shared spaces and lush pocket parks, and running essential errands at the Seafront Town Center. The following recreational amenities at Seafront Residences also contribute to the vecinos’ sense of belonging and wellbeing: a basketball court, the Seafront Crest Clubhouse, and diamond and transect parks. The beachfront clubhouse, which is equipped with a roof deck with a viewing tower, houses a play area, multi-purpose hall, an infinity pool, kids’ pool, pool deck, and function rooms.
The experience of telecommuting from Seafront Residences is unmatched, whether one is managing a business or working from home. The acclaimed houses, designed by BUDJI+ROYAL Architecture+Design inspired by timeless Filipino architecture, are just a few minutes’ walk to the shore.
As of February 2021, AboitizLand has successfully released 1,755 hatchlings of the endangered olive ridley sea turtles since the program started in 2018, and even in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. In the next two years, the developer will automate systems at the site that will provide data on rainfall, wind speed and direction, and other physical parameters of the ocean that may affect the turtles there.
By making these possible not just within the exclusive beach property but for the benefit of Batangas sea life and locals, children and grownups can develop an affinity for nature and the outdoors through thoughtful participation in the protection of endangered fauna and other forms of nature.
Those who would like to know more about living in Seafront Residences can visit https://aboitizland.com/seafront-residences/ for a 360 virtual tour, or book an appointment for site trips and project tours via the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AboitizLand.Inc.
For over 25 years, AboitizLand has stayed true to its promise of creating better ways to live through its thriving master-planned communities. It now looks to further expand its reach by continuing to develop innovative and fully integrated communities in more locations across the Philippines. A subsidiary of the Aboitiz Group, it is built on a firm foundation with a hundred-year heritage of advancing business and communities. For more information about AboitizLand, visit www.aboitizland.com.