Living in Quezon City
Quezon City remains to be one of the most livable cities in the metro, and for good reasons. Living comfortably is achieved here because everything you need is within reach. The city has all the modern features that the newer generations yearn for while staying true to its nature-preserving roots.
Living in Quezon City means living where it matters, where more luxuries, needs, and wants are met.
Quezon City is near business districts.
In a study conducted by The Nerve’s, the Filipinos especially the millennials prefer working at BGC but want to live in Quezon City. BGC is one place, though; the others are Makati and Quezon City itself.
Ortigas is the fourth choice, which also an ideal workplace if you live in Quezon City. The place is a central hub–a converging point for Mandaluyong, Pasig, and Quezon City. So whether you work in Ortigas, Mandaluyong, and Pasig City, buying a townhouse or condo in Quezon City makes perfect sense.
There is an abundance of job vacancies in the BPO industry. And the biggest business process outsourcing firms in Quezon City are located in Araneta Center and Eton Centris. You need not go beyond the boundaries because there are many work opportunities within the city that you may also want to take advantage of.
Also, the number of office buildings in the place is growing. Today, more than 100 office buildings are already operational. Some projects, particularly those that Ayala Land is developing, are under construction and will be operational in 2020.
The overall business and employment prospects look good. The city is ever-progressive and the quality of life is increasing. This echoes in the availability of resources including manpower.
Quezon City prioritizes the health and wellness of the residents.
The place also houses various government offices. In fact, two of the basic services central branches are located here–Social Security System (SSS) and PhilHealth.
Quezon City is also a hub for major hospitals such as St. Luke’s Medical Center and National Kidney Institute and wellness centers as well. The health of the people, which is currently near 3 million, is prioritized which explains the presence of health centers and hygiene clinics in all barangays. The same applies to having well-disseminated health and fitness programs. The service motto is “Health for All.”
Police stations and sub-stations and fire stations are geographically-scattered. Peace and order are maintained and emergency response situations are addressed as quickly as possible.
Other than that, the area offers lots of greenery for the residents and frequenters to explore and enjoy. Sprinkled in different parts of the city are recreational parks and garden-like spots. The most popular are Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife and La Mesa Ecopark near the Quezon City Memorial Circle.
The city is PWD, senior citizen, and expat-friendly too. The first two receive access to full services via ordinances.
Quezon City has a modest cost of living.
People who prefer to live in Quezon City consider its affordability as the #1 reason. It’s not as expensive as living in Makati. Additionally, the disposable income of the residents remains high.
Affording indulgence every once in a while is possible even for the most practical individuals. The city boasts of food hubs and shopping complexes. More than twenty major shopping malls operate in the city, and most entertainment areas are either inside these malls or nearby. There is a mall for every household category.
For some, indulgence may mean going to the art exhibits, movies or food park. Quezon City has all these in store for the peripatetic residents or those who want to walk around to gain new experiences. StEAT Maginhawa Food Park is one of the most famous, if not the most famous foodie havens.
Quezon City offers a variety of housing options.
The progressive city has many residential areas, each with housing options–from residential bungalows inside villages to townhouses and condominiums. The gated communities offer the safest and most secure living, making it the preferred address for families, starting or growing.
There are many residential options here than in any other part of Metro Manila since the city is expansive and real estate properties are inexpensive. If you are looking for an affordable condo for sale in Quezon City, you need not look far because there are several clusters of residential buildings in the city. Low-rise to high-rise condos that offer various facilities and amenities like gym, pool, parking area, and utility management are available.
Because of its location and accessibility, real estate value in the city is typically high. Adding up to the property value appreciation over the years, the local government has been repairing and upgrading drainage and sewerage systems in the last five years.
One issue that may turn off prospect residents is the high rental fees. The relatively high availability of accommodations is offset by the monthly rental costs. Hence, if you want to live in Quezon City, you need to persevere in finding the place to be billeted–one that is within your budget and has all your non-negotiables.
Quezon City is home to esteemed educational institutions.
When it comes to the basic needs of a growing family, Quezon City is also ready to cater. For instance, public and private elementary, high schools and universities and colleges abound. Finding a good school for your children would not be a problem.
Katipunan Avenue is the de facto sub-district for college students because of the University of the Philippines and Ateneo de Manila University. Of course, there are many other choices regardless of the preferred courses or set-up (i.e. open universities).
This also presents an income opportunity for homeowners and condo owners. They may lease out a room or the entire unit for university students or individuals who live in far-flung areas but wished to work in the city.
Quezon City is anchored on major thoroughfares.
Quezon City is served by several main highways, side streets, and diversion roads; the last two help in easing traffic. Heavy traffic is to be expected on weekday mornings and evenings, but traffic flows freely on the rest of the days and weeks.
If you live in Cubao or Katipunan and you work in Ortigas, spare at least one to two hours of your day for the daily commute. Working in shifts would not be a problem since the government also prioritizes the safety of the people while on the road.
Other than the bus terminals in and around Cubao, key cities also traverse along EDSA. Trains, buses, and jeepneys rely on EDSA as their main route. Roads crisscross, nonetheless, so you’ll get to your desired destination in the shortest time possible.
Speaking of trains, the metro rail transit is in its seventh phase. The 22.8-kilometer rapid transit will be operable in 2020. In addition to Line 7, Line 9 is also on the works. This one plans to connect Mindanao Avenue with Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), cutting the travel time to 30 minutes. It will also link Ortigas CBD, Makati CBD, and BGC.
Quezon City is the gateway to the north.
More than a meeting place, Quezon City is a place to explore on its own. However, it also opens doors to prospect other places of interest particularly those in the northern part of the Philippines.
Traveling to La Union, Tarlac, Baguio, and Mountain Province is possible if you live in Quezon City. The strategic confluence of major road networks and systems actually offers the opportunity to be in the countryside more.
Affordable condos for sale in Quezon City
Amaia Land has two affordable condos located in Cubao and Novaliches. A unit at the three-tower condo costs Php2.4 million with unit configurations starting from 18.6 sqm. The mid-rise condo development, on the other hand, costs around Php1.9 million. Unit sizes start from 30 sqm.