Amenities, accessibility, appearance, and affordability — or namely the “A4”, are the key factors you should consider when choosing a Metro Manila neighborhood where you can buy or to rent a residential property in.

Where you live dictates how you live. Metro Manila is a big and sprawling locale, where no two areas will ever be identical. With each neighborhood possessing unique characteristics, what matters is that you find a suitable neighborhood to stay in.

1. Makati

Makati is well-known for being Metro Manila’s central business district, famous for a bounty of its towering skyscrapers, premier shopping malls, lively entertainment hubs, notable art scene, green spaces, and diverse communities.

Luxury in the urban scapes perfectly sums up the richness of the Makati lifestyle. Here, international meets local, with the presence of expats, embassies, and imported brands, mixed into the salad bowl of Filipino people and culture. Millennials of the labor force are also attracted to the vibrant nightlife

Aside from cars, one can easily navigate the neighborhood through public transportations, including buses, taxis, cabs, jeepneys, trains, motorcycles, or feet! Converged in this neighborhood are the country’s biggest corporations and startups, where professionals can work for and gain experiences for their career advancement.

Popular establishments where residents and tourists alike flock to are Rockwell Center, Greenbelt, Century City Mall, Glorietta, Power Plant Mall, and the Ayala Museum. You might also want to hop on trips to Legaspi Village, Salcedo Village,  and Poblacion.

Residential properties for sale or for rent in Makati are currently priced at an average of P363,000-637,000 per month.

2. Manila

Manila is universally known for being “The Manila,” where history demands itself to be passed down to the future generations, in the presence of modernity. The Spanish-style architecture of infrastructure is evident in the streets of Intramuros, Taft Avenue, España Avenue, Roxas Boulevard, Escolta Street, and Rizal Avenue are some of the historic streets every Filipino must know from the Araling Panlipunan books.

Everything you ever need and want is in Manila. See for yourself, look up on “What to Do in Manila” and you’ll see your bucket list being checked by the travel guides. Transportation modes are also readily available wherever you are, but mentally prepare yourself for the rush hour traffic. Here, festivities and heritage sites of great cultural significance, allows us to reconnect with the identities of our ancestors.

Located in Manila is the University Belt, or U-Belt, where the oldest university in the Philippines, the University of Santo Tomas is located, along with the other top universities of the country: De La Salle University, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, San Beda University, and Far Eastern University. The top-tier learning opportunities in Manila make it ideal for college students to settle down in this neighborhood.

Residential properties for sale or for rent in Manila are relatively more affordable than any neighborhood in Metro Manila, with the average monthly price range of P74,000 to P225,000. There are, however, more student budget-friendly rental spaces for university students studying in the U-Belt area.

3. Bonifacio Global City (BGC)

Living in Bonifacio Global City, the world-class, high-end business and residential center in the City of Taguig, feels like you’re in a different dimension. Here, the urban landscape is married to green spaces, together with first-class recreational spots, corporate offices, and residential buildings that decorate “The Fort”.

24/7 security, underground communication lines, uninterrupted water and power supply, sustainability, and overall well-being of the community separate BGC from other Metro Manila neighborhoods.

BGC is a financial and lifestyle district boasting neat streets, and artsy murals, making the area enjoyably walkable, or bike-able. Cars are also provided with sizable parking areas spread around, so you can explore The Mind Museum, BGC Arts Center, KidZania, and Bonifacio High Street. The Bonifacio Transport Corp also manages a public transport system for passengers to get around the city by the BGC bus shuttles.

As a global destination, international educational institutions are also concentrated in BGC, including British School Manila, and International School Manila. Care to go destress? BGC presents to you the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Uptown Mall Cinema, Venice Grand Canal Mall, XYLO at the Palace, and Burgos Circle.

The market valuation for BGC residential properties for sale or for rent stand at an estimated P159,125 per square meter.

4. Pasay

In the south Metro Manila is the populated city of Pasay, the “Travel City” of the Philippines, where four airports are nestled in. When traveling by plane from another county or another province, this city is most probably the first city you step foot on, in Metro Manila.

Pasay is the ideal city for growing families wanting to live in high-rise residential buildings. Here, transportation options are cheaper and more accessible. Pasay also serves as a home for excellent universities, like Arellano University. For millennials, look no further for adventures and nightlife in Pasay.

The Mall of Asia Arena is a staple for Filipinos to bond with families in literally a wonderland of recreational activities, like going on a shopping galore, food trip, or other activities that you prefer. Other must-visit sites are the Star City, Resorts World Manila, The Dessert Museum, Lakbay Museo, and Upside Down Museum.

Residential properties for sale and for rent in Pasay are currently estimated at P25,477 per square meter.

5. Pasig

In Pasig, you can find Ortigas, one of the most important central business districts in the Philippines next to Makati, which makes living in the city a great investment, especially for entrepreneurs and business-minded people hoping to get employed in the country’s biggest corporations.

For families with school-age children, they can enroll them in competent educational institutions that reside in Pasig, namely the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health, St. Paul College, and Saint Pedro Poveda College.

Pasig dwellers spend their leisure time teeming in towering skyscrapers and shopping malls, with the prominent ones being EDSA Shangri-La, SM Megamall, and The Podium. Get your backpacks ready and explore what Pasig has to offer: Food Park, Climb Central Manila, Trampoline Park, Kapitolyo, and The Bike Playground, to cite a few of the many destinations in the city most famous for its river.

The average market valuation of Pasig residential properties for sale or for rent was recently labelled at P163,303 per square meter.

6. Parañaque

Parañaque is best known for its lively entertainment scene, with casino-goers frequenting to Okada Manila Resort and Casino, Solaire Resort and Casino, and City of Dreams Manila. Juxtaposing that, Parañaque is also famous for its dry and wet goods, with its booming fishing industry alive in Barangay La Huerta.

The general atmosphere in Parañaque is relaxed and friendly, but vibrant, making it ideal for families eyeing to reside in a peaceful, but accessible neighborhood. Also located in Parañaque is Alabang’s business district, near schools and commercial buildings.

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) shares its borders between Pasay and  Parañaque. So if you’re a frequent flyer, you might want your scheduled flights to be conveniently within a few distance from your home. Three branches of one of Asia’s largest mall chains, SM Malls: BF Parañaque, Sucat, and Bicutan are also here for you to spend your leisure time at.

The market valuation of Parañaque-based residential properties for sale or for rent are estimated to be at P11,380.53 per square meter.

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