Living the high rise lifestyle comes quick and easy after you’ve made that initial investment in your first condo. And while it’s easy to kick your heels up after having made that big leap, it’s also important to figure out how you can maximize your investment. Enjoying your condo’s full potential means uncovering all it has to offer so you can truly enjoy the fruits of your labor.
As you settle into your space, consider the locale you’re in, and how, for example, your setting can save you a considerable amount of time, money and energy by eliminating the need to commute. A home with amenities that are the perfect fit for your lifestyle also means not having to spend your extra savings on a gym membership, a co-working space, or even a daycare center for when you need a place to keep your kids busy.
Make sure to tick these condo essentials off your list when looking to invest in a unit that promotes convenience, ease, and an effortlessly comfortable lifestyle.
1. Well-managed and secure reception area.
Having professional reception staff means you can trust your condo’s front desk to look after your deliveries. With online shopping becoming a more viable option these days for everything from daily supplies to goods from the grocery, having your items sent straight to your reception desk is a good way to keep things convenient for you. Maintain a good relationship with your reception staff and you’ll be sure to get a call as soon as your orders come in.
2. Workout amenities, in-house gyms, and play areas.
When you’ve only got an hour in a day to get on the treadmill or lift some weights, having your gym just a few floors down will make a huge difference to your daily routine. If going for a swim or doing some brisk walking fits your active lifestyle better, then a condo with a lap pool, open areas and dedicated facilities are also attractive must-haves. Keep the kids in the picture too—playgrounds and day care centers where kids can interact with each other and play are also an important factor in keeping everyone active.
3. Diverse community.
It’s a common misconception that living in a condo means you have less interaction with neighbors and those who live in the same building. While your unit may afford you the privacy you need, your condo’s shared spaces and common areas—the gym, pool, and other amenities offer you a chance to socialize and meet folks who share the same interests and hobbies as you. Playgrounds and playrooms also give kids a chance to meet each other, encouraging playdates at neighbor’s own units.
4. Work from home facilities.
These days, all you need to set up shop within the comforts of your own home is a laptop and a speedy Internet connection. However, condominiums can also offer prime spaces for you to work and concentrate without any distractions. Look for libraries that can give you the quiet you need, or coffee table set-ups in reception areas and lobbies that you can use to meet clients. It’s easy to work from home when your condo sets it all up for you without a hitch.
5. Basic services.
Being smack dab in the middle of a central business district means you’re just a hop and a skip away from malls, shopping centers, schools, offices, and even hospitals. And while the convenience of living in a CBD means everything you need is close by, living in a condo also affords you the opportunity to reach the most basic services within your building. Survey your condo for convenience stores, laundry services, water delivery, and even banks so you can tick all your errands off your To Do list in just one go.
6. Pet safety and security.
Not all condominiums are created equal, and not every building will accommodate your pet. When setting up a home, make sure that it isn’t just convenient for you and your family—it has to provide ease and comfort to your furry friends as well. All Century City properties, for example, are welcoming of pets, counting them as members of your family too.
One of the most important things to look for when investing in a condo is the convenience it will give you. Setting up your starter home, after all, is challenging enough—you want to live in it with as much ease as possible.
Zoning in on a mixed-use development like Century City in Makati affords you several conveniences, giving your family the freedom to work, live, and play without having to go too far. Being in a city center as in Commonwealth by Century, on the other hand, brings you just a step away from two of the country’s top universities (UP Diliman and Ateneo de Manila University), as well as shopping malls and food and beverage outlets. The most exciting development is the construction of the MRT (Line 7 Don Antonio Station), allowing residents to move quickly from their homes to major business hubs like Ortigas, Cubao and Makati.
Focusing on your needs means living your day to day with less effort, more comfort, and better peace of mind—all the elements you’ll want in your home.