Everytime I see a new condo go up – as in see it from scaffolding to construction to the finished product- I always ask my husband, what if we bought that at pre-selling price, we’d have a nice condo now? Then he tells me, “We’re not condo people.” We live in a house that we love, imperfections and all. The only thing we really wish for is more space without having to move. So that’s on our wish list. Meanwhile because our wish is not yet on the market, we’ve bought some land here and there. We have no plans of moving any time soon, just dreams of someday building a home in the countryside or by the beach. We like to dream. Sometimes we play, “what if…” And we always come across the question, “What if we bought a condo, would we choose Makati? Fort? Manila Bay? or Ortigas?” The scenarios we come up with can get crazy.
Real estate is all about location. That famous quote, “location, location, location.” I aced geography in high school and ended up studying urban planning in university. Up to now, I still hear that quote with every real estate developer I talk to. You get the gist. Of course there are other equally-important factors such as the developer’s track record, property management and design.
Last month I was invited to lunch by Shang Properties to introduce me to their new development One Shangri-la Place in Ortigas. I have to be honest, I haven’t been to Shangri-la Plaza in over a year. I’m a southerner remember? I was wondering where this new project was. I was only familiar with The St Francis right beside Shangri-la Plaza. So I was really surprised to see that the project they were about to introduce to me was actually already being constructed. And in terms of location, this one is right smack in the middle of Shangri-la’s cluster of luxury developments.
Here are some photos from their press kit. Quotes from press kit are in bold :
One Shangri-La Place will exude the details of luxury living in an urban, cosmopolitan setting. This 60-storey twin tower residential condominium will soon rise at the gateway of the 8.5-hectare Shangri-La integrated community, located at the Ortigas Center business district.
Designed by Palmer and Turner Hong Kong in collaboration with Casas Architects, this new building will capture the best of both worlds – 5-star living and the warmth of home. Over 1,300 residential units will be located atop the six-level retail podium of the Shangri-La expansion, which will have 150 upscale retail and dining options, and is right across the five-star EDSA Shangri-La, Manila, with its world-class Chi, the Spa at Shangri-La.
Recently, One Shangri-La Place unveiled the show suite at Level 1 of Shangri-La Plaza mall. Designed by BTR Hong Kong, the interiors are a mix of several opposing symbolisms – solidity, lightness, coziness, modernity, warmth, and freshness – which when combined, are in fact, complementary. The interior designers said that this is a paradigm that seems to shorten the distance between dreams and achievements, an antidote to the boredom of traditional houses.
As guests enter the showroom, they are greeted by Nero peppering granite walls overlaid with off white silhouette blinds in varying heights and widths. The long central “catwalk” is made of engineered wood flanked by glossy black stone; while the entrance speaks of its own identity, the harmonious space is balanced with richness and luxury.
Residents will take pleasure in the spacious and exquisitely crafted interior design of the unit, complemented by the sleek clean lines of the custom made furnishings and the luxurious feel of the imported European fabrics.
The beech engineered flooring in neutral monochromatic colors complements the wall panels in Santorini veneer and the living room accent wall tiled in limestone in varying depths and dimensions. A painting dominates one end of the room. Behind the kitchen is the maid’s room with a built-in wall-mounted bed, as well as the maid’s bathroom.
The floor-to-ceiling windows in the master’s bedroom show feature cityscapes, as well as a roomy walk0in closet with open fully veneered shelves, panels and cabinets with back lighting, which gives it a neat and efficient look.
The suite’s master’s bath features stone tile flooring accentuated with decorative laminates and elegant fixtures from Toto, his and hers sinks, and a tub and rain shower. Off topic, but this is the part in my show where I say, “secret to a happy marriage… separate lavatories.” It’s a luxury to have this in a condo.
The second bedroom, which can be used as a guest room or den, features cabinets paneled in white leather and an accent wall in a shimmery fabric. A separate toilet and bath also serves as the guest powder room.
The project’s amenities reflect the luxury lifestyle: adult and children’s swimming pools, Jacuzzi, spa, steam room, massage and sauna, karaoke, male and female shower changing rooms, function rooms, children’s play area, gym, fitness rooms, aerobics center, and game rooms.
To know more about the project, check the official website of One Shangri-la Place. Or visit the show suite at Level 1 of Shangri-la Plaza mall.