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A space above the sky

In the middle of historical New Manila, SkyVillas at One Balete remains true to the place where it stands. Only, it’s a New Manila that rises above everything else.

New Manila is a place whose name is mostly inaccurate, and this is because when you look at its history, it’s hardly new at all. New Manila was born somewhere in the middle of the ’20s and ’30s. It was a time when the Philippines was coming into the new world, and so it gave birth to a place that could face it.

Rising above the infamous Balete Drive, SkyVillas marks what New Manila is now — a place that knows how to move forward without losing itself in the motion.

The experience begins the moment you step into the building. A wide lobby greets you as you enter, and the living spaces likewise reflect the attention to space. At most, there are only eight units in each floor, allowing for wider cuts. Even the single-bedroom units are more than a little generous with the 65-square-meter floor area, while the two-bedroom units measure 132 square meters, and the three-bedroom units provides 205 square meters of living space.


What this means is that there is no need to compromise. No need for smaller furniture or a change in lifestyle. In a way, they are much like the lots in New Manila — sprawling, wide spaces that allow a certain standard of living that limits nothing.


It’s a place that doesn’t take much to get used to, but it’s also one that doesn’t need a lot of effort to move into. Each unit already comes with air-conditioning units, ceiling fixtures with LED lights, and fully equipped bathrooms with frameless glass shower enclosures.

Every room also has its own full-sized cabinetry, with the master bedroom having a generous 9-square-meter walk-in closet. This allows people to keep the things that matter, whether it’s from their old home or something that’s completely new.


This loft bed allows younger  family members to use the bottom space as they please, leaving room for their hobbies and interests.

The kitchen is likewise as remarkable — floor-to-ceiling cabinetry, cooking equipment, and a full-sized refrigerator are provided for every unit, doing away with the need to dress up the area. And this is all done with a certain attention to quality. Canadian Kitchen storage, Blum hinges, SMEG kitchen equipment, digital electronic locks by Samsung, Grohe and Kohler fixtures for the bath — all of these speak of quality. But it’s a quality that’s felt, not merely seen. The true measure of things, after all, relies equally on all the senses.


As for the location, the surrounding area has schools, churches, restaurants, commercial buildings, and a large mall in close proximity, with routes that lead to the Greenhills area, Ortigas, EDSA, and Quezon City. Coupled with the provided parking space and the wide pathways, it’s easy enough to get around.

And this is what SkyVillas has to offer. It’s a true home replacement. One that feels just as elegant and vast as the estates of New Manila, even though it might be dozens of meters above the ground.

Published by on Nov. 29, 2016