10 Features That Make Tagaytay Homes Artisanal, Sustainable

When a location is so naturally endowed, oftentimes it is best to build a residential development that complements, and doesn’t “reinvent,” the beauty of the place. Take Tagaytay ridge as an example. The 610-meter-high ridge, the rim of what was once a huge volcanic caldera, now serves as the nearest thing to a cool, misty Mountain Province experience for Metro Manilans. And with a view of the world’s smallest active volcano and its surrounding lake-within-a-lake, real estate in this part of Cavite province has become in high demand.

Naturally, big-ticket condominium developers would eye Tagaytay ridge to showcase their own projects. The surge of such developments has artificially raised the ridge’s skyline.

Faithful to the quiet, unobtrusive character of the residential heritage of Tagaytay, one property developer has opted to go horizontal and keep things low-key. And it has aptly named its community development Tago, the Filipino word for “hidden.”

With its gently sloping terrain encouraging morning and afternoon walks combined with an easygoing community layout that offers easy access to hospitals, commercial centers and places of worship, Tago is attracting a particular interest among retirees and those seeking a second home away from the city.

A bonus to living in Tago is that the development offers at least 10 environmental “perks”:

1. Private gardens and landscaping painstakingly planned to use edible plants that are endemic to the area;

2. High ceilings (to dissipate heat);

3 Abundant, wide windows to allow passive cooling and ample natural light in all rooms;

4. A clear center space to allow for excellent cross-ventilation and abundant natural light, minimizing the need for electrically powered cooling and lighting;

5. Energy-saving lighting systems built into each unit; energy star-rated kitchen appliances. Gas-powered washing machines and dryers are offered as options;

6. Rainwater collection system and the installation of dual/low flush toilets for water conservation;

7. A waste management program for household help as part of a community-wide zero-waste endeavor;

8. Elastomeric paints for exterior walls, providing better waterproofing; the paints throughout the houses use low volatile organic compounds for better indoor air quality;

9. Use of local indigenous materials (e.g. local stones) for lower carbon footprint;

10. Composting of all organic waste from the kitchen for use in the garden.

“We like to leave a lot of open space and not consume every buildable square meter,” stresses Dino.

“We acquired this Tagaytay property in the 1990s. It took us a while to develop it because we wanted something that’s worth our investment, something that we can be proud of. And what (Manosa Properties Inc.) MPI had in mind matched our vision,” says Cesar Duque, chair of United Pacific Capital Corp., landowner partner for Tago.

Dino also discussed the option of fractional ownership, a real estate acquisition alternative that has a title deed legally divided, owned and shared by more than one person.

Source: Article by Tessa Salazar of Inquirer.net. Read the full article here.

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