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Friday, August 1, 2008

search continues

A few months ago, my Dearest and I went to see the Centella and Santa Barbara Villas housing sites in San Mateo and Rodriguez, Rizal.

These two projects offer the only ones we could afford at Php3,000 to 4,000 per month through Pag-ibig Fund. I multiplied such amounts by the 25 to 30 years prescribed monthly payment schemes and got the sum of PhP1 Million plus-plus, which adds up to more than double the given Total Contract Price if paid in cash. Wow. I guess that current price range is the lowest nowadays. The sites are too far from Manila though. They are also the nearest-to-work + low-priced housing projects offered, aside from the sites in Bulacan, Cavite and Laguna, where transportation costs would range from P100 to P150 per day and one-way travel time from 1.5 to 2hours.

The typical lot areas are: inside unit = 36 sq.m.; end unit = 63 or 71 sq.m. The floor area with 45 sq.m. per unit is good for 2 bedrooms, 1 toilet & bath.

I also looked at fully-furnished condominium units near PUP Sta. Mesa. The developers say that the site is closer to work area, with SM Centerpoint just 1.5 km away. The site is near UERM, the University Belt, and is accessible via LRT and other modes of public transportation. Price ranges from as low as 3,210 per month thru Pag-Ibig to P7,000 per month.

Each unit has built-in bed/s, lamps, television, refrigerator, stove, cabinets, tables and chairs. Pretty cool specs for bachelors and students but I found the units small and constricting for me.

I prefer living outside a box, in a home that's a house and lot we could truly own. A garden would be nice too. So we keep searching, hoping to find the ideal site for growing a happy (and proactive) family.

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