The trend of moving out of the metro and living in suburban neighborhoods is on the rise. Here’s what city-dwellers ought to know about countryside living.
Thinking of living in the suburbs? Deciding on putting down roots, or even relocating to a new home with your family is a big decision. That said, there are exciting prospects about living a little further from Metro Manila, especially if you are keen on shaping a holistic family lifestyle.
While there are merits to staying within the city or even close to business districts, there are households that are better suited to suburban living—the bigger space, fresher air, and calmer environment can be a healthier setting for children and even older couples looking to retire. There is considerably less traffic, too, and for some parents, a daily short commute is worth the drive home.
If trading your city life for the suburbs has crossed your mind, then you are not alone. Since the pandemic hit our shores in 2020, Metro Manila’s decongestion has sped up. The new normal continues to heavily shape our current and future lifestyles.
More and more families continue to scout for new properties outside the metro—either as a second home or for permanent relocation. This is driven by the desire to reside in more peaceful and secure communities, as well as a healthier environment to raise their kids. Being cooped indoors for a long period has also led to rising demand for large and spacious lots or units with wide outdoor areas.
Once you venture outside Metro Manila, there are several locales available for your choosing. That said, lot buyers still want to remain close to city comforts and conveniences, such as being near schools, malls, hospitals, and restaurants.
Seriously considering living further from Metro Manila? Here is a list of advantages to living near the countryside.
Live within or close to nature
Living within greenery can help you maintain good health and peace of mind— A study conducted with 20,000 people by the University of Exeter shows that people who spend two hours a week in green spaces were more likely to be in good health and with a healthy mind than those who do not. After all, being close to parks and jogging pathways can help encourage you to lead an active lifestyle, while lush garden landscapes and the abundance of trees improve the air quality, helping you and your loved ones breathe with ease.
Live your best and healthiest life through a luxurious, nature-filled space at Rockwell South at Carmelray, offering over three hectares of leisure space. Stay fit physically and mentally at the Fitness Park with 2,800 square meters of space for all kinds of exercise, while the Wellness Park has its own meditation garden and paved paths within 900 square meters. The 4,100-square meter Bike Park comes with its own outdoor trail, allowing you to cycle your way through gorgeous views.
Deal with less traffic
While this may seem like a minor reason to pack your bags and move to a new town entirely, Filipinos reportedly spend almost 200 hours each year in traffic—that is a lot of time that could have been devoted to spending more time with your family or doing other worthwhile pursuits and hobbies. By living in the suburbs, there is that option to drive hour-long distances each day if it means gaining back that precious time to bond with loved ones and perform worthwhile hobbies and activities.
Lead a more holistic lifestyle with your family
Suburban living allows you to slow down, make more time for the things that matter, and lead a more fulfilling family life. From pursuing new interests together such as gardening, painting, or even baking to making more memories outdoors, you can spend your precious hours on the essential things in life. Think about going on regular walks with your little one, your significant other, or even your pet, simply taking the time to admire nature and breathe in the fresh air.
On the weekends, go on a picnic with your loved ones at the 2,900-square meter Barbecue Park that comes with its own outdoor grill, treehouse, and lounge. You can also socialize and have your pet meet other dogs at the 700-square meter Dog Park.
Improve your productivity
In the same way that less or no traffic thanks to available expressways such as CALAX helps you save precious moments with your family, it also frees up time for you to be more productive. As more workplaces embrace flexible working schemes, many may choose to work from the comforts of the suburbs instead, where they have access to bigger spaces, landscaped gardens, and outdoor paths at their leisure. As work-from-home schemes become the new norm, busy individuals can now consider a more holistic lifestyle in a healthier environment.
Apparently, living close to nature also helps you excel at work, and can even help improve your kids’ performance in school. Scientists have found that interacting with nature can improve cognitive function by enhancing memory formation and recall.
An hour’s drive from Manila, Rockwell South at Carmelray brings the signature Rockwell lifestyle to a wide, nature-filled development in Calamba, Laguna. Featuring a master-planned estate within hectares of nature, Rockwell’s horizontal development in the south lets you live life to the fullest in a community that offers the elegant charms of suburban living.
Find your home in the south, and let your family live life in balance with Rockwell South at Carmelray. Send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit rockwellsouthatcarmelray.com to learn more.