New CBD rising in Sucat

 (The Philippine Star) Updated September 18, 2010 12:00 AM 

Aerial view of The Marfori, nestled in a five-hectare land with the residential estate La Posada and South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) in the background

MANILA, Philippines - While there are areas in the metropolis that can be earmarked for commercial development, very few property locations can pass the grade as the next central business district (CBD). The need for combined residential expansion and development of business and commercial centers, shopping and entertainment malls, as well as the natural proximity to current and maturing CBDs has made the task more complex and difficult. Pedestrian malls are also common today in an effort to make the CBD a round-the-clock destination, not only for those who live and work within its confines, but also to bring more people in to do business, to shop, and be entertained.

Rising from the property boundaries virtually next to Taguig and Makati cities is a visionary multi-community development, Vista Lakefront.   Representing the vision for the modern 60-hectare development in Sucat, the strategic plan of developing Lakefront as the next Central Business District (CBD) is Vista Land’s answer to Mega Manila’s growth expansion and its business engine’s progressive march to the South — from Makati, then Fort Bonifacio Global City, and now, Sucat.

While Vista Lakefront has unparalleled access via major land arteries, waterways, and airports, as well as secluded residential sites and mid-and-high-rise residences with sweeping vistas of the country’s largest lake, Vista Land’s experience and expertise as the country’s largest developer bodes well for Sucat’s strategic land development planning.  

The Accessibility Factor

With four major entry points from the South Luzon Expressway SLEX via Sucat exit, the future C-6 exit, Bicutan access and the Taguig National Road, Vista Lakefront is a natural growth and business extension to Makati.

Located left of SLEX’s Sucat exit coming from Makati, Vista Lakefront’s accessibility is unsurpassed:

• 10 minutes from the Makati business hub

• 15 minutes from Ortigas’ financial district via C-5. 

• 15 minutes away from Alabang Town Center

• 15 minutes from the international and domestic airports through SLEX via the Nichols exit  

With four major entry points from the South Luzon Expressway SLEX via Sucat exit, the future C-6 exit, Bicutan access and the Taguig National Road, Vista Lakefront is a natural growth and business extension to Makati.  

Metro-Rail Station will add and further enhance accessibility and time savings, to and from work and schools outside of the development. Currently, PNR’s air-conditioned trains travel a total of 36 trips daily from bargain-haven Divisoria/Tutuban to Vista Lakefront station in Sucat, Parañaque in 40 minutes. The Metro-Rail traverses bustling Blumentritt, university belt access stations: Laong-Laan, España, and Sta. Mesa, through market places Pandacan and Paco in the heart of Manila, and continuing on to Vito Cruz. It stops by Buendia and Pasay Road stations in Makati, all the way to EDSA, FTI in Taguig, Bicutan, and Sucat. With the air-conditioned, convenient Metro Railway at full speed, it expects to carry more than 15,000 passengers daily and will comfortably transport commuters from Vista Lakefront to the business and work hubs of Makati within 10 minutes on peak commute hours.

Center Of Thriving, Multi-Community Development

The continued rise in Vista Land’s real time sales this year confirms that the property sector is now on an upswing. Vista Land has responded swiftly to the improving market sentiment and has already in place an aggressive project pipeline for 2011.

The 10-story residential building Renoir and 12-story towers Monet and Michelangelo


• Residential development. The completion of mid-rise and high-rise residences in Presidio and Marfori, as well as planned shophouses. Residential Estates, for private homes and large-size lots at La Posada, Marina Heights, and Victorianne

• Commercial center development. The Lakefront Wharf and seven-hectare Presidio commercial area for Shopping, Leisure, Entertainment, Sports, and Upscale Commercial Retail Hubs

• Corporate business development. Offices and multinational headquarters, healthcare and education campuses, business and hospitality complexes, and technology and BPO centers

Recreational and leisure facilities will all be interconnected with modern communications, roadways, and logistics. Technology and BPO-ready building centers will be built equipped with proper facilities while ICTs (Information, Computer and Telecommunication) and call centers with integrated work-leisure features will allow business and talent to grow and prosper rapidly. The BPO centers will be integrated with the educational and professional training institutions and are envisioned to provide access to the best talent pool — these multiple resources will be intact and within driving, if not walking distance within Vista Lakefront.

Innovations in Design and Features

Shuttle service from transport hubs, residences, commercial and business centers, education and healthcare complexes will be powered by environmentally responsible, tramvia-inspired shuttles. Boat rides on the lake close to Lakefront’s Presidio will be accessible through walking trails and boarded pathways. A major shopping center will be designed with courtyards and facilities bordering an artful and contemplative modern layout.

Three additional commercial areas, in addition to The Wharf and Presidio, will be centered around convenient access and hassle-free, close-to-home concept for more shopping and lifestyle entertainment. The commercial properties in the Healthcare and Hospitality centers, along with the Technology and BPO hubs, and across the Marfori enclave will be anchored by the fine specialty shops, movie houses, coffee shops and book stores, 24-hour cafes and snack bars, punctuated by bistros, restaurants, and food destinations.   Unique to the large-scale commercial property plans by Vista Land is the strategy of matching the commercial development features with each community profile. Instead of just a lumped-up, big mall approach, a unique range of commercial areas that are foot-traffic friendly and conveniently navigable will blend superbly into each community. This will become the hallmark of Vista Lakefront’s commercial development, reminiscent of the successful commercial areas of Union Square, Ferry Building, and upper Fillmore of the San Francisco Bay Area scene.

Lakefront Open Markets and Shop Houses that will dot the main CBD artery will provide a vibrant hum to the gated communities at Vista Lakefront. Shop Houses will bring back the entrepreneurial spirit of home-based businesses while farm markets and bazaars will provide the best produce at haggle prices, supporting the livelihood of local producers. OFWs and Filipino retirees opting to have a well-balanced lifestyle will have a chance to realize their life-long dream of “shopkeeping” while providing nicely appointed homes for their families. Conveniences of everyday life that make communities flourish and grow will be anchored on value, quality and what is traditionally Filipino — newsstands, dry cleaners, gift shops, corner art galleries, bookstores, and antique shops will provide an appealing backdrop for an interesting and relaxed lifestyle . One can literally smell the delicious aromas wafting down the street, emanating from the doors of the local baker, the tea house, and al fresco garden cafes , as well as organic herb garden specialists — evocative of folkloric neighborhoods keyed up by service-oriented, community-based and home-grown retail outlets. Adequate store front spaces, old-style signage with low-key window display standards, and strict business operating codes will set the Vista Lakefront’s unique Shop Houses apart.

A refreshing, value-inspired CBD will again be at the forefront, this time at Vista Lakefront, where business growth combined with a stylish, urban lifestyle can be a carefully thought-out way of life — a world-class yet Filipino-inspired core value that is centered on family, work, and the bigger community.

To inquire about Vista Lakefront’s move-in-ready residential condominium units or commercial leasing spaces, call 0915.556.5019.