Locations Outside Metro Manila Perfect for First-time Homebuyers

August 02, 2016

These areas are perfect for homebuyers with limited budget.

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Congratulations! You have finally earned and saved enough money to gift yourself (or your family) a home. However, if you think your savings won’t be enough for a property that’s located within Metro Manila, that’s okay, because there are many areas near the Philippine capital that are not only accessible but also offer houses that are right within the budget of first-time homebuyers.

Starting with…


Taytay, Rizal

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Being less than 10 kilometers away from Metro Manila makes Taytay, Rizal, one of the municipalities that are highly accessible from the metro. Bordered by the cities of Pasig and Taguig, there are plenty of modes of transportation that links this municipality to Metro Manila. In 2015, it was named the Third Most Competitive Municipality by The Cities and Municipalities Index.

Numerous subdivisions, schools, and commercial establishments have been developed over the years. Now, BPO companies have also started constructing buildings around Taytay. Hospitals, medical units and health centers are also scattered in key points throughout the municipality. Because of its progressive economy, Taytay will soon bid for city status after already meeting the necessary requirements.

Houses for sale in Taytay may cost as low as Php1.3 million. Notable residents include actresses Alice Dixson, sisters Toni and Alex Gonzaga, and Meg Imperial.


Antipolo, Rizal

The capital of Rizal Province, Antipolo is classified as a highly urbanized city found on the slopes of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range. Known as the “Pilgrimage Capital of the Philippines,” this city draws thousands of people during its famous annual pilgrimage (or hiking) at the Antipolo Church, where the Lady of Peace and Good Voyage is kept. Because it is only about 10 kilometers away from Metro Manila, most devotees would opt to walk and hike up the hill until they reach the church. 

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Aside from the scenic views of this city, natural and man-made attractions contribute to the increase of villages built, the residents who live in the city, and the tourists who visit regularly. Its close proximity and easy transportation to the metro is also a big plus.

There are more than 400 subdivisions and communities to choose from, many of which offer competitive prices for quality homes that would suit all types of lifestyles. Among the developers who have a strong presence in Antipolo is Camella Homes, which has two projects in the city: Camella Crestwood and Camella Sierra Metro East.


Bacoor, Cavite

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Bordered by Muntinlupa and Las Piñas, Bacoor City is considered as Cavite’s gateway to Metro Manila and is one of the province’s first-class cities. As such, it has an increasing number of commercial centers, urban areas, and service-related industries. There are plenty of educational institutions as well, such as the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA and Cavite State University. There are several major hospitals in Bacoor that even give discounted services to senior citizen residents.

Due to the booming economy, many developers built their housing projects in Bacoor to cater to middle-income families, making Bacoor a city of affordable homes. Among these notable subdivision projects are Camella Carson and Camella Altea.


Dasmarinas, Cavite

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About 27 kilometers south of Manila is Dasmariñas, Cavite. It is a first-class city and at 8,234 hectares is the province’s largest city. It is also Cavite’s most populous city.

Dasmariñas has proven itself to be a growing industrial city, as evidenced by the rise of numerous factories in various trades. The increase in the number of commercial establishments and service providers has also boosted the employment opportunities in the city, making it one of the fastest local government units in the south.

Alongside the increase of population is the increase of subdivisions and villages. There are over 70 subdivisions in Dasmariñas, including Camella Dasma at the Islands. The city is also deemed safe, as it is generally flood-free and located away from the fault line. A large number of universities and schools (many of which have main campuses in Manila) have opened branches in Dasmariñas, earning it the nickname “The University City of Cavite.”


Sta. Rosa, Laguna

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 Famous for its theme park, Sta. Rosa, Laguna, is situated 38 kilometers south of Metro Manila and is accessible via the South Luzon Expressway. It is a first-class city and is dubbed as “The Investment Capital of South Luzon” for housing huge manufacturing plants, industrial parks, special economic zones, and BPO companies. Due to its bustling economy, it is even considered as the “Makati City of the South.”

Tourism also brings a major boost to Sta. Rosa’s economy. Aside from the tourist magnet Enchanted Kingdom, festivals such as Sikhayan Festival and the Feast of St. Rose of Lima always bring in crowds from different parts of the country.

There are already a lot of housing developments around the city, such as the newly built community located right beside Enchanted Kingdom. Some offer housing plans that are below Php1 million. The influx of residents going to and from Sta. Rosa gave way to the establishment of more modes of transportation for easier commuting.


Malolos, Bulacan

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The historic Malolos, Bulacan, which is situated 45 kilometers north of Manila, is a first-class, highly urbanized city. Recognized as the Banking Capital of Bulacan, the capital city is already considered an industrial city due to the presence of industrial plants and sites, and commercial and banking establishments. It is also Bulacan’s second most populous city (after San Jose Del Monte), with an estimated population of 252,074 residents as of the 2015 Census.

Malolos City is accessible using two major transportation roads: the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and the MacArthur Highway. It is widely known as the Premiere Heritage City of Bulacan because of the high number of historical occurrences in the city, like the establishment of the First Philippine Republic held at Barasoain Church. It is also one of the centers of education in Central Luzon, with many government-funded and private universities and schools available not only for residents of Bulacan but also for those living in nearby cities and provinces.

Boasting a total area of 6,725 hectares, Malolos has 52 barangays, which in turn house approximately 51 residential subdivisions. Even though a lot of households live along major roads, many more live in budget-friendly houses located within villages, such as Camella Provence, designed to offer both comfort and affordability.


Tanauan, Batangas

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Tanauan is one of Batangas’ first-class cities. Located 42 kilometers south of Metro Manila via the South Luzon Expressway and the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road, it occupies an area of 10,716 hectares wedged between Mount Makiling and Taal Lake.

Housing four industrial parks and one tourism economic zone, Tanauan is one of the major industrial cities of the country. One such estate is the First Philippine Industrial Park, a 349-hectare premier industrial park that hosts more than 60 industry-leading multinational companies. It is also a recreation city with parks, cultural center, resorts, malls, tourist attractions, and historical areas.

Tanauan has 48 barangays. According to Philippine Statistics Authority, 86% or 26,941 of the city’s households, own their current residential spaces. Adding to the existing landmark communities of the city are new housing developments and villages that offer homes under Php5 million, which have begun construction. Among those quality subdivisions in Tanauan is Camella Frontiera.

Famous residents include Apolinario Mabini, former president Jose P. Laurel, and actor Zanjoe Marudo.


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