Want to Move Out of Metro Manila? One of These Places in Cebu Might Just Be Your Next Home

Provincial life meets city life.

Aruga Mactan, Priveya
PHOTO BY Aruga Mactan; Facebook/Priveya ILLUSTRATION War Espejo

(SPOT.ph) For previous generations, it was always a mark of success whenever anyone made the big move to the “big city” of Metro Manila. That’s all starting to change. With the recently growing shift towards remote work, more individuals are seeking and aspiring for quieter provincial lives. Whether it’s to reduce their cost of living, to live more closely to the ocean, to find more serenity, or to get away from Metro Manila's congested cities, more and more people are bravely uprooting themselves and starting fresh outside the Metro.

If it has ever crossed your mind to make the same move, Cebu is always a viable option when easing into provincial life. It being both a city and a province, you get the same conveniences of living in an urban landscape but with the coveted charms of country life. Here’s some properties to scope out if you’re planning to make the leap.

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Here are properties in Cebu you can look into if you’re thinking of moving out of Manila:

Avida Towers Riala

Avida Tower Riala
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Jose Maria Del Mar Street, Apas, Cebu City

Avida Towers Riala lets residents experience everything Cebu City has to offer. Situated inside Cebu I.T. Park, you have immediate access to a dynamic lifestyle district full of dining options, retail outlets, and social hubs. You can also take pleasure in staying home as there is an amenity for every member of the family.

Meridian by Avenir

Meridian by Avenir
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Pope John Avenue, Mabolo, Cebu City

Located in between Cebu I.T. Park and Cebu Business District, the Meridian offers an option for go-getting millennials who still want a taste of active city life. The development boasts SOHO (small-office-home-office) apartments that give residents the space and luxury to integrate their living and office space into one floor plan—which makes this ideal for budding entrepreneurs and freelancers. It also features business concierge services and free WiFi so shifting from productivity to play is no problem for residents of this property.

Solinea by Alveo Land

Solinea by Alveo Land
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Block 11, Negros Street, Cebu Business Park, Cebu City

Want to live the beach life but can’t let go of the conveniences of urban living? Get the best of both worlds at Solinea—a property that offers residents resort-style living in the middle of the city. The unique amenity you will find here is their 1,000-sqm experiential pool area that comprises of a lap pool, leisure pool, children’s pool, and lounge pool. You won’t need to tread far to be transported to your weekend respite.  

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Mandtra Residences by Cebu Land Masters

Mandtra Residences by Cebu Land Masters
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Block 11, Negros Street, Cebu Business Park, Cebu City

Mandtra Residences, located in Mandaue City, perfectly blends together the high-rise cosmopolitan lifestyle and the comforts of community life. Residents can laze around the landscaped courtyard or by the pool, get active along the property’s jogging paths, or find solitude in the chapel. With commercial centers below the residential property and with easy access to business districts in the area, you can be sure to live a well-balanced life here.

Northwoods Residences by Priland

Northwoods Residences by Priland
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Canduman, Mandaue City, Cebu

If you like living within the city but prefer not to live in a condo, Northwoods Residences offers affordable homes for starting families. Located within Mandaue City, you’re not too far off from the comforts and necessities found in retail and other commercial establishments. But it is secluded enough to get the peace and quiet you want from living in the province.

Aruga Mactan by Rockwell

Aruga Mactan by Rockwell
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Punta Engaño Road, Lapu-Lapu City, Mactan, Cebu

If living beachside is your dream, look no further than Aruga Mactan. This premier beach property is both a resort and residential development so you get to experience all the amenities of a luxurious resort in your own backyard. Besides the pristine 200-meter beachfront, Aruga also features sea-facing pools, a gym and yoga studio, lounges, and a children’s play area.

Vertex Coast by Priland

Vertex Coast by Priland
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Barangay Punta Engaño, Lapu-Lapu City, Mactan, Cebu

You can live on an island and in the city at the same time. The Vertex Coast is residential property on Mactan Island that provides the amenities and units suitable for city life with close access to surrounding beach resorts. The development also offers SOHO apartments so you can work hard on weekdays and play harder on the weekends. You can take a dip at the property pool or plan a trip to a nearby beach. 

Priveya Hills by Aboitiz Land

Priveya Hills by Aboitiz Land
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Bacayan, Talamban, Cebu

Located in the Northern parts of Cebu, Priveya Hills provides residents a community sanctuary for those who want to be away from the bustle of the city but still want access to its conveniences. It is only 20 minutes away from the closest business district so you can enjoy nearby commercial areas and establishments and quickly hide away to your personal escape after. Not to mention, its location in the rolling hills of the Bacayan offers residents with precious views of Mandaue City.

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Breeza Scapes Mactan by Priland

Breeza Scapes Mactan by Priland
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Locata Road, Barangay Looc, Lapu-Lapu City, Mactan, Cebu

If you want to veer away from high-rise properties, Breeza Scapes Mactan is a great option for those looking to invest in starter homes. This 1.05-hectare houses modern-designed houses perfect for a small family. The low-density community offers great open spaces and amenities to get that much-needed break from the congestion of the city.

Foressa Mountain Town by Aboitiz Land

Foressa Mountain Town by Aboitiz Land
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Foressa Mountain Town is the ideal property for those who want to get closer to nature. The development boasts of 250 hectares of untouched land filled with 800 species of foliage and trees—perfect for that nature lover. During your spare time, you can take a nature hike through the property’s trails or go camping in the designated camping grounds. If serenity is what you’re after, this is the property for you.

The Key Details:

Avida Towers Riala

Location: Jose Maria Del Mar Street, Apas, Cebu City
Website: https://www.avidaland.com/avida-towers-riala
Available units: Studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom
Price points: P3.2 million to P9.2 million
Notable features: Swimming pools, garden area, children’s play area, clubhouse with function hall

Meridian by Avenir

Location: Pope John Avenue, Mabolo, Cebu City
Website: https://www.facebook.com/MeridianByAvenir
Available units: Studio, Loft Suite
Price points: P2.6 million to P9 million
Notable features: Business concierge services, fitness gym, swimming pool, free WiFi

Solinea by Alveo Land

Location: Block 11, Negros Street, Cebu Business Park, Cebu City
Website: https://www.atayala.com/alveo/cebu/solinea/condominium
Available units: Studio, One-Bedroom, two-bedroom
Price points: P4 million to P23 million
Notable features: Experiential pools, landscaped parks, dance room, gym, game room

Mandtra Residences by Cebu Land Masters

Location: P. Basubas Street, Tipolo, Mandaue City, Cebu
Website: https://www.cebulandmasters.com/project/mandtra-residences
Available units: Studio, one-bedroom
Price points: P2 million to P5.1 million
Notable features: Swimming pools, sky garden, jogging paths, wellness lounge, chapel

Northwoods Residences by Priland

Location: Canduman, Mandaue City, Cebu
Website: https://priland.com.ph/projects/northwoods-residences
Available units: 92 to 138sqm
Price points: P1.9 million to P7.3 million
Notable features: Swimming pools, playground

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Aruga Mactan by Rockwell

Location: Punta Engaño Road, Lapu-Lapu City, Mactan, Cebu
Website: https://www.arugaresortandresidences.com
Available units: One-Bedroom, two-bedroom, three-bedroom, four-bedroom
Price points: P16.5 million to P143.6 million
Notable features: Beachfront, sea-facing pools, gym, yoga studio, children’s play area

Vertex Coast by Priland

Location: Barangay Punta Engaño, Lapu-Lapu City, Mactan, Cebu
Website: https://priland.com.ph/projects/vertex-coast
Available units: SOHO Studio, SOHO One-Bedroom, Studio, One-Bedroom, two-bedroom
Price points: P3.1 million to P8.5 million
Notable features: Kiddie pool, infinity pool, gym, garden deck, game room

Priveya Hills by Aboitiz Land

Location: Bacayan, Talamban, Cebu
Website: https://aboitizland.com/priveya-hills
Available lots: 400 to 800sqm
Price points: P8 to P15 million
Notable features: Town plaza, parks, swimming pools, clubhouse, multi-purpose court

Breeza Scapes Mactan by Priland

Location: Locata Road, Barangay Looc, Lapu-Lapu City, Mactan, Cebu
Website: https://priland.com.ph/projects/breeza-scapes
Available units: 133.8 to 157.7sqm
Price points: P6 million to P8 million
Notable features: Clubhouse, park, playground, pool area, basketball court

Foressa Mountain Town by Aboitiz Land

Location: Cansomoroy, Balamban, Cebu
Website: https://www.foressa.com
Available lots: 312 to 773sqm
Price points: P10,000 to P12,000 per sqm
Notable features: Hike trails, forest reserve, camp site

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