10 Places Outside the Metro to Consider for Your Second Home

Find your future home in Cavite, Laguna, Cebu, or Iloilo.

Monterazzas Prime, Rockwell
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(SPOT.ph) Given a chance to move to another city outside the Metro, where would you settle down? With property developers expanding in key cities outside Manila, choices abound whether you want to live closer to the beach or the mountains. Aside from Pampanga, where different residential options are available, other provinces are fast becoming ideal locations for a home, offering a clean slate for new adventures.

If you can’t seem to let go of Metro Manila’s familiarity, you can stay close by looking into properties in Cavite and Laguna. Eager to spread your wings and move farther? Cebu and Iloilo both look promising, plus, it brings you closer to these destinations’ prized tourist spots. Wherever you choose to start anew, make sure you pick a property that’s conveniently located near essentials while letting you enjoy the best of your new address.


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Ready to pack your bags and make a fresh start? Here are upcoming properties outside Metro Manila you can consider:

Avida Towers Atria by Avida Land

Ayala Land
PHOTO BY Ayala Land
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Donato Pison Avenue, Mandurriao, Iloilo City

Located in Atria Park District, Ayala Land’s mixed-use, masterplanned development in Mandrurriao, Avida Towers Atria offers a garden lifestyle that’s perfectly blended with city living. With only 10 residential floors per tower, homeowners are guaranteed serenity, privacy, and ease of living. As Atria Park District is found in Iloilo City’s commercial, business, and medical hubs, it will be easier to get to schools, hospitals, and leisure stops, too. 

Rockwell Nepo by Rockwell Land

Rockwell Nepo, Pampanga
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Nepo, Angeles City, Pampanga

Rockwell Center’s lights is so familiar, you’ll easily spot it when looking at a photo of Makati City’s skyline. Now, imagine those same lights lighting up Nepo, Angeles City’s skyline—exciting, right? A partnership between Rockwell Land and Juan D. Nepomuceno Realty Group, Rockwell Center Nepo will be the first Rockwell Center outside Metro Manila. The development will feature mid-rise residential buildings with 70% open space and topnotch amenities. In addition, it will also have Power Plant Mall Angeles, the first expansion of the mall.

The Residences at Evo City by Alveo Land

Ayala Land
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Daang Hari Link, Kawit, Cavite

Dubbed as Cavite’s “new commercial haven,” Evo City is Ayala Land’s newest development in Kawit, Cavite which will be a residential and commercial community covering 200 hectares. With 19 hectares of the Evo City to be allocated for parks and open spaces, 41 hectares will be allotted for The Residences at Evo City, a residential community that offers the welcome respite from the frenzy of the commercial haven. With lot sizes ranging from 280sqm to 564sqm, future homeowners can expact a ton of space to move around in and outdoor areas where they can escape to.


Zadia Greenfield City by Greenfield Development Corporation

Greenfield Development Corporation
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Greenfield City, United Boulevard, Don Jose, Santa Rosa, Laguna

If there’s one thing in common among these upcoming properties outside the Metro, it’s how all of these developments are embracing nature and the need for open spaces. Zadia in Greenfield City allows homeowners to thrive in green living with its lush surroundings as a fitting backdrop. It also takes pride in its green architecture and interiors, showcasing the beauty of nature indoors and outdoors.

Saint Dominique by Megaworld

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Iloilo Business Park, Enterprise Road, Mandurriao, Iloilo City

Have you always been fascinated by Parisian architecture? If you love the City of Lights, you may find yourself drawn to Saint Dominique, a residential development with eight residential floors guaranteeing a peaceful environment. While making the most of the property and its amenities, homeowners can also take pleasure in the Festive Walk Parade which is envisioned to become VisMin’s longest dining and retail strip. With options within your reach, it’s like practicing walking the streets of Paris!

Smile Residences by SMDC


SM City Bacolod, Rizal Street, Reclamation Area, Bacolod, Negros Occidental

What better way to kickstart life in the City of Smiles than in Smile Residences? Bacolod not only has a rich history, it’s also home to tourist attractions, museums, and must-see churches. Suffice to say, you’ll never run out of activities to try and experience as you explore the province. Complementing the vibrance of Bacolod is Smile Residences, a premier residential property that’s conveniently located inside the SM City Bacolod complex. As you wind down after a busy day, you can marvel at the sunset from the comfort of your unit or grab a bite from nearby establishments. How’s that for a fresh start?


Galleria Residences by Robinsons Land

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Maxilom Extension, Cebu City

A part of a masterplanned, mixed-use development complete with a mall, Galleria Residences is a resort-inspired residential development that gives just the right balance of fast-paced city living and serene escape. Since it’s located near a mall, you can run errands easily then reward yourself with much deserved me-time at the amenity area. Need to calm your nerves? You can drop by the Japanese-inspired gazebo or meditation exercise garden. If you’re in need of a quiet spot where you can read or get some work done, there’s a library, a Wi-Fi lounge, and a reading nook waiting for you. 

The Hamptons Village at The Hamptons Caliraya by Megaworld

Megaworld Corporation
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Cavinti, Laguna

Taking inspiration from The Hamptons in New York and the beauty of Lake Caliraya, The Hamptons Caliraya is set to become the country’s next prestigious tourism destination. Spanning 300 hectares, homeowners are guaranteed exclusivity here, with only 86 lots up for sale with sizes ranging from 550sqm to 1, 770sqm at The Hamptons Village. Owning a residential lot will not only give you fantastic views of Mt. Banahaw, you’ll also get access to establishments such as the Marina Club, The Hamptons Marina Bay, and other resort-like amenities.

Patio Suites by Alveo Land

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Poblacion District, Davao City, Davao del Sur

Located 20 minutes away from the Franciso Bangoy International Airport, Patio Suites is a 27-storey vertical community that’s part of Abreeza, a masterplanned district developed by Ayala Land where leisure, business, and entertainment come together. Patio Suites offers ample living spaces, outdoor areas, and retail choices. As its name suggests, one of the property’s main features is the amenity area that takes inspiration from a shared patio where homeowners can interact and relax as a community. 


Monterrazas Prime by SkyEstates Construction Corp. and GENVI Development Corporation

Monterazzas Prime
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Monterrazas de Cebu, Barangay Guadalupe, Cebu City

Whether you’re a fan of the Skypod, Slater Young and Kryz Uy’s impressive home in Cebu, or you want to live up in the mountains, then securing a Monterrazas Prime home will surely be an investment worth making. Referred to as Skypod 2.0, the property is available in two units that vary in size—Soprano and Alto— and offers elevated luxury, literally and figuratively. Aside from giving unobstructed views of the city and Cebu’s mountains, each unit offers generous floorspace, a swimming pool, an outdoor lounge, a balcony, and other features that promise comfortable living.

The Key Details:

Avida Towers Atria

Location: Donato Pison Avenue, Mandurriao, Iloilo City
Website: www.avidaland.com/avida-towers-atria
Available units: Studio, one-bedroom with balcony, One-bedroom (L-shaped), Two-Bedroom
Price points: P3.6 million to P9 million
Notable features: Swimming pool, promenade, retail area, and children’s play area


Rockwell Nepo

Location: Nepo, Angeles City, Pampanga
Website: www.e-rockwell.com/rockwell-in-nepo-angeles
Available units: To be announced
Price points: Available upon inquiry
Notable features: Yoga and quiet garden, lap pool, fitness gym, and play area

The Residences at Evo City

Location: Daang Hari Link, Kawit, Cavite
Website: alveoland.com.ph/our-properties/the-residences-at-evo-city/
Available lots: 280sqm (minimum) to 564sqm (maximum)
Price points: P21.3 million to P51.4 million
Notable features: Clubhouse, lap pool, children’s pool, lounge pool, parks, and open spaces

Zadia Greenfield City

Location: Greenfield City, United Boulevard, Don Jose, Santa Rosa, Laguna
Website: greenfield.com.ph/project/zadia
Available units: Studio units (measuring 24.90sqm to 31sqm)
Price points: P2.8 million to P3.8 million
Notable features: Clubhouse, swimming pool, indoor and outdoor basketball court, pool deck, and outdoor tennis court

Saint Dominique

Location: Iloilo Business Park, Enterprise Road, Mandurriao, Iloilo City
Website: megaworldcorp.com/residences/saint-dominique
Available units: Studio, executive studio, one-bedroom, executive one-bedroom, two-bedroom, three-bedroom, loft-type residence (one-bedroom or two-bedroom)
Price points: Available upon inquiry
Notable features: Parisian-inspired residential, swimming pool, jacuzzi, pool lounge, playground, landscape atrium, and game room

Smile Residences

Location: SM City Bacolod
Website: smdc.com/properties/smile-residences
Available units: Flexi suite with balcony, flexi suite end unit, flexi suite, studio end unit with balcony, studio unit with balcony, studio
Price points: P3.8 million to P5.5 million
Notable features: Swimming pool, gym, lobby, and amenity area

Galleria Residences

Location: Maxilom Extension, Cebu City
Website: rlcresidences.com/property/galleria-residences
Available units: Studio, one-bedroom, executive one-bedroom
Price points: P3 million to P8.5 million
Notable features: Business center, arbour lounge, sunset grove and pavilion, Japanese-inspired gazebo, swimming pool, and outdoor amenities

The Hamptons Village at The Hamptons Caliraya 

Location: Cavinti, Laguna
Website: megaworldcorp.com/townships/hamptons-caliraya#LakefrontEsplanade
Available lots: 550sqm to 1,770sqm (choice of Fairway View Lot, Lake View Lot and Lakeside Lot)
Price points: Available upon inquiry
Notable features: Marina Club, The Hamptons Strip, The Hamptons Golf & Country Club, and resort-like amenities


Patio Suites

Location: Poblacion District, Davao City, Davao del Sur
Website: alveoland.com.ph/condominium/davao/patio-suites
Available units: Studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom (80 or 82sqm), three-bedroom
Price points: P7.2 million to P26.7 million
Notable features: Gym, multipurpose hall, great lawn, play lawn, activity lawn, kiddie pool, and alfresco lounge

Monterrazas Prime

Location: Monterrazas de Cebu, Barangay Guadalupe, Cebu City
Website: monterrazasprime.com
Available units: Alto (350 to 371sqm lot size) and Soprano (408 to 440sqm lot size)
Price points: P43 million to P51 million
Notable features: Panoramic view of Cebu’s skyline, private pool, outdoor lounge, each house will have a multipurpose area which the owners can personalize

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