I’m also selling my Parkway Lot in Nuvali…

I finally got to schedule the turnover of my Avida Parkway Settings lot last month.

This is the lot that I was willing to pull successive all-nighters for, studying the map and pricelist just to make sure I got the best one.

I first got to step on it in November 2012,  and immediately gave myself a pat on the back for choosing well — Parkway Settings for me is one of the best value for money communities in Nuvali:  high elevation, proximity to the wake park and future commercial center (which rumor has it will be built in 3 years!). I was also one of the lucky ones who got to buy right when Parkway Settings opened in October 2011 so I got my top choice: a lot in a good location, with a wide road frontage and view of the Laguna lake, Tagaytay, and Mt. Makiling.

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Avida marks the boundaries of a lot on turnover day, and here you see it from the street level.

My first thought when I stepped on the lot again:  How nice to build another house here — the myriad possibilities of an elevated lot!  Truth be told I would rather keep this property, especially after learning– this is still subject to an official announcement from Ayala — that a new Nuvali exit from SLEX is in the works, which will connect to East-West Drive in Nuvali South (this is the main access road for Parkway Settings).  I need to stay liquid at this point though, so I’m also putting it up in the market for sale along with my house in ASNU.

Phase 1 Block 27 Lot 3
135 square meters
Facing Southeast, with wide road frontage, elevated lot. Ready for building.
Price: P16,000/sqm or P2,160,000

The title is clean, but I took out a private loan to pay for it, so my break even point (balik pera) for the lot is really at P16,000/sqm. If you have an offer in mind, please email me at johanna@metrorealty.ph so I can study it. :)

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Ayala’s new community in Nuvali: Soliento

Last Thursday I attended a briefing on the newest Ayala Land Premier project in Nuvali.  I haven’t been in the loop re the latest developments in Nuvali, so hearing about this excited me.  This is the 6th ALP project in Nuvali, after Abrio, Santierra, Montecito, Elaro, and Luscara.

Soliento will be located in Nuvali Central (where Xavier School is also located), and designed to mirror its next-door neighbor, Luscara.  It will have an area of 66 hectares on flat and gently rolling terrain.  The name is a combination of the Spanish words, sol (sun) and viento (wind), meant to imbibe the active, park-oriented lifestyle in the community.

This is an Ayala Land Premier project, so lot sizes are on the bigger side, ranging from 600-1,500 square meters.

  • Approximately 66 hectares in gross land area, 462 available lots in total
  • Located within the vicinity of Canlubang Golf and Country Club, between 2 rivers: Banias and Cauang-Cauang (no flood hazards posed)
  • With views of Tagaytay Ridge, Mt. Makiling and Canlubang Golf
  • Elevation is around 159-185 meters above mean sea level

The beauty of Soliento is in the abundance of parks inside:

  • 50% of the area will be open spaces, with 17 hectares devoted to parks
  • 60% of lots are designed as courtyards:  small enclaves with big parks in the middle (imagine 8 basketball courts worth of greenery right in front of your doorstep).
  • Other lots face either a tree-lined main road (30-meter wide), a verdant ridge (15-40 meters wide), or a carriageway with landscaping on each side

The picture below shows an approximation of the garden courtyard enclaves.

Tranche 1 is now open for priority selling.

There are 136 lots available, as follows:

  • Prime (regular lots)     :      24 lots
  • Park Estate (along the main road and adjacent to the main courtyard access)     :      19 lots
  • Courtyard (directly adjacent to Soliento garden enclaves)      :   77 lots
  • Courtyard Park Estate (adjacent to the Main Park)      :      16 lots

Reservation fee is P200,000 per lot.   If interested, please contact me asap at johanna@metrorealty.ph so we can already line up (process is first come-first served).


*Soliento will be open to the public (for those who don’t wish to participate in the priority selling) on April 6, 2014.

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My Nuvali Home for sale

I dug up my first post about selling the house and realized I made it exactly one year ago, on January 22, 2013.   I choose to see it as a validation then, that I’m making the right choice to again put it out in the market today.

I wrote last year:

I really built the house to sell after living in it for a year or so, and because of delays from the 2011 target move in date, that year was used up to complete the house instead. I had planned to study art by 2013 (this year!), so need to adjust timelines and unload already. Am also open to the possibility that things might take longer to move… From experience, selling a house takes about 6 months, sometimes longer. Although I’m not in a hurry — will just enjoy it while selling — it would be nice to get a move on with art school already. :)

P.S. No worries, Nuvali friends and neighbors — I will be back.  I have loved every single moment here in Nuvali and see myself coming back here someday.

I gave myself one year in UP to decide whether it’s a fit, but here we are halfway through that year and I already declare that I intend to see it through for the next 3.5 years.  This means that #1: My relocation to the North is more permanent (for now), and that #2: I really have to let go of Southern living (for now).

Here’s to bringing this Nuvali chapter to a close, and to welcoming all possibilities from now on.    I’m still not in a hurry to let the house go (there’s a part of me that wishes I can still fully enjoy it come summer break), but I do see it happening.  Praying for the right buyer to come.   :)

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Two-bedroom green home with roofdeck, built in September 2012 by artist Montalut. Open plan design for the kitchen, dining, lanai areas.

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This area below is spacious enough to be converted into another room.  It is adjacent to the ground floor bathroom.

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Designed to maximize natural light and ventilation, the house is bright and breezy, with big windows.

Master’s bedroom has an afternoon sun window, but daylight floods the house when blinds are rolled up — great if you prefer a natural alarm clock everyday.  The roof garden is on top of the master’s bedroom so it stays cool all throughout the day.

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Guest room / study fits a daybed and faces a park.
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Black out, suede blinds keep both rooms cozy for sleeping.

The two bedrooms on the second floor share a big common bathroom:
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The roofdeck is the surprise of the house.

Partially covered, it occupies the whole 3rd floor, with space for a garden and laundry/utility area. Great place to entertain guests for a late afternoon picnic or barbecue.  We love staying here to enjoy the Nuvali winds while soaking in the views of Mt. Makiling, Tagaytay, and the ASNU community.

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Custom-built features:

  • Dining/Living room wall with salvaged wood planks
  • Kitchen makes use of the old banggerahan concept, with an area built-in for dish drying
  • Polished concrete flooring
  • Windows in between rooms help bring in natural light
  • Roof garden on roofdeck
  • Rain harvesting tank for watering the garden
  • LED and energy-saving lighting

House inclusions:

  • furnished: beds, daybeds, roofdeck furniture (high table, benches, bar cabinet)
  • 2 split-type inverter airconditioning units in the bedrooms
  • heaters in kitchen sink, ground floor bathroom, master’s bathroom
  • speakers and amplifier for piped-in music in the dining/living room


Lot area = 113 square meters
Floor area = 152 square meters
2BR, 2T&B
Avida Settings Nuvali

Price:  Php 6,500,00


Viewing by appointment only. Serious buyers only please. Licensed brokers welcome.  Contact me at johanna@metrorealty.ph, 09209624116.


Read about how I built this labor of love of a dream house — the first of many — in Building a Green Home, with details from inception of the rooms and layout of the house back in October 2010, all the way to completion in September 2012.


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Have you ever seen tomatoes so supple and inviting?

Have you ever seen tomatoes so supple and inviting? Bursts of pinks and yellows fresh from Ilocos. Happy Friday, friends! #organic #alienvegetables

Bursts of pinks and yellows fresh from Ilocos. Happy Monday, friends!

#organic #alienvegetables

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Mountain wedding full of song and cheer

Great day for a wedding.  Mountains, winds, sun, friends and family. And rowdy Italian groomsmen singing wedding love songs like Hobbits! ♡

Great day for a wedding. Mountains, winds, sun, friends and family. And rowdy Italian groomsmen singing wedding love songs like Hobbits!

Sunflower aisle. Simple and lovely yellows. Look mom @bigbons! our garden blooms ♡ #wedding #chapelonthehill

Sunflower aisle. Simple and lovely yellows. Blooms from our Tagaytay garden.

#wedding #chapelonthehill

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Oh misty mountains.

Oh misty mountains.

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Have you tried oil pulling?

Picked up a new morning habit while on vacation: "oil pulling" or mouthwashing with coco oil for 20mins.  No fluff, easy detox.

Picked up a new morning habit while on vacation: “oil pulling” or mouthwashing with coconut oil for 20 minutes. No fluff, easy detox.

You just swish 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth and pull it through your teeth. Our body naturally detoxes while we sleep and the toxins end up in our mouth. The oil helps pull the toxins out — you’ll see that it will turn white by the end of 20 minutes (full of white germs!).  Important: You’re collecting the toxins for spitting out, so be careful not to swallow the oil.

It’s not easy to keep the oil in your mouth for 20 minutes, but it just takes getting used to.   It’s a new, healthy habit to start the morning right — do it while you prepare breakfast, shower, or check emails — but do it the moment you wake up (even before brushing your teeth).

Benefits: over-all clean feeling in the mouth, whiter teeth and healthier gums; oil pulling is also an age old Ayurvedic treatment for diabetes, etc.

I don’t like to over-research (information overload just leads to paralysis), so I tried oil pulling the morning after a friend mentioned it casually over dinner.  If you want to know more before jumping in, you can read up on oil pulling here:

UPDATE: Here‘s a great resource on oil pulling, put together by Dr. Bruce Fife at the Coconut Research Center.org.  He says:

Some people think I’m crazy when I tell them that oil pulling can help those with asthma, allergies, chronic fatigue, diabetes, migraine headaches, PMS, and chronic skin problems. Oil pulling works by detoxifying or cleansing the body. In this way, disease promoting toxins are removed, thus allowing the body to heal itself. As a consequence, health problems of all types improve.


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What are the bike trails in Nuvali these days?

I loved, loved biking in Nuvali earlier this year (February-May 2013), but I’m wondering what the bike trails are like these days, given all the new property developments inside Nuvali?

I plotted the 4 trails that I used to bike on the map below:


Can anyone give updates on these trails?  Are any of them in danger of being closed?  I know the Enduro trail is right smack in the middle of Avida Woodhills Settings, which has already begun land development, so maybe byebye Enduro na nga. :(   Too bad as those were fun, short trails!  I hope with fingers and toes crossed that New Zealand is still intact !

Also noticed a big chunk of land being cleared along Nuvali Boulevard on the downward slope coming from Republic Wakepark.

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A new bike trail in the making, perhaps?  :)

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Around Nuvali: updates as of October 2013

It’s been a while since I posted.  How are you, Nuvali friends?

Took the chance to visit the South over sem break last October 23, and was happy I got to drive around Nuvali for a bit.

The trees seemed taller along Nuvali Boulevard, but it was Mt. Makiling– ever so beautiful and reassuring–  that brought me back to the familiarity of Nuvali:  even after months of being away, it still was home.  :)

Here’s the Seda Hotel up close– I can count about 9 floors plus a penthouse.

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Curious to know how the market would respond to a hotel in Nuvali. Mostly businessmen clientele, maybe?

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The lake is still quieting and lovely–surely one of the everyday sights I miss.

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As early as May 2013, I already noticed diggings being done on the other side of the Evoliving Center, so it was nice to see the new lake now dug up and filled with water.

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The new lake extends all the way to the office/commercial area, now paved and ready for businesses to come in:

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There’s also a new parking lot across the Evoliving Center.  Maybe built out of anticipated need?

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Last September I saw posters about Green Installations around the lake– glad I got to see at least one sculpture on my visit.

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I drove further in, towards Nuvali Central, and noticed road expansion along Nuvali Boulevard just after the rotonda guard:

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I hope this finally addresses the flooding issue in this area.

Wanted to take a look at the site of the new Amaia mid-rise condominiums, so I turned right towards Xavier School Nuvali and drove all the way to the end.
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There’s ongoing road construction at the end of that street, most likely the alternate road that will connect Nuvali Central and South to Solenad 2:
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Based on this map dated July 2011, this road should be the Evoliving Parkway (Blue):
Nuvali Developments - July 2011 updates

Here’s the Amaia site, boarded up on the left, across Treveia.  Further ahead along the curving road is Xavier School.
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I saw that Xavier had 3-storey buildings, so I imagined having twice as high Amaia condos next to it (the plan is to put up a cluster of 4 to 6-storey residential buildings).

Personally I would’ve preferred to have kept things more horizontal in this area, but I hear that the Amaia project is selling fast, so here’s to having faith that Ayala’s developing vision for this area works out.

In Nuvali South, the Venare gates are looking nice:
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Mirala is also getting leveled and fenced in:
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I was surprised to see very little development on the Miriam College Nuvali site, considering their target school opening is just a little over 6 months away in June 2014:
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Wasn’t able to take pictures of the Woodhill Settings project behind Venare, but also saw initial land development being done on site.

Could’nt help but feel tight in that area though– Avida Village Cerise, Woodhill Settings, Parkway Settings and Venare converging in one area.   I’m already anticipating the high volume of cars that will go in and out of Evoliving Parkway in the South (still the blue road on the map below) once residents start moving in.   Am glad that Parkway Settings has another gate along the main road (East Diversity Avenue) across Republic Wakepark as an alternative entry/exit point.

Nuvali Developments - July 2011 updates


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There is so much to be missed in the South.  The peace and quiet, wide open spaces, the slowing down that makes you just weed out things that matter less, and cherish those that matter more.

Haaaay.  To those of you who are enjoying this life everyday, a big congratulations to you! Do send us your happy vibes :)

Nuvali, stay clean and quiet and friendly please.

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Heading North

Montalut - We are traveling

Bracing myself for another move, this time back to the North as I go back to university life (yes, a freshman again in my 30s!).

About a month ago, I took down the for sale sign for My Nuvali Home, after deciding to stay put in the Philippines ( I was selling to fund art studies abroad).

So I’m holding on to the house for now, and also holding on, for the remaining 30 days, to the Southern lifestyle I’ve come to really love.

I’ll still be visiting every now and then, but what will I miss about living in Nuvali everyday?

  • biking!
  • the long easy drive on SLEX
  • trail biking!
  • peace and quiet
  • the long easy drive on Nuvali Boulevard, where I usually roll down my windows to let the fresh air welcome me home
  • being so close to freshly-harvested organic produce from Sta. Elena’s Holy Carabao Farm
  • being 20 minutes away from Tagaytay and 10 minutes away from fresh buko
  • being an hour ++ away from the Batangas beaches
  • not needing to use fans or aircon, even during the day
  • wide open spaces everywhere
  • just the sights and sounds of the South:  Mt. Makiling, the birds, the Nuvali lake, the stars at night, the pink-orange-purple sunsets
  • the active energy of Nuvali athletes– the everyday bikers and runners
  • the new friends I’ve made in the South!

What would I cram into the days I have left?

  • more biking!
  • I will probably finally give wakeboarding a good try
  • I would’ve wanted to try yoga everyday, but Breathe, the new yoga studio in Nuvali, will only be opening on May 20 (that’s actually in 10 days already!)

I have a lot in Parkway which I’m saving for another creative build (will first gather enough love and resources — time, energy and funding– to birth another home!), so definitely there are still a lot of blank pages on my personal Nuvali story.  My family also has properties here, so Nuvali will continue to be home in more ways than one.

I will still practice real estate when able, but my main occupation for the next four years will be full-time student.  For any real estate inquiries, please do contact our office as we still have a team of brokers ready to help:

Metro Realty
Registered Brokers since 1975

+632 655.3765

Our websites:

I do hope the Nuvali community grows richer in camaraderie and actual face-to-face encounters. One of my dreams is still to create a physical gathering place for innovative, positive, and active dialogue by way of art, green tech, and wealth creation.  Think art salons of the olden times, but Pinoy version (with abundant food! and laughter! and doers! Bawal all-talk), and with lots of playful spirit.  An open and friendly place for ideas to germinate and get implemented.  Haaaay. Dreams are free. But they also have a deadline.  Baby steps.

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Nuvali sky at the magic hour

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Nuvali sunsets turn yellow and pink and purple. So lovely.

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Click here for a panoramic view.


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Greens and Patches: a tree nursery in Nuvali

Took a wrong turn while biking two weeks ago and found our way to Nuvali’s community nursery, Greens and Patches.

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We got to explore a bit of the nursery itself, which had rows of trees with matching labels, just like the fruit tree area at the Manila Seedling bank along EDSA.

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The rest of the area was closed, but the caretakers/gardeners told us they just need a go signal from Nuvali management to let visitors in. If you’re looking to visit, drop by the Evoliving Center for a pass beforehand. Other areas of interest include a vegetable maze, an herb garden, even a pond. I was curious to see the vertical garden… maybe next time.

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I would assume the area is accessible to light vehicles via the dirt road in between Elaro and Montecito in Nuvali Central. Just know that the road is not paved (i.e. it’s just compressed soil), so best to go on a dry day.

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