Rush Sale: Nuvali lots at 14,500/sqm (below market value)

Nuvali lots for Sale

We’ve decided to lower our selling price for our two lots in Nuvali to P14,500/sqm, which is our final price for a cash buyer.  This is below the prevailing market price in Avida communities in Nuvali, which ranges from P16,000-17,000/sqm.

RUSH SALE! Nuvali lots in Avida Parkway Settings. Motivated seller. P14,500/sqm final price, non-negotiable, CASH buyer. Direct buyers only.

APSN Lot 1:
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 P14,500/sqm CASH

APSN Lot 2:
Phase 1 Block 37 Lot 15
173 square meters
Facing Southeast, with wide road frontage, next to a pocket park and fronting the Greenway. Ready for building.
Price: P16,000/sqm or P2,768,000 P14,500/sqm CASH

Contact me at johanna@metrorealty.ph or 0920-9624116 or my mom, Isabel Pilar at 0918-9285339 / 6978847.

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Mom and Dad’s Lot Turnover in Parkway, Nuvali

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Two weeks ago, we got to schedule the turnover of the lot of my parents in Avida Parkway Settings Nuvali.

We bought our lots together when the village was launched in 2011, so we both got our pick of the litter.

Mom and Dad chose a lot across the Greenway in Phase 1, adjacent to a wide alley that has a pocket park, and accessible via a major road, which gives it a wider frontage compared to other lots.
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It is 173 square meters, facing Southeast, and ready for building.

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We also noticed that the sidewalk is extra wider than the usual, so this area will really be extra green once everything is developed.
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This lot, along with mine (135sqm), is available for sale. Terms accepted.  
Avida Parkway Settings Nuvali lots for sale

More pictures and information here: My Nuvali Home Vacant Lots for Sale.

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Wakeboarding on a Monday holiday

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After three years of saying, “I want to wakeboard” in Nuvali, I finally decided to just do it!

We went on the Monday morning of the recent long weekend (thank you, National Heroes Day).

Blessing for the day: slightly overcast sky so we got semi-shielded from the sun. What gave us not-so-happy vibes: the line at the beginner lake was too long! We only got two attempts each, and waited over an hour for each round. Our advice: go early mornings on weekdays. Avoid holidays and weekends (includes Fridays).
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Just the same, it was AWESOME!

It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be.
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And I’m super proud of myself for being able to stand on my first try! I didn’t make it all the way to the end, but I know that with a little more training, it will happen.
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All smiles despite the “bitin” session — next time we will go on a non-peak day!
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Fixing up in Nuvali after Glenda

I wasn’t in the country when Typhoon Glenda hit.

Looking at aftermath photos in Avida Settings Nuvali,  I’m glad that there were no incidents in my house apart from a few windows that flung open and plants that fell by the wayside. A report from the same ASN homeowner fun blog (dated July 24, 2014) says that:

The howling winds toppled electric posts causing power outages and peeled roof sheets off the houses. Trees were uprooted along Nuvali boulevard and blocked the roads. No flood were reported within Nuvali.

Inside Avida Settings, some houses had their roof (polycarbonate garage roofing) blown off and the streets were scattered with blown garbages and debris. Green ribbons were littered with tree branches and some trees were even uprooted.

Clearing operations has been on going until now. ASN electricity has been brought back after almost a week. Telephone lines were still under repair.

If you are not living in ASN, we advise you to ask someone to check your property for damages (such as water leaks, stripped paint or broken lamp post).

I finally got to visit Nuvali two weeks ago, August 9th, and saw that clearing operations have been completed inside the village, and most things seemed back to normal.

It was in Solenad 2, however, that I saw cordoned off areas.
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The areas surrounding Bread Talk and Serenitea, as well as Gerry’s Grill and Stoked/Roxy still needed repairs.
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I hope to see these areas fully cleaned out and operational by the time I visit this weekend!

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Nuvali and the August sky

There’s something about the sky in the South that is familiar, as if I know it and it knows me. Maybe because I greet it with such enthusiasm every time, in return it greets me with splendor and vastness.

Here’s what coming home to Nuvali in August looked like:

A long dash of white to say hello…
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Soft strips of clouds and the setting sun against My Nuvali Home:
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Wispy lines watching over Solenad 3, with its construction in full swing.
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The magic hour saying goodbye with pinks and purples…
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Other posts that caught me looking up in the past:
Look up! Sky beauties in the South – June 2014
Sunset at Sta. Rosa – Oct. 2010
Rain cloud – May 2012
Wet Nuvali – June 2012
Nuvali Sky at the Magic Hour – April 2013

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Emergency hotline numbers

Saw this posted on the Avida Settings Nuvali bulletin board in the clubhouse. Sharing it for everyone’s information.

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Summer greens in Nuvali

Look at what greeted us in Nuvali after a year of being city-based:

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Ligaw na sitaw! This just grew in the wild.

This is our papaya tree out front, now bearing fruit:
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Perfect for tinola, I’ve been told. This tree was not even an inch high a year ago.

Was also nice to see our ivy slowly making progress in covering our front garden wall…
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…And our passion flower vine climbing all around the trellis:
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The flower of this vine is so lovely. Here’s a pic from last year:
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One thing I miss about living in the South is the abundance of fresh flowers. These are my neighbor’s purple blooms by the sidewalk:
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The Green Ribbon is also in much better shape now, although personally I’d still prefer to leave it a little wilder or less manicured.
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All in all, Nuvali is getting greener and greener — which is its promise after all. I just hope the management is ready to hire grasscutters round the clock, especially with the coming rainy season!

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Throwback: How I built My Nuvali Home (Part 2 of 3)

Here’s a continuation of the lookback at the various stages of building My Nuvali Home, this part in the finishing stage:

Click here for Part 1: Foundation and Structure and Part 3: Furnishing (to follow).

PART 2: Finishing

November 2011 – The house in white: first coating of paint.  This primer did wonders for the overall feel of the house: it brought in light. If you’ve also built a house, you know this eureka moment of the illusion of space!  White is truly light.  Liwanag.
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Inspecting pipes and wiring inside the ceiling.
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December 2011 – a preview of my concrete floor.   While others still weren’t convinced of my industrial look, I really loved how this turned out, even on day one!
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A first look at the skylight through the bathroom light well.
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A quick peek at the 3rd floor:
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The house at night.
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A few days before Christmas 2011
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The living and dining areas already taking shape…
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Creating the divider for the bedroom and hallway…
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February 2012 – Installing stoneworks on the facade.
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We also made an (unsuccessful) attempt to install automated watering pipes for the roof garden on the third floor.  Months later we would remove these pipes and waterproof the roofdeck 2-3 times over.

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Assembling the stairs leading to the 3rd floor:
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March 2012 – Picking the interior wall colors for the rooms and living areas:
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Windows installed. Critical to allow interiors to be painted (and safeguarded from the rain).
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Carport and lanai trellis…
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Kitchen layout getting there…
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I eventually had this wooden table shortened to allow for more moving space in the kitchen.
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Shelving and cabinets also taking shape:
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April 2012 – The front door!
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Kitchen
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The duco finish on these cabinets took some time to finish because of the many color variations.

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One of my favorite design elements of the house — the salvaged wood wall in the living/dining area — shown here in its initial stages.My Nuvali Home Construction 1Apr2012 (10) My Nuvali Home Construction 18Apr2012 (1)

Bathrooms taking shape.

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We installed these jalousie windows along the stairways for ventilation but I didn’t like how they turned out visually.  I eventually decided to give up the ventilation feature and had the jalousies replaced with fixed glass/picture windows.

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The concrete flooring now sealed with an acrylic coating for concrete surfaces: looking good!

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Raising the perimeter fence — I wanted the privacy of a high fence but also cross-ventilation throughout the living area on the ground floor.  Our design solution was to use grills with screens to let air through, and to keep the area from bugs and insects.

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August 2012 – Attempt#2 to install the polycarbonate roofing on the side trellises.
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The first rolls of polycarb I bought got drenched and warped, so I had to order a second set.  Was an expensive mistake :(
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Roofdeck: roofing
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Half-walled and still with a full view of the Tagaytay mountains.  Because of village restrictions I had to build a higher wall which would board up/restrict this view.

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To be continued…

Click here for Part 1: Foundation and Structure and stay tuned for Part 3: Furnishing.

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Look up! Sky beauties in the South

I’ve started looking up again. I got to spend a few weekends in Nuvali in May, and I just couldn’t help but look up.

I’ve always loved the sky, clouds, rain, the moon.

Here are some gifts I took from the sky these past few weeks:
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Old posts that caught me looking up in the past:
Sunset at Sta. Rosa – Oct. 2010
Rain cloud – May 2012
Wet Nuvali – June 2012
Nuvali Sky at the Magic Hour – April 2013

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Shuttles in and out of Nuvali

Saw these signs around Solenad last week. Have any of you gone on the Nuvali-BGC express shuttle? How was it?

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You’ll notice that the shuttle within Nuvali goes all the way from Solenad 1 to Avida Village in Nuvali South.  No listed schedules though.  Next time, I’ll ask how often these vans pass through these stops.

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One interesting thing I noticed were bike racks in Solenad 2, beside Robinson’s Supermarket and near the Terminal.  Great option for everyday commuters to Makati/BGC who want to bike from their houses in Nuvali, leave their bikes for the day, and have a ready means of transport to head back home at the end of the day.

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It’s just unfortunate that the parking area for bikes is uncovered, but it’s still a great new feature in the community!

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Have you updated your 2014 Nuvali stickers?

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Saw this while visiting Nuvali last Holy Week.

Residents can apply for stickers at our respective administration offices.  :)

On another note, 2014 is going by quickly!  We just hit May two days ago — before we know it, summer will be over and we will need to prepare for the everyday rains again.  In the meantime, I hope I get to squeeze in some biking this month.  Will be spending a couple of weekends in Nuvali again…I can’t wait!

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Throwback: How I built My Nuvali Home (Part 1 of 3)

Someone interested to buy the house asked me for pictures of the foundation and housebuild today, and I got sentimental looking over my construction photos.  Can’t believe this all happened over 3 years ago!

Here’s a lookback at the various stages of building My Nuvali Home:

*I got carried away and put together so many pics — dividing this throwback into 3 parts: Foundation and Structure, Finishing, Furnishing.

PART 1: Foundation and Structure
October 2010 – Designing the house layout based on my everyday activities. I remember coming up with a new floor plan everyday for almost a month!
Nuvali house drawings

January 2011 – Lot turnover day
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February 2011 – House perspectives: how we fought for my roofdeck but eventually had to concede with a roofed 3rd floor.

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July 2011 – Groundbreaking Day, finally after 6 months of getting permits and approvals
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July 2011 – Week 3 pillar foundations:
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July 2011 – Week 4: First pouring
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I remember “planting” prayers on the main pillars of the house.  Was a special moment.
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August 2011 – Month 2
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September 2011 – Month 3
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Welcome to the house!  By September we could step inside and get a feel of the house in 3D.
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Walls were up…
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…and the stairs ready…
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…We could step on the second floor!
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It was made of heavy concrete slabs — my parents kept saying my small Nuvali house was overly sturdy for its floor area!
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Hello, neighbor! A peep at the Celena next door, beginning construction.
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My second floor walls.
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What thick pillars! This was really a house of a Pilar.
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A preview of what I would wake up to everyday: greens, sky, and the Tagaytay mountains.
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What would be my future studio:
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To be continued…

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