Saw this posted on the Avida Settings Nuvali bulletin board in the clubhouse. Sharing it for everyone’s information.
Look at what greeted us in Nuvali after a year of being city-based:
Perfect for tinola, I’ve been told. This tree was not even an inch high a year ago.
The flower of this vine is so lovely. Here’s a pic from last year:
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!
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.
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.
The duco finish on these cabinets took some time to finish because of the many color variations.
Bathrooms taking shape.
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.
The concrete flooring now sealed with an acrylic coating for concrete surfaces: looking good!
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.
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.
To be continued…
Click here for Part 1: Foundation and Structure and stay tuned for Part 3: Furnishing.
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.
Saw these signs around Solenad last week. Have any of you gone on the Nuvali-BGC express shuttle? How was it?
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.
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.
It’s just unfortunate that the parking area for bikes is uncovered, but it’s still a great new feature in the community!
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!
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.
February 2011 – House perspectives: how we fought for my roofdeck but eventually had to concede with a roofed 3rd floor.
To be continued…
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.
(Click to zoom in)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org so I can study it.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
MY NUVALI HOME FOR SALE – HOUSE DETAILS:
Two-bedroom green home with roofdeck, built in September 2012 by artist Montalut. Open plan design for the kitchen, dining, lanai areas.
This area below is spacious enough to be converted into another room. It is adjacent to the ground floor bathroom.
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.
Black out, suede blinds keep both rooms cozy for sleeping.
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.
- 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
- 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
Avida Settings Nuvali
Price: Php 6,500,00
Viewing by appointment only. Serious buyers only please. Licensed brokers welcome. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Bursts of pinks and yellows fresh from Ilocos. Happy Monday, friends!
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. Blooms from our Tagaytay garden.