Residential condominiums are today’s new bywords for luxury living in an urban setting. Developers boldly promise a luxury lifestyle through their banners and billboards. However, just because it has a large price tag doesn’t mean it has a cache of prestige as well.

Only a select few can actually deliver on this promise, not only with the development but also with the premier service and the limited exclusivity. Think of it as a residential condominium but with 5-star hotel amenities and aesthetics. If you’re lucky, you can even shop where you live with high-end retail shops right at your doorstep.

With that in mind, here are the top seven rarefied residential projects that have climbed to the top of our radar.

Concept Art of Discovery Primea

1. Discovery Primea

  • Address: 6749 Ayala Avenue, Makati City
  • Developer: JTKC Land
  • Property type: Mixed-use residential condominium and hotel
  • Height: 68 stories
  • Unit sizes: Three- to four-bedroom units
  • Floor area: 382–680 sqm
  • Turnover: 2014
  • Price range: Starts at Php50 million per unit

Developed by the same people behind Discovery Suites in Ortigas and the award-winning Discovery Shores in Boracay, developer JTKC Land has created an exclusive space for those with discerning taste.

From the 4th to 15th floors, Discovery Primea offers luxury serviced residences with its own entrance, lobby, and elevator system. Above this, you have a limited number of signature residents. Only 90 owners will be privileged enough to become a part of this development. This is because there are only a maximum of two units for each of its 47 floors.

The building also offers hotel-level service and amenities like 24-hour concierge service, valet and limousine, in-house catering and chef on-demand, swimming pools, fitness centers, and even its own executive butler and helipad. And because they offer hotel-level services, they promise to have hotel-trained personnel to answer your needs.

A rendering of One and Two Roxas Triangle together

2. Two Roxas Triangle

  • Address: Paseo de Roxas corner Cruzada Street, Makati City
  • Developer: Roxas Land Corp. (Ayala Land Inc., Hongkong Land, and the Bank of the Philippine Islands)
  • Property type: Residential condominium
  • Height: 52 stories
  • Unit sizes: Three- to four-bedroom units
  • Floor area: 302–633 sqm
  • Turnover: 2019
  • Price range: Starts at Php47 million per unit

It’s generally known that prestige has an address in Makati City. This is at the corner of Paseo de Roxas and Cruzada Street because of its lucky “8” shape at the heart of the Makati business commercial district. But for the longest time, the only building that was privileged to stand there—One Roxas Triangle—was missing its twin tower.

That has now been remedied with the promised construction of the Two Roxas Triangle. Riding on the high standards of modern luxurious living set by the prestigious One Roxas Triangle, this development will offer an exclusive 182 premium units: an average of four standard units per floor, two units at the garden level, the sky units, and the penthouses.

A rendering of East Gallery Place.

3. East Gallery Place

  • Address: 28th Street corner 11th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
  • Developer: Ayala Land Premier
  • Property type: Mixed-use residential condominium
  • Height: 50 stories
  • Unit sizes: One- to four-bedroom units, Flex units, Villas
  • Floor area: 67–763 sqm
  • Turnover: 2019–2020
  • Price range: Starts at Php10 million per unit

Ayala Land knows how to create iconic developments and East Gallery Place is another mark on the BGC landscape carrying their Ayala Land Premier brand. East Gallery Place will have 407 residences, high-end malls, world-class amenities, and the flexibility of choice where you can adapt your residence according to your lifestyle. This is because East Gallery Place will have six distinctive residential concepts. These range from the classic one- to four-bedroom units to the Flex formats (spaces free of interior partitions so they can be configured to studio or one- to two-bedroom units). They also have the limited edition units: the three-bedroom Skysuite (two units to a floor), the three-bedroom Skycove Aqua (with its private elevator and pool), the Skyrise penthouse units, and the two-level Villa residences.

Grand Hyatt Manila Residences concept

4. Grand Hyatt Manila Residences

  • Address: 8th Avenue, Veritown Fort, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
  • Developer: Federal Land Inc. and Orix Corp.
  • Property type: Mixed-use residential condominium and hotel
  • Height: 45 stories
  • Unit sizes: Two- to four-bedroom units
  • Floor area: 103–407 sqm
  • Turnover: 2015
  • Price range: Starts at Php40 million per unit

If you have a taste of Hyatt Hotel’s service and amenities, you can have these in your home courtesy of Grand Hyatt Manila Residences. A combination of 248 residential luxury units, luxurious hotel amenities, and high-end retail establishments, the Grand Hyatt Manila Residences will stand alongside the 5-star Grand Hyatt Hotel.

As such, the condominium will also have hotel concierge, bell service, valet, 24-hour front desk, room service, limousine service, private chef and butler, and housekeeping, as well as private access to the hotel’s spa, fitness center, swimming pool, and restaurants. What’s more, residents will also have the Hyatt’s Gold Passport with its elite status of “Diamond Level.”

A rendering of the Shangri-La at the Fort Residences

5. Shangri-La at The Fort – Residences

  • Address: Fifth Avenue corner 30th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
  • Developer: Shang Properties, Shangri-La Asia Ltd, Alphaland Corp.
  • Property type: Mixed-use residential condominium and hotel
  • Height: 60 stories
  • Unit sizes: Three-bedroom units
  • Floor area: 90 to 240 sqm
  • Turnover: 2015
  • Price range: Starts at Php30 million per unit (tentative)

Another combination of residential condominium and hotel, The Shangri-La at the Fort is—obviously—your home done in the style of the Shangri-La aesthetics and offering its world-famed service and amenities. Sharing space with the hotel’s 576 guestrooms, the condominium will offer 97 hotel residences and 96 exclusive Horizon Homes.

As part of the Shangri-La complex, residents of the development can enjoy world-class hotel features with a wide range of dining choices (like an all-day café, deli café, Chinese eating house, lobby lounge, poolside bar and barbecue). The residence also offers a sports club, swimming pools, tennis courts, gym, and children’s play area. On the other hand, the hotel offers grand and junior ballroom, 14 function rooms, boardrooms, and business centers, individual conference areas, and a 350-square-metre high-end outdoors event space.

Another rendering of the Trump Tower Manila

6. Trump Tower at Century City

  • Address: Century City, Kalayaan Ave. corner Salamanca Streets, Brgy. Poblacion, Makati City
  • Developer: Century Properties
  • Property type: Residential condominium
  • Height: 61 stories
  • Unit sizes: One- to four-bedroom units
  • Floor area: 57–425 sqm
  • Turnover: 2016
  • Price range: Starts at Php9 million

If there’s one name that’s synonymous with a successful lifestyle, it’s Donald Trump. With regard to real estate, Trump-branded projects are known for their spectacular views, prime locations, luxurious amenities, and an elite rank of owners—including CEOs and celebrities. That’s why the Trump Tower at Century City carries a lot of prestige with its licensed brand.

From your entrance to its grand lobby to indulging yourself in its swimming pools, lounges, Jacuzzi, and spas, to keeping yourself fit at the fitness center or entertained at the video rooms and library, the Trump Tower with its 250 homes is set to introduce you to a truly elegant and privileged lifestyle. Likewise, residents have a chance of choosing from New York–themed suites like Park Avenue, Downtown Soho, and Fifth Avenue.

A rendering of The Proscenium

7. The Proscenium

  • Address: Rockwell Center, Makati City
  • Developer: Rockwell Land Corp.
  • Property type: Residential condominium
  • Height: Kirov (55 stories), Sakura (51 stories), Lincoln (47 stories), and two other towers still unnamed
  • Unit sizes: One- to three-bedroom units
  • Floor area: 31–332 sqm
  • Turnover: 2018
  • Price range: Starts at Php6 million

Last but not least, Rockwell Land is adding another jewel to its crown at the Rockwell area with The Proscenium—a five-tower residential community designed by the world-renowned Uruguayan architect Carlos Ott. “Proscenium” means “in front of the scenery,” which is why the development’s hosting of a 600-seat theater for cultural performances is certain to raise the Rockwell lifestyle to a whole different level.

The first tower, Kirov, will have 203 units and each floor will only hold three to four units. This will be composed of 188 three-bedroom units and 15 penthouses that are also three-bedroom units but with a spacious den. The second tower, Sakura, will only have five units per floor and will have a total of 492 units that are composed of 82 studio units, 246 one-bedroom units, and 164 two-bedroom units. The third tower, Lincoln, will have 492 units (82 studios units, 246 one-bedroom units, and 164 two-bedroom units).

So the next time you step into a condo lobby, think about what makes prestige and exclusivity. After all, everyone wants a luxury lifestyle but only the very few can actually live it.

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