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Experience Exotic Bali at Raya Garden

Experience Exotic Bali at Raya Garden



Bali is an island in Indonesia and the country's largest tourism destination. Known for its long sandy beaches set against the backdrop of its rich, exotic culture, tourists who find themselves in Bali realize just how peaceful life could be. And this is the simple reason why tourists who have had a taste of Bali keep coming back for more.

So imagine if you could live in Bali all-year round, when, at the end of a long and busy day you can put up your feet, enjoy the cool breeze, savor in the peace and quiet, and let your thoughts wander as you gaze at a lotus pond.

This dream is already a reality for some fortunate enough to have secured a home in Raya Garden Condominiums, DMCI Homes' enchanting development in Parañaque City.

Raya, the name of the community, literally means great in Bahasa, hence, a great garden. It is a community inspired largely by Balinese living and is meant to be an urban sanctuary for its residents.

Engr. Elmer Civil, DMCI Homes Vice President and Director for Design and Construction say they chose Bali as an inspiration because it is unique. "We're one of the few developers that opted to use Bali as an inspiration because it's quite expensive - even the furniture, the design is quite expensive."

DMCI Homes knows that it is important to consider the tropical climate in the Philippines when it came to designing the buildings and the layout of the community. This is why they chose Bali as an inspiration since the design elements of Balinese architecture consider the tropical weather in Indonesia which is not much different from Philippine weather. Balinese architecture features open pavilions enclosed in large walled yards, letting in the air and sunshine and creating an atmosphere that is breezy but not too bright, open but also private. And this is what you can see in Raya Garden Condominiums.


Engr. Civil says they wanted to give residents a totally different experience in Raya Garden despite having the 1.9 hectare property in Merville sit just outside the South Luzon Expressway.

The large wooden gates act as a portal into a completely different world where you can leave the hustle and bustle of city life outside and settle into a thoroughly relaxing environment inside. Raya Garden is literally an oasis of calm amid the frenzied metropolis.

A stone's throw away from the Central Business District of Makati and major thoroughfares like EDSA and C-5, Raya Garden Project Architect Ramil Presa says, "It's very accessible, very in-city, very convenient."

Raya Garden offers unique features and amenities synonymous to DMCI Homes' extensive experience in construction and development.

Raya Garden has three medium-rise condominiums and will have two 15-storey high-rise residential buildings that bear the mark of quality for which DMCI Homes is widely recognized. Engr. Civil is proud to say, "We're one of the first developers that builds single-loaded corridors up to this day."

He is pleased to note that he and his team of architects and engineers really poured over the plans to make the living environment for its residents as comfortable as possible. They felt it important to design the condominiums in such a way that air would flow freely within the buildings and the units and that the residents would enjoy natural light even inside the five-storey structures. This is not to mention the distinctive Balinese style that makes the buildings very much pleasing to the eyes indeed.



Raya Garden has spacious two to four bedroom units and Engr. Civil and his team took into consideration the residents' need for modern conveniences such as elevator access for all buildings, and individual drying and storage areas.

He explains, "In the buildings' decks each unit owner have their own utility room where you can put your seasonal clothes, or store seasonal things. It is part of what you pay for. All you have to provide is a padlock. Should you want to put your washing machine there, all you have to do is request for a water meter and a power sub-meter. Power and water are already readily available."

Architect Presa interjects, "the units are ready and all have phone lines and cable TV lines" as well as power and water lines.

But as with any DMCI Homes community, it's the spectacular amenities that take one's breath away. Everything inside the community is designed for the residents' pleasure and relaxation.

The large Bali-inspired clubhouse combines both form and function for the residents. Designed for various small gatherings, the three distinct areas can hold more than 300 people. There is an open lounge area, a viewing deck and an air-conditioned function room fully-equipped with audio-visual facilities. Keeping in mind the needs of the residents for modern amenities, unit owners can surf the internet via Wi-Fi in the clubhouse.

Surrounding the clubhouse is a Balinese garden, and a floating cabana set atop the lotus pond that makes for a totally tranquil experience.



Raya Garden also has sports amenities within its walls: an infinity adult pool, a kiddie pool, a basketball court, and a play area for children.

Engr. Civil is very proud to say, "We're one of the top developers as far as medium-rise is concerned." Our price is very competitive so other developers cannot beat our price. And our quality being a triple A builder turned developer, we know how to do it in the most economical and efficient way based on our more than 50 years experience in the construction business. I think is our competitive advantage. Our people are trained in construction so they know how to do things efficiently - faster, and with better quality."

As of January 2007, more than 20 residents have already moved in to Raya Garden and the number rises everyday. When other developers would normally allow their clients to move in when they have made 80% percent in payments, DMCI Homes is known for its move-in policy that lets buyers move in once they have completed at least ten (10) percent in payments.

Being confident about their projects is also another DMCI Homes trademark. And why not? Raya Garden Project Manager Louie Maligaya knows they have a lot to be proud of. He enthuses, when building officials from the Parañaque city government come around to inspect Raya Garden, they tell us how different Raya Garden is from the other developments, they are believable to say that because they have already seen all developments throughout the city."

Engr. Civil says, "To all the prospective buyers, we're here to give you options. We encourage you before you make a decision, why don't you look at our product and we believe your time will not be put into waste for giving us about 10 or 20 minutes of your time. I encourage you to visit our developments and compare not only the price but what we're giving you particularly the project and its amenities, compare them with other product and you'll know what I'm talking about."

DMCI Homes is the only Triple-A builder-developer that provides premium quality, urban friendly, fully serviced communities for the underserved young families with modest income aspiring to live in urban areas, mainly NCR, but have limited options in a time of increasing urban challenges.

To know more about Raya Garden Condominiums, please contact: EDWIN GUMBA at +6328210909 / mobile: +639195720179, or email edwingumba@yahoo.com. For Actual Virtual tour of Raya Garden Condominiums, pls log on to http://raya.philippinelisting.com .

Source: DMCI Homes

Published Wednesday, October 17, 2007 5:02 AM by EDWIN GUMBA, Real Estate Broker
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