Having ample breathing space

A new community focuses on environmental sustainability
June 30, 2009, 1:58pm

Because of the bizarre weather the world has been experiencing, protecting the environment has transcended from being a trend into being a way of life. And an eco-friendly lifestyle is exactly what the new Ayala Land Premiere residential community, Montecito, has to offer.

Aside from the vastly spacious lots which range from 600 to 1,300 square meters each, ample spaces have also been allotted for various ecologically sound and sustainable elements in its community. In fact, approximately 50 percent of the 60-hectare community is dedicated to parks, roads, and greenways.

Greenways are common grounds that course through the blocks that make up 280 residential lots. They form recreational and social spaces for the neighborhood. These five to 30 meter wide open spaces have another purpose as well – they are designed to help ventilation and light flow through the houses, and act as a quiet buffer between the lots. This translates to less energy required for lighting and cooling the houses.

Greenways, along with the community parks, likewise allow water to seep underground and replenish the water table.

Another significant highlight of the development is the Lake Area, which is actually composed of two lakes, with a shoreline of about one kilometer. The smaller lake sources its fresh water from Matang Tubig (an artesian spring coming from the Tagaytay Ridges), and is used as a utility lake to irrigate the greenways and other common areas.

The larger lake is about two hectares big, and three meters deep. This likewise gets its water from Matang Tubig, and serves as a recreational area where residents can go fishing, race RC boats, or enjoy a picnic. Twin gazebos have been set up to allow homeowners and guests to enjoy the tranquil surroundings and  beholdthe panoramic view of the Makati skyline.

To further ensure the environment-friendly aspect of the waterworks, Montecito has a sewerage plant that can treat household sewage into usable gray water. Two deep wells and two reservoirs cater to the community’s water supply needs.

Other amenities include a clubhouse, which was once the Yulo ancestral residence. This huge villa  was once the setting for the clan’s family reunions. It has since been transformed into a recreational venue that features a swimming pool, a library, game rooms, function areas and wellness facilities. A chapel has also been built.

Because it is nestled in the sprawling hills of Canlubang, Laguna, Montecito offers fresh air and a feeling of tranquility. It was developed to be a place that can relieve residents of the pressures they have to put up with in the city. The surrounding areas of Laguna de Bay and the Tagaytay Ridge further enhance the feeling of being close to nature.

But quiet Montecito has a busy beat as well. Right outside this quiet enclave is the rising commercial district that includes the Sta. Rosa lifestyle center and The Nuvali Central Business District.



IF you are interested to be part of Montecito, feel free to call me at 0917-580-2013. Thank you!

– Coco Midel, Ayala Land