Modern living in a rustic setting

By CZARINA NICOLE O. ONG / Manila Bulletin
June 30, 2009, 1:55pm
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Whoever coined the phrase “get away from it all” must have been thinking of an oasis – a likeness to Adam and Eve’s garden, if you will, way before it was tainted by sin. This ideal is what Ayala Land must have had in mind when they developed Westgrove Heights.

Located in the idyllic city of Sta. Rosa, Laguna, Westgrove Heights is a 400-hectare property that offers a modern lifestyle set in a more rustic environment. Yet being in close contact with nature, however, does not mean Westgrove Heights has given up on certain urban luxuries. Rather, houses in this subdivision are havens all their own, replete with modern luxuries.

Each house comes with three bedrooms with individualized bathrooms, a kitchen, attic, pantry and clean storage, maid’s room, dining area, and a garage that can accommodate four parking spaces.

What Westgrove Heights has to offer is this: interested homeowners get to pick the type of house they want – Cypress, Laurel, or Olive – and they also get the privilege of picking the lot where to build the house. And in a period of 15 months, a dream home is built.

“You get a signature house; it’s customized and you can build any house you choose at any lot you choose,” further explains Tom Mirasol, head of sales and marketing of Ayala Land.

Cypress is the smallest unit of the three, and if one wishes to upgrade to the Laurel house, a balcony is included, while the Olive house has a covered lanai.

There are four lots to choose from, each with its own advantages. The Estate Lots boast of the largest lots in the subdivision, the Sunrise Lots, as its name suggests, has the best view of the morning sun, the Enclave Lots are ideal for those wanting to privacy, and the Orchard Lots have direct access to Orchard Park.

As for the design, the houses at Westgrove Heights adhere to a singular theme: Mediterranean. And while this theme can be distinguished mainly by the design of the roof, several factors also add to it: from the dual-tone earth colors to the high ceilings and open windows.

“The more visible features are the double volume living room and the maximized space; with ceilings at almost 10 feet high. The windows are designed so that when you’re lying in bed, you can appreciate the view,” says Arch. Conrad Onglao, designer of the houses at Westgrove.

What would probably catch any person’s attention in Westgrove Heights is how similar and yet distinctive e the houses are. The houses may have been designed by a single architect and have a collective appeal, but they still impart the personal aesthetics of the homeowner. “We make sure that every house would be markedly different from the other in terms of space planning,” adds Arch. Onglao.

For more information, please call COCO MIDEL at (02) 215 0361 or (+63) 917 580 2013.

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