In pursuit of a life well lived
Robinsons Land, one of the Philippines’ leading real estate developers, has virtually unveiled its first luxury horizontal enclave, Forbes Estates Lipa –a planned community that offers its residents the elusive Luxury of space, time and a life well lived.
Following the successful launches of The Westin Manila Sonata Place Residences at Ortigas Center, Pasig, Aurelia Residences at Bonifacio Global City and the latest Velaris Residences at Bridgetowne Destination Estate, Robinsons Land is proud to build the next in its portfolio of luxury real estate developments. first class in the first class town of Lipa, Batangas with Forbes Estates Lipa.
The hour-long “In Pursuit of a Life Well Lived” event was held via Zoom, hosted by CNN anchor and senior correspondent Pinky Webb, offering viewers a Welcome insight into Forbes Estates Lipa and how it facilitates you into a more meaningful and intentional way of life.
The event gave the public insight into the property through a virtual reality property tour, the vision and inspiration of builders and designers, and the stories of prominent Lipa residents who have built sustainable lifestyles and productive in Lipa.
Part I – Visit of the estate in virtual reality
Guests experienced an immersive tour of the estate, its amenities and features through unprecedented visual access to their future neighborhood that allowed them to imagine living in a living way. The walkthrough was led by AJ de Leon, business development manager for Forbes Estates Lipa, Robinsons Land.
“It shows our buyers and landlords that the value we have placed on the land is not just residential. It also has strong commercial potential in terms of appreciation in value,” de Leon said.
Upon entering the estate, the sprawling Estate Park complex will captivate residents and guests alike. The spacious and lush green complex covers approximately 3,700 square meters consisting of four different parks namely Picnic Grove, Tranquility Garden, Pet Park and Wellness Park which will provide a complete life experience for its residents.
The virtual tour also showcased the huge one-hectare plot of land devoted to the main open space called the Forbes Club, which is a well-designed haven for relaxation, community and sport. It offers numerous sports and leisure facilities, including garden furniture, a fitness centre, a grand ballroom, a swimming pool terrace, a children’s play area, a tennis court and an indoor multi-sports court. .
After showcasing the luxurious and comprehensive amenities of Forbes Estates Lipa, de Leon shared the enclave’s four types of residential offerings. Among the most prestigious residential offerings are the Club Lots consisting of 10 corner lots that surround the Forbes Club, providing its residents with effortless access to Club amenities. Situated along the development’s 20-metre-wide main avenue, the appeal of its exclusivity and location make it the most desirable plot of land.
Adjacent to the Club grounds is the Park Loop consisting of eight grounds adjacent to the Estate’s park, giving residents the feeling of having “an extension of your garden”. The next are the interior or corner lots called Estate Lots, which have an average size of 500 square meters. Estate lots have wide roads that have dedicated bike paths and jogging paths for residents to enjoy. “With a 500 m². space, you can build your dream home,” de Leon said.
Finally, the virtual tour unveiled the Courtyard Lots where residents can have their own semi-private park. With only six residential lots in one yard, residents will enjoy the perfect blend of community and privacy.
Part II – The Builders and Designers of the New Suburban Solace
Guests joined in the discussion with Forbes Estates Lipa’s technical and creative collaborators as they shared the vision and intent of the estate from the perspective of real estate development, architecture, interior design and sustainable development.
Panelists shared how they collaborated to integrate the interior and exterior seamlessly into the domain; how they have developed a property that values space and greenery and promotes the well-being of its residents, especially in the wake of the pandemic; how it was built to meet the need for expansive space, peaceful surroundings and lush greenery.
“The Forbes Estates Lipa aims to be the home that meets all your needs, giving you the luxury of living at your own pace and allowing you to enjoy the things that really matter,” said Mico Racelis, Business Unit General Manager, Robinsons Land.
The estate was designed to improve the physical and mental well-being of its residents. Interior designer Chat Fores was inspired by the wellness approach for the whole community. Spaces have been designed for family members to enjoy and for friends to meet and greet. When residents enter the lobby, the intention is to immediately make them feel better.
Designers also made sure to respect nature by designing spaces without compromising nature to ensure that sustainability principles were incorporated into the estate’s master plan.
Environmental design and landscape architecture firm Crearis, led by founder and managing director Mike Espiritu, explained its plans for planting native species of trees and shrubs, as well as an orchard and fruit trees for make the landscape more productive. In addition to being in charge of the beauty and function of the open green spaces, they also designed the estate to manage stormwater and allow water to infiltrate.
“In terms of people’s health and well-being, we know that architecture has an influence on people’s feelings, so we focused on providing natural lighting, double-height spaces and the planning has been organized to blend in with the trees and the landscape, and the features of the clubhouse make visitors feel welcome,” said Arch Nacho Mauricio, Design Director and Managing Partner of ARKIASIA.
Part III – Lipa Locale: An Inspired Place to Live
Guests met prominent Lipa residents and entrepreneurs who have built and established deeply fulfilling and sustainable lifestyles, business ventures and creative projects outside of town.
News and Current Affairs host and columnist Cito Beltran, whose family has resided in Lipa since the 1970s/1980s, said property prices were cheaper than at P50,000 per hectare or P5 per square meter, but although prices have gone up, living in Lipa compared to the urban jungle of Manila has a lot of advantages. Instead of spending 32 to 35 million pesos for a multi-level unit, Beltran said it was better to acquire “a nice stretch at Forbes Estates Lipa.”
“Don’t wait until you’re retired to retire. A lot of people wait until they’re 65 to retire and they can’t afford it anymore. They’ve gotten too old physically and it’s too expensive,” he said.
For entrepreneur and wellness advocate Pinky Tobiano, Lipa has been instrumental in the health and well-being of himself and his family. When she couldn’t fly to Singapore for her treatment during the pandemic, Tobiano found The Farm at San Benito was recognized by Singapore’s Mount Elizabeth Hospital.
“If you can invest in a lot in Forbes Estates Lipa right now during its pre-sale, I think that’s the perfect gift you can give yourself. The air is very cool and the population is not dense and look at this view, amazing so how can you not fall in love with Lipa,” she said pointing to the magnificent view of Lipa from her villa.
Charie Villa, a media consultant, acquired her 2-hectare property in Lipa in 2018 and decided to stay permanently in Lipa in 2019. She says life is simple but rewarding, especially since her property has many trees fruit trees. Access to essential services such as food supply is readily available in Lipa as the town has three supermarkets and two shopping malls which are just minutes away.
At the same time, Villa said the Port of Batangas makes it an ideal springboard for exploring other islands in the country. “Batangas is a hub. You can go to Batangas port and go to Mindoro or Palawan or wherever you want to go with the roro there and go to the islands. It’s very beautiful to live in Batangas. You can stay in your space or you can also venture outside because we really haven’t ventured into our own country,” she said.
Beltran added that it is much cheaper and healthier to live in Lipa than in the city. “If you’re going to be staying at Forbes Estates Lipa, with all of these amenities, the clubhouse, the park, the picnic area, and they’ll set up all these commercial areas, it’s all inclusive. That’s the perfect deal,” he said. .
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