With the Philippine government’s continued efforts to decentralize Metro Manila, the spotlight has turned to other cities for infrastructure and real estate investment – like Cebu, the second largest metropolis in the country. Its big city conveniences, coupled with rustic island living charm, make it an attractive destination for property seekers and investors. This makes owning a centrally-located condo in Cebu an exceptional decision for a first home or initial investment in the city.
Big-ticket projects in Cebu are scheduled for completion in the next few years – like the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway and the fourth Mandaue-Mactan link bridge. They are expected to improve travel between mainland Cebu and the rest of Mactan Island and its world-class beach resorts.
The Metro Cebu Integrated Intermodal Transport System, on the other hand, will include a Monorail Transit and Bus Rapid Transit system, which is a first for the city. To boot, the Metro Cebu Expressway will connect the north and south Cebu, easing travel time by 2 hours.
Aspire by Filinvest is at the forefront of these developments, crafting future-forward residential communities at the heart of the bustling Cebu City – just like Sanremo Oasis. This vibrant Italian-themed condo enclave is nestled within the City di Mare townscape of Filinvest in South Road Properties, just a few kilometers away from the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway. Investors at this strategically located property can surely expect a boost in property values.
A key investment destination
Despite the pandemic, Cebu continues to be a key investment destination. The Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry reported in May 2021 a 95% recovery rate for the city’s local economy. This is thanks, in large, to the city being a major player in the business process outsourcing industry, with economic zones like the Cebu Business Park and Cebu IT Park.
Additionally, the construction of around eight township projects continues to be in full swing, and more investments are expected to come in as it plays host to our country’s biggest developers. Just in South Road Properties, you can find three major township developments – UHRI’s NuStar integrated resort and casino, the SM-Ayala South Coast City consortium, and Filinvest’s City di Mare, a 50-hectare master-planned coastal township, the largest among the three. Outside this locale, new township developments are emerging in Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu, and Minglanilla.
In addition, the green-lighting of the ₱10-billion New Cebu International Container Port and proposal to build Terminal 3 of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport is indicative of the continued investor confidence in the city.
Given its recovery and anticipation of a return to full-fledged economic activity, choosing a home that is conveniently “close to the action” is a promising proposition. With a condo in Cebu, you have relatively immediate access to the city’s offerings. And as an investor, you have a real estate asset located in one of the most highly-desired property locations in the country.
A world-renowned island
While the urban development and overall fast-paced way of living in Cebu are comparable to the cities of Metro Manila, Cebu City, alternatively known as “The First Capital of the Philippines,” differentiates itself from the current capital region by being a place that also manages to maintain its provincial island charm.
As the country’s oldest city, Cebu has maintained several historical landmarks. These include the likes of Magellan’s Cross, the Sto. Niño Church, and Colon Street. It is centrally located, too, making it easy to get to and from popular beaches like Oslob, Sumilon, Malapascua, and Bantayan Islands.
Cebu City and its namesake island-province are often marketed as a singular tourist destination with its combination of a natural countryside scenery with urban attractions, including cultural-historical sites and developing infrastructure. In 2016, 2017, and 2019, the entire island had entered Condé Nast Traveler’s World’s Best Islands list.
If being an economic and tourism center was not enough, Cebu City is also a university town. It is home to 10 large universities which have branches throughout the city. These include the University of San Carlos and its five campuses, as well as a Cebu campus for the University of the Philippines, to name a few. In October 2020, Central Visayas recorded 278,180 higher education enrollees, which will soon be part of the city’s highly skilled labor force.
When you own a condo in Cebu, you have convenient access to these awe-inspiring spots. If you aim to lease your property, you can enjoy this advantage that will entice more tenants.
Discover an Oasis in Cebu
Metro Cebu has its fair share of condo developments given its extensive urbanization. Of course, no one property is the same, and while some are just addresses, others redefine what a home to retreat to is. Aspire by Filinvest’s resort-style mid-rise communities are among the latter and more.
One Oasis Cebu
One Oasis Cebu is an Asian-Balinese-inspired residential enclave with a refreshing golf-course view located in Kasambagan, Cebu City. It is highly accessible through public transport along F. Cabahug Ave., and many landmarks are no more than three kilometers and is a bikable distance from major CBDs like the Cebu Business Park and the Cebu IT Park.
Both One Oasis Cebu and Sanremo Oasis dedicate over 60% of their land area to rejuvenating amenities and low-density environs, providing urbanites an escape in the city with a year-round vacation ambiance. Here, you can relish the freedom to live, play, and pursue your passions every day. Stringent health protocols and a 24-hour security system are established to ensure your safety, and a host of rejuvenating amenities are ready for your recreation and leisure.
Along with comprehensive amenities, lush greenery, and strategic locations, condos from Aspire by Filinvest are smartly-designed, with flexible spaces that can support remote work and remote learning. This is an important consideration when investing in a condo in Cebu, as a true home can address all aspects of our lives.