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Expat Residential Option: Why Not Settle Down in Tagaytay?


Many foreigners prefer to spend their retirement years in the Philippines. The tropical lifestyle, friendly locals and the lower cost of living are all draw cards for expats looking for a place to wind down and enjoy life. One of the localities gaining in popularity as a place to settle, is the romantic city of Tagaytay, in the province of Cavite.




Why Tagaytay?


Tagaytay sits some 2000 feet above sea level, and offers both the rustic, close-to-Mother-Nature appeal of countryside living as well as the convenience of a modern cosmopolitan city. It is close to Metro Manila, with on average, a two to three hour drive from Makati City, down the Aguinaldo Highway or the Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road. Accommodation is readily available, with quality condominiums and townhouses on the rise, most of them perched on mountains or hilltops, offering a spectacular view of Taal Lake. Tagaytay offers healthy living in an environment that is less polluted than Manila, close to nature and bountiful with fresh produce including fruit, vegetables, meat and dairy products. It sounds idyllic!


Where to Settle


There are a lot of vacant properties available for sale or rent in Tagaytay, either in residential areas or farm areas converted into subdivisions. Interested parties can roam around Mendez Crossing East or Mendez Crossing West to scout for available lots. Or else, try the towns just adjacent to Tagaytay such as Sta. Rosa–where one might chance upon lots offered at P300 to P500 per square meter, so that a 1,000 square-meter lot at P300 (or about US$7) per square meter might only cost P300K (or about US$6,800 plus).


Nearby subdivisions to consider include Nuvali, Treveia, Avida and Montecito. Or contact Ayala Land Corporation to find out which new areas are opening up for development. For those who desire a place right in Tagaytay City, Royale Tagaytay Estate is worth considering among many others. Sotogrande is also an option, as well as Luxurre Residences and Ridgewood. For Condominium options, visit Twin Lakes along Nasugbu Road, Vineyard Residences in Laurel Batangas, or The Woodridge Place in Tagaytay Highlands.


Nearby Must-See Spots


Perhaps most famous for the Taal Lake and Volcano, which you can walk to, Tagaytay is also known for national parks like Picnic Grove inside the Picnic Grove Complex, Barangay Sungay in Cavite and the Palace in the Sky (or People’s Park in the Sky) near Aguinaldo Highway. It is also famous for zipline adventures like the one found in Residence Inn which is also a mini zoo in Barrio Neogan along the Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway. If you are looking for places to eat in the area, Antonio’s is popular for an upmarket, elegant experience. Breakfast at Antonio’s is a more casual dining experience. Sonya’s Garden is another place you can meander through beautiful gardens and enjoy a meal and sweet treats. You must not forget to stop at Rowen’s for her famous Buko Tarts and pick up other sweet local treats to try out.


If you are in search of inexpensive meals and fresh beef, drop by Molave Wet Market along Molave Road.




Author: CS Gaerlan


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