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My plans of relocating to Palawan and getting involved in sustainable tourism have taken a backseat (for now), and am realizing that the work that I have and want to do is still in the mainstream. If it is to push for a real sustainable lifestyle, I must first live it in order to be able to talk about it. And so I’ve been exploring the farming alternative for when my lease expires in February, ideally somewhere near Manila, with Tagaytay as the best bet…
A few weeks ago, my brother gave me a grand idea: instead of moving to Tagaytay to be a farmer, why not just get a small house in Nuvali, and live the life I want, in a way that’s personally sustainable for me: I can bike all I want everyday, have a small outdoor area for my art and permaculture, and make a living in real estate, selling the same lifestyle I’m building for myself– the sustainable Nuvali lifestyle with lots of wide open spaces and green green green everywhere. Genius!!!
When Nuvali was launched in 2007 as Ayala’s big city project in Sta. Rosa, I was so in love with it. It was the first time I heard of any concrete plans to build a sustainable community in scale, and I was so happy that such a vision was being supported and implemented by someone that meant business, with real funds and real energy from people who believed in it. I was even happier that people my age–my peers–were excitedly buying in!
I’ve been living in a 50-sqm loft for almost a year now, and if only this had an outdoor space, I’d have no complaints, so a small house surrounded by a garden will be just perfect for me.
The main hesitation was the isolation from everyone else, but Sta. Rosa is just a few minutes away from Alabang, and I’ll still have access to city conveniences (there’s National Bookstore in Nuvali, haha, priorities!).
Mom and Dad were also more supportive of this plan than the farming option, especially if they’ll just be in Tagaytay, and they went with me last week to check out the Avida site itself, where there are house and lot options for sale:
The houses are identical (there are three models to choose from), and they have the modern-minimalist feel of sleek clean lines, but I like that they used earthy tones to lend a sense of warmth to the place. A purely white house makes for a too sanitary life think–yey to color in our everydays!
If I choose to buy now, I’ll be able to move in by next summer, and I’ll be living in my own house in a community that I feel safe in, but is still far from noise, pollution and traffic! Sounds heavenly wahhhhhh!
Of course I would love love love to have my dear friends as my neighbors… If any of you are also considering a shift to a healthier lifestyle, this is it!! Xavier will start its first schoolyear 2012 for co-ed, right in front of Avida, so no need to worry for your kids or future kids’ schooling. There’s already St. Scholastica’s, La Salle and Ateneo Graduate School in Sta. Rosa, plus plans for UST and Everest Academy. There’s also a Waldorf school inside Georgia Club next door to Nuvali. For work, there are a number of IT companies and call centers already operational, plus the almost 20 industrial parks in Canlubang. There’s also Alabang for more options. Teehee… tara!
Here’s something more about Nuvali, from my old post in April 2008, “Nuvali: where I want my friends to buy“: