I spotted this online article–it reads like a press release–about Camella Homes, the very one I reported on last week.
Vista Land enters Puerto Princesa property market (excerpt)
VISTA Land and Lifescape Inc. is entering the property market of Puerto Princesa City, though its Camella brand.
Vista Land will develop an 8-hectare property in Barangay Bancao-bancao into house-and-lot packages that will carry three of the developer’s housing designs, with floor areas ranging from 40 square meters to 179 sq.m. and prices of between P1 million and P4.7 million.
Here’s what I wrote:
Eleven different house models will be sold in this community. That’s a lot. Two of the 11 are townhouse models. Nine are detached (as in free-standing structures).
The townhouse models are the smallest at 40-sqm (square meter) and 46-sqm. Both townhouse models have two bedrooms. The smallest detached also has a floor area of 40-sqm and it will occupy a 60-sqm lot. The largest is a 150-sqm detached house with three bedrooms and it will occupy a 179-sqm lot.
I wasn’t impressed about their lack of a process to handle customer-desired upgrades.
All of their bath and toilet fixtures are colored plain white, I was told. Now if I wanted to upgrade that color to blue, let’s say, how do I go about it? To my surprise, she said that there was no process in place to handle that. She gave me a vague answer about making “arrangements” with the construction management but when I drilled down into the nature of those arrangements, it turned out that there was nothing.
😉 I also mentioned an interesting bit of history about the location of the land they bought and are developing. Read it here if you like.
Three models instead of 11
The size of the area being developed is only eight hectares. After you take away the land needed for the roads, the wall, and the structures and facilities, only the remaining area can be devoted to houses.
In the image above, the driveway appears to be a fifth of the entire property and the swimming pool another tenth. The roads take up a lot of space when you add them together! The walls take up another quarter of the entire property, it seems. So let’s see, that’s:
- Driveway 20%
- Swimming Pool 5%
- Roads 25%
- Walls 25%
equals the area left for houses. That’s 25%. The development’s total area is 8 hectares and only two hectares will actually be filled with residential structures. The ratio they’re using that relates actual dwellings to infrastructure (i.e., the driveway, pool, roads, and walls) is 1:4.
Camella Homes and by extension its parent, Vista Land, is creating an early-21st century residential subdivision in provincial Philippines. Yehey!