Taft Avenue has long been one of Manila’s most critical arteries. Originally christened “Calle Rizal” when it was completed in 1899, the thoroughfare’s current name is a tribute to former Philippine Governor-General and American President, William Howard Taft.
Today, beyond connecting three major cities: Manila, Pasay, and Parañaque, Taft Avenue is the scene of much of the bustle and boom of Manila. As the main path of the LRT 1, it is the site of the largest government hospital as well as many of Manila’s malls, business and government buildings, and, of course, schools and universities.
Realizing how crucial the area is, Vista Residences – the condominium arm of the country’s premier property developer, Vista Land – is already raising two condominiums specifically designed for student living on the thoroughfare. This month, it begins work on its third.
Part of University Series
Named after the Plumeria trees that once grew around Manila, Vista’s 11th tower in its University Series will rise a stone’s throw away from the Taft-Quirino-San Andres intersection, almost at the foot of the Quirino LRT station.
The Vista Residences’ “University Series” is a collection of mid- to high-rise condominiums designed and located specifically to give students better living options while in school. The company has a special place in its heart for the academe, believing that the country’s future depends on the education of its youth.
In an effort to empower this sector, the group has created vertical villages that are designed around student needs as well as those of the rest of the academe, faculty included.
Among them include the Crown Tower University Belt in Espana and just across it, the second property in the area called 878 Espana; Vista 309 Katipunan across Ateneo, and Vista Taft beside De La Salle University which was recently conferred by the Philippine Property Awards with Highly Commended Best Affordable Condo Project (Metro Manila) and Best Universal Design Development Awards.
The group also launched Vista GL Taft, Vista Heights, situated in Legarda and Vista Brenthill in Baguio, Vista Recto and Vista Pointe, the group’s second condominium project in Katipunan Avenue.
The university series condominiums are equipped with study areas and common spaces for student discussion and decompression. Also, by building living options closer to the schools, students are spared the hassle and time wasted during the daily commute to and from their homes. This allows them to spend more time for studies and other school activities.
Elevating student living
Built as a joint venture with the Yupangco family, Vista Plumeria is ideally located for students and teachers from DLSU, College of St. Benilde, Arellano University, St. Scholastica’s College, Philippine Women’s University, Philippine Christian University, University of the Philippines – Manila and St. Paul University.
Designed like a condominium, it will provide safer accommodations for students and professors than a regular dormitory.
Rising up to 40 storeys, the tower will have a 24-hour guarded lobby and reception area.
There will be a CCTV system in the public areas, as well as fire and smoke alarms. A back-up generator will provide electricity to the crucial services and areas in case of a power outage. While the ground floor will have a commercial area with services like laundry, a convenience store, ATMs, and restaurants.
There will be 32 residential floors, four more for parking, and an amenity area at the sixth floor. This area will offer an E-Library, a fitness center, a swimming pool, an open roof deck, and multi-purpose function rooms for meetings, study groups or even the occasional socials.
There will also be mobile phone charging stations powered by solar panels to help decrease the tower’s carbon footprint, and powerful Wi-Fi throughout the building to make sure the residents stay “connected.”