Living on a landmark
By Earl D.C. Bracamonte
Formerly referred to as 515 Shaw, the soon-to-rise Vista Shaw development project sits on former president Jose P. Laurel’s sprawling estate. It’s not always that history and modernity intersect in one realty undertaking, but in this case it does.
The 38-floor, two-tower venture, located at the crossroads of Laurel Street and Shaw Boulevard features contemporary design and upscale modern-day amenities, with the historical Laurel mansion being a separate, but integral, part of the development.
The residential units offer a number of design configurations that will address the different living arrangements and needs of its many dwellers. Deliverables include high-grade vinyl flooring planks, plastered painted wall finishes, exposed slab and rubbed concrete painted ceiling, solid wood-framed entrance doors, aluminum powder-coated glass panes, window-type air-condition provisioning as well as split-type air-conditioning for other units.
“In our vertical developments, we make it a point that every unit exudes a warm, homey feel through the design and functionality of the units as well as in the amenity areas. We don’t want our clients to feel that they are living in a box; compromising their sense of comfort. In addition, we make sure that our brand of customer service always extends that warm and friendly Filipino treatment,” enthused Beth Kalaw, division head for Vista Residences.
Just like its other high-rise developments, Vista Residences has gone the extra mile to create comfortable homes for its homeowners as a reflection of the commitment of its mother company, Vista Land, to provide a home for every modern-day Filipino family.
“Kitchens are equipped with modular bases, hanging cabinets, granite countertops and splashboards, stainless steel sinks with water taps and painted gypsum boards,” continued Kalaw. “Exclusive to residents are amenities that include kiddie and adult pools, function rooms and game lounges. Afforded with views of the entire Wack-Wack golf course and fairway greens, units range in sizes from studio types, to one-bedroom and two-bedroom affairs. In addition, both towers will feature sky amenities where residents can lounge, dine or simply admire the breathtaking panorama of the city,” she added.
The peripheral areas have devoted spaces for commercial concessions, like dining outlets and cafes, so that residents need not venture out of the property just to savor their favorite dish or cup of brew. Existing establishments include Starbucks, Breakfast Club and Project Pie. Even non-residents drop by, attracted to the hub’s laidback ambience.
“Originally, we thought of adapting the Laurel Mansion into a grand lobby but we decided to leave it untouched in order to preserve its integrity as a historical landmark and allow our residents, and visitors, to see it in its former glory. Each of the two towers will now have its own well-appointed lobby that will usher the unit owners and their guests to an atmosphere of subtle refinement,” shared marketing area head Wendy Waterhouse.
In addition to the well-designed units and their homey ambience, another distinct advantage of Vista Shaw is its centralized location. It is in close proximity to shopping destinations (Greenhills Shopping Center, Robinsons Galleria, Shangri-La Plaza, SM Megamall), hospitals (Cardinal Santos Medical Center, Pasig Medical Center, The Medical City), and educational institutions (La Salle Greenhills, Poveda College, Xavier School, Don Bosco College, University of Asia and the Pacific).
Being located in the heart of Mandaluyong, it boasts of short travel time to three central business districts: Ortigas, Makati, and the Bonifacio Global City. “Its quick access to Shaw Boulevard and Edsa, not to mention the MRT station at Shaw, makes Vista Shaw an ideal address for professionals who are mindful of their time and would rather spend it with their family or on their personal pursuits than driving or being stuck by traffic on the road,” intoned Waterhouse.
Moreover, with the new Vista Shaw dwellers eager to establish their homes, they’ll all have the peace of mind when it comes to the quality of their respective units. Operating like a boutique developer, Vista Residences has the ability to give more focus to the needs of consumers and customize services according to their specifications. This flexibility is embodied by Vista Shaw that, with its select amenities, homey unit features and ideal location, offers residents the opportunity to savor the good life at the center of things.