Countryside Living at Gran Seville

                For many people, Metropolis is the place to live. Being the seat of power and center of commerce, business, industry and education, Metropolis is arguably one of the best place for us to build our lives. This is the reason why families from different areas in the Philippines, regardless of their backgrounds and financial means, transfer here and make their best to survive the daily grind in the Metro. However, being in the center of everything is not everything at all. Sometimes, there are better things that are yet to be discovered, places that need to be visited and a life that needs to be lived.

 

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Gran Seville clubhouse promises a lot of colorful hues for its residents

 

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The Gran Seville archway

 

 

                Though living in the Metro provides you and your family infinite opportunities, taking a leap and risking to live and build a home outside the Metro is quite a challenge for most of us.  Instead of tall skyscrapers and neon lights, you’ll get to see a farm pasture and high mountains reaching the clouds. While in the city you get to hear loud music coming from the streets and different establishments, chirping birds and the rustling sound of walis tingtings in the wee hours of the morning dominate your sense of hearing in the rural areas. Although living in the city is full of advantages, a country side living also has its share of benefits for you and your family. For one, country life provides you more privacy and tranquility. City dwelling can be dreadful because places are fully packed with a lot of people you’ll find it hard to actually go on your own. Life in the countryside gives you more freedom to express yourself and travel anywhere without the thought of having many eyes fixed on you. It’s a given fact that because many people flock the cities, it becomes overcrowded which results to little spaces allotted for each person/family. With the lack of open spaces, activities may be limited for them. Country life, though does not guarantee grandeur living, provides more space for the different activities of the family.  Backyards and lawns are familiar sights to a country home. They can have their own garden and produce their own foods. Moreover, air in the province is undoubtedly cleaner than the city because of less factories and vehicles.

                Realizing the beauty of countryside living, this is where Stateland, Inc. comes into place. Having mastered the rudiments of real estate in the country, Stateland products are known to be hinged on high quality standards. These can be seen through their community developments, mostly seen in Southern Luzon. In the tranquil and emerging city of Cabuyao in Laguna lies the 20-hectare property called the Gran Seville.  Its 19-meter wide frontage along the National Highway in Cabuyao makes this private subdivision one of the most desirable communities in the locality. Launched last 2005, Gran Seville is a self-contained, Spanish-inspired community with prime lots by the entrance of the subdivision available for commercial use. House models vary depending on the needs and wants of the residents. It has five house models, ranging from 39-82 sq. m. of floor area with a variety of color schemes, specifically designed to suit the lifestyle of each family. The community also features amenities for the comfort and enjoyment of the residents. Multipurpose clubhouse, swimming pool with shower rooms and cabanas, basketball court with pole-mounted lighting and landscaped children’s playground are built to ensure that residents can fully enjoy their stay at Gran Seville. Open spaces are also abundant on this subdivision as there are mini parks with gazebo and landscaped main open space with concrete benches, lamp posts, and bell tower. Security perimeter fence also surrounds the property.

 

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An aerial shot of GSV amenities and constructed houses

 

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Have a game of basketball in the Gran Seville open court

 

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Need some time to think and wander your mind? This patio will give you a more relaxed mind.

                Beyond the lively hues, fine details and picturesque atmosphere brought about by this grand Spanish-inspired community, residents can also enjoy the Mount Makiling scenery on top of the swimming pool cabana. The refreshing air and calm atmosphere are also prevalent in this community. Though located in the countryside, life Gran Seville is still a stone’s throw away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It is conveniently accessible to major roads, highways and establishments. Schools, churches, shopping malls and even leisure areas like the Sta. Elena Golf Club and historic places like the House of Jose Rizal in Calamba are all within reach.

                Living a busy and grandeur lifestyle in the Metropolis is not bad. In fact, it brings you a lot of opportunities and opens doors for everyone else. But unlike living in the city, countryside living is more serene, more laid-back, more peaceful. If you are looking for a place to settle permanently after years of working hard, then there is no better option than to settle in a place that will bring you back to the early days of your childhood. Gran Seville brings you back that nostalgic feeling of being young again, while spending quality leisure time with your loved ones and friends.  

 

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See that overlooking view of Mount Makiling? How about the newly-constructed swimming pool and cabanas?

 

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The newly-constructed swimming pool in Gran Seville

 

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The insides of a Gran Seville house model units

 

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Gran Seville’s Alegria (top) and Alexia (bottom)

 

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Welcome Home to Gran Seville 🙂

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Stateland gears for launch of more Calabarzon townships

MANILA, Philippines – As every Filipino aspires to have a quality residence in decent and well-planned communities, property developer Stateland Inc. is all set to launch more projects in Batangas, Cavite and Laguna.

Its latest project, Gran Avila, was launched in Calamba, Laguna last March for the economic housing segment while its adjacent subdivision, Casa Laguerta, caters to the socialized housing segment.

The firm said both projects offer affordable homes and carry with them the company’s hallmarks of quality and durability.

According to Stateland, it conducts pre-engineering studies to ensure the quality of land development. These include comprehensive soil investigation, the process of determining the soil bearing capacity to properly design the roads and houses and ensure its structural integrity.

A flood study is also operated to determine the finish elevation of the subdivision including road network, retaining walls and drainage system.

“Flooding is a major concern for many homeowners and the property developer wants to assure its future residents that its proper planning mitigates such occurrences from affecting its development,” the company explained.

Another technical requirement which is an integral part of its planning stage is the go-resistivity study which defines the optimum location of the water source within the project site.

“We want our residents to build their future in good communities. These are made possible through proper planning so we don’t shortcuts when we develop our projects,” said Grant Orbeta, senior vice president for planning and production.

With its almost four decades of service, Stateland ensures that site and land development works are similarly well-executed by making sure its road construction is well-developed. It has undertaken international accepted standards such as the preparation of compacted layers of base course on which the reinforced on concreter roads are poured.

Field density tests, measuring both the percentage of compaction of the backfill material and its moisture content are frequently conducted.

“Stateland’s land development unit makes sure that the soil’s compaction ratio is at the right level before any road is concreted. This guarantees that the soil is strong enough to support the road and vehicular traffic as well as avoid cracks and ruptures on the subdivision’s streets,” the company said.

The company further considered a durable perimeter when building a well-constructed subdivision stating that it helps prevent trespassers from entering the subdivision and retaining wall along the perimeter of the property provides extra supports to the soil which prevents erosion of perimeter lots.

Meanwhile, Jerome Ilagan, head of the architectural department, pointed out that meticulous design, planning and specifications are keys to Stateland’s success.

“Oftentimes, we even go beyond minimum project requirements when we specify materials. Everything is done with careful attention to detail to ensure that we provide optimum value to our clients,” Ilagan added.

Stateland, a 37-year old property developer with 30 completed projects in its portfolio, launched its newest economic project in Laguna, the Gran Avila. With the recent launching, Stateland hereby addresses the need for more residential projects in Southern Luzon.

 

( article originally published on The Philippine Star last May 23 by Fernebert Ganiban and on http://www.philstar.com/real-estate/2014/05/23/1326106/stateland-gears-launch-more-calabarzon-townships )

 

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Washington Place landmark

 

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A Legato model unit in Gran Avila

 

Well-built communities

Well-built communities

Wait no more, coz we’ve got loads of choices for your dream house! Stateland communities offer durable, well-furnished and stylish houses in the most affordable prices. Its accessibility to the main roads and establishments, easy to find locations, nearness to leisure areas and complete amenities make it a great choice for starting and building your family life. 🙂

Well designed and built: Stateland’s philosophies to subdivision development

Peace of mind is a primary consideration when buying a home in a subdivision. Whether the residential community is in the city or in the suburbs; whether it is a mid-cost or an affordable housing project, knowing the way the development was planned is a major factor in deciding on your dream home.

                Stateland Inc., with a track record of almost four decades in the housing industry, realizes this necessity and makes it a point to fulfill the lifelong dream of every Filipino family by providing them quality houses in decent and well-planned communities. Bringing up your family in a well-developed, and well-built housing community is integral to how the company develops its projects. The drive to make sure each subdivision and housing component is done properly is more than just marketing hype for Stateland. It is a part and parcel of the company’s planning philosophies that have earned it a reputation for quality subdivision development. 

 

Proper subdivision planning is key to good communities

                Stateland, Inc. became a household name in the real estate industry because of its continuous delivery of products that are always hinged on high quality standards. Even before the actual house construction, the property developer conducts various pre-engineering studies to ensure the quality of land development. Its architects and engineers work with professional consultants to make sure all technical data is analyzed and taken into consideration before undergoing project planning. The land undergoes a comprehensive soil investigation, a process of determining the soil bearing capacity to properly design the roads and houses and ensure its structural integrity. Aside from soil investigation, a flood study is conducted to determine the finish elevation of the subdivision including its road network, retaining walls and drainage system. Flooding is a major concern for many homeowners and the property developer wants to assure its future residents that its proper planning mitigates such occurrences from affecting its developments. Another technical requirement that Stateland considers as an integral part of its pre-planning stage is the Geo-Resistivity study which defines the optimum location of the water source within the project site. Fault data from PHIVOLCS is also reviewed and considered before any project planning commences. As a 

property developer, Stateland is not only concerned about the physical aesthetic and durability of its houses but the community as a whole“We want our residents to build their future in good communities. These are made possible through proper planning so we don’t do shortcuts when we develop our projects” said Grant Orbeta, Senior Vice President for Planning and Production. He noted that the procedures done by the developer is a testament to its commitment to deliver only the best products to its clients This philosophy is reflected in the reputation Stateland has made for itself as a developer of durable and well-built communities.

 

 

Executing the master plan

                With a vision of delivering its commitment to its buyers’ home aspirations, Stateland ensures that site and land development works are well executed. One development aspect that the company takes pride in is its road construction. Internationally accepted standards are put in place such as the preparation of compacted layers of base course on which the reinforced concrete roads are poured. To guarantee the soil’s proper compaction, Field Density Tests (FDT) are regularly conducted. The FDT measures both the percentage of compaction of the backfill material and its moisture content. Stateland’s land development unit makes sure that the soil’s compaction ratio is at the right level before any road is concreted. This guarantees that the soil is strong enough to support the road and vehicular traffic as well as avoid cracks and ruptures on the subdivision’s streets. With years of experience in land development, Stateland’s engineers realize that a well-constructed subdivision should not only have good roads and drainage but also a durable perimeter. Aside from the fact that the perimeter fence helps prevent trespassers from entering the subdivision, the retaining wall along the perimeter of the property also supports the soil and prevents erosion of perimeter lots. Stateland’s land development team paves the way for safe and secure community living, making durability its priority and ensuring that its buyers’ investment does not depreciate from poor implementation.

 

Building homes that buyers deserve 

                The third philosophy that guides Stateland as a housing developer is probably the most crucial to its clients. The developer is known for and is proud of the quality of its houses. Arch. Jerome Ilagan, Head of the Architectural department, emphasized that meticulous design, planning and specifications are key to Stateland’s success. Stateland’s planners keep themselves updated on new products and methodologies in design and construction but always put a premium on durability. “Oftentimes, we even go beyond minimum project requirements when we specify materials. Everything is done with careful attention to details to ensure that we provide optimum value to our clients.” Architect Ilagan adds. With their proven track record in the industry, Stateland is gearing up to launch more well-built communities in Batangas, Cavite and Laguna. Gran Avila, their latest project in Calamba, was launched last March and serves its economic housing segment while its neighboring subdivision, Casa Laguerta caters to the socialized housing segment. Construction of both projects are in full swing and despite offering affordable homes, the company made sure that they carry with them the company’s hallmarks of quality and durability.

                Stateland recognizes that a house is not just a roof over one’s head. Filipinos want to live in a well-planned community and in a house that is well-built. Stateland understands this underlying need and continuously strives to develop products that live up to the company’s slogan of “Your Dream, Our Commitment”. 

 

 

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Washington Place landmark

 

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Gran Avila’s Legato house model

 

 

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Gran Seville’s archway

 

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Villa San Lorenzo main entrance

Banking on 35-year track record

Filipino homebuyers will always be willing to part with their hard-earned money provided that their investment is not only safe and worthy, but would promise high rates of return as well. In the case of buying a new house, it should not only be beautiful and of high quality but also located in a safe neighborhood and in easily accessible locations.

“A huge percentage of our buyers have been drawn to our projects’ locations. They want the best place and be secured of the fact that their investment will stand the test of time. They viewed our projects as solid investments since they have the potential for property appreciation or provide their families a much better shelter,” said Delie Chua, first vice president for sales and marketing of Stateland Inc. Currently enjoying remarkable market interest are the firm’s latest projects—Crystal Place and Villa San Lorenzo in Imus, Cavite; Gran Seville in Cabuyao, Laguna; Gran Avila and Casa Laguerta in Calamba, Laguna; Chester’s Place and Washington Place in Dasmariñas in Cavite.

Chua related that with the company’s 37-year track record in the real estate industry, Stateland (www.facebook.com/StatelandInc) has created unparalleled housing and community projects in key areas of Luzon.

“Since 1978, we have built more than 30 horizontal developments in Metro Manila, Cavite and Laguna so our buyers could trust us that we are experienced enough to create projects that last and desired by our target market,” she said.

Durable houses

Moreover, Chua said that since the company has a name to uphold, they made sure they only create durable houses within communities that their residents would feel proud of.

 

“Even from our inception, we already aimed at becoming a first-rate developer of residential communities. This is why we cannot compromise where we will set up the project, the quality of the materials that we will use, or the way we construct our houses, as well as the type of masterplanning that we will conceive,” said Chua.

According to her, each project is unique as Stateland tries to employ various home designs—from contemporary and Mediterranean to Spanish and modern inspired. “These houses are built with careful attention to details so as to assure the safety and satisfaction of our future residents,” Chua said.

Strategic location

Chua also related that considering their target market, Stateland ensured that each project is strategically located near major highways that could connect to several important destinations.

“Stateland Inc. believes that Filipino families deserve worthwhile living in their own land. With the perfect ambiance, tranquil environment, suitable location and affordable prices of every project, one can easily say that finally, they’re home,” Chua said.

She added that with regard to Gran Avila and its neighboring subdivision, the Casa Laguerta that have just been inaugurated, the company has initiated a project orientation for its in-house sellers and company brokers. “The orientation was held to give our in-house sellers a brief yet sufficient background on the features and quality of houses of these two newly introduced developments.”

 

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Washington Place is one of the flourishing and newest address in Dasmariñas, Cavite

 

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Gran Seville in Cabuyao, Laguna boasts of its Spanish-inspired interiors and amenities.

 

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Gran Avila in is the newest economic subdivision in Calamba, Laguna

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Making Valentines Day a Special Family Day

 

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Make your partner feel loved and special by surprising her on Valentine’s Day. Seize this day!

 

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A simple family outing during Valentine’s Day will is a great way to bond with each other and show love for one another

 

It’s the time of the year again where streets are flocked with flower vendors, stores and shops are filled with people looking for gifts for their significant others, and everyone else keeps exchanging I love you. What date is it again? Oh yes, right. It’s Valentine’s Day– the day of hearts. The day of expressively showing your love and affection to someone whom you look forward of seeing every day. Simply put, Valentine’s Day has been tagged as a day for lovers, and everyone who is and has been in love.

 

            Though Valentine’s Day is really for lovers and lovers alike, the celebration is not limited to them alone. Valentine’s Day is all about love, but not just for intimate lovers. Love is the center of the universe, as they say. It makes the world go round; it adds color to everybody’s life. Therefore, Valentine’s Day is best celebrated with the people whom you truly love and care—your family, friends, colleagues and special someone. It will be more special and meaningful if you can spread love and happiness, not just to your significant other, but to others as well. A simple gesture of love like cooking something special for the whole family and giving non-expensive but sincere gifts to your family is already a manifestation of love. To most people, giving chocolates, flowers and stuffed toys are already their declaration of love. But little did they know that there are still some other things that you can try to express your love to someone. Whether you are married, in a relationship, single or in any other relationship status, you can always express your feelings through varied and unique ways. Most people would treat their family or significant others to some places where they can bond and enjoy. They buy them gifts that would signify their love for each other. They would have dinner and have a romantic moment in a restaurant or in a yacht (where they would rent some space and have both of you or your family serenaded by a group of singers). Dining in an expensive restaurant seems like a very generous thing to do to your boyfriend/girlfriend or to your husband or wife. But no matter how romantic a candle light dinner in a first class restaurant may look like, nothing can beat a cozy and simple Valentines celebration with your family. Where else will you celebrate it, but in the comforts of your home.

            There’s nothing wrong in veering away from the traditional red roses and chocolates and romantic dinners during the Valentine’s season. After all, it’s a tried and tested thing. However, coming up with more unique ideas to celebrate this occasion are always a good thing. Instead also of just celebrating it with just the two of you, why not involve the kids in coming up with activities that would make them realize the importance of Valentine’s Day, and at the same time, bring out the creativity in them. Valentine’s Day is a perfect opportunity not just to teach your kids the meaning and value of love within your own family, but also to teach them how to show kindness towards others. To make Valentine’s Day a more ‘family-ish’ occasion, here are some activities that you and your whole family ought to love.

 

1. Eat, Pray, Love…. literally

            – Yes, you got it right. It is the title of the best-selling book by Elizabeth Gilbert. It is the author’s memoir of her travels and experiences in search for herself after her divorce. It was also adapted into a movie last 2010 starring Julia Roberts. So much about the film, but really, your family can eat, pray and love, literally. You can show your kids your culinary expertise and make the greatest dish ever. You can experiment on various ingredients and come up with a dish that would not only satisfy your tummies, but will also make an impact on your heart (how cheesy!). But on a more serious note, bonding in the kitchen is a great way of knowing each other– you, your partner and your kids. They say that happy and contented hearts make the best food, so go ahead, have some little family time on your kitchen and delight each other with your specialty. Of course, we should thank Him for His grace, mercy and love. We should always say our prayers to Him and thank Him for a great night, and for a great life. Of course, the reason why there is Valentine’s Day is to emphasize that indeed, people are capable of loving someone and be loved. Spread those cheese and sauce on your meal, but also never forget to spread love. 

 

 

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Enjoy a sumptuous dinner with the whole family and make Valentine’s Day a day to remember

 

2. Sine banig with the family

            – Filipinos really love to watch movies, specifically those with a theme of romance and comedy. They go to movie houses and enjoy the rest of the film with their special someone, friends or family. But instead of splurging your money for a movie ticket for five, why not pull your banig (Filipinos’ version of sleeping foam, only without its soft features) under your bed, prepare the DVD player and a pile of CD of your favorite movies and make some popcorn or hotdog? Presto! You now have a home theater of your own! It’s a family’s movie date night so make sure to watch movies that will not only entertain you, but will also teach some good manners and values to your kids. It’s a great way of bonding with your family on a Valentine’s Day, without having to spend too much.

 

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Movie bonding at home with family is the most relaxing moment (photo not ours)

 

3. Share your love

            – Too cliché as it may sound, but yes, we have to share love. Together with our family, we can always gather around and go to the nearest community shelter where we can do some feeding programs, outreach programs, or simply book reading to some kids. Our donations may not always be in a monetary form, but we surely showed our love and care to the people who have been affected by some major natural and man-made disasters in the country. Doing so creates a win-win effect: You made them happy and special, even just for a short period of time, and they made you realize that indeed, life is great, and we have to treasure whatever we have before it’s too late.

4. My Valentine Monito

            -Ah, yes. It’s like the counterpart of the Christmas monito monita wherein the name that we will be picking will be our monito or monita and he/she will have that special gift from ours. How exciting! We know the drill of course; we pick a name, hide it from anyone else and give a gift according to the theme of the day. But since it’s Valentine’s Day, the gift should be something related in showing love. It’s your choice after all, but never forget to make your Monita/Monito smile when he/she receives that gift from you 🙂

 

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A simple heart-shaped cookie will surely put a smile on whoever is your Valentine monito/monita (photo not ours)

 

5. Tree of love

            – Put some Valentines spirit on your home. Decorate it with hearts and cupids and hang it on your walls and doors. Redecorate your rooms with a splash of Valentine colors (red or pink) in your bed sheets, curtains, coffee table covers and even the paint on your wall, and put on some fresh flowers on the vase for a more aromatic ambience. If you’re feeling creative and childish at the same time, have some heart and cupid cut-outs on red construction paper and have it decorated on your walls or doors, or anywhere that can be seen. You can also put a variation of Christmas tree, the so called Love Tree. Instead of Christmas balls and garlands, have this tree decorated with hearts, hearts and more hearts, and sprinkle it with glitters and put some family photos and finish it with pink lights for a more arriving look. Put your gifts under this tree and make sure to celebrate Valentine’s Day in the most memorable way.

 

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A sample Love Tree composed of hearts, hearts, hearts and some sparkling lights (photo not ours)

 

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A sample heart-shaped cutouts that can be hang on the wall or doors or aisles on your home during the Valentine season (photos not ours)

 

            No matter what gimmicks you have in mind for this special occasion, just make sure that we are celebrating it because of love. It doesn’t matter whether we are with our family, friends or special someone, for as long as we are happy and we are loved, our Valentine’s Day will be as great as having a person holding our hand. 

 

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Have a picnic with your whole family during Valentine’s. Just for a change 🙂

 

 

Building houses that people deserve

Regardless of an individual’s taste in design, fashion or fine art, buying a house is probably the most important and expensive investments one will ever do in a lifetime. After all, buying your own place is far more sensible than lining the pockets of a landlord.

But before diving into the property game, there are several points a buyer needs to consider. What is your budget? What kind of community do you want to live in? What type of lifestyle do you lead? Where’s the best place to start a family? Helping buyers make sense of these questions is part of Stateland, Inc.’s thrust to provide their clients with the ‘dream’ house they rightfully deserve.

Gran Seville interior

 

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Gran Seville Alegria house model

Within its 36-year-track-record in the real estate industry, Stateland has built more than 27 horizontal developments in Cavite, Laguna and Metro Manila. With each project the company focuses on well planned, flood-free communities with durable houses that last.

But according to Stateland president Reynaldo Cometa, what sets them apart from other property developers is the quality of service they provide.

“We’re very conscious about the needs of our buyers. We talk to them first. We show them our model units. Ask their preferred designs, their paying capacity, their kind of lifestyle, how big their family is, then we match their needs with the houses,” Cometa shares.

The service doesn’t stop when the houses are built. The thing about houses is it takes years before any defects show. To avoid any inconvenience, Stateland sticks with the conventional system of house construction and land development.

  

Gran Seville interiors

“As developers, we try to move towards more economical ways to construct the houses. We don’t rush it. We build house models that our people actually live in before showing them to buyers. That’s real market study. It’s something we’re very proud of and our sellers are very confident about it. Matitibay ang mga bahay namin,” maintains Grant Orbeta, first vice president for planning and production.

Washington Place interior

Stateland offers various types of housing projects in terms of architectural design. In Washington Place, the company’s flagship project in Dasmariñas, Cavite, is a modern contemporary style development with 1,701 units in 40 hectares. Gran Seville, located in Cabuyao, Laguna, is a Spanish-inspired project with 1,099 units in 21.6 hectares; while Chester Place, also in Dasmariñas, is a 9.6 hectare housing project with 496 units in an English-inspired design.

Stateland also has more upscale pocket townhouses developments in Metro Manila that go for P8 to 10 million per unit. However, 60 to 70 percent of their buyers are mid-income families, specifically Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW).

“OFWs really save up their hard-earned money to buy their own house. So for us, it’s important that we deliver houses to them they deserve. They can leave their families here in the Philippines and continue working abroad knowing that they are living in a durable house in a safe community,” says Delie Chua, first vice president for sales and marketing.

Washington Place interior

Meanwhile, Stateland’s various projects feature amenities such as a landscaped main entrance, 24/7 security personnel and a property manager on location. Property managers make sure maintenance concerns are taken care of. Other amenities include a clubhouse, parks, playgrounds, and basketball and tennis courts. Some projects will include a commercial phase with planned retail and dining facilities; while some will feature a strip mall and a school.

“We try to be as flexible as we can with our buyers. We have a number of house models but if they want to customize their house design, as long as we can and the house isn’t built yet, we try our best to accommodate. It’s their house after all. We want them to feel that we value their comfort. Even in terms of payment, we can tweak the payment terms to suit their needs,” Cometa ends.

 

 

(article originally published on Manila Bulletin Lifestyle section by Jackie Oiga)