If the crisp February air could whisk you away anywhere, where would you be? Perhaps the wanderlust in you would take you to the historic and romantic Italy, where quaint villages are perched alongside endless heavenly views of nature. And if you wish for a change of scenery, ancient sites are there in a blink of an eye.
A few kilometers south of Metro Manila, Batangas unknowingly resembles much of Italy.
One thing common between Batangueños and Italians is their passion for food and coffee. While Italy is famed for its delicious bread creations and iconic pasta recipes, Batangas is celebrated for its comforting bulalo and lomi. The two are known coffee providers in their respective countries, too.
Lipeños, meanwhile, are cradled by mounts Malarayat and Makulot, giving them sweeping views of mountain ranges. Rightfully called “Little Rome of the Philippines,” Lipa is home to several Catholic Churches, including the Romanesque Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.
Giving a much more distinct slice of Italian living, Suntrust Properties Inc. brings Filipino families the Siena Hills in Lipa, Batangas’ largest city.
Start of a good life
SPI strategically developed its Italian-themed community along P. Torres St., Lipa City, to allow its homeowners to explore the rich Batangueño culture while staying close to their needs.
The students in the family are assured of quality education as top-performing schools, such as De La Salle Lipa, University of Batangas, and New Era University, are easily accessible.
A quick drive away from Siena Hills, homeowners may get their wants and needs from nearby commercial and lifestyle centers. Imagine having your own suki at Lipa City Market for your usual Sunday market run. You may easily reach The Big Ben, SM City Lipa, Robinsons Lipa, and Fiesta Mall for groceries, last-minute needs, and other essentials.
As we all strive to stay healthy and safe, homeowners at Siena Hills may access various amenities that support their overall well-being.
Here, there are jogging trails for a refreshing morning jog before a day of online meetings.
You may also bring out your sporty side as you bond with the family at the swimming pool or basketball court. There’s also a shower room so that families can refresh and cap a heart-pumping activity.
For a much-needed breath of fresh air and break from the screen after a day of answering modules and e-mails, the cabanas, pavilion, and pocket gardens are perfect for lounging, stretching, or winding down.
The clubhouse also welcomes families for small celebrations and intimate family gatherings.
Where the story begins
Like an ode to Italian living, all homes at Siena Hills play with sophisticated hues of ochre. They elegantly incorporate arches in windows, doors, and walls. It has artistically designed rails and uses terra-cotta tiles for the roof.
As the real estate developer ensures that they provide a quality home for every Filipino family, Siena Hills has eight house models, with lot areas ranging from 150 to 176 square meters (sqm).
All units have spacious gardens where one can grow vegetables or rows of vibrant flowering plants and where kids can freely do fun outdoor activities. The two-story units, on the other hand, have commodious balconies where the family can unwind and sip a glass of wine at the end of the day.
Amadea, Micaela, and Luciana are built for big families looking for a wise investment and a second home outside the bustling metropolitan areas. These two-story houses have over 175 sqm floor area, complete with a carport, a family area, and four to five bedrooms.
Two-story units Orabella, Caterina, Celestina, and Fiorenza have floor areas ranging from 117 sqm to 147 sqm. These homes are spaciously laid out for growing families as it has three to four bedrooms, with a family area and carport.
Bungalow unit Angelica has three bedrooms, a family area, and a carport, strategically designed for new, tight-knit families.
From its location and amenities to indoor layout, Siena Hills ensures that every family member gets his or her much deserved privacy, especially when focusing on school or office work. At the same time, it has ample spaces for bonding to strengthen relationships and create lasting memories.
And although Siena Hills makes one feel like they’re always on an Italian getaway, Suntrust made sure that the familiar warmth of Filipino love remains.