SMDC Blue Residences - Why You Should Buy This Condo in Quezon City

In Quezon City, on the corner of Katipunan Avenue and Aurora Boulevard, and not far from Ateneo De Manila University, stands a 41-story building. This condo complex is conveniently located close to schools, fine dining restaurants, shopping malls, making it a popular home for students, families, and young professionals. This is SMDC’s Blue Residences.

Blue Residences provides safe, affordable housing for students attending the universities and colleges located in the area. In addition, the complex also serves employees from the various industries located within Quezon City, most notably the broadcasting networks, communication companies, and restaurants. With the growth experienced in this city of Metro Manila, Blue Residences presents a convenient place to live close to school and work, without sacrificing the luxury and amenities looked for in an urban home.


Quezon City
Quezon City is the largest and most populated city in Metro Manila, and was the capital of the Philippines from 1948 until 1976, with the National Capital Region or Metro Manila was formed. Named after the second President of the Philippines, Manuel L. Quezon, who served from 1935 to 1944, Quezon City was his vision of a new capital for the Philippines, to replace the coastal capital of Manila. He believed that Manila was too close to Manila Bay, making it vulnerable to attack from the sea.

However, before President Quezon, this area had a rich history as the launching place of the Philippine Revolution against the Spanish Empire. On August 23, 1896, the Katipunan, a secret organization founded by freemasons and Filipino patriots, Andrés Bonifacio, Teodora Plata and Ladislao Diwa, and formed in response to the banishment of José Rizal in 1892, was discovered by the Spanish authorities. The organization was exposed out of revenge by Katipunan member, Teodoro Patiño because of a wage dispute with another member. When the authorities came to arrest the members, the first battle of the Revolution was fought.

The Revolution gained momentum in December of 1896, when author and Filipino nationalist, José Rizal was executed by firing squad, and continued until the end of the Spanish American War on August 13, 1989. At the signing of the Treaty of Paris, ending that war, control of the Philippines passed from Spain to the United States. The Philippine Revolution helped end Spanish rule of the country, but failed to gain independence for the country.


Economy
Today, Quezon City is home to many industries, most notably most of the major broadcasting networks in the Philippines. ABS-CBN, GMA Network, UNTV and others have their man operating headquarters in the city. In addition, the province of Eastwood City, one of the six districts that make up Quezon City, is the main business district the area, and growing within Metro Manila. The district was developed by Megaword Corporation and is home to the headquarters Citibank, IBM and Mercury Drugs within the Philippines.

Quezon City is also host to the major communications conglomerates in the country. Companies, such as Globe-Telecom-BayanTel, the largest cellular company in the Philippines, as well as, Digital have their offices located on Eulogio Rodriquez, Jr. Avenue. Cathay Metal Corporation, The Republic Biscuit Corporation, and Unified Warehouse Club are just some of the other businesses located in the area.


Foodies
As Quezon City’s corporation population grows, so do the entertainment options for the population of Metro Manila. Particularly, dining options. In fact, with the growth experienced in the business sector and the universities and colleges located in the area, Quezon City is now home to the “Foodie” movement of the area.

Restaurants of all cuisines have made their appearance. The Avenues of Tomas Morato and Timog are the epicenter of the movement. Mouthwatering flavors from authentic Chinese restaurants to tempting tidbits offered by street vendors, this area offers a multicultural explosion of flavors. In fine dining establishments to sidewalk cafés, chefs create delicious entrees to satisfy the most discriminating palate.

Students and young professionals have, pardon the pun, feed the foodie movement in Quezon City. With the expansion of social media and the technology advances making cellular service more readily available, it’s much easier to share all aspects of our daily lives with our followers. This includes the food we eat. Think of the last time you were on Facebook. How many pictures of restaurant dishes did you see just before they were devoured by the person posting? This phenomenon has lead to websites such as foodporn.com and recipes being posted on Pinterest. One thing is sure, you’ll never go hungry in Quezon City!


Entertainment Options
With the foodie movement bringing in diners from all across Metro Manila, Quezon City offers entertainment options to keep the fun coming. Nightclubs abound where you can dance the night away. Museums, historical churches, city parks, monuments, and shopping, of course, are all within easy reach.

The Quezon Monument and Memorial Circle is probably the best known monument in the city. Fully completed in 1978, the monument stand to honor President Manuel Quezon, who Quezon City is named after. The monument has three columns, each 66 meters in height to commemorate the age of the President at his death. The columns are place in a triangular shape with an observation deck at the top, which is not currently open to the public. The memorial also houses the remains of the President, along with his wife, Aurora Aragon Quezon, and is attached to a museum that honors his life and presidency.

Quezon City is also known for shopping and for its spas. According to TripAdvisor.com, going to a spa is #22 out of 74 things to do in Quezon City. The city has 23 different spas, from the top ranked Ace Water Spa, that is almost a water park, but also offers “medicinal bathing,” to various nail and hair salons.

The Gateway Mall is the main shopping center in the area and offers an amazing floating garden to help shoppers stop and relax during their busy day. A stunning oasis of greenery, stunning palm trees, exotic foliage and hanging plants create a fantasy forrest in the middle of an urban jungle. Oh, the mall has great shopping and restaurants, too!


Universities In Quezon City
Quezon City is home to several universities and colleges. Religious schools of higher education, as well as medical and law schools, technological institutions and business managements schools are all located in this area. The universities are all among the highest ranked in the country and in Asia. The two most well-known are Ateno De Manila University and the University of the Philippines, both of which are high-ranking research universities.

Ateneo De Manila University was founded in 1859 by the Society of Jesus. It is the third oldest university in the Philippines. The undergraduate curriculum is founded on and Catholic-based liberal arts program and offers a full-spectrum of degrees, ranging from arts and humanities to business, law and sciences. The university offers 48 Bachelor’s degrees, 53 Master’s degrees and 14 Doctoral degrees.

Ateneo De Manilia University also has four professional schools attached to its name, Ateneo Law School, Ateneo School of Government, Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health and the Ateneo Graduate School of Business. Four Loyola Schools of arts and sciences are also part of the university system, and require a rigorous liberal arts core curriculum for all of its undergraduate students.

The University of the Philippines itself, was established in 1908 by the American colonial government and opened 15 campuses throughout the country. The University of the Philippines Diliman was established in 1949  as the national university of the Philippines’ flagship campus. It is the largest location of the University of the Philippines system, due to the number of degrees and academic units offered, the number of students attending, and its library resources. In fact, it’s library is the largest in the country and used by students attending the many universities located in Quezon City.

U.P. Diliman is composed of 26 different colleges, institutes, and schools. Bachelor’s degrees are granted in 70 different programs, 109 Master degrees are offered, and Doctoral degrees can be earned in 68 fields. The university also has a grand tradition of sports, with the team moniker, the Fighting Maroons. It participated in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines in sports such as Basketball, Volleyball,Track & Field, Swimming, and Fencing. The Swimming team has won 36 championships, in all categories.


Blue Residences
In the middle of all this activity of work, school and play, stand the condo complex that allows you to experience it all. Blue Residences, a SMDC condo complex, is a 5 star development the melds luxury and 24 hour security, to help balance your lifestyle and its activities. All with a prime location within the heart of Quezon City.

As with all SMDC complexes, safety for your family is our most important concern. As parents, you want affordable housing that is safe for your student or young professional. Blue Residences delivers on this promise with 24/7 security. We provide CCTV systems, automatic fire detections and alarm systems, as well as plenty of fire exits. There is security in our Grand Lobby Entrance, all for the safety of our residents.


Units
Since we are designed for young professionals and families, as well as students, there are a variety of floor plans in our building. With 1,591 units, ranging from Studio Units to 2 Bedroom Units, you will find your perfect home here. Choose a 1 Bedroom Unit with a balcony and you can take in a relaxing evening overlooking the beautiful city skyline.

All of our units are made with the finest materials. The quality of the construction can be seen in the kitchen cabinets and the top-line appliances, as will as the tile work in the bathrooms. Blue Residences extends the luxury of you personal condo in to the amenities offered by the complex. Starting with our Grand Lobby, we also offer lounge and study areas with WIFI access. Our Roof Deck Lounge gives you a stunning view of the city. Children can play and laugh in their own play area and a beautiful lap pool offers exercise and relaxation.


Why Blue Residences Is A Good Investment
While selecting to location to live in, either for yourself or your student, offers a wide range of entertainment activities to enjoy after work or school, it also offers something else. A condo at Blue Residences is an excellent investment opportunity. As more students enroll at the local schools and businesses open in the city, prices for such a convenient location could rise. Your condo could be sold at a higher price, allowing for a nice return on your investment.

Not everyone wants to buy housing for their students, of course. This provides you an excellent opportunity to rent out your condo and provide an income stream to your family for years to come. You can chose to rent it out short-term. With websites such as booking.com and airbnb.com, renting out your condo is a snap. Or you can turn to the long-term rental market. The choice is up to you.


Verdict
Quezon City is growing and will continue to grow during the next few decades. With excellent universities and world-wide companies, the need for convenient housing to work and school will always be in high demand. SMDC’s Blue Residences extends that convenience with affordable housing in the heart of the action. A peaceful retreat in an urban landscape awaits you at your new home - SMDC’s Blue Residences!


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