A new vision for sustainable cities is emerging.
The so-called “15-minute city,” a concept developed by French-Colombian professor Carlos Moreno, has been seeing newfound popularity owing to the promise of an improved quality of life. Anchored on the idea that everything an urban dweller needs will just be 15 minutes away or less, this archetype model of future cities offers a distinct kind of convenience as it places residents in proximity to offices, retail and leisure hubs, lush open spaces, as well as medical and educational institutions.
Such an urban vision resonates well with the times, too, as the pandemic and the stringent lockdowns today aptly highlighted the critical need for convenience and accessibility—of being able to reach all necessary and essential destinations easily, if possible, even without a vehicle.
Locally, that vision of a sustainable community has already been realized, thanks to the trailblazing efforts of SM Development Corp. (SMDC), which gave the Philippines its own version of a 15-minute city. In pioneering integrated lifestyle developments, SMDC offered the promise of a complete community, the unparalleled convenience of proximity, the benefits of value appreciation, and the allure of having a prestigious address.
Take the case of the SM Southmall Lifestyle Complex in Las Piñas City, where SMDC has long brought its renowned expertise and distinct brand of integrated lifestyle.
Said to be one of SM’s biggest developments in the south, this integrated community offers the unmatched synergies of multiple components—from commercial and leisure hubs, offices, residences, to banks and other uses that mutually serve, support and complement each other. Amid the pandemic, the SM Southmall Lifestyle Complex further underscored that synergy as well as the value of connectivity, accessibility and convenience—of being just an elevator ride or a short walk from all your essentials.
Today, you have the South Residences offering a modern enclave in the midst of a dynamic community that features the SM Southmall, a world-class shopping complex that offers a smart mix of retail shops, dining destinations and leisure and entertainment choices, as well as the two-tower, eight-story SM South Tower Offices, which houses some of the most progressive businesses at present. Surrounding the complex meanwhile are prestigious universities, hospitals, churches, major thoroughfares and business centers.
Soon, more residents will be able to revel in the distinct cosmopolitan lifestyle offered by a complex that impeccably weaves together all essential features, along with the trappings and privileges of a truly integrated premier community.
Poised to be the modern luxury enclave in progressive south, South 2 Residences offers a sanctuary designed to fit the evolving lifestyles of urbanites amid the pandemic—from your need to have convenience and accessibility, to your desire to have more open spaces, natural ventilation and choice amenities that cater to your routines. Its strategic location brings residents closer to essential shops within and surrounding the SM Southmall Lifestyle Complex, including SM Southmall’s IMAX theaters, SM store, SM Supermarket, SM Appliance Center, Ace Hardware, Watson’s and Toy Kingdom.
Three 15-story towers will comprise South 2 Residences which will provide future residents a connected, sustainable city that puts a premium on wellness and resiliency. On offer are one-bedroom and two-bedroom unit cuts, while its planned resort-style amenities including landscaped areas, swimming pools, children’s play areas and pocket gardens, will ensure a holistic, well-balanced lifestyle.
A new era indeed dawns for modern urban communities, as the pandemic reshaped preferences, shifted priorities and reoriented lifestyles. But SMDC has truly been well ahead of its game when it pioneered the integrated, sustainable lifestyle communities even prior to the pandemic, enabling it to bring the future of cities right here, right now.
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