Get an agent

Buy with an Agent

Dedicated experts at your service

FOR OFWs

Buy a Property in the Philippines

Come home to the property of your dreams.

Buying for Investment

While you’re away, we take care of your property investment.

Buying for Home Ownership

We help OFWs find their forever home.

DO IT YOURSELF

Prefer to do-it-yourself?

Check out how our platform can help

Browse Resale Listings

Connect with sellers through our app

ARTICLES

Steps for First Time Buyers

Like any new experience, buying a home for the first time is daunting.

Home Buying for Your Family

Make sure you’ve thought about these things before you decide to buy a house.

Get The E-Book

Get an agent

Sell with an Agent

Dedicated experts at your service

Do-it-yourself

Prefer to do-it-yourself?

Check out how our platform can help

Post a Listing for Free

Connect with buyers through our app

ARTICLES

Factors Affecting Home Value

Know the factors that affect property value before you buy a home.

Mistakes to Avoid in Selling

Make sure you’re not committing any of these fairly small, common mistakes.

Passive Income from Real Estate?

Real estate generally appreciates in value and can also be rented out.

Sell Your Property Fast

This is how you can attract more homebuyers.

Get The E-Book

For tenants

Rent with an Agent

Dedicated experts at ayour service

Articles

Renting vs. Owning

Either way, it’s much easier outside Manila.

House or Condo?

Both have advantages and limitations. Everyone has different preferences.

For landlords

Lease with an Agent

Dedicated experts at your service

Articles

Assessing Property Value

Of course, knowing your property’s true value is key to any great investment.

Home Staging Tips

With this checklist, you get a better chance of finding a long-term tenant.

Do it yourself

Prefer to do-it-yourself?

Check out how our platform can help

Search or Post your home

Connect with landlords and tenants through the app

By Developer

SMDC

Properties from the good guys.

Robinsons Land

Raise, live, and connect.

Moldex Realty

The gateway to ideal community living.

PIK

Russia and Europe’s largest homebuilder

For Ofws

What we do for OFWs

Safely secure your dream home from overseas.

Buying for Homeownership

Connecting you with the top developers nationwide.

Buying for Investment

For a seamless and stress-free property investment.

Location guides

Life in SYNC is a Life Well Balanced

A good home gives good shelter, but a…

Quezon City Community Guide: Why Invest in Property in ‘QC

Quezon City is the Philippines’ second…

Break from the Metro: Why Buy a 
Home in Antipolo

While some seek their faith in Antipolo…

Buy a Home in Lipa for a Break from the Big City

Lipa continues to emerge as a good…

Finance & Investments

Your Starter Guide for Investing in Homes for Sale

Buying a home is a major expense but…

Why Employers Must Invest in Employees’ Homeownership

Employees sign-up and stay with the…

How to Successfully Save for Your Dream Home

With how high property prices are, ho…

Rent or Own? Either Way, It’s Easier Outside Manila

Manila has always been one of the co…

View the Latest Homes for Sale in the Philippines

Find Your New Home Outside the Metro
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on email
Share on whatsapp
Braulio Giron Jr

Braulio Giron Jr

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on email
Share on whatsapp

While there are many advantages to living in the big cities, there are definite pluses to owning a home in even just nearby outer locations.

Relative proximity to your office. Multiple commercial establishments to choose from. Access to some of the country’s educational institutions and medical facilities. Pre-pandemic, literally hundreds of people to interact with. Yes, there are indeed a lot of good reasons to reside in Metro Manila.

However, like living in other major metropolises around the world, there are also some disadvantages to residing in the National Capital Region. It’s being the Philippines’ most urbanized region alone makes it the most densely populated, making it rather crowded and a little more polluted than other areas. In terms of traffic, the metro is infamous for how bad gridlocks tend to get on its main roads.

To best deal with this and enjoy the fast-paced city life is to live in central located residential developments, such as Congressional Town Center in Quezon City. Built by Sunwealth Land Development Corporation, it is a mixed-use development featuring 4 residential towers and commercial spaces, and is a good choice for home-seekers looking to live in the Philippines’s second largest city.

If not, there are other options, because no matter how synonymous Metro Manila is made out to be with the Philippines, it isn’t the only place to live in the country. Looking even just a few miles outward and there are already a lot of possibilities to consider:

Lower Cost of Real Estate and Living

Often the most common reason many choose to live and/or invest outside of Metro Manila is that property simply costs less to buy or lease in these areas. Think of Php5 million being enough to acquire a house outside the metro, but mostly condos in it.

Also, according to the Department of Trade and Industry, the cost of living in big cities, such as Makati (the Philippines’ busiest and richest in terms of income) is significantly different compared to places immediately outside the region. Relatively nearby General Trias City in Cavite for example, earned a score of 1.38 in DTI’s Cities and Municipalities competitive Index for 2019. the previously mentioned Makati scored. 0.98.

Lower expenses are key in home seekers choosing locations outside the metro, and are a reason why developers have looked to address this demand as well. One such developer is Suntrust Properties, which has built communities like Suntrust Governor’s Hills in General Trias. The subdivision features Californian-Mediterranean-style home priced between Php2.6 to Php8.7 million, and is easy to get to and from places like SM Dasmari√±as and Bacoor, La Salle Medical Center, and Governor’s Hills Science High School, among others

Asian Kids Playing (2).jpg

More Property Options

An inherent disadvantage in big cities is that due to the dense populations and limited land, most residences are of the high-rise variety, and leave those looking to buy a home with not many choices. While these offer great views of the metro, the feel of community is better captured in developments that feature homes and yards, or at least condominiums that are a little less populated and have low-rise structures. Fortunately, there is a little bit more land available for residential development in other places outside of Metro Manila, and it depends on how far out one is willing to go to find the type of property they want.

In Las Piñas, for example, are lower-rise condos for sale that feature most of the same amenities as their high-rise counterparts, but laid out in wider tracts of land with not-too-tall buildings that provide residents a community feel that is comparable to traditional neighborhoods. Such can be found in Amaia Steps Alabang, a residential community built by Ayala Land-subsidiary Amaia Land.

Featuring over nine buildings with none being over nine floors, its 24 to 49 square meter units are spread out in a development that is pedestrian-friendly and features community amenities such as a play area, linear garden, basketball court, and swimming pool, to name a few.

Better Pedestrianized

The irony about moving out of the metro is that some leave is so that they can stop going through the rigors of constantly bad traffic, yet more often than not move to a place where driving is also outright not as necessary.

Smaller populations, be it in terms of people or vehicles, along with moderately more open spaces than that of bigger cities make it more inviting to walk or commute in these areas. This advantage becomes an even bigger plus when the home is located near the city center, because the ability to walk anywhere and everywhere is beneficial in terms of fitness, being environmentally friendly, and being able to save money.

An example of these “walkable” residences are developments like the Portofino, 300-hectare Italian-inspired exclusive gated community located along Daang Hari Road in Las Pi√±as. Developed by Brittany Corporation, it features classic Italian-styled homes situated among distinctive courtyards complimented by Italian architectural details such as cupolas, gabled roofs, and pocket gardens. Already pedestrian-friendly in itself, its location right by a major thoroughfare in the city also makes it easy to get to and from key places.

Want to go over more homes for sale in Las Piñas and other areas outside Metro Manila? Download the Ohmyhome app or visit the website for more real estate choices.

Need help with buying, selling, or renting a property? Connect with an Ohmyhome agent and receive professional assistance throughout the entire process.


Ohmyhome was launched in the Philippines in September 2020, following the company’s establishment of a tech team in the country in 2017. Ohmyhome was originally founded in 2016, and subsequently rose in Singapore as a leading PropTech solution and licensed real estate agency.

Ohmyhome expanded into the Philippines so that Filipino home seekers can have a real estate partner that they can trust to have their best interests at heart and can be relied upon to provide exceptional services throughout the entire property journey.

Featuring thousands of properties across many of the Philippines’ major real estate brands, Ohmyhome differs from other local platforms by going the extra mile and extensively helping buyers narrow down the choices and find the property that best suits their budgets, home needs, and lifestyle preferences.

The company’s Real Estate Agents not only help in the shortlisting of options but also provide professional services through the entire purchasing process. These include assistance in property inspections, negotiations, the finalization of the Conditions of Sale, deposit collection, the submission of property documents, as well as providing buyers regular updates. 

Ohmyhome helps Filipinos find their dream homes, all while making sure each real estate transaction is complete and is an efficient and enjoyable experience.

.

Subscribe Now

Get a notification every time we upload a new blog post.

View the Latest Homes for Sale in the Philippines

Find Your New Home Outside the Metro

Featured Blogs

Your one-stop guide for must-know HDB tips

Buy

Sell

Rent

For Tenants

Lease

For Landlords

Articles

Buy

get an agent

Buy with an Agent

Dedicated experts at your service

FOR OFWS

Buy a Property in the Philippines

Come home to the property of your dreams.

Buying for Investment

While you’re away, we take care of your property investment.

Buying for Home Ownership

We help OFWs find their forever home.

DO IT YOURSELF​

Prefer to do-it-yourself?

Check out how our platform can help

Browse Resale Listings

Connect with sellers through our app

ARTICLES​

Steps for First Time Buyers

Like any new experience, buying a home for the first time is daunting.

Home Buying for Your Family

Make sure you’ve thought about these things before you decide to buy a house.

Get The E-Book

Sell

get an agent

Sell with an Agent

Dedicated experts at your service

do it yourself

Prefer to do-it-yourself?

Check out how our platform can help

Post a Listing for Free

Connect with buyers through our app

Articles

Factors Affecting Home Value

Know the factors that affect property value before you buy a home.

Mistakes to Avoid in Selling

Make sure you’re not committing any of these fairly small, common mistakes.

Passive Income from Real Estate?

Real estate generally appreciates in value and can also be rented out.

Sell Your Property Fast

This is how you can attract more homebuyers.

Get The E-Book

For Tenants

get an agent

Rent with an Agent

Dedicated experts at ayour service

ARTICLES

Renting vs. Owning

Either way, it’s much easier outside Manila.

House or Condo?

Both have advantages and limitations. Everyone has different preferences.

Do it yourself

Prefer to do-it-yourself?

Check out how our platform can help

Search or Post your home

Connect with landlords through the app

For Landlords

get an agent

Lease with an Agent

Dedicated experts at your service

ARTICLES​

Assessing Property Value

Of course, knowing your property’s true value is key to any great investment.

Home Staging Tips

With this checklist, you get a better chance of finding a long-term tenant.

Do it yourself

Prefer to do-it-yourself?

Check out how our platform can help

Search or Post your home

Connect with tenants through the app

Our Properties

By Developer

SMDC

Properties from the good guys.

Robinsons Land

Raise, live, and connect.

Moldex Realty

The gateway to ideal community living.

PIK

Russia and Europe's largest homebuilder

For Ofws

What we do for OFWs

Safely secure your dream home from overseas.

Buying for Homeownership

Connecting you with the top developers nationwide.

Buying for Investment

For a seamless and stress-free property investment.

LOCATION GUIDES​

Life in SYNC is a Life Well Balanced

A good home gives good shelter, but a...

Quezon City Community Guide: Why Invest in Property in ‘QC

Quezon City is the Philippines’ second...

Break from the Metro: Why Buy a 
Home in Antipolo

While some seek their faith in Antipolo...

Buy a Home in Lipa for a Break from the Big City

Lipa continues to emerge as a good...

Finance & Investments

Your Starter Guide for Investing in Homes for Sale

Buying a home is a major expense but...

Why Employers Must Invest in Employees’ Homeownership

Employees sign-up and stay with the...

How to Successfully Save for Your Dream Home

With how high property prices are, ho...

Rent or Own? Either Way, It’s Easier Outside Manila

Manila has always been one of the co...

About us

Social Media