Not Your Usual Studio Condo

Perhaps one of the most highly marketable condo layouts are studio-type units—they are small and simple, efficient and practical, budget-friendly, easy to maintain, and just right for young urban professionals who are always on-the-go. For real estate investors, many of them prefer purchasing executive studios as these can easily be rented out, whether for long-term lease or even short-term staycations. Studios can also be quickly resold in the future should investors decide to gain ROI instantly.


But studio condos nowadays, especially those offered around Metro Manila, often come in really small floor areas. The average cuts for executive studios are currently ranging between 22 up to 28 square meters. In some condominium developments, studios go as little as 16 to 18 square meters, restraining you to enjoy the most out of your living space. Of course, when we buy a residential property such as a condo unit, we want a dwelling place where we can comfortably live and would not limit us in freely moving around and doing things in our home. We also want to feel and experience the real luxury in condo living—not just having a grand hotel-type lobby and world-class recreational amenities, and yet our condo unit itself does not spell luxury because of its limited space.


Topnotch real estate developer Megaworld addresses this impression towards studio-type units being too small. In its joint venture project with the Araneta Group, the 18-tower Manhattan Gardens at Araneta City, studio units come in not the usual small sizes but in bigger cuts. In the first 12 towers that have been opened for sale, all executive studios have been completely sold out, except for a handful of studio units left in one tower—the Manhattan Plaza Tower 1.


The few remaining executive studios at Manhattan Plaza Tower 1 have floor areas of 37.50 and 38.40 square meters, each coming with their own spacious balcony. In other condo projects, such a big floor area would already be a one-bedroom or two-bedroom unit. With such space for a studio, you can practically do more activities in your own home.


The advent of custom-built furniture and fixtures will surely help in maximizing your living space. You can easily find online some interior design inspirations, suppliers and service providers. Your sleeping den, dining table or sofa need not to be your work station as you can surely find a space in your studio to become your working area should the work-from-home setup become a long-term norm. Same thing goes should your kids need a conducive study area for their online schooling.


Typical studio units often have a little space intended for the kitchen, putting limits to your cooking desires and sometimes ending you up in just simply using the microwave oven. With a bigger studio and a longer kitchen countertop, you can simultaneously prepare and cook several dishes at the same time, or even bake some goodies. Furthermore, taking a shower or doing your personal necessities in the toilet won’t trigger your claustrophobia due to a restricted space, as your toilet and bath at Manhattan Gardens have enough space for you to freely move. It even has a spot for your washing machine to do your laundry.


Having a balcony is also an add-on luxury, but this extra space does not only provide you with a breathtaking view of the city. Your balcony can be your nook for yoga and meditation, a place where sunrise can greet you “good morning” and the stars and city lights can bid you “good night.” You may also unleash your inner “plantito” or “plantita” by letting your green thumb grow your own garden in the balcony area.


Living at Manhattan Gardens connects you to an exciting neighborhood at Araneta City. Shopping malls, leisure spots and transportation hubs are right at your doorstep. Within your own high-rise community, you can enjoy sprawling greeneries at the 4th level and sky gardens, as well as a wide array of top-rate recreational amenities and facilities for your relaxation and rejuvenation.


Learn more about this prestigious residential development and get the best deals when you avail an executive studio with balcony. Inquire today by calling (02) 8810-3333 or sending an email to You may also check out the model units of Manhattan Gardens at Gateway Mall and Alimall.


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