Reader’s Choice: The Top 10 Most-Viewed Condos In 2018
2019 is here, and CondoLiving has prepared a lot more for everyone this new year. However, before we tour inside new condominium units and Pinterest- or Instagram-worthy hangout spots, and learn new tips and tricks to maximize condo-living, let’s throw it back to 2018 and revisit the top 10 condo units that CondoLiving readers so loved.
1 | A Condo Inside A Condo
What do you do when you have a 21-sqm bedroom? You maximize your floor area, and turn it into a chic and multi-functional space, like a studio condominium unit. That’s what courtside reporter Billie Capistrano did with her bedroom in her family’s spacious condo, with the help of architect Jaime Recto of TAYO Architecture and Design (formerly BURP! Designs).
2 | A Quiet Weekend Hideaway
The greater metropolitan area can be a cacophony of all sounds from the hustle and bustle of the cars and pedestrians down the street to the audacious neighbors who think everyone likes to listen to their playlists. So, it’s no longer a surprise if some city dwellers look for a quieter and safer place to getaway to. A mother of two boys found hers in Marikina, and she made it her family’s weekend getaway or hideaway, designed by interior designer Mark Madolaria.
3 | An Actress’ Vacation Condo
Staycation, R&R, or vacation—however you want to call it, everyone needs a little getaway from work or study. TV and film actress Bea Alonzo definitely needs one, and she’s got the perfect vacation condo only a few hours from Metro Manila. Designed by interior designer Jeizele Reyes-Go, the unit definitely exudes vacation vibes.
4 | A Singapore-based Couple’s Minimalist Space
Purchasing a vacation home is one of the many investments that couples can get into, and having it designed as if it’s their main dwelling is another. A couple based in Singapore purchased a two-bedroom unit in the Philippines and hired architects Patrick Espiritu and Spencer Sy of PXP Design Workshop to turn it into a relaxing vacation home for whenever they come visit. The result is a modern minimalist space incorporating dark and dramatic colors.
5 | A Gift From Grandmother
Interior designers Misty Floro and Pai Edles of Morfosis Design turned a 40-sqm bare and basic condo unit into a functional capsule-hotel-inspired space for two siblings studying medicine. The condo, a gift from the siblings’ grandmother, is tailored to the their design requests and needs as med students.
6 | A Newly-wed’s Pinterest-worthy Condo
Pinterest is a treasure trove of design inspirations, especially for small spaces like condo units. Some even plan their new homes using the platform. Interior decorator Michelle Rinosa-Sy helped a newly-wed couple’s make their dream home a reality with the help of Pinterest mood boards, and the end result was undoubtedly pin-worthy.
7 | A Tropical-Style Rental
Tropical design style isn’t as popular as others, so it’s always a refreshing sight to see in small spaces. In Southeast Asia, tropical-inspired interiors are celebrated, and interior designer Angela Wee-Sit of Spaceplan Design + Build is an advocate. One of her condo projects is a tropical-style rental condo owned by a Singapore-based couple.
8 | A Young Family’s Urban Dwelling
Working away from home requires a lot of patience and willpower to go through a long ride to and from the workplace. Sometimes, it also demands more time away from your loved ones. This is exactly why people choose to either find a job near their homes or live closer to the office. A young family of three opted for the latter on weekdays and would go back to the province on weekends. Their condo unit, a provision by the husband’s employer, is a hip Scandinavian-style space designed by architect Aimee Gandia of Model Space Builders.
9 | A Modern Tropical Penthouse
Every condo owner likes to be hands-on when it comes to designing the spaces. An interior aficionado did just that when her family’s penthouse was being renovated into the modern tropical condo that got people dreaming of having one of their own. To achieve her family’s dreamy condo, she collaborated with the best names in the design industry: architect Alfred Wieneke, Isabel Lozano of Mel Associates, and Mark Wilson and Nikki Tayag of We Lighting Design.
10 | An Airbnb Unit That Fits 5
Investing in Airbnb units in the Philippines has become a trend in recent years, and it looks like it’s staying for good. A young couple that likes to travel and use the rental site frequently chose to get into the business. To dress up their rental, they sought help from Upcycle Manila.