High-End Subdivisions in Makati that Calls for the Bourgeois

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Enjoy exclusive perks and wide-open spaces when residing in a subdivision. Photo courtesy of Unsplash

Believe it or not but the apartment lifestyle is not for everyone. Despite having the opportunity of seeing the breathtaking Makati skyline from your elevated space, others prefer being relaxed in their gated communities or known as subdivisions.

Away from the pollution and the hustle and the bustle however not detached in a city, these gated communities will make you feel that you are living the city dream. There is a saying that dreams do come true, and in these subdivisions, hundreds of millions of pesos is what makes dream homes a reality. In this article, Tokyo Grand Renovation will discuss some decades-old Makati exclusive subdivisions that were some of the country’s wealthiest resides.


Price per square meter: P249,863 – 450,000

Forbes Park is one of the known gated communities in Metro Manila. It is often referred to as the “Beverly Hills of Manila,” due to its exclusivity and affluent residents. This subdivision is home to foreign ambassadors, diplomats, expats, and the who’s who of Manila society. Mansions are situated on large properties and luxury vehicles coast through avenues lined with lush trees and greenery.

typical home design in forbes park subdivision

McKinley Road divides the village into Forbes Park and Forbes Park North. Many residents are regulars at membership clubs Manila Polo Club and Manila Golf and Country Club, both located within Forbes Park. St. Luke’s Medical Center is at the nearby Bonifacio Global City.

Named after William Cameron Forbes, a governor-general in the Philippines, investment banker, and diplomat, Forbes Park is the country’s first gated subdivision and a result of an urban plan that began as far back in the 1800s. It was established and developed by the Roxas-Zobel-Ayala clan.


Price per square meter: P250,000 – 400,000

Popularly known as “Dasma,” Dasmariñas Village is another high-profile subdivision and is particularly known for its tight security and well-maintained, tree-lined streets. This subdivision was established in 1965 and has since become the residence of choice for prominent businessmen, politicians, celebrities, and diplomats. Within the village are foreign embassies, and the private Catholic school, Colegio de San Agustin. Manila’s most elite international schools are also located nearby.

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Despite being nearby the central business district, life within Dasmariñas Village is easygoing, making it perfect for those who enjoy being inside the community and interacting with neighbors. Photo courtesy of Hoppler.

The Spanish colonial and ultra-modern style homes are surrounded by two vast parks, the Mahogany Park and the enclosed Campanilla Park, where residents host bazaars, parties, and similar events. It has its own gym, and basketball, badminton, and tennis courts. The subdivision is best known for its undemanding vibe and generous spaces for sports and recreation


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Price per square meter: P280,000 – 300,000

One of the smallest neighborhoods in Makati, Urdaneta Village is an exclusive and private subdivision that is solely residential for it prohibits the operation of commercial establishments within its confines. Urdaneta and Bel-Air used to be one village called Beldaneta. Now, Urdaneta is a gated community home to affluent families and expatriates. Conveniently located near BGC – Bonifacio Global City and Makati Central Business District, and major roads including Kalayaan Flyover and Buendia Avenue, traveling to and fro key areas are stress-free.

aerial shot of urdaneta village
Urdaneta remains one of the smallest, exclusive, and private subdivisions in Makati Inside are elegant bungalows and multi-story dwellings, amid indoor and outdoor basketball courts and a multi-purpose clubhouse. Photo courtesy of Asisbiz.

Residents of Urdaneta Village are easygoing but notably driven. Living in a dynamic city opens the door to countless opportunities and different lifestyles; thus, the neighborhood is home to well-to-do families, business executives, and expatriates. Due to its accessibility, residents frequent hangouts in BGC and Makati. When they do not want to go outside the neighborhood but want to relax or exercise, the expansive park is their go-to spot.


Price per square meter: P365,899 – P434,782

Bel-Air Village is a 171.21-hectare subdivision located on the northern side of the Makati central business district. It comprises three phases (with Makati Avenue separating Phase II from Phases I and III), which is made up of 32 streets and 950 lots. Occupying part of the former Neilson Airport, the country’s only airport during the American period, Bel-Air’s first residents were members of the Philippine Airlines Pilots Union, who wanted to have the word “Air” in their enclave.

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Other than the subdivision’s exclusivity, Makati’s Central Business district also resides in Barangay Bel-Air. Photo courtesy of Agoda.

Named ‘Cleanest and Greenest Barangay in Makati’ for eight times in a row, it’s no wonder Bel-Air was soon inducted into the Makati Clean and Green Hall of Fame in 2005. Naturally, it has become the residence of choice of Manila’s most discerning.

In addition to its orderly surroundings, the village is also well-lauded for its community programs that effectively foster good relationships among its residents. Bel-Air is also popular for the ‘Pasinaya,’ an annual thanksgiving event that dates back to 1993. It’s a lively community with a calendar fully booked with village-run events, from a movie night for kids to flea markets for everyone.


Price per square meter: P120,108 – 150,000

While smaller compared to other major subdivisions, Magallanes Village arguably still offers some of the priciest real estates in Makati. It has a land area of 119.95 hectares and is home to about 6,000 residents, many of which are expatriates. One perk to living in Magallanes is access to the village’s town center, Paseo de Magallanes, which provides residents and visitors a good selection of restaurants and services at a most convenient location. It is also highly accessible from the Mall of Asia Complex and Entertainment City via EDSA and to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) via Skyway and the newly opened NAIA Expressway.

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A house and lot for sale at Magallanes Village. Photo courtesy of Knight Frank.

Magallanes boasts an upscale, suburban vibe, with its expansive parks, multi-purpose halls, and tennis courts, to name a few. Its dwellers take the spirit of community to heart and are known to be a close-knit neighborhood with everyone knowing each other. A feast for the eyes, the one-of-a-kind St. Alphonsus Mary de Liguori Parish, is a popular attraction inside the village.

Whether these subdivisions are actually made for the better for the overall community, or just another boarded line for the bourgeois, these gated communities definitely gives the utmost for an upscale lifestyle.

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