GRAND LIVING IN A GREEN LANDSCAPE
“Every man needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in; where Nature may heal and give strength, serenity, and contentment to body and soul”.
The human spirit needs places where Nature exists. There is pleasure in tree- lined paths, rapture in the rippling sound of a brook, and pure bliss in sitting in the shade on a fine day where one could feel the sponginess of verdant grass beneath one’s feet. This imagery, and much more, is what one Cebuano-owned corporation must have had in mind when the idea of creating a “nature- packed” modern community dawned. And when such a clever
-- John Muir
idea trickled into a “grand’ reality, when Grand Land, Inc., the real estate development arm of the Gaisano Grand Group of Companies, laid the foundation of what could be Cebu’s finest urban community, one could expect only the best --- something as awesome as Grand Residences, GLI’s flagship project.
The truth is, the winds of delightful change are sweeping across Cebu’s skyline. ( We have seen how high- rise and mid- rise condominium buildings have mushroomed on this island.) And a wind is definitely blowing on the development scene of a 3.2- hectare property located along Gov. M. Cuenco St. in Banilad and crossing all the way to Pres. Roxas Avenue in Mabolo --- a perfect setting for a well- crafted “little city”, or for a beautifully- designed resort- themed ambience, and the groundwork for smart architecture and thoughtful design geared towards comfort and style. With all these elements combined together, how can living not be well and grand? How can anyone fail to capture that “dream” lifestyle that is so elusive in a congested metropolis?
“When Grand Land was organized three years ago, the company’s vision was really to develop low- priced quality homes that Cebuano families will delight in and can easily afford so that we made it a point to make the acquisition scheme very flexible,” Ryan Bernard Go, GLI president, reveals.
“At present, we are developing six residential projects: City Homes in Minglanilla, City Homes in Mactan, City Homes in Mandaue, City Homes Premiere in Mandaue, Amani Grand Resort Residences in Mactan and the Grand Residences Cebu in Banilad and Mabolo. On the drawing board is the Amani Grand Resort Residences in Davao and our Condotel and Office building in North Reclamation Area ( across SM City North Wing) in Cebu. If you notice, all these projects have come up with our standard prerequisites – strategic location, accessibility to the main hub of economic activity, close proximity to hospitals, schools, markets, and provision for private open spaces. We are confident that with these projects, we can offer Cebuanos and future property owners, a lease to a better, happier life. We are not changing their lifestyle, we’re
here to offer something new -- one that is so grand and so green, and one that gives us the right to adopt the company’s slogan: “My City. My Resort. My Home.”
A City in the Heart of the Metropolis
Urban living has been defined as making optimal use of space as space is scarce, and at the same time finding ways to spare the environment. Urban living has no race, no religion, no sexual preference, no gender, and no age. In essence, urban living is clean, crisp, and fresh.
In reality, urban living is Grand Residences, with its towering condominium buildings emerging at the heart of Cebu City, the Queen City of the South. Although it is just a short walk from major business and recreational destinations, Grand Residences prioritized 60 percent of its open space for diverse and essential amenities, making it truly a unique city on its own. The master plan encompasses a commercial hub that includes a supermarket, department store, an automated teller machine, restaurants and shops, medical and health care clinics, beauty salons and spas, laundry service, travel desk, and even concierge services to attend to the needs of homeowners and visitors. More amenities have been put up not only to make living easy, comfortable and as stress- free as possible, but also to make it entertaining and highly enjoyable. There is a variety of function areas where one can chill out with friends, colleagues, and family for whatever occasion. There is another community entertainment area housing fully equipped karaoke lounges where one can rock the night away or simply have fun singing.
Grand Land certainly thought of everything – well, almost everything. Because as what Ryan Go explains, “It is our ultimate goal to bring in the desired convenience to our homeowners, providing effortless ways wherein they can transact business or simply carry out their day- to- day routine. That is why we have teamed up with the best architectural and construction firms in the country to design Grand Residences with ingenuity and functionality in mind, inspired by the latest state- of- the- art buildings in Singapore.”
A Private Paradise of Your Own
Because life is controlled by emotions, everyone has his moments of ups and downs. And when negative vibrations strike, one wants to get away from it all, to escape to places that will give him relief and relaxation, a place where one can create new and pleasant memories. One looks for vacation destinations that will provide enough privacy for soul- searching and at the same time ample space for praying and playing. He will seek nature for solace, for peace and tranquility, and possibly for “therapy”. But whatever one’s reasons or needs, where in this part of Metro Cebu can one find such a place? With the completion of the Grand Residences project, you can be assured of your own private resort that simply spells paradise.
After three years of painstaking research and consultation with the high priests of urban planning and landscape architecture, Grand Residences has finally unveiled a themed residential resort that boasts of an array of self- contained recreational and sports amenities, making true its promise of providing the perfect place for relaxation, vacation, or just a daytime getaway. Its signature amenities would be the grand community swimming pool, the infinity lap pool, and the toddlers’ swimming pools. There would be a sizeable clubhouse and cabanas and lounges around these places. Further on is a lotus pond that not only performs an aesthetic function but also environmental as well, serving as a catch basin for flood waters. For outdoor fun, there is an open amphitheater where you can watch variety shows, mini concerts, and other spectacular events. And anywhere you turn, you will see only green, for verdant trees abound, lush foliage cascades in every nook and cranny, and the grounds are carpeted with green grass.
“Many tourists and visitors come to Cebu for our sunny white- sand beaches, to discover our rich heritage, or to witness the Sinulog mardi gras. I would like to believe that, now, people will have a compelling reason to come to Cebu --- and that’s because they finally have a place to come home to, the Grand Residences,” Ryan muses, with a twinkle in his eyes.