You know you’re grown when a chunk of your monthly income goes to *gasp* mortgage! Dan and I are currently paying off a 15-year housing loan. We’re about to finish year 2 of the loan against a house and lot which we bought from Dan’s family. Before we decided on actually purchasing a house and lot, we went through several condos. We were almost set on buying a unit when Dan’s dad offered us the family property at a family friendly price. Dan and I would always say though that if it weren’t for the property,we would have probably been paying off a condo right now. One thing that was a bit tiring for us when we were shopping for a unit was going to all the different developments. If you’re intent on shopping for a unit, you’d have to go around the different developments, collect all the brochures and information, check out the set-up, the finishing, the amenities, and the facilities. You then hop in your car to go to the next viewing. Repeat several times.
So when I was invited to check out the 53 E Benitez Pop Up at Rockwell. I was really curious what was it about. Well true enough, a 2 bedroom fully furnished unit was set-up at the North Court of the Mall to let everyone see what their units are. Bringing the mountain to Mohamed indeed!
It really is a clever concept and I loved going through the space. The unit in display is an exact replica of their 2 bedroom unit. The unit area is 60 square meters with a 3 square meter balcony. Each unit has a laundry area in the roof deck that’s 6 square meter big. Eco-friendly clothes drying ‘yo! I posted some of the pics of my visit at my instagram account (@manilamommy). You can also check out Tin’s/ ManilaFashionObserver (@christinedychiao) and Janice’s (@mommymundo) IG accounts for pics and details on 53 Benitez and the Pop Up at Power Plant.
Below are actual pics of a furnished unit:
Rochelle Baylon, the chief of design and construction of 53 Benitez told us that they really intended the units to be light and breezy. The interiors are mostly bleached wood and pale tiles. The pop-up really has the Scandinavian style down. The space is efficient and livable. It doesn’t look like a hotel, just a really clean, streamlined house. If you’re looking for design inspiration, the pop-up is a definite must-see!
Some major wins for me for 53 Benitez:
It’s a mid rise development and each tower has only 7 floors;
The layout includes floating corridors and a central atrium. Its definitely more open than your typical condo and it allows natural light to flow through the corridors;
The central atrium has bridgeways that are shared by two units. There are no units directly in front of you and you only have your next door neighbor to share the corridor. It’s a lovely concept and only adds to the openness of the space; and
The facilities include a clubhouse with a fitness center, a play ground and a pool; and last but not least
The price – the 2 Bedroom Unit with 1 parking is approximately Php 6.3 million while the 3 Bedroom Unit with 1 parking is about Php 8.90 million. There are no studio units in 53 Benitez.
Primaries is a Rockwell subsidiary so expect the style sensibilities and functional practicalities of Rockwell developments but at affordable prices. I see 53 Benitez as a perfect community for a young family or retirees who are looking for properties in a gated, secure community that’s still within the city. I can see my parents living here especially my dad who was born and raised in the city. There is no way he’ll be retiring in the province. He will go loco! Haha 😀 I told Dan that if it weren’t for the property we’re paying off now, 53 Benitez would probably be a top contender.
Do check out the Primaries Pop Up at the North Court of the Power Plant starting today until October 12 (they just extended!)