Condominium living these days is no longer limited to the four walls of one’s unit. A community development is master-planned well if the experience extends outdoors and promotes a healthy and holistic lifestyle to its residents.

This was the top priority of Century Properties Group, Inc. in designing the masterplan of the Residences at Commonwealth by Century, its 2.4-hectare, eight-tower residential community rising in Quezon City.

“It’s no secret that health starts at home,” said Marco R. Antonio, Century Properties Co-Chief Operating Officer and Commonwealth Project Head. “That is why our responsibility goes beyond building four walls of living space, and extends to creating venues that harness the optimum potential of its dwellers – from babies to toddlers, children in their pre-teens, teenagers to adults.

Commonwealth by Century features vast open spaces and innovative amenities that are quickly changing our expectations of what to look for when it comes to a truly healthy and enjoyable lifestyle in the comfort of home.

Integrated within the community’s masterplan are spaces that promote personal skills development, social interaction, fitness and relaxation. The core themes of these areas are the Nurturing, the Playful, the Artistic, the Leisurely, the Vocational and the Energetic.

The Nurturing

Babies and tots from eight months to three years old can play with educational toys, have comfortable afternoon naps, and spend play dates with mommy at The Creche, which fosters discovery of the world through the first experience of sight, sound and touch.

As toddlers are beginning to develop their social skills and actively interact with others around them, parents would be happy that Commonwealth by Century has The Kindergarten, a room filled with educational instruments and gadgets for learning and a venue that provides the opportunity to interact with other kids in the community.

Children seven years old and above can go to the Advanced Learning Center and take up Spanish, French, Mandarin or other language classes; read a children’s book, or familiarize themselves with computer basics.

The Playful

Kids will be encouraged to spend more play time outdoors, especially at the Orchard – a modern treehouse complex that takes the shape of three apple structures filled with a fun web of ropes for climbing, a mini-observatory for stargazing and a spiral ladder with fun facts.

The Leisurely

Moms and dads are just as important as the kids, and places of leisure provide the ideal retreat where they can relax and reenergize. Replete with Zen areas and nature parks, the Commonwealth community will provide moms a place to catch up on their favorite read. Dads can enjoy a soothing walk around the gardens. To find that much needed balance and self-meditation, a contemplation garden also serves as a spacious yoga and Pilates deck.

The Energetic

Teens and adults can stay in shape through active recreational spaces for the energetic. Play weekend badminton with buddies at the two sunken Badminton Courts, or engage in a healthy game of one-on-one and three-point shootouts at the Indoor and Outdoor Basketball Courts.

The fully-equipped Fitness Center for all health aficionados with a gym, salon and spa services is also provided to lose unwanted weight and tone the body.
Artistic and the Vocational

Acquiring new skills and trying new experiences are the keys to self-discovery. Hence, spaces that promote culinary skills and artistic pursuits were created.

The Cooking Studio and Kitchen is equipped with modern culinary equipment, and can serve as venues for cooking showdowns and culinary lessons for aspiring chefs in the community.

The Arts and Crafts Studio enhances every child’s passion for the visual arts, while a dance studio unleashes his or her inner artiste.

Source: Manila Bulletin | March 12, 2013