A highly urbanized city within a mountainous landscape with plenty of pine trees, the city of Baguio has a cozy and laid-back atmosphere. All these and many more contribute to why this city continues to be a place where many enjoy to live, work, and study.
In the early 1900s during the American occupation, the city served as a transient location for the operations of the entire Philippine government when heat of the lowlands was too much to bear during the Summer. Its year-round cool weather was a welcome respite for the officials. This is why on July 1, 1903, the Americans declared the city as the “Summer Capital of the Philippines”, and this nickname, as well as its reputation, has stuck since then.
The city however, has long evolved from being a mere summer escape for national legislators to serving as the center of business, commerce, and education in Northern Luzon. It is one of the bigger beneficiaries of the business process outsourcing (BPO) influx in the country, as the climate, coupled with the city’s urban conveniences, makes it a preferred work location for investors coming from abroad.
The cool climate and laid-back atmosphere also makes it a preferred place to pursue higher education. The city is home to some of the most notable schools in the country, including the Baguio Campus of the University of the Philippines, the University of the Cordilleras, Saint Louis University, and the University of Baguio.
Every Filipino has been to Baguio City at least once in their life, and every foreigner has the city in their “places to see in the Philippines”. The Lion’s Head is a welcome sight to those entering the city via Kennon Road, and is a promise of the good things the city has in store.
One of the city’s undoubted highlights is Burnham Park, which has a skating rink and a lake where one can go boating. The Wright Park on the other hand, is a place for children and adults to go horseback-riding. When shopping at Mines View Park, one gets a beautiful panoramic view over the the entire valley. Additionally, the city’s very own strawberry fields draw in people from all over the world, as well as providing a source of income and employment to the local populace.
The city is the most urbanized in the Benguet province, so it comes as no surprise that there are plenty of available properties in the real estate market. In the recent years, Baguio saw a boom in condominiums and apartments, giving would-be investors plenty of options to choose from.
Popular locations for apartment hunting in the city include the Bakakeng area, which is situated near the Bakakeng annex of Saint Louis University. Flats here start at PHP 1.8 million, which is already two bedrooms in a total floor area of 42 square meters. Another noteworthy place is the area close to Brent International School. Buyers here will have plenty of options from three-bedroom units along Yangco Road to two-bedroom units at the Brent Residences. Apartments here can range from PHP 8.9 to PHP 12 million.
Choosing to buy a Baguio apartment is a great way to enjoy living or visiting the city. They are affordable and easy to maintain, and have a more intimate set-up that is suited for the city’s cool weather and laid-back atmosphere. Imagine being able to go to the city every Summer without worrying about accommodations ever again.