Silang, Cavite—With the COVID-19 pandemic ushering in Work from Home (WFH) setups, and zoom meetings, Filipinos have seen the importance of having more space at home.
Developer Cathay Land recently claimed receiving more inquiries from current owners, and aspiring home buyers, for bigger lot cuts.
Reservations have reportedly surged for their Racha mansions project in South Forbes golf city here, which is virtually a short hop to the bustling cities of Sta. Rosa and Tagaytay in the Metro South.
Cathay Land president Jeffrey Ng surmised to the Manila Standard that this could be anchored on the desire to have a clean, zoom-worthy, and presentable WFH setup that’s separate from everything else at home.
“Even when we started selling our previous project of Bali Mansions in 2004, we included a multi-purpose den in the design of our model mansions,” Ng said. “They could turn it into another living area or a playroom for the kids. Such a design move makes it even more prescient now, I can just imagine that our homeowners have converted such a space into a viable home office setup.”
“While you may be at home, you still want yourself and your environment to be quite presentable to your bosses, clients and coworkers,” he explained. “Our big lot cuts at the Racha mansions can surely aid home buyers in this regard.”
Modern Thai design
The Racha mansions is more than ready to accommodate requirements of the new normal. Named after the majestic Asian rulers that held power during the continent’s golden ages, the project towers over the rest of South Forbes in elevation, providing one with an excellent vantage point.
The Modern Thai-inspired architecture is very evident in the overall design feel of the area. The guardhouse and entranceway feature Thai-Buddhist architecture, complete with curved high roofs with sharp tops and sloped eaves.
Similar to its neighboring village of Phuket mansions, minimal earth movement has been made in the project, in order to preserve the place’s connection with nature, and provides a sense of natural privacy.
At the center of the project resides the newly-opened Rach a mansions clubhouse. Anchored by an ancient acacia tree and a nearby river along its far end, the clubhouse design follows the traditional sala Thai, with its spaciousness, intricate roofing, and lush greenery with giant palms and many flowering shrubs.
A lighted path leads to an infinity pool at the right side, which offers not just a relaxing way to spend a few hours, but also a breathtaking view of the rest of South Forbes golf city, including its famed golf course (Seen in photo).
A Den for WFH setups
Racha mansions—the fourth mansions enclave in South Forbes—offers lot cuts starting at 250 to 515 sq.m. Lot buyers can design homes under the 3-bedroom + den configuration up to 5- or 6-bedroom + den design. Shown here is the Sukhothai, which features timeless Thai -inspired architecture.
Part of, or the whole of the den, can be configured to a WFH setup for parents and working relatives.
“We don’t know when this pandemic will end, and economists and executives have forecast that WFH will be the new norm for the next two years or so,” Ng pointed out. “Having a smart WFH setup cannot be more crucial to advance careers and businesses in these difficult times.”