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The place had so much charm and potential, we felt good with the idea of moving here.

Brio Tower | December 12, 2012

The decision to purchase a home is an important investment call that needs careful consideration and research. For the family of Elmer and Necy Kempis however, their decision to choose DMCI Homes’ Raya Garden Condominiums in Paranaque as their new address is like an answered prayer and following their heart. 

“Believe it or not, my wife decided on the spot, the same day we checked out the units in Raya Garden. We loved what they had to offer for the family, and seeing how the units are being sold at such a fast pace, that we decided not to let go of the chance to live here,” said Elmer Kempis, an Analyst Programmer for an IT firm 

“The place had so much charm and potential, we felt good with the idea of moving here,” said Necy, a businesswoman. The family, together with their 15-year old son, Anton and 13-year old daughter, Lia, has been living in Raya Garden for two years already.

Lure of the pool

“What sealed the decision to buy a unit were the clubhouse and the plants surrounding the place. The Balinese-inspired structure has a pool, and although it’s not so big, I know my kids would love to live here because of that. My kids and I really love to swim,” said Elmer. Aside from the pool, it’s the community’s charming ambiance also truly attracted them to the project.

Raya Garden is an exclusive DMCI Homes property which is composed of three five-storey mid-rise buildings (Bali, Bandung and Bogor), and two, 15-storey towers (Jakarta and Surabaya). This tight-knit property is surreptitiously covered with plants and natural elements that embody the Balinese theme of the project. There are generous spaces tastefully-designed to encourage invigorating lifestyle, with enough water elements such as the pond surrounding the clubhouse to emphasize the development’s Asian Contemporary design.

The set-up promotes goodwill among neighbors as well. The couple is in fact active in promoting homeowner activities such as Halloween, Christmas parties, private celebrations, and even first Saturday masses. They are members of the homeowners’ council who head community initiatives. “It’s easy to be part of all the events that we want to get involved to in the community”.

The convenience of condo living

At first, the family wasn’t so keen into moving in a condominium project. Having lived in a house and lot for years, they were looking for a similar set-up in Southern Manila since they needed an address that’s closer to the kids’ school in Alabang.

“When we decided to visit Raya Garden, we discovered there were so many conveniences that go along with it. Condominiums are naturally smaller in size compared to normal homes so they are easier to maintain. We didn’t need to hire househelp and it’s a good training ground for our kids to learn the household chores. Also, the property management office is always so helpful when it comes to our needs,” said Necy.

The Property Management Office was also very helpful during the turnover – making the grueling task less stressful. For the family, they also feel better knowing that they have someone to count on with their home needs no matter the time of the day.

Security was also a main consideration. This gated community boasts of a 24/7 security that makes sure that residents have peace of mind when they are out of their homes.

“The community felt so peaceful and safe. It’s hard to believe that the South Expressway is just outside our gates,” said Necy.

Sound structure

Another plus in their decision to buy a unit at Raya Garden is DMCI Homes’ signature architecture. Aside from the gardens and water features that keep the whole property cool, all buildings have the single-loaded corridor design and atriums that keep air flowing around the community. Every unit opens to their own view of indoor landscape, removing the usual boxed-in feel of living in a condominium. And since the buildings are built as medium-rise structures, individual towers don’t feel cramped and of high density. “We also know that the structures are sound. The foundation is strong, and that adds more peace of mind,” said Elmer.

Convenient location

Raya Garden is accessible through major thoroughfares like SLEX, EDSA and C5, and also has access to 24-hour public transportation. It’s also a short drive away from the Makati Central Business District and the Bonifacio Global City. “We feel like we’re in the middle of everything. Our home is close to our children’s schools and at the same time, we have access to transportation hubs that bring me closer to work,” Elmer said.

Aside from that, there are also lifestyle hubs that complement the family’s recreational needs that are just a stone’s throw away from Raya Garden. “My family loves going out and try new restaurants. We can go to the airport and Resorts World in minutes. Here, the choices are endless. We can go to Alabang, Makati or even Fort Bonifacio in Taguig without a problem.

DMCI Homes’ reputation in building communities

The best part of it all is that they are sure that they are buying a product from a reputable company. DMCI Homes is known to be a top developer of homes for the mid-income family with bigger dreams. “Knowing that we’re getting an address from one of the top real estate players in the country is also another reason why we have peace of mind. DMCI Homes does not only build buildings, but happy communities. Simple living at its best. We’ll definitely recommend investing in a DMCI project to our friends and family,” Necy said.

DMCI Homes is the country’s premier triple A builder-developer that brings serviced, themed communities within reach of young urban families who once had limited residential options, but still aspire to achieve a comfortable, enriching quality of life proximate to their place of interest. For inquiries on DMCI Homes projects, please call (02) 324-8888 or visit the website:

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