May 13, 2021

Condo Turnover: A key to your new unit in Alpine Villas

 

Moving into a newly bought unit is the most pivotal event and indeed a thrilling time for any buyer. Even if you are a businessman planning to rent out your luxury condo, you’ll tend to overlook a few things as you leap for joy to get a key for your new unit. This is why you should be familiar with the condo turnover process. 

Couple moving in new luxury condo in Tagaytay at Alpine Villas after condo turnover - Luxury homes by Brittany

Are you one of the homeowners who bought a condo and waited too long for the condo turnover? At last, the long wait is finally over!

 

What is a Condo Turnover? 

 

Condominium unit turnover is the method of transferring physical ownership of a property from the developer to its rightful owner. On the other hand, due to a variety of factors including the property developer’s financial health, compliance issues, and other macroeconomic conditions delays in the condo turnover process usually occur or what we call Condo Turnover delay. However, condo turnover delays are less likely to be a problem if you have an investment with trustworthy developers like Vista Land. Vista Land, one of the leading integrated property developers in the Philippines, and the country’s largest homebuilder is committed to delivering timely and convenient condo unit turnovers for its investors. Brittany, Vista Land’s luxury real estate brand has just topped off Bernese, the first building of the Alpine Villas, Crosswinds’ esteemed residential condominium project.

Even amidst the pandemic, pursuing a luxury condo investment in 2021 would be a rewarding investment for you and your family. This is why you must know what to consider before the condominium unit is formally handed over to you. 

 

Here are the following keys to open your door: 

 

Young professional signing lease and contract of his new luxury house and lot in the Philippines | Luxury Homes by Brittany Corporation

Contract signing for the condo turnover process

1. Revisit your Contract’s fine print 

When the condo turnover clearance is issued, the condo turnover process begins. Make sure you read the contract’s fine print and grasp the terms and conditions stated in it. Often, look over the lease and see if there are any costs or hidden fees associated with the condo turnover.

If you are not sure about the information stated in your contract, consult an expert to ensure that the contract does not contain any hidden charges. A trusted developer like Brittany Corporation as it was known for the thematic appeal of its community which brings you closer to the world’s most scenic and luxurious destinations, and to its commitment to provide luxury service to their tenants. 

2. Measure the Floor Area

Alpine Villas at Crosswinds luxury condo Studio Unit Floor plan and layout - Luxury Homes by Brittany

Floor plan of typical luxury condo studio unit at Alpine Villas

 

If you are planning to buy a luxury condo, it’s important to know that the sales contract contains all of the necessary information. It also specifies the unit’s size or area, which is usually expressed in square meters. If required, confirm the floor area or employ a professional to do so.

3. Examine the Flooring, Ceiling, and Walls

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Studio Unit Model in Alpine Villas at Crosswinds Tagaytay

 

Make a note of the set condo turnover date, which will require you to personally inspect your condominium unit. Have someone with you to double-check every corner of the condo—a trusted friend, family member, or lawyer. The contract’s specifications of the unit as well as your requested furnishing should have been executed accordingly.

Start with the standards: Flooring, ceiling, and walls. First, flooring must be even and should follow the specification of flooring surfaces based on your agreement. Second, examine the paint applied on the walls and ceiling of your unit. Take note if there are scratches, cracks, chips, and leaks that need to be redone or repainted. Lastly, if you are planning to install wall-mounted furniture, now is the right time to inquire about the guidelines and restrictions of your new unit. 

4. Inspect the Standard Furnishings in the Luxury Condo

Bathroom deliverables in Alpine Villas luxury condo unit in Tagaytay - luxury homes by Brittany

The Standard Furnishings of a Luxury Condo Unit: Pedestal type lavatory, Rainshower, Water closet, and Exhaust

 

The luxury condominium units at Alpine Villas come with standard furnishings such as toilets and shower, a sink in the bathroom and kitchen, a countertop, cabinets, and many more. These deliverables are specified in the contract. Luxury condo developers make sure that these deliverables are all working and free from any damages, leaks, and all.

Take a closer look at the following: first, test the toilet and flush, check if there is any leakage under the sink. Next, try the shower and faucets if it’s properly working. Also, examine all the doors, built-in cabinets, and even tiles. Lastly, hinges should be properly installed and not loose. Take note of your observations, have a checklist, and jot down the fixtures that may require a repair and address to the developer or to the person concerned. 

5. Check all the Electrical Outlets

Safe electrical outlet plug at luxury condo unit in Tagaytay at Alpine Villas - Luxury Homes by Brittany

Electrical outlets in luxury condominiums are guaranteed to be safe by trusted developers.

 

You are in effect certifying that the unit is in order as stipulated in the contract. Thus, it is important to inspect every corner of your condominium unit before signing the Certificate of AcceptanceAs early as possible during the condo turnover process, report directly to the developer your concerns regarding electrical issues. This is why you should bring an electrician before moving to your new condo unit to inspect and test thoroughly the necessary procedures to avoid hassle and worries with your new home.

6. Visit your Parking Slot 

Luxury cars in their parking slot in their luxury condos - Luxury homes by Brittany

Luxury condo developers give premium parking spaces for their investors.

 

Please take note that not all luxury condominium units come with a parking slot, so the parking stipulations are typically in a separate contract. If you really want to have your own parking space, you might purchase it separately. 

Your developer will let you know if you could inspect your parking slot on the same day as your condo unit is turned over. If so, check to see if the requirements, particularly the size and position, match those in the contract. Inspect the area for any potential risks, such as the presence of flammable chemicals and other hazardous materials nearby, and notify the developer immediately to avoid any unforeseen events. 

7. Do Not Rush the Inspection Process

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Carefully inspecting your condo unit pays at the end of the property buying journey.

 

This should go without saying, but it needs to be said nonetheless: checking your luxury condo unit takes time. Ideally, you should allot a few hours to inspect your unit. The larger your unit, the longer it will take to thoroughly inspect. While at first glance your unit may appear to be perfect, it pays to check the details to ensure that you won’t encounter any problem when you actually go and move in. Take as much time as you need to ensure that you have covered every aspect of your newly bought condominium unit. Preparing a checklist for the fixtures and furnishings, as well as any special requests that may require a review, is highly recommended. If any repairs or changes are needed, make a detailed list. If necessary, jot down your suggestions and observations. 

8. Final Reminder to Condominium Owners

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Buying a luxury condo in Tagaytay will be worth one’s investment.

 

At the end of the day, don’t stress yourself out if you see some flaws or concerns in your future unit. Remember that the condo turnover process actually exists to rectify any problems before you live in the unit. Be polite but firm if you do notice any potential challenges. Once the developer addresses your concerns, schedule another inspection to ensure that things are finally in order. This way, once you finally move in, you can rest assured that your new unit will be a truly safe and comfortable home for you and your family.

Buying a luxury condo unit at Alpine Villas takes you one step closer to live luxuriously at Crosswinds Tagaytay.

 

Invest in Luxury Condominium Unit at Alpine Villas

 

An artist's render of the Alpine Villas Towers, as featured on The Philippine Star's Christmas Stories in Crosswinds | Luxury Homes by Brittany Corporation

Alpine Villas at Crosswinds Tagaytay provides you with the perfect real estate opportunities gift-wrapped in a high-value investment.

 

Alpine Villas at Crosswinds Tagaytay offers pre-selling condominium units for Building 1 Bernese and Building 2 Blanc. The third building Brienz– is also soon to be launched this year. Alpine Villas is a collection of 6 to 8-storey mid-rise villas in the style of Swiss chalets. It is the esteemed condominium project of Crosswinds Tagaytay, a 100-hectare Swiss-inspired community perfumed by 35, 000 pine trees. It also offers well-designed, space-efficient vertical residences and is equipped with a 24/7 CCTV system. The development will have its own fitness gym, swimming pool, and clubhouse with a function room for future events. 

What are you waiting for? Invest now and enjoy the luxurious living that you dream of. Make it happen here in Crosswinds Tagaytay, experience luxury, experience Brittany as your life refreshes every day. 

Discover more and visit our property website at www.brittany.com.ph/locations/crosswinds and our official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AlpineVillasTagaytayOfficial.

 

The Benefits Of Investing In Vacation Homes In The Metro

 

It’s been more than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, and we’re all still scrambling to get a shred of normalcy back into our lives. Some of us try to amuse ourselves by binge-watching new shows, discovering new games, and finding new hobbies. Others turn inwards, vanishing into the comforts of self-improvement and reflection. Yet some of us choose both, electing to enhance our lives by doing something both meaningful and money-smart, such as investing in vacation homes.

Indeed, in a world where trips have practically become a distant memory, a luxury vacation home is undoubtedly a dream come true. Through owning and staying in a luxury home like this, one can carve out a truly private space for oneself, even amid the messy urban jungle.

In this article, we will discuss the benefits of investing in vacation homes in the metro!

 

Are Vacation Homes Good Investments?

 

Buying any kind of property, whether in the city or the countryside, requires an enormous amount of investment — and there’s no doubt that you’d want to get your money’s worth. So is buying a home you won’t be staying in for the majority of your time even worth the investment?

Actually, vacation homes are good investments, and for a variety of reasons. According to CNN Business, many people buy a vacation home even before buying a home for themselves. Not only are they amazing vehicles for wealth, but vacation homes can also even be good for personal development. In this section, we’ll discuss the undeniable benefits of owning luxury homes for vacation purposes.

 

1. Double benefits

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The Leandro luxury house model at Amore in Vista Alabang.

 

First and foremost, buying a vacation home gives you the double benefit of utility. It can be your private sanctuary, a place reserved specifically for relaxation. Although it’s nice to have your place where you stay for most of the year, sometimes things can get a little monotonous and boring. Having a vacation home is great since you can have a full-fledged vacation whenever you want, without going through the hassle of booking and logistics.

Vacation homes can also be a good source of passive income. Because you’re not staying in it all year-round, you can rent the place out to clients when you’re not using it. Not only can you generate extra income, but you’re also helping other people keep themselves sane through the loneliness and isolation of quarantine.

2. Ever-increasing demand

As of October 2020, the vacation home market is on an upward trend. Pageviews for luxury properties are up by 50% compared to 2019, and even sales have increased by a significant percentage.

As mentioned, the quarantine measures have put us all on edge, forcing us to look for respites that don’t involve violating the travel restrictions. The mobility afforded by work-from-home setups and home-based schooling is also negating what used to be everyday considerations, such as daily commutes and all the time constraints that they bring. A combination of these factors drives the demand for vacation homes to new heights, which you can take advantage of quite easily as a new vacation-home owner.

3. Rise of community-focused rental platforms

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Online platforms like Airbnb have been on the rise recently due to their convenience

 

The rise of rental platforms such as VRBO and Airbnb is making it easier to rent luxury homes in the Philippines. Young people, most especially, want simpler means of booking their stay. At the same time, they also value their privacy and freedom above all else. The technological advances of community-focused apps enable just that. With apps like Airbnb, customers can choose from a wide variety of places to stay, with more choices in terms of features and amenities.

These platforms also encourage friendly relationships between hosts and travelers, which can be a welcome difference to commercial accommodations’ standardized and alienating hospitality. Add to that the 24/7 customer support, secure payment protection, and assistance in case of emergencies, and you can see why rental platforms are taking a huge chunk of the accommodations industry.

4. Good potential gains

Now that we know there is a surging market for vacation homes, we can then infer just how easy it is to ensure ROI in this industry. Indeed, one of the many benefits of a vacation home is the constant rate of ROI. This is because, aside from the fact that real estate investments appreciate over time, this specific niche of the market is in demand.

While not all properties will enjoy this particular benefit, vacation homes, in particular, are easy to optimize for constant ROI. For example, you can easily acquire vacation properties located in high capital gain areas that will increase in value over time. Vacation houses capitalize on geographic features, such as sceneries, tourist spots, and even the easy access and complete amenities of the metro.

These days, you can also buy preselling luxury lots for sale for a bargain. This ensures a high-profit margin. These factors combined make vacation properties easy to monetize. You can then gain immediate income by renting them out. As long as you do everything properly, it’s hard to have a losing bet on vacation homes.

5. Secure investment

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A side view of the Duetto luxury model house at La Posada in Sucat, Muntinlupa.

 

Although this benefit isn’t unique to just vacation houses, it’s still a great opportunity that you can take advantage of. Vacation houses are a type of physical investment — one that is steadily becoming more in-demand. The population rises every year, and there’s always an influx of aspiring property owners, but the amount of land available stays the same. Investing in a vacation home ensures that your wealth is protected from inflation because any real-estate property will almost certainly rise in value over time.

More than that, vacation homes as an investment are also secure against market upsets, unlike other common investment vehicles such as stocks and bonds, which can swing at the whims of the market. This is illustrated by the recent global pandemic, which has created a lot of doubts and plunged the stock markets into dismal levels but has relatively left the real-estate market untouched worldwide.

 

Benefits of Getting a Vacation Home in the Metro

 

We’ve now established that vacation homes are well and good, but what benefit is there to get one in the metro? Doesn’t a vacation home in the quiet countryside, with its peaceful atmosphere and fresh air, sound better?

Actually, while countryside vacation homes are all well and good, they suffer from a few faults, as well. These are easily avoidable when investing in vacation homes in the metro, especially in light of these modern challenges we’re all facing. In this section, we’re going to discuss exactly what those benefits are.

1. Convenient and safe staycation

Vacation homes in the metro allow us to create our own haven without going too far out of the way. A safe and comfortable place where we can get away to whenever we want is even more important today than it was before. Due to Covid restrictions, we’re forced to stay in the confines of our primary homes for long periods of time. 

Although we understand that these measures are for our own good, it doesn’t change the fact that it leaves us feeling cramped and trapped. Staying in one place for too long a time is no fun by anyone’s standards, even if that place is your beloved home. Having a vacation home in the metro is the perfect fix for this. You can easily get away from everything without having to go out of the city, which means you’re not affected by the travel restrictions.

Since it’s also your private dwelling, so you can invite family and friends over for a quiet afternoon of socializing as long as you follow safety protocols. The new environment is going to do wonders for your taxed mind, instead of just staying in the same place you’ve been living in all year.

2. Ideal location

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Public transportation, like buses, in the metro, makes it easier to get around.

 

From establishing businesses to purchasing your dream luxury home, location matters. Especially in the vacation home market, location is an important factor. Although the quiet and peaceful countryside may be nice, nothing beats the convenience of the metro, where all commodities and amenities are within reach. This is arguably one of the best advantages that a luxury house and lot in the metro has over a rural one.

Looking to do something fun? Need to buy something new? Interested in going someplace else? When you’re in the metro, shopping malls and other places for relaxation and leisure are merely a taxi ride away. Purchases can be made easily and without hassle, and many services can even deliver items straight to your doorstep.

The internet and mobile signal connections tend to be consistently strong, as well, unlike in rural areas. In metro vacation houses, you won’t fear missing a family reunion, a call with your special someone, or even a work emergency, all because of the spotty internet.

Lastly, you’re sure to be more secure in urban areas compared to rural ones. Police stations, hospitals, and other emergency services are much nearer compared to the countryside. This takes a load off the mind — not just for you, but for potential renters as well.

3. High appreciation value

The towering skyscrapers of the Makati Central Business District

Properties in the metro tend to rise in value rather quickly.

 

Appreciation happens the value of something rises over time. In the countryside, this can be slow and sluggish unless there’s already an established tourism sector. On the other hand, metros are prime areas for development and therefore tend to appreciate faster and higher. This is because there’s always more business being conducted in metropolitan areas almost every year.

Metropolitan areas, aside from being hubs that connect one tourist destination to another, are also rife with business activities that require accommodations. These can be workshops, seminars, conferences, competitions, and training in one way or another. Due to this, there will always be people looking for great places to stay — and with expenses typically paid for by their companies, they often aren’t particularly choosy about the price.

This makes sure that there’s always a market for vacation homes in the cities year-round, which can even be better than the seasonal business that rentals in the countryside bring.

4. Always has the potential to be a permanent home

Perhaps one of the most attractive benefits of having a luxury home in the Philippines is that it gives you the power of choice. You can stay in it yourself for vacations, or you can turn it into a business endeavor and rent it out. But because you truly own it, you can also just choose to live in it as your permanent home any time you choose.

Nothing beats the satisfaction and security of having a reserve home that you can easily switch into if things don’t work out or if you just want a little more variety in your everyday life. Having a vacation home in the metro affords you a choice. Again, it’s in a prime location, and it’s easily accessible and likely to be near prime commodities. There’s no problem with signal or internet connection, and it tends to be safer and more secure compared to rural areas. If you so choose, you can easily have a taste of these benefits for yourself.

5. Includes less risk compared to investments in the rural areas

The skyline of Metro Manila during the afternoon

Investing in metropolitan areas where there are plenty of jobs and businesses is always safer.

 

As much as real estate agents would like to call rural areas “up and coming” and “developing” areas, we have to face the facts.

Investing in undeveloped rural areas is basically the real estate version of gambling since their future is highly dependent on the whims of a cruel market. Tourists could lose interest and investors could pull out at any moment. If that happens, then a rural area with a once-bright future can suddenly find itself consigned into mediocrity. This means that your investments, too, will most likely be left to mediocrity.

On the other hand, metropolitan areas have proven value. They are stable rocks in the economy. Sure, they might suffer a dip in economic performance here and there, but once a place has become a developed city, it’s very unlikely for that status to be removed from it. It’s much likelier, in turn, for people to flock to the metros, making sure that cities will always be developing and always growing.

Thus, your wealth is much safer when invested in time-tested and market-proof areas, like in metropolitan cities.

 

Investing in a Vacation Home in the Metro

 

In today’s day and age, it’s important to adapt and endure as best as we can. However, this doesn’t mean that we have to sacrifice luxuries and all the things that make life worth living. Vacation homes, especially those in the metro, are just some of those things — a respite from the chaos all around.

6 Ways to Make Staying at Home Meaningful

 

Staying at home has taken a different shape from what it was a year ago. Before, it was a place of refuge after the long grind at work, a temporary escape from the crazed traffic hours, long business meetings, and the fast-paced fast-food lifestyle (especially if that you don’t bring your own packed lunch). Back then, it meant a place for the family where you can spend quality time over the weekend, either by watching a good movie, eating at an expensive restaurant, or just playing recreational games.

Girl reading a novel as an indoor activity on a chair in the patio and staying at home in her luxury house and lot | Luxury Homes by Brittany Corporation

The luxury of enjoying exclusivity can be greatly enjoyed when you are enjoying the peace and quiet as you read your favorite novel.

 

Today, however, the home means a lot more than a place for rest and family. Now, it has transformed into a multi-dimensional space where the bedroom has become an office, the kid’s room is now a mini classroom, and the kitchen/dining area is a multi-purpose hall for eating, working, and holding meetings or class sessions. 

Staying at home now is a little bit tougher than what it used to be, especially on how we balance our work and personal lives. Sometimes it even prevents us from spending meaningful time with our loved ones because we cannot seem to catch a well-needed break. It could be because of how seamless this phase is. Working from home while managing your household means you could be an employee, a cook, and even a teacher struggling to balance all your responsibilities.

That is why it is important that we practice self-care at home and invest our time in the things that truly matter, such as making time for ourselves and our loved ones. 

 

Ideas to explore for a more meaningful stay at home

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Getting enough rest and taking care of yourself rejuvenates your mind, body, and soul.

1. Getting some R&R (Rest and Relaxation)

Taking time to rest and relax is a great way to spend your time at home. This can be as simple as taking a long well-deserved sleep and could be as meaningful as blasting your favorite songs and treating yourself to a nice cool bubble bath with a book on one hand and a glass of wine on the other. You could also write down your thoughts and feelings to express yourself and to mindfully meditate at the moment. 

And if you are looking for something more calming, you could also find your dose of rest and relaxation by disconnecting and basking at the moment, to enjoy the simple things such as a good cup of coffee or tea in the morning, to witness the sunrise and to feel the wind brush against your skin. 

2. Netflix and Chill / Movie Marathons

With cinemas temporarily closed due to the pandemic, online streaming platforms have become rather popular and are a great avenue to spend quality time with your loved ones. Movie and television show marathons are always a wonderful way to spend time at home. You could watch new films or shows and share with your family members or friends online how these have impacted you, how they made you feel, and what they have taught you. It also does not have to be profound and sophisticated. You could watch a comedy show to lighten up your day or watch a horror film to tense up the mood in a thrilling and exciting kind of way.

3. The Plantita/Plantito Trend

Having plant babies and becoming a plantita or plantito has become a trend today as many people started caring for plants to keep themselves busy during the pandemic. But more than that, taking care of a garden is not only a great way to rest and relax, it is also a therapeutic activity you and your family could spend time doing together. Through this activity, you could create a special bond and memories of caring for a piece of nature in your backyard. 

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Helping mom out with trendy new home items in the kitchen is a great way to show love and appreciation.

4. Cooking up Something Special

With a culture heavily anchored on the significance of food, cooking has become an important way of expressing our love and care for our family. Hence, cooking something novel and special is another way to spend meaningful time at home, where you can come together and share a wholesome meal talking about how your day went. For it is not about the food itself that makes the moment significant, but the opportunity to learn more about each other over the table. 

5. Exercise and Sports

Exercising and playing physical or mental sports are other ways to make staying at home engaging. Not only does it keep your body physically and mentally fit, but also enriches the bond you have with your loved ones through healthy competition and relationship-building beyond the screens. These recreational activities help build your confidence and trust in each other while also creating unique memories worth remembering. 

6. Home Makeovers

With our homes taking on a more foundational role in our lives in the new normal, sprucing up our living spaces is a great way to make staying at home a lot more meaningful. You could explore different layouts that could make your space comfortable and light by adding sophisticated decorations, hanging up wonderful and eye-catching paintings, and phasing out old pieces of furniture to replace them with a new style. 

Your home is a vessel that holds and safeguards the memories you have created with your loved ones. And often, the way our homes are built also shapes how we remember the time we spend there, of memories made inside and outside the home. 

 

Staying at home is most meaningful at Vista Alabang

 

Pietro Luxury house model at Portofino in Vista Alabang - Luxury house and lot for sale in Daang Hari - Luxury Homes by Brittany

The Pietro at Portofino exudes Italian living at its finest structure and home design.

 

The properties offered at Vista Alabang by Brittany Corporation open up a vast range of opportunities to make time spent at home truly unique and meaningful. Vista Alabang has everything you need to stay healthy, connected, and happy, ranging from its accessible and strategic location, its exclusive and first-class amenities, and the luxe and sophisticated lifestyle and community. 

Vista Alabang provides a living experience unlike any other with its Italian-inspired architecture that exudes a luxurious and elevated lifestyle, where you could choose from an impressive array of enclaves that would suit your preference. Here, you could bask in the richness of Western living and embrace a life living in the Old World beauty of Portofino Heights and Portofino South, or a subtle yet suave homely vibe with Amore at Portofino.

 

The Luxuries in the New Normal

 

Life as we normally know it has definitely changed. Hence, the new phrase, ‘New Normal’. Before the lockdown, luxuries in the New Normal such as taking good care of your health weren’t a priority and healthy habits were something you could simply put off on your to-do list. 

Have you been wanting to try a new fitness regime? You have probably postponed it for as long as you can as there doesn’t seem to be an urgent need for it, especially if you feel that you’re already keeping a good diet and you’re still pretty young to get any serious illness. Been meaning to move to another community that’s less dense, in hopes of having just a bit more privacy? Maybe you’ve put it off for as long as you can since after all, they say privacy is only for the most privileged. It seemed like such trivial things which were merely luxuries in the New Normal that only the most affluent would only ever care to invest in right away.

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Cooking as an indoor activity allows you to maximize the spacious kitchen of your Brittany luxury home.

 

Pre-pandemic, most people would opt to allot their finances for fancy dinners in new restaurants, watching the latest movies in the most comfortable theaters, expensive trips out of town or the country, and more. But with the recent changes the world has faced, we are obliged to stay at home for as much as we can and limit our movement only to the most ‘ essential’ activities. These essential activities include going to the grocery to pick up food items, quickly stopping by a pharmacy to purchase some medicines, or going to your workplace if you’re part of the essential workforce. 

Health, one of the luxuries in the New Normal, definitely goes beyond the physical. Aside from making sure we don’t get any sickness, we should also be looking after the mental and emotional aspects of our health. If one aspect is left unchecked, it’s bound to affect the other health aspects. Taking good care of our health has to be holistic and consistent.

Aside from setting that annual general doctor’s appointment and starting healthy habits like working out from home, one of the biggest ways to improve health is making sure we live in an environment conducive to safe and healthy living.

 

Luxuries in the New Normal Are Just Within Your Reach in Brittany

 

The residents in luxury real estate properties of the awe-inspiring Brittany by Vista Land definitely have just about everything within their fingertips. With developments situated in prime areas like Vista Alabang, a master-planned community, you can easily find all that you’ll ever want and need.

Vista Land is accessible through major road networks like Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway and South Luzon Expressway, so you can easily find your way to your next luxury home at one of the Brittany properties in Vista Alabang. One of its residential enclaves, Amore at Portofino, is also strategically located just 20 minutes away from NAIA 3 and BGC, and 29 minutes away from Makati CBD.

The fresh air emanating from the beautifully lined trees and greenery along the well-maintained roads and sidewalks welcomes you to the community. Just five minutes further down along Daang Hari, you’ll catch sight of The Evia Lifestyle Center, most known to house various restaurants that can cater to diverse palates and provide all your home needs.

While we still have to limit our mobility for the sake of everyone’s safety, Evia is still there to provide you with all your essentials — from food and appliances to home furniture and retail needs.

Aside from high-end clothing stores, in Evia, you’ll find AllDigital, which you can count on for your entertainment and work-from-home must-haves. There’s also AllBike, if you’re looking to start cycling as a new habit to up your fitness and health goals. If you’re working on your green thumb while staying home, Green Centrale is there to give you a variety of plants for you to take care of at home. For groceries and home items, AllDay Supermarket and AllHome have you covered. As for your pets who are a special part of the family as well, you’ll find Pet-Buddy to be a delight as you can easily grab pet essentials there too.

Coffee Project Black in Evia Lifestyle Center most innovative cafe in the metro near luxury house and lot properties of Portofino in Vista Alabang - Luxury Homes by Brittany Corporation

Now who doesn’t want to dine and chill at this coffee shop-slash-restaurant-slash bookstore? The interiors alone can provide an experience you shouldn’t miss. Image from Coffee Project / Facebook

 

Take a break at  Coffee Project Black x Fully Booked, where you can easily take a to-go cup or two of your favorite hot beverage, and you can even discover your next favorite book to curl up with when you get home.

With its residents as the top priority behind the master-planned community that is Vista Alabang, prior to having this ‘New Normal’, it’s located in close proximity to hospitals like the Asian Hospital and Medical Center, the Makati Medical Center, and St. Lukes BGC.

What’s more is that plans are already underway for VitaCare Unimed Hospital, to be built in the heart of the community as well. With a 12-storey infrastructure housing 250 beds and 45 clinics, you’re sure to give yourself and your family the exceptional healthcare you especially need nowadays provided by only the most competent healthcare professionals.

Once the economy has fully bounced back and online classes slowly start to be a thing of the past, you’ll surely love the convenience of having the workplace and schools just nearby. An ambitious 10-hectare business IT park is set to be built in Vista Alabang, along with the future University Town, a 100-hectare fully integrated development showcasing currently existing educational facilities like De La Salle Zobel, San Beda Alabang, Southville International School, PAREF Woodrose School, and many more prime universities and schools — each one just as globally competitive as the other.

For now, Vista Alabang will take care of the essentials. As the light at the end of the tunnel grows closer, you’ll be looking forward to taking advantage of the Palazzo Verde, which inevitably stands out at the community with its exquisitely designed Victorian architecture that surely paints a grand celebration. Once we start to say goodbye to virtual Zoom parties, get ready to say hello once more to attend the grandest of occasions at one of the most famed luxurious events venues in the country.

With all these and more as we face the new normal, the conveniences of having everything close to you isn’t just forms of luxuries in the New Normal anymoreit is essential.

 

Social Distancing Is The New Trend

 

Portofino at Vista Alabang community with a grand fountain amenity area - Luxury Homes by Brittany

Grab the chance to choose the life best fit for you.

 

Brittany, as the country’s pioneer in building thematic and luxurious real estate properties, definitely takes the meaning of luxury-themed developments up to a notch. Not only does each home perfectly capture the essence of the set theme through its architecture and landscaping, but the canvas they lay on also ties the whole community together.

For example, the luxurious Italian-themed residential homes in Portofino at Vista Alabang, one of Brittany’s residential developments, are surrounded by refreshing pocket gardens. Along with its paved roads are endless rows of trees and well-manicured hedges and greenery, giving you more than just luxuries in the New Normal with enough fresh and clear air that’s much needed these days. 

Another residential enclave developed by Brittany is La Posada at Lakefront Sucat, a picturesque community inspired by the San Francisco Bay Area. Truly, living in a community built and transformed by Brittany will surely take you to another wondrous world, making you feel like you’re on a pleasurable out-of-country vacation every single day. Never mind if your trips are canceled for now, because new luxuries in the New Normal such as living in a community developed by Brittany won’t make you feel that you missed out on anything at all!

To add to that, each residential lot is spaced adequately, which allows you to get a vast and clear view of the skies behind each side of the homes, mimicking a picture-perfect painting from every view. Distance is not so bad now, is it?

With a 27-year track record of being the country’s pioneer in building luxury-themed developments inspired by the world’s greatest destinations, living in one of the luxurious residential themed communities by Brittany will constantly give you total peace of mind. Complete with round-the-clock security, electric fencing, a 24/7 roving patrol, and CCTV cameras at all entry and exit points as well, your security in these communities is guaranteed.

 

Green Is The Way To Go

 

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Biking around an exclusive community surrounded by vibrant greenery and luxury house and lot developments give the best kind of outdoor vibe for biking.

 

With so much nature around you, you’ll be looking forward to staying at home more. You’ll find that your “home” is one of the many luxuries in the New Normal as it is not limited to the confines within its concrete walls. You can still maintain a holistic and healthy lifestyle around the community in safe spaces.

With a lot more space, your safety is essential you won’t have to worry about anymore. You can enjoy having an energy-filled jog along with the impeccably maintained trees and landscape, or maybe riding your new bicycle from AllBike around the community’s pocket gardens. Maybe you’d like to take your pets along for a walk with you and enjoy the community’s many exclusive amenities like the Al Fresco lounge.

In addition to all this, investing in a luxury home with Brittany doesn’t only assure you of a comfortable and sustainable lifestyle in your everyday life. Green is definitely the way to go, not only with nature but also with your finances as well.

Owning a residential property developed by Brittany will surely be one of the luxuries in the New Normal and your most treasured assets as you don’t only get the best value out of it by getting to live a comfortable life at home with your family even in the new normal, but you also get to create more value out of your ownership. Since the beginning of 2017, properties by Brittany have observed a 90% increase in value, having an impressive rate of 30% return on investment for each passing year.

 

Better Quality Time With Your Family

 

Filipino family of a mother, father, and toddler enoying the comfort and safety - luxuries in the new normal at Brittany

The biggest drawback of doing everything online is being unable to see your potential luxury home in person before you commit.

 

With all these crossed out on your checklist, you and your family are well on your way to being consistently holistic when it comes to taking better care of your health especially at these unprecedented times.

Being a resident in one of the communities by Brittany does not only help you consistently follow the preventative measures that are enforced these days,  but it also greatly improves your overall health—body, mind, and soul. You’re able to appreciate a higher quality of living and time spent with your family at home, living in such a harmonious community where you easily get all that’s truly essential, no matter how many changes we have to face in the future.

The changes we have adapted to so far to earn these luxuries in the New Normal have moved us to realize that the things that were once seen as forms of luxury before are actually essentials, not only to survive but most importantly, to live through and be able to gracefully adapt to the ever-changing times.

Indeed, health is wealth. This is just precisely why the residential properties developed by Brittany are known to be ‘luxury’ properties. Living in one gives you a form of wealth that no one can ever take away from you. It is the kind of wealth that allows you to truly make the most out of the world’s most valuable resource—time.

Wouldn’t you want the same for yourself and your family? Invest now in your home for a lifetime with Brittany, and embrace the luxuries in the New Normal with grace.

 

May 12, 2021

Trendy new home items to improve home living

 

The summer season is upon us and what better way to spend it than improving your home? Whether that’s moving to a luxury house and lot for sale in a better location or just rearranging the current furniture you have to create more space, freshening up your luxury home improves mental health and overall well-being. Finished your home projects and DIYs already? If you’re satisfied with how things are now, then it’s high time you spice things up. A set of trendy new home items will improve your family’s everyday life.

As the world tries to create a new normal, we’re obligated to live our lives at home. Even working and schooling has been done mostly at home for the past year. With this is the rise in home bonding activities, DIY home projects, online shopping, and trendy new home items. Not only are these trends fun to do, but they’re also incredibly rewarding and convenient, and can be enjoyed by the whole family.

 

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Helping mom out with trendy new home items in the kitchen is a great way to show love and appreciation.

 

Trendy New Home Items for Mom

 

This month of May, there is a newfound love and appreciation for mothers all over the world. Being at home made us realize the capability of our mothers to manage a household, work, and everything in between. Now Mother’s Day may have passed, but we all know that one day is not enough to honor these superheroes in our lives. As such, a great gift to reward them or yourself with are trendy new home items to improve luxury home living.

 

List of Trendy New Home Items that are Worth the Hype

 

Chicken tenders, cooked in an air fryer which is one of the trendy new home items, on a bed of lettuce, with ranch dressing | Luxury Homes by Brittany Corporation

You can cook a variety of meals with a trusty air fryer.

 

1. The Air Fryer for Quick and Easy Meals

Thanks to this trendy new home item, quick and easy meals don’t have to mean fast food or junk food anymore. Now, the family can enjoy healthy and substantial meals without the long hours of preparation in the kitchen. This is especially useful to parents who manage both the household and businesses that require most of their time. 

The great thing about the air fryer is its ability to cook almost anything, and can even act as an oven for baking desserts! Hence, this is also a great way for children to learn how to cook without feeling overwhelmed by kitchen tools and cooking methods.

Yummy.ph has a list of delectable air fryer recipes you should try with your family at home.

 A hand getting two gua sha rollers on a marble surface which are part of a set of trendy new items | Luxury Homes by Brittany Corporation

The Gua Sha is a skincare must-have that works well when used fresh cold from the fridge.

 

2. The Skincare Fridge that will Refresh Your Skin

By now, the world has finally accepted that skincare is a self-care activity for everyone, regardless of age. However, the best skincare tips will only work if you buy the right products for your skin type and if you store them properly. This trendy new home item is the answer to that issue. In fact, some of the best skincare products need to stay cool and shaded to stay effective, especially the potent serums.

There are also added benefits to cooling your facial products in your luxury home. According to Dr. Gretchen Frieling, a dermatologist at GFaceMD, “Cold skincare products have the most benefit when you’re looking to constrict blood vessels for a firmer, tighter appearance such as reducing dark under-eye bags or puffiness.”

Good Housekeeping listed the prettiest skincare fridges that deserve to store your best skincare products.

robot vacuum sweeping the floor next to two cats in a living room | Luxury Homes by Brittany Corporation

Robot vacuums will accumulate all the dust and fur from your house, and won’t harm any of your pets.

 

3. The Robot Vacuum that will Sweep you off your Feet

The first thing that comes to mind when reading the word “robot” is the version that takes over the world. Fret not because the only thing this robot will take over is your dusting role. These robot vacuums are compact trendy new home items that sweep your entire room,  stripping your floors off of dust all day. They also have a built-in sensor that prevents them from falling off platforms or bumping against walls. They can also be quite cute if you’ve grown a liking to Disney’s Wall-E. After cleaning all day, you can easily just charge them at night, while you recharge as well.

Depending on which vacuum robot you’ll get, they are usually equipped with HEPA filters that prevent allergens from spreading through the air. If you don’t want to eject dust using their easy-to-remove dustbins, you may also buy one that can empty its own dustbin. Beyond offering greater convenience than traditional models, they significantly limit your exposure to dust — a big plus if you suffer from allergies.

Product Nation recommends these robot vacuums based on your preferred features and types of floor surfaces.

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Smart home devices improve home living quality and security with a touch of a finger.

 

4. The Smart Home Device to Manage your Home for You

Smart Home devices, such as Alexa by Amazon and Google Home, are the go-to trendy new home items that work as your personalized butler in your luxury home. With this installed, you can get things done through easy actions like clapping your fingers or voicing out commands. 

Smart Home devices also help in assisting senior citizens and persons with disabilities, as they can be able to control appliances without straining themselves. This software is definitely friendly for all members of the family. Improve the mood in your living room by activating surround sound jazz music. Tell your home device to turn on the lights when you can’t see at night. Your family is sure to enjoy this 24/7 deluxe service. 

Check out this smart home tour of the Eliot, Promenade’s luxury house model in the Old English-themed community of Brittany Sta. Rosa.

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Humidifiers are great additions to the bedroom so that your skin doesn’t go dry while you sleep.

 

5. The Spa Inspired Humidifier

Every spa has its own humidifier that usually emits calming scents of essential oils. This is because essential oils, matched with a recommended room temperature, relax the nerves and keeps the skin from feeling dry. Who’s to say you can’t experience this in your own luxury home?

The great thing about purchasing this trendy new home item is that you can choose one according to your wants and needs. We recommend a humidifier that can emit calming scents that will keep you from leaving the living room of your luxury home. You can also buy ones that purify the air, which is great especially when any member of the family has sensitivities and allergies. It’s the perfect tool to hit two birds with one stone — figuratively!

The Wedding Vow has a list of the best humidifiers you can find in the Philippines.

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Brittany Corporation’s master-planned landscapes beautifully capture the best of nature and exclusive home living.

 

Brittany Corporation: Your Trendy New Home

 

Now that it’s summer and we’re obligated to spend it safely at home, Brittany Corporation brings the vacation experience to you through its luxury houses and lots. With thematic communities inspired by world-class destinations, there’s no better vacation spot than the one you can live in every day.

The Italian luxury homes in Vista Alabang will surely romance you with their cobblestone pathways and Rome-inspired courtyards. Meanwhile, the picket fence house of your dreams is surrounded by manicured hedges in the old world charms of Brittany Sta. Rosa. San Francisco’s Victorian luxury homes welcome you home on the sunny side of the metro at La Posada in Sucat. Last but not the least, Crosswinds Luxury Resort is your exclusive hideaway from the hustle and bustle of the city, with its Swiss-inspired landscape atop one of Tagaytay’s highest peaks.

With 24/7 guaranteed safety and exclusivity, excellent service and amenities, and more, you’ll never leave these classic vacation homes. Guaranteed, these elegant masterpieces will never go out of style.

 

May 6, 2021

How to Celebrate a Blissful Summer in a Swiss-inspired Luxury Village

We’re in full swing! It’s summertime – what a great time to enjoy the sunny skies, warm temperature, and longer days. Exciting thoughts about beach activities, travel, and cold drinks linger in our minds. Memories of great summer escapes and free and easy travels keep us daydreaming. Indeed, summer is one of the best seasons to enjoy some quick getaways and memorable Swiss-inspired vacations. 

Maybe you have vacation days to spend or you want to go somewhere but at the same time, you also want to stay safe. So you are unlikely to travel and fly to your favorite destination, and you may also want to avoid hotel staycations. 

This warm season, travel is making a comeback, but like most everything else, we are expecting to see some changes, which means, it might be time for us to look at a day trip instead or spend summer vacation at home with the family. 

A swimming pool right in the middle of luscious greenery in Crosswinds Tagaytay's development of luxury houses | Luxury Homes by Brittany Corporation

A morning dip at Crosswinds’ amenities will define your best summer experience, surrounded by evergreen pine trees.

 

A lot of people now are looking to rent or buy vacation homes where they can spend time unwinding, bonding together, and taking a break from their busy schedule.

If you are in the market for a vacation home for you and your family, there are many options available. Depending on the location, your dream of owning a place for quick getaways and escape from the hustle and bustle of city life may be closer than you think

A beach house is what many people consider the ultimate home away from home. Many of us have dreamed of waking up in a house beside the beach where you have the best view of rolling waves, clear blues skies, and the golden sand. A beachside home is perfect for all kinds of buyers – couples and families alike, everyone will definitely enjoy everything the ocean has to offer, not to mention the perks of being able to relax, exploring beachside activities, and enjoying the beauty of nature. 

There are also people who want to spend their long, hot summer days beside the lake. Lakeside vacation is also becoming a trend in the country, where kids and kids at heart can enjoy kayaking, paddle boarding, and even nature hiking. 

Moreover, some home buyers prefer to enjoy the cold, gentle breeze and the solitude of the woodlands. Who would not want to see the sunlight seeping between evergreen branches or experience a sense of peace in a very exclusive property? Woodland properties provide you the perfect opportunity to unwind and enjoy nature. A perfect vacation home to those seeking a simple, pure, and peaceful kind of break from the buzzing everyday life. 

There are many good reasons, and places to buy a vacation home. If you are the type of homebuyer who is looking for a Swiss-inspired luxury vacation property, which is just the right distance from the city, then you may want to invest in Crosswinds by Brittany Corporation

Tucked away in a private enclave is Crosswinds by Brittany Corporation, a 100-hectare Swiss-inspired luxury residential property, which is surrounded by 35,000 pine trees in an array of colors – jade needles, chocolate brown cones, and hickory-colored bark. 

As it stands unique in boasting its lineup of pine trees, it gives no shortage of natural scenes, which makes it a perfect luxury vacation home in Tagaytay. 

Almost anywhere you end up in this prime property, you are likely to have a view of something spectacular – whether it be the array of pine trees, soft green grasses, quaint village of Swiss-inspired homes, or beautiful outdoor nature landscape with a view of the hilly road in the village, not to mention the majestic view of the Metro Skyline and Laguna Bay, there is something very warm and welcoming about Crosswinds

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Enjoy the stunning view and the warm and calming air at the highest peak of Crosswinds, where you can just simply take a break and have a change of scenery during the summertime.

 

Enjoy the stunning view and the warm and calming air at the highest peak of Crosswinds, where you can just simply take a break and have a change of scenery during the summertime. If you are dreaming about being wowed by nature’s astonishing beauty, where lush green pine trees, skies in stunning hues of blue, and white cloud patches come together to form a picturesque view, then this property is perfect for you. Aside from the relaxing sound and view of nature, the property’s elevation adds an extra dimension to the climate, making it the most beautiful place to snuggle up in especially during the cold months of the year. 

At Crosswinds, you can easily disconnect and free yourself from the stress of life. You can wake up to a scenic view of pine trees and enjoy fresh pine air as well as the cold and breezy weather Tagaytay has to offer. You can enjoy the comfort and laid-back style of living – you can walk around an exclusive community without having to worry about your own security, see beautifully Swiss-designed homes in a very secluded setting, jog while enjoying the breathtaking view of nature within your own community, be close to what you need without sacrificing convenience and privacy, and experience Swiss-inspired living like no other. 

Almost anywhere you’ll go, you will be treated with astonishing sights that will stay with you for the rest of your life. Crosswinds is a photographer’s playground and a nature lover’s paradise. You can simply get around the entire village on foot and stroll across the area full of pine trees safely and peacefully, which makes the property incredibly relaxing and stress-free. The amazing natural beauty of Crosswinds, the vibe of quaint villages, and cosmopolitan cities are just some of what Crosswinds has to offer. Add to it some eating, lounging, sipping coffee, and it gets even better. 

There’s no other way to celebrate the blissful summer months than to stay in a vacation home with your family. And If you are looking to celebrate summer in this Swiss-inspired luxury vacation property, we have prepared this warm-weather checklist for you.

 

Experience the Swiss-inspired outdoors

There are many outdoor activities that you can do in Crosswinds. You can go biking, walking, and nature tripping! These are very fun activities to experience the outdoors and summer weather. A perfect way to bond with your family throughout your summer vacation. 

 

Enjoy your hobbies

Did you have something that you loved to do during your younger days? Maybe it was sewing, drawing, or singing? Take this time to do some of the things you enjoy most. There are stores located everywhere where you can buy supplies for your hobbies. Involve your kids and make this an enjoyable bonding activity! 

 

Summer cookout

As the summer heat arrives in full force, celebrate it by spending time outside as possible. And because we’d rather be outdoors this hot summer season, why not cook and eat outdoors too? There are plenty of easy, simple Swiss-inspired summer recipes that you can make for lunch or a quick weeknight dinner. 

Family enjoying summer cookout outside luxury Swiss-inspired home in Tagaytay | Luxury Homes by Brittany Corporation

Summer cookouts are a great way to bond with others through food.

Relax in your Swiss-inspired Luxury Village

Take this time off to just relax! The past months may have been stressful so enjoy your summer vacation and forget about the stress. Stay at home, go on an adventure, no matter what you do just remember to enjoy your time. There are a lot of things that you can do this summer and a lot of reasons too to invest and stay at the Crosswinds.

Aside from its exclusivity and prime development, Crosswinds’ accessibility makes it one of the most coveted properties in the South. The multiple access roads have made the said luxury development incredibly accessible.

Going to Crosswinds in Tagaytay City is a breeze as the said luxury property development is served by major highways and alternative access roads which include the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) – Eton and Silangan Exits that lead to the Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road as well as Aguinaldo Highway.

Whether you are looking for a property to invest in or a private home away from home, there is no better place to do it than in Tagaytay, and there is no other property to choose than Crosswinds by Brittany Corporation

At Crosswinds, there’s more to just enjoying the Swiss lifestyle, as the said enclave also offers premium and lifetime investment of value through its luxury residential developments. One can invest in pre-selling condominiums such as the Alpine Villas, which is a collection of six to eight-story mid-rise condominiums in the style of Swiss chalets, tucked exclusively within Crosswinds

Alpine Villas at Crosswinds gives you the luxury of everyday exclusive living with special access to premium amenities, high-level security, and a Swiss-inspired community that is beyond comparison. One can enjoy everyday exclusive condo living as everything you need is within arm’s reach without even compromising security, privacy, and exclusivity. It’s time to reward yourself with a lifetime investment of living beyond comfortable. To those who are looking after long-term investment, Alpine Villas is also seen as a perfect source of passive income with rental opportunities from tourists who want to stay in the city of Tagaytay for a quick weekend getaway. 

An artist's render of the Alpine Villas Towers, as featured on The Philippine Star's Christmas Stories in Crosswinds | Luxury Homes by Brittany Corporation

Alpine Villas at Crosswinds Tagaytay provides you with the perfect real estate opportunities gift-wrapped in a high-value investment.

 

Crosswinds by Brittany Corporation is set to turnover Alpine Villas’ first building of pre-selling condominium units, Bernese, in the fourth quarter of 2021 and its second building, Blanc, in the second quarter of 2022. Named after ranges of the Swiss Alps, Bernese and Blanc are well planned considering the land development in the area. Designed to make everything within reach, the luxury condominium development is set to have its exclusive amenity pavilion inside Crosswinds Tagaytay. Moreover, additional upscale commercial and retail establishments are expected to open in the future to complement the posh residential development of Alpine Villas at Crosswinds

For those who want to enjoy a peaceful retirement away from city life, Crosswinds also offers ready and pre-selling lots that one can invest in and take advantage of the property value appreciation. 

The Terraces of Lausanne is a 24-hectare development inside Crosswinds, specifically situated at the highest peak of Crosswinds, offering a breathtaking view of Laguna Bay and Metro Skyline. Inside the residential area of Crosswinds, one can delight and bask in awe at the stunning beauty of nature.

cool and breezy mountainous view of pine trees and vast expanse of a spacious exclusive subdivision on the mountainside | Luxury Homes by Brittany Corporation

An expansive, private, tree-lined vista, like this one where luxury lots are offered at The Terraces, Crosswinds Tagaytay.

 

Crosswinds also offers luxurious Swiss-inspired ready homes for families and property seekers searching for a new home. Crosswinds’ ready-for-occupancy homes such as Chatelard and Lucerne offer calming views of pine trees and terrains, a perfect view to wake up to each morning. Aside from these luxurious move-in ready homes, Crosswinds also features La Verne Park where one can enjoy a blissful walk within the exclusive community.

Within the exclusive and Swiss-inspired sanctuary of Crosswinds by Brittany Corporation is The Grand Quartier, which is a six-story luxury condominium hotel where one can simply relax and experience a premium and exclusive vacation in one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations.

There is more than just celebrating the perfect summer at the Crosswinds. It’s the convenience, privacy, and comfort in all its properties that make you realize the value that you always deserve. With its lush pine trees, Crosswinds by Brittany Corporation is truly a masterpiece away from the buzzing city life. With enclaves featuring residences inspired by Swiss architecture and lifestyle, you will definitely live inspired.

The amazing setting of Crosswinds, the beautiful luxury villages make the most of the beautiful scenery in Tagaytay. These landscapes are considered to be what makes it the perfect luxury vacation home in the South. 

To know more, like and follow Crosswinds’ Facebook and Instagram pages.

 

Brittany Tops Off Alpine Villas’ First Building

 

Brittany Corporation, together with MGS Construction Incorporated, topped off Bernese, the first building of the Alpine Villas, Crosswinds’ esteemed residential condominium project. This milestone took place on the 30th of April 2021 at Crosswinds, Tagaytay. Amidst the pandemic, Brittany Corporation continues to develop themed luxury developments inspired by the world’s most scenic destinations in the most sought-after prime locations, fulfilling its promise to turn over the first building in the fourth quarter of the year. 

Topping-off ceremony of the Bernese building at Alpine VIllas in Crosswinds Tagaytay | Luxury Homes by Brittany Corporation

Alpine Villas’ momentous topping-off ceremony on a foggy Friday morning.

 

Alpine Villas is a 2.8-hectare real estate development that sits on Crosswinds. Crosswinds is a master-planned community strategically located at one of the highest points of Tagaytay. Situated 582m above sea level, Bernese is the first building of the mid-rise luxury condominium properties of Alpine Villas at Crosswinds, ready to welcome its homeowners into their new elegant and luxurious abode in the fourth quarter of the year. Strictly following health safety measures and observing social distancing, the exclusive guests from Brittany Corporation and MGS Construction Inc. celebrated the momentous topping-off ceremony through the final pouring of cement on the 6th floor of Alpine Villas’ Bernese. 

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A typical elegantly decorated studio unit of Alpine Villas.

 

Embraced by over 35,000 pine trees, Alpine Villas offers a serene and tranquil setting across Crosswinds’ commercial strip, complemented with a refreshing set of resort-inspired amenities. It is conveniently located across Crosswinds’ prominent and exquisite retail row that houses concept restaurants and gourmet cafes such as Cafe Voila and Ruined Project?. A mid-rise condominium development that has a shorter investment cycle. Upon turnover this year, our investors will reap returns through accelerated capital value appreciation and rental yield from Tagaytay’s robust leasing market.

The pre-selling condominium units in the style of Swiss chalets are set to turn over it’s first building, Bernese, by the year’s end. The topping-off ceremony of Bernese is a major milestone to the company’s venture into mid-rise luxury condominium properties and great pride to the people behind it. Alpine Villas homeowners will soon experience luxurious living taken to a higher level as Brittany Corporation sets the bar high in giving a full exclusive condo living from the heights of the city.

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Alpine Villas’ Bernese Welcomes You by the Year-End

The topping-off ceremony has become a tradition to put the last structural beam or the final roofing piece in a building’s final level. A topping-off ceremony is celebrated not just on high-rise condominium buildings, but also in low-rise and mid-rise type of buildings.  Just like any other buildings, Alpine Villas by Brittany Corporation, the luxury real-estate arm of Vista Land and Lifescapes Inc., topped off its last building, celebrating a huge project milestone through the final pouring of cement on the first building’s utmost level. The fascinating practice of topping off Bernese’s utmost level brings great pride to the company. For Brittany Corporation, the topping-off of its luxury condominium is considered a major milestone for the company’s venture into mid-rise vertical projects. As Alpine Villas’ first building – Bernese is getting closer to its promised turnover date, the outstanding people behind the construction of the building work hand in hand to provide the best exclusive condo living for the condominium’s future unit owners. Alpine Villas is a 2.8-hectare land development composed of several phases with six-to-eight mid-rise buildings inspired by Swiss chalets is being built inside Crosswinds’ luxury enclave, offering close proximity to high-end eats, world-class amenities, and embraced by 35,000 pine trees. 

 

Alpine Villas Luxury Condo in Tagaytay Topping-Off Ceremony | Luxury Homes by Brittany Corporation

The topping-Off Ceremony of Alpine Villas’ first building took place on Friday morning at Crosswinds Tagaytay.

 

Strictly observing social distancing and other safety measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19, the exclusive guests participated in the momentous topping-off ceremony where the topmost level of Bernese is concreted. With a total of 267,361 cubic meters of concrete and 257,361 kilograms of steel, Alpine Villas ensures that the building’s durability defines that it is built to last a lifetime. Sitting atop the highest peak of Tagaytay City, Alpine Villas by Brittany Corporation is situated 582 meters above sea level. Alpine Villas is an enclave within an enclave. Alpine Villas’ first two buildings, Bernese and Blanc are inspired by the Swiss Alps known to be 4,807 meters above sea level, located in Switzerland.  Setting the bar high, Alpine Villas is not your typical condominium unit, but a luxury property investment that will bring back a good fortune in your pockets.   This luxury condominium property for sale by Brittany Corporation is almost ready to welcome its homeowners by the end of the year.

Alpine Villas is an investment that offers a lifestyle beyond comfortable. Alpine Villas will soon give its homebuyers and future investors the luxury to have their own luxurious and elegant abode. The buildings inspired by Swiss chalets will soon rise across the commercial strip of Crosswinds Tagaytay. Carefully master-planned to make everything within arms-reach, Brittany Corporation’s luxury condominium sets the bar high in taking luxury living to the next level – security, exclusivity, tranquility, and serenity. The luxury condominium for sale comes in two product variety offering – a studio and one-bedroom unit. The soon to bloom residential property development takes in being tucked exclusively in the country’s only pine estate. Alpine Villas’ condominium units have a breathtaking view of the residential area of Crosswinds and the lush greenery of the city.  Alpine Villas’ promising location is a great advantage that investors take a look at when planning to own a unit. A lifestyle so comfortable that everything is within reach is an investment beyond comparison. 

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A well-designed elegant studio unit at Alpine Villas at Crosswinds.

 

The prime location of Tagaytay offers so much that one could ever imagine. Being surrounded by countless high-end restaurants, including Café Voila, Coffee Project, and Ruined Project, and other wonderful eats adds up to the list of reasons and factors why investing in a dream vacation home at Alpine Villas at Crosswinds is worthy. Aside from the high-end restaurants and cafes surrounding the vicinity of Crosswinds, upscale developments and businesses are also mushrooming in the area of Tagaytay, which makes investing in a property in the area is a promising move. Multiple access roads like South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX), and other comfortable routes make Alpine Villas at Crosswinds accessible as it is encircled by major highways and access roads. 

Alpine Villas brings you exclusive Swiss-living in the modern style of a condominium lifestyle. Have the best of both worlds at Alpine Villas that offers both tranquility and city life. This goes to show that living in the countryside is just as convenient as living in the city. 

There is more to discover in Crosswinds – the Swiss-inspired gem of Tagaytay City. Crosswinds not only have pre-selling condominiums to offer, but also ready-for-occupancy resort suites, pre-selling and ready lots, and ready homes for sale. Should you be looking for ready-for-occupancy condominiums for sale, The Grand Quartier sitting atop Crosswinds’ breathtaking vantage point is the perfect unit for you.  Inside the residential area of Crosswinds, The Grand Quartier offers a stunning view of 35,000 pine trees, allowing you to enjoy a breath of pine crisp air when you wake up in the morning. On the other hand, horizontal properties are embraced by Crosswinds pine-scented air. Lausanne at Crosswinds, a pre-selling land development that offers lot packages for sale, sits at the highest peak of Tagaytay City.

An enclave that will soon have its own established community and commercial developments, Lausanne at Crosswinds offers lot-cuts from 400 square meters and above, offering an expansive spacious area for endless recreational activities. Crosswinds luxury ready lots are for those who would want to settle in as early as possible at their newest dream luxury vacation home. Lastly, Crosswinds offers ready-for-occupancy houses and lots of Crosswinds for those seeking their dream vacation home without having to build and construct on their own. Chatelard, a ready home offering 679sqm of land and 209sqm lot area, is a dream luxury vacation home embraced by 35,000 pine trees. For a smaller lot cut, Lucerne offers a land area of 639sqm and a lot area of 207sqm, both houses allowing the homeowners to have the luxury of space in constructing their preferred developments such as swimming pools, Jacuzzis, patio, or gazebos.

A home away from home, Crosswinds Tagaytay by Brittany Corporation offers the best luxury living one could ever have. Away from all the city’s pollution and chaos, Crosswinds Tagaytay ensures a once-in-a-lifetime luxury living in the highs.

How to Care for Luxury Items at Home

Do you care for luxury items? For most people, luxury items are considered personal treasures. Aside from their high price tags, they are also considered status symbols, thanks to the flashy brands that are attached to them. Some consider them as investments and can fetch a higher resale price tag as compared to a bag, jewelry, shoes, clothes, or consumer goods that come from usual brands. For the serious collectors, having the latest luxury item, especially if it is limited edition or born out of a designer collaboration, speaks to the sensibilities of their financial capacity. 

 

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Your bags, jewelry, clothes, and other luxury items will need great care, especially if you have been staying at home in these extraordinary times.

 

As luxury items oftentimes equate to high quality, most owners will take extreme care to ensure that these items last longer than it is advertised, or long enough that they can bestow it as heirlooms to their children, and sometimes, their grandchildren.

Regardless, luxury items will remain luxurious if they are also maintained very well. Unlike common items, some luxury items are susceptible to ever-changing weather, humidity, and even accumulating dust and dust particles. Some are even exposed to harsh elements when used, so they tend to get scratches, stains, and other imperfections that could diminish the overall quality and look of the luxury item. Even if you spend more time at home nowadays, there is no better time to learn about learning to care for luxury items, be it whatever you are collecting. 

Whether you use them daily or for special and the rarest of occasions, it is important that you know how to care for luxury items to make your investments last. And if you happen to own luxury items handed over by your parents or grandparents, knowing how to maintain them will also help you preserve the beauty in every detail and the stories that come along with it.

We list the many ways to care for luxury items at home. These will also save you from the heartache (and the money) to bring it back to its original glory.

 

Be Mindful When Cleaning Luxury Clothes

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Caring for luxury clothes can be really tricky. The trick is knowing how to wash, dry, clean, and store them.

 

Most people head to a specialty laundry or cleaning service that understands how to care for luxury clothes due for laundry. If you avail of the services of these establishments, you already know that they are not the typical load, wash, and press facility. They employ special techniques to clean and press your luxury clothes while keeping the quality of the luxury clothes. Some establishments go the extra mile of removing accidental stains to improving the color and overall look of luxury clothes.

However, you can easily take care of your luxury clothes at home by minding what you use to wash them and how to dry them. Water at room temperature to cold water is best to reduce the chances of shrinkage. Most luxury clothes react to strong detergents and fabric conditioners, so use mild laundry soap. Luxury clothes that are made of delicate materials should be washed by hand. Avoid scrunching them or folding them, especially with structural clothes, as these might deform. Moreover, avoid mixing them with other items that could bleed color. 

If you are unsure about what to do, your luxury clothes, like any other, come with a label that clearly details all washing and caring related instructions. Read and understand them before attempting to clean them yourself. If you are still unsure about luxury clothes in delicate material, like silk or leather, you can always send your clothes for dry cleaning when necessary. 

 

Keep Your Jewelry Polished Clean, Glittery, and in Tip-Top Shape

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Clean, polished, and glittery jewelry will make you appreciate their beauty in every detail.

 

Having your jewelry cleaned at the jeweler’s can rack up a pretty expensive bill. You can actually do the cleaning at home with items you already have lying around extra. For example, you can use plain (not colored or flavored) toothpaste that contains baking soda to clean your baubles. Make sure also that the toothpaste is not gel-based, as it will leave a sticky coat. If you do not have one, you can make a baking soda paste with equal parts water. Use an extra clean toothbrush and brush your jewelry with a little toothpaste. Do not forget the little corners. Leave them for about an hour, and then rub them with a soft cloth. This concoction is also great with diamonds and diamond jewelry without tarnishing it.

Organization is also key in keeping your jewelry in tip-top shape. Keep them in velvet or soft-padded jewelry boxes and holders. Necklaces should be hung or kept in flat individual boxes to avoid getting the chains tangled. If you do have gold chains tangled, you can separate them by placing them on a plastic sheet and pouring a little baby oil, then use two sewing needles to untie them.

 

Keep Your Shoes Clean, Sanitized, and In Good Shape

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Shoes are the most battered of all luxury items, but there are ways to wear them and clean them to a near quality and shape worthy of a store display.

 

Sometimes, luxury shoes, just like any other pair, are made for walking, even if you are working from home. No matter how many times you use it, the key is to clean and polish them after every use. Use a good shoe cleaner that not only disinfects but also is sensitive to use with a soft cloth or brush. If you need to clean your white shoes, a nail polisher is quite effective in removing stains, even the bottom part of your sneakers.

If you just bought a new pair, consider getting it resolved to protect the original soles intact as much as possible. Resoling is a cost-effective way to prolong the life of your luxury shoes.

When storing them, get a good pair of shoe inserts to keep their shape. Put them in a shoe bag or shoe box. If you intend to display them in a closet, arrange your shoes neatly and avoid overcrowding them.

 

Watch Out For Leather, Fur, And Metals

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Luxury items made of leather, fur, and metals need extra care to keep their shine and sheen.

 

Depending on where it is placed, the state of the leather, fur, and metals affects the overall quality of the luxury item. Sometimes, it is unavoidable as they are used in areas where you naturally use them — bag handles and straps, the sandal straps, boot buckles, and more. 

A rule of thumb is to buy luxury items in dark colors, as they are the easiest to maintain. Keep your luxury items from lotions, perfumes, and even pens, as spillage might leave stains. If you are fond of lotions and perfumes, wait at least 20-30 minutes before using the luxury item to avoid transfer and damage. After cleaning, put your luxury items in its dedicated dustbag and store them immediately. Also use stuffing, a shaper, or an insert to keep your luxury items in great shape. Keep your luxury items from direct or high heat. For tougher stains, it’s best to send your luxury items to a cleaning specialist.

 

Treat Your Luxury Watches As Gadgets

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Luxury watches are first, and foremost, mechanical devices. It is important that you treat them as such.

 

Luxury watches are mostly mechanical little machines containing hundreds of minuscule components, with each component operating at extremely fine tolerances to ensure that time is delivered despite being subjected to movement, shock, heat, and moisture. Moreover, luxury watches are designed with high-quality materials that exude bespoke craftsmanship worthy to be experienced by the next generation, and the next.

As such, you need to wind your luxury watches regularly at least once a month, especially if you have not been wearing them for a while. Luxury watches with self-winding mechanisms needed to be winded at least 30 turns. For manual-winding luxury watches, turn the crown until it resists to keep it lubricated. 

Keep the crown, or the little knob on the side of the watch, protected, even after use. Before winding or adjusting your watch, take it off your wrist first to avoid putting lateral stress on the crown. Carefully wind the crown with care and avoid exerting too much pressure. 

When not in use, make sure to clean every surface of the watch with a soft, damp cloth. You can use a toothpick with a moistened tip to clean the tighter gaps. Store your luxury watches in a watch organizer. Never crowd them or place them together with magnets.

 

Keep the Moisture and Humidity Out

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Centralized air conditioning and silica gel bags are great to keep the moisture and humidity away from your precious luxury items.

 

Moisture and humidity not only damage even the most well-designed luxury homes but also everything in it, including your luxury items. High and low humidity creates excess moisture and condensation that potentially leads to mold or rot, and you wouldn’t like that on your most prized possessions. Make sure that your storage solutions are not exposed to direct sunlight. As we live in a tropical country, an air conditioner or a humidifier can get the air conditions right.

Moreover, do not throw away the silica gel bags, or the square-shaped things with little balls in them. They are placed there by your favorite designers or brands for a reason: Silica gel helps to absorb moisture and keeps whatever around it dry. Luxury items, especially those made of leather, tend to peel off, crack, or diminish in quality if stored in damp places. Make sure also that your luxury item storage containers or boxes do not invite moisture as well.

 

Use Them.

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Sometimes, the best way to care for them is to appreciate them for what they are.

 

Even if you consider owning luxury items just to adore them, the best way to care for luxury items is to wear them. Sure, you may not have the reasons these days to wear them, but dressing up with your branded favorites can give you so many benefits, including a sense of normalcy and structure you have longed for pre-pandemic. Moreover, isn’t it great that you get to wear them at home, where there’s less risk of exposing your prized possessions to elements and situations that are not in your control? 

Wearing your luxury items at home also gives you the opportunity to rotate your items, even the exotic ones you bought on a whim. 

 

Let Your Luxury Items Breathe and Shine

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It’s quite a shame to just keep them in boxes. Showcase them for what they’re worth.

 

As we spend more and more time at home, sometimes adding beauty in details can help transform your living space. Why not surround yourself with luxury pieces that you really love and cherish? Display a selection of luxury items in your home as part of the interior decor. For example, how about busting out that beautiful designer ball gown from your closet and hanging it beside or alongside a huge mirror? Or store your choice trinkets in a beautiful tray and display them together with your other trinkets on the coffee table or side table in the living room? Display your favorite Birkin or Neverful beside your coffee books on the bookshelf? Whatever you decide to do, there are no rules in complementing your living space when it comes to your personal treasures.

Stone jewelry of rings, bracelets, earrings, and necklaces, on display on thick wooden plates.

Expensive baubles on a unique tray are great eye candy.

 

Final Words

Whatever the reasons are for buying the latest bag, shoes, jewelry, or luxury item, nearly all of these reasons are related to the strong emotions that we have and attach to anything we buy with a huge price tag. Whether or not you are in a financial position that allows them to be able to buy bespoke, expensive items, you bought it for a sense of accomplishment, acceptance, or recognition. As such, it is important that you put in the work of maintaining the brilliance and quality of your luxury items.

Mother’s Day: The Language of Flowers

Ever since the dawn of human civilization, people all over the world have acknowledged the power and responsibility of motherhood. Ancient civilizations, like the Egyptians, Greek, and Romans, are known to have established national festivals for their “mother goddesses,” whom they honored through lavish celebrations and unique offerings that used the language of flowers.

Throughout history, celebrations honoring motherhood have continuously morphed and evolved.

In Europe, an ancient festival celebrated since the Middle Ages called Mothering Sunday is the clearest predecessor of our modern-day Mother’s Day.

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A beautiful arrangement consisting of orange, yellow, and red flowers

 

In the United States, various efforts to celebrate the nurturing and unifying force of motherhood have been made by notable figures such as Julia Ward Howe, Ann Reeves Jarvis, Juliet Calhoun Blakely, and the duo of Mary Towles Sasseen and Frank Hering.

Today, Mother’s Day bears little resemblance to its many-faced predecessors. It’s now more secular, for one, and celebrated widely across the globe across people of different nationalities and religions. It has also developed its traditions, such as the expression of love and giving of gifts.

One of the most widely-practiced traditions of the Mother’s Day celebration, however, is the giving of flowers.

Mother’s Day Flowers: A Bloom of History

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A basket filled with different flower varieties, including differently-colored roses

 

There are several reasons why the giving of flowers is so popular during Mother’s Day.

On the practical side, flowers make for fantastic gifts. It’s something out of the ordinary, a true luxury in the subtlest sense. Giving flowers to someone means that they’re important enough to make an effort for. At the same time, flowers are wildly popular, easy to acquire, and you can always choose an infinite combination of them to make something unique for those you love.

But did you also know that the giving of flowers on Mother’s Day also has a rich history behind it? It started with the previously-mentioned Mothering Sunday. After people attended mass in their own town’s “mother church,” they went home to their respective mothers and gave them gifts, which commonly included cakes and violets.

Later in 1908, Anna Marie Jarvis decided to honor her late mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, by distributing white carnations — her late mother’s favorite flower. Anna Marie then campaigned for a day to celebrate mothers in the next few years until President Woodrow Wilson declared May’s second Sunday as Mother’s Day.

As we can see, flowers during Mother’s Day both have a practical and historical meaning. But there’s one other aspect of flowers — an innate symbolism and even a language — that has permanently established this beautiful, elegant object as one of the most valued gifts throughout history.

The Language of Flowers: What Flowers Say During Mother’s Day

The popularity of the language of flowers is often attributed to the Victorian era.

Back then, there were strict social norms and codes of conduct that greatly limited personal expression. These rules were so prevalent that people were compelled to turn to a more subtle, and even ancient, form of conveying meanings—the historically practiced language of floriography. It’s probably not surprising to say that people have been attributing meanings to flowers since ancient times.

Today, flowers are such well-accepted gifts that they don’t really require a deeper meaning, but wouldn’t you want to express what your beloved mother truly means to you through a language as fragrant and sweet as that of flowers? After all, Mother’s Day is a special day meant to celebrate motherhood.

To help you do this, we’ve listed the most common meanings of flowers below.

Roses

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A bouquet of red roses

 

There probably isn’t any flower with a more universally accepted meaning than the rose.

Historically acknowledged to be a symbol of motherhood, ancient Egyptians considered the rose to be a symbol of the moon goddess and protector of women and children, Isis. Meanwhile, Greeks attributed it to Aphrodite, the goddess of love, fertility, and occasionally, marriage. Later on, the European Middle Ages saw the rose being re-framed to be the Virgin Mary’s symbolic flower, once again linking back to motherhood, and exhibiting the language of flowers.

Today, roses are popularized by literature and the media as a flower that means romance, with the distinctive, elegant, deep red petals of this flower thought to convey romance and passion.

However, roses don’t just come in red — and it doesn’t just mean romantic love, either. Pink roses, for instance, can convey gratitude, recognition, and appreciation. Yellow roses used to mean jealousy and bitterness, but are now widely accepted as a symbol of friendship and loyalty. White roses denote brightness, purity, and kindness. 

An iconic 16th-century poet and playwright, William Shakespeare, famously wrote: “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” In the famous tragedy Romeo & Juliet, this line was used to showcase Juliet Capulet’s love for Romeo Montague, her lover who belonged to her family’s rival clan. With this line, she conveyed that regardless of his name, she would love him all the same.

Taken literally, this means that no matter what you call a rose, it would not detract from the flower’s perfection. It’s the same with mothers. Mothers today, for instance, wear a lot of different hats. They’re career women, wives, business leaders, adventurers, or homemakers. Yet, no matter what they’re called, and no matter how they present themselves to the outside world, they will always be our mothers: carers, nurturers, protectors, and providers. A bouquet of roses on Mother’s Day will help you convey this meaning in its many different forms.

Tulips

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Various flowers for sale, including differently-colored tulips

 

Although tulips evoke images of vast tulip fields in the Netherlands, these elegant flowers were first cultivated in Turkey and Persia. The name even comes from a Latinized version of a Persian word for ‘turban.’ Quite fitting since they do look the part.

In the 1600s, the novelty and exotic allure of tulips exploded in what is forever entombed in the annals of economics as the Dutch Tulip Bulb Market Bubble, or more popularly “tulipmania.” During the early 1600s, prices of tulips rose to such an inconceivable extent, six times higher than the average annual salary at the time.

This just goes to show that tulips have an interesting and varied history, and for a good reason. More than livening the backyard of any lot for sale, these flowers exude elegance and grace and can brighten the room of luxury homes just by being displayed in a simple vase.

These pretty bulbs also herald the coming of spring, a symbol of new life. Thus, they’re appropriate presents for new or expecting mothers to express the warmth and affection towards the new blessings that they will soon be welcoming in their lives.

Azaleas

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Pink azaleas blooming beautifully in nature

 

This airy-looking flowering shrub is a hardy plant that can adorn any luxury house and lot. Although readily available and can be picked up at your local florist without a problem, they can be used to convey complex emotions and meanings.

More than raising the value of any luxury home for sale, Azaleas in the Victorian era were sent to convey temperance and restraint, and are appropriate to describe a calm and controlled mother in the modern sense.

It’s widely celebrated as a flower of femininity, womanhood, and love by various cultures worldwide. It also symbolizes gentleness and eternal beauty, making it a perfect gift to every caring and loving mother.

Some East Asian cultures also consider azaleas as reminders of the nostalgic times spent in childhood homes. In these cultures, these beautiful flowers are used to remind adults of the innocent and fun times when they were still children living under their parents’ wing. 

Carnations

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Pink carnations growing in the wild

 

Harking back to Anna Marie Jarvis and her quest for a day in the calendar to honor mothers—which began with giving away 500 white carnations to her local church during her mother’s memorial—one can see why carnations are a classical Mother’s Day flower. 

The frilly petals and subtle fragrance, the simple leaves, and the dainty stalk all together exude a sense of subtle beauty and grace. Pretty enough to decorate any prized ornament of luxury houses’ rooms, carnations also hold different meanings.

White carnations, for example, are said to bring good luck. Pink carnations symbolize a mother’s love, while light-red carnations symbolize admiration. More colors and varieties of carnations have been taken to symbolize purity, charity, love, and even beauty, all reflecting values of motherhood. These are some examples of how the language of flowers is exhibited. 

Lilies

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A beautiful bunch of yellow lilies

 

According to Greek mythology, lilies came from the milk of Hera, Zeus’s wife and goddess of women and marriage. Since it symbolized purity, ancient Greek brides used to wear flower crowns adorned with lilies.

Nowadays, while lilies are still loved all over the world for their simplicity and elegance, they’re much more revered in Asian culture as a symbol of motherhood. This makes them a perfect flower of choice for Mother’s Day.

Also, although lilies also have different color varieties, it’s unique that all lilies are thought to mean devotion and purity, two values that are also traditionally associated with motherhood. However, there are noteworthy nuances in their meanings between varieties.

White lilies, unsurprisingly, symbolize virtue and purity. Tiger lilies symbolize pride, wealth, confidence, happiness, and joy. Lastly, yellow lilies can be taken to mean thankfulness and enjoyment.

Gerbera Daisies

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White gerbera daisies placed inside a vase filled with water

 

The very image of a gerbera daisy can evoke happiness and good cheer. The ancient Egyptian word ‘gerberas’ means devotion to the sun and closeness to nature. This can be taken to symbolize a person’s happiness and inner peace.

More than livening up any room of luxury homes, gerbera daisies are ideal gifts for wishing a mother the happiness of a simple life. It denotes contentment, happiness, and gratefulness and has historically been taken to mean the celebration of life, brought about by the brightness of their colors and the good cheer that these flowers evoke.

Orchids

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Gorgeous peach-colored orchids

 

Finally, another popular choice for Mother’s Day flowers is the orchid. Commonly found in tropical areas such as parts of China and the Philippines, this flower has spread all over the world. Some species of orchids thrive practically anywhere, such as between crags of rocks, in branches of trees, and even on the ground.

Orchids are hardy little flowers that exude elegance and sophistication. They come in a wide variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. They’re also ideal Mother’s Day flowers for many different reasons.

On the practical side, they’re excellent decorative flowers. Mothers with a green thumb will undoubtedly enjoy a gift of orchids as they can stay in bloom for several weeks, given the proper care. And unlike roses and other flower cuttings, orchids can be displayed in their entirety, glossy leaves and all.

They’re also very easy to care for. Since they’re used to thriving in various places, they can be placed almost anywhere: in a vase, on a flower bed, or as a decoration to your plain white walls. Their appearance exudes beauty and elegance, perfect for decorating luxury homes. They’re also not as mainstream as typical Mother’s Day flowers such as roses.

In addition to that, orchids have intricate meanings. White orchids, for example, denote purity and kindness. Pink orchids represent grace and femininity. Orange orchids tell of pride, strength, and boldness. Purple orchids convey dignity and royalty, while yellow symbolizes vitality. Green, lastly, means good health and fortune.

With its wide variety and deep meaning, you can find any kind of orchid to suit your mother’s unique personality this coming Mother’s Day.

What Flowers Say During Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is not just any old holiday. Ancient civilizations have long regarded motherhood as a high honor. Those sentiments remain true today, even though they may have already lost most of their religious and archaic meanings.

Today, Mother’s Day exists to recognize, commemorate, and celebrate the enormous influence our mothers have in our lives. Their unwavering support, constant presence, and strong love for their children are as timeless and eternal as the beauty of flowers.

Make sure to give them the highest honor on their special day by speaking to them in the language of beauty, elegance, and grace. This Mother’s Day, speak your heart with the language of flowers.

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