Jetsetter finds home in Ohana Place

July 9, 2010

Raymond Flores, 28, is flying high at the peak of his career, literally, as a flight attendant of charter airline World Airways. Everyday, he meets people from all walks of life as they get on and off the plane in different territories around the world, at different time zones.

So during his days off, Raymond prefers nothing more than to enjoy a little time away from it all, in a sanctuary that is his own personal space: his two-bedroom unit at Ohana Place in Alabang by DMCI Homes.

The community’s second moved-in resident of the first building (Honolulu) enjoys the perks of this medium-rise property, namely its strategic location, impressive amenities, the lock-up-and-go lifestyle, and the themed development that makes him feel like he’s living in a resort community.

It was in 2008 when he first thought if investing on a property, and a condo unit sounded like a good one given his preference to live in the Philippines. Growing up in San Jose, California, and being a perennial traveler because of his job, this Fil-am has always believed that there is no place like his home country.

"My parents have a house in San Pedro, Laguna where I used to stay, but then I realized I wanted to live somewhere in the south of Manila, so when I looked on the Internet, I found Ohana Place which was just being launched at that time," he said.

Raymond just drove by the property which was then under construction, and talked to an agent waiting outside the sales office. He did not ask for any brochure, or to see a model unit, but only had one requirement to influence his decision: a balcony on the unit. It turned out that all units at Ohana Place has a balcony.

Immediately the following day, Raymond paid his reservation fee. Aware already about the DMCI Homes’ name, he was confident about the quality and fast delivery of the development. So when his unit was finally turned over in August last year, Raymond moved-in right away; excited to live in a place where he can enjoy his lifestyle as a single professional urbanite.

Raymond’s friend helped him design the unit interiors following a vision of "simplicity and elegance". This was achieved through a modern contemporary motif. The living room which flows openly to the dining area utilizes efficient furniture with lots of dark brown shades, a huge mirror propped on the wall to add to the illusion of space, modern droplights above his four-seater dining table that add a hint of modernity, and even a charming silver fruit bowl from Switzerland in an ornamental form.

"I did not add much to the turnover finishes. I just changed the flooring and the wall paint to be a bit more interesting, but other than that, there wasn’t much to improve because the unit has very good quality finishes," Raymond said.

DMCI Homes is the country’s premier triple A builder-developer that brings serviced, themed communities within reach of urban families who once had limited residential options, but still aspire to achieve a comfortable, enriching quality of life proximate to their place of work.

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