Tuesday, August 2, 2011


Welcome to my new advertorialiser, Residences.

I want to give her a banner ad but I don't know how to put one and am still looking for a developer to do it. 
How long will this view last before buildings take over?

Anyway, I loved my stay at SoMa and am sorry that Residences is renting out her unit, as she thinks that her South of Market unit will fetch double the rent of her Quezon City unit, where she plans to stay when she gets back from Canada.

Residences has offered me her place as my weekly veggie day hangout.

If she were to stay in SoMa, I would schedule my stays when I go to Makati and BGC, especially for the late nights out when it would mean a shorter drive to a bed than going home to San Juan.

The building on the left is another wing of South of Market.
When I stayed at SoMa, Residences and I had come from dinner in Makati.  After dinner, my client who also lived in BGC wanted to go to bed na so we decided that we would meet in her Hamptons condo in the morning.

I wanted to walk to Hamptons, but Residences insisted that, because I got tired from walking to and from Market! Market! with my laptop, that I wouldn't make it to Hamptons.  She insisted that she drive me over.

My client ended up meeting me in SoMa, because she had a driver.  Her driver made a few wrong turns, she said, but she said that it was easy finding it.

The view from Residences' South of Market unit.
We met in the lobby while her car stayed in the driveway for about a minute.

She was impressed that the guard had to clear her before she entered, and was also impressed with the big lobby.

I had told the lobby guard that I was expecting a guest, and the guard immediately radioed the gate guard.

The lobby guard asked me if I was the new owner of the unit.  I told him that I was just a guest.

Residences noted that the guards of SoMa can stop people from entering the premises by courteously asking people where they were going, and so on.

Residences would leave the windows open but her stuff stayed safe.
I really enjoyed the huge windows of SoMa, and two of the three rooms were huge.  The dining and TV areas were also big.  I didn't feel confined.  I had been to a two-bedroom Rockwell condo; the SoMa unit felt just as big.

She actually liked the unit because it was cat-friendly.

She showed me the gym: clean, quiet.

The pool is SoMa's.
Even though I had been using a bathroom outside my assigned bedroom, the second biggest one in the unit, it was Residences who noticed that there was a leak on the wall that could lead to a much bigger damage.  When Century Properties checked their records, they found out the previous owner had reported it but that nothing had been done.  So even if the warranty period had lapsed, Century still said that they would shoulder the repair of the leak.

When I showed Residences this post, she emailed me this:

'You can also add that they actually started fixing it within 2 weeks of my reporting it and they finished it a week and a half later.  It was easy to work with the Asset Property Manager once we figured out what was needed and expected. 
If I had known that I wasn't going back, I would have taken more photos.
The leasing office that's handling the lease is also very professional and pre-empts the need of the owner.'

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