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Peace and Privilege at South Forbes
by Maria Navarro
Published in The Philippine Star, 30 September 2006
For the deeply spiritual and the profoundly introspective comes a home that speaks of rest, tranquility, and serenity - South Forbes Golf City's Tokyo Mansions. From this prime property that sits on a peaceful piece of paradise in Metro Sta. Rosa comes your own space, your own quiet, your own cradle.
Enter this blissful estate through the Tokyo Mansions' private gate which immediately tells you of the simple luxuries that lie inside. Be overcome with positive energy with its open spaces, dry stones and bamboo-like canopies lining the street, leading to where you find your tranquil residence. Inspired by the age-old philosophies from the Land of the Rising Sun, this Zen community is unique in its simplicity yet elegant in its details.
Your choice of residence lies in the beauty and contrasting styles of the biggest model houses offered in this property: the Meiji and the Yamato Mansions, which come with their own infinity pool. Choose the Meiji with its inverted L-shaped form and fascinating fa�ade which also reveals the pool at the side of the lot. Japanese shingles and wooden rafters tell of the ingenuity of Japanese architecture, darkened to give a strong contrast to the white walls of the house. While you sip tea and meditate on life's blessings, gaze out across the living room and relax your eyes with the greenest bamboo plants.
For those wishing for an element of surprise, the Yamato Mansion offers an abundance of oohs and ahhs from your guests once they step inside. Looks can be deceiving, and how more to show this truth than when escorting your party to the interior of your new home. From the outside, the Yamato features are decidedly uncomplicated: a gracefully curved roof and a blank white wall are just what their eyes can see.
The surprise lies once you enter the elegant residence. The 525-square meter mansion opens up the curved roof of the living room to a record height of 20 feet. A clerestory window at its highest point reveals a captivating view of the sky, displaying the bluest hues during the day and the magical panorama of the moon and the stars at night. All throughout the year, the play of light and the changing of the seasons remind you of the beauty of nature. Designed to conform to the sloping terrain of the land, you realize that this trapezoidal lot is ideal for all your activities in that it allows easy separation of four functional areas. The living room up front, service quarters on the right, the lanai and infinity pool at the middle, and the private quarters to the left serve as perfect complements for your uncluttered and uncomplicated take on things. Echoing this perception are the furnishings that you chose for your home. Contrasting colors of white walls against dark wood frames of floor-to-ceiling glass windows emphasize your need for the basic and the austere. The old charm of wood distinguishes itself when placed side by side with modern amenities such as a large plasma TV and the Jacuzzi in which you relax. A Japanese-style bed with matching accents in the headboard and the side lamps show the detail that you put into your own space. For a sense of privacy with your loved one, draw the floor-to-ceiling curtains and cocoon yourselves in secret.
Outside the house, the black-tiled infinity pool and the Zen rock garden all serve to infuse you with a sense of stillness after your busy workday. The tiles reflect a range of hues from green to midnight blue and speak of inspiration and romance. Look out into the horizon and get a commanding view of the river and the virgin forest, and feel as if everything is right in the world. Serving to unite the neighborhood and host your activities, the Tokyo Mansions Clubhouse offers equally tempting amenities for you and your dear ones. An inviting three-level infinity pool affords entire families an enjoyable time while relishing the fresh and carefree air. Hear the gentle splash of the water as trees sway to the breeze and friendly creatures chirp and sing. A four-storey view deck puts on a show with nature as its shining star and with you as its captive audience. An open space for mingling, as well as meditation, is yours with the Clubhouse's Japanese garden. This breathing room takes you to a higher plane, bringing to the mind and body the chance to recharge and refresh.
As if these numerous amenities are not enough, your ownership of a Tokyo Mansion gives you free membership to the world-class 18-hole South Forbes Golf Club. The membership not only entitles you and your family to a host of leisure, dining and sports facilities, it also automatically gives you international access and VIP status to some of the most luxurious resorts and golf courses in the world.
Peace and privilege have found a new home. Both qualities can be experienced at the restful residences of South Forbes Golf City's Tokyo Mansions.