Nowadays, the weather in Manila can get sizzling hot.
Despite all its holidays, summer can sometimes be an uncomfortable season in our country. The intense heat and breezeless surroundings can take their toll on our health. Coupled with the city’s usual air and noise pollution, it’s unsurprising why many of us run to the hills for immediate respite.
Offering a cooler climate and a more tranquil environment, elevated places such as Tagaytay and Baguio City provide a haven all-year round for those who love the chill.
Life in the mountains, however, offers more than windy weather. Here are several reasons why residing on a high slope can elevate your lifestyle, both literally and figuratively.
Nature at its finest
Do you love the idea of waking up to the sounds of chirping birds and whistling wind? If yes, a home on the mountain will definitely work for you.
More often than not, mountains cater to a wide array of flora and fauna. If you live in an elevated home, expect to be visited by colorful birds, exotic insects and mildly terrifying (but usually harmless) reptiles on an occasional basis. While the surroundings might be peaceful, life on the mountain is actually anything but boring.
Moreover, the numerous trees and plants in the area ensure that you have easy access to fresh clean air. If you’re lucky, you may be able to harvest some fruits and vegetables growing in the wild. You can also easily purchase produce at the neighborhood market for a fraction of the price they are usually sold in Manila. This kind of environment allows you and your family to pursue a healthy lifestyle for years to come.
A paradise for outdoor enthusiasts
Another perk of living next to nature is being able to pursue your outdoor passions. Whether it’s cycling, jogging or hiking, you can easily engage in outdoor sports if you reside on a mountainside home.
The world becomes your playground when you choose to live on a hill. While there’s no snow (unfortunately!) in a tropical country like the Philippines, your kids can still have some fun rolling on sloping grass or riding a scooter down a mild elevation.
Relaxed pace of living
Despite all the excitement that can occur in an elevated setting, a mountainside home offers as a sanctuary of solitude and privacy. If you’re the type of person who just loves curling up at home with a good book, a home on the mountains can definitely cater to the introvert in you. And if you choose to live in a more secluded spot, you’ll only have the plants and animals as your immediate neighbors. Nevertheless, mountainside communities exist to those who wish to maintain a balance between peaceful living and socializing with neighbors.
A sanctuary from catastrophes
Besides the hot weather, one other thing that bothers many Filipinos is the occurrence of flash floods in our country. If you live in the mountains, however, you no longer have to fear rising waters. A mountainside home offers great protection from floods brought about by storms or malfunctioning dams.
If the possibility of a landslide is your fear, however, rest assured that many trustworthy developers of mountainside communities plan ahead to minimize the chances of one occurring in residential areas. Provided that your mountainside neighborhood has been well-planned by an established real estate company, you can be assured that your home is safe and sound even in the worst of storms.
A gorgeous backdrop
Lastly, living on a mountainside home offers unobstructed views all year round. With many mountainside residences offering private patios and balconies, you can easily appreciate the beauty of nature without needing to step outside your home.
Besides giving you the perfect Instagram backdrop, a great natural background allows you to have an easy mental break from work or school stuff. A panoramic scenery can easily uplift your mood during stressful moments, adding more to the charm of mountainside living.
When high living meets high standards
Overall, living on the mountains offers several advantages to you and your family. More often than not, an elevated home features breezy surroundings, tranquil spaces, and uncompromised privacy. It’s the ultimate place to live in if you love cool weather, outdoor activities and a natural environment.
So if you’ve had enough of the summer heat and city troubles, head to the hills today and search for your next home on the mountainside. It’s basically high-rise living with none of the pollution and all of nature’s charm.
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The article was originally published in Inquirer.NET and written by Ar. Vittoria Mawis-Aliston.
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