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Twin 26-storey condo towers in Bacolod launched

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• CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

An architectural rendering of the Kensington Sky Garden to be constructed at The Upper East, Bacolod City.*

Property giant Megaworld is launching its fifth residential condominium development inside its 34-hectare The Upper East township in Bacolod City, which will be the tallest residential development among its Visayas townships to date.

The 26-storey Kensington Sky Garden will be a two-tower residential development offering 643 ‘smart home’ units located at the corner of Upper East Avenue and Bentley Street, just across the newly-opened Landers Superstore, according to statement issued by Megaworld.

It added that the new residential property is envisioned to be another iconic landmark that will redefine Bacolod’s growing skyline as both towers will be highlighted by illuminated crowns that dazzle at night. These illuminated crowns of both towers will also house the glass-clad sky lounges for residents to enjoy the panoramic views of the city, the mountains and seas, and the nearby islands.

Carrying a unique design that reflects Victorian era influences in New York – a city where The Upper East draws much of its inspiration – Kensington Sky Garden’s units range from studio and executive studio (up to 40 square meters), one bedroom (up to 56 square meters), two bedroom (up to 90 square meters), and three bedroom (up to 110 square meters). All unit sizes have either a balcony or a lanai.

Each unit at Kensington Sky Garden will be equipped with a wireless smart home system and devices with WiFi routers that can be accessed remotely using a dedicated phone app for the comfort and convenience of the residents. This technology allows residents to control several unit features, such as lighting fixtures and other smart appliances in the living, kitchen, and dining areas as well as the bedroom.

The second level will serve as the central amenity area for both towers. Among the amenities include an adult pool and kiddie pool, pool bar, landscaped areas, outdoor fitness area and children’s play area, gazebo, and reading nooks, fitness center, daycare center, as well as game and entertainment room, all for the enjoyment of its future residents, the press release added.

There will also be a private dining hall that has its own bar and kitchen for intimate dining events and gatherings, and a function room that can accommodate up to 126 persons in a banquet setting.

There will also be sky decks at the 14th and 26th levels of each tower, and a shared outdoor sitting lounge at the 5th level.

Kensington Sky Garden’s main lobby will feature a high-ceiling, Victorian-inspired design aesthetics, highlighted by patterned floorings, elaborate wall moldings, and the generous use of wood, steel, stones, and glass all over the space.

The ground level exterior will also feature several retail spaces, and two basement levels will be allocated for parking.

Another unique feature of this residential property will be its own electric vehicle (EV)-charging facility in its basement parking area, the first of its kind in Bacolod City, in preparation for the influx of electric and hybrid cars in the near future.

Other green and sustainability features, including low flow rate fixtures to promote water conservation, occupancy sensors in hallways and parking floors that help conserve energy, LED lights for units and common areas, rainwater harvesting system, and its own materials recovery facility.

Megaworld is expecting to generate around P5-billion in sales from this new property, which is scheduled for completion in 2029.

The other four residential developments inside The Upper East are One Regis, Two Regis, One Manhattan, and Herald Parksuites, which have a combined total of 1,028 units.

By next year, the company is also expected to start the construction of the 300-room Kingsford Hotel and the highly anticipated Upper East Mall.*

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