Flights of fancy: Timberland Heights is a haven for birds

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With global warming and erratic climates putting Mother Nature in danger, it’s important that each individual does his or her part in preventing the situation from getting worse. Filinvest, one of the country’s leading property developer with a rich history spanning almost 50 years, has taken this advocacy seriously by establishing ecologically sound communities that bring residents and nature together in perfect harmony.

Just 15 minutes away from Quezon City is Timberland Heights, which is fast becoming a favorite destination among avid bird-watchers and nature lovers. This 677-hectare township project boasts of awe-inspiring vistas approximately 300 meters above sea level – hence the cool climate and gently sloping terrain that offer a relaxing respite from the frenetic pace of the metropolis. But more than just being a soothing sanctuary for its residents, Timberland Heights is also home to more than 50 bird species.

As an eco-sanctuary, Timberland Heights has dedicated almost half of its land area to open spaces, attracting feathered friends and bird-watchers alike. The Wild Bird Club of the Philippines, which regularly visits Timberland Heights for bird-watching expeditions, has already spotted normally difficult to see species including the Philippine Pygmy Woodpecker, and the Golden-bellied Flyeater.

There are other endemic birds that have been sighted at Timberland Heights. There is the Black-naped Oriole, bird2a bright yellow bird with a black stripe over its eyes and nape seen near the main gatehouse of Timberland Heights. Also spotted here is the Philippine Frogmouth, a nocturnal bird with a wide frog-like mouth that is exotic and difficult to find.

Timberland Heights pays homage to Mother Nature by keeping the integrity of its natural surroundings with three major sanctuaries in development: the lakeside area, an Eco-Adventure site; and the Hillside Preserve, which will feature the naturally maintained forest cover. Other established environs that Timberland Heights can be proud of are the Asian-inspired Banyan Crest and Banyan Ridge communities, which offer panoramic views of San Mateo, Rizal. On the other hand, The Ranch, being high up in the mountains, enables residents to enjoy the cool, fresh breeze and the picturesque scenes of Laguna de Bay and the Sierra Madre mountain range.

The biggest themed community at Timberland Heights is the Mandala Residential Farm Estates, where residents enjoy the idyllic farming lifestyle. At least 70 percent of the land in this community is dedicated to farming activities.

These communities are enhanced by clubhouses replete with amenities for relaxation and recreation. Adding another exciting dimension to the development is the 9-hectare Timberland Sports and Nature Club (TSNC). Situated atop one of the highest points of Timberland Heights, the first-rate, private membership club offers the mountain resort ambiance and experience, plus a wide range of activities and amenities.bird1

The Glades: Gateway to Healthy Living

Timberland Heights’ newest expansion is a tranquil village surrounded by lush foliage and tall trees located in a beautiful mountainside setting, making it another pocket of paradise for birds. The Glades promotes healthy living with 15 meters of trees lining the main road’s right of way, a greenbelt of five meters, and a health trail that’s perfect for jogging. There are also such amenities and facilities as a community pavilion, deck gardens, and a children’s playground.

With contemporary charming country-themed homes set within 200 to 200 square meter lots, and the town center just a stone’s throw away, one can indeed experience relaxed country living at The Glades without sacrificing the comfort and convenience of urban living.

The Leaf: A Breath of Fresh Air

Yet another wonderful enclave for our feathered friends is The Leaf, a prime condotel development that delivers upscale hotel service. Set in sloping terrain, The Leaf provides commanding views of Laguna de Bay, Manila Bay, and the Makati and Ortigas skylines. And thanks to its convenient location right next to the TSNC, The Leaf has room accommodations for TSNC members and those who are holding functions at the club’s banquet facilities.

Filinvest has almost 50 years of experience in real estate development and is one of the country’s leading players in the industry. Built on the Gotianun tradition of integrity, quality, and service, it has developed over 2,400 hectares of land for more than 140,000 families nationwide. For more information, please call (02) 850-0888 or (0917) 877-0888.

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