Best Condo in the BGC? Two Serendra

I’ve checked out a few condos in the BGC (‘the Fort’) and Two Serendra is arguably the best because it has the most facilities:

  • 4 Swimming pools & 5 gyms
  • 2 Badminton courts
  • 1 Basketball & Tennis court
  • Pool table / Table tennis

Ping pong & Badminton

There are so many because the condo complex spans two areas, one part is for high rise condos (36 floors) and the other low rise (16 floors), and the facilities are shared between them.

One of the gyms

There’s a bridge that links the two, so you can walk between them without leaving the complex. You feel like you’re in a gated community it’s so huge. With gardens and water features everywhere.

Bridge

Two Serendra also has a ton of different entrances, one links directly to Bonifacio High Street, another to SM mall, another brings you out to opposite Market Market mall.

Private walkway

So for sheer size and community feel, it’s the best condo in the BGC. I went to check it out as a friend is currently living there, and take some pics.

Entrance between 2 restaurants

The rooms are about the same as any other BGC condo, around 30-35k pesos depending on furnishings and floor. But you can’t beat the facilities.

Links to Bonifacio High St

My friend who stays there pays 30k / month (~$600) because his room’s furniture is a bit old. On a 6 month contract, which are fairly common, there’s no need to sign a year lease if you shop around.

Opposite SM mall

His room is a studio but pretty big, 47sqm and the room curves around so you don’t see the bed as you walk in, making it feel more like a one bedroom. Big balcony too.

Balcony

It’s the best area of Manila to live if you want clean, safe and family-friendly, not so great if you a more gritty, ‘real’ experience like Makati offers.

Basketball / tennis court

The BGC is a bit plastic and boring. I’d live there if I had a long term Filipina girlfriend, or wanted to try and bag a hiso chick / test my day game skills on rich girls.

Balcony

He met his girl via online dating and never leaves the BGC now, just works out, builds online businesses and lives a quiet life in the Philippines 36 months at a time.

Chilling by the pool

Gyms

Step / cycle machines

Dumbbells

Machines

Kinesis machine

Rowing machine

Another gym, barbells, rack, kettlebells

Outside another gym

Jogging

Swimming Pools

Swimming pool

Sun loungers

Jacuzzis

Pinay by the pool

Lounge area

Another pool

Outdoor seating

Another lounge area

Kid’s Pool

Children’s pool

Kid’s play area

Kid’s boat

Kid’s slide

Sports

Two badminton courts

Basketball / tennis

Games room / chillout area

Pool table

Other Facilities

Conference room

Games room

Games room balcony

Gardens

Two Serendra cat

Ground floor room garden

Fish pond

Gardens

Lawn

More gardens

Cute pinays

Walkways

Palm trees

Pond

Leading to Market! Market! mall

Studio Room

My friend’s room isn’t really representative of Serendra, the furnishings are old but as a result he got it at a cheaper price (30k) and that rate on a 6 month contract.

Living room

Desk

Couch

TV

Bedroom

Balcony

Balcony

Kitchen

Bathroom

Food

The BGC has a lot of high end restaurants but for cheap eats there’s a food court by Market Market mall. Compared to Thai streetfood it’s pretty bad though.

Sisig & Rice, 65 pesos

BGC food court

Creeper pic

Siomai balls, 70 pesos

Large sisig, 150 pesos

Location

Car park

  • Google Maps location
  • Address – 1634 McKinley Parkway / 26th Street / 11th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Manila

Airbnb

Two Serendra are quite strict about not allowing daily / weekly rentals, there are signs up saying anything under six months rental isn’t allowed.

There are still Two Serendra units on Airbnb though for short term rental so I assume those owners meet you somewhere discreet and pass you the access card.

If you book on Airbnb just don’t announce it to the reception staff. Click here for $35 off your first booking then Google site:airbnb.com two serendra to find listings.

17 Responses

  1. RealGuy says:

    Thats a great deal for BGC. Usually you wont get more than a shoebox studio for BGC proper.

    If you wanna save more and dont mind a 30min walk to bgc, you can decent accomodations for under 20k in the Vienna Piazza area of Taguig. Stamford residences etc.

    Was planning on living there but company is moving again.

  2. Reader says:

    Your responsive design is wrecked in Firefox right now.

    When I scroll down a bit this is what happens: http://i.imgur.com/uFAN0yL.png

  3. -Cam says:

    Looks like a great life! Is there a Thai equivalent? Some sort of community place that one could live that has everything you need? I’m sure a lot of other Millennials like this “college campus” style life

    • thibault says:

      dont have a precise answer but its eady as shit to find in bkk. in fact its not so important because everything in thailand is good value. its less necessary to list precise place, in factcr you can just stay month long at the hotel, as long asd its off season they ll give you good prices, it will cost less than an appartment in the phimippines.
      , no need to sign mong leases and shit if you stay lrss than a year. and you cant stay more than three months. what are you gonna do, let all your stuff in a condo while ypu do a visacrun and are not even sure to be able to come back?
      oh, and btw, millenials are gay. you te here to fuck local talent, not mingle with gay swpl. do that in NYC.

    • jspill jspill says:

      Rhythm Ratchada condo comes to mind, lots of people chilling by the rooftop pool when I checked it out, huge place, 32 floors, garden

      Or Supalai park I lived at before has 3 towers, huge gym, tennis, squash, sauna, 5 restaurants downstairs, not much need to ever leave – http://nomadphilippines.com/cheap-condo-bangkok-dating

      The Base On Nut has basketball / 5 a side football pitch, 7/11, big garden areas, huge pool/gym

    • Reader says:

      Most nicer condos in BKK have a gym and a pool + some area to chill.

      I like Eight Thonglor for example:

      https://www.eightthonglor.com/

      Full scale supermarket + multiple restaurants in the building + pool + outdoor area etc.

      Basically a place you don’t need to necessarily leave if you’re a recluse.

      • Reader says:

        Thats the site for the small mall inside the building: http://www.8thonglor.com/

        It’s kinda pricey though. About 40k baht for a small 1BR.

        • -Cam says:

          The gym pictures are not very clear on the website. $1100 seems like a lot. I’ve stayed in Thong lo before. I’m not sure what the appeal is. The best thing about it is that a lot of expats live in the area, but besides that it just seems like a street to me haha. I only was there for a few days though so I don’t really know too much about the area.

          • Reader says:

            Some nice bars and restaurants in the area. It’s where the rich thais have houses. That’s what you pay for serviced apartment type mall living in the area.

            Ashton Morph is probably the nicest condo in the area though with duplex studios from 30k.

            Nichada Thani is a gated community, it’s 30min from downtown BKK. It has a few condo buildings with large 4BR condos and mostly houses which start at about 50k a month, which is pretty ok for a house in BKK.

          • jspill jspill says:

            Some people can’t handle living in lower sukhumvit (I love it!) with the hookers, touts, ladyboys, africans selling drugs, arabs etc., Thonglor is close by (couple miles) but just far away that the ambience is totally different, like an upmarket expat vibe, cleaner, fancy sushi restaurants, wine bars, hipsters and professional expats. Better if you have a girlfriend, she could leave the house without getting hit on.

            Noble Remix is where I’d stay if I lived there, has it’s own walkway to the BTS and 7/11 downstairs. Can get a 1 bed for $700. On Suk road so you can instantly get a taxi to lower Suk, skip the traffic on Soi Thonglor itself.

            • -Cam says:

              There is definitely a little bit of a stimuli overload down there haha. On the other hand you could probably avoid most of that by just using the rent savings to buy some exercise equipment and to order everything to you (so you don’t have to go outside as much). Nobel Remix seems nice as well. Really easy to get girls over since it is so close to the BTS. Then again I’m sure Thai girls are used to taking Baht bikes and won’t mind, especially if you pay. Not to turn this into a real estate posts (maybe Harvest the comments do that later, but what about Phrom and Asok. Why don’t more people live down there. It’s closer to the fun, but potentially far enough out to be less seedy?

              https://www.hipflat.co.th/en/for-rent-1-bed-condo-near-bts-thong-lo-bangkok-thailand/ls/th-owxuzwba

              • Reader says:

                I don’t like Asoke, worst smog from the intersection there that has constant traffic jams and cops that target foreigners for drug searches (I don’t do drugs but it makes me uncomfortable being targeted for “random” searches).

                Phrom Phong and Thong Lo are close enough. The foreigners living there are mostly rich thais and japanese expats whose companies pay for those outrageous rents.

                The one you linked is cheap because it has a shitty view. You can probably bargain it down by 20% if the owner is looking to rent it anytime soon, although rich thais often won’t budge so it depends on your luck.

                Good units at Ashton Morph have unobstructed green views: http://imgur.com/2ybBdjD

                Sukhumvit 24 is one of the most walkable streets in the area (proper sidewalks so you can actually walk instead of taking taxis or motos) and has some high quality but expensive condos.

                The best value there is probably Lumpini 24, which is very affordable unlike other condos on the street. You can bargain the 30k units down to 25k.

                https://www.hipflat.co.th/en/bangkok/condo/the-lumpini-24

            • jspill jspill says:

              Ya I’d prefer Phrom Phong, closer to the parks (Benjasiri and Benjakiti) and soi 24 has Addict massage, pro tip ask for the 45 mins 1700 baht rate that isn’t on the menu, and ask for Nadia. FS GFE

              Near racquet club for gym

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