Wharton Parksuites is a 38-story high-rise residential condominium located in Manila. It has a postmodern architectural style and a height of 522 meters. The construction of this high-rise residential condominium started in 2010 and it was scheduled for completion in the year 2012. This is another project of Anchor Land Holdings and according to the developer of Wharton Parksuites, this high-rise residential condominium was established for transients and travelers who spend most of their time in Chinatown, Binondo, for business purposes or who send their children to the nearby Chinese schools.
The total lot area of Wharton Parksuites is 1,152.060 square meters and its building floor print is 715.08 square meters as well as a total gross floor of 39.498.10 square meters. The residential units offered in this high-rise residential condominium are one-bedroom units, two-bedroom units, and three-bedroom units. All of these have a balcony and the option of combining different units is possible. There are also various recreational amenities and facilities like a library, meditation area, yoga room, music room, tutorial room, swimming pool, and gardens.
The exact location of Wharton Parksuites is on Masangkay Street corner La Torre street, right beside St. Stephen’s High School. This area is full of Chinese schools and is thus called the “Chinese School Belt.” The learning institutions surrounding this high-rise residential condominium are Hope Christian, Chiang Kai Shek College, Phil Academy of Sakya, Phil. Cultural High School, and Uno High School.
There are also hospitals and shopping centers around the area of Wharton Parksuites like the Metropolitan Hospital, Arranque and Bambang Markets, 168 Mall, Divisoria, and Tutuban. In Binondo, other places and destinations located just a few minutes away from this high-rise residential condominium are the Binondo Church, the image of the crucified Christ as the Santo Cristo de Longos, Ongpin Street that houses various Chinese herbal stores and restaurants, the Buddhist temple of Kuang Kong, Seng Guan Temple which is the place for burning incense and offering food, Carvajal Street which offers Chinese delicacies like Black Chicken and Sea Cucumber, and the Arranque Market which have fresh sea food and exotic food like rabbits, snakes, and pigeons.
Moreover, there are various ways to reach the location of Wharton Parksuites like private vehicles, taxis, light rail transit (LRT) Baclaran to Carriedo station, or by water bus or the Pasig River Ferry that stops at Escolta near the Jones Bridge. Although Binondo is the Philippines’ own “Chinatown,” Tagalog is widely spoken as well as Hokkien.
Wharton Parksuites was developed by Anchor Land Holdings Inc., which was established in 2007. The niche of this real estate developer is the Filipino-Chinese community and follows the principle of incorporating a contemporary style with the age-old Feng Shui concepts. The first project of Anchor Land Holdings, Inc. was the Lee Tower which was delivered in 2006, followed by the Mayfair Tower in UN Avenue, Ermita, Manila; Mandarin Square in Binondo; Solemare Parksuites in Paranaque City, delivered in 2008; and the 56-story Anchor Skysuites in Binondo, Manila. Additional real estate projects of Anchor Land Holdings, Inc. are the Admiral BaySuites, One Shopping Center, and Two Shopping Center.
BUILDING FEATURES, SERVICES, AMENITIES, AND UNIT INCLUSIONS
Some of the building features and services present in this high-rise residential condominium are: the building life safety compliance to local fire code and NFPA 101 safety code, semi-addressable fire detection and alarm system, automatic fire sprinkler system (AFSS), two fire escape locations at all levels, all equipment provided with accessible clearance for maintenance, fire-rated residential doors, security intercom, 24-hour security, seven levels of parking, four high-speed elevators, automatic fire alarm and sprinkler system, closed circuit TV (CCTV) monitoring, and natural ventilation at the lift lobby. There would also be a one main lobby located in the ground floor with a vertical height of 5.20 meters. The total area of the lobby including the reception, lounge, and elevator lobby is 159.83 square meters. There are four high-speed elevators as well as three passenger elevators that could accommodate up to 15 people and one service elevator that could accommodate up to 20 people.
Moreover, the building of Wharton Parksuites would also have a combination of bored piling and matte footing work; electrical provision for split-type air-conditioning unit for the living, dining, and bedroom are in all residential units; electrical provision for the water heater; water tanks in the roof deck; cistern with 75,000 U.S. gallons; fire reserve tank with 60,000 U.S. gallons in the ground level; and in times of power interruption, 100% back-up power in each residential unit will be provided through a diesel-fueled engine generator set. The distribution of the power that would be supplied through the generator in this high-rise residential condominium are as follows–100% lighting and receptacle outlet for the common area, 100% life safety and essential load, 30% lighting and receptacle load for commercial area, and for residential units, one receptacle each for the refrigerator, for the living area, and for the master’s bedroom. Also, all the residential units in Wharton Parksuites would have its own individual electric and water sub-metering.
There are also recreational and leisure amenities like adult lap pool (25 x 5 meters), kiddie pool, taichi area, exercise zone, kiddie corner with rubber mat flooring, fitness center overlooking the pool, meditation area, naturally ventilated yoga room, rock gardens, viewing deck, water features, separate male and female shower rooms, jogging path, conversation nooks, chess corner, tutorial rooms, library with reading area and wi-fi Internet connection; music corner for violin, piano, guitar, and drum; high-ceilinged amenity lounge with soothing hard and softscape; and function room for parties and other events.
The residential units in Wharton Parksuites will be located on the 8th floor up to the 30th floor. Each high-rise residential condominium unit will have a height of 3.258 meters and the following are the unit inclusions:
Material to be used for the interior of the high-rise residential condominium units are:
Living & Dining : 600mm x 600mm homogenous tiles
Kitchen : 300mm x 300mm ceramic tiles
Bedrooms : Laminated floor finish
Toilet : 300mm x 300mm unglazed ceramic tiles with waterproofing
Unit Partitions : 6” thick CHB walls, latex semi gloss enamel paint finish
Interior Partitions : 4” thick CHB walls, latex semi gloss enamel paint finish
Toilet : 300mm x 300mm ceramic wall tiles
Living, Dining, Kitchen: Poured concrete off-form skim coated painted finish
Windows : Tempered glass on aluminum powder coated frame
Main Door : Wooden Panel door
Bedroom doors : Hollow core flush door
Toilet & Bath doors : Wood Door
Maid’s Room : PVC Accordion Door
Cabinets : MFC cabinets