Al-Khor Townhomes San Juan is the brainchild of Edith Alba Khorakiwala, a former banker and corporate executive who gave up the peripatetic life of a woman on the go to settle down in Mumbai and raise her young family. Even so, she always had this vision of doing something for the neighborhood where she and three generations of her clan grew up.
Mrs. Khorakiwala wanted to translate her childhood memories into a thriving community of modern families living in understated luxury at the heart of the bustling metropolis yet away from its noise and clutter.
Little did she know that not too far into the future, she would indeed build stylish homes in the very same area that she knows like the back of her hand.
It did not take much to convince her businessman-husband to invest in the project nearest to her heart and mind. Taizoon Fakhruddin Khorakiwala owns the Switz Group, a leading bakery conglomerate in the Middle East with 15 companies making up its business portfolio. It is based in the United Arab Emirates, and keeps a conspicuous presence in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Oman, India, and Sri Lanka, as well as business partnerships with Dawn Foods of the U.S. and Bauli of Italy. In the Philippines, the Switz Group maintains an egg pasteurization plant that supplies fresh eggs to major bakeshop chains in the country.
In 2012, the Khorakiwala couple entered the Philippine real estate industry as developers, naming their company Al-Khor Dynamic Builders, Inc. which would offer town houses with gated security and bearing the mark of quality in construction comparable to the big names in the field.
Al-Khor Townhomes are designed by Architect Dino Padilla and Interior Designer Marja Corcuera of Diseno.
San Juan City links the much bigger cities of Manila, Quezon and Mandaluyong and is probably the most strategic place to live in the whole of Metro Manila.
Al-Khor Townhomes Phase 1 and 2 are located in the peripheries of Barangay Onse and Barangay Tibagan. Phase 3 – bigger in scope and grander in scale – will soon rise in the vicinity. The new project will have a podium and swimming pool with gym, among other exciting features.
Such landmarks as Aquinas School, Dominican College, Santuario del Santo Cristo Church, St. John’s Academy and St. Martin de Porres Hospital are within walking distance. The wet markets of Agora in San Juan and Kalentong in Mandaluyong are a short jeepney ride away, as are Greenhills Shopping Center and Cardinal Santos Memorial Medical Center. Public transportation (via jeepney, taxi and pedicab) is available 24 hours a day.
The surroundings are mostly residential with no high rises to obstruct the landscape – a gentle throwback to Old Manila with lots of trees and breathing space. The feeling of community is palpable while the sense of privacy is a natural fit. Being off the main roads endows the place with an atmosphere of peace and quiet – the perfect place to go home to after a hard day at work.