Somebody was giving out flyers for this property in San Pedro that was being developed by Filinvest Land. We met up with the agent and scheduled a visit.
Even if the place was a bit more remote than our current location, the Glens seemed to be accessible since public transportation was available even if it was a bit difficult. There were also a number of potential access roads to Manila and the Expressway via Daang Hari, San Pedro and Susana Heights Exits. We liked the model houses that were shown to us. The place was very cool and windy. I fell in love with the 2-storey 3 bedroom model house and it was within the upper-level of our budget. Association dues were PhP2 per square meter per month which includes grass cutting, shuttle service to Alabang and security. Compared to how the turnover unit of Carmona Estates, their units are designed to be truly ready for occupancy.
One marketing ploy designed to make people buy the property immediately is anticipated price increase. We were told that we had to make a reservation by the second week of February because the rates will go up by 8% after that.
One the night before we scheduled the trip to the developer's office to make a reservation, I decided to check the internet again for anything about the Glens. I found something that I did not like at Journal.com.ph and from DZRH interactive.
Apparently, the residents of Parksprings have been complaining about two things:
1. There is a piggery near Parksprings and the foul smell of the pigs' excrement reaches Parksprings. Here is a comment of one resident named Winston Licos:
I am still staying at the Glens, and unfortunately the foul odor coming from the piggery(ies) is experienced, on the average, 4 days in a week. Especially, as you have mentioned, during rainy and windy seasons. I have yet to check again with the Business Licensing and Permit office of the Municipality of San Pedro if the remaining piggery(ies) have renewed their licenses for this year. As per my inquiry last year, they have renewed last Jan. 2010 for the last year and is supposed to renew again Jan. of this year for the year 2011. If they already did, I guess, we (homeowners) would have to bear for another year with the foul smell. The odor is usually accompanied by "smoke." I would like to think that this smoke comes from the preparation of feeds for the hogs and I also presume that they do the cleaning at night. As for the daytime, there is no specific time, mainly because it is dependent on the wind direction for that day. And yes, apparently Filinvest is doing something to resolve the issue. But based from my inquiries as well, there is no specific time frame and/ or person in-charge of this issue. As you have said, it might take years to solve the issue. I was offered to transfer to Phase 2 but when I checked and "smelled" the area, since the distance from my current residence at Phase 1 to Phase is negligible, the foul smell reaches that area as well.2. Joey Papa of the Journal Online reports of an email complaint about toxic fumes from a dumpsite close to the Glens:
Links to these comments can be found HERE and HERE.
With these reports, we had no choice but to back out. I texted the agent informing her about what I found out and telling her that we will no longer get any property there. She said that Filinvest is currently working on the removal of that piggery and that she wanted us to visit the place one more time to prove to us that the smell does not reach the phase where the available lots are being sold. She even told us that Filinvest was willing to lower the downpayment to only 10% of the total contract price just to convince us. But to us, that was a sign of desperation.
I hope things eventually work out in the end for the poor residents of Parksprings, San Pedro. I still believe that Filinvest is a great developer. This location just had environmental problems that made it unacceptable for us to live there.