Building a home close to nature | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

Looking for a forever-home or investing in a 2nd home in the country is one of the Filipino family’s dreams.

Proximity to work and schools, as well as a good environment with fresh air, a quiet neighborhood, and low risk from natural calamities, are primary considerations.

“It seems impossible to find all these factors in choosing where to build your home,” says Antonio Montinola, President of Mary’s Garden Realty, the developer of Tierra Maria Estates. “But we have actually put all these considerations in place when we developed Tierra Maria Estates.”

The Montinola family has been in land development since the 1970’s in Silay City (Antilla and St. Francis Subdivisions) and Bacolod City (Villa Maria Reyna). The family started visiting Lipa in the early 90’s for prayer and pilgrimage. It was then quite natural for them to seek a beautiful wooded area in the heart of Lipa City for a subdivision, with the dream of providing a setting that would promote a tranquil lifestyle for the homeowners and enhance their health of mind, body and spirit. They saw the potential for all these in the property, which is within reach of city comforts, and now known as Tierra Maria Estates.


Tierra Maria Estates offers a one-of-a-kind concept of living in a serene community located within reach of the metropolis. Beautifully designed around a natural orchard terrain and bird sanctuary, the residential subdivision maintains a soothing and close-to-nature ambience with exceptionally luxuriant flora and fauna. Most of the vegetation in Tierra Maria consists of lush, mature trees, such as acacia, mahogany, coffee and fruit trees, that were retained to preserve the land’s ecosystem, and for the residents to enjoy.

Tierra Maria Estates has also stayed true to the devout spirit of Lipa by building a beautifully designed Marian Park and Meditation Garden within the subdivision property. “Our inspiration for building this community is the Blessed Virgin Mary. That is why we named it Tierra Maria, which means land of Mary,” explains Mr. Montinola. Recently, Tierra Maria Estates has become home to the Theology House of the Order of the Clerics Regular Minor or the Adorno Fathers and Brothers whose chapel is open to the public for regular Masses and veneration. Masses are regularly held from Mondays to Fridays at 6AM; Saturdays at 7AM; and Sundays at 8AM. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is held every day from Mondays to Fridays at 6PM.

Located in the heart of Lipa City, Tierra Maria Estates spans 33 hectares of fertile land that allows residents to enjoy year-round cool weather in a healthy, tranquil and unspoiled environment. Tierra Maria Estates is a unique subdivision-community that offers true countryside living within reach of urban amenities and city centers.

“What makes us different is that our residential farm estates are affordable, despite being in a premium area and developed with quality in mind,” explains Mr. Montinola. “Most of our residents have been so pleasantly surprised by how affordable the properties are, considering how big the individual lots are.”

“More importantly, we have been able to maintain the most attractive elements in countryside living– spacious and not overcrowded, with fresh clean air and good soil because we have preserved the integrity of the environment, and a neighborhood that is tranquil and stress-free—all these without sacrificing everyday comforts that every homeowner and members of the family should have” concludes Mr. Montinola.

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