Ask any city dweller and they'll have totally different vibes about life in the North and South of Metro Manila. Before we dive in, let's lay down some ground rules. Just for the sake of discussion, the North will totally cover the whole 165.33 km2 of Quezon City. And to make things fair, we'll just put together Las Piñas, Parañaque, and Muntinlupa, which altogether cover an area of 120.97 km2. So, what about Makati and Pasig, Makati is like the southern end and Pasig is like the northern end.

These two big areas are having a battle of their own in another article. We'll help you figure out the eternal dilemma of where to live in Metro Manila: South or North?

When you're looking to buy a home, one of the big things to think about is how much it's gonna cost to live in that area. This will help you figure out if you can keep up with your lifestyle or if you have enough money for basic expenses. The north part of Metro Manila is actually pretty chill when it comes to living costs. Land and rent prices are way more affordable there. So, according to the Bureau of Internal Revenue, the zonal values are like around Php1,000 to Php30,000 per square meter.

The winner is North.

History and culture

Quezon City was founded by former president Manuel Quezon who made it the capital of the Philippines from 1948 to 1976. The south area, on the other hand, prospered in the late 1990s as residential hub from being a farming district. If we use hollywood movies as reference, we can consider the south as west coast with its chill vibes, and the north as east coast with its artsy characteristics. It's home to a number of museums and historical landmarks.

Winner: North

Available space

Southern cities were planned with residential areas in mind. There's wider sidewalks and more green spaces that totally encourage a healthier lifestyle. The communities were designed to accommodate modern conveniences and at the same time, enjoy the natural environment. Naturally, more homes have a space for a garden where children can play around.

South won!

Modernization and development

Real estate experts think that there is a lot of room for urban growth in the south. In the towns, there are a lot of modern homes. In the last few years, there has also been a lot of economic growth in the south. For example, there are now technoparks in nearby places like Laguna and Batangas.

South won.


This is relative to where you want to go, where you work, or where you go to school. It also depends whether you drive or you commute when you go to these places. Of course, it is ideal if you live and work or study in the same area. But if not, then living in the north or south is a big deal. Let's have central Manila as a point of reference. If you're coming from the south, driving would be fast and convenient but you have to spend a lot on toll fees. If you're coming from the north, public transportation like LRT and MRT is your best option to go from point A to point B. It's cheaper and relatively faster but highly inconvenient.

Winner: Tie (subjective)


Both areas could argue that they have the best dining scene (BF versus Maginhawa, anyone?). Some would prefer the laid back atmosphere in the south. But others would like the more bohemian scene in the north. There will always be personal biases. The important thing is you know what you want and you enjoy where you live.

Winner: Tie (subjective)

When it comes to the great debate of living in the North or South of the Philippines, both areas offer unique charms and advantages

A full life up north- The Alviera way


Idyllic hillside living in the south (Hillside Ridge) by Alveo


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