Ayala Traingle gardens and the tall buildings
Bel-Air is known as one of the more affluent barangays of Makati City. It borders with San Lorenzo and Urdaneta, and these three areas make up the Central Business District (CBD). Bel-Air occupies 1.71 square kilometers of the city but only houses 18,280 residents (based on the National Statistics Office record in 2010), although there is a good choice of residential properties to rent.
Location of the Barangay
Barangay Bel-Air is also commonly known as Bel-Air Village. Built in four (4) phases – Bel-Air I to IV, the barangay now includes Ayala North, Buendia Avenue Extension, the Ayala Triangle, and the entire Salcedo Village. Bel-Air is bounded by EDSA (south east), Estrella Street (north east), Reposo (north west), and Jupiter Street (south west) plus Ayala North, Ayala Triangle, Salcedo Village and Gil Puyat extension.
The location makes it convenient for the residents to get to CBD and Makati Avenue. The good news is that many apartments and rooms are also available within the village, so if you have the budget, you might as well consider Bel-Air as your temporary home. The barangay boasts of its skyscrapping buildings and establishments and offers wide arrays of choices for bed, dine and businesses.
The residential areas in the Bel-Air village are gated with a manned security entrance, so you will definitely feel safe living in there. Phases 1, 3 and 4 are located near Rockwell and Jupiter Street, while Phase 2 is separated from the rest using Makati Avenue as the boundary. So don’t get confused with Salcedo Village being separated from Bel-Air because it is particularly the so-called business village of the barangay. It is originally a residential area, but has grown into a highly urbanized commercial center that it is today, so you can walk freely on the streets (e.g. HV de la Costa, Leviste, Valero, etc.) of Salcedo to go to office buildings, restaurants and condos.
The Ayala Land Corporation is responsible for the development of Bel-Air in 1957. The subdivision has 4 phases that consist of 950 houses and lots in total. Moreover, Ayala North, Ayala Triangle, Salcedo Village and Gil Puyat extension are still considered part of Bel-Air.
The sophistication that is Bel-Air may give you an intimidating vibe, but its community is as friendly as other smaller barangays. Visitors are most likely welcome to celebrate Pasinaya with them which is held every Thanksgiving day on a yearly basis. Pasinaya is a town fiesta that was established in 1993 with a goal to nurture friendship and community spirit among Bel-Air residents.
Ayala Triangle is one of the many go-to-tourist attractions in Bel-Air. It is a beautiful green park which includes several well known restaurants. The park is in its liveliest mood during Christmas and New Year, where dozens of Christmas lights and sounds are all over the place.
If you’re coming from EDSA highway, catch an MRT trip going to Buendia station. Drop off at Buendia and then take a taxi ride at the gas station. Ask the driver to drop you off at a specific location in Bel-Air.
Coming from Gil Puyat Avenue, Pasay, you may prefer taking a jeepney ride with a signboard that says Guadalupe MRT. Drop off at Jupiter Street or Makati Avenue, which is the boundary between Bel-Air Phase II and the other parts of the village.