[Updated information about McKinley Hill’s FX terminal is now contained in this subsection of our article on “Commuters’ Guide to Fort Bonifacio“.]
McKinley Hill is a 50-hectare township development owned by Megaworld
Corporation. About 30% of land area is used for a low-density
residential development called McKinley Village. The rest mostly belongs
to either one of two types of development: residential high-rise
buildings and office buildings designed for business process outsourcing
The development of McKinley Hill started in the latter part of
1990s. As of today (early 2015), about 80% of the land is developed.
According to data posted in Wikipedia in April 2013, McKinley Hill had
over 4,713 condominium units in 34 residential condominium buildings,
482 residential lots, and close to 300,000 square meters of office space
spread across 17 office buildings. Today, these numbers would be even
higher as construction work at McKinley Hill has been going on at a
fervent pace in the past 12 months at least.
The Master Plan of McKinley Hill is taking more than 20 years to be fully realized.
Major residential developments
The main residential developments are: McKinley Village, which
includes McKinley Garden Villas 1 and 2 (completed); Tuscany Private
Estate, a medium-density condominium development (completed); The Venice
Luxury Residences, which is comprised of 7 high-rise condominium towers
(about 75% complete); The Viceroy Residences, a 4-tower development
that is scheduled to complete in 2016; The Florence, a 3-tower
condominium development that is scheduled to complete in end 2017;
lastly, there is a cluster of condominium developments between the South
Road and Florence Way that allow its residents easy access to Bonifacio
Global City. These are Morgan Suites (3 towers), and the Stamford
Residences (3 towers).
The whole Venice Luxury Residences will comprise of seven towers.
Major Office Developments
The main office buildings are: One World Square, 8/10 Upper McKinley
Road, 18/20 Upper McKinley Road, Two World Square, Three World Square; and McKinley Hill Science & Technology Plaza (Science Hub Towers 1, 2,
3, and 4).
Lots adjacent to Blue Leaf used to be reserved for
educational institutions, but now they are office buildings that include
8 Park Avenue Buildings A & B, Wells Fargo Manila.
The main retail facilities are in Venice Piazza and Tuscany. Most of the
establishments are restaurants. In addition, there are small shops and
banks at the ground floor of most office buildings. There is one
supermarket in McKinley Hill, namely Wellcome Supermarket, which is
located at the ground floor of Stamford Residences.
An extension of Venice Piazza is under construction. When completed,
it will contain Megaworld’s version of Realto Bridge and Venetian Canal.
There is one bus that links McKinley Hill to other Megaworld
developments in Metro Manila. The Citylink bus plies between Eastwood
City in Quezon City and Newport City via C5, with stops at McKinley Hill
and NAIA 3. For further information about this bus route, you can call telephone number 812-7472.
Other means of transport for going to McKinley Hill are just
private cars and taxis. Like Bonifacio Global City, jeepneys are not
allowed inside McKinley Hill. But there is a jeepney route that starts
in Market! Market! jeepney terminal and stops at Lawton Avenue, from
which one can walk to various destinations in McKinley Hill. For private
cars, there is a multi-storey parking building located behind the
office buildings of Two World Square and Three World Square. There are
footbridges that link the parking building to Venice Piazza, making it
convenient for shoppers and diners to access Venice Piazza. The parking
facilities for Tuscany, on the other hand, are not as ideal. The most
convenient parking spaces are street parking, but the number of slots is
very limited. There are some open parking lots located in various parts
of McKinley Hill. At certain hours of the day, these parking lots can
be really full.
Taxis are usually abundant in McKinley Hill during weekdays. There are
taxi lines outside major office buildings such as the One World Square
and Two World Square.
The square outside Venice Piazza (Piazza Grande) can be used for
events, and kids that come with their parents to dine or shop at Venice
Piazza can run around there. Other than that, there is not much open
space for the public in McKinley Hill. Maybe this will improve when the
Venetian Canal behind Venice Piazza is completed (in 2016?); there may
be more places for residents and visitors to relax outdoor.
For paying facilities, there is the Blue Leaf Events Pavillion,
located at Campus Avenue, for holding events like parties, weddings and
conferences. There is also Emperador Stadium, a football pitch made of
artificial turf near Campus Avenue where one can watch football (soccer)
matches when they are held. Soccer classes for kids are also held there
in the summer.
There are two international schools in McKinley Hill, Korean
International School and Chinese International School. The latter is
actually an international school that uses English as the teaching
medium with Chinese as a second language; thus, it is open to kids that
can speak little or no Chinese.