Much of Marikina is composed of residential areas. Most middle class and upper class families reside in the many villages and subdivisions in the city. Some of the city’s prominent gated communities are Loyola Grand Villas, SSS Village, the Rancho Estates, WOODRIDGE VALLEY HEIGHTS, TIMBERLAND HEIGHTS, and the OUR LADY OF LOURDES EXECUTIVE VILLAGE.
Marikina also has the newly erected Marquinton Residences Complex, which is a compound of high-rise condominiums situated along Sumulong highway in Calumpang. The first of its kind in the city, it is a favored residence of many middle to upper class young professionals and starting families. It features a park and play area for children, adult and kiddie swimming pools, a spa, and a health club. Also housed within the complex is the affluent Blue Wave Mall.