Real Estate Opportunity: San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

A large pool and an Irish pub within stumbling distance of home? A beautiful beach just five minutes away? 

Sounds about right to me. 

Off we went to take a look.

Elisha and I wanted to get a realistic idea of the time it would take to get to Congo Hills from our rental house in San Juan del Sur, so when we pulled out of our barrio I set the timer on my watch. Even though we got stuck behind a bus – that stopped every 100 meters – we still managed to arrive at Congo Hills in just 10 minutes.

Our tour started with a walk around the property.  We immediately noticed how nice and breezy (and quiet) it was up on the hill.

The club house, hot tub and two pools overlooking Playa Remanso promptly captured our attention. From our vantage point we could see the rolling hills and valleys that lead down to the ocean. 

Real Estate Opportunity: San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

– Congo Hills Club House & Pool

Seamus let us in on a little known secret. 

The owner of O’Shea’s (the most popular Irish pub in Granada) is opening a second pub and restaurant in this location. Renovations for the restaurant are already underway and to ensure smooth sailing into the pub some road work along the entrance of the development is also being done. 

We made our way over to the spec homes that are situated about 100 meters from the club house. Colourful fruit trees and beautiful bright flowering plants surround the casitas.

Real Estate Opportunity: San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

– Two bedroom casita with roof top deck

Real Estate Opportunity: San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

– Lemon tree on the property

Two of the homes have already been purchased by yet another Irishman. He currently uses them as vacation rentals to generate income. 

We checked out a two bedroom, two bathroom home. The design was very North American with an open kitchen, dining and living room; a great layout for entertaining. 

Real Estate Opportunity: San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

– Open concept kitchen

Real Estate Opportunity: San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

– Living Room

Real Estate Opportunity in San Juan del Sur

– Master bedroom is equipped with en-suite bath

Real Estate Opportunity: San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

– Both bedrooms were larger than those in our current rental home

Real Estate Opportunity: San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

– Good size adjoining bathrooms with with nice finishings

The 1200 square feet of living space is a little more than what we are used to, but a little extra space is always welcome.

As we made our way up the staircase and onto the roof top deck we could picture ourselves enjoying beautiful sunsets and a cold Tona (local beer) or two.

Real Estate Opportunity:  San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

– Steps to the roof top patio

Real Estate Opportunity:  San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

– A great place to enjoy beautiful sunsets and frosty Tona

Currently priced at just $99 000 USD the houses are move in ready just waiting for someone to make them a home. Conservatively speaking this price is 20% – 30% lower than similar real estate listings that we’ve seen in the area.

Congo Hills sits on a 90 acre parcel of land, so the options are endless. Anything from a one-third acre to ten acre lots are available. The land can be used for single family homes, condominiums, a B&B or even a small hotel. 

An area close to the club house – just across the road from the existing homes – stood out to us.

Seamus described these parcels as “non-view” lots, which we found highly entertaining considering we could see the ocean from where we were standing. 

He went on to explain that the lots on the ridge, closer to the ocean, have more sweeping and dramatic views so those are the ones he classifies as ocean view. At least he isn’t into over promising or exaggerating the truth.

We’ve given it some thought and decided that our preference would be to buy a lot and build an energy efficient, environmentally friendly and inexpensive earth-bag home.

What’s great about Congo Hills is that as long as your home has white outside walls and a red clay tile roof it fits the current home design restrictions of the development.

"Non-Ocean view" lot from Congo Hills

“Non-Ocean view” lot from Congo Hills

Next steps for us?

Do some more research on earth-bag construction while we wait for our investments to mature and become available.  

Or… 

…get financing through Seamus (something that is almost unheard of in Nicaragua) and start construction now.

At as little as $20 000 USD for a “non-view” one third acre serviced lot we are seriously considering pulling the trigger while Congo Hills is still in its infancy. 

As mentioned previously Congo Hills does not have a website, nor is it listed with a realtor. This is one of those special word of mouth cases we talked about in our last article.

We will be looking for a few neighbours so we wanted to share Seamus’ contact information with you. Please note: Uncool, unfriendly and not fun people need not apply. 

Seamus Fitzgerald
(505) 8895-5728 Nicaragua
congohillsnicaragua@gmail.com

Alternately you may use the form below to contact Seamus.

Posted on April 20, 2013, in Daily Life, Real Estate and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Charlotte Lynch

    VERY interesting! Do these come furnished?

  2. Howdy, Elisha and Gord!

    I am in Granada now…
    and very interested in taking a look at this development.
    I may walk over to O’Shea’s in a few minutes and see if Seamus is in this afternoon.
    Thanks for the information and the photos.

    Steve

    • Hi Steve,

      Seamus lives here in San Juan del Sur, so unfortunately you won’t be able to find him at O’Shea’s.

      If you’re interested in making the trip to San Juan I know Seamus would be happy to give you a tour and chat.

      Cheers,
      Elisha

  3. Shawna Fedoruk

    Wow looks like a great place! Perhaps we will check it out when we are down there next week:)

  4. Scott Thompson

    Hi.

    Do you have rental listings for either Pacific or Caribbean coasts?

    Thanks.

    Best – Scott Thompson

  5. You have all the luck. I once had a book on earth-bag construction.

  6. Guys,

    I have been following you since mid Oct.and I am really excited for you. Seems as though many of us have the same dreams.

    My question is about the building restrictions. You mentioned the outside of the building, but do you know if there is a time limit on when the construction has to start and/or be completed if we were to purchase a lot now?

    Also do you know if Seamus has a lot layout diagram?

    Good luck guys!

    Valerie

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