In Nica Now moves into yet another long term rental in San Juan del Sur!
Yup, that’s right!
I know what many of you are thinking,
“Moved? Again? Gosh these guys move a lot!”
Unfortunately just 2 1/2 months after moving into our two bedroom, two bathroom rental home in the neighbourhood of Las Delicias we received notification from the home owner that he was moving back.
In 3 1/2 years of moving around this rental search proved to be the toughest one yet!
We started by telling everyone we knew we were looking for a rental. We posted on the Expats of San Juan del Sur Facebook page asking for help and we also spent some serious time pounding the pavement.
Over the course of a month and a half we viewed at least a dozen rentals in the $500 – $600 per month price range and sadly, none of them were suitable.
All but one, were lacking the quality standard and comforts we have become accustomed to and were looking for.
Thankfully — when I was just about ready to give up, pack my bags and move back to Canada — by some miracle we were able to secure an incredible rental we are both stoked about.
Our new one bedroom, two bathroom rental home is located just outside of town in a small development called Montemar.
SEALING THE DEAL
With some hard negotiating and a promise to lease for 1 year we were able to talk the home owners down from the advertised monthly rental rate of $950 USD to $550.
In addition to the base rent of $550 other monthly household expenses include the following:
~ Electricity (with no A/C use) $20 – $40 USD
~ Internet $70 USD
~ Satellite TV $17 USD
~ Water $4 USD
This all adds up to a bit more than we wanted to pay — the most we’ve ever had to pay for housing in Nicaragua in fact — but unfortunately these days in San Juan del Sur $500 – $600 per month, just doesn’t get you what it used to.
Like every other rental we’ve lived in there are some good things and some bad things about this home.
I’ll start with the good.
The house is situated up on a hill and has great airflow.
The water pressure is great and having on-demand hot water for showers is a bonus. Hooray for no more “suicide” showers!
Okay, now onto one of the best things about this property.
It has a pool!
Let me say it again.
WE. HAVE. A. POOL!
Now onto the bad.
The living room is sparsely furnished.
There are no curtains in the dining room.
And the white ceramic tile floor show up every single bit of dust, dirt and gecko poop (which there seems to be a lot of!)
Our kitchen sink is the size of what one would typically expect to have in their bathroom. Washing dishes in it is NO BUEÑO!
Overall, we really have absolutely nothing to complain about. Once again we feel very lucky to have found such a great rental.
With three moves in the last six months it’s a relief to know we don’t have to move again anytime in the near future.
And since we’re going to be here awhile we aren’t fussed over the fact that we may need to spend a little money to purchase things like curtains and or some additional furniture to make the house feel like a home.
Boy am I glad we didn’t have to move back to Canada!
Are you moving to San Juan del Sur and looking for a long term rental? We offer Home Finder & Relocation Services and would love to help you find your perfect rental home!
Posted on August 25, 2015, in Daily Life, Making the Move and tagged Condominiums Montemar, Expat in Nicaragua, expat life, Living in Nicaragua, long term rental, one bedroom, San Juan del Sur. Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.