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A $600 per month Long Term Rental Property in San Juan del Sur

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This article is part 2 of a 5 part series where we will show examples of long term rental properties in San Juan del Sur ranging in price from $350 – $2600 USD per month.

Today’s rental is a one bedroom, one bathroom apartment with shared pool that rents for $600 USD per month.

THE NEIGHBORHOOD

This property is situated in a quiet development 10 minute’s drive North of San Juan del Sur. From here it takes about 30 minutes to walk to town. 

The houses in this development are a mix of vacation rentals and long term rentals. There are also a few homes with the owner’s living in them either full time or part time.

PROPERTY DETAILS

This apartment is newly constructed. It is one of 4 units in the building. It is equipped with solar hot water and air conditioning throughout.

It also has the following:

  • Shared Internet
  • Satellite TV
  • 1 queen sized bed
  • 4 burner gas stove with oven
  • New refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Dining table for 4
  • 1 floor fan
  • Shared pool & covered outdoor area
  • Fenced yard
  • Outdoor shower
  • Shared gas BBQ
  • Shared washing machine & clothesline
  • Screens on doors & windows
  • Back up water tank

The owner allows small well behaved dogs.

PROS & CONS

There are definitely more pros than cons with this rental.

The shared pool and covered outdoor area is a major perk with this property. Especially given the price. It’s rare to find a rental in San Juan del Sur with a pool – let alone a big fenced yard – for $600 USD per month.

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~ A $600 per month One Bedroom, One Bathroom Apartment: San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

This apartment has a large bedroom with a decent sized closet and a dresser. 

It has a good amount of storage not only in the bedroom, but also in the bathroom and kitchen. More than what most rentals in this price point usually have.

The kitchen is well equipped with a coffee maker, blender, pots, pans and plenty of dishes and cutlery.

One negative with this apartment is the small living room. The kitchen is nicely finished – but also quite small – with little space for food prep.

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This property’s out of town location provides peace and quiet; something you don’t get when living right in the center of San Juan.

The 30 minute walk to get to town from this rental is not ideal. Especially in the heat – on a dusty road – with no shade coverage. Then there is rainy season (and a road that turns into one big mud puddle) to deal with. Additionally, there are a few unlit sections of road on this commute and therefore walking after dark is not advisable.

Some form of personal transportation is recommended for a stay here.

TOTAL COST TO LIVE IN THIS LONG TERM RENTAL PROPERTY?

The monthly rental rate for this apartment is $600 USD plus electricity. Shared internet, satellite TV and water are included in the rent.

The current tenant’s use air conditioning in the bedroom from 7 or 8 pm at night until 6 am in the morning. Their electricity bill averages around $100 USD per month. Without air conditioning use the bill would likely be in the $20 – $40 USD per month range.

The owner also charges $12 USD per month which is 1/4 of the electricity costs to power the washing machine, swimming pool pump and outside lights on the property.

Propane for the gas stove is also the tenant’s responsibility. A tank costs $10 USD. Depending on how much you cook a tank will last between 2 and 3 months. 

Give or take the cost to live here (with air conditioning use at night) rounds up to $715 USD per month.  

SUITABILITY

This home is best suited for a quiet mature single or couple who don’t mind sharing outdoor space with a few others. With this property being out of town it works best for people who have personal transportation. 

BOTTOM LINE

Based on the quality standard and amenities this apartment is value priced at $600 USD per month. It is the perfect rental for those who prefer luxuries over square footage.

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A $350 per month Long Term Rental Property in San Juan del Sur

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~ A $350 per month Two Bedroom, One Bathroom Apartment: Barrio Frente Sur, San Juan del Sur

This article is part 1 of a 5 part series where we will show examples of long term rental properties in San Juan del Sur ranging in price from $350 per month up to $2600 USD per month.

The first rental we have to share with you is a furnished two bedroom, one bathroom apartment that rents for $350 USD per month.

THE NEIGHBORHOOD

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~ A $350 per month 2 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom Apartment: Barrio Frente Sur, San Juan del Sur

This modest apartment is located in the neighborhood of Barrio Frente Sur. It is situated 5 blocks from the central market and 5 blocks from the beach. From here it takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes to walk to the Pali (local grocery store).

It is predominantly Nicaraguans – interspersed with a few foreigners – that live in this neighborhood.

Barrio Frente Sur is a typical San Juan del Sur barrio. Dogs roam freely in the narrow streets. Roosters crow at all hours of the day and night. And the explosion of bombas from central park can also heard at any given time of the day or night.

PROPERTY DETAILS

This home DOES NOT have hot water, air conditioning or a washing machine but it is equipped with the following:

  • Shared Internet
  • Cable TV
  • 4 burner gas stove with oven
  • “Newish” refrigerator
  • Dining table for 4
  • 2 double sized beds
  • 2 floor fans 
  • Large covered deck
  • Security bars on doors & windows
  • Laundry sink & clothesline
  • Back up water tank

PROS & CONS

The property’s central location eliminates the need for personal transportation. Bars on the doors and windows provide added security.

One of the best features of this rental is the large covered deck.

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~ A $350 per month 2 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom Apartment: Barrio Frente Sur, San Juan del Sur

When it comes to furniture this rental is better outfitted than most at this price point.

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~ A $350 per month 2 Bedroom, One Bathroom Apartment: Barrio Frente Sur, San Juan del Sur

Another plus with this apartment is the fact that it has a back up water tank. City water in San Juan del Sur is often out during the day. Living without a back up water tank grows old very fast. 

This apartment has a few features left to be desired. Small windows in the bedrooms means limited airflow. Storage space is also very limited.

The kitchen is quite small, with very little counter space for food prep. And as you can see there is very little storage for dishes and nowhere to store food.

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TOTAL COST TO LIVE IN THIS LONG TERM RENTAL PROPERTY?

The monthly rental rate for this property is $350 USD. This rate is based on a 6 month or longer term. Utilities (electricity, water, internet, cable TV) are not included. 

The owner of this apartment told me the monthly electricity bill averages less than $20 USD. This is partly due to the fact that the property doesn’t have hot water, air conditioning or a washing machine.

The monthly water bill averages around $4 USD.

Internet is shared with the lower level unit. The owner charges $15 USD per month for the internet and cable TV package.

Propane for the gas stove is the tenant’s responsibility. A tank costs $10 USD. Depending on how much cooking is done a tank will last between 2 and 3 months.

Give or take total monthly cost to live here rounds out at $392 USD. 

SUITABILITY

This apartment is best suited for a couple or two friends. It could also work well for a family of 3. It is great rental for those who don’t need all the comforts of home and want to keep their monthly rental costs low.

BOTTOM LINE

If you can live with minimal airflow in the bedroom and don’t mind putting out a few bucks to purchase some items like dressers, storage bins and seating for the deck this home ranks up there at the top of those in this budget category. 

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Looking for a long term rental property in San Juan del Sur? We can help you find it!  http://innicanow.com/home-finder-relocation-san-juan-del-sur/

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