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.
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.
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
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!