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    Question Need advice re search for 3 month rental in Santo Domingo

    Hey good people of DR1,

    I'm about a week away from a 3 month, possibly more, stretch in the Dominican Republic. I chose Santo Domingo central, it seems to offer most of what I want, well based on googling. Could I get some advice on how to go about finding a comfortable apartment based on my preferences which are;

    * neighborhood that is fairly walk-able, meaning a decent saturation of amenities like bars, restaurants, groceries, etc.
    * with being walk-able, also fairly safe, meaning its not insane to walk the neighborhood at late night

    As for the apartment my main concerns and preferences are;

    * not getting taken advantage of
    * which channels I use- agent, airbnb, local craiglist, etc.
    * budget of $500'ish USd.
    * prefer 1 bedroom as apposed to studio
    * full kitchen

    Thanks folks.

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    To add also despite essentially knowing 0 spanish I'd prefer NOT to live in a tourist/expat bubble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newViews View Post
    To add also despite essentially knowing 0 spanish I'd prefer NOT to live in a tourist/expat bubble.
    You won't have to worry about that in SD Centro.


    One bedroom furnished for $500 USD is low end starting point. That is you also want A/C, reliable electricity, internet, 24 hour security, etc.

    Does your three month stay include having to work somewhere because if so try to find a place close to place of employment. Traffic in SD is terrible at the least Monday to Friday.

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    No, i'm not tied to anything.. well only dependable internet coverage.

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    I would suggest you think about the Colonial Zone. The reason is that it is completely walk-able, has a good saturation of bars and restaurants, has good supermarkets (Nacional in the Conde is excellent) as well as other useful shops like Ferreteria Cuesta, has cultural things like museums and hotels that your friends can stay in if they visit. Plus the area is one of the safest in the city, there are a lot of police in the Conde and even at night you will be reasonably safe walking home provided that you stick to the Conde.

    Most of the Colonial Zone has 24 hour electricity, which only goes off when Edeeste decide to maintain the system (about once a week).

    Budget wise you will get something for US$ 500, but I would suggest you go up from there if you can as the nicer places in the Colonial Zone such as Narai start higher, but have things like swimming pools and 24 hour security. I know the Colonial Zone very well, so feel free to ask questions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TropicalPaul View Post
    I would suggest you think about the Colonial Zone. The reason is that it is completely walk-able, has a good saturation of bars and restaurants, has good supermarkets (Nacional in the Conde is excellent) as well as other useful shops like Ferreteria Cuesta, has cultural things like museums and hotels that your friends can stay in if they visit. Plus the area is one of the safest in the city, there are a lot of police in the Conde and even at night you will be reasonably safe walking home provided that you stick to the Conde.

    Most of the Colonial Zone has 24 hour electricity, which only goes off when Edeeste decide to maintain the system (about once a week).

    Budget wise you will get something for US$ 500, but I would suggest you go up from there if you can as the nicer places in the Colonial Zone such as Narai start higher, but have things like swimming pools and 24 hour security. I know the Colonial Zone very well, so feel free to ask questions.
    For your criteria, I 2nd this recommendation above! The only real downside there is if you have work travel and need to park there, which doesn't seem like an issue for you

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    Yes, la zona would be a very good choice or Gazcue. My preference would be Gazcue first, la zona second.

    Something in the area from Maxima Gomez east to la zona and from el malecon to avenida Bolivar should work.

    For a short stay of three months you can always get data service from Claro or Orange prepaid when and if the apartment internet goes down.

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    *not getting taken advantage of

    This is up to you. There will, at times on a daily basis (or more) be individuals trying to take advantage of you from the guys on the street which will want to change your dollars (I suggest you don't use them) to tour operators, taxi drivers (if you end up in Zona Colonial, use Uber or get the number for Apollo taxi. the taxis around the Zona are allowed to charge a higher (seems like double rate. By all means if you here someone saying to you "my fren", "my fren" RUN!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TropicalPaul View Post
    I would suggest you think about the Colonial Zone. The reason is that it is completely walk-able, has a good saturation of bars and restaurants, has good supermarkets (Nacional in the Conde is excellent) as well as other useful shops like Ferreteria Cuesta, has cultural things like museums and hotels that your friends can stay in if they visit. Plus the area is one of the safest in the city, there are a lot of police in the Conde and even at night you will be reasonably safe walking home provided that you stick to the Conde.

    Most of the Colonial Zone has 24 hour electricity, which only goes off when Edeeste decide to maintain the system (about once a week).

    Budget wise you will get something for US$ 500, but I would suggest you go up from there if you can as the nicer places in the Colonial Zone such as Narai start higher, but have things like swimming pools and 24 hour security. I know the Colonial Zone very well, so feel free to ask questions.
    There is a Spanish guy named Paco who owns a place on Duarte between Arzobispo Nouel y Padre Billini (a two story white wiith green trim building) next door to Drake's Pub - which by the way is the best new restauarnt/bar in the Zona Colonial. Not a full kitchen but you can prepare meals, it's clean, it's safe, etc.

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    Cool, so from my googling, I did note Gazcue and also Zona Universetaria seem like what I'm looking for. I did see Zona Colonial but it seemed like a tourist bubble and that I would prefer to avoid.

    Thanks for all the suggestion guys, so the plan was to get some leads prior to landing then stay in an hotel for a few days while I check out anything I had lined up.

    How do I go about finding possible places.. is there a local sites everyone posts rentals or would it be best to contact some agents? I see dr1 has a rental page but doesn't appear to be any listen for Santo Domingo.

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