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    Default DR1ers who live in Zona Colonial

    I want to get an idea what the rental market is like in Zona Colonial, SD. I am considering renting a 1 bedroom apartment there in a nice building on a quiet, safe street. I am not looking for a "hole in the wall" type place; I want a nice apartment. Anyone "in the know" please give me an idea what I can expect to pay for furnished and unfurnished apartments like I described.

    I am not limiting my options to ZC so if anyone has info on apartments in other neighborhoods in SD, I would appreciate it. The area around Abraham Lincoln and 27 would be convienent for me too.

    Thanks in advance.

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    I asked a friend who rents in ZC and this is what he said:
    "The problem specifically is that there is NO rental market in the ZC... You can find anything at any price. But just to give an idea, a "nice furnished appartment in a quiet, safe street" is likely to be expensive. I'd say mininum 500-600US$ if you want water and light 24h. But they're quite hard to find, it works mainly with word of mouth. I am paying 430US for a one-bedroom appartment with basic furnitures, light and water almost 24h. But I was lucky."

    I saw one for rent close to my house, interested? We could have BBQs even for breakfast! Juanita

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    Quote Originally Posted by Larry View Post
    I want to get an idea what the rental market is like in Zona Colonial, SD. I am considering renting a 1 bedroom apartment there in a nice building on a quiet, safe street. I am not looking for a "hole in the wall" type place; I want a nice apartment. Anyone "in the know" please give me an idea what I can expect to pay for furnished and unfurnished apartments like I described.

    I am not limiting my options to ZC so if anyone has info on apartments in other neighborhoods in SD, I would appreciate it. The area around Abraham Lincoln and 27 would be convienent for me too.

    Thanks in advance.

    Larry
    Residencial La Fonte on Mercedes/Santome has furnished studio apt with inverter, I lived there for 2 years. small but ok, lights most of the time, only problem is they also rent out for 2wks or so, some of the incoming neghbors need to be told to keep it quiet once in a while. email is [email protected], or 809-685-8381 x111. I paid about 8krd a month. Everything included, lights water, furniture, TV.
    Lots of other places, furnished/unfurnished, but as juanita says word of mouth on finding the cheaper ones,

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    I currently live in a spacious fully furnished one bedroom in the Zona. I'm on the third floor with two balconies, the place is nice and so is the building. My biggest complaint is that my living room furniture is more like lawn furniture, not comfortable at all. I'm paying about US$400 a month. With gas/elec it comes to about $415. I put together a list of prices that may be of help. Please if anyone disagrees tell me. From looking at other DR1 threads, my building, and the local newspapers, I came up with the following estimates for furnished apts. in the Zona:
    Studio: RD $8,000-10,000 (US$242-303)
    One Bedroom: RD$13,000-15,000 (US$393-454)
    Two Bedroom: RD$19,000-21,000 (US$575-636)
    Three Bedroom: RD$27,000-29,000 (US$818-878)

    Larry, there's usually available apt's in my building. If you want the landlord's contact I can give it to you.
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    Does the Colonial Zone experience 12 hour black outs like other parts of SD? Does being a major tourist attraction mean it has power more often than other places in the country?

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    Quote Originally Posted by joel pacheco View Post
    Does the Colonial Zone experience 12 hour black outs like other parts of SD? Does being a major tourist attraction mean it has power more often than other places in the country?

    I dont know but this is something I am looking into. I currently live in Gazcue and the power rarely goes out here.

    Larry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Larry View Post
    I dont know but this is something I am looking into. I currently live in Gazcue and the power rarely goes out here.

    Larry
    Larry, there is a small sector of the Colonial Zone that (almost) never has power outages. Why? because it is connected to the same 'circuit' as the Palacio Nacional.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mirador View Post
    Larry, there is a small sector of the Colonial Zone that (almost) never has power outages. Why? because it is connected to the same 'circuit' as the Palacio Nacional.

    Interesting, thanks.

    Larry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Larry View Post
    I want to get an idea what the rental market is like in Zona Colonial, SD. I am considering renting a 1 bedroom apartment there in a nice building on a quiet, safe street. I am not looking for a "hole in the wall" type place; I want a nice apartment. Anyone "in the know" please give me an idea what I can expect to pay for furnished and unfurnished apartments like I described.

    I am not limiting my options to ZC so if anyone has info on apartments in other neighborhoods in SD, I would appreciate it. The area around Abraham Lincoln and 27 would be convienent for me too.

    Thanks in advance.

    Larry
    I rent in zona colonial,solome urena,very quiet...3 bedroom.2 bath unfurnished,I pay 9100 pesos...my elec is around 800 mo average...hardly any blackouts...water is 125. and garbage pickup is 100.all pesos...
    it is hard to find any advertised...like others have said,it is mainly word of mouth...that is how I found his one several years ago...
    bob

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    bob you are lucky, salome ureña is nice. I lived there for a few months on the block closest to Hostos. They just fixed up another building, gonna be a hotel called Hostal Ureña I think. Nice place.

    There are plenty of places, and in the range you're thinking Larry it would cost you minimum about 12 or 13,000 I should imagine. Lights are more constant in the zone nowadays, but water can still be a problem. What Mirador said about the palacio is dubious: I am on that circuit; a transformer in the nearby substation exploded and there have been problems ever since. Plus even the Palacio is not immune to the new wave of blackouts we are having. Actually my friends in the zone are doing better than I am lately.

    Everything in the zone is by word of mouth (radio bemba) and sometimes you will find signs out as well. You have to walk around, ask around, knock on doors. Plus there are many new high-end condos going up, like the Paseo Colonial. A new apt block is going up on Sanchez and Mercedes. There are also full houses available, some in bad condition, some ok and they can rent for as little as the apartments.

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