Best neighborhoods to live in Santiago...

PICHARDO

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I would like to know what you guys think of Villa Maria. It is a relatively new community located behind the hospital of the Duarte Autopista. My parents just bought a house there and I want to know if there is potential for this neighborhood. The houses are pretty nice. There's still a lot of construction going on and the roads are pretty bumpy (obviously due to the construction). There are beautiful homes though and my thoughts are that it might be a booming place within the next 5 years. Please let me know. Thanks.


This post is OLD but for those considering Villa Maria: DON'T!!!!!

That's exactly where SAMBIL is erecting their second shopping center in Santiago...
 

ME01

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East side of town... What neighborhoods specifically? We are considering renting or the first year so might need to hold on the build option til we are more acclimated etc. Tks!!!!

The East side of town is the place to be and you have plenty of options. If you would like to build you could save 20% or more and have a house built to your specifications. Let me know if you'd like more info. I live in Los Llanos de Gurabo II.
 

Chip

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This post is OLD but for those considering Villa Maria: DON'T!!!!!

That's exactly where SAMBIL is erecting their second shopping center in Santiago...

With all due respect compai one can enter and exit Villa Maria from the Rafeal Vidal as well as the autopista in order to avoid traffic as needed. Villa Maria by all accounts has a good reputation, many nice homes and plenty of lots for sale.
 

Chip

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East side of town... What neighborhoods specifically? We are considering renting or the first year so might need to hold on the build option til we are more acclimated etc. Tks!!!!

Everything East of E Sadhalla, North of the autopista (except El Embrujo) and south of the Carr. turistica. Use Google Maps and you will see. Your best bet is to have a realtor drive you around. I can recommend one if you speak Spanish. If not, rent a car and do it yourself. I will be glad to offer more info to help.
 

PICHARDO

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With all due respect compai one can enter and exit Villa Maria from the Rafeal Vidal as well as the autopista in order to avoid traffic as needed. Villa Maria by all accounts has a good reputation, many nice homes and plenty of lots for sale.


With the same respect compai, once Sambil builds there it will be nearly impossible to keep that quiet and nice around...

Already some impact is being felt from La Sirena, let alone this huge thing...

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Chip

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As Villa Maria is fairly expansive I would say the properties that are far enough away from the traffic and "la bulla" would still be attractive. Maybe more so with what appears to be a comprehensive commercial center so close. Speaking of Sambil, is it just one business or many business similar to what Wal Mart does in the States, ie they build their building and then lease out various adjacent outparcels?
 

PICHARDO

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As Villa Maria is fairly expansive I would say the properties that are far enough away from the traffic and "la bulla" would still be attractive. Maybe more so with what appears to be a comprehensive commercial center so close. Speaking of Sambil, is it just one business or many business similar to what Wal Mart does in the States, ie they build their building and then lease out various adjacent outparcels?


Nope!

They build a huge building with hundreds of stores laid out in a ring pattern and by allocated areas. They include a live performing theater, aquarium, etc... It's like a mini indoor's city of sorts...

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ME01

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We do speak Spanish fluently and we were planning on just driving around ourselves. We've been told you really don't need a realtor. Is this true? Our focus is on apartment buildings in Los Jardines Metropolitanos, La Trinitaria, La Zurza, La Esmeralda, La Rosaleda. What's the best way of finding property if we go the route of doing it ourselves. More info would be great and very helpful...we're there in a few days and want to make the most of our time.

Everything East of E Sadhalla, North of the autopista (except El Embrujo) and south of the Carr. turistica. Use Google Maps and you will see. Your best bet is to have a realtor drive you around. I can recommend one if you speak Spanish. If not, rent a car and do it yourself. I will be glad to offer more info to help.
 

Chip

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We do speak Spanish fluently and we were planning on just driving around ourselves. We've been told you really don't need a realtor. Is this true? Our focus is on apartment buildings in Los Jardines Metropolitanos, La Trinitaria, La Zurza, La Esmeralda, La Rosaleda. What's the best way of finding property if we go the route of doing it ourselves. More info would be great and very helpful...we're there in a few days and want to make the most of our time.

You don't necessarily need a realtor and driving around and getting phone numbers from the to rent signs should be fine. If your Spanish is not really good you might want to have someone review the contract for you.

In addition to the areas you mentioned check out the areas I spoke about. BTW, the areas you've mentioned will be expensive for Santiago.
 

waytogo

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Had an apartment in La Trinitaria, will never live that close to the Monument again. Whenever there is an event, IT IS SO LOUD and it lasts until the wee hours of the night.....forget sleeping, and the events are numerous...

B in Santiago
 

PICHARDO

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Had an apartment in La Trinitaria, will never live that close to the Monument again. Whenever there is an event, IT IS SO LOUD and it lasts until the wee hours of the night.....forget sleeping, and the events are numerous...

B in Santiago

Correction:

You had an apartment with cheap windows installed!
 

waytogo

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Correction:

You had an apartment with cheap windows installed!

And you know this how............Everything about this building was 1st class, it was right around the block from where the President stays when he is in Santiago. But, since you are a person who can't even get his shadows correct, I doubt you would even know a good window from a cheap one. Oh, I forgot, you are all knowing.....
I'll bet you even know what direction my windows were facing......

B in Santiago....with cheap windows...lol
 

PICHARDO

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And you know this how............Everything about this building was 1st class, it was right around the block from where the President stays when he is in Santiago. But, since you are a person who can't even get his shadows correct, I doubt you would even know a good window from a cheap one. Oh, I forgot, you are all knowing.....
I'll bet you even know what direction my windows were facing......

B in Santiago....with cheap windows...lol


B in Santiago, good windows block the outdoors noise effectively! I know so because...

Your apartment building could have been made of Gold nuggets with diamonds for paint, still the windows were cheap!
 

waytogo

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B in Santiago, good windows block the outdoors noise effectively! I know so because...

Your apartment building could have been made of Gold nuggets with diamonds for paint, still the windows were cheap!

Who am I to doubt the ALL KNOWING of everything in all three dimensions......
Now, were the gold nuggets 14 or 18 carat......

B in Santiago
 

ME01

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Thanks Chip. What would you estimate is the monthly range is in US dollars for the areas I mentioned in my prior post? We need a 3 bedroom apt.