Real estate options in El Salvador vary widely in pricing and standard

Living in the capital city of San Salvador is typical big city living. This buoyant metropolis has great music and museums on offer, as well as trendy bars and coffee shops. But like most capital cities you have to contend with traffic congestion, higher crime rates and a higher cost of living and real estate. That being said, San Salvador has an energy that is positively infectious.

Santa Tecla is a small city, situated at the southern foot of the San Salvador Volcano. It is just 9 miles from San Salvador. A lot of expats choose to live here because of its proximity to the capital, but Santa Tecla is a thriving area in its own right with great architecture, culture, shopping and nightlife.

The small city of Suchitoto has always been favored by Salvadorans as a weekend getaway. Visitors can enjoy water activities on the Embalse Cerron Grande, a pretty man-made lake surrounded by hills. With its whitewashed colonial buildings and cobbled streets, it still retains much of its Old World charm. The arts and culture festival in February draws world class artists and performers to it every year. Expats from all over the world have been welcomed into this bohemian little town, and real estate prices are on the up.

Property samples:

San Salvador: A split level house in Santa Tecla has a covered garage for two cars. The main level has a living room, dining room, kitchen with pantry, one half bath, a terrace, and a rear and side garden. The second level has three bedrooms one with en-suite and one shared bathroom. The complex has a clubhouse, gym, swimming pool, tennis courts, basketball court and 24-hour security. Price: $100,000.

Suchitoto: House for sale in Barrio Concepcion, this newly built home is located just 2.5 blocks north of the central Plaza de Suchitoto. The complete house is tiled throughout and has one-and-a-half bathrooms and two bedrooms, a smaller dining room and a large terrace with view overlooking the lower Barrio Concepcion. Price: $100,000.

The Casa Vieja 1856 is one of the few existing old historic homes in Suchitoto and is located only one block south of the central plaza. This 1,968-square-foot home sits on an approximately 8,611 square foot lot. This property would make a great boutique hotel or restaurant. The owner has city approved plans and budget for a technical restoration of the main house which is estimated at $60,000. It may be possible to negotiate the cost of restoration into the price for the right buyer. Price: $500,000.

 

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