My wife, Linda, and I hadn’t exactly planned on buying a vacation home. It’s not like we’re property moguls—I’m retired and my wife is on a one-year sabbatical.
But on a vacation to San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, in March of last year, our plans changed dramatically.
On the last day of that vacation, just for fun, I had the brainy idea to spend our time looking at properties—our own version of House Hunters International.
One house we looked at really stood out. Just 10 minutes north of San Juan Del Sur, overlooking the little fishing village as well as three different Pacific bays, it was in an incredibly tranquil location. Besides the sounds of howler monkeys calling from the nearby forest, I was struck by how quiet and private the area was.
A four-bedroom, three-bathroom house spread over two separate wings, it came complete with an orchid garden and its own swimming pool—and room to hang a hammock on the porch. Inside, the house is not elaborate…but the surrounding area and views are incredible.
But impressed as I was, I didn’t think we were seriously planning to buy. Little did I know how impressed my wife was with the house, too. Linda made him a low-ball offer. Two weeks later, we owned a house!
We’ve decided for the time being to rent our house while we’re not there, using VRBO and Flipkey—two websites where vacation-rental owners can advertise their property—to share our remarkable find with others.
We knew it would be popular with adventure-seekers—who come to San Juan to hike the hillsides…zip line…sport fish…and hunt—and especially with surfers who come from miles around for some of the best surfing in Nicaragua. It also suits the vacationer who comes to get away from it all.
Currently, we rent the house for $1,200 per week. While we are in the States, we employ both a property manager and a caretaker to take care of the property in our absence.
Eventually, when we move to the property full-time, we’ll make it into a B&B, but right now we’re content to have others enjoy this property as much as we have.
If, when we live here, someone decides they want to rent the house for a week or longer…we’re happy to oblige. When they’re in it, we’ll happily take a vacation from our vacation home…and go see what else is out there in the world!
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