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Tropical Paradise: Low Blood Pressure, Low Pulse, Parrots, Pool, Views, Home!

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

2 Br, 2 Ba Town Home 2 Blocks From Beach, Five Minutes To San Juan

Before you read about my home, please note. The boutique community is still under construction. While my building is not under construction, I want to be clear about potential noise. Sometimes it is barely noticeable, other times it is. I do have my nightly rates set to take into consideration any noise you may face and also acknowledge that this may deter you. With that being said.... Welcome to my home and to my heart. Yes, my house is more about feelings than about features. While it’s a beautiful place, it’s the sense of peace and tranquility and wonder as you enter. You open the door. Then you blink. Twice. Your gaze goes to a wall of windows that brings nature in, right in front of you. Want views?? Just walk to the window. That, too is what Casa Lucha is all about. San Juan off to your left tucked in the hills, the Bay in front of you. Wow, you say! This is why we chose San Juan, why we took a chance on Nicaragua – yet this was unexpected!

Sit down, open a beer or soda and take it all in. Then, when the nerves are settled, look around. I want this dining room table, you’ll say! Where do I get this couch and living room table?? Well, it’ll be hard to find up north, but here the wood-crafting blends in with the wooden trim, handrails, bamboo ceiling. What I have found is that my friends walk in and immediately take in the view, then with affection start feeling the wood and the surfaces and they want the same. Well, this is all yours; for a week, two weeks, month or more.

Why waste space with walls? As the photos show, the floor plan on the second floor is open with a fully equipped modern “chef” kitchen (yep! Blender for your fresh fruit smoothies!). I love to cook and MUST have all the culinary conveniences! However if you’d like a gourmet meal prepared by a world class chef, I’ll arrange that as well. Want a traditional Nicaraguan meal? No problem. So, whether you want to cook the fresh fish caught daily, or sample gallo pinto – the Nica traditional lunch and dinner, we can arrange all that for you.

The kitchen then flows into the dining room and living room and then to the patio and you know where you’ll be spending most of your time! Try to lift the dining room table. It was too heavy and large to be carried in and thus had to be assembled in my home. Watch your lower back if you try to lift it – I have no liability insurance! Comfy couch, TV (yes, cable, large new flat screen). You can now watch the news or Super Bowl in one ear as the waves provide a soothing background for the other. A DVD player , books, another exquisitely designed table in front of the couch with books galore and reading nook complete the picture. Don’t get too relaxed, the true adventure is just steps away from the front door. But, to make sure you are prepared for the new culture, I have Spanish study books so you can face the local townspeople with confidence!!

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, you enter the main bedroom. I spend time here and wanted a “serene” feel – the tranquility that a bedroom should have. A brief “oh my goodness” moment as you stare at the ample king bed with designer comforter (sorry, Kenz my huggable is not included, but feel free to bring your own), wood sliding glass doors, the garden, pool, tree of all trees and vista directly in front of you! You have a fun and modern/natural bathroom with stream stones and double sink. There’s a walk in closet for your vacation wardrobe – one bathing suit, 2 pair of shorts, t-shirts, a few blouses and sandles. All the bedroom furniture is handmade – again, you can’t take it with you - but, yes, I have Wi-Fi throughout, so you can keep in touch with the REAL world – sending photos or more likely telling your friends to come on down! Or better yet, you can ignore everyone, just for a little while. This is a vacation, right?

Outside on the patio, where I like to spend quality time, there is a hanging hammock chair. Once you get in, its hard to get out!! Or, sip a cup of local premier java siting at the café-like table with rustic designed bar-stools . Enjoy breakfast “al fresco” as you watch San Juan and the fishing boats slowly wake up.

Descend the stairs – again, the hardwood tropical stairs are a knockout and at the bottom on your left is bedroom two with a “custom designed bunk style bed but with queen mattresses instead of twin. That’s room for 8 depending on size. It too has its own bathroom, again in the unique style that still surprises and delights me.

This is my home. I talk about it with reverence, pride, delight love and peace. As I mentioned it is my paradise to relax, contemplate, Yoga on the roof patio, relax after a beach run or read in the afternoon shade. It has the style of “Amy”… it’s my home. It has the modern Nicaraguan feeling with my own touches. This house is not just a “rental”. I don’t look at he ROI. It’s a place I love and I know you will too.

Oh, last thought! At night go up the winding staircase outside to the open roof. You have a choice. You can look at San Juan del Sur as its nightlights glimmer and warm breezes cool the land. Or…my preference is to lie on my back, feel the warmth of the day sun, and, as your eyes become accustomed to the black sky above, you’ll suddenly know that what you are looking out is the real one and only MILKY WAY, in a way you have never seen it before. It’s real and for the rest of your tropical vacation, it’s all yours. Soak it in. But, try not to get too relaxed out here in the night sky or you’ll find yourself waking up to the early morning dawn.

This is my slice of heaven. The peace and serenity in my get-away has a way of lowering your pulse, lowering your blood pressure. You WILL try to figure out how to extend your time, just a few days more. That is what Casa Lucha is all about. That’s why I live here and I welcome you to my home.

More Details

Owner
Amy
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish, Estudio Espanol
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
70%
Calendar last updated:
January 10, 2018

About Amy

Amy. A restless child since day one. Traveling, exploring, asking a zillion questions and never being one to take 'no' for an answer. A lot of us from that era were like that, but I think i stretched my parents limits. Does my picture look like I went to a woman's finishing school? Hardly.

Sound familiar to any of you? Often people who come to Nicaragua may have a variation of that in their blood, otherwise, why Nicaragua - and not Club Med in Cancun? It's dangerous, bullets are flying, Sandinistas are everywhere and its 'third world'.

I spent my professional lifetime traveling the world - everywhere from Mexico to NYC to Tokyo to Singapore to London to Kuala Lumpur and every place in between. Though I've been living in a major SE metropolis for quite a while, my restless spirit has never left me. I used to play in a band, we toured and had a blast while imagining the platinum records were just around the corner. Still haven't found that corner, but still enjoying life to the max. You could say I'm a creature of habit - but the habit being change, re-inventing myself, always being consistent by staying in shape, eating healthy, living by a set of values that define my way of looking at life, caring about the less fortunate and always willing to try something new; especially if it has a 'growth' characteristic in it for my personal development or to help others - or our planet!

In this life I've seen many cultures and I've picked up many ideas about different lifestyles and how others express themselves, in their art, architecture, clothes and more. Thus, in my home you will also see that diverse lifestyle of mine represented in furnishings, both old and new, modern and traditional styles - above all a sense of comfort and peace. Sometimes when i'm relaxing here, I compare it to my 'other' life and say, Amy, chill, relax for a while, you can do it here, just RELAX! - and then go off in search of my next adventure!

Amy purchased this townhome in 2010

Why Amy chose San Juan del Sur

When i was a child i was always curious about the world in general. Where is that country, why do they speak different languages and more. I began to develop a longing to have a place I could call home, in a different country, that I could resonate with. Let my hair down, relax, hang out with a friendly array of locals as well as other adventure minded 'gringos' such as myself.

I had started my career in Mexico, on an impulse - but a determined impulse and that commitment took me all over the world and has enabled me to look at the world through my own prism. When I decided to find another home away from home, I instinctively thought of Latin America. I always felt at home here. I always loved the people and their openness drew me closer. So when i was looking around for my new abode, I looked south and found Nicaragua and after a number of other trips I found the people here to be the friendliest and loveliest people I'd met - and San Jun del Sur fit the bill perfectly. I am not a Miami, Cancun, Vegas girl, that's for sure.

I met a knowledgable real estate broker (ask me about her) and we went everywhere. Looked at lots, resorts, condos and homes and more. When I saw this place, and loved its location, views, feeling of nature, and saw - and 'felt' the work, creativity, craftsmanship, as I've mentioned earlier, I knew this was it. I bought it and there hasn't been a day i regret that decision.

There are beautiful homes, 1-10 miles from here. Awesome homes with views that reach Tokyo but I chose an area that not only has this beautiful home of mine, but is in a neighborhood of warm friendly people. It is a stones throw to the beach and town. Walk across the 'Golden Gate Bridge' as we call the pedestrian bridge 5 minutes away, and you are in town. Minutes away, you are here. My home is special. This neighborhood is special. The people are wonderful. I know them and they know me.. This is what I call HOME - and you will too.

Amenities

San Juan del Sur Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet and sink
  • As the picture reveal, its a touch of nature and a touch of modern convenience. All the basics but in a setting that is sensual -you almost want to ask, why can't we have bathrooms like this back home?
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • Big big big king bed in master bedroom. Walk in closet for 6 items of clothes - maybe 8. Also plenty of room for 2 pairs of sandals. Bedside table. I love to sit in bed in the morning, if I'm not out jogging on the beach, and read as I enjoy a beautiful view. I have a/c in the room, but rarely necessary as the breezes more than suffice. Other than that its a great place to sleep with the sliding glass open. Other than that, the bedroom can be used for any purpose that you like. It's YOUR vacation!
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
My house has been a truly wonderful experience. When I took the leap of faith and bought this, there was a bit of trepidation about Nicaragua. Will I regret it later, is this the right place in San Juan where I wanted to live?? After 8 years the answer is a resounding YES YES YES! I love it here. I wish I was here more than 3 months a year. I love waking up and going jogging on the beach 3 minutes away. I love seeing the locals sleepily getting ready for a new day at 7 AM. I love coming home to a super comfortable home. I love going out at night and then quickly and safely walking home. I love my neighbors and they love me. I love the tranquillity, the city, the country, its people. And, I love everything about my home, no regrets. What don't I like. Forgetting my SPF 30. Cold winters back East.....oh, that's why I'm here and I know you will love it too and see why the word LOVE permeates my feeling about my home. See you soon!

Reviews

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Tropical Paradise: Low Blood Pressure, Low Pulse, Parrots, Pool, Views, Home!
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 18 reviews
4

Great family get-away in San Juan del Sur

  • 4 of 5

Our family of 4 enjoyed a great week here over New Year's and the 6 days after. A few thoughts...

THE GREAT

Owner promptly responded to our inquiries.

Unit is nicely finished with lots of interesting architectural details.

Lots of lovely wood work

Bug, scorpion and snake free! Not that common in Nica.

It is a small complex of 16 units set around a stunning centre-piece tree and pool. Note: 2 units are still under construction.

Views of town and the SJdS bay.

Great beds! King master and double bunks. Perfect for our family of four.

Kitchen well equipped.

Location

This one is tricky. The benefit of this location is that you can walk down the beach to town (15 mins). The pedestrian bridge is now gone. The river is very shallow on beach. The problem is that we were told not to walk the beach at night so, if you go for dinner you need to drive or take taxi back. The walk via road is a long way around as the car bridge is a long ways up river. The main grocery store (Pali) is a good 20-25 minute walk. We found that the proximity to town means that it was noisy every night. We expected New Years to be noisy but every night there was music and fire crackers until 3am. So, this location is all about compromise. We went without a car for the first few days but then rented a car to visit beaches etc. We thought that this location wouldn't require a car.. but really it does.

A few area to tweak.

The kitchen sink drove us crazy. There is no dishwasher, which is fine, but you need to be able to use the sink. It is a great big concrete farm sink with no plug, no wash basin and a faucet that barely reaches over the back edge of the sink. It is back-breaking leaning over the sink doing dishes with soapy water in a pot. Easy fixes: plug, proper size of faucet for sink and a wash tub.

A few kitchen pots need replacing.

2nd key for family of 4 would have really helped.

A folder with info on the unit (eg. how oven works), location of grocery store, garbage, etc would be helpful.

We never met the property manager, though she said she would come by. The cleaning lady checked us in and out. On check out day we arranged with manager for cleaner to meet us at 8:30am. She didn't show and no messages. Finally after numerous attempts at contacting the manager she showed up at 9:15 . This could easily have been solved if she showed up as agreed or a lock-box. We could have missed our flight! This ended up being the deal breaker from a 5* revie

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great house! Well equipped

  • 5 of 5

It is a very nice style house. Very convenient everything is well planned. Not recommended for small children. Lots of stairs and sharp edges

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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4

Beautiful, modern town home

  • 4 of 5

Our family visited Casa Lucha July 21-24 and had an amazing time. The townhome is beautifully decorated, very clean, and has a modern vibe.

The view of San Juan del Sur is spectacular, and the trip into town is a short 5-10 minute drive. In addition, the incredible statue of Jesus is literally up the hill behind the townhome. This is a must see! We would recommend this home for anyone wanting to visit SJDS. Much better than a hotel!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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5

All the comforts of a modern home with the beauty of Nica living!

  • 5 of 5

I spent a month here with my children and could not have been happier. The house was beautiful, in a very safe area and had all the comforts of central AC, clean water and was free from bugs --which is not always the case in Nica. The property manager went out of her way to arrange rides at a fair price and was helpful with questions. It was also an easy walk to town which was about 15 minutes away.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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4

Great house and location

  • 4 of 5

Loved grounds and pool. Staff were very helpful. Great nica trip

  • Submitted: May 5, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Indiana
5

Great week!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at this beautiful property!!! Yanisay is so helpful and nice. thank you!

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Managua
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
Bambu, Iguana, El Timon, Barrio Cafe
Nearest Ferry
15 Miles
San Jorge to Ometepe Island
Nearest Golf
25 Miles
Playa Iguana Resort
Nearest Train
750 Miles
Bogota, Colombia or Mexico City, Mexico -
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Route to Virgin which goes to Pan Am to Managua
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Bambu, El Colibri, Barrio Cafe, El Timon
Nearest Ski
2000 Miles
Lake Tahoe, CA
Nearest Beach
0.3 Miles
San Juan Beach, 15 to Maderas, 20 to Hermosa
Car: not necessary

Photos

Rates & Availability

Available
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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Damage Deposit $300

I've tried to provide as much information as possible and am willing to answer all questions you may have. I want you to have a memorable time here so will help in any way possible. Issues like extra housekeeping, laundry and anything else I am glad to address as well as the best places to eat, drink and be merry. Ask me about best places to eat.

Come on down to Casa Lucha. You won't regret it!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.