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Beautiful colonial house in the historic district of Granada.
Quiet street but 1 block from the local market or the supermarket.,3 blocks from the 'Parque Central ' and all the restaurants.
Upon entering the house ,you have a cheerful room with TV and DVD, player, it open to a great courtyard with pool and lush vegetation .
Around it you will find 3 seating areas ,the dining room,and the open modern kitchen as well as a bed room with bath and another bed room with loft who could be used as an office as It has a door to the street. Next to that room is the garage.
Upstairs you will have 2 master suites, queen and king,linked by a great sitting balcony overlooking the Mombacho Volcano.
All bed rooms have air conditioning, solar hot water. There is also a washer and dryer.
After growing up ,me in France ,my husband in Germany we met at the university in Paris ,and moved 40 years ago to New York city where we spend our working life and where our children were born!! For the past 9 years we have split our time between Sarasota Fl and Burlington VT,unless we are traveling the world or enjoying Granada.
Nicole Westrick purchased this house in 2007
in 2006 we came to visit friends ,who were developing beautiful condos in Granada,one week was enough to make us fell in love with the city and his people and buy that beautiful house.
This house his an oasis of calm in the city, it is big but even perfect for 2 people. What we love is that we can walk everywhere ,safely ,and at each turn there is somethink unique to see!!!
My wife and I spent 12 wonderful nights at this house. What made it even better is that one of our daughters, her husband and 4 young boys got to stay there too for a week. It is a very big home not far from Central Park and in a safe area. It has 3 big bedrooms and one room that can be used as one but there are no windows and it can become very hot. The pool is in the middle of the inside courtyard and it's very refreshing any time of day.There is an open kitchen with plenty of utensil, a dining room and two more area to relaxe in on the main floor. Upstairs there is a little area where you can sit and seee the volcano Mombacho. There is a washer and dryer which you can use but the washer has to be watch while it's on because it makes a lot of noise and shakes a lot.We would not hesitate to rent it again.
We were four: my two teen kids, my teen niece and me the lucky mom/aunt. We'd come
to Nicaragua to study Spanish, and travel. The Casa Buena Vista offers more than the photos can do justice and exceeded my expetations--the pool in the center provided a bit of tropical paradise and luxurious comfort --the home was beautiful and roomy ( for us it felt downright palatial ) --Neil ( the caretaker there ) was more than helpful. I only wish we were all there now. . .
We were three couples who stayed at Casa Buena Vida in early May 2015. It is a wonderful home that we all enjoyed tremendously. It is spacious, comfortable and well located in Granada.
The pool - ah, the pool. Given that it has good exposure to the sun through a good part of the day, the water is gloriously warm (30-32 C) but still refreshing after a walk-around of Granada. This was by far the favourite feature of all members of our party. And the waterfall lends a nice ambience to the pool experience.
The three main bedrooms are all spacious and well-appointed with ensuite bathrooms. My wife and I stayed in the lower bedroom and the ensuite shower had the best water pressure of the three in the house. We never turned on the AC - the ceiling fans were more than comfortable for sleeping purposes.
The kitchen is well equipped and very pretty. We did little cooking (a few breakfasts) but if one wants to make more meals, the kitchen is certainly equipped for it.
The living areas of the casa are well distributed and provide plenty of space to spread out. Even with three couples, there is always a place to "get away" from others to read or snooze.
There is a garage in the house and we managed to fit a small van into the garage with no problems (tight but very do-able). WIFI is excellent and reliable (except when a tall truck on the street took out the wire that connects the house to the system. But Neil, the property manager, was exceptional in getting it repaired within 24 HOURS! almost unbelievable in Granada.
Speaking of Neil, he is a huge asset. Friendly, helpful and always cheerful. In addition, the made (M-F!) is wonderful and the pool guys too.
All in all, Casa Buena Vida was perfect for us. It is located a few blocks from Parque Central and La Calzada and the majority of restaurants and attractions. Only two blocks from the Pali (the locals' supermarket) and a 15-20 minute walk from La Colonia and La Union, the well-equipped "gringo" supermarkets.
If there there is one criticism, it is that the street it is on is busy (and therefore noisy). But it is more than tolerable and lends to the local flavour.
Nicole, the owner, was very responsive and helpful. If you are going to Granada and need space for couples or family, you need to look VERY closely at Casa Buena Vida. Highly recommended.
Have no complaints at all, this is a very lovely home with all the privacy you could ask for. Just nothing bad to say, close to everything, has everything, plan to go back...
You always wonder if the pictures oversell the reality. Not this one! Expansive first floor, all tile, bright, open kitchen. We loved that the first floor was really outdoor living with the area over the pool open to the sky. Plenty of ceiling fans to keep you comfortable, many seating areas, very good wifi when you sit in the right areas (adobe structure is 2' thick, so traveling through walls isn't going to happen). The two upstairs bedrooms were very large and nice, and the upper balcony let's you look out on volcan Mombacho. What really added to the experience was the attention by the property manager, Niel, and the housecleaning person, Gemalete (sp?), and the owner Nicole. They were all committed to making sure we were happy with the experience. We really liked the location to the local market, Central Park, and a variety of local restaurants (search out Claudia's for great local food) and street vendors. It is also only two blocks from the Pali grocery store. We stayed in three places between Granada and San Juan Del Sur, and Casa Buena Vida was the best overall experience!
First, working with the owner, Nicole, was a pleasure. She was more than accommodating and went out of her way to answer any and all questions regarding not only her home but Granada.
We arrived at the house around 10:30 p.m. where one of the house managers, Grethell, was waiting for us. She welcomed us and gave us the key along with a letting us know she had purchased some food and drink for our breakfast since we arrived too late to do any shopping. After a good night’s sleep, she came back the next day and went over all of the particulars of the house.
The house is large but not too large. The kitchen is well-equipped. There is an overabundance of dishes, glasses and utensils. There are also many small appliances making meal preparation easy. There is also an overabundance of bath towels which was another nice convenience. The pool was refreshing as the weather is warm. The internet connection was fast. The location of the house is perfect. It’s in the middle of the city yet it’s far enough away from Parque Central and LaCalzada that you don’t experience all of the noise. As far as safety goes, not once did my husband or I feel scared or unsafe. The local farmers market is about one block away. About two blocks away is a small local grocery store. It’s perfect for most anything that you would need. Then, within a 10 minute walk are two larger “American” style grocery stores where you can find an array of things you’re used to buying in the States. After shopping here you can catch a cab for less than a dollar back to the house. Restaurants are abundant and inexpensive. We never experienced a bad meal.
We were told electricity in Nicaragua was expensive. Because we rented the house for a month we were responsible for the electric cost in addition to the monthly rental charge. The house is full of ceiling fans which we kept on whenever we were in a specific area of the house. Only the bedrooms are air conditioned. We would turn on the air in the bedroom about ½ hr to 1 hr before going to bed. Then, turn off the air and use the ceiling fan for the rest of the night. This kept the room cool enough for comfort yet didn’t use a lot of electricity by running the unit all night. The pool filter is on a timer and runs twice in a 24 period. After a full month, we only spent $75 in electric costs. Overall we were extremely pleased to stay at Casa Buena Vida. The manager’s Neil and Grethell are at your service for anything you may need.
Beautiful Unesco colonial city surrounded by lush mountains and lakes. It is a joy to walk in the city with all the restored churches and the colorful houses some image of the colonial splendor .Within walking distances Granada has restaurants for all budget, and the food is good.The city is very safe and the people friendly.Easy to rent a car or take an inexpensive taxi ride to explore the surrounding : craft markets, volcanoes or go swimming in lake Apoyo.
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
For weekly or 2 weeks rentals we do not take deposit.
For monthly rental a $ 400 deposit.
Payment in cash upon arrival to our manager.
Due to the cost of electricity in Nicaragua weekly renters have an allowance of $ 60,all amount above will be at their cost.
Monthly renters will pay electricity.
Long term rentals available at discount.
The house is fully insured for rental use and rentals are reported to the IRS.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.