Where to Live

Most foreigners and Nicaraguan businessmen live in these growing suburban neighborhoods, which include the neighborhoods or repartos of Las Colinas, Santo Domingo, and El Mirador.

Apartments and other short-term housing is hard to find, although some new developments to accommodate this demand are starting to be built.

Due to the geological fault lines and the disastrous earthquakes of the past, most housing, and building in general, in and around the capital are confined to single stories. Within the city, houses are generally small and close together with one another, allowing for either tiny or non-existent yards. In the suburbs, however, most houses have large backyards and patio areas, and the houses themselves are larger as well.

The average house in these areas includes three bedrooms, plus living quarters for housekeepers.

Employing live-in housekeepers is the norm, virtually no middle- or upper-class household can be found without them. Most upper class families also employ gardeners, drivers, and night watchmen.

Prices also vary. In most middle-class neighborhoods within the city houses are available to rent from less than US$1000 to $2000 a month, while the larger houses in the suburbs are more expensive ranging from around $1500 to more than $3000, which does not include the added costs of employing housekeepers and others.