Living Large in a Long Term Rental: Granada, Nicaragua

For $550 USD per month, plus electricity we are now living large at Vista Mombacho Apartments. Our brand new studio apartment is centrally located in the beautiful colonial city of Granada. We are just four blocks from La Colonial Supermercado and about seven blocks from Calle la Calzeda.

Our favorite thing about Vista Mombacho is the large saltwater pool. Although this area looks a little sparse at the moment plants are being delivered and planted daily.

We’ve already enjoyed a couple of days relaxing pool side with our kindles and cold Tona and we look forward to many more to come.

Second on our list of favorite features at Vista Mombacho is the BYOB (Bring Your Own Booze) Rooftop Terrace. It offers great views and cool gentle breezes off the lake.  We can’t wait for the barbecue to be installed so we can start taking advantage of this awesome outdoor space.

The living, dining and kitchen area is a combined space. In case we have a guest that needs to crash over for the night the futon lays out flat to make a bed.


In the kitchen we have ample cupboard space with a double stainless steel sink and a full size fridge with freezer.  Our four burner gas stove has an oven and we are equipped with everything we need to cook and bake.  From pots and pans and cutlery to baking sheets – we have it all!

Our dining table seats two and doubles as our office at times when we are working on blog updates or just surfing the net.

Our bedroom area is outfitted with a very cozy, but comfortable double bed.  The large windows allow for a nice breeze to blow through pretty much all of the time.  The ceiling fan helps with the airflow and allows us to sleep very well at night without having to use the air conditioner.

We have a extra large closet with built in dresser and shelving that allows us to tuck away our clothes and other miscellaneous belongings so that everything is out of sight and that I like!

Vista Mombacho offers a couple different floor plans but we opted for the studio apartment. We were drawn to it’s open concept and the gorgeous cane ceilings.

As a bonus we have a great spot to store our suitcases and other large items that wouldn’t fit in the closet.  Gord being a “do-it-yourselfer” decided it wasn’t necessary to bother our maintenance guy Ricardo for the ladder; he just climbed on up and got the job done.

I love, love that our place is brand new and clean.  To ensure it stays that way we have maid service twice per week that is included in the cost of our rent. Wi-fi and cable television are also included in the monthly rental fee. Worth noting is the fact that we have hot water and air conditioning, even though we aren’t currently using either one.

Our bathroom isn’t overly large but it’s functional and like the rest of the apartment it’s new and clean!  The shower is equipped with an on-demand hot water heating system but with daily temperatures in the mid to high 30s we’re not sure who would ever want a hot shower. Not us – that’s for sure!  We turned off the breaker on day one.

In the event that we want to entertain we have a large community kitchen available by reservation.  However, with the limited number of Nica friends we currently have we don’t forsee any dinner parties in our near future.  It’s nice to have,  just the same.

And last, but certainly not least, another great feature at our apartment complex is the two bedroom guest suite available for friends and family who don’t want to pay for expensive hotels when they come to visit. It doesn’t have a kitchen, but sleeps five and the rental fee of just $20 USD per night. Gord and I are wondering who our first guests will be.  *Hint, hint!*

Here at Vista Mombacho we feel like we are living on a mini-resort.  And in case you haven’t figured it out yet – IT ROCKS!

If you would like more information regarding Vista Mombacho Apartments or are interested in renting a unit you may contact Glenn or Jeannie Koons by telephone at  (512) 346-2326 or by email at

About In Nica Now

We're Gordon and Elisha. A Canadian couple living a relaxed life in the colorful beach town of San Juan del Sur. If you're looking for information on life & travel in Nicaragua you've come to the right place!

Posted on April 17, 2012, in Cost of Living and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. wowzas – a home with a pool – amazing! Your own retreat!

  2. No suicide shower? That is a nice place.

  3. I LOVE IT!!!! If I only came into some money I would be there in a second to visit. I don’t know how you are ever going to want to come home? Or are you? LOL
    I never did ask how this all came about. Did you have enough of your jobs and say the heck with it we are moving half way across the world? Do tell?

  4. Dana,

    It all started out with a conversation we had in 2007 when we were on our honeymoon in Costa Rica.

    I said to Gord,

    “Wouldn’t it be cool if we could live someplace like this one day?”

    That started the ball rolling. After some serious discussions we made it our 3 – 5 year plan to relocate somewhere warm and tropical. We eventually agreed that Nicaragua would be the place.

    We worked our butts off, lived below our means, saved lots of money, sold our house for a profit and finally quit our jobs. And now – here we are!


    PS. Sometimes flights from Canada go on sale for as low of $750. 🙂

    • WOW! That is great. So now what? Do you find jobs there and are you going to buy a home or just rent? The place looks so beautiful I would love to come visit some day. You never know. 😉

  5. Chantale Hofman

    Wow, that is so awesome! I’m so envious, lol. What a beautiful place you have and you are so lucky to be able to something like that. Maybe someday in my future I’ll be able to something like that – Steve and I talk about it all the time 🙂

  6. Place looks amazing! My husband and I were in Granada in March and really loved it as well. We are currently working on our own 3-5 year plan to move somewhere down south and Nica was our first country to try. I look forward to reading your posts.

  7. Joseph Franks

    Sounds nice I am thinking about coming to Nica.

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