Tuesday, May 10th 2016
How to Find a Home in San Miguel de Allende to Rent
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Home rental in San Miguel de Allende are easy to find if you know what to look for. Here are a few tips when it comes to finding and selecting an apartment or home to rent.
GET A FEEL FOR THE CITY:
First, don’t rent anything here without visiting and getting to know the area. Many people panic and get the first place that they can find. Instead, come down and rent something for a month. Get a feel for the city, see what neighborhoods you gravitate towards.
PICKING A NEIGHBORHOOD IN SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE:
The city has so many different neighborhoods. In a city that is really only a few dozen square miles, there is a distinct feel from one block to the next. Ask yourself, What do I find yourself doing every day? Your answer will be a huge insight into which neighborhood you’ll want your home rental to be in. Also, there is no relationship between price, quality, and location. We have friends that rent 5-bedroom mansions for $500 US a month and others that have tiny apartments for $900 a month.
Often, many people start their home rental experiences living high up or way out of town. There are many homes that are on the hill overlooking the city. These locations have beautiful views and breathtaking sunsets, however they are a pain to get to and from the center of town. Maybe you spend most of your time at home—maybe you work from your home, and you don’t mind taking your car or taxis everywhere. If so, it’s not a problem. However, if you enjoy living in the city and walking everywhere, “The Flats” might be a better choice. These are the lower-elevation areas surrounding the center of town.
A LONGER VISIT CAN HELP YOU PICK A NEIGHBORHOOD:
One real benefit of a longer stay is that you will discover the feel for neighborhoods and their nuances. For example, are there barking dogs day and night? Is there a welding shop that sputters fumes all day Is there a school that starts at 6:30 am with laughing screaming children? Are there church bells going off day and night under your windows? Some neighborhoods are walkable day and night. Others you would not want to be caught after sundown. Do you need a local bus to take you? Do you need restaurants and stores to access easily near your home rental? Maybe you want to be near the library, the Parque Juarez, coffee shops, El Jardín? Or perhaps you might need land for your horses or dogs.
As you can see, there are so many variables!
WHERE TO FIND A HOME RENTAL IN SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE:
If you are looking for a real estate agent to help you, we recommend Elisa Lopez, she will help you find units within your price, help sign legal contracts to protect you, get things fixed in the house before you move in, and all around is a wonderful person. Note we have used her in the past many times and do not receive any compensation or anything from our recommendation.
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Check out the following resources in your search for home rentals if you would like to go at it alone:
Facebook Groups such as: Rentas en SMAllende, Se Renta, Renta de Casa en San Miguel de Allende, San Miguel de Allende Civil List
Several rental agencies provide services such as San Miguel Rentables, Agave Sotheby’s, Premier San Miguel, Serenity San Miguel, My Rental in San Miguel, Sonia Diaz
Our weekly newspaper “La Atencion” has a classified section.
As of 2019, one of the newest additions to our helpful resources for finding a home in SMA is San Miguel Rentables. Click here for their website.
Additionally, nothing beats hitting the pavement, walking the neighborhoods and looking for “Se Renta” rent sign that advertises a location opening up. When you are here, ask everyone and anyone you meet. San Miguel de Allende is a small town, you will be surprised how effective that is.
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