Another possible house, the ugly fence
Saw this coming up for rent in the neighborhood day before yesterday, but stopped by today to get a look at it. It's a reasonably light place with a huge back yard with coffee, mangos, avocados, guavas, squash plants, orchids, and what looked like a Poinsettia. Three bedrooms, none really tiny, bathroom with cold water shower, and both an old kitchen outside with a classical woodburning stove outside and a modern kitchen inside. $200 a month, which would mean having to get a roommate to share it (Rosario said she could send me guests if anyone wanted a month stay and couldn't afford the Solluntuna Hem.
The fence is ugly but behind it are plantings with ferns, roses, and shrubs. The graffiti is post ironic.
More photos http://www.flickr.com/photos/rebecca_ore/6887586167/ and following, tagged with "rental houses".
I'll post another picture.
Pachita said I should rent this one rather than the one in Barrio Centroamerica, but also asked me if I wanted to stay in the place I'm renting now. I said I wanted a lease for 2 years. She said she's going to see if her sister-in-law would be willing to take the house off the market and sign an agreement with me.
This place has no room for visitors, but otherwise is comfortable for me and I know the barrio. The house in the photo is a block south of me,not as nice as the first one south of La Estancia de Don Francisco that I saw briefly but which was $300 a month. Rosario's house is smaller and I'd be able to afford it by myself, but I'm cheap and I've got good neighbors here (not that I'd be that far away one block south of where I am now).
But the back yard of the rental close to me is amazing. I could have coffee beans of my own. No bananas at the present, but there is a sweet orange tree.
I'd probably want to share it for now if I got it, but various NGOs have people looking for places from time to time.
Or I could stay here with the avocados, the mangos, and the utterly tastely oranges and the sour mandarins.