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Housing in Peru

Most popular areas for expatriates in Lima are the following districts: Miraflores, San Isidro, Camacho, La Planicie, La Molina, Chacarilla, Los Incas Golf Club, Monterrico and Surco. San Isidro is an older, stately municipality with mainly traditional-style properties along with some modern houses.

Rented apartments are available in most suburbs whilst houses with gardens are available in all areas, including the nearby coastal resorts and foothills of the Andes towards Chosica. Few homes have central heating. Rents vary considerably within the same district and so newcomers should take their time searching and view a comprehensive selection of properties before making a decision. Newcomers use to rent their homes, instead of buying. But both options are available. You can also find furnished houses or apartments, according to the time you will be staying and other specific needs. As for the cost of housing, it varies from area to area and the size of the house or apartment.

Choosing where to live in Lima depends a great deal on your lifestyle and where you will be working. If your job involves a busy social life and late nights, or your taste for city life includes cafés, art galleries and concerts, then you will prefer San Isidro, nearby Orrantia del Mar (which belongs to Magdalena), parts of Lince and Jesus Maria, and Miraflores (which includes the quiet Aurora and San Antonio areas), as well as Barranco, where many artists and writers live.

You should also seriously consider the climate. There is a sharp contrast between the districts hugging the coast and those that are further east against the foothills of the Andes – the coastline is cool and very damp between the winter months of May and October, whereas the climate gets drier and the skies brighter the further east you go.

If you suffer from hay fever or asthma, definitely avoid living in areas such as San Miguel and Magdalena, the oceanside areas of Miraflores and San Isidro, and the Parque El Olivar (the olive grove) in San Isidro, all high on the city's humidity levels map.

Also humid is La Encantada, a gated community next to the Villa wetlands and bird sanctuary, but the air is very clean, and the area is beautifully quiet and green. It is also within easy access to any part of the city.

Be careful when choosing an apartment just for the view. The buildings overlooking the ocean in San Isidro and Miraflores provide a spectacular view of the bay between the months of November through April, but they will be foggy for the better part of the morning during the autumn and winter months. Also, the breeze picks up in the late afternoon and evening, so if you are considering an apartment on the malecón, it is worth making an additional visit in the evening to check that any all-glass or steel-framed windows won't be providing you with whistling-wind sound effects.

Going east, you will begin to notice a climate difference even in San Borja, and of course in Chacarilla and parts of Surco that include the quiet La Castellana and areas off both sides of Avenida Benavides.

Further northeast lie Monterrico, Camacho, La Molina, and La Planicie, where the micro-climate is very different to San Isidro, and the quiet suburban lifestyle is now supplied with almost everything you need. Traffic at peak hours is heavy but moves fairly quickly.

There is another option for the more adventurous who don't mind Lima driving – further east and higher up the Central Highway lies Chaclacayo, with quiet back streets and sunshine year-round, that includes the residential areas of Los Girasoles, next to the Los Andes golf course at Huampaní, plus the area called California, and the unique architecture and quiet seclusion of Los Condores. These areas are only a 30-minute drive from anywhere in Lima, and people who choose to live there say the dry climate and sunshine are worth every penny of the higher fuel budget. They are also ideal places for a weekend house.





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