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Old 05-13-2010, 08:55 PM
 
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Hi everyone,

My family and I are moving to Puerto Rico this summer as part of my transfer with the US Coast Guard. We are attempting to narrow down our housing search to at least a few areas. Here is what we have going on:

-I will be working in Old San Juan
-I would like to TRY to keep my commute under an hour
-We have two children, 4 and 2. Our older one will be looking at Kindergarten in two years.
-We would prefer somewhere family oriented and laid back, but don't want to be too far from some nice places to eat/see.
-our rental budget is probably going to be capped at around $1800/month
-we love the beach, both of us grew up in Hawaii so we are excited to be back in paradise.

Thanks everyone! Look forward to hearing some ideas.......
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Old 05-16-2010, 07:31 AM
 
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nothin??? Aww man!!
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Old 05-17-2010, 08:01 AM
 
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Sorry - I'm not familar with that part of the island. Old San Juan is really neat though. Since you are working there, maybe you could check into living there as well and save yourself the commute.
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Old 05-17-2010, 12:15 PM
 
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Where in Old San Juan will you be working? To keep your commute under an hour I'm thinking you will need to live in Old San Juan. There is always traffic at all times in Old San Juan and it can get pretty bad sometimes. I've always thought that living there shouldn't be that fun. Also, rentals in that area aren't cheap, but I think that your 1800 should cover it. You might want to live outside Old San Juan in order to find a peaceful place to live, but your 1 hour commute might not be possible.

I'll recommend a car because public transportation isn't good here. The bus doesn't stick to a reliable schedule and the train doesn't reach Old San Juan. I'll also recommend that you and your family try to polish your Spanish. Not many PRs speak English and you'll have a hard time trying to get yourself understood. Although if you stick to Old San Juan you might fare better, people there are used to Americans because Old San Juan is a tourist area, but even there you won't find many people who speak fluent English.

I can't help you about family friendly areas, sorry. Maybe if you have some options lined up and tell me about them I might be able to give you some pointers.

Good luck with the move!
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Old 05-18-2010, 06:45 AM
 
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Thanks for the advice. We have heard that the Dorado area is nice, but I would expect the commute to be lengthy. It might just be something I have to get used to.
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Old 05-18-2010, 08:03 AM
 
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Sorry for being the bearer of bad news, but commuting in or out of Old San Juan is most of the time quite difficult. If you're planning on living in Dorado, you might be in for a lengthy commute. I don't want to bust your bubble, but I don't want you to expect an easy commute. The Metro Area is usually very difficult to commute into.
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Old 05-18-2010, 09:08 PM
 
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No bubble bursted, I've heard the stories. I guess I will have to sacrifice some home time to live in a bit slower of an area. Thanks again for being up front with everything, much appreciated.
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Old 05-19-2010, 08:56 PM
 
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any comments on Guaynabo? We have heard nice things about that area as well, and it might be a bit shorter commute.

Thanks again!
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Old 05-20-2010, 10:31 AM
 
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Guaynabo should be a better place to live than Old SJ. Don't know about the commute though. I think you're gonna end up taking the highway to get into Old SJ. If it's the highway I'm thinking about, you might be in for some bad rush hours. You would need to leave early.

Besides that, I think Guaynabo is a better choice to live in compared to Old SJ.

You can post here any areas around Guaynabo you might be looking at and me or others can give you some info on it.
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Old 05-20-2010, 12:41 PM
 
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If you want to have a suburban lifestyle, Guaynabo is an option; but be prepared to be on the road for at least one hour (round trip) each day, not including the traffic jams. However, if you really want to enjoy and take the most out of Puerto Rico, Old San Juan is the place to be, especially if you are going to be working there.
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