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San Juan 00901 Puerto Rico

Listing # 58878

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Last Updated: Saturday, April 3, 2021

Beautiful Old San Juan Apartment with Spectacular Ocean Views and Huge Roof Deck

This beautifully renovated colonial apartment has one of the best views in all of Old San Juan. From its three big balcony windows and from the huge (1100 square foot) roof deck, you look out over the 500 year-old San Cristobal Castle and over the city walls, onto nearly 180 degrees of blue ocean. Swing the Spanish shutters open and let the sun and ocean breeze into your bedroom in the morning. Then head up to the roof deck for breakfast and a book. In the evening it’s a great setting for eating dinner outside or just sipping a cold Medalla.

The apartment itself is spacious (1150 square feet) and architecturally designed with very high ceilings and interior archways. It’s on the second floor of a bright blue colonial two-story building and takes up the entire ocean view side (the entrance is on Calle del Sol but the apartment is actually on Calle Norzagaray so the views are unobstructed). It has two bedrooms - a master bedroom (with the view right from your bed) and a very nice medium-sized bedroom - each with its own Spanish-tiled bathroom for privacy. The living room space, dining area and kitchen are all open, and connect to an indoor patio where the occasional afternoon rain can be heard coming down through the open skylight. This also allows for a refreshing cross-ventilation, so the air conditioners are usually only necessary on very hot days. The place is furnished with antique plantation-style furniture in dark hardwood and two comfortable queen beds. It has a great kitchen with everything you need to cook up delicious gourmet meals.

We love this apartment, and if you’re like us you might be tempted to just stay here relaxing here all the time, but you have to get out and experience Old San Juan. The location is super-convenient:

• You’re right next to the San Cristobal Castle which, along with El Morro just a few blocks away, are the two oldest and best restored military fortresses in the Western hemisphere.
• There is a scenic walk along the city wall connecting the two castles, with grassy parks along the way where the locals fly kites (you can buy a kite for $3 from the guy who sells piraguas from a cart).
• Walk 15 minutes the other way and you get to a great local beach, and a little further is Condado, the more modern and trendy side of San Juan.
• There are great restaurants and bars within a few blocks of the apartment, as well as live music, great shopping, art galleries, quaint museums, and all the necessary conveniences (supermarket, pharmacy, etc).
• All of the main historic sites are within a 5 to 10-minute walk. Most of the streets in the area are made of Italian blue cobblestone that dates back to the 16th century, and the whole place - pastel buildings, lively people, artsy vibe, and tropical warmth - feels like a unique little jewel.

**This is a perfect place to spend a few months, reading, writing, relaxing and experiencing a wonderful change of environment, and it's a great home base for exploring the entire Island of Puerto Rico.


Number of Bedrooms
Number of Bathrooms
Number of Offices
Surface Size
1150 Sq. Feet
Suited for
4 people
Property Type
Apartment or Condo


Available from Thursday, July 22, 2021 onward
Minimum Stay
1 month(s)
Flexible With Dates

*Approximate location of the property is within the blue radius. Red markers indicate surrounding points of interest including schools, universities, libraries and museums.

City San Juan
Postal Code - State or Province 00901 San Juan
Country Puerto Rico
Neighborhood Keywords Old San Juan
Closest University University of Puerto Rico
University nearby

Rental Price:

USD 2700 Monthly
Rental Fee Comments
December 15 - March 31 monthly rate is $3500
Rent Negotiable
Utilities Included
Cleaning Services Included


  • Near Shops
  • Urban Environment
  • Near Ocean/Lake
  • Near Restaurants

Additional Information:

  • Furnished
  • Available for Academic Term
  • Available for Long Term
  • Off Campus
  • Architectural Gem
  • Available for Short Term
  • Writing or Country Retreat
  • Historical Home


  • Modern Kitchen
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Air-Conditioning
  • High Speed Internet
  • Wireless Network
  • Stairs
  • TV
  • Balcony or Patio
  • Other:


Kid Friendly
Small Children Safe
Smoke Free
Pets Welcome
Car Available

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I am a physician and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and my wife is a writer. My area of interest in medicine is the relationship between health care and culture - how people of different cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds think about health and illness and what influences that. I teach medical students and practicing health care professionals about how to communicate better across cultures taking into account people's unique perspectives. My wife MÓnica is originally from Puerto Rico, has a Masters in physics and in science writing from MIT, has published two books, and currently studying medicine. We lived for 4 years in Puerto Rico and our two sons Aiden and Ethan are bilingual and bicultural. We love to travel all over, but our apartment in Old San Juan is our favorite destination and our escape from everything. We love to share our enchantment with this place with our guests from the United States and around the world.



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