chi chi wrote:For $600, you can find a very nice place in Lima.
yes I suppose... however in most of the ads they ask much more than 600... maybe they ask 1000 but mean 500? Just trying to figure out....
The vast majority of the offers in 'good' areas (like close to the coast) are in the range 1000 and up... too expensive!
Renting an unfurnished apartment is not really an option... while I believe you that it is not expensive to buy the furnitures, but searching for them, bringing them, etc etc it takes too much time... a semi-furnished might be an option (so you have to bring only few things maybe like the beds and few more things...), but there are not so many offers for semi-furnished flats :S
it's because you're looking at Gringo Tax websites. however, rates keep going up, so it's not like the good ol days that some folks might be basing their figures off of. the best thing is if you know someone here, is to check the lima newspaper El Comercio and have the local go around with you helping you find a place. many of the apartments, including fully furnished ones, will be at local rates, you'll save yourself at least a good 2-400 bucks a month that way (or more).
i pay 680 (rent went up from 600 even last year) for a one bedroom in a super nice, brand new building with every amenity you can think of. price includes cable too. the furniture is all brand new, big flat screen tv, dvd, etc etc. and that's because i got lazy and kept having problems coordinating with my friend who helped me get my last place, and i found this place on craigslist, but from honorable owners who are only overcharging a little bit for it. if i went the el comercio route i would have found a much better deal