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lasha
12/28/2016 13:26 EST

Hello all
I would like some advice on kid friendly neighborhoods around Antigua.
I lived in Antigua for a year, 16 years ago and just have a calling to go back for a while and raise by daughter who is now 4.
I just want a simpler life where I am not planning playdates and everything is so formal here in the States. I remember in Guatemala, we would just pop in to people's houses and have conversations and just feel at home. I understand I may be romanticizing living there and maybe oblivious to the harsh reality of the daily grind. I was single and lived out of a backpack then. This time, we will be doing it as a family with considerably more belongings!
I still want to give it a try though.

So anyway, my question is - where is a good place to look for housing where kids can play with neighbors and there is a sense of community.
My sense is central Antigua is not a good fit but I don't know where else?

Also, we would be looking for elementary schools so I would love some suggestions there too.
Thanks!!

zaqwsx
1/12/2017 17:52 EST

I lived in the gated community, Guavelas, but I found it too artificial. I have lived in the community of Panorama for the last 5 years and have found it to be a very enjoyable and safe place to live. The streets are quite and most afternoons there are kids playing ball on the street, The older kids play football or basketball at the park on the corner. I have never seen or heard of any crime. 2 x presidents live here and the National Police have over 200 police stationed and many housed here. There are 2 bilingual private schools here with a lot of expat students. This is the most diverse neighborhood I have ever lived in, the neighbor at the end of the block has a jet-prop helicopter to commute to work and a family across the street live in a tin shack with 9 kids and no water or electricity. The children all play together. The best way to find a house is to talk to the local grocery stores. Those woman know everything that is going on. If your Spanish is not good enough get a Spanish teacher to walk around with you. Try Antonio 5574 7939 he does this for several Canadians. You can get something in Panorama for just about any rent you want to pay.

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ddeubel
1/6/2017 04:18 EST

I'd recommend Santa Rosa. Near Santa Domingo on the way in from the city. Safe community, lots of room for kids to play and other kids. Playground. I lived there when first moved to Antigua. Out the back gate, only 4-5 blocks walk to Parque Central. Oscar doesn't speak English but most realtors will show you a place there. Semi detached townhouses. APARTAMENTOS SANTA ROSA
OSCAR FLORES
administrador
calle de los duelos No. 20 Antigua Guatemala
tel. 7832-1558 fax 7832-1671 cel 5514-9657

ladulce
1/6/2017 01:48 EST

Essence- really, relax. My comment wasn't a hate crime, merely a way of describing the typical American expat. I didn't mean so much 'white' as I did our Western culture. Though, we don't really have a word for that. I am well aware of people living in different countries- even people of different races and ethnicities. I am so aware- I married one! And, in our travels, the vast majority of English- speaking expats from the US that I have seen, have, in fact been white. I have but one person that I met of color in Cuenca, Ecuador. Aside from that, all of the expats I have met from US were white. I apologize if you take offense at the comment. It was my attempt at differentiating that we are on a street, with locals vs. the gated community (which we have been told often has issues with water) that is located beside us.

lasha- I chose Jocotenango because I need to be able to walk- not drive- to wherever I want to go. We looked at some of the gated communities nearby- and some are beautiful and even pretentious, but, I am not in Guatemala to be in a gated community. I want to be able to walk out my front door and know that I am 5 blocks from the market. I need to be able to be street level and hear the music and parades and all of it.

Now I am worried about the internet! My kids will be attending school online and I also will need access nearly constantly.

Best wishes!

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