Months into their hunt for an condominium in San Juan, Valentina Valldejuli and her spouse, Rafael, pivoted from searching local true estate sites to searching Facebook Market.
Valldejuli was born and elevated in Puerto Rico and has lived her total lifetime in San Juan.
The 29-year-previous “Modo de Vida” art director, explained to CNBC Make It that it was critical to obtain a two-bedroom in the city to be shut to her family members.
“I really like that any where you are on the island, you have the beach front close by. I are living in this centre of an spot, but I can just choose a 10-minute travel and get to the beach here in Ocean Park in San Juan,” she states.
In October 2020, the few identified a Facebook Market listing for a 3-bedroom, two-rest room in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico, for $1,000 a month.
Valldejuli says that since the hurricane season in Puerto Rico is only having worse as the years go by, the most crucial factor for them was that the apartment has what they contact “tormenteras,” or storm shutters, and for the making to have a backup generator, far too.
“The moment we saw this condominium, we just fell in adore,” Valldejuli claims.
She additional that despite the fact that the rent for the apartment was only $1,000 a thirty day period, there was a capture: it failed to occur with a refrigerator or an oven.
Soon after obtaining authorised for the apartment, the few paid a $1,000 protection deposit, the 1st month’s lease, and about $1,200 for a refrigerator and $600 for an oven.
“We were being keen to compromise to get those people appliances since we appreciate the space so considerably. We experienced already found four unique locations, and it was incredibly tough to get a location this big and [in that] value array,” Valldejuli says.
The few set the three bedrooms to good use by producing a single their most important bedroom, turning the next into Rafael’s office environment and new music studio, and utilizing the third as Valldejuli’s house place of work.
“I’m a photographer and a graphic designer, and I desired to take a look at what interior design and style would search like from a perspective of a photographer and a graphic designer,” Valldejuli states.
The artwork director describes their apartment decor as a blend of boho with a mid-century vibe and a bit eclectic.