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House for rent in Piriapolis (1 of 2)

Posted by urufish on June 8, 2007

 No.  We haven’t gone into the real estate business.  One of the Southron board members wants to spend some time in the countryside later this year.  We mentioned one of our friends has a property in Piriapolis that’s available.  He asked us to send him some pictures.  Lacking the necessary skills to do this practically by way of a private reply, and seeing it may have some value to visitors to this site who may want to know what kind of properties are avaialble, I decided to post it here. 

I’ll add some background too that hopefully, you find interesting.  My wife and I have summered (her longer, me shorter) in Piriapolis since 1985.  We purchased the ‘house on the hill’ and fixed it up 85-87.  In the early 90’s she made a bunch of friends in the town and soon knew a lot about what was going on there.  One of the things she learned (by osmosis) was the summer rental market.. bust and boom and all things inbetween.  Her best friend had a few rental properties and my wife helped her out on occasion.  We’ve been asked many times to rent out our house and have politely declined. 

Beteen New Years and the end of February, is the prime rental season in Piriapolis, as it is in PDE.  It seems that everyone has something for rent.   When Piriapolis is having a good year, many people move out of their homes, into their garages to make extra cash.   We can tell how well the town is doing by asking the Barometrica guy how well he’s doing.  There’s a direct relationship between effluent and seasonal prosperity. 

The property in the pictures is a block from the main supermarket in town, the Devoto.  Seems an odd thing to say, but that makes it extremely convenient to someone vacationing there.  The store has everything possible you could want, including a great cafeteria.  It’s a great place to socialize too.  It’s a 10 minute walk to the bus terminal, which makes it easy to get to MVD or PDE or places North and East.  It’s a 15 minute walk to the beach and the centre of town. 

She has a couple of other rental properties too.  Some are for sale (as is most of Piriapolis :).  If you’re interested in knowing more about the town, here’s an old post…   https://urufish.wordpress.com/tag/history/



7 Responses to “House for rent in Piriapolis (1 of 2)”

  1. Flora Lima said

    I’d like to know the price to rent your house from January 5th to 15th.
    Thanks a lot

  2. Silke Beckmann said

    Hello from Germany,
    we are a couple from Munich and we are looking for a nice
    house/apartment in Priapolis from Febr. 21st 08 leaving
    March 6th.

    Is this house or the other one from your friend available
    at this time and what would be the price?

    The house Top of the hill is also very interesting.
    Maybe you can help us

    thank you for a soon answer


  3. Mrjustice said

    My wife & I are looking for possible 3-6mos. rental beginning Nov. 2008. Please email me.

  4. Véronique Miljkovitch said

    we are a couple from Canada and are looking for a small place to rent from january 31 to februrary 7 th Do you know of any places available? Thank you

  5. urufish said

    Hello couple from Canada. I smiled because I’m sitting here in a Toronto condo, looking out over a field of snow and thinking you’ve got the same view wherever you are in Quebec. Cant say I’ll be sad to leave in another week and head back to 30 degree days.

    If you’re looking to stay in the Piriapolis area, and you plan on renting a car, most visitors just drive into town that time of the year and drive to an area they like and knock doors that have fore rent (‘alquiler/o’ signs up. I’ve never heard anyone taking longer than an hour to get what you want at the price you want to pay. There are A LOT of homes for rent that time of the year. You’ll need cash. Usually have to pay for the week in advance. US or Pesos – doesn’t matter.

    If you book in advance, there’s always the chance the owner gets a better offer before you show up. You also need to pay in advance for most private rentals and that may give you an uneasy feeling. If you book in advance and the owner rents out your space, from my experience, they’ll give you your money back.

    That’s why I say it’s smarter to come on down and rent on the spot.
    You can do the same thing for Punta del Este at that time with the only difference being you’ll have to one of the hundreds of real estate agencies and rent from them. That’s because in PDE, people dont put up for rent signs the way it’s done in Piria. The other downside is that in PDE, you may not be able to get the rental for a day or two while the real estate makes arrangements. In Piria, you’re talking to the owner and the place is empty and ready.

    In Montevideo, you need to book before you come down. You dont get houses or an apartment for a week. You have to book into a hotel room. There are hotels in Piria and PDE, but in busy season, the rooms may be full. If you want to book a hotel for Piria or PDE, search for hotels on the internet. I know all the hotels in Piria but I dont recall them all by name. If it were me, I’d rent a house there instead. You pay about the same and it’s a better experience in my opinion.

    Good luck.

  6. Sheila Deakin said


    I am sitting in a condo in Toronto on August 25/2009 and wondering if you are doing the same?

    Am trying to rent a 1 or 2 bedroom apartment in Piriapolis for February and March, 2010. As a single retired lady I value an ocean view, security and reasonable quiet on a bus line. A friend may share with me or want a reasonable priced place for herself; ocean view not necessary.

    Do you have any ideas? Your mention of renting when we get there I see as a last resort…no pun intended! Though I do feel some frustration in trying to get through to owner rentals which your suggestion would solve. If I am indicative the online market is there if they were just online.

    The price structure is also difficult to understand because the ‘local’ rental prices are so much lower than the long term rentals. In Mexico and Europe long term rentals tend to bring prices into line.

    Any ideas or clarification would really be appreciated.

    Gracias(I am working on the Spanish LOL!)


  7. mariela said

    Hola me gustaría saber si disponen de alguna casa en la primer semana de enero por cuántos días mínimo alquilan y el precio. Gracias.(para 6 personas)

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