John Crilly

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About Me

My first foray into Real Estate started at a tender age in Ireland, working with my uncles in construction during school vacations. This allowed me to study Building and Civil Engineering for 2 years before embarking at 19 for the Bright lights of New York City where I continued my studies at NYU graduate school.  A colorful career in the Bar and Restaurant business spanning 20 years lead me to building and operating my own establishments. Just when it all was going good, my wife decided its time to sell up and move on. Luckily we managed to sell our renovated town home in Brooklyn in early 2008, and started an epic roadtrip which finished once we set foot in what we like to call our ‘little piece of paradise’; San Juan Del Sur.
My first years here existed as co-founder of San Juan del Sur Day School and operating a 4×4 rental business. This took me up and down every road and ox path in the area. Between the two, I have sat on the fence for many a conversation, listening to both potential buyers and property owners, and feel very comfortable, not just expressing my knowledge and opinions of the local area real estate, but also the trials and tribulations of moving to a foreign land, again!

John Crilly's Listings

Playa Yankee 36B

Majestic Yankee Beach Views Lots Listing ID: 009902
1,000 m2
Playa Yankee 36B is a 1/4 acre prime ocean view lot is set in a commanding position overlooking the surf and sands of Playa Yankee, located 20 minutes South of the popular Post town of San Juan del Sur. With...Read More

Cinco Bahias Ocean Views

Vista Cinco Bahias Listing ID: 009891
Beds N/A
Baths N/A
15,456 ft2
Priced to sell this Cinco Bahias Ocean Views Lot, so named because of the views of five bays, is sure to be in hot demand at the reduced asking price of only $29,000.  Definitely an incredible opportunity to get an...Read More

Paradise Bay Lot 68

Lot #68 Listing ID: 009847
2,189 m2
Paradise Bay Lot 68 is a flat lot with large Pacific ocean views to the South, the wonderful views to be enjoyed to the fullest from a future second story. Located in the desirable development of Paradise Bay, you are...Read More

Villa Loma- a luxuriously appointed...

Jungle Plateau Listing ID: 009879
Beds 4
Baths 3.5
344,445 ft2
Villa Loma is a luxuriously appointed residence situated on approximately eight hill-top acres just 8 km south of San Juan del Sur. Located at the end of a paved road just 10 minutes from town, this private and secluded residence...Read More

Gardener’s Dream Home

San Juan del Sur Listing ID: 009878
Beds 4
Baths 3
9,795 ft2
Casa Bliss is a Gardeners’ Dream Home, where one can appreciate the thoughtful efforts to make the best use of the property and nature’s resources. This lovely turnkey 3 bedroom home is located in the peaceful gated community of El...Read More

The Meadows

Las Delicious Listing ID: 009863
Beds 1
Baths 1
6,081 ft2
This newly constructed him in the Meadows provide is a rare opportunity in San Juan to obtain a eco friendly energy efficient home minutes from San Juan del Sur. If tranquil living in a country setting close to town is the...Read More

Vista Mar Nacascolo Lot 4

minutes from town Listing ID: 009849
Beds N/A
Baths N/A
13,092 ft2
This generously sized lot located in the picturesque development of Vista Mar Nacascolo sits less than 10 minutes by vehicle from the heart of San Juan del Sur, with ocean views of Nacoscolo Bay and the Pacific Ocean beyond. The...Read More

Cala Azul Home

Spectacular Sunsets Listing ID: 009838
Beds 2
Baths 2
10,763 ft2
Spectacular view residence is a wonderful 2,100 square foot home set cliff top in the exclusive gated community of Cala Azul,  just minutes North of San Juan del Sur. With paved roads throughout the development, town water and backup power,...Read More

Lofty Family Home

Listing ID: 009835
Beds N/A
Baths N/A
25,897 ft2
Incredible views abound from this lofty family home, located in the quiet single home development of Rancho Papayal. A complete turnkey package boasting a huge open plan living area, three spacious and tastefully decorated bedrooms, your own private pool and...Read More

Rancho Papayal Lot 32

Lot #32, Rancho Papayal Listing ID: 009829
Beds N/A
Baths N/A
23,757 ft2
Huge jungle and ocean views are to be enjoyed from this elevated lot in the upcoming neighborhood of Rancho papayal. Located 15 minutes drive from the heart of town, and less from the popular surf beach of Playa Maderas, and...Read More

2 Bedroom Turn-key Home

Casa #4, Congo Hills Listing ID: 009827
Beds 2
Baths 2
4,161 ft2
This 2 bedroom turn-key home in Congo Hills is a modern yet tropical two bedroom, two bathroom home, sitting on a prime and elevated lot in the serene nature friendly development of Congo Hills, only minutes from the soft sands...Read More

Beachfront Condo

3 Center Casa Marina Listing ID: 009799
Beds 2
Baths 2
0 ft2
This wonderful 2-bedroom beachfront condo is located in the Casa Marina Condominium building right in the heart of downtown San Juan del Sur. With magnificent views of the San Juan del Sur bay, round-the-clock security, and proximity to all of town’s amenities,...Read More

Off-grid Homestead

600 meters North of Marsella turnoff. Listing ID: 009798
7,042 m2
Great opportunity to own a large off-grid homestead minutes to some of Nicaragua’s best beaches, Playa Maderas, Playa Marsella  and Playa Majagual. The lot is over 7,000 square meters in size, and has no restrictions on usage. Currently there is...Read More

Casa Santosha

Listing ID: 009805
Beds N/A
Baths N/A
0 ft2
Casa Santosha is nestled into the jungle amid huge trees teaming with birds, monkeys and other tropical wildlife located within El Camino del Sol, a peaceful community nestled in the lush foothills above the seaside village of San Juan del...Read More

Villa Cielo Pelican Eyes

High above town Listing ID: 009806
Beds 3
Baths 3
2,583 ft2
Villa Cielo, the gem of Pelican Eyes Resort & Spa, is located on the hillside overlooking the Port town and horseshoe bay of the charming village of San Juan Del Sur, on the stunning Pacific Coast of Nicaragua. Pelican Eyes Resort...Read More

Residential Community Lot

Lot #41 Listing ID: 009804
573 m2
A great offering, this residential community lot is located in Bosques del Mar, a steady 15 minutes drive from the town of San Juan del Sur, once a quiet fishing Port and now one of the most talked about tourist...Read More

Mango Rosa Lot

Lot # 10B Listing ID: 009774
850 m2
What a great offering, this fully serviced Mango Rosa lot is located in an proven successful vacation rental development minutes from some of the most popular beaches in Nicaragua. The standout features of this property are the privacy and usability,...Read More

Gated Community Lot

lot #42 Listing ID: 009803
571 m2
This gated community lot has a very private corner setting amongst mature shade tress in the private gated community of Bosques del Mar, a mere 15 minutes drive from the tourist town of San Juan del Sur, and all the...Read More

Swell Remanso Lot

Oceanview Listing ID: 009796
719 m2
This swell Remanso lot is a truly wonderful opportunity to own an ocean-view lot, just steps away from the lovely waters of Playa Remanso, a mere 15 minutes South of the popular tourist destination of San Juan del Sur. The...Read More

Maderas Surf Villa

Views Over Playa Maderas Listing ID: 009800
Beds 2
Baths 2.5
1,877 ft2
Maderas Surf Villa is located high above the break in the private residential enclave of Cinco Bahias. If amazing ocean vistas and tropical jungle views are the benchmark, then look no further. The home consists of approximately 1,250 square feet...Read More

Beachfront Masterpiece

Tola Listing ID: 009802
Beds 6
Baths 6.5
0 ft2
This beachfront masterpiece is a gorgeous 6 bed/6.5 bath home located right in front of the surf at Playa Colorado, on the Southern Pacific shores of Nicaragua.  The home boasts a total of 6,440 sq. ft. of living space and features 2 pools, one of which is literally beachfront, where...Read More

Big Sky Ranch –

Listing ID: 009795
Beds N/A
Baths N/A
0 ft2
Big Sky Ranch is located in the SouthWest Pacific of Nicaragua, nestled in the lush Escameca valley, 10 kilometers South of the port town of San Juan del Sur. A limited selection of Estates are offered with beautiful expansive mountain,...Read More

Santa Cruz Luxury Loft-Style Condos

Santa Cruz located inside Brisas del Pacifico Listing ID: 009785
Beds 1
Baths 2
0 ft2
Santa Cruz Luxury Loft-Style Condos offer the very best of San Juan del Sur; high-end modern luxury, incredible bay views, and location. This new development located inside Brisas del Pacifico, is only a five-minute walk to the beach and town....Read More

Large affordable beach access lot

Entrance of Yankee Development Listing ID: 009773
2,487 m2
This large affordable beach access lot with great jungle views  is located right at the entrance to Cantamar de Yankee, the only development at this beautiful & tranquil sandy beach called Playa Yankee, located a mere 20 minutes South of...Read More

Santa Fe Commercial Opportunity

Commercial Lot w/ Frontage! Listing ID: 009776
1,121 m2
This commercial opportunity sits on the main road to the south of San Juan del Sur. Located a mere 5 minute drive from town and only 10 minutes to some of the area’s best surfing beaches, there is great commercial...Read More

Turnkey Eco Lodge

Tola Listing ID: 009764
Beds 9
Baths 7
25,295 ft2
This inspiring turnkey Eco lodge in an Eco Community is a truly wonderful opportunity for someone to step right in and take over a fully functioning business on Nicaragua’s Emerald Coast. The Lodge is has all the elements of simple...Read More

Spectacular Montecito Lot

Desirable Gated Community Listing ID: 009740
2,219 m2
This Spectacular Montecito Lot is the perfect location for you to build your dream home! Located in the “Little Mountain” hill-top phase of the emerging coastal community El Encanto del Sur. This half-acre plus lot offers spectacular views, security, infrastructure, as...Read More

Casa Dos Vistas – the...

Wow Listing ID: 009727
Beds 4
Baths 4.5
11,415 ft2
Casa Dos Vistas has arguably the “best views” in all of San Juan del Sur. Situated on the prime elevated lot in the exclusive private gated development of Brisas Del Pacifico his gorgeous 4 Bedroom, 3.5 bathroom architect designed home...Read More

Breezy Beach View Lot

A9 Marsella Beach Resort Listing ID: 009718
790 m2
This breezy beach view lot is a superb opportunity to buy an ocean view land in one of Nicaragua’s hottest markets. Only minutes from the world class surf at Playa Maderas to the North, and the calm family friendly waters...Read More

Elevated Commercial Lot in San...

Heart of San Juan Listing ID: 009702
875 m2
This in town elevated commercial lot is the perfect blank canvas for a commercial development. The lot sits about 200 meters as the crow flies to the cool waters of San Juan beach, and 400 meters walking. The road in...Read More

Home with 8 Acres

600 meters North of turnoff to Maderas Listing ID: 009590
Beds 2
Baths 2
378,136 ft2
A land of opportunity, this home with 8 acres called Casa de Campo is one of the most versatile properties on the market today. This 8 acre plus finca lies 15 minutes from San Juan Del Sur, a straight shot down...Read More

Wellness Community Lot

Peace and Tranquility Listing ID: 009686
Beds N/A
Baths N/A
13,744 ft2
This beautiful ocean view lot is located in the El Camino del Sol residential community, only a 5 minute drive from the oceanfront restaurants in the bustling Port town of San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua. This private wellness community lot is...Read More

Luxury Ocean View Condo

Unit 404 Listing ID: 009705
Beds 2
Baths 2
0 ft2
This beautiful 2 bedroom /2 bathroom luxury ocean view condo is located in the beachfront development of Condominios La Talanguera, right in San Juan del Sur.  The Condo comes fully furnished, tastefully decorated with quality furnishings and appliances, air conditioning...Read More

Casa Carisma – a Regal...

Enormous Possibilities Listing ID: 009669
Beds 4
Baths 4
17,168 ft2
  Casa Carisma is a Regal residence of truly regal proportion with over 6,000 square feet of living space, dedicated to 3 master suites, and an additional bedroom with an incredible open plan living area. This unique custom built ocean...Read More

El Jardín Hotel

Bahia Nacascolo Listing ID: 009698
Beds 10
Baths 9
3,059 ft2
El Jardin – a lovely eclectic hotel resting in the hills just 4km North of San Juan del Sur, with spectacular views of Nacascolo bay and the Pacific beyond, offering the perfect relaxing alternative to town. El Jardin is a...Read More

Costamar Beachfront Condos

Hacienda Iguana Listing ID: 009691
Beds N/A
Baths N/A
0 ft2
The Costamar Beachfront Condos are the latest exciting project to hit the market in the incredibly popular Emerald Coast of Nicaragua. Located beachfront in Hacienda Iguana, every unit not only has ocean views but sit mere steps to the sand...Read More

Ranch Lot at Finca de...

El Guanacaste Listing ID: 009692
12,140 m2
The ranch lots at Fincas de Escamequita are the perfect setting to create your own private off-grid sustainable tropical paradise! Set back in the 400 acre nature preserve, amongst jungle trails and rivers, yet only a short jaunt to the...Read More

Prime Oceanview Lot

San Juan del Sur Listing ID: 009671
946 m2
This prime ocean view lot, located within one of San Juan del Sur’s most secure and beautiful gated developments, El Encanto Del Sur, offers commanding views of Nacascolo Bay and the surrounding valleys. Less than 10 minutes to town and...Read More

Los Solarios-classy compact condos

San Juan del Sur Listing ID: 009690
Beds 2
Baths 2
0 ft2
ONLY ONE LEFT. Welcome to the good life, that is if your definition entails sipping cocktails at your own roof-deck bar, as life unwinds around you. These exciting new trio of Condos are only minutes from the sand and sounds...Read More

Downtown Condo

Casa Marina Condominiums Listing ID: 009680
Beds 2
Baths 2
0 ft2
  This wonderful downtown condo consists of two bedroom and two full bathrooms with a total oceanfront living area of 1050 square feet .    The condo is located in the 5 story Casa Marina building, an immaculately maintained condo...Read More

Beachfront Estate minutes from town

South of San Juan del Sur Listing ID: 009676
Beds 3
Baths 2
0 ft2
This Beachfront Estate minutes from town with nearly 100 meters of oceanfront is a rarity, if not unheard of in the San Juan del Sur area in recent years. With over 5 acres of land, much with gently sloping ocean...Read More

Villa Cala Azul

North of San Juan del Sur Listing ID: 009660
Beds 3
Baths 3.5
10,763 ft2
Located in the desirable ocean front development of Cala Azul, in Pacific Southwest Nicaragua is this gorgeous 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath newly constructed home. Set high on the cliff ,Villa Costa Azul is designed to take the utmost advantage of...Read More

Ocean View Parcel

Epic surf views Listing ID: 009630
3,714 m2
  This ocean view parcel is nearly a full acre lot and is the ideal setting for a large private home, surf camp or even a small boutique hotel. The land is mainly flat, giving a huge building pad to...Read More

Oceanfront Living

Beachfront at Playa Marsella Listing ID: 009627
Beds 4
Baths 3
11,485 ft2
Located beachfront on Playa Marsella, this 4 bedroom 3 bathroom home was built and completed in 2009 by an American contractor to international standards. Entering the property one passes the full-time caretakers home into the large parking area, with plentiful...Read More

Surf Lots at Yankee Beach

Lots D4, D5 & D8 Listing ID: 009624
2,983 m2
  A rare opportunity to obtain 3 great Ocean view home sites, in one purchase. Perched high above the point break at Yankee beach, the lots are offered as a package, (with no transfer costs). Located 25 minutes South of...Read More

Orquidea Del Sur

Lot #40, Cantamar de Yankee, San Juan Del Sur, Rivas. Listing ID: 009610
Beds 8
Baths 10
15,392 ft2
Orquidea del Sur is an exquisite, private, eight bedroom, ten bathroom residence perched high above the beach on the stunning southern Pacific shores of Playa Yankee, one of Nicaragua’s premier surfing beaches. Every bedroom features a panoramic view of the...Read More

Rancho Los Robles -Rolling 26...

6.5 Km past the turnoff for Marsella on the chocolate... Listing ID: 009607
105,390 m2
Rancho Los Robles is located 20 minutes north of San Juan Del Sur, on the secondary road to Rivas, the state capital. This rolling 26 acre meadow offers all the possibilities; as a homestead, a residential development, or even a...Read More

The Best of Los Suenos

El Encanto del Sur Develpment, Los Suenos #3 Listing ID: 009601
Beds N/A
Baths N/A
10,731 ft2
The spectacular, unobstructed and stunning vistas from this quarter acre lot may make it the most desirable in the newly opened “Los Suenos” neighborhood of El Encanto del Sur development. The high elevations of EEdS Suenos result in “jaw dropping”...Read More

Bosques del Mar 29

Lot #29 Listing ID: 009591
557 m2
Wonderful opportunity in a quiet and serene woodland gated development, only minutes walk from the calm waters and beautiful sands of Playa Marsella. The breezy lot is fully serviced, with flat terrain making that tropical home an easy build. Boasting...Read More

Natural View lot

Lot # 53 Listing ID: 009566
6,438 m2
Set in the much sought after eco friendly nature reserve community of Las Fincas de Escamequita , this large homestead lot has direct access, water on site and excellent mountain views. Ideal for those who don’t want to spend a...Read More

32 Acre Easy Access Farm

Along the Main Road Listing ID: 009553
129,500 m2
Located just 15 minutes from the town of Rivas you will find this fully titled 32 acre easy access farm,  in the area of “Lomas de La Burra”   Accessible year round, with 160 meters of road frontage on the...Read More

Eco Community with 4 homes

@ Rancho Cecilia! Listing ID: 009546
Beds 5
Baths 4
151,588 ft2
This is a wonderful opportunity to acquire this Eco Community at a discounted price, ready for the next owner to either step in and continue the business, enjoy the property as a large private family compound, or sell off as...Read More

Casa Vista Bonita

Vistas, Vistas, Vistas! Listing ID: 009545
Beds 4
Baths 3
15,295 ft2
Casa Vista Bonita is one of those properties with the Wow factor, sitting as it does in a premium elevated lot in the exclusive gated development of El Encanto Del Sur. Spectacular views over 3 bays and the rugged coastline...Read More

Office Space

Prime Location! Listing ID: 009434
Beds N/A
Baths N/A
0 ft2
This Commercial unit sits on the Promenade, right in the middle of San Juan Del Sur.  In a high traffic area, its ideal for an office or retail store, surrounded by offices, restaurants and hotels. Buy for your own business,...Read More

Majestic Hacienda in the Clouds

The Ultimate Retreat Home Listing ID: 009353
Beds 9
Baths 7
27,781 ft2
This stunning 9 Bedroom Hacienda is located on a large organic farm, approximately 2 miles from the ocean, and the historic Port town of San Juan Del Sur. Sitting at an altitude of over 1,000 feet above sea level, it...Read More

Casa de Salud

In the Heart of Town! Listing ID: 008840
Beds 2
Baths 2
1,700 ft2
Newly remodeled in center of San Juan town with rare gated parking and only three blocks to the beach!!! Totally fenced-in property with parking for 3 cars.  Two Bedrooms (both with A/C) & Two Bathrooms home right downtown, with a large covered back...Read More

The Penthouse

Beachfront in San Juan del Sur Listing ID: 006052
Beds 2
Baths 1
950 ft2
The Penthouse is an outstanding 2 bedroom, 1 bath, Ocean Front Condo right in the center of the bay of San Juan del Sur. Out of the front door and you are just steps to the beach and the promenade...Read More

Las Colinas Home

Awesome Bay Views Listing ID: 005874
Beds 3
Baths 3
10,763 ft2
This ocean view home located in the small development of Las Colinas de Miramar is the perfect combination of convenience and epic views. Las Colinas de Miramar is located in the foothills just behind the La Talanguera neighborhood on the...Read More

Container Home with Ocean View

Great Ocean Views Listing ID: 003416
Beds 2
Baths 2.5
0 ft2
When you buy this Container Home with Ocean View, it’s Certified by Lloyds of London, the Worlds Specialist Insurance Company, the Steel Containers used to build this 3200 square foot, 2 story home are indestructible. Earthquakes can not shake it, Termites can...Read More

Pueblo Santa Fe

Retirement Development Listing ID: 003225
Beds 2
Baths 2
0 ft2
Pueblo Santa Fe is a retirement development, located just outside of San Juan del Sur, is an architecturally-controlled retirement development privately owned by a Canadian developer, comprised of 26 serviced lots, 3 green areas, and a club-house & swimming pool....Read More

Villa Laguna

Incredible Ocean Vistas Listing ID: 001867
Beds 5
Baths 4.5
0 ft2
Live the dream in this luxurious Villa over-looking Nacascola Bay.  Spacious executive home with gourmet kitchen, tropical gardens, close to the beaches & town. Your million dollar views of the Pacific Ocean are coupled with breathtaking sunsets.  Lounge in the...Read More