Houses for rent in Santiago

Looking for your new home in Santiago, Chile? Let's have a look at the best areas to find houses for rent in Santiago, based on your criteria and budget

Houses for rent in Santiago

13/01/2023, updated 20/10/2023

Overview of best neighborhood for houses in Santiago

In this section, we give you an overview of the different neighborhood. For more details, you can read our pages dedicated to each commune.

Rent a house in Vitacura

Vitacura is one of the most expensive communes in Santiago, at least regarding houses. For apartments, the El Golf area of Las Condes is still the most expensive. This is due to the fact that almost all the private colleges are located in this area.

Furthermore, the infrastructure quality is better overall than in the other communes. The more expensive areaa in Vitacura is located between the polo club and the French sport club. It is called "Jardin del Este". In this area, parcels are around 800 sqm. This is an area that attracts a lot of French expats, due to the fact that the French alliance (the only French college that follows the French education program) is located in Vitacura.

In Vitacura, you can find houses between 1.5 and 3 millions of Chilean pesos (2200-4500 USD) per month. In the north of Rio Mapocho, two areas called Santa Maria de Manquehue and Lo Curro, located at the beginning of the Manquehue mountain, offer different living conditions and can be of interest for some families.

Rent a house in Las Condes

If you do not need to be close to metro lines and main streets, you can find many houses in Las Condes. As it is large and quite heterogeneous (both regarding neighborhood and quality of construction), we can not really summarize the rental offer in this area. On average, the quality of construction will be slightly lower than in Vitacura or Colina.

Most of our clients looking for a house end up living in Vitacura, Colina, or La Dehesa. Las Condes is more interesting for couples or for families looking for an apartment. Las Condes offers lots of them, often in private condos with swimming pools and services.

Nevertheless, if you decide to rent a house here, you need to know that there are more thefts in the southern part of Las Condes. This is due to the fact that municipal police can not follow thieves outside Las Condes. As houses in the south of Las Condes are close to La Reina, it is less risky for thieves. They can escape quickly.

Rent a house in Lo Barnechea / La Dehesa

If you need more space and a more extensive garden, La Dehesa can be an option. It is a posh neighbourhood, located in the commune of Lo Barnechea. This commune also includes top private schools and international colleges, attracting a broad expat community. The best option is a house with a view of the golf of La Dehesa.

Houses for rent in Colina (Chamisero/Chicureo)

The commune of Colina currently concentrates most of the residential developments of premium houses. You can find houses that are brand new or more recent than in the communes we have just mentioned. This area did not exist 15 years ago and has grown heavily after constructing the motorway and installing most international schools and colleges. Indeed, most of them have opened a second location in this area. Houses are mostly located in condominiums, private residential developments, often protected by fences. You can find two types of condominiums:

  • The condominiums where all houses are identical. The property developer has sold turnkey homes. This is notably the case in Chamisero, in the condominiums close to the French Alliance.
  • The condominiums where each house is different. In this case, the property developer bought the land. Then he made the infrastructures (fences, internal roads, water, and electricity) supply. Finally, he sold each parcel to landlords or house builders.

Depending on the area, the size of each parcel can vary a lot:

  • In the Chamisero neighbourhood, you can find a lot of small houses between 150 and 200 sqm (1,600-2,000 sq feet), with a small garden for a total of 500-700 sqm (5500 - 8000 sq ft).
  • The Piedra Rojas area attracts lots of upper-class families. Parcels are bigger, around 1000 sqm, and houses are nicer.
  • The northwest area of Chicureo is different. The living style here is more "country style". Houses are more traditional, and parcels are way bigger, between 5000 and 6000 sqm.
  • For golf players, you can also find houses close to the golf of Chicureo.

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Rent a house in Ñuñoa

Ñuñoa is a commune that attracts more and more tenants because new metro lines have opened. Currently, one can find some houses for rent at a more affordable rate than in Vitacura. Yet, the infrastructure quality is far from being at the same level, as well as safety (see the end of the page for more info).

Furthermore, many landlords try to convert their houses into a commercial local, to capitalize on the booming area. This means they tend to overvalue their property. If you want to rent a house in this area, you will have to negotiate. As described in our article regarding apartments for rent in Santiago, the avenida Irarrázaval divides the commune in two parts. On the north, next to Providencia, the area is well-developed around Barrio Italia and Plaza Ñuñoa. You can find a neighbourhood life, restaurants and shops. The south part is more popular and less safe, especially at night. Furthermore, the quality of properties in this area is not really at expat standards.

Providencia: Is there any house for rent there?

Providencia attracts many young people: students, young professionals, couples with or without children. This has led the municipality of Providencia to authorize the construction of buildings, notably next to the new metro line 3. This contributed to the destruction of a lot of houses. You can still find some, but since 2015, the municipality has authorized converting residential houses into commercial premises. Therefore, most remaining houses are either occupied by their owner or rented to businesses.

And what about Santiago Centro?

A few areas of Santiago Centro are classified as "historical heritage", and therefore remain intact, with many typical houses. For example, on the north of metro Cumming. Yet, they do not fit the quality standards that an expat would expect, with limited insulation.

Furthermore, most of them are townhouses with no garden and a facade on the street. Due to the safety problems in these areas, all windows need a metal grid to prevent intrusions. This does not make them very pleasant to live in. We therefore do not recommend houses in this area to our expat clients.

Houses for rent: furnished or unfurnished?

Furnished apartment/house rental is subject to 19% VAT according to Chilean tax law. This is not applicable to unfurnished property and leads to a significant price difference. Most of the time, the price difference between furnished and unfurnished properties is 25 to 50%, with 30% being the average. For more information, you can have a look at our detailed analysis in the article Apartments for rent in Santiago de Chile.

Rent a house in Santiago: what about security?

Due to social inequalities, the concentration of wealth attracts thieves, notably in affluent neighborhoods such as Vitacura, Las Condes, and Lo Barnechea.

If you rent in one of these areas, you need to check that your house has all the safety systems to protect you and your belongings. All these communes have a security service that patrols 24/7 the city to deter theft.

Most residents also subscribe to a contract with a private agency that checks houses more regularly. You can ask your landlord if the house already has a contract with an agency. If not, look at the signs on the other houses on your street. You will know which agency is the most active in your street.

Generally, this will be the most competitive one for you, as it already conducts patrols in your street. In the condominiums of Chamisero and Chicureo, security is usually managed at the condominium level. The condominium fees will include the related costs.

Do not hesitate to contact us for any questions or specific searches, even a few weeks/months before your move — the earliest we know what type of property you like, the better. We will offer you a better selection of properties when you arrive.

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