One of the most desirous neighborhoods primarily because of its central location, Sinajana is a unique mix of old and new. Located on a hilltop between Agana and Agana Heights, Sinajana pre-existed the arrival of the Spanish in the 1600’s. About 80% of the homes in the area were destroyed by Typhoon Karen in 1962, leading to the urban renewal and “suburbification” of the former agricultural village. Of note in the area is the Capuchin Friary, the home of a secular order of the Catholic priesthood that hosts an annual Christmas train display.
Said to have been known for wild yams which grew plentifully in the area, the name Sinajana thought to be derived from the process of digging an earthen oven to cook the yams called chinahån-ña.*
Sections of Sinajana abut the cliff line and are privy to panoramic views from Agana Bay to Mangilao. Sinajana’s proximity to Agana makes it an easy car hop, if not walking distance, to several popular local eateries and fast food chains, movie theaters, banks, local businesses, and the Naval Hospital.
It is typically rare to find new construction or housing developments in Sinajana, many of the large lots were claimed and subdivided down during urban renewal. The majority of the homes are of older construction, but many have been updated. Apartment options in Sinajana predominantly consist of smaller mom-and-pop complexes of 4-8 units, but Holiday Towers is a multi-unit condo complex in the area that has units available for rent and for sale.
To truly experience the village and its people, stop by the Sinajana Fiesta, held annually on the last weekend of October.
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