Living in Buenos Aires

“I’m reminded this time of year,” writes Venezuela correspondent Don Ellers, “how the southern Caribbean (including Aruba, Bonaire, Margarita Island, and the rest of the Venezuelan coast) is outside the ‘hurricane belt.’ In fact, Venezuela’s mainland coast has never been hit by a hurricane…”

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Buenos Aires,” writes Editor-in-chief of our about-to-be-launched Overseas Retirement Letter Lynn Mulvihill, “offers one of the best city retirement lifestyles south of the border. And, though prices are up from their bottom of five years ago, BA remains affordable compared with the cost of living in most U.S. cities.

“With seasons the reverse of those in the U.S., Buenos Aires is a good option for part-year living. Summers are hot and humid in the city, and winters can be damp and chilly, so spring and autumn are the times to be here.

“The chic neighborhoods on the north of the city have special appeal to expats. Recoleta is home to the famous cemetery, while Palermo boasts green parks, nice statues, impressive embassy buildings, and a large sporting complex. A small but stylish one-bedroom apartment—with living room, kitchen, and bathroom—is currently on the market in this neighborhood for $69,500.

“South of the city, San Telmo, traditionally a working-class neighborhood, has a distinct bohemian feel. Attracting artistic types, it’s BA’s tango hub.”

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