Baby Boomer Retirement in Argentina
The following information is provided by AARP:
Scenic, sophisticated Argentina has
been on the retiree radar screen since an economic meltdown in 2002
drove down the cost of living and real estate. Argentina's economy
is on the mend, and prices
are ticking upwards, but the land of gauchos, the tango, and Malbec
still beckons to those seeking rich culture and European ambience at
Dinner in Buenos Aires frequently starts at 11:00 p.m. or midnight, and restaurants stay open until 7:00 a.m. And there is a world-renowned resort and beach area, Punta del Este, just a short drive over the border in Uruguay. Yes, spiraling inflation and maddening government bureaucracy are among the downsides of life in Buenos Aires, but most expats consider these trade-offs for an affordable, urbane lifestyle.
Learn more at "Live and Invest Overseas"
Buenos Aires has a number of neighborhoods (barrios) hospitable to expats, among them Belgrano, Palermo, Puerto Madero, San Telmo, and Retiro (apt name!). Palermo is a super-chic neighborhood of cafés and movie houses; Hollywood uses it as a location, and it’s home to TV and movie companies. Rents in these neighborhoods can start at $700 a month and up, with spacious furnished apartments going for $2,000 a month. Though houses in these districts can be among the most expensive in Buenos Aires, you can still find bargains for $120,000.
New Yorkers Bert and Lisa Hirsch, 62 and 61, bought a two-bedroom condo in Palermo in 2004 for $70,000, then sold it in 2007 for $100,000 before moving to a brand-new, $300,000, higher-end condo with magnificent views in Puerto Madero. They haven’t settled here full-time yet, but feel completely at home in Buenos Aires. "In many ways it feels familiar," says Bert. "It’s a world-class city, and people are quite cosmopolitan."
Argentina at a Glance
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