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The Estrugamou in Buenos Aires – The Pinnacle of French Classical Architecture

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On the corner of Juncal and Esmeralda streets, in the Retiro neighborhood of Buenos Aires, sits a stately and imposing relic of an era of French architecture in Buenos Aires, a city often dubbed the “Paris of South America.” The residential Estrugamou Building, or Edificio Estrugamou, resembles an aristocratic French mansion, with its chimneys, mansard roof, cornices and three-story classical columns. The first wave of French architects came to Argentina in the 1820s, shortly after independence from Spain…

Argentina and Brazil will have high rates of growth this year

Expect more good news than bad when it comes to global growth this year, led by recoveries in several of Latin America’s largest economies, a pickup in the U.S., and continued robustness from China and India. The expectation is that 62 economies are slated for an improvement compared with last year, while 33 will see a deterioration, according to an analysis of the latest Bloomberg consensus outlook. Near the top of the list are Argentina and Brazil, both set to shift from contraction to expansion, along…

Airbnb exploring long-term Residential Rentals as an option

Airbnb has quickly become a favourite destination for travellers looking for somewhere to stay on vacation. Now the home-sharing startup is interested in doing the same for people who want to find a place to live. Airbnb is considering an expansion in the long-term rental business and has asked McKinsey & Co. to research the market, said two people familiar with the matter. The consulting firm’s work involves conducting competitive analysis of Craigslist, said the people, who asked not to be identified…

The Buenos Aires Botanical Garden designed by French Landscape Designer Carlos Thays

The Buenos Aires Botanical Garden (official name in Spanish: Jardín Botánico Carlos Thays de la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires) is located in the Palermo neighborhood of Buenos Aires in Argentina. The garden is triangular in shape, and is bounded by Santa Fe Avenue, Las Heras Avenue and República Árabe Siria Street. The garden, which was declared a national monument in 1996, has a total area of 6.9772 ha (0.026939 sq mi; 17.241 acres), and holds approx 5,500 species of plants, trees and shrubs, as well…

A new game plan for Argentina ?

Eight years after being downgraded to a frontier market, Argentina seems poised for a turnaround, one that offers investors long-term opportunity and returns. Argentina was never so visible as when Diego Maradona led the nation’s soccer team past West Germany to win the World Cup championship in 1986. It seemed emblematic of a country on the cusp of claiming its rightful place on the global stage. Things haven’t quite gone as planned. Over the past 30 years, Argentina has dealt with bouts of economic…

Buenos Aires Silent Growth

As it happens in the 80 % of  South America most Argentines choose to live in urban areas. The city of Buenos Aires is the second most populous city in the continent and even if it is normally associated with buildings, people, traffic, noise; there is a key element that many times is ignored:  Our trees. As I lived in Europe, I was amazed by discovering that medieval cities didn’t count on having trees within their walls …  It was then, while crossing their narrow streets when I considered a famous…

Classic French Architecture in Buenos Aires

Classic French Architecture in Buenos Aires Buenos Aires’ luxury housing market can be found primarily in the more costly neighborhoods such as Barrio Parque, Belgrano, Palermo, Nuñez, Recoleta or Barrio Norte, where there is a concentration of older, stately buildings intermingled with modern, sophisticated high rises. Among the most exclusive are the Estrugamou, the Kavanagh, the Torre Le Parc Figueroa Alcorta, Chateau Libertador, Grand Bourg, and the Palacio Atucha, among others. Real estate prices at…