The charm of Buenos Aires – It is still Paris in South America

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Properties for sale in Buenos Aires are 33 per cent cheaper than in other capitals of South America

Culturally diverse, artistically exciting, gastronomically delicious, religiously tolerant amid a friendly atmosphere. Buenos Aires is literally open to “good airs” to ventilate and oxygenate the city.

Whether you are thinking about buying a second home or living in Buenos Aires as a retiree, this is the perfect time to buy a property. The elimination of exchange restrictions has opened up all markets in Argentina. Right now, many opportunities in Buenos Aires will not be repeated in terms of both the prices of properties and excellent and well-located apartments with spectacular views.

Buenos Aires, capital of Argentina, is a metropolis with over 12 million inhabitants. It consists of the province of Buenos Aires and the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, also called the Capital Federal, in turn, divided into 48 districts or neighbourhoods.


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Buenos Aires – It is still Paris in South America

Buenos Aires is a beautiful city with numerous parks and wide avenues that border the grid plan. French influence in architectural terms is seen in its monuments and major European opera houses that had become symbols and icons of the sophistication of the city more than a century ago when the land wealth of Argentina turned to build a city of Parisian style.

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But it is not a copy of Paris; it is the exquisite, dazzling and subtle Light city carefully constructed and better preserved in America. Conservationists continue to campaign to have older structures restored and to maintain the architectural heritage of the city.

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In Buenos Aires, there are no restrictions on ownership by non-resident foreigners. Most international buyers come from the US and Europe.

Buenos Aires has a friendly culture, mainly composed of the sons and grandsons of European immigrants, a multicultural melting pot with sizzling nightlife.

Buenos Aires for retirees

Apart from a city being nice and entertaining for tourists, it must have many other qualities to be a good place of residence. Here are some of the many important reasons to choose Buenos Aires to buy a property as a second home, to live as a retiree or just as a very profitable investment.


In medicine, Argentina, particularly Buenos Aires, has world-class standards. Whether in services or aesthetic medicine, it has become a world reference centre. The value of the procedures is highly competitive, about 50 per cent cheaper than in the United States or Europe.

In Buenos Aires, there is a public health system and private providers that foreigners can adhere to. There is a wide range of private insurance, both national and international. Some clinics offer health plans that expatriates and residents can enrol in. Hospital Austral    Hospital Italiano

Retro style image of National Congress building, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Retro style image of National Congress building, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Public transport 

Buses – called “colectivos” or “bondis” – are the cheapest transport. More than 180 bus lines run regularly, with reduced frequency in the evenings. Several Metrobus stations also have free WiFi access.

The subway is the oldest in Latin America – having opened in 1913 – and is the fastest way to get around and services are frequent.

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Buenos Aires, the cultural capital of Latin America

The highest concentration of museums is in what is known as Museum Mile, a stretch of a mile of the Av. Del Libertador from Recoleta to Palermo. Four museums are dedicated to art in its various forms: modern art, classical art, Latin American art, and design. A very special museum dedicated to Eva Peron, Buenos Aires’ cultural icon, captures the interest of all Argentineans.

sky cloud cross at top in old church capila san roque in the center of buenos aires argentina

Sky cloud cross at the top in old Capilla San Roque, in the centre of Buenos Aires

Once a year, nearly 200 museums and cultural spaces throughout the city open their doors for free, with all participating places staying open until 3am. Another cultural circuit, the Gallery Nights, is held several times a year in the Palermo and Recoleta / Barrio Norte areas. More than 60 art galleries and small private collections open their doors to show their exhibits and artists.

If anything, the city can boast about its wide range of theatres – over 300 – making Buenos Aires the city with the most intense theatrical activity in Latin America and the fourth worldwide with the most theatres.

In short, the cultural movement in Buenos Aires is inexhaustible; every day, there is something new to see: music, visual arts, and the tango. The tango is a permanent source of expression of the Argentine way, past and present. A space dedicated to the tango will always be found in every corner of the city.

Museums, galleries and cultural venues

Religious harmony

Catholic, Christians, Jews, and Muslims all live in Buenos Aires. Mosques and churches are part of the cultural heritage of the city. There are different religious tours at different times each week. Currently, the most successful tours are walking around the places where Francisco the Pope lived.

Food for all

food-buenos-airesArgentina is famous for the quality and variety of meat. Traditionally prepared on wood, it is always time to enjoy a good barbecue. Buenos Aires also has a wide and varied cuisine, including international cuisine offerings. Vegans and vegetarians also find they are catered for amongst the traditional Argentinean food.


The average temperature is 18C, and usually, there is a moderate daily temperature range. The climate of Buenos Aires is characterized as temperate: humid with warm summers and cool winters. The most abundant rainfall is in summer, heavily influenced by the Rio de la Plata. As part of the temperate zone, the thermal variation is distinct from one season to another.

Taxes on property sales

There is no property sale capital gains tax in Argentina for private homes. When the property is sold, that revenue does not generate taxes.


Buenos Aires is a relatively safe city. Taking the usual precautions for your safety in any big city is advisable: no walking in parks at night or in deserted streets and avenues. When you walk down the street, do not show cash or display valuables. It is always advisable to carry documents and money in front pockets. Consulate of Chile in BA.

Go shopping

shopping-buenos-airesVisiting shopping malls is one of the most recommended activities. Buenos Aires has fashion and design commercial circuits such as the Palermo area, Soho, Santa Fe Avenue and Florida Street.

For those looking for affordable opportunities, these outlets are an excellent choice.

English Editor: Audrey van Ryn

Researcher & Translator: Mª Verónica Brain

Contact the Gateway to South America team to learn about the best investment opportunities in the region. The company is a benchmark for foreign investors wishing to invest in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay, providing expert advice on property acquisition and investment tours.

Contact the Gateway to South America team to learn about the best investment opportunities in the region. The company is a benchmark for foreign investors wishing to invest in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay, providing expert advice on property acquisition and investment tours.

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