Buenos Aires - Post Report Question and Answers

What is your housing like? What are typical housing sizes, locations, and commute times for expatriates?

We lived in an apartment complex in the city as did MANY other singles and couples or small families. Larger families (or those who wanted to) lived in houses (often with pools and yards) out in the suburbs near the international school. In the city, the housing pool was diverse and spread out in several neighborhoods. Some buildings have gyms and pools, others don't. Some are closer to public transportation. Many are within walking distance of Embassy. - Jul 2020

We live in the city, in the area called Palermo Chico. We chose to live here because we like city living (see above for previous cities lived). Most (but not all) families choose to live in the suburbs so that they are close to the international school. Out in the suburbs, most families have houses with pools and grills in their backyard. The commute in car is about 30-40 minutes from the suburban areas to the US embassy/city center, depending on traffic. In the city, we have a big three-bedroom apartment, with maid's quarters (which can be made into a small bedroom or office, if desired), right in a fantastic part of town. We have multiple doormen, a gym, a pool, and a parking garage in our building. And right outside our door, everything is walkable: the grocery store, the embassy, the movie theater, and the social club that we go to on the weekends. The walk to the US embassy is 15 minutes from door to door. - Jul 2019

Most people live in big apartments close to the Embassy. Most are in modern buildings with garage parking. People with kids live close to the Lincoln school in the suburbs. The biggest complaint is the length of time to commute from the suburbs it can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours. Traffic is a huge problem here and add to that protesters are allowed to block many of the highways to get into the city. - Jun 2015

I can't speak about government housing. I live in one of the nicest neighborhoods in the city (Las Canitas) for a very reasonable price. - Jan 2015

In the city, high-rise buildings with views of the city and water. Suburbs, beautiful large houses with yards and pools. - Aug 2014

We live in the suburbs to be close to the school. The commute into the city is nasty. - Aug 2011

Singles and couples tend to live in the city in beautiful apartments. Families are in the suberbs in single family homes with a pool, but have an hour commute to work. - May 2011

I rented an apartment in Las Canitas - it was approximately 15 minutes in a taxi to Puerto Madero, Retiro, Palermo, etc (except at rush hour). When going to Pilar, it took 30 minutes without traffic, up to 80 minutes with traffic at rush hour. - Jul 2008

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