Belgrano: Much More than a Barrio

The barrio of Belgrano offers nearly the entire gamut of life styles and buildings.  According to the article “Belgrano: Much More than a Barrio,” in, the barrio is divided into many zones with many price ranges, giving buyers and renters the opportunity to find whatever zone suits their financial needs.  With modern buildings, classic architecture, old mansions, hotels, lofts, gardens and parks, and a variety of businesses, there are few areas that can complete with the range of Belgrano’s offerings.

Belgrano is one of Buenos Aires’s most densely populated barrios—a fact which could have harmed its charms but has instead simply diversified its options.  People who buy property in the barrio value tranquility and access to a wide range of services.  Living in Belgrano means that they are farther from the microcentro, but the planned extension of the D line subway line past Congreso de Tucumán, the trains, and the buses that run down the major avenues of Cramer, Cabildo, Monroe, Libertador and Figueroa Alcorta all help alleviate the problem of distance.  The only drawback to Belgrano, besides its distance from the city center, is the flooding that occurs after rain.  The area most affected by flooding is Blanco Encalada and its surroundings.  The City is working to make canals to fix the problem, but they have not finished the task by any means.

The barrio also stands out because of its wide range of commercial activity.  Residents don’t have to leave their barrio to meet their needs, almost no matter how specialized.  There are many schools, clubs, banks, and other daily necessities.  All of this has caused the once family oriented barrio to attract more young people, especially as smaller units are constructed for the single tenant.

Among the most important streets, Cramer remains the most tranquil street.  Av. Ciudad de la Paz is best known for small and classic apartments and Avenues Cabildo, Juramento, and Moldes, among others, seduce buyers with buildings that are tall and high quality.  Prices in these areas oscillate between 900 and 1,500 dollars per square meter.

The corner of Cabildo and Juramento is one of the most famous corners in Buenos Aires.  It is the commercial center of Belgrano, always full of life and activity, and is very characteristic of the barrio.  There are classic buildings from the 70’s and a few newer high-rises, including new towers on Avenida Cramer.  The center of the barrio is demarcated by the square which Ciudad de La Paz, Blanco Encalada, Juramento and Avenida Cramer create.  In this area, two to three bed room apartments are commonly sought precious commodities and prices never drop below 1,000 dollars per square meter.

Belgrano R consists of 50 blocks between the train station, Avenida de los Incas, Olazábal, and Holmberg.  This area claims cobbled, tree-lined streets, antique mansions, and the highest level houses in the whole barrio, done in the English, Spanish Colonial, and French styles.  A tradition house here with 700 square meters of space can cost half a million dollars, sometimes even more.  The buying and selling of such houses is a slow process, due to the size of the purchase and the care with which buyers make decisions about big, expensive homes.  Nonetheless, this market remains a strong one.


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