Vitacura, Chile

Living in Vitacura

Iyna Bort Caruso

Vitacura is a well-situated district in Santiago, and Santiago is ideally situated in Chile. The Andes Mountains, Pacific Ocean beaches and the country’s best-known wine region are all within a couple of hours’ drive.

Access like that would be enough to confer bragging rights on most locales, but Vitacura’s great appeal is within its own borders. It’s the status address of the Chilean capital.

Vitacura is an elite collection of neighborhoods known for its exceptional quality of life. It is home to prestigious private schools, top-rated restaurants, the San Cristobal Polo and Riding Club and the city’s designer shopping destination, Avenida Alonso de Córdova.

Families enjoy Vitacura’s many parks and green spaces. The enclave boasts more than 60 plazas and five major parks. The largest is the 65-acre Bicentennial Park on Vitacura’s northern border on the banks of the Mapocho River. It features a lagoon, public art, an amphitheater and a special garden for the visually impaired.

Santiago is a modern and relaxed capital with a growing international community. This is especially true in Vitacura where numerous embassies are located.

Except for a few restrictions near Chile’s borders, there are no limitations on international property buyers. Many buyers are attracted to the affordability, even in the luxury sector, when compared to other capital cities, especially in Europe.

The high end real estate market in Vitacura has traditionally been a stable one, owing to strict zoning laws, limited land for development and its focus on exclusivity and security. Buyers can find preserved period homes as well as modern estates designed by some of the country’s top architects. The Vitacura property market also offers townhouses, apartments and condominiums with resort-style amenities. The most coveted properties feature panoramic views of either the city, the mountains or both.