Living in Belgrano, Buenos AiresIyna Bort Caruso
The Buenos Aires neighborhood of Belgrano isn’t one typically on the radar of tourists but Porteños, as the locals are called, are well familiar with its charms.
Belgrano is a bucolic and stroll-friendly district, northwest of downtown Buenos Aires alongside the River Plate.
As a community Belgrano has it all in the form of parks, perks and conveniences one typically looks for in a neighborhood. The main commercial artery that runs through the barrio, Avenida Cabildo, is a popular shopping destination. A subway line follows the street. Pretty Plaza Manuel Belgrano is a square that hosts a weekend artisan fair. The centerpiece of the neighborhood is the hillside park, Barrancas de Belgrano. It was designed by the renowned French-Argentine landscaper Carlos Thays who was responsible for many of the beloved green spaces in Buenos Aires. Barrancas de Belgrano is a park for dancing as much as for walking. Every evening, tango dancers of all levels gather to show off their footwork. The park is adorned with sculptures including a replica of the Statue of Liberty by the original creator, Frederic Bartholdi. A small, but bustling Chinatown is also in Belgrano. The name, however, is a misnomer since the community is a mix of Asian cultures.
The area was named after General Manuel Belgrano who designed the Argentine flag. At one point in its history, before being annexed by Buenos Aires, Belgrano was a city that even held the distinction of being the Argentine capital for a few weeks in 1880.
Belgrano is noted for its luxury high rise buildings as well as its share of beautiful 19th century residences. The area of Belgrano R attracts wealthy families for its shady, cobbled streets and European architectural styles. The influence of English immigrants who settled in this section in the 1800s can still be seen today. For international buyers, there are few restrictions ownership.