Cuenca has many attractive areas to live in, due to its good quality of life. Some examples of that are the drinking water service, the new tram (it’s the largest public transport system in Cuenca and the first modern tram in Ecuador), the bicycle paths and many more advantages which make it the number one destination to live in the entire country.
In recent years it has become a multicultural city, welcoming several foreigners who have decided to settle in the country. In September 2009, International Living magazine named it “the world’s top retirement destination,” encouraging dozens of foreigners (mainly American retirees) to move to Cuenca.
Today we will talk about these 3 areas
1. Ordóñez Lasso Avenue
The main entry and exit route to the western part of the city.
For several years, on this avenue, specifically in the area of the Oro Verde Hotel, a pretty remarkable growth of the urban sector has been seen, mainly in modern buildings. This growth came along with the presence of expats; this area has become one of the favorite places chosen by expats to live in.
An average of 30% of expats lives in this area.
This area has many bilingual places like restaurants, bakeries, bars with live music where several people from the expat community meet, this will help you make friends and blend in to Cuenca easier. One of the biggest supermarkets is also located near this avenue.
2. Puertas del Sol (Gates of the Sun)
This is another of the area with a high percentage of expats. It has fabulous views, green areas to walk and also plenty of space to walk your dog. Adding to this, the presence of the majestic Tomebamba River. You don’t always have the privilege to live near a river that crosses the whole city.
Many Expats decide to live in that area because there are many apartments inside condominiums, also because of security issues and easy access to different places of the city.
This area is warm – not so cold like Cuenca – and is further from the center of city. There you can enjoy excellent walks and mountain biking very close to the area. The land and houses in that area are usually very large, which means it’s more likely to have large green spaces. There is a high growth in this area with several supermarkets, schools, pharmacies, parks and recreational areas.
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