Jan 30, 2008

Coming to Buenos Aires with your dog...

I must tell you that only about 10% of the temporary apartments for rent in BA are pet friendly. It may be difficult, but it is never impossible, to find a new home for you both.
Ok here some suggestions:Palermo: dogs love Palermo! It is the most popular neighbourhood to live and will be one of the best areas for you. The challenge is: there are 7 different parts to Palermo. It’s HUGE!
So the question is: which part of Palermo, right?
· Palermo Botanico: You are close to the zoo and the big botanical gardens which are surrounded by parks. This is close to the subway station at Plaza Italia of the green line.
· Alto Palermo: It is close to the shopping mall (Alta Palermo Shopping), Plaza Guemes, or Plaza Freud (Salguero and Charcas). Republica Dominicana Street is also very close, a split street with a nice green belt that runs through the middle, lined with coffee shops and ice cream parlors in addition to the night spots around.
· Palermo Soho and Hollywood: Great places for walking. They have a Bohemian style with only a few small plazas, but it is nice and quiet. I like Plaza Armenia in Soho (Armenia and Costa Rica). There are very nice bars and restaurants lined all around the park.

Recoleta: This charming neighbourhood is home to the Cemetery (resting place of Eva Peron) and the Plaza Francia home to the weekly arts and crafts fair on Sundays (a great place for souvenirs and gifts). There is a plethora of shopping, restaurants, bars, theatres, and discos in this area.

Belgrano: This neighbourhood is a bit farther away, but anywhere close to the subway is a good option. With the green line of the subway just 30 minutes from end to end (to downtown or the Casa Rosada) you are always just a hop, skip, and a jump away from where you want to be. Belgrano is a very large neighbourhood as well, but I would recommend close to the Juramento station. Right away you will find a nice plaza (La Redonda), surrounded by bars and restaurants, and how of a weekend arts and crafts fair. If you continue toward Libertador you will find another great park as well with a dog run.

Las Cañitas: This area is flanked by the green line of the subway (a few blocks away) and Libertador avenue (which is a great place to walk). Las Cañitas is very special. It is the trendy part of Buenos Aires to live providing a home to great Bars, restaurants, fashionable shops, and a beautiful nightlife. It also borders the polo fields and is minutes walking from Palermo forest, a huge park with lots of green grass to run around on.

Puerto Madero: If you want to pay for the safest and the most expensive neighbourhood in Buenos Aires, you can choose Puerto Madero. It is located next to the ecological reserve, a huge park that has two entries on the two extremes of Puerto Madero. One is Darseña Norte, the other is Darseña Sur which is close to the Lola Mora Fountain (check it out, it is a beautiful zone). There is a walkway along the channel lined with restaurants and bars and great for evening strolls with your dog. It is 10 minutes walking from Plaza San Martin, home of the Casa Rosada, and is very central.

I always keep a look out for apartments that are pet friendly since I understand the challenge of leaving your best friend at home. I also work with 4 other trusted agencies, so there is a good chance we can help you find the right place.
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Top 5 bars in BA

If you dont know anything about BA...I just pick a few bars, so you can go and check it out, and the most important: take a look to the neighborhoodS with many many bars and restaurantes all around!

Congo Bar
Honduras 5329( Palermo Soho)
You will like to go thursday, friday or sat night, please go early and have dinner (Tapas and good wines). After 12 you will have to wait in the line for ever. I recommend to have a drink at the patio.

Parana 1048 (Recoleta)
Perfect to have a drink in a stylish enviroment.

Niceto Vega 5511 ( Palermo Hollywood)
You will like to go there after dinner and just for a few drinks. Go upstairs everything happen at the terrace!

Armenia 1820 ( Palermo)
Go upstairs to have a drink. Nice view of the "Plaza" from the Terrace.

Baez 340( Las Canitas)
Nice to go with friends and have a good moment.

Extra info: Where you will need to look for good restaurantes and some bars? www.guiaoleo.com.ar

Enjoy BA!!
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Rentals in Buenos Aires

Are you coming to Buenos Aires? Planning to rent an apartment? How will you proceed next?

You have a million agencies that rent temporary apartments to foreigners. But who are you going to trust with your business? And be warned, there are plenty of unscrupulous agencies out there that love to take advantage of tourists dollars.

I have been renting apartments to foreigners from 2005, and after many clients with very positive stays, I know how to help you! The following is a guide of how things work and a few things to watch out for in the world of renting in Buenos Aires!

When renting apartments you have 2 different directions to take, depending on the length of your stay.

1. Short term: If you are coming for a short stay, the best option is to book an apartment online.
   2. Long term: My recommendation is to book something short term online (I recommend the first month since the rent is a better deal than weekly and a month gives you time to get to know the city and it’s neighbourhoods). During this time you will be able to go VISIT the apartments you are interested in. Many times people experience that what they see online is not quite the reality of the apartment (Be careful). The only negative part to this is that anything you find ahead of time online, may no longer be available when you arrive.

Our clients find there are always plenty of options as we manage over 100 apartments personally and also work with 2 trusted agencies. So we can always find a great option for you!

When you arrive at the airport, you can get a taxi and we will meet you at the apartment to check you in. We watch the flights for your arrival so if you are delayed, we are aware, and are at the apartment at the correct time to meet you.
It is important to reserve the apartment you like as soon as you find it and can see yourself living there! WHY? Because if you take a few days to think it over... it may be too late (it happens ALL the time, especially with really good apartments or good deals, because the other people looking at it are saying the same). The reservation will be between U$100 and U$500 depending on the length of your stay and price of the apartment (owners need assurance that they will make something since they are turning down others once you have committed). This reservation fee will be put toward the total amount due on check in. It is NOT an extra fee.
Check in: You will sign a contract and receive the keys to the apartment (this day is arranged between you and the owner). You will need to pay in CASH! This is a unique part of South America (especially Argentina). BE AWARE: it does not matter the amount of money in your bank account, getting money from ATMs in BA is not easy. Many times there are ridiculously low limits (from $300 PESOS per day). The ATMs give pesos only (despite the option on their menus for Dollars) and you will need to change the pesos into Dollars to pay for most rentals. If you are planning on moving tomorrow, it may not be possible. Most Owners will not allow you to move in unless the full amount owed at check-in is paid. A few suggestions for handling this:
 1. Bring Your home currency (Dollars or Euros are the easiest to change) to put down for your initial rent and deposit. This is excellent for the deposit especially since you will be getting the same currency back upon check out.
2. Prepare in advance. You can take out your limit for the needed number of days before your check in (Example: you need 3000 pesos and your limit is 500. Go to the ATM each day for 6 days in a row and get 500 each day). Leave yourself a few extra days just in case, remember you also need money to live on and eat with J!
     3. Many times you have a limit (suchas $500 pesos), but you are able to put your card right back in the machine and draw again. Usually this is capped and you can only do it 3 times, but better than once.
4. Most owners prefer that the rent is paid in Dollars. A reputable exchange house that I have used for over 6 years and never had a problem with fake bills or a bad exchange is the exchange house on Juramento at Cabildo in Belgrano, across the street from the ice cream shop “Freddo”. You can exchange without ID as well.To check in, you normally need: 1-2 months of rent in advance, 1 month for the deposit (for both of these it depends on the length of stay and the apartment), and U$35-50 Admin fee (a one time fee; amount depends on the agency)
Deposit: The deposit is refundable on your check out from the apartment. Be sure that everything is in good working condition when you leave. If a glass was broken or something small, be sure to let the owner know (that is normally part of renting an apartment and understandable). However if there is something major that is wrong with the apartment (something major is broken; window, TV, etc.) be prepared for it to come from your deposit. If you return the apartment as you came into it, you should expect your deposit back.

Many times the price will include maid service (usually once a week for a few hours; they cover the basics depending on the apartment). This service can be adjusted with the cleaner themselves (and extra paid directly to the cleaner) if you need more (washing, shopping, etc.).

Check out: For our check outs we always have the owner there as well as Andrea to go through the inventory. We are always at the check out to act as an intermediate between you and the owner, always helping our clients to receive their full deposit.

Anything else you need, we are always there for our clients (a good reason to choose Andrea’s Style).I hope this information will help you! Enjoy your stay in Buenos Aires!!!
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