Cuenca : Ecuador

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What Cuenca is like for active adults

Cuenca is a beautiful colonial city in Ecuador, in fact it is a UNESCO World Heritage Trust Site because of its historic colonial buildings. Cuenca was founded in 1557 by the Spanish explore Davolos.  Cuenca sits at 8000 feet above sea level in a basin surrounded by 4 rivers.  It is the 4th largest city in Ecuador. Many expatriates have chosen Cuenca as their place to retire.
Thanks to Wikipedia and Marc Figueras for the photo of the city.

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Where to Live & Real Estate Values

There is an active expatriate society in this large city of more than 400,000.  Nice apartments are available for $300 a month, you can buy a condo for less than $50,000. Most expatriates have maids at very low cost.

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What is special about this retirement community
Cuenca is one of the oldest cities in the Americas and preserves a great deal of early colonial history. It is a UNESCO World Hertiage Trust Site. Cost of living is low.  There are many interesting places to visit such as cathedrals. You can live at a very high standard at very low cost.
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What is not special about this retirement community
You have to be ready for the adventure of living in a very different city.
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What kinds of people like retiring here
Adventurous expatriates who want to learn Spanish and live the expatriate life.
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Local economy is driven by
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Climate and Physical Environment

Eternal springtime!  50 degrees to 78 degrees every single day.  small delightful drizzle keeps everything lush and green! The altitude at 8,000' feet makes for a very attractive climate.

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Restaurants & Cultural Scene
Fabulous art galleries and art stores, handicraft shops, leather goods, jewerly.
Nice theatre culture, numerous 5 star resorts, hotels and restaurants.   Interesting group of expats from around the world who have chosen......to be in this heritage city!
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Crime
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Medical facilities
Local medical facilities and doctors operate at a high and convenient standard, also at low cost.

Brand new ¨state of the art¨¨ hospital completed july, 2009 ( although there are many other good ones........Hospital Del Rio is the best!  Close to brand new adult community @ www.haciendabuganvilla.com or www.cuencacasas.com.  Must see both
the hospital and community with all expat friendly features. 
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Transportation
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Valuable Links
Cuenca Tourist Bureau  (see English option)
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Facts about CUENCA
  • State: ECUADOR
  • Environment: Small-mid Sized City,
  • City Population: 100,001+
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 41-60
  • Avg July Temperature:
  • Median HH Income: 0-20,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): Less than $100,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: NA
  • Total Crime Index: 111-120 (high)
  • Cost of Living Index: <80 (Very low)
  • Culture Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • State Sales Tax: No
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: boomer

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