Reader Asks: We are beginning to look at Cuenca as a retirement city for us. Are there any apartment complexes just for the expat community?
Frank and Angie Respond: Really? We’ve never been asked this before, ever. It’s the kind of question that perhaps some folks wonder about but are too polite to ask. At first the question comes off as somewhat offensive and perhaps even racial but who are we to judge why a person asks a certain question.
No, there are no gringo only apartment buildings in Cuenca Ecuador. However there are a few buildings that house about half to ¾ gringos, which tells us that the rents have gotten so out of hand in these buildings that most of the Ecuadorians can’t afford to live in their own apartment buildings anymore.
We recommend that some folks should retire in familiar surroundings. Moving to a developing country is not for everyone! However, if you really feel the need to move from the USA and need an inexpensive place to retire to, then Mexico might be a better fit for you. Mexico has several “little N. American gringo communities” where you do not have to learn Spanish; they even have their own grocery stores, post office, restaurants, and hospitals, so you don’t even have to leave the confines of your gringo compound.
Until we write again…
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We're an Expat Family of Five, Living Frugal, Healthy and Happy Abroad. We live in Cuenca, Ecuador and travel the Ecuador coast whenever we get a chance. We just adventured throughout the country of Panama for five weeks! Come along and enjoy some of our experiences with us!