Some folks who sell real estate here, call our neighborhood 'where the gringos live'. One of the high rise buildings close by (about 20 or so stories) is sometimes called the Gringo Palace. But, we don't know how many gringos live in the neighborhood. In our 10 story building, we like that only 3 other gringos live here. Some of our expat friends also say that there are more Ecuadorians in their buildings than gringos. We haven't done the reasearch or the math, so we can't say if this area is Gringolandia or not. There are other areas of Cuenca where you'll find gringos, too.
We decided to walk the neighborhood and take some pictures of the highrises, especially of the huge complex called Terrazza, right next to the river. We've heard that about 10-15 units have been sold to gringos, but not sure. We've also heard the total building is sold out. The complex is gigantic! We tried to get some pics for those who have been asking...but we've had to do it in pieces.
We made it back home as the afternoon rains began.
Is this Gringolandia? Not sure, but it's a neighborhood of new construction, many highrises, some services and some local color.
It's also a neighborhood of dust, construction noise, traffic and bus fumes along Av Ordonez Lasso. Do we like this neighborhood? Today, we do. We still like the views of the river, the sky and the mountains from our porch. We like that we can easily walk to the local Supermaxi, the big people's market (Feria Libre), the Co-op and some other good services, like Sukasa, for upscale shopping. It takes us about 40 minutes to walk to downtown.
We're not sure when the big road construction at the traffic circle will begin. The City has plans to build an overpass...which we think means traffic will be re-routed around, maybe toward the nieghborhood streets and the river. It's a huge project and may take some time to complete, once it's begun.