I grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida, where seniors flock to retire because they can lounge in the warm weather, drink pina coladas under the shade of palm trees, and not have to pay state income taxes. So why would I leave my seaside home by one of the best beaches in the U.S.? Well, Florida’s not so cheap anymore…and it’s hot.
There are two Cuencas in the world, one in Spain and one in Ecuador. Cuenca, Ecuador, shares a lot with its Spanish cultural twin, including art, food, architecture, and religion. Even the fresh trout from the rivers that run through the city, and the affinity for fiestas remind me of Cuenca’s Spanish ties right down to the Picasso-influenced murals that line the streets.
Franny Hogg and her husband Robert Lochow found their dream home just a few months after coming to Cuenca, Ecuador in 2012…the only problem was…it belonged to someone else.
Since moving to Cuenca, Ecuador, in 2013, Louis Bourgeois, 63, has proved you can change your life when you embrace the Ecuadorian lifestyle. Louis’s spiritual philosophy toward life led him to settle in Ecuador. But he’s also found it to be a place where he can successfully— and happily—live on an extremely small budget: his $500-a-month Social Security pension (expat couples in Cuenca typically spend around $1,700).
There’s good news for people interested in investing in real estate in Cuenca, Ecuador, as the market comes out of a three-year slump.
When Ellen came to Ecuador, she wasn’t expecting to find anything like the skill and quality of her artistic experiences in Chicago.
Ellen Malloy’s tenure as a publicist for an opera company in Chicago placed her at the heart of cultural experiences that had her mingling with artists like Luciano Pavarotti or going to the Steppenwolf Theater. “My work was my social life,” she says. “Chicago is known for its ballet, opera, museums, and theaters. I came from institutional art, very pro-fessional, working with some of the finest artists around the world."...
One morning at 7:45, when I was waiting for a bus in my adopted hometown of Cuenca, Ecuador, a shaggy street dog jumped up onto the bench beside me. It made me comfortable, because...
People always ask why we moved five dogs to Ecuador. Especially when four was the limit. I’ll admit, bringing five dogs made us feel more as though we were smuggling contraband than moving our furry friends. But leaving them behind was not an option. After all, they’re family.
“I’ve lived here almost six years,” says Susan McBride of her adopted home in Cuenca, Ecuador. “I came here for the main reasons others do: economical living, the spring-like climate, the city’s cultural and art scene.”...