Moving to Santiago

Old Jun 2nd 2011, 6:51 pm
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Hi there,

My family and I are planning to move to Santiago by the end of 2011. I have a good offer from a local company. My wife is Spanish and I speak fluent Spanish, a situation that should help. I lived in Chile years ago and I was recently there for an interview, so I got a feeling for the country.
However, I have never lived in Santiago so I do not really know the city.

We would certainly like to have a good quality of life, even if this implies that we need to leave outside the city and commute. Is this a possibility?
Specifically, is there a progressive community or neighborhood in or near Santiago?

I visited the neighborhoods or "comunas" in the north west part of the city. Even though with much cleaner air (some of them at the lap of the Andes) and with an easy commute to the city, we would prefer our kids to grow in a more dynamic or European style neighborhood.

Can anyone advise?
Thanks!
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Old Jun 3rd 2011, 1:24 am
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I live in Santiago and maybe I can help. I don´t know your personal situation ( married, single, children, what ages , where your place of work will be located etc) and therefore can´t suggest where you should live. If you are just a couple then you´d probably look at an apartment in the Eastern part of Santiago ( Providencia, El Golf, Las Condes). If you are after a house then it should also be on the East but wont be in those areas; I strongly recommend you don´t think about either North, South or West. As far as living outside and commuting, you really could only think about Chicureo, but I wouldn´t recommend it as although if you use the motorways you can get into town reasonably quickly, the tolls are very expensive and it´s also a bit away from "life". If you have school age children you´d need to take schools into consideration when choosing a place to live. Rather than go into loads of detail on this forum, I suggest you PM me with more specific info and I´ll see if I can help you out. There are many things/quirks of living in Chile that you´ll ned to know about when you get here, as although it´s getting pretty sophisticated, there´s still a lot of often incomprehensibel beaucracy you´ll have to deal with
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Old Jun 8th 2011, 2:57 am
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I sent you a lengthy reply to your PM but haven´t heard from you so hope you received it.
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