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Buenos Aires can be a deafening city – the car horns and the barking dogs rarely let up. But away from the bustle of downtown, the calm, tree-lined streets of the northern neighbourhoods are a welcome respite. Vicente López, where this bolthole is located, is one such haven: an upscale quarter just beyond the city limits, yet minutes from the centre by train.

The barrio is a mishmash of architectural styles, from modernist blocks to French-style townhouses. This family home, tucked away on a residential street, is a solid 1960s structure that’s…



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