Hi Ashton, I strongly recommend that you look for a place nearby Recoleta or Palermo. About the work permit, you can apply for it IN COUNTRY, or at the Argentine Embassy with jurisdiction over your home address. It is important to remark that, in order to apply for any employment visa, you will need a Sponsor locally registered with Immigration to sponsor foreigners. US nationals are allowed to stay for 1 year (with multiple entries and exits) and eligible to renew the work permit on a yearly basis if they show that they lived at least 6 months inside of the country + 9 monthly payslips. Once you gather 3 years of stay, you can apply for permanent residency. Something that I recommend is to start your own company (now it´s very easy - it can be done online- it is a new type of corporation known as "Sociedad Anónima Simplificada or "SAS"-, enroll it with Immigration, and then, sponsor yourself.