I made that decision more than 15 years ago and I haven't regretted it for a minute.I'm not saying AR is a bad place to live to experience the culture temporarily but I wouldn't want to bet my retirement years on it in with any sense of permanency.
I think I prefer more of a city feel with Mendoza. I like the heat and I can take or leave socializing with fellow-expats.Have you looked at the real estate listings for San Raphael, Pcia. Mendoza?
You would probably encounter more expats there (perhaps a few Brits) than in the city of Mendoza.
I believe the 5th section is the most secure. There's a Metrotranvía which runs to Maipú. The dry climate would suit me. However as Steve pointed out the area is susceptible to earthquakes. It's a definite maybe, but unless I could insure my property at reasonable cost I'm not sure I would want to live there.Mendoza is beautiful I’d consider living there myself. You would need a good level of Spanish to be able to fit in though. Not sure what crime is like in the province but if you’re living in a house in the city you may make yourself an easy target if you stand out a lot.
I think there’s a few closed neighbourhood/gates communities around but they might not be your cup of tea either.
It all depends on where "here" is.LMAO Yet here you are. Sorry but you opened that door.