Recoleta's first mayor and founder was a Dr. Rodrigo Ortíz de Zárate, and it is said in popular belief that his son gave the lands to a French Captain by the name of Beaumont in exchange for some clothes. The French Captain didn't value the lands much either, and in 1608 the lands were again exchanged, this time for a pair of pliers, a wig and a trench coat. The area is named after a convent called the "Convento de los Padres Recoletos" (Convento of the Recoletan Fathers) founded by monks belonging to the fransiscan order that was established in the area in the beginning of the 18:th century and dedicated to "Nuestra Señora del Pilar" (La Recoleta), and attached to the church they built the now so famous cemetery.
The cemetery that occupies about six hectares of land is the resting place of many national figures; fighters for the independence, presidents of the republic of Argentina, famous writers, men of science, and artists. In many cases the graves where designed by important architects, something tat has made walking through the cemetery an activity chosen by both tourists visiting, and people from Buenos Aires. Like every cemetery, there are various legendes about it that have accumulated through the years. For example, it is said that one of the keepers that worked in the cemetery wanted to be burried there. He saved nemigh money and traveled to Genoa where he ordered a sculpture with him and his tools, which would appear on his grave. When the sculpture arrived in Buenos Aires, the worker fell in love with it, and in order to be able to rest under it as soon as possible, committed suicide.
All around the cemetery of Recoleta there was been generated an area of restaurants, movie theaters, and coffee houses which have given the neighborhood the feeling that it has today. Aged trees, and the tables and chairs from the bars found on the wide sidewalk put Recoleta among the most visited areas by tourists, locals and people from the provinces of Argentina. For several years it has been chosen by the youth of Buenos Aires because of the large amount of bars and clubs in the area.
The 12th of October is the Day of Recoleta.
- Rentals and Sales of Houses, Apartments, Offices, Town House, and other Properties in Recoleta.
- Real Estate Recoleta.
- Sales, rentals, short term, commercial, student accommodation, holiday lets and apartment share.
- Owner reltals, Owner Sale,
- Recoleta limits with the following areas of Buenos Aires: Palermo, Almagro, Barrio Norte, Micro Centro and Retiro.