Spotlight on Brazil: Rio de Janeiro

This month, the world’s eyes turn to Brazil, as it hosts the 2016 Summer Olympics. But there is more to Brazil than just Rio de Janeiro. And so, in honour of the Rio games, is having its own marathon – a month-long tour of Brazil’s lesser known property hotspots.

This week, we’re looking at the lesser known regions and the surrounding areas of Rio. The coastal town of Paraty, for example, still remains largely undiscovered. The historic city of Cabo Frio, meanwhile, has some of the best beaches that stretch of coastline has to offer. The city is home to an international airport and is the seventh oldest city in Brazil, lending it some serious appeal in terms of authenticity, which is sure to be attractive for visitors. Any one of these featured properties would be an excellent investment opportunity and, with Rio in the spotlight, now is the perfect time to enquire.

1. Natividade, Rio de Janeiro – 1 Bed House

Asking Price: £53,244
Located in the peaceful town of Natividade, this one bed house gets plenty of natural light and is part of residential complex with two communal swimming pools and a five-a-side football pitch. Natividade is home to some interesting, historical landmarks, including an ancient church that was never finished.

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2. Natividade, Rio de Janeiro – 2 Bed apartment

Asking Price: £88,740

This classic, Brazilian home is also located in Natividate on a picturesque hillside with a charming, cobbled road running past it. This property also features a swimming pool, but it’s a private pool surrounded by the pretty garden, which you can enjoy all to yourself in this wonderfully peaceful area.

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3. Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro – 2 Bed condo

Asking Price: £353,554

This property is located in Ipanema, Rio’s own surfer’s paradise. With vast numbers of surf enthusiasts coming to ‘hang ten’ on the waves at Ipanema beach, the area is in the extreme south of the city right on the coast. This modern condo is exquisitely finished and has great views from the balcony of the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, a huge lake in the middle of this bodacious bohemia.

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4. Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro – 4 Bed townhouse

Asking Price: £542,115

This town house is located in the lush green countryside north of the city. The design of this property is really unique; it combines dark wood with white walls and tiled surfaces reflecting a rustic look with modern, open-plan rooms. Featuring four bathrooms and a maid’s room with bathroom, as well as a swimming pool in a central courtyard, this beautiful piece of real estate is worthy of the price tag.

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5. Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro – 3 – 4 Bed House

Asking Price: £444,439 to £650,325

Also in Nova Friburgo, you can get a modern house with three or four bedrooms. These new properties are located in a hotel resort. The resort backs on to a man-made beach and there is plenty of infrastructure built around the hotel, such as shops and restaurants that residents can make use of. The homes include access to a jetty on the nearby lake, parking facilities and there is on-site management in place to help investors.

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6. Cabo Frio, Rio de Janeiro – 5 Bed House

Asking Price: £650,000

A modern multi-level ocean front villa with gorgeous views of the neighbouring islands with direct access to a white, sandy beach and sand dunes. Need we say more? The house comes with a swimming pool, built in gas BBQ, separate annex, en-suite bedrooms and a double garage.

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