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The 5 Most Expensive Locations in Rio De Janeiro

12 Jun 2014

The 5 Most Expensive Locations in Rio De Janeiro
With football fever bringing the South American country of Brazil into the world's attention, we've had some fun and investigated the 5 most expensive locations in Rio de Janeiro to move to.

Here are some of the best properties for sale in 2014 in these prime city locations that might be of interest to any world footballer or aspiring WAG:


Leblon is located in the South Zone of Rio and shares the same sandy beach as Ipanema. However, it is a quieter, classier district than its more famous neighbour. Recently a commercial renaissance in the area has seen a rise in property values especially along the  Rua Dias Ferreira. This street has become the home of Rio's elite, populated with high-end boutiques, bookshops, comfortable cafés, and expensive restaurants such as the Mirai and Sushi Leblon. Whist the Avenida Ataulfo de Paiva, Leblon’s main thoroughfare, is home to the town’s best cafés and bistro, giving the area an artsy, after-hours retreat. No WAG would look out of place in this area of Rio.

This beach-front, three-storey 3.131 sq ft penthouse has magnificent ocean views, fantastic leisure and entertaining facilities plus staff quarters  - sale price: R$ 6,200,000


Ipanema is one of Rio’s wealthiest and safest districts in the South Zone. Located next to Leblon, this elegant neighbourhood is a perfect WAG destination with plenty of luxury boutiques spread along the Rua Visconde de Piraje. Whilst nearby Rua Pail Redfern has distinguished entertainment in the form of art galleries, theatres and fine dining restaurants.

This expensive location in Brazil was first made familiar to the world by the song "Girl from Ipanema" but has also featured more recently in the animated film "Rio". During Carnival, thousands of people flock to Ipanema to parade and dance to bossa nova beats in the streets.

This luxury 3 bedroom triplex penthouse with 2 huge verandas and private pool is available in a quiet area of Ipanema, between Rua Garcia d'Avila and Rua Anibal de Mendoca - sale price: 4,700,000 EUR


Lagoa has been built around the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon and is a quiet, upper-class neighbourhood that benefits from bordering the affluent areas of Leblon, Ipanema, and Copacabana. The area becomes an attraction every December when a large Christmas tree is floated out on to the lagoon for all to see. 

This sophisticated 4 bedroom penthouse has fantastic views of the statue, Cristo Redentor (Chris the Redeemer) and features a swimming pool, terrace, 2x staff quarters plus parking for 4 cars - sale price: POA


Gávea is the upscale neighborhood of Zona Sul, located between the Dois Irmãos mountains and Lagoa. This wealthy borough has become the favoured home of Rio's artists and intellectuals, bringing a more relaxed vibe to the area. This is reflected by the informal nature of many of the restaurants with 0,0 (Zero Zero), a stylish restaurant and lounge bar, attracting a young and lively crowd. It also has one of the largest shopping malls in Rio de Janeiro which boasts over 220 shops.

This area is a popular residential location, with both nationals and some foreigners, due to its high calibre schools and premier universities. The bohemian quarter, Baixo Gávea, has an artsy vibe and is a favourite hang out for students. 

This 4 bedroom mountain home has a definite bohemian vibe. It comes with a guest house - so ideal for putting up extra family and friends during the football tournament - sale price: POA 

Jardim Botânico

Jardim Botânico is situated  right under the outstretched arms of the Cristo Redentor. This prime location of Rio was named after the famed Botanical Garden it was built around. Property in this expensive neighbourhood are largely detached - which is rare in crowded Rio. There is a sense of space here and a slightly more rural feel with the the Tijuca Forest being so close - the perfect place for a footballer's wife to avoid the paparazzi.

This cozy house in Jardim Botânico offers a great view to Christ the Redeemer with a lot of comfort and sophistication. Its 7,478 sq ft includes extensive living areas, four en suite bedrooms, staff's quarters and much more - sale price R$ 13.500.000

Lastly - any A-list celebrity footballer, and his family, needs a competent removals company to ship their personal possessions from the UK to Rio with care. We can handle everything from paparazzi to Picassos - so get in touch for shipping quote today.