Room for two in the historic neighborhood of 2 de Julho, in the heart of the city and close to the Pelourinho. We are an expat American, his Bahian wife, and our 10 year old son.
Are you coming to Salvador for a week or two and need a place to stay? Want to avoid the chaos of Pelourinho and the high costs of Barra? Interested in staying with a family?
Well, why don't you come stay with us! I am an expat American married to a Brazilian and we have a 9 year old son. Dois de Julho is an historic neighborhood located about 15 minutes walk from Pelourinho, right in the center of the city. We are renting out our guest room, which is on the first floor and has a bathroom right next door. The location is ideal for anyone wanting to take classes at the Escola de Dança in Pelourinho or train Capoeira in Pelouinho or at FICA or ACANNE, both of which are located here in Dois de Julho.
Here at our house you would have access to our kitchen and living/dining room. We have a washing machine, we charge R$5 a load to wash clothing, which then can be hung on the line to dry. We have wireless internet in-house, and a computer available if you don't have a wireless device. Suitable for a couple (it's a double bed). We are not located on the beach, the closest beach is in Barra, which is a short bus/cab ride away. Smokers OK but you have to smoke outside on the patio!
The room is on the first floor, located between the living room and the first floor bathroom. The window lets onto the air shaft in the center of the house. There is a rod to hang shirts and a small, five drawer dresser. The room has a ceiling fan and mosquito net.
If you have any questions please feel free to ask!
Guests have access to the downstairs of the house, which includes the kitchen, dining/living room, and patio, as well as the two rooms we rent out.
Interaction with Guests
Since we live in the house, we interact a lot with our guests. It's a great opportunity for my son to practice his English, and we enjoy getting to know travelers from all over the world. However, we don't generally make big meals that we can share with our guests, and our bedrooms are upstairs, which often leaves the downstairs free for our guests.
Dois de Julho is an old and historic neighborhood. Jorge Amado, author and one of Bahia's favorite sons, set the novel 'Dona Flor and her two husbands' here, and it was also home to the poet Castro Alves. Once an upscale location, it has ridden the booms and busts of Brazil's economy. A recent, poorly conceived renovation has fallen into disrepair as there is no budget to maintain it. However, the largo is home to many things: our street has two music studios and there is a luthier around the corner - there are performance spaces and a musical venue. There are also lots of restaurants, two small supermarkets, a pharmacy, a dvd rental store, an art supply store, a graffiti supply store, a pizzeria, a dollar store, and several shops selling craft supplies. There are fruit and vegetable stands, a yoga studio, a bike shop, and even a center for traditional Chinese medicine. There are at least three bakeries in operation here. Pelourinho, malls, and movie theaters are within easy walking distance, as are the Museum of Modern Art (MAM) and the Museum of Sacred Art (Museu de Arte Sacra). The largo is home to doctors and lawyers, artists and musicans, but also has inexpensive boarding houses that are home to many people of much more modest income. The largo also has its share of homeless people and dogs, drunks, drug addicts, and assorted troublemakers. The streets are narrow, paved with old fashioned paving stones, and most of them, ours included, have at least one humble bar that can get loud, particularly on the weekends. A friend of mine from New York City who has been coming to Bahia for thirty years claims Dois de Julho as his favorite neighborhood in all of Salvador, due to its unique character and location in the city center. I personally couldn't imagine living anywhere else in the city.
As the house is located in the center of the city, there is easy access to city buses to all parts of the city, and the Lapa bus terminal is a short walk from the house. There is a taxi stand right on the corner.
Other Things to Note
We are not located on the beach, the closest beach is in Barra, which is a short bus/cab ride away.
No overnight guests allowed. Moderate drinking is allowed, but falling-down, blacking-out drinking is not. No drugs. Daytime guests are okay, but please inform us if someone is coming by. Use of the house computer is limited to one hour per day per guest. WiFi use is UNLIMITED. Guests are responsible for their own safety and security when they leave the house. We do not wear shoes in the house, but this rule is optional for guests.
The kitchen is off limits to guests between 9 AM and 1 PM. Bottled water is available for guests for use in the house, if you would like to fill up bottles/camelbacks to take out of the house, we request a contribution towards the cost of the water. Washing machine is availiable for R$5 per load.
My whole experience staying with Mark and his family was just awesome. The room is clean, cozy, the house is close to historic center. Highly recommended!
Dear Mark, Evani, Lucas and Juan,
I had a wonderful couple of days among you guys. I felt very comfortable, well taken care of, in a cozy and really friendly environment. Thanks a lot for being so sweet and tender to me.
Vince Mendes, PhD
I've spend 4 days at Mark's with a friend and we really enjoyed our stay.
Mark is adorable, available and full of good advices and ideas.
We also like a lot his very authentic house and neighboohood which is very well located to visit the city historic center (15mn walking distance) and closed to all the buses to go around.
Our bedroom was very confortable too.
Thank you Mark!
Mark was a great host: he arranged a cab to take us from the airport, treated us kindly throughout the visit, and made us comfortable. The wifi worked without problems, always a plus. You almost feel like staying in your own place because Mark and his wife have their rooms upstairs.. Mark's house is located 10-15 mins to Pelourinho - it might not look so at the first sight, but it's a great neighborhood with good bakeries, fruit stands, cheerful bars where people play and sing. We did not encounter any issues with safety - always, however, heeding Mark's advice about not walking after sunset between neighborhoods. Overall, I would recommend Mark's house to everyone!
Hi, we stayed at Mark place just few days and was raining badly in Salvador, that stucked us at home. The room was clear and confortable. Mark is a great host and he have a great family. We had a lot of fun playing with his son. The area is noise during the day for a big market where u can find all you need.The center is just few minute d walking. Better don't go around by yourself during late night. At the end was a very good experience staying with Mark family.
Mark e la moglie sono due ottimi padroni di casa, molto accoglienti, molto disponibili. Le stanze sono tenute bene, sono pulite, il bagno è nuovo, la casa è accogliente, i proprietari sono molto disponibili.
Anche se il quartiere non è dei migliori, è molto caratteristico e ottimamente collegato al Pelorigno, 5 minuti a piedi.
Our experience in Mark's appartment was very nice. His family is lovely. Moreover, the home is well located, 15 min from the Historical Center by foot, and in an active neighbourhood.
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I'm from Western Massachusetts but have lived in Bahia for almost ten years. I run a small retail art supplies store close to our house and I am also a visual artist who is very interested in street art. I used to train Capoeira, which is what originally brought me here, but now I do more biking and running for exercise. My wife is a big fan of Samba music (in all of its variations) and my son likes kung fu - and riding bikes with his dad :)