About This Listing
Newly designed spacious home in historic building overlooking Praça da Republica, 30 seconds from metro and downtown
Bedroom and suite with double beds, huge open living area (w/double sofa-bed), full kitchen, balcony + view, 3 extra optional beds
We've just finished this beautiful 120m2 apartment with a fantastic view, deep ties to the best of São Paulo history, and perfect central location in Edificio Esther, one of the city's most important architectural treasures (check its Wikipedia page).
The apartment is within easy walking access of all of downtown São Paulo, and is seconds from the city's two main metro lines. Directly below the apartment is one of São Paulo's main squares, featuring ongoing fairs and events.
- 24 hour doorman
- Hi-speed internet access. Always fast and working
- HOT, high-pressure showers (rare here) in two bathrooms
- Balcony overlooking Praça da Republica. The view is breathtaking, and uncommon for São Paulo, features lush greenery.
- Full industrial kitchen, restaurant-style
- Big open plan common area with dining room space, living room space, and home office.
- Washer and natural dryer (clotheslines)
- Map and list of local places to eat and see (everything you need is within a 5 minute walk)
- Use of the space as you like (parties, events OK)
- Two entrances, two elevators
- Big couch that folds out into double bed, in addition the two double beds in the bedrooms
- Two spare single mattresses in the case of especially large groups
In the building:
-Brazilian restaurant on second floor with full buffet (por quilo) lunch
-Various businesses in lower levels, such as copier/internet cafe, computer gadget store, barber, health food store
-On floor level on the corner, a Brazilian juice bar, perfect for breakfast
Interaction with Guests
I'm a foreign correspondent with a US newspaper - Look me up: @Vinncent - and travel frequently. If the place is available, it's because I'm away or can be away. I also rent just the bedroom suite while I am in town (see separate listing) and in that case, I'd be at home. Either way, it's part of my job to know what's going on in São Paulo, so feel free to come to me for recommendations, tips, or house info.
The apartment is in is Brazil's first modernist building an a classic example of Bauhaus inspiration, as well as being an early example of a multi-use building (we get architecture tours looking at the building every weekend) which means you can have events or use the space as you want.
In my opinion, downtown is the most vibrant and interesting part of São Paulo. Woe to those who are forced to frequent Jardins or Itaim. I live on the 'gentrified' corner of the Praça da Republica, near Praça Roosevelt, without question São Paulo's up-and-coming neighborhood.
For those that care - Edificio Esther may be São Paulo's most important building, as it inaugurated the Modernist style in Brazil as well as the city's famous vertical style of living.
This particular apartment was a 1970s-era call center when we bought it in 2012. For the interior, we decided on an open-plan Brutalist-inspired design for the common areas, and repurposed the call center's external electrical system for lighting. In the two bedrooms, we recovered the original 1930s hardwood floors.
Vincent's home in Centro was beautiful, well located, and comfortable. Its building, Edificio Esther, is an architectural landmark that I very much enjoyed exploring. There is a convenient buffet on the second floor that offers a wide breadth of food options, for pay per kg. The metro is right across the street, offering easy access to most of the city. I will certainly be coming back to stay with Vincent when I am back in Sao Paulo.
O apartamento bem amplo e com toques de decoração que dão seu charme. Muita luz natural e uma bela vista.
Ótima localização em frente ao metrô e a feirinha da República.
Vincent fez de tudo ao seu alcance para nos ajudar no que precisamos, mesmo viajando. Boa conexão de intenet.
Our experience here was amazing! The apartment was just what we expected. It's right by the metro which makes it easy to get around the city. Because it's in the middle of the city it was very easy to catch a cab and go to any neighborhood in a decent amount of time. There are plenty of restaurants and banks nearby as well as little shopping areas where you can buy souvenirs, etc.
In regards to Vincent, he checked up on us to make sure we weren't having any problems. He quickly responded any time we had any questions. He was clear and straightforward as far as prices went, which made it very easy for us to book the apartment. He made it easy for us to know how things were going to work (Internet, trash, utilities, etc).
Overall, the apartment was great and we had an amazing time in São Paulo. Would definitely recommend it and would stay there again.
Vincent is highly responsive and helpful in terms of answering questions and helping with pre-trip logistics. The apt is as advertised and extremely central in the scheme of the city- literally a stones throw away from the metro which is the lifeblood of São Paulo's transportation network and very easy to navigate. The apt has a lot of character, is spacious, and has good natural light. The immediate surroundings could be considered dynamic and brimming with urban culture by some and dodgy by others, just really depends on your taste. Our group had a phenomenal stay and without a doubt would stay here again.
vincent is a very friendly, helpful and uncomplicated host. he even spontaneously let us his loft for just one night, despite the 3 day minimum rent.
we were so happy to stay in this spacious modernist appartment and to "feel" the city in the middle of the centre. (perfectly connected to the airport by airport bus just some 150m of the house)
the place was clean and relatively calm (you are even allowed to make parties and smoke - so don't expect the place to be as quiet as in the alps during the night)
everything went fine for our short term booking, vincent is extremely responsive in communication and always asking if anything is okay.
Vincent wasn't there but he was very attentive by being readily available by email and text, promptly answering any questions i had He accommodated my needs of having a large group.
The apartment is as pictured and described. This is the real big city! Reality in front of you, The view is amazing.
I enjoyed the Friday afternoon musician playing amazing-keyboard at the Republica square and making the apartment lively, i opened the big window and let it in, so great! Vincent also has a very eclectic library and beautiful books that i perused.
The apartment is really central, the subway is at the door and it has its own industrial feeling, easy to upkeep.
Thank you Vincent for being open , friendly and accommodating.
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