About this listing
Newly designed spacious home in historic building overlooking Praça da Republica, steps from metro and downtown
Bedroom and suite with 2 double beds, huge open living area, 2 baths, full kitchen, balcony + view, 3 extra optional beds, and sofa-bed
We've just finished renovating our 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.