About This Listing
Come to Paradise...Everyone's welcome at the Leblon Beach House! Located in a Mediterranean-style oceanfront villa in Upper Leblon, just 100 meters from the luxurious Sheraton Resort Hotel, this cool, fun apartment offers spectacular views, a perfect location in a secure, peaceful area, and the freedom to enjoy this passionate and exciting city! Formerly the vacation home of notorious Brazilian celebrity 'Luz Del Fuego', it is just minutes away from all the best attractions and nightlife of Ipanema, Copacabana, and Leblon. Buses, vans, and taxis pass by in front and take you everywhere in the city easily. PUC University is nearby. Enjoy privacy, security, and liberty right in front of the beach!
-3 large oceanfront terraces and tanning area
-a relaxed, friendly atmosphere
-privacy and freedom
-outdoor rooftop shower
-Internet with wifi
-equipped private kitchen
-bathroom with hot shower
-free access to Sheraton beach across the street
-bike and jogging path nearby
-buses, vans, and taxis across the street take you anywhere fast
-a short walk to Post 12, home to great surfing, a free outdoor fitness area, and Rio's most beautiful people!
The house is divided into 7 private apartments, each with a full ocean view. Other apartments in the house are available for long or short term rental, with different rates depending on the apartment. The whole house accommodates more than 15 people. New Year's and Carnival packages available. Inquire for World Cup rates. Get ready to have fun!
The House Rules
Rio is a place of freedom where people come to enjoy themselves, so I encourage you to have as much fun as possible. However, there are a few things I ask:
1. When nobody is in the apartment, please turn off the lights and especially the air conditioning, to conserve electricity and save the planet.
2. The front door/gate locks automatically when you close it so it is not necessary to "double lock" it when entering or exiting.
3. Please respect the other guests.
Excellent apartment with brilliant views. Jake was very helpful, even came out to meet us at 1am when we arrived.
I enjoyed apt 4. Jake is a nice guy and the apartment is in an excellent area. Vidigal is one of the safest favelas in Brasil with constant police presence and most of the people are very kind. I went to a party in Vidigal and had fun. I suggest everyone visit a favela in Rio with a certified and trusted tour establishment. I will rent from Jake again in the future.
We had a fabulous Rio experience staying at Apartment 4. Jake was not around the day we arrived (our flight was delayed) but he sent Adam, a friendly resident in the house, to meet us and show us around, and he made sure to check in with us regularly to make sure we had everything we needed. The location is simply ideal, a short 10-minute walk from Leblon beach, and with the minivan buses running every few minutes from the bus stop at the bottom of the stairs for a mere $1.50 flat rate it is fast, easy and cheap to go to Ipanema, Copacabana, Leme, etc. From our bedroom window we had a gorgeous view of Ipanema beach, and the main window overlooked the ocean at the Sheraton across the street (great place to get an excellent morning latte before a quick swim or heading out for the day). The quaint house has lots of charm (we really loved the three patios, the outdoor shower, and the Copacabana-patterned tiles on the stairs). Free wireless was a great bonus to check out places to go out for eating, drinking, and music. We would definitely come back to Jake's house. And the price was right too.
This being said, there were a few things we were not expecting. We are not the 5-star hotel type and we have traveled a lot. But judging from the pictures and descriptions posted on the web site, we did not expect having to flush the toilet by emptying a bucket of water into it, paint peeling off the ceiling, or the handle falling off the accordion door. What we did expect was a clean place. When we checked in, the apartment was not as clean as we would have liked, and over the course of our 12-day stay it was never cleaned (only the wastebaskets were emptied daily) although the price included a house cleaning fee.
All in all, we had a wonderful stay and really enjoyed the place and the atmosphere. It was just right for us. But it may not be for everybody.
Jake's place is a really nice experience of true Rio de Janeiro for foreigners and also for brazilians who want to visit one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Has privacy, cable tv, hot shower (you won't need it), fridge, AC (you'll need it), nice bed and a huge differential: It's a traditional beach front house at the foot of the hill. The view from the apartment is simply awesome and makes you really feel the nature. By 10 minutes walking you're at Leblon beach. One of the best! If that's not enough, get a cab or even a bus to Copacabana. Really close and really easy. Don't expect nothing like a hotel. It makes you feel at home!! With an AWESOME view of the ocean and Ipanema beach! Jake wasn't there but his manager Adam besides a great guy was also very helpful! I highly recommend and hope to be back sometime!
We (3 men) stayed in Jakes apartment for 8 nights during carnival. It was a great experience. Jake is really helpful and took good care. It is a very relaxed atmosphere in his house, which we really enjoyed. The view onto the ocean and Leblon/Ipanema beaches are fantastic. Also, the outdoor shower is a nice add-on. Hint for future guests: turn on the Air Con in the apartment, which we only discovered at the end of our stay :-)
We have stayed at Jake's place for almost a week and it was fantastic
If you look for a quiet place outside of the noise of the city, in this case Leblon, however few minutes away from the activities, than this is your place.
The house has an amazing view to a rocky beach.
the neighborhood is safe. Based on "stories" we have expected the worst, however everything passed smoothly and people where very helpful, way beyond "normal' hospitality.
There is a local supermarket, few hundred meters away, whit very good price level
At the house, we met Elly and Adam, very nice people, we really enjoyed the porch sessions with them.
With regards to the house, the only thing that needs a little upgrade, is the apartment cleaning, apart from that we highly recommend the place.
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