Designed by Vassia Tolstoi, and built in 2010, this house has gained notoriety because of it´s astonishing views as well as for its sharp ambience and good spirited neighbors.
Located at Arvrão, in Rio ´s favela do Vidigal, front to the ocean and in between Leblon and São Conrado, this comunity embodies many of the changes in Rio de Janeiro. Being at the same time one of the most cosmopolitan and grassroots examples of how Brazil is integrating within itself and with the world. With easy mobility access and its beautiful location compared to other areas of Rio, Vidigal has become the cultural hotspot of the city´s Arpoador, Ipanema, Leblon and Lagoa region.
The landlord has turned the house into a setting of constant arts, actvism and churrasco (na lage) fun activities. Having host from social movements meetings to private parties. This house has become a must see for those interested in beauty, society and joy in the city.
The placee has hosted many friendly churrascos with great music, food and caipirinhas. Always welcoming the Vidigal crew and habitues such as Seu Jorge, Vik Muniz, Isay Weinfeld, Monica Belluci, Vincent Cassel, Will Smith, Terrence Howard and Kanye West. With its varied set of friends the house became first informally known in many differentt circles.
Once at Vidigal, you can choose to take the cab up, grab the local vans or jump into a moto-taxi all the way up to Arvrão. Once there, go down the stairs for less then a minute and you are in for a place friends have called from the best bohemian house in Rio to its most beautiful studio. Always agreeing in one thing, it has for us friends of it, the best view in the world.
Don´t eat my Bonsai!!!!
It was just perfect, James is really nice, the view is amazing. The appartment is exactly as you can see it on the pictures. The favela is a way of life (stairs , not for everybody), but if you play the rules, it's just happiness. Have fun.
The place is amazing, at the top of favela of Vidigal you will have the most amazing view of Rio, the house is very comfortable and so artsy. James and all his friends are so cool, and they will offer you the most amazing experience you can have in Rio, magic people. The favela is very secure, you will find little restaurants, shops etc etc. Me an my wife has spent an amazing holiday, and we are planning to come back very soon. RECOMMEND.
Great Host, Great home, perfect stay- this location would suit those who want a taste of the favela, from a luxury and stylish pad. Access is easy, because James' house is at the end of the road, its easy to find, his neighborhood is full of friendly bohemian neighbors, amazing view, amazing bed, perfect score!
The panoramic view from any point in James' apartment is one of the best I have seen in my entire life, that cannot be argued! This apartment is at the top of one of the recently pacified favela's, definitely a unique experience for adventurous travelers looking to experience real Carioca life. The apartment is clean and chic and the favela steps will give you a workout every day!!
Hi, my name is James I´m Brazilian from São Paulo where I have my place as well, but most of time I live here in Rio de Janeiro. I work with art and music as producer in Brazil and France. I m also a big traveler and I always prefer to rent somebody's flat instead of hotels even when traveling for short periods or for work. I think this choice makes your trip more pleasant. Since traveling is a pleasure for me I am a good host too! See you soon!