Hi, I'm Jake. I love to travel and I've been living in Rio for 9 years. I hope to see you down here in Rio soon!
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I spent two months at this amazing beachfront villa. (full name hidden) was a perfect host. He met me upon arrival, helped me settle in, and was available in person or via email whenever needed. The villa is perfect for some, maybe not enough for others. For me, location was great as I've stayed in Rio's Leblon neighborhood many times, and the villa is about 15 minute walk to all the Leblon action at a better price than anything in Leblon.
In itself, the villa is quiet, on a hill side (so expect to clime a bit), and more earthy than Leblon. The scenic views shown are real and occur every day and night. The area is no less safe than any other location involving a mix of locals and tourists. The villas are modest in size (pictures, as always, overstate size), seasoned, and functional. Don't expect to impress a date by bringing her (or him) here, but a like-minded partner would love it if you do. When built 70 or so years ago, it was a luxury beach house of villa studios in a luxury location. Upgrades have been modest -- if unpretentious is what you want, you will be in heaven.
Given this commentary, let me share that I am married, mid-60s, and visit Brazil each year solo to do research and write. My usual life is in midtown Manhattan or Center City, Philadelphia. Big cities, lots of everything. To take a reprieve from this, the beachfront villa is a perfect alternative.
Had a great stay. Rooftop is perfect, beautiful views. Jake was easy to communicate with and helpful.
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Jake was a great host, highly recommended.
Jake was accommodating and helpful. We had a wonderful stay at the villa, it definitely captures the character of Rio, would definitely go back!
Amazing place and Jake is a cool guy taking very good care of his guests! I will be back very soon.
Awesome place, Jake is very fiendly and accomodating host, the view is amazing! highly recommended!!
Excellent apartment with brilliant views. Jake was very helpful, even came out to meet us at 1am when we arrived.
First of all, thank you Jake for this great living experience!
Amazing place with threes green terraces, unique panoramic views on Leblon and Ipanema beachs with adorable friendly people, a little paradise in Rio de Janeiro, highly recommended!
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.
I met Jake in Argentina in 1997 and we have been friends and travel buddies ever since. He moved to Rio in 2004 and I moved to the north of Brazil (Salvador) 2 years later and since then we meet 2 or 3 times a year. I usually stay in his place when I go to Rio and I would say he is one of the most special people I know, not only in Brazil but in the world. I remember him when he didn't even speak Portuguese but he really made the effort to study and now he sounds exactly like a true Brazilian, he has really made his life here in Brazil and has one of the sweetest apartments in Rio.
I've known Jake for seven years now and in that time he has become a good friend and travelling buddy, and a true companion at the beach and bar. Since I moved to Rio four years ago, I've seen many gringoes come and go, but Jake abides, living the dream in what is quite possibly the best ocean front view in town.