Bruce and Thais - American/ Brazilian couple renting and selling apartments in Rio de Janeiro since 2003. Love to travel, meet people, live music, good food and movies.
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I visited Brazil for the a World Cup. The apartment was in perfect location in Copacabana. The building is very safe and quiet. The apartment was just as it was featured on the add. The apartment is right next to the beach, great coffee spots and the metro. Bruce was a Great host, my flight changed and he had no problem letting me check out later in the day. I will definitely look into renting again from Bruce the next time I visit Rio.
Experience with Bruce was excellent. He was responsive in the booking stage and did everything he said he would do, when he said he would do it. The neighborhood was perfect for our purposes. We were in town for the World Cup and the Fanfest. The apartment was across the street from teh Fanfest.
Bruce is a great person and host. Waited for me to get there and explain the main observations about his place, I really felt welcome. His apartment has a good shower and kitchen equipments, plus it is in a great location with nearby restaurants, taxi hub in the same block and beach is visible from the lateral window. I would stay there again.
My stay during carnaval with Bruce as my host was without issue. After renting in Rio for over 8 years I know exactly what I need in an apartment. The apartment is located in the middle of copa and extremely close to the siqueira campos metro. The apartment had all the necessary amenities, hot water for my showers, FAST INTERNET which is very rare in Rio, and a bed up to American standards. Really comfy bed which is a plus after walking around and lying on the beach all day. Great host, clean and very nice studio apartment.
Phenomenal host, perfect location. Right on the beach. Very close to several great restaurants. Barbershop, hair salons and grocery stores in the immediate area.
Originally booked another department with Bruce. But there were problems with that department (upstairs leaks). Bruce immediately gave us a solution. He offered us another department in a similar location and the same price.
I appreciate that kind of commitment and care for people.
The apartment is very well located. Very close to the beach (Copacabana) and transportation.
Next to a hotel where you can book excursions and leave directly from there.
The apartment is remodeled to new, very comfortable for two people and all the amenities necessary for a few amazing days in Rio. Totally recommended.
And Bruce was a superb host, attention to detail and gave us the freedom to feel like home.
We stayed here for 4 nights and the place is great! Location is unbeatable steps away from Copacabana beach, next to taxi stop, very close to bus stop and not to mention surrounded by loads of bars restaurants, supermarket and more. Building was safe with 24hr doorman. Great shower, cold airconditioner and slept really well without considerable noise.
Bruce met us at the apartment and gave us tips on Rio and was just on the ball with regards to communication prior to arrival and so on, he's a very reliable host.
Overall a great experience and recommend it completely!
Localização é perfeita, muito perto da praia, mas não chega a ser uma "Ocean View" uma vez que você precisa colocar a cara pra fora da janela para ver o mar.
Todo o resto é exatamente como o descrito: muito boa tv e aparelhos, cozinha completa, maquina de lavar, chuveiro ótimo...
O Bruce também é como descrito nos reviews: muito simpático e fez de tudo para ajudar!
Perfeito para um casal que gosta de Ipanema e quer aproveitar a praia!
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Bruce was extremely friendly and helpful during check-in. He was already at the location when we arrived and explained everything very thorough along with providing some recommendations of places to eat and tours. The location of this apartment was absolutely outstanding - less than a block from the beach which made it easy for morning jogs along the coast and getting to and from the beach. Felt very secure with outside gate and building entrance. Apartment was clean but starting to show its age but really not a major factor or something that bothered us a lot. Wi fi and satellite TV were great. Bed was ok. Pillows were awesome (memory foam). Shower was nice. Enjoyed having the entire apartment to use to spread out with our luggage and belongings. Bruce was also very responsive via email when we had questions during the trip even when he was in Miami for part of our stay. Would recommend stay to others!
Two 20-something women from Manhattan decide to buy round trip tickets to Rio, certain that 4 months would be plenty of time to secure a hotel. But alas, all the acceptable rooms under $600/night were booked solid. Enter (full name hidden), Rio Real Estate Extraordinaire, who we found via a very fortunate (website hidden) search! Next thing we know, we are presented with a perfect and affordable 1-bedroom in the heart of Ipanema, literally on the beach block! Bruce even arranged for an airport pickup and was waiting for us when we arrived. The apartment was in great condition and above and beyond what we expected. After we put our bags down, Bruce gave us a few minutes to freshen up from our overnight flight and then showed us around the neighborhood, even introducing us to his friends that worked on the beach so that we felt comfortable in our surroundings. If we ever had a question about the apartment or the city in general, he was just an email away, always happy to help. He is literally one of the nicest people you could meet! Even though we started out looking for a hotel, we are so happy that we ended up with an apartment through Bruce - it was THE best way to stay in Rio, hands down!
I have known (full name hidden) for over 7 years through his apartment rental business and Brazil travel show. I have found renting apartments through Bruce J a hassle free experience. The apartments have always been clean, located in safe and energetic neighborhoods, and conveniently located to some of the most popular beaches in Rio. Also Bruce is very knowledgeable of local customs and fluent in the portuguese language, which is very helpful in navigating you through an exciting traveling experience. I would highly recommend Bruce J.
My family and I met Bruce a few years ago when we rented his condo near Ipanema Beach. The place was huge, beautiful, comfortable and fantastic in every way! It had air conditioning, two great bathrooms, a few bedrooms and a nice kitchen. We didn't use the cleaning or cooking service, but Bruce let us know that he would arrange that if we liked.
We had a view of the beach from the terrace. An amazing jazz club right downstairs that we went to most nights. Bruce not only rented us the apartment, but he was very friendly and helpful giving us all kinds of information constantly. We were there during New Years Eve and thanks to Bruce advising us we all had a wonderful time. Also, on the night before New Years Eve, Bruce was kind enough to invite us to a lovely party with music and dancing that I'll never forget. He's a fabulous host!
Bruce is a great guy who has extensive knowledge and acumen about Brasil and RIO. His apartment refferals are first rate and he provides top notch service!!
We spent 4 night here. Loved the apartment and location. Steps from the beach and restaurants. Apartment was very clean and everything "worked". Bruce was great and waited for us at the apartment with the keys, even though we arrived late at night. Highly recommended!!
If you're going to Brazil, go to Bruce J! I've been renting apartments from Bruce since 2006, the rentals are always clean, comfortable and spacious. The apartments are located in safe and bustling neighborhoods. You're never far from beaches, bars, bistros or boutiques. Bruce J is a great guy with a warm smile and a laid back demeanor. He is very knowledgeable of the area's history and points of interest, not to mention big events and hot spots! So whether its Carnival,World Cup, the Olympics or a Honeymoon, if its in Rio, its in your Best interest to get in touch with Bruce J.