House hunting in Sao Paulo: Our new home and I get a garden for free

I think I’m going to forget about hygiene and I’m going to walk barefoot on that floor.  Are you kidding me? mosaic floor for outdoor and not around swimming pools? 

If you’ve been house hunting you know how stressful could be to be
looking for a home that offers everything you’re looking for and a
little more.  If you add all that to be looking in a foreign country
that you don’t know anything about, and which speaks another language,
then you have all the scenarios to start biting your nails like a
maniac.  We had two real estate agents who took us around, one spoke
some English the other didn’t.  Spanish is my first language so I’m able
to understand a lot of written Portuguese, but understand it when
spoken, that’s another story.  Fortunately the real estate agents were
very patient and we were able to find something that pleased us.
From our experience I could tell that Sao Paulo offers three types of
homes.  The first option is a ‘casa condominium’, a group of 7 to 10
homes in a gated community.  After seeing three or four of these houses I
started picturing myself ending up like the last Buendia character in
One Hundred Years of Solitude, dried from depression and carried away by
ants.  Ouch!  So sooner than later we decided that we’re not built for
gated communities.
Second option is Free Standing Homes.  For all the good reasons you can
imagine while living in a foreign country this one was out of the
At that point we were left with the third option; high-rise buildings. 
I’m not very keen of high-rises, but when we came across this complex
with many of the features I love from mosaic walls, cobble stone narrow
hilly streets surrounding the buildings and beautiful pine tree
courtyards, we were sold.  Brazil is known for its beautiful vegetation
and nature so I shouldn’t have been surprised when I found out that in
the middle of the entire complex there is a mini forest packed with
monkeys that you can feed.  Lucas, our son, will be amazed by it.
The apartment is higher than I would’ve liked it, but the view
compensates for it.  It seems to be a very common thing in Brazil for
the building have one apartment per floor so we also loved the privacy
of the elevator coming directly to our apartment. 

I’m not sure if this was a sign from God or if it’s freaky.  The
building’s name has me and my husband’s initials and the funny thing is
that neither one of us noticed it until just recently when we were
showing the pictures to our family.

 This made me so happy the first time I saw it.

 I’ll be having espresso here soon.  Yes you read that right, espresso under the sun if I need to.

This is part the mini Forrest.  I couldn’t take more pictures because they don’t allow outsiders to take pictures.

The view that I”m sure will inspire us in many many moments when we feel like strangers far from home.

This is one of the many cobblestone walkways around the complex.  I’m planning to take Lucas for night walks around here.

 I finally have a foyer.  I suspect that ceiling is calling for some patterns!  Uhm…

Since we’re not going to do any type of remodeling, I’m happy that the kitchen is in great condition because the bathrooms…ah… that’s another post.

I love the open and not exactly open layout of the apartment.  You are able to peek into the dining room and TV room from both sides of the living room.

The living room.  It’s a new beginning and I couldn’t be more happy and excited!

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  • What a pretty property. I too like the espresso views! Ive read that the atmosphere there is much more laid back. Hope you enjoy your great new place! – Tonya

  • Hi Julie!~

    i am portuguese and i live in england (so the complete opposite of you). i grew up watching brazilian soap operas and my dream is to have a flatlike the one you just described! your very lucky 🙂 hope you guys are very happy over there and i'm sure lucas will love the nigth walks.

    lots of love
    ines xx

  • Julie I am so excited for you and I would have chosen the same option! I adore this highrise; the gardens and OMG the view!! A wonderful layout. I am so excited to see what you do with this fabulous space!

    Art by Karena
    2012 Artists Series Featuring Harrison Howard

  • Congrats Julie! this is amazing, you will be very well at that new house, i just can imagine all the beautiful things you will going to do in your home.


  • That apartment looks amazing! This is so exciting!

  • My zeal for Brazil just went up a notch. I'm so happy for you and the family, Julie. Hope your stay in Brazil is one of the BEST experience ever. – V.

  • Julie, I think you found the perfect house away from home. Beautiful floors and white walls: I think this is a great starting point for an interior designer and I'm sure you will transform this into a beautiful home.

  • Mosaic floors for outdoors? Sao Paulo definitely has a unique taste in terms of design. Well, it is worth the risk, since the floors is truly a beauty. And you have a fantastic view up there! Although high rise buildings can be great, having your own home on the ground can be fantastic, too. You will have more freedom to roam around your property, and give it some touch of your own.