Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Apartment Penthouses across the bay in Rio de Janeiro, Ipanema and Copacabana

By Louis Araujo

When referring to Rio de Janeiro, people generally think about it as a destination to travel. Going on that tropical vacation, perhaps hoping to never come home again to their boring flats and apartments. But what about that person who truly does decide to never come home? How do the local people get by here? Beach front real estate apartment penthouses in Ipanema and Copacabana aren't necessarily going to be inexpensive for everyone and certainly not hotels. So while we're on the subject of affordability, perhaps you should think of accommodations for sale in a place like Niteroi.

Niteroi is a city just outside of Rio, but essentially is quite accessible. While still being a good place, with some beaches of its own, the big advantage to living in Niteroi is the fact that the expense of living is much lower than similar places in Rio de Janeiro. So it is definitely an alternative worth pondering if you are preparing a long term move to Brazil. Though, while it isn't a tourist location that is sprawling with hotels fit for people who want to take a holiday, it does offer a vast selection of cheap apartments, flats and other rentals. Making Niteroi a viable option for a long term stay or real estate for sale.

While price is certainly an advantage, there is certainly a disadvantage, that being ease of access. People who have rentals in Niteroi have a commute to struggle with, since the city is situated across the bay from Rio de Janeiro. During rush hour, the bridge can be a problem. The good news is, there is another alternative. There is a ferryboat that goes between the cities making for a far shorter trip. In 15 minutes you can be in downtown Rio. This makes penthouse accommodations in Niteroi a far more viable choice.

Real estate options are also a consideration, though there are perhaps better places in Rio to invest your money than Niteroi. While it is located in a fine, livable place, Niteroi just isn't experiencing the economic surge of hotels and shopping malls that can be found in other areas such as Barra da Tijuca. Though it can be reiterated that it is still a nice reasonably priced place to live. It won't necessarily be the life that you'd experience in Copacabana and Ipanema, but you could certainly visit those locations on the weekend.

So that's it. It's a place to live that people in all probability don't give much thought about, but possibly they should. Anyone that is looking to move to Brazil and has to work within a price range should definitely give some thought to what Niteroi real estate offers.

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