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The most exclusive neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro.

12 February 2020

Rio de Janeiro has the most exclusive neighborhoods in Brazil. In this post, discover the specificities and characteristics of the five districts where the price per square meter is the highest in the cidade maravilhosa.

With a unique location between beaches and hills, between notes of samba and bossa nova, it's easy to fall in love with Rio de Janeiro. The southern area is the noblest region of the city, between hotels and beaches, it is the favorite place for tourists to stay and where the five exclusive neighborhoods of Rio de Janeiro are also located.  We find in first place Leblon, in second place Ipanema, then Lagoa, Gávea and finally Jardim Botânico district.


With the highest square meter in Brazil, Leblon is located in the southern zone of Rio de Janeiro, between the hill of the two brothers, Gávea and Ipanema. This neighborhood is known for its lively nightlife, restaurants, luxury shops, bars and postcard view. The name of the neighborhood comes from the Frenchman Carlos Leblon who owned a whaling company and had one of his farms on these lands since 1845.

The neighborhood is evaluated every year, the price per square meter is about 22.000 reais, one of the reasons was the Rio-Cidade urban project which consisted of several urban interventions on the roads at the end of the 20th century, making the neighborhood more sophisticated. His natural beauty, combined with other attributes, makes this neighborhood one of the most exclusif in the city but also in the country.


The second most exclusive neighborhood in Brazil is Ipanema, which has one of the most privileged locations in Rio. The view is shared between Ipanema beach and the Rodrigo Freitas lagoon. This neighborhood is located between Leblon and Copacabana. For this reason, it is easy to get to Ipanema (by bus or metro, which connects the Tijuca region to the north of the city). Ipanema was created in 1894 when José Antônio Moreira, the Count of Ipanema, owned a farm and started building squares, streets and renting land.

Ipanema is famous all over the world as the heart of the bossa nova thanks to the song by Vinícius de Moraes, Antônio Carlos Jobim and João Gilberto: Girl from Ipanema. The neighborhood is very seaside, artistic and bohemian with people walking around in swimsuits. Many athletes practice famous sports all around Ipanema, such as surfing, beach volleyball or running on the waterfront. In Ipanema you will find old and modern buildings and the average value per square meter is around R$ 21,000 (reais).


As its name suggests, the Lagoa district occupies most of the area around the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, which is considered as the "heart of Rio de Janeiro". The majority of the neighborhood is occupied by parks and environmental preservation areas and of course the lagoon. Lagoa represents a very important leisure area, allowing the practice of several sports around the lagoon such as cycling (7.5 km long cycle path), running, water skiing, etc.

The Lagoa district is mainly residential, there are not as many shops as in the first two districts but it is easy to find kiosks and other restaurants in the streets. It is the third most exclusive neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro because of the scarcity of land for new real estate developments and the tranquility of the site. The price per square meter is around 20,000 reais.


Gávea is one of the most sophisticated neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro and is located in the southern zone, near to Leblon, Lagoa and Jardim Botânico. It enjoys a privileged location overlooking Mount Corcovado. Recently, the quality of life of the inhabitants of Gávea has been considered the best among the 126 neighborhoods of Rio de Janeiro. Gávea is divided between Alto Gávea and Baixo Gávea. The Baixo Gávea region, located near Plaza Santos Dumont, is known as a frequented place by carioca youth.

It is a residential area with several cultural attractions such as theaters, parks, museums, the planetarium, cinemas and the jockey club, as well as contemporary architecture and nightlife. It was born from the subdivision of rural properties in the 1930s and was for 20 years known for its car races that brought up to 300,000 spectators. The quality of life and location of this neighborhood make it the fourth most exclusive district in Rio de Janeiro, with an average price per square meter of 18,000 reais.


Located in the prosperous southern area, the jardim botanico district is a quiet place to live. It takes its name from the famous botanical garden present in the district which was founded in 1808 with the arrival of the Portuguese royal family in Brazil.

The neighborhood is home to the middle and upper classes who live in pavilions, and high-income people who live in colonial-style houses. Being one of the most exclusive and greenest neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro, the Jardim Botanico has a very varied architecture. Some of its oldest buildings are still standing, but most of the buildings are modern and the proximity to the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon gives the neighborhood a milder temperature than the average in Rio de Janeiro. The price per square meter is about 16,000 reais.

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