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 question.
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.
This made me so happy the first time I saw it.
This is one of the many cobblestone walkways around the complex. I'm planning to take Lucas for night walks around here.
The living room. It's a new beginning and I couldn't be more happy and excited!