Your Rio Villa Awaits!

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Experience the comfort of our lovingly restored house in a leafy, private, secure enclave of Rio’s historic Santa Teresa neighborhood. Newly renovated and furnished, this 1,140 ft2 (106 m2) home features a large living/dining room, modern kitchen, two bedrooms (one a suite), varanda, rooftop terrace, and laundry, desk & bookshelves, WiFi: Perfect for a writer’s retreat, family getaway, those who want to experience a Rio beyond the beach scene, or any visitors seeking a private residence with ready access to Rio’s downtown, sports venues, nightlife, and beaches.

24-Hour Doorman


You’ll arrive at Casa Manga by taxi, bus (stops in front), or Rio’s only remaining streetcar, the picturesque Santa Teresa “bonde” (currently under renovation). Through a large gate (locked, and staffed) on Santa Teresa’s main street, you’ll enter an enchanting hidden community of 50 homes built along a leafy interior lane not accessible by car. You ascend the winding path to the house in a chauffeured monorail tram – unique in all of Rio – that conveys residents to their front steps along the 600 meters of switchbacks.

Monorail Tram

The private location provides our guests quiet days and nights. The master bedroom offers a queen-sized bed and private bathroom. A second bedroom sleeps up to three on a sturdy bunk bed (plus extra mattress). The open kitchen features new appliances and a granite dining counter with barstools, and opens onto a varanda that is perfect for morning coffee. (Leave some fruit out to attract tiny monkeys – “micos” – and toucans.) From the spacious living room, a generous window opens onto the mango trees that give the house its name. An expandable dining table is perfect for card games or a sit-down meal. A sofa-bed can accommodate extra visitors. The rooftop terrace invites lounging and includes an outdoor shower perfect for washing off after a day at the beach. Along the path above Casa Manga you’ll come across charming homes, a small green that brings residents out for morning yoga, expansive views of Guanabara Bay, Maracanã stadium, the Sambódromo and, in the distance, the Serra dos Orgãos mountains. Ceiling fans and air conditioners throughout the house keep things cool and comfortable. An inline on-demand water heater means your shower will never run cold, while high efficiency cooling units and dual flush toilets minimize your ecological footprint.

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From the Villa’s front gate, buses, streetcars, and taxis can take you downtown in twenty minutes. It’s about a half-hour drive downhill to Ipanema Beach or uphill to Corcovado mountain with its famous Christ the Redeemer statue. Maracanã soccer stadium - site of 2014 World Cup matches - is about twenty minutes away by taxi. (Travel times can be considerably longer at peak traffic hours, and the current renovation of Santa Teresa's streetcar makes taxis the best option for getting around.)

This was our family home at the time of my birth. The story goes that my father went off house hunting by himself in 1961, returning to announce to my mother that he’d bought this one on sight, fearful of losing it to one of the prospective buyers in line behind him. Mother was alarmed – until she saw the house, becoming instantly enchanted with it and the surrounding villa. We now live in the U.S. but I could not bring myself to part with this family treasure and have recently restored and updated the house for my own family's vacations. I’m pleased to be able to share our unique villa with you.


  • 2 Bedrooms + sofa-bed in living room, sleeps 6
  • 3 Bathrooms (suite, common, outdoor)
  • Hardwood floors
  • Open, contemporary kitchen
  • 24-hour Doorman and on-demand monorail door service
  • Air Conditioning (split units) in bedrooms, living room, and kitchen
  • Ceiling fans
  • Varanda
  • Rooftop Terrace
  • Flatscreen TV w/DVD player
  • WiFi
  • Telephone (free calls to local land lines)
  • Gas Range/Oven
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Refrigerator w/Freezer
  • Linens & Towels Provided
  • Views
  • Pets Allowed: No
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Suitable for Children: Yes
  • Elder Access: Stairs
  • Wheelchair Access: No

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