Florianópolis! Popular summer vacation destination, and also a top location choice for both Brazilians and expats looking to live and/or retire in Brazil.
Florianópolis is actually the main city, on the bay side of an island that shares the same name as the state: Santa Catarina. But if you say “Florianópolis” (or Floripa for short) to any Brazilian, they will know you are actually speaking about an island with over forty different beaches. The island is connected to the mainland by a bridge; the airport is located on the island. Flights from São Paulo are a mere 55 minutes; flights from Rio 90 minutes.
The property for sale consists of two structures. The main house, built in 2002, consists of 210 m2, two stories, constructed of brick and stucco. The ground floor is an open floor plan; living, dining and kitchen all one space. Upstairs is a large master suite (private bath), and also two guest rooms with shared bath. One guest room was converted into a huge walk-in closet, but it could easily be re-converted to a bedroom, if so desired.
Behind the house, separated by a tranquil courtyard, is a 95 m2 ‘cabana’, also brick and stucco construction, built in 2006. Half of the cabana is a large party room, which includes a built-in barbecue (churrasqueria). The other half of the cabana consists of a studio apartment.
With it’s two independent structures, the main house, and cabana, this property represents positive investment returns for the foreign buyer. If only visiting Brazil a few times a year, the cabana can be kept for personal use, and the main house rented out on long term lease. Or if your intent is to live in Brazil permanently, then the cabana can be rented out short term to vacationers, thus also providing supplemental income. As previously mentioned, Floripa is a popular tourist destination, both for Brazilians and foreign visitors. It’s easily conceivable to have the cabana rented through all four seasons of the year.
Aside from quality materials used in both the house and cabana, such as granite counter tops in both kitchens and each bathroom, extra features include a radiant heat system installed in the tile floor of the cabana. This system uses solar energy to heat the water, that then passes through tubing in the sub-floor, heating it, keeping the living space comfortable in winter (temperatures can drop significantly in southern Brazil in winter). Even the attached dog kennel has a radiant heat system embedded in the floor!
For summertime cooling, if the ocean breeze isn’t gently blowing (rarely), air conditioning in the bedrooms ensure a good night’s sleep. Ceiling fans are also installed throughout the principal rooms and bedrooms of both the house and cabana. For when you do have all the windows open to enjoy the ocean breeze, which is most of the year, screening on all the windows keeps out insects. Window screens are not a common feature in most homes in Brazil. Additionally, the property is lushly landscaped, and contains eighteen palm trees, of six different varieties. Some palms are almost 10 meters tall. A cistern captures rainwater shed by the roof, which can be used to water the garden.
The house and cabana are just a few minutes walk from one of the best, and most beautiful beaches on the island! The beach is 14 km of sand dunes and forest, with no other development than the fishing village Barra da Lagoa, located at the southernmost point of the beach. The house is also within walking distance from this village. All basic necessities can be found in Barra da Lagoa, and the quaint town of Lagoa da Conceição, with plenty of restaurants and cafes, as well as banks and a post office, just a short drive away. Go to Google Earth to get a better idea of the layout of the island.
The property is ‘escritura publica’ (titled deed), all taxes paid to date, and free of any liens or other encumbrances. Documentation will be happily provided to any serious potential buyers. The seller speaks English and Portuguese, and can assist with the assorted requirements necessary to purchase property in Brazil, such as how to obtain a CPF (tax number). Should the buyer wish to pursue permanent residency, guidance can be provided on that as well.
Sale price of the property is listed in Brazilian Reais: R$879,000, and is negotiable. The price in your local currency (as posted on this website) will vary, due to fluctuations in the exchange rate. As of January 2018, the Brazilian Real is trading in the 3.20 range, in exchange with the US dollar. This represents a significant increase in buying buyer power in Brazil compared to recent years. Thus, the property market in Brazil presently offers an excellent opportunity to profit simply from the foreign exchange rate of the USD, HKD, GBP, or EUR, into the BRL.
As the saying goes, “One picture is worth a thousand words”. After seeing the photos of the house and area included with this ad, feel free to inquire by email for more photos of the property, and of the immediate area. Please inquire about any other information you might need, before deciding to come see, and then purchase this fantastic home, in one of the most desirable areas of Brazil, on the island of Santa Catarina/Floripa.
A few Santa Catarina/Florianópolis demographics*
The State of Santa Catarina has a land mass of 95,346 km2 (slightly larger than Portugal).
Ranks in the top percentile of Brazil as for middle to upper class income (classe C and B). Almost 50% of the population of Florianópolis ranks as middle class income earners (classe C).
Ranks in the low percentile of Brazil, as for crime.
Population of the State of Santa Catarina is 89.7% white; 8.8% mixed (pardo/moreno); 1.5% other (black/Asian/Indigenous Indian).
Age groups-Florianópolis: 48.7% below thirty years of age; 30.3% thirty to fifty years of age; 21% above age fifty.
Population of Florianópolis (metro area, which includes not only all the communities on the entire island, but also communities on the mainland): 470,000 inhabitants.
Florianópolis is the capitol of the state, and the island contains two state universities (UFSC and UDESC).
*Statistics obtained from IBGE ( http://www.ibge.gov.br )