|Which Neighborhood is for Me???|
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One of the hardest decisions to make when moving to a new community is where to live. São Paulo offers a wide variety of lifestyles, both in houses and apartments. The options vary from sophisticated city living to suburban type developments, closed condominium apartment complexes with large communal grounds, to even walled-in neighborhoods of private homes with their own security guards.
Given that the traffic situation in São Paulo, it is wise to consider your priorities as a family in choosing where to live. The two American schools are located in neighborhoods which require about one hour rush-hour commute to the Avenida Paulista / Centro business sections of the city. Many businesses are moving to the Marginal Pinheiros / Faria Lima section of the city which is closerto the Centro, but the pollution can be much worse in that part of the city. Also, consider whether you will be using a private car, a driver (motorista), or public transportation.
Your primary decision may well be one of a house v. apartment. Obviously, your life style will have a great effect on this decision. However, to aid your decision you may want to consider the following:
In both apartments and houses:
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APARTMENT BUILDING CHECK:
Tel. line often can be rented. Don't worry about extensions however,
they are easy to buy. The Tel. line belongs to the owner, but
you are responsible for paying the bill. You can arrange to have
the bill sent directly to your bank for payment., or you may pay
directly at the designated bank. Tel. service will be cut off,
without notice, for non-payment of bills.
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The following is a description of the different areas, or
bairros which are fairly representative of where many ex-pats
ALPHAVILLE/ALDEIA DA SERRA
Alphaville is an American - style community with very good security and lot of fresh air. It is a very family oriented community where children can play freely outside and ride their bikes in safety. Readily available for children are courses in dance, language, music and sports. The Portuguese nursery school is popular with many ex-pat families, as well as, the English-speaking nursery school. School bus transportation to and from grade school is available.
There are twelve residential areas with single dwelling homes and several apartments buildings. There are supermarkets, restaurants and fast food chains, and a shopping center. Two 24 hours medical centers with well trained doctors and specialists are located nearby. Other professionals have offices in the Centro area. The Alphaville Tennis Club offers memberships for a reasonable fee.
Location: 23km outside São Paulo on the Road. Castelo Branco. One km from Alphaville (exit 22 rod.Castelo Branco), is Carrefour and few shopping centers. Nearby, in the city Osasco are Walmart and Sam's Club.
Aldeia da Serra is very similar to Alphaville, but on a smaller scale. It has four residential areas, a commercial area and a club.
32, road Castelo Branco
ACLIMAÇÃO & PARAISO
and Paraiso are neighboring bairros located in town at the
east end of Av. Paulista. The Japanese community of Liberdade,
with a large assortment of Oriental food stores, restaurants and
gift shops is nearby. Several Japanese schools are located in
the area, as well as the Parque Ibirapuera with a running
track. Public transportation is very good with a metro
(subway) stop making the Centro very accessible. It is a older
area, with houses and apartments.
CAMPO BELO, MOEMA & BROOKLIN
Campo Belo is situated near the domestic airport, Congonhas, It is a residential area with houses and a few-high-rise apartments. The are lots of little shops of all kinds and a quite a few goods restaurants and supermakerts located on Av. Vieira de Morais.
Moema has high-rises, shops and restaurants and borders Ibirapuera Park. On Av. Ibirapuera there is a large shopping center with convenient parking. Moema is also known for its many and varied furniture stores.
Brooklin is separated from Campo Belo by Av. Vereador José
Diniz. It has mostly houses, some high-rises and some light industry.
There are many cozy restaurants and choperias (small bars)
HIGIENÓPOLIS / PACAEMBU
Higienópolis is a downtown residential
and commercial area between Rua da Consolação
and the Pacaembú Stadium. It offers many older homes
and apartments with larger rooms and higher ceilings. There is
a busy commercial area with high quality stores around Av.
Angélica. Praça Buenos Aires. Av.
Angélica, is a delightful spot for strolling with babies
Pacaembu is almost exclusively residential with elegant homes
and apartments, old and new. This delightfully green area is located
close to the Jardins and the Center. There are several night clubs,
sports clubs, gymnastic academies, many Jewish schools and the
University Mackenzie and FAAP (the art school). There are many
restaurants, the four-star Eldorado Higienópolis Hotel
and several furnished apartments. The Hospital das Clinicas
is nearby.. A large street fair is held in the parking lot of
Pacaembu Stadium a couple of times a week.
ITAIM & VILA NOVA CONCEIÇÃO
These centrally-located areas offer high-rise living with convenient shopping. There are many small specialty stores selling food, clothing, and furniture. Good restaurants are abundant. Mappin Department Store is in Itaim and the sophisticated Iguatemy Shopping Center is on nearby Av. Brig. Faria Lima. Shopping Center Ibirapuera is close by in Moema. It borders Ibirapuera Park and has relatively easy access to most other sections of the city.
Vila Nova Conceição currently is considered the most chic neighborhood
of São Paulo, so rents will be high. Smaller tree-lined
streets with newer apartments buildings make this a charming neighborhood,
but both children and parents will have commutes to school and
Interlagos (the name means "between lakes") is situated
south of Santo Amaro. It is dotted with country clubs, marinas
and restaurants by the water. Plans are underway to make this
community of about 1200 homes a closed condominium like Alphaville,
with its own centralized security. Settled by many European families
years ago, the area is known for its quiet streets and lovely
homes, with easy access to both PACA and the chapel schools. Interlagos
offers good shopping and convenient access to the city with its
proximity to the Marginal Pinheiros.
JARDINS / CERQUEIRA CÉSAR
The Jardins collectively includes the neighborhoods of Jardim America, Jardim Europa, Jardim Paulista and
Cerqueira Cesar, It is bounded by the streets
Av. Paulista, Av Brigadeiro Luiz Antonio, Av. Faria Lima and Av.
Rebouças. These areas are filled with restaurants, shops,
apartments, buildings, clubs and private homes.In Cerquera Cesar
alone, you will find over 100 top quality restaurants from the
most elegant to fast food, clothing stores
to repair shops. Rua Oscar Freire is famous for trendy boutiques.
There are renowned art galleries, antique and decorator shops
and chic beauty parlors. The
British school St.Paul's is located in
this neighborhood, as are the large shopping centers, Iguatemy
& Eldorado. It is convenient to offices
live in it can be exciting and wonderful to be so near to these
conveniences but, as in the hear of any
large city, you must be willing to put up with some incoveniences,
such as traffic congestion, high levels
of pollution, and noise, even at the wee hours of the morning
due to weekend revelers or street fair set up.
Morumbi is a bedroom community for upper-class Paulistanos.
Here you will find beautiful homes, luxury apartments,Graded School and Einstein Hospital. It is very quiet and green and the air is somewhat
cleaner here than in the city center. Morumbi's rolling hills
and windings roads make for fantastic city views from its many
high-rise apartments and condominiums. Paes Mendonça and
Carrefour are on the Marginal. Jardim Sul, Shopping Morumbi, São
Paulo Marketplace and Shopping Center Butantã offer upscale
grocery and Mall shopping. Watch for congestion on the bridges
crossing the Rio Pinheiros Commuting to the city during rush hours
may take an hour or more each way.
PINHEIROS & ALTO PINHEIROS
is both residential and commercial.
You can find almost any type of store on Rua Teodoro Sampaio and
Rua de Pinheiros. Both Av. Rebouças and Av.Brig Faria Lima
are within walking distance, and the Eldorado and Iguatemi Shopping
Centers are close by. Saint Paul's, the British school, is located
in neighboring Jardim America, Alto de Pinheiros is an extension
of Pinheiros, but is more residential, offering both houses and
apartments. Ceagesp (Ceasa), the famous flower and produce market,
is very near.
PORTAL DO MORUMBI
Portal do Morumbi is an apartment complex
consisting of 8 buildings with about 800 families. Morumbi is
five minutes from Graded School. Children can run free. There
are three outdoor pools,an indoor pool, two playgrounds, two tennis
courts, two basketball courts, a soccer field, an aviary, a restaurant,
a nursery school and lots of green space. Classes in ballet, swimming,
soccer and aerobics for adults are offered on the premises. Shopping
Portal and Open Center are two small, but complete, shopping centers
nearby. Shopping Jardim Sul, an upscale Mall with a Sé
supermarket, is a 10 minutes away and Shopping Butantã
with a Carrefour is about 15 minutes away. Blockbuster Video,
Hobby Video, KFC and a Pizza Hut are 5-10 minutes away. Mini bus
service is available to and from the Morumbi and Iguatemi Shopping
Centers. You will need to cross the Rio Pinheiros for other shopping
Sto Amaro, covers most of the southern part of the city including Granja Julieta, Alto da Boa Vista,
Chacara Flora, and Jardim Petrópolis.
This area includes a large concentration of luxurious homes, single
family residences, numerous apartments and condominiums. Bairros
such as Granja Julieta, Alto da Boa Vista and Chácara Flora
are particularly green and quiet. Shopping is abundant and varied.
(Shopping Morumbi, São Paulo Marketplace, D&D Shopping,
Carrefour shopping center along the Marginal bordering Santo Amaro.)
Many multi-national companies have offices along this section
of the Marginal, making for convenient commutes. The Mercado Municipal
is very convenient for fresh foods. Chapel School, Hotel Transmerica,
Hotel Meliá, and St.Paul's Angelican Church are also in
this area. Santo Amaro offers easy access to other parts of town.
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|Building||Edificio / Prédio|
|Cold water||Agua Fria|
|Den / office||Escritório|
|Dust rag||Pano de pé|
|Family room||Sala Intima|
|Furniture polish||Lustra Móveis|
|Hot water||Aguar quente|
|Iron||Ferro de passar|
|Laundry room||Quarto de Serviço|
|Liquid / powder||Liquido em pó|
|Liquid bleach||Agua Sanitária|
|Living room||Sala de Estar|
|Maid's room||Quarto Empregada|
|Make the bed||Fazer a cama|
|Master bedroom||Dormitorio de casal|
|Party room||Salão de Festas|
|Sun room||Jardim de Inverno|
|Washer||Máquina de lavar|
|Water plants||Molhar / Regar|
|Water storage||Caixa de Água|
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