We had a fabulous Rio experience staying at Apartment 4. Jake was not around the day we arrived (our flight was delayed) but he sent Adam, a friendly resident in the house, to meet us and show us around, and he made sure to check in with us regularly to make sure we had everything we needed. The location is simply ideal, a short 10-minute walk from Leblon beach, and with the minivan buses running every few minutes from the bus stop at the bottom of the stairs for a mere $1.50 flat rate it is fast, easy and cheap to go to Ipanema, Copacabana, Leme, etc. From our bedroom window we had a gorgeous view of Ipanema beach, and the main window overlooked the ocean at the hotel-resort across the street (great place to get an excellent morning latte before a quick swim or heading out for the day). The quaint house has lots of charm (we really loved the three patios, the outdoor shower, and the Copacabana-patterned tiles on the stairs). Free wireless was a great bonus to check out places to go out for eating, drinking, and music. We would definitely come back to Jake's house. And the price was right too!