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Harvey Karl Lynn II ('Skip')

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese

Paralympics Games Central Base! Spacious 2BR in Rio's most upscale neighborhood!

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 12 nights

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Overview

Leblon Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Apartment, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

This unusually spacious (1200 sq ft), two-bedroom apartment is located just three short blocks from world famous “Leblon Beach”, yet it’s tucked away from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan life in Rio de Janeiro’s “Zona Sul”. It’s close to everything (shops, restaurants, shopping malls, and did I mention… the beach?), yet it’s safe, secure, quiet and relaxing. It’s the perfect place to wind down between sightseeing activities and to recharge the batteries for your next adventure.

The main living area was greatly expanded when the original owner left the third bedroom open to the living room, creating a great “nook” for a home office (where there’s a large granite desk and a comfortable, leather office chair). The extra space gives the living and dining area a very open feel, creating a sort of “great room” where you’ll spend most your time while home and awake. The sofas are very comfortable for Brazil (they were actually imported from USA), and provide a great place to doze off after a sunny day on the beach, a few “caipirinhas”, and a refreshing cold shower. There are three ceiling fans to keep the air circulating around the large area, or just to create a nice “Ridley Scott” visual.

Technologically speaking, the apartment is better appointed than any luxury hotel. With a 50” plasma TV, the top package of high-definition, digital TV programming, a PS3 for Blu-ray movies, music, games and even web browsing, as well as a Roku media streaming device, you’ll feel at home (but don’t stay too long – get out and see Rio!). There's also a 32' LED TV in the suite, with another Roku media streaming box, for Netflix, etc.

The Internet connection is fast for Rio de Janeiro (60 Mbps), and there’s a fast WiFi network (802.11N) capable of delivering connectivity to all your WiFi enabled devices throughout the apartment (and pool below!). In case you don’t use Skype, and need to call back to the United States (or elsewhere), there’s a VOIP (Vonage) phone line with free calls to and from the USA. Calls to all other countries, including local calls in Brazil, are inexpensive and can be deducted from your deposit if you choose to use this option. There are three computer monitors on the large desk, free for you to connect to your laptop if you wish. If you didn't bring a laptop and need a computer, one can be provided (additional security deposit required).

The bedrooms each have queen mattresses with memory foam mattress toppers and king-size down pillows. Each room has its own air conditioner. One of the bedrooms is a suite, with the bathroom attached, and the other has a bathroom right down the hall. Both bedrooms have plenty of closet space and drawers to hang your clothes and store your possessions.

The kitchen/service area has American appliances (refrigerator, gas stove, washer and dryer), which I brought to Brazil when I moved there years ago. They are not new, but are a pleasant surprise when compared to the usual miniature-size appliances in Brazil. I will stock the refrigerator with plenty of beer and soda to get your vacation started. You can take it from there.

As appointed, the apartment will sleep 4 adults. However, as mentioned above, the sofas are very comfortable and could easily sleep another 2 (although the love seat might be tight for a large person). For a party larger than 6, or for more comfort than the sofas, we can provide very comfortable air mattresses. Two full-size air mattresses or one queen will fit behind the sofa in the 'home office' portion of the great room. We recently installed black-out curtains in that room, so that if anyone does decide to sleep there, they can sleep as late as they want (as long as the other guests let them ;-)

We hope you will enjoy your stay in Rio with a base of our cozy little apartment in Leblon, as much as we have enjoyed our stays there during past years.

Keywords: Apartment, condo, flat, temporada, vacation rental, carnival rental, carnaval rental, temporary rental, Carnaval, near Ipanema

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Harvey Karl Lynn II ('Skip') (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese

About Harvey Karl Lynn II ('Skip')

I am an American 'Citizen of the World', having lived in South America over half my adult life, and in Rio de Janeiro for ten of those years. I have businesses in the US and Brazil, so I maintain a residence in Rio de Janeiro, and visit about once a month - often times with my Brazilian wife (from Rio de Janeiro, a 'Carioca'), and our three kids.

Harvey Karl Lynn II ('Skip') purchased this apartment in 2005

Why Harvey Karl Lynn II ('Skip') chose Rio de Janeiro City

I love Leblon for its proximity to all of what Rio has to offer - beautiful beaches, great restaurants and bars, fun nightlife, and a commercial workplace in one of the most geographically beautiful cities in the world. Yet despite being close to everything, Leblon is refreshingly removed from the rif-raf of an otherwise bustling metropolis. Leblon is safe, secure, quiet and relaxing. No wonder it's Rio's most desirable (and expensive) 'bairro'.

What makes this apartment unique

Beautiful Leblon Beach, with it's postcard backdrop of 'Dois Irmões' (think 'Fast Five'), is a mere three short blocks away. Still, when I'm too lazy or just don't have time to get down to the beach, I go for a dip in the little pool at the complex. It's so close to my apartment (a stone's throw away, see photos), my Wifi network is available there, so I can bring my phone or notebook and catch a few rays while I work or stay connected with friends.

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)
Paralympics Games Central Base! Spacious 2BR in Rio's most upscale neighborhood!
average rating of 4.9545455 based on 22 reviews
5

Perfection!

  • 5 of 5

I cannot say enough great things about this place! Having never used VRBO before, I was honestly very skeptical. However, this place exceeded my every expectation. The location was perfect - a 2 minute walk to the beach and near tons of fun restaurants and bars. It was a very clean and safe neighborhood, and the apartment itself was awesome, very spacious, and extremely comfortable. We fit 4 adults very easily. Skip was a pleasure to work with! He was very responsive and so caring. I would without a doubt stay here again - hopefully when I get a chance to visit Rio again :) Thanks, Skip, for making our stay in Brazil even more amazing!

  • Submitted: May 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Highlight of Rio!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful Condo. Has all the amenities! Great Area!. Taxi stand just up the street across from the grocery store. Many restaurants in walking distance. Owner Skip was extremely helpful answered all our questions in great detail. (Our first time using VRBO and PayPal) His assistant Edna met us and made us feel at home. Her computer converted our English into Portuguese. Fridge was stocked with startup supply of OJ/Milk/Water/Beer. Coffee bar setup. We were very pleased with our stay. If in RIO would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your comments! It was a pleasure having you as our guests, for your stay in Rio after your cruise. It seems that the apartment accomplished what we aim for - an efficient, comfortable and pleasant place to rest and relax between excursions in the Marvelous City. Were happy you enjoyed your time so much and that we could be a small part of that.
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Third stay in this "home away from home" in Rio

  • 5 of 5

We feel so comfortable staying here; the apartment is perfect for us and the neighborhood is great. It is right in the heart of Leblon, near to bars and restaurants, shopping and the beach! Cannot wait to return. Thanks again

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

This is our second week-long stay here at this great apartment; the owner couldn't be more accommodating and his helpers are equally terrific. We love the location - so close to the beach and also close to fabulous restaurants, cozy coffee and juice cafes, and one of the best grocery stores in the city. We have everything we need here for a relaxing and wonderful vacation. We can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Brooklyn, NY, USA
5

Best location and even better service

  • 5 of 5

From even before the beginning of the trip, Skip was so helpful to my family and me. He provided directions, restaurant recommendations, tourist hot spots, and was available for any questions or concerns we had. I would recommend this place for anyone and felt so lucky to have it! It was so clean and came stocked with a lot of useful items--it even had laundry and maid service! The location is unbelievable but the level of attention Skip paid to us and the thought he put into making the apartment feel like a home (including phone, internet, and even Netflix) really sets this apartment apart.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bethesda, Maryland, USA
5

Perfect Family Get Together

  • 5 of 5

This apartment was the perfect pied-a-terre for our family vacation. The location is perfect. Safe, clean and convenient, a short walk from the beach where we enjoyed the gorgeous sunsets every evening. The apartment is very well furnished and equipped - it is not large, but it was very comfortable for me and my 3 young adult children, and it had exactly everything we needed, exactly where we expected to find it. Skip is a wonderful landlord - he was extremely accomodating and welcoming and he gave us great recommendations for neighborhood restaurants and highlights, including vegetarian recommendations. He is a great ambassador for a warm and wonderful city. We did all the things that tourists do, enjoyed them all, and were so happy to come home to our comfortable flat every evening. Fast wifi makes planning and communication easier. We felt lucky to have found the perfect spot to build family memories.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
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Map

Leblon Beach (sister beach of Ipanema, sharing the same crescent coastline) is just three shorts blocks away, Ipanema beach is a few more blocks up the boardwalk (see the map on Location). Corcovado (the Christ Statue) is a short taxi ride away (see map). The run/walk on the beach extending from Leblon to Ipanema to Arpoador and back is approx 4 miles, and is as interesting for people watching as it is spectacular for observing the natural beauty of Rio's coastline. The 'Lagoa' (Lagoon) is a few blocks the other way, and is equally as impressive (even more so at night).

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Rates & Availability

Leblon Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
2016 Paralympic Games
Sep 7 2016 - Sep 18 2016
12 night minimum stay
$1,800
Flat fee
 
 
Christmas 2016
Dec 23 2016 - Dec 28 2016
5 night minimum stay
$400
 
 
High Season Rate
Jan 5 2017 - Mar 1 2017
4 night minimum stay
$200
$1,250
$5,000
 
 
Carnaval 2017
Feb 24 2017 - Feb 28 2017
5 night minimum stay
$2,000
Flat fee
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$150
$1,000
$4,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 5.0%

There is a 3% (USA card) to 4% (Intl card) charge for payments through VRBO or Paypal. Maid service is included in short-term rentals (less than a month) every other weekday, and is normally two to three hours of cleaning and linen change. This can be extended at R$25/hr if you would like extra laundry services (washing clothes, ironing, etc) or more frequent visits. The cleaning fee is US$100.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Leblon Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Convertible bed(s) - 2 double , 2 sleep sofa /futon
  • Queen size Beds (2) Each bed has a 'memory foam' (think tempurpedic) mattress topper, and several down pillows, which makes them heavenly!, Baby Cribs (1)
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Sony PS3, Blu-ray Player, Home Theater Sound system, VOIP telephone (Vonage) for free calls to and from USA

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