By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Barra da Tijuca in Zona Oeste (West Zone) is a sprawling neighborhood that hosts many of Rio's events with Riocentro, HSBC Arena and Citibank Hall to name a few venues. In September it will attract hundreds of thousands for the Rock in Rio 2013, and will look forward to the bulk of action in the 2016 Olympics.

Real estate development has followed the increased attention in recent years, and many Rio residents shifted their homes to the new area in favor of the spacious apartments and calmer streets.

Leaving Zona . . .

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