By Tricia L Chaves, Contributing Reporter

Reserva Jardim Interior, photo by Daniel Nicolau de Medeiros Chaves.
Reserva Jardim Interior, photo by Daniel Nicolau de Medeiros Chaves.

RIO DE JANEIRO – Any Realtor will agree that the location of your home or investment purchase is just as important as the property itself. With incredibly close proximity to the 2016 Olympic village combined with a grand neighborhood plan, Barra de Tijuca’s Cidade Jardim development delivers on both location, and exceptional quality in design and construction of its homes and community space.

The 170,000 square meter sprawling property that encompasses Cidade Jardim is segmented into phases, where individual communities will be built, situated within a flawlessly landscaped park-like neighborhood setting. At its completion, this master-planned bairro (neighborhood)  will feature condominium and single-family residences, restaurants, schools, retail and commercial space.

Today, a handful of condominium homes are still available in the project’s first phase, Reserva Jardim, in construction for completion in April, 2010, and selling continues for Reserva do Parque, phase 2 of the community, which will be move-in ready December, 2011.

Although much of Rio de Janeiro condominium living is quite luxurious when compared to the U.S., Cidade Jardim is in a league of its own–you can literally live without ever leaving the space! Community amenities are diverse, designed to exceed your basic needs and satisfy your cravings for entertainment, health, refreshment and relaxation.

Grocers, convenience and floral retailers will operate alongside casual and elegant restaurants. Your business meeting, barbecue or party can be easily accommodated in a variety of indoor and outdoor areas. Quieter spaces for reading and reflecting mingle with vibrant studios for hobbies, art or even garage-band practice.

On Plan & in Construction, photos by Daniel Chaves.
On Plan & in Construction, photo by Daniel Nicolau de Medeiros Chaves.

Toddlers to teens will have an opportunity to socialize while enjoying incredible diversions like indoor and outdoor playrooms, a children’s music room, theater, car park and pools, plus gaming and media lounges.

Sports and fitness enthusiasts will enjoy access to Olympic-sized lap pools, in-water and indoor spinning bikes, dance and martial arts studios, outdoor exercise stations, sport courts, biking and walking paths, weight-lifting and cardio fitness centers. The mini-golf course and the interactive video game room offer entertainment, combined with family-friendly fitness.

Each community boasts an aquatic center with unique features like child play pools, adult and all-ages areas, water slides, a solarium, jacuzzis, poolside bar, grills, dining and locker rooms. There area both indoor and outdoor areas for adult board-gaming or card-playing. Along with unsurpassed amenities, the gated communities within Cidade Jardim offer 24/7 security and constant cleanliness. All condominiums have at least one veranda, and indoor garage parking. In some cases, outdoor parking as well.

Reserva Jardim will have 1,292 units in eight buildings, spread out over 42,196 m² of green space. The two, three and four bedroom condominiums and penthouses range in size 77 to 150 m². The six buildings of Reserva do Parque will be seated on 36,561 m² of the community area. Each building will home about 200 units consisting of two, three and four bedroom condominiums and penthouses from 74 to 107 m². As of press time, condominiums at Cidade Jardim were priced from R$275,000.00.

Tricia Chaves lives in Rio de Janeiro and writes a blog at with information for Gringos who want to learn more about traveling, living or investing in Brazil, and writes about her daily life in Rio at


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