Leblon: Exclusive Living in Rio

By Helen Trouten Torres, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The meaning of Leblon in Tupi Gurani, the language of the Brazilian native Indians who were the first to inhabit the area, is literally ‘island between waterways’, named because of the two canals that define the boundaries of the neighborhood from the Lagoa in the North, to the famous beach-lined Atlantic Ocean in the South. The canals are much smaller now, but to this day they mark the boundaries of one of Rio’s most exclusive neighborhoods.

Staggeringly, according to realtor Conrado Gracia of P+ Desenvolvimento Imobiliário, virtually . . .

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