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By Teresa Geer, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Vargem Grande is one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro with a 39 percent price hike in properties this year and new condos being developed on a regular basis. Its popularity for local home buyers is based on its relatively easy access to the city via the highway, as well as the untouched natural surroundings.

The 2010 census showed a growth in population in the area from 9,306 inhabitants in 2000 to 14,039 in 2010, with the wider Zona Oeste (West Zone) of Rio having a . . .

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