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Villa / House in São João do Rio Vermelho, Florianopolis, Santa Catarina

Additional Documents

About São João do Rio Vermelho eng.doc


Escape from America Floripa article.doc

Florianópolis Presentation 2009 eng.doc

New York Times Florianópolis 2008.doc

Florianópolis - The Guardian 2007.doc

The Guardian 2005 Floripa Article.pdf

£150,909 / $233,146 / €184,444 / R$415,000

3 Bedrooms
2 Bathrooms

Ref: PBSC1038a

General Summary

  • 10 minutes' walk to beach
  • 40 minutes' drive to Florianopolis International Airport
  • 40 minutes' drive to Florianopolis town centre
  • Supermarkets, restaurants, bars, pharmacies, medical centres, schools, and all sorts of shops nearby 


The Property Offers: 

  • Property Size:  198
  • Plot: 1,000
  • Open plan living/dining-room/kitchen
  • 2 en-suite bedrooms
  • Bedroom
  • A smaller, loft-type bedroom/computer room
  • Bathroom
  • Garden with beautiful lawn
  • Garage and guests' en-suite bedroom under construction
  • Excellent building standards
  • Top quality materials
  • Reforestation hardwood windows, ceiling, stairs and beams
  • Property built in 2006

Florianopolis Property
Overview - PBSC1038

Beautiful three bedroom house on a 1,000 plot. Designed by its owner who is an architect and built under her expert management, this pleasant house is located in São João do Rio Vermelho, a neighbourhood in the island city of Florianópolis, upon the eastern coast of the Island of Santa Catarina. This lovely property features open plan living/dining-room/kitchen; 2 en-suite bedrooms plus another large bedroom, a smaller, loft-type bedroom/computer room, another bathroom and utility/laundry-room.  Beautiful view of the surrounding hills and countryside from the master bedroom balcony. A garage plus a guests' loft-type en-suite bedroom are being built. Top-class construction standards and materials including first-quality ceramic floors and hardwood windows, ceiling, stairs and beams. Excellent all round for living, holidays or pure investment.

Property Location within Florianopolis Area

The neighbourhood of São João do Rio Vermelho owes its name to a river that runs across it whose water has a reddish colouration as a result of the decomposition of the roots of local vegetation. (Rio Vermelho = Red River)


São João do Rio Vermelho is located beside the State Park of Rio Vermelho, a 1.532,35 hectare environmental preservation unit running between the Moçambique Beach on the eastern coast of the Santa Catarina Island and the main road. Thanks to its location within the ecological reserve, this is the only beach on the island that is, without any doubt, 100% free from all types of pollution.


Rio Vermelho is the only neighbourhood on the island lying at an average height of 6 m above sea level which turns it into a sort of 'regional highland'. It features high dunes along the beach (a natural protection against the effect of sea air) to the east, and the hills to the west shelter it even further.


The view from the hills is beautiful and no matter where you are in Rio Vermelho, you will always be able to see both the dunes and the hills.


The neighbourhood has been developing continuously for the last 8-10 years and it is only recently that luxury condos are starting to crop up there. It seems developers only just started noticing this very green, natural plain spreading between Moçambique Beach and the hill chain that runs along the coast.


The southern part of Rio Vermelho lies upon the northern arm of Lagoa da Conceição (Conceição Lake) offering breathtaking scenery with abundant autochthonous wild flora and fauna which may be spotted while rowing on the lake or walking the many trails leading up the hills or across the dunes and the Rio Vermelho to the sea.


São João do Rio Vermelho is a new, fast-growing neighbourhood with a current real estate appreciation rate of 20% per year. There are great investment opportunities in this area as property here is still cheaper than in other areas of the Island of Santa Catarina though equally valuable and rapidly-appreciating.


Florianópolis is the capital city of the Brazilian southern state of Santa Catarina. It is located on a subtropical island featuring over 50 beaches, green seas, historical places, hills and breathtaking views. Florianopolis is a place with out-of-the-ordinary beauty, the island is increasingly sought after as one of the best locations for safe investment in real estate in Brazil. Connected to the mainland by two bridges and just 20 minutes from the local international airport and 30 from the coach terminal,  Florianopolis is the capital city with best quality of life in the country, a safe, relaxed place with the highest real estate appreciation rate in the region (proven 20-25% per year).


Build / Property Specification
In Florianópolis, property is usually sold either partially or fully furnished as most properties are resale properties (and not new build / off plan).  In the majority of cases, sellers do take furniture with them, although this is negotiable.

We can assist in providing all sorts of furniture at competitive rates.  Quotations may be supplied on an individual basis as this will depend on the quality of furniture required and the actual size of the property to be furnished. Architect and interior decorator's expert assistance is available for a fee to be negotiated.

Property Deposits & Payments Terms

It is usual that with resale properties the full payment is made upon contract exchange.  A deposit of approx R$ 5,000 will be required to secure the property and produce a contract.

Associated Purchase Costs of Property in Florianopolis

In addition to the listed price for the investment, the following costs will apply to your purchase:


  • Stamp Duty Tax (or Registration tax) is around 0.8% (max. of R$ 801.00) of the purchase price (payable to the notary) 
  • Notary Fees is approx 1% of the purchase price (max. of R$ 805.00)
  • Property Transfer Tax (ITBI) of 2% of the sale price (payable at the City Hall).
  • 'FRJ - Fundo para Reaparelhamento do Judiciário' (Fund for Reequipment of the Judiciary) Tax of 0.3% of property price (max. R$ 400.00)
  • UK / Brazilian Lawyer (optional but recommended) - please see below
  • With regard to lawyer's fees, this can vary depending on the work and level of service you require.  A fee of between 0.5% and 3% will be charged depending on work / service.


  • Should the property have any issues with regard to debts and/or documentation and the lawyer advises you not to proceed, then 50% of the agreed legal fee is payable.


    Property Running Costs

    Monthly utility and other costs directly associated with this property are set out below:

    • Council Tax (per year): R$ 500.00
    • Utility bills will depend on consumption.
    • To Obtain the price in your own currency, divide the above figures by the rate(s) shown at the bottom of the page.  All above rates are approximates / estimates.

    When buying a property it is important that you pay the appropriate council rates and condominium charges (if applicable), your home/investment is at risk if you do not keep up these payments. 

    Rental / Yield Potential


  • Real estate appreciation rate in Florianópolis is @ proven 20-25% per year.


    Please, ask about rental projections as these vary for each specific area within Florianopolis, depending on location and property. 


    There is a mix of rental opportunity from long term contracts to short term holiday lets.

    In Florianopolis, hotels are largely booked in summer and tourist visits to the island are increasing year on year.

    We deal with local contacts in the Florianopolis area who know the markets well and can help you manage your properties generally.


    This property has great yearly/holiday rental potential because it is located in a highly sought-after area which turns it into a good investment opportunity.  

  • * All properties are sold in Brazilian Reais (symbols R$ or BRL). Currency rates will depend upon your banks conversion rate at the time of transferring the monies. The current conversion rates used on this site are €1 = R$2.25, £1 = R$2.75, $1 = R$1.78. To check the latest rate 'spot rate' with Bank of Brazil click here.

    Consider using a Money Transfer Agent to Transfer Money To Brazil, offering better Exchange Rates than High Street Banks.

    Prices displayed do not include other associated purchase costs such as Government Purchase Tax, Legal Costs, Admin and Furniture (unless stated).