In recent years, Santa Teresa has established itself as Rio´s artistic heart, a place where artists live and art lovers visit for the galleries, ateliers and crumbling colonial charm. Historically colonized by Rio´s wealthiest families, their sprawling 19th century mansions are gradually giving way to boutique guesthouses and innovative restaurants with Corcovado rising in the distance. Santa Teresa´s cobbled streets have become a popular tourist attraction, but veer slightly off the beaten track and you´ll discover a portfolio of private properties that offer a variety of lifestyle options from stately rural spreads to cosy artists´ garrets.