Altiplano overlooks Cabo Branco, Miramar, Tambauzinho, Castelo Branco and part of Expiditionarios but it isn’t the highest neighbourhood in the area. That honour goes to Tambauzinho. It is, however, neighbour to one of the largest reserves of Atlantic forest remaining in the north east namely the Jardim Botanico B.Maranhao or Mate do Buraquinho. The forest covers an area of 515 hectares and is open to the public.
Buying one of the few high rise apartments here gives you panoramic views of the sea, sunrise and sunset and the city of João Pessoa. At the moment there are not many high rise blocks though several are being built, mainly on land overlooking Cabo Branco and the sea. Housing still dominates and new build continues at a frenetic pace.
There are several builders who will build anything, within reason and contract, for R$250k including land. We spoke to one who offered us the same deal in Tambauzinho and Mirimar. Properties overlooking the forest were available for R$220k , R$300k,R$450k, R$550K and R$750k with a reduction for cash. Apartments run at anything from R$550k mid block to R$1,2 million for a cobertura (top floor).
Several streets have mini markets, bars and bakeries (padarias) but it isn’t close to the sea like Cabo Branco and the nearest supermarket is Pao de Açucar in Miramar. However, the Iguatemi group has revealed plans (June 2008) to build a giant shopping centre on 13 acres of land next to the new Science and Technology museum (near the lighthouse).
A 2600 seat theatre and conference centre has also been earmarked for the area.
There is flea market on the central square (praça) as you enter Altiplano. Just recently (May 2009), one of the main praças was completely refurbished with new seating, play equipment, courts and lighting making for a more community orientated environment.
The bairro is served by a bus route but there are no established taxi ranks. Several areas only have earth roads and that includes those roads serving the higher end properties. A car would be essential for a family wanting to live here. None of the main private schools are in Altiplano nor are there any restaurants etc. It is , however, quiet and takes advantage of the famous breeze.
Land is available but it is being bought up and people are building there. As of May 2008 a 15 x 30 plot was going for R$150,000 but that is dependent on location within the bairro.
October 2008, a five bedroom house complete with pool and football pitch which was bought for R$500,000 in 2001 has just been sold for R$3 million.