Beachfront property is hard to come by and is usually limited to those with a hefty savings account. But on one small strip of beach in Brazil, one man resides there entirely rent or mortgage-free.Â For the last 22 years, Brazilâs Marcio Mizael Matolias has avoided paying rent, or any bills for that matter, in one of Rio de Janeiroâs most prestigious neighborhoods, Barra da Tijuca. How? By living in a sandcastle that he built himself…
Decorative sandcastles or statues are a common sight along the mainÂ beachesÂ in Rio de Janeiro, which are made into tourist attractions by the locals who exchange photo opportunities for loose change. However, Matolias is the first to build a sandcastle as a home and his efforts reflect the reality ofÂ high housing costsÂ for many of Rio’s people.