I spent two years living on site during the construction of my house. I fell in love with the area in 1997. bought my land in 2007 and began construction in 2010.
My goal was to build a house that was like an art installation. I still have some projects to go, but I love staying there and I hope you will too!
Long Detailed Version (based on AirBnb's suggestions) so you can get to know me!
I was born in Miami, and attended the first public bilingual school in the U.S. from the first year of its inception. Half of the day we were taught in Spanish. I began to feel Latina, especially because I had a new name, Pilar!
I've been a caterer, lawyer (very briefly), mother and artist. I am primarily a photographer and writer, making handmade books combining my photos with text. I have also done some very large concept-based photography projects. Sometimes I like to write my own neighborhood newspaper, part satire and part real news. I think I might start one soon in Soliman Bay.
From September 2010 until April 2012, I supervised the building of The Pink House, first living in the town of Tulum until the "Casita" was ready to move into in January 2011. After it became clear that my American builder (who had built some of the first houses on the bay) was going bankrupt, I became the general contractor. Nervous at first, I found it to be easier and faster. This is my third pink house, the first two were old Victorians in the Boston area that I completely renovated.
I am about to start several building projects on the property:
1. A separate laundry room and storage area behind the house of my wonderful caretakers, Pancho and Berta;
2. Enlarging The Bob, our tiny convenience store, and the only place to buy anything on the bay. We recently got our liquor license and beer is definitely our biggest seller! It is on the street side of the property and separated by jungle from the house;
3. Three tree houses on very tall stilts, two will be connected by a rope bridge. They will be very private (and preserve the privacy of The Pink House) and have balconies facing either the sea or the mangroves, where the sun sets.
Each will have its own private plunge pool, connected by a "river" that will run through the jungle;
4. A fish pond with a waterfall;
5. A nice area to hang out on the roof to sunbathe during the day and watch the starts at night;
6. Raising the casita to put in a second floor bedroom and bath. The thatched roof (or "palapa") will remain; and
6. Installing solar panels!
I want to be able to stay there most of the winter, which was my original intent when I bought the land.
When everything is done, I will have a website that explains the layout, including virtual tours that have already been done for The Pink House. (When the main house is rented, I can move into one of the tree houses.)
I hope to host small events like movies on the beach, wine and beer tastings, Jamaican barbecue nights, and other fun ideas. (None of the events will affect the privacy of the main house.)
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I love to explore new places! I have been all over Europe, have been to at least half of the states in Mexico, spent a lot of time in Chile and Argentina, visited lots of islands in the Caribbean (Treasure Beach, Jamaica was a repeat destination), Guatemala was amazing (Belize was OK). I want to see the rest of Central and South America. The top three countries on my list of places I want to go are India, Morocco and Turkey.
I love cool artsy or unique hotels and wanted The Pink House to have that special feeling of uniqueness along with the high quality comfort of great hotels. Some of my randomly selected favorites are:
La Purificadora—Puebla, Mexico: built in the ruins of an old factory that purified water for ice, their "Top Suite" is amazing, with a huge terrace, and the stairs from the lobby to the second floor have a built-in waterfall;
21c in Louisville, KY (I went there because I got front row pit seats in 2009 to see Kings of Leon) has a contemporary art museum on the top floor and great art throughout the hotel;
The Grand Hotel & La Pace Spa in Montecatini, Italy and the Parador de Ubedá in Spain are in beautiful old buildings with the highest ceilings;
Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood, CA: the bungalows are so cool with vintage refrigerators and a free large basket of cool snacks, dogs can have their own seat at your table,, but no cameras allowed because of the movie stars (unlike most hotels that boast about how many famous people stay there, this hotel actually does have a lot);
Hotel Copernicus is on Krakow's oldest street, and each room was really different and special in its own way. Every day when we left, the staff would surprise us with a different room but our things would be arranged in the exact order we left them. The last night was the best room with old frescos that had recently been occupied by George and Laura Bush. We got to hear about the incredible security measures involved (they took over the hotel for a whole month before his arrival and removed and replaced all of the really old walls to make sure there were no explosives, etc.). The staff of young guys (I would attribute some of the great service to the fact that I was with my beautiful teen daughter) were super nice and one used his day off to take us to the famous salt mines. There were really long lines and he went in and 5 minutes later we were on a private tour and got to see levels of the mine that aren't part of the regular tour;
Faena—Buenos Aires: This hotel is so beautifully designed and they have an art center and the service was incredible, the mini-bar had a freezer with Haagen Daz ice-cream and vodka and I don't know how they did it, but even if you just ate one thing and left your room for an hour, it would be replaced; and
The Ritz Carlton in Herzliya, Israel, is uber-modernist and so high-tech (if you are not up-to-speed high-tech wise, they have a cute engineer who was really nice about explaining for the 3rd time how various things worked) and the service in general was great and super friendly; and
The King David in Jerusalem: This hotel has been the scene of so many historic events. (It is the only time I have watched the "about the hotel" video that comes on when you turn on the TV.) My terrace room was awesome with amazing views of The Old City. The service was great and super friendly and the food was really good!
Well, if you made it through all of this, I hope you feel like you know me!