The House in Puerto Rico

Ahh the house in Puerto Rico…this is what really sparked my quest for simpler living!
I actually lived in this beautiful, 6,000 sq. ft. home overlooking the Caribbean Sea! It was so large that I couldn’t even fill it. It is a bit dated and since we were renters we didn’t want to invest into restoring the home back to it’s original glory. I literally had cabinets, rooms and basements EMPTY. There were rooms I don’t think I went in once. It took me 3 days just to clean it… this wasn’t the life I wanted.
This home with ocean views is on top of a mountain in Ponce, PR. It’s hard to believe I didn’t want to stay here forever, isn’t it?  
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Here is a tour of the house I couldn’t fill.
We’ll start with the backyard because it’s the best feature of the house! Don’t you die over these tall topiaries?! They remind me so much of Italy. They were planted all around the house. FYI we were in a serious draught so we legally couldn’t water the lawn as much as it needed so that’s why it looks a bit rough.
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Under the wall of windows shown above, is the outdoor pool table area. Every house should have one  – just kidding, we didn’t use it once. Though, that tree straight ahead is a lavender tree. swoon.
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And, it also has this chic little patio. Aww. so cute and full of potential. But, we never sat here.
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And around that corner, we’ll head up to the tai chi platform. I did use this once. Yeah me!
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Yes, you read that right, this house had a tai chi platform….
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From the tai chi platform, we head down the path to the gazebo, basketball court and pool. The tennis courts are the neighbors. Man, I loved playing basketball on that court… not.
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 Yes, that’s the Ocean off in the distance. 
P1200952The This gazebo had a full kitchen and TWO baths. Yes, two – one for girls and one for boys. #necessary
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Next, we’ll head inside the house. Now, let me preface this by saying again that we were renters. I couldn’t do much to the space. And, termites were a real concern. The couches were here (and I didn’t want to buy new now because of taking bugs home later). The lighting throughout the house wasn’t great, the paint colors were a bit eh. You’ll see. It needed help but being a renter, I just didn’t want to spend money unnecessarily.

 

The living room had great light and windows and was a HUGE space. This room was a porch at one time covered and converted into living space to make the house bigger (?!). If I would have owned it, I would have made it a porch again. It kinda was a pain to walk all the way down to the gazebo to enjoy the weather. Not a REAL problem, I know but a real one for me.P1200918

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The living room connects to the kitchen – the room with the most room for improvement. They laminated solid mahogany cabinets. My design heart hurts. But, most of these cabinets were empty.
But, the rest of the original house boasts mostly mahogany doors and real marble tile floors so there is some hope for the world.
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Check out the brick wall entry way below. The ceiling is now covered, but at one time it was all open air. I’m grateful for the sake of lizards that it was covered. FYI these pics taken before I decorated it. I don’t know where my final photos are; maybe they will turn up soon as I start to downsize!
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And my favorite thing about the house is the smallest in the house…  the half bath. The Moroccan tiled walls, I just die.
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Now, the 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms in the house were pretty boring, so I won’t share them all with you here. Just marble tiles (real marble in 3 of them – outdated floor to ceiling purple marble in the master) and beige walls pretty much. Honestly, the rooms were TOO big for me to decorate. Not kidding. I couldn’t buy enough stuff to fill a 6,000 sq. ft house. What a crazy concept!
But, living here is where I learned that a bigger house doesn’t equate to happiness. A valuable life lesson for me. I learned everything does happen for a reason.
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Adios!
Jackie

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