oya del Sol (Jewel of the Sun) just off the beach in Puerto Morelos!
Because of its overall privacy, size and indoor/outdoor living areas, this ground-level unit just off the beach feels more like an actual home than a condominium. With 2000 square feet of indoor/outdoor living areas, this two-bedroom, two-bath condominium is more spacious than any other that is located so conveniently to both beach and town. With the beach just outside your door, and gentle ocean breezes flowing through, stress melts away as one steps through the gate into the tropical-plant-enclosed entrance to this home.
The open floor-plan from kitchen to dining to living areas along with the ten-and-twelve foot ceilings add to the feeling of spaciousness. Glass-block windows let in natural light, as does the oversize sliding glass door opening from the living room to the common-area pool, and garden. Sheer Indian-cotton curtains sway in the breeze. The garden outside the living room door provides additional privacy for open-door living. The kitchen — with its hand-forged, oversized, copper sink from Santa Clara del Cobre, Michoacán — has an open view to the dining and living areas. Built in custom cabinetry and updated appliances, as well as a low bar/serving area with underneath storage connecting the kitchen to the dining area and facilitating entertaining.
The huge master suite is truly a special place, as if one is entering a luxurious hacienda of yesteryear with high ceilings and two walls of windows opening onto beautiful tropical plant enclosed patios. The walls are a painted a deepened extension of the gold-bronzes of the living areas and hall. and the showstopper is the Frida-Red, metallic bronze-and-gold ceiling — original art by local artist Daryl Eady. The suite easily encompasses a king size bed and sitting area, along with plenty of built in floor to ceiling closets.The oversize master bath with shower compliments the rich, exotic golden and bronze bedroom with soothing tones of ivory and taupe, blended and shaded upward and onto the twelve-foot-tall ceiling to create the feel of entering a Roman bath. That feeling is sustained with an intimate two-person jetted tub in its curved, recessed, tiled space. Custom lighting highlights double sinks and the dressing area.
The large guest room, in contrast to the muted golden tones of the rest of the home, is a bright and cheery Caribbean blue and lime green. With a large sliding-glass door onto a private patio that leads to the outside gate and on to the beach, this is a sunny retreat for guests or a combination guest room/office/yoga space. The guest bath, painted a rich Mexican Colonial blue to compliment the custom Telavera lavatory and mirror, has a roomy shower and jack-and-jill doors to the bedroom and the hall.
Unlike many condominiums, Joya del Sol includes ample storage. A locked pantry/owners’ closet adjacent to the kitchen includes a built-in shelving to maximize space and electrical outlets for washer-dryer. Both bedrooms have large closets with additional overhead storage. An enclosed area off the guest bedroom provides a secure place for bicycles, beach chairs, kayaks, and other beach toys. All windows and sliding doors have screens and energy-efficient, tinted, reflective panes, adding privacy as they block the intense tropical sun. Of course, each room has its own ūber-efficient, mini-split air conditioning unit, but this condominium is perfectly situated to maximize the refreshing sea breezes. Decorative security bars on all windows and doors ensure well-being while one lives and sleeps with windows wide-open to relish the sounds of birdsongs, gentle waves, and palm fronds rustling in the breeze.
Condominium Las Iguanas, with its quality construction, solid craftsmanship and its low-density design (only six units), captures the essence of Puerto Morelos. It is located on Rojo Gomez, Puerto Morelos’ main street, and is merely a shell’s throw from the gentle and beautiful white-sand beach which is protected by the second-largest reef in the world — out the door and toes-in-the-sand within 15 seconds! It is at the north end of town – just far enough to escape traffic and “busy-ness,” yet simply a leisurely ten-minute stroll to the Plaza, restaurants, and shops. Living here, there is no need for a car. A huge advantage to any owner is that Las Iguanas is a small complex — only six units in two, three-story structures divided by a swimming pool, fountain, and garden. Each structure has distinctly different floor plans and living spaces.