THE CREATORS Jim & Maria Jaramillo wanted to go on a vacation. So, they rounded up some friends and decided that Puerto Vallarta was the destination. Immediately, Maria and Jim fell in love with the area. Maria was drawn to it. Maybe they should look at land? They looked at several plots of land. This plot wasn’t Jim’s or their friend’s first choice. It was a jungle and needed a lot of work. However, Maria was compelled by it. Before heading back to the US and at Maria’s urging, the two of them came back to this plot at sunset for a family meeting. It was here, as the waves lapped against the shore and the breeze moved through the jungle, that Maria convinced Jim to purchase this piece of paradise. This would be where they would build their home for retirement. Jim, a wise and accomplished man in his own right, knew to trust Maria’s intuition. After all, they had been successful with their other property ventures in New Mexico where Maria’s eye for design never failed them. So, this beautiful and tranquil plot of land that lies north of Puerto Vallarta, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, right on the bay of Banderas, at the water’s edge, became theirs. They cleared jungle and built a home. Maria, an adept design enthusiast, sat with the builder of the property and worked out every tiny detail of the build. Maria had a blank canvas and was inspired. Together, She and Jimbo, Maria’s affectionate hypocorism for her husband, traveled Mexico and bought treasures to furnish their home. She was even known to “borrow” plants and flowers from some of those places for her own garden. Over the years, she would add to the property. She created a beautiful garden. Then, turned the garden into an ocean front bungalow with a full kitchen. She decorated every room from floor to ceiling and continued to add more bungalows. Jimbo was there every step of the way to support her vision. What’s more, Jim added his own artistic skills throughout the property. Every tile mosaic was thoughtfully and beautifully created by his hand and weaved into their paradise. With aplomb, Maria and Jim created an intimate oasis, Jardin del Mar, to share with family and friends.
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