In the 19th and early 20th century, Ancón was an elite upscale resort area. The elegance of that period is still present: Gardens line long walkways, which sit under balcony overhangs held up by colorful columns. The houses are often painted in bright pastels, and the center square is well maintained. A small bodega and a café with internet access are each just a 3-minute walk away.
The Ricardo Palma house is a mere 2-minute walk from the waterfront, which can be seen from house’s veranda. The unique malecón stretches along a view of bobbing fishing boats. Naturally, the hub of activity is the pier. Here fishermen and restaurant owners gather, and humble food carts sell Peruvian street food.
During the day, natural light peeks and pours in through ceiling-high wooden doors and windows. Little spotlights are cast on stubborn splashes of color, intricate metal knobs, cultural relics. The artistry of the house and its owner is evident.
Each unique bedroom is brimming with personality. Most have immediate access to the veranda spanning the house, and natural light pours in through tall windows.
Skylights let the house easily breathe in the ocean air. The tall wood of the walls, imported over a century ago from the United States, adds an element of the forest. In mornings and afternoons, natural light sets stained glass door and windows aglow. In evenings, the house can be neatly folded up for warmth and comfort.