Jared's Balinese Paradise

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Name: Jared
Location: Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Type: Guest House
Years lived in: Two

Jared is an American photographer who relocated to Indonesia to work on a long-term project photographing portraits in Bali. (To see his work, check out his recent exhibition at Tonyraka Gallery in Bali.) He found this amazing rental house in Ubud, the town made famous by Elizabeth Gilbert's memoir, Eat, Pray, Love. If you're not jealous yet, you will be when you learn how much a house like this costs…

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For just a few hundred dollars a month, you can find a two-story house in Ubud with its own grounds that rival the best botanical gardens! Jared's rental has belonged to the same Balinese family for generations. It's a two-story guest house with a kitchen, bath, living room, bedrooms, lots of porches and balconies, and a gorgeous outdoor area. Wood carvings, artwork, and shrines decorate the home. Indonesia has a large Muslim population, but Bali is a tiny island where more than 90 percent of residents practice Hinduism. Hindu gods, goddesses, and shrines are honored in the architecture of local homes.

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The aesthetic of Jared's home is clean and simple—almost modern, in a way. Traditional Balinese homes are oriented in relation to the sacred mountains, and encircled by a wall with an intricately decorated gate. Inside the compound, indoor and outdoor spaces blend into one another. While the bedrooms are fully enclosed, the living room and kitchen open out onto the garden, which has plenty of spaces and structures designed for relaxing outdoors.

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Special thanks to Kristin Coleman, who visited Jared in Bali, took the photos, and provided us with the information about this incredible home!

(Thanks, Jared and Kristin!)

Images: Kristin Coleman

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