Redneck Real Estate: Luxury Living for the Hip and Chic
Take note Donald Trump: Redneck real estate is luxury living for the hip and chic. Yesterday's pied a terre is today's vintage Airstream. Trailers are now all the residential rage for those with a little imagination, a sense of humor, and some green sensibility.
The West Texas town of Marfa, an artist enclave was first discovered and made famous by New York artist Donald Judd back in 1971. It has since been developed by other artists with a similar vision. (Many of whom were residentially challenged Brooklynites eager for more creative space.) Some of the town's exciting programming includes annual film and art festivals sponsored by the Dia:Beacon, the Judd Foundation and the Chinati Foundation.
And joining the ranks of cool spots in Marfa is El Cosmico. The boutique lodging opens this month and hosts a collection of revamped, souped up modular homes. El Cosmico, as described on their site is "part vintage trailer, yurt and teepee hotel and campground, part creative lab, greenhouse and amphitheatre - a community space that fosters and agitates artistic and intellectual exchange."
Liz Lambert and her management company Bunkhouse are behind the mobile mansions. Lambert teamed up with architecture firm Lake/Flato and Jack Sanders of Design Build Adventure for the project. Undeniably, their new housing concept has them joining the ranks of other random conceptual creations sprouting up in the middle of the desert. (Prada, anyone?)
El Cosmico isn't the only residential space that boasts cool wheels. There's the still rocking (despite its police visits) Bushwick trailer park with it's amenity space replete with plans of a performance stage, ceramic kilns and a recording studio. Across the Atlantic is the way groovy Grand Daddy Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa. Atop the Grand Daddy are seven rooftop penthouse-quality Airstreams boasting cleverly named and appropriately decorated trailers like "The Ballad of John and Yoko" and "Goldilocks and the Threes Bears" each with personal gardens, suburban mailboxes, and located just steps from the rooftop bar, movie screen and performance stage.
All of these concept sites share a similar and simple plan: community building in a creative and sustainable space.
El Cosmico's standout feature is their variation in accommodations. In addition to the renovated trailers are "eco shacks" or, reinvented yurt structures. There's a traditional 22 ft. diameter Sioux teepee, and then several tent campsites. El Cosmico's communal spaces include a hammck filled elm grove, a community lounge and mercantile, and an outdoor kitchen and dining space. El Cosmico amenities get creative too. The wood fired Dutch hot tubs are seasonal and "eventually a large pool and pavilion will lie at the Bedouin heart of the village to offer an oasis for guests and Marfans alike."
We're feeling a few night stay in a yurt.
I Want This House: Marfa Edition