The family bought the house to set up a small Jazz Club as they had seen in Lisbon, Portugal where they have been for a year. The idea was an informal place where jazz musicians and jazz lovers can come together to play and listen to jazz. There has been several jazz performances of the jazz band the owner participated in with his cornet. The Jazz band 'Otrobanda Jazz 5' did practice every monday in the evening between 7:00 and 10:00 . At 10:00, as respect to the neighbours, they stopped their practice and chat together about music and politics, the popular issues on the island. They enjoyed their self-earned beer, their self-earned money with the performances at the house.
The Ten Ham family also lived for more then a year in the house and on many evenings you could hear the piano rehearsals of their teenage son Willem ten Ham jr, a talented piano player.
It was like history repeated it self. Otrobanda has a lot of music history. Talented composers and piano players like the De Palm family and Wim Statius Muller used to live here and play their music.
The Ten Ham family lives now in Aruba.
Mercedes ten Ham purchased this villa in 2011
In a walking distance to all historic places of Willemstad, harbour, Annabay, Kura Hulanda, Rif Fort, shops, restaurants, cinemas and casinos. This charming, centuries old, Otrobanda property, is very suitable for a real downtown living. Yet from here it's easy to reach the beaches, diving and snorkling spots or a golf course. It's also suitable as a starting point for walking and biking tours.
The revival of charming Otrobanda is coming even more visible as more properties are now being refurbished.
We fell in love with the house for it's colonial charms (all the wooden white louvre doors and windows) and it's location in the middle of down town Otrobanda. It is a special feeling having lived in a house with so much history.
In the house several families from Curacao have lived before. At a certain moment for certain time even 3 families have been living here on house-number 38 (the apartment in the back, 40 (the 2 story house) and 42 (the left small building).
There has been also a fruit grocery in the house (still left is the shop plate hanging on the wall of the small courtyard). The house has also been for 10 years an antique shop. You will see a black antique cabinet in the dining area, the owners of the antique shop left behind. The house has iron gates for the windows and gates on the first floor. This is the result of the 80's when the Otrobanda neighbourhood was not a safe place to live and lot of the historic buildings were in a sad status. Now it is safe to live, work and walk around. Sometimes we have missed some things (our bike and our water-hose) taken away from our garden by one of the homeless drug addicts Willemstad still have.
Time has changed and many historic buildings have been restored and still many in restoration or waiting for the one to fell in love with it's charms.
The Kura Hulanda hotel is a very beautiful restoration. You can walk from to house to Kura Hulanda and have dinner there under the trees. Kura Hulanda has also a small museum where you can learn about the slavery history of Curacao.
We as owners think the house is a great place to stay for a couple from abroad that likes to travel and explore places for a while and escape the winter period in their country as well. Curacao has so much to offer and to experience. You can do that all from this unique place and feel for a while like a local.