Betsey Johnson reinvents herself once every few years — a testament to the designer's staying power. This time, it's with a vacation home in the resort city of Zihuatanejo, Mexico, which is completely decked out in her signature style: a bit of rocker, a bit of glam, and all-hot-pink-everything. It's enough to make one nostalgic for the 1970s, when Betsey was making clothes for the Velvet Underground and other rockers of the day.
We already knew Johnson had a way with real estate, having glimpsed her chic Upper East Side condo, which was for sale last year. But the "BetseyVilla" is a completely different animal. Now available for rent starting at $618 on Airbnb, the four-bedroom, six-bathroom estate is an unapologetic homage to all things Betsey Johnson — with a pool, gardens, and private beach access to boot.
"Originally, when I built the villa for the first time in Mexico back in 2004, I knew I wanted the concept to be an 'Italian villa,'" Johnson tells Refinery29 in an email. "The first iteration had several beautiful archways...but was a bit dark and church-like. So, when I decided to redo it three years ago, I went to my architect Andrés Benítez and said, 'Make this house sparkle, be my new eyes and bring these walls to life!'"