Wednesday night was wild. I hosted a party at the Palomar Residences for Costa Baja, a beautiful second home community in La Paz, Mexico on Baja, 1.5 hours north of Cabo. Then I ran off to another party I was hosting, Rockitecture, supporting the Dallas Center for Architecture. DCA is one of the nation’s first centers devoted to uniting architects and promoting good design, community sustainability and other key living-environment issues for today and tomorrow. To put it bluntly: these are the peeps who create the House Porn I need and love to write about. The Dallas Center for Architecture is located at 1909 Woodall Rodgers Freeway. Open weekdays to visitors, it delivers an exciting array of architecture-rich exhibits, learning opportunities and special events.

At one of those two events — cannot recall which one — I got some scuttlebutt on Museum Tower. It was not from Steven Sandborg, who was at Rockitecture and is handling MT sales and marketing, though I snagged a date with him to get more dirt. Guess it was from someone at the Costa Baja party. Here’s what I heard: MT does not plan to market the project until it is nearly complete. Though it was premature to start building during a recession, when they did start building, they made the decision to do so because of the considerable costs savings in labor and materials. With so few builders building, you can great deals out of your subs, etc. Materials, with the exception of copper, are also cheaper right now. The developers felt the construction cost savings would be so significant it was worth building during the recession, postponing marketing and sales until we pull out of this downturn. (Soon, fingers crossed.) Of course, if anyone wants to march in and buy a whole floor of Museum Tower at asking price, I am dead sure the developers will take that deposit in a New York minute.

Which is the other rumor I am tracking down: word is that a group of foreigners have snapped up a whole floor of Museum Tower. Stay tuned as I sift through that one. I have confirmed that more buyers are putring units together for even bigger homes in the sky, which is a very good thing. So not only is MT selling, it’s attracting buyers with the big bucks!

Little soiree tonight at The Palomar Residences at Mockingbird and Central/75 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. We will be showing off one of my favorite second home developments in La Paz, Costa Baja. And if you’ve never had a Bajatini, well, you are in for a treat!

I am preparing a story for you on a beautiful coastal area north of Baja, La Paz, on the sparkling Sea of Cortez, called Costa Baja. But first, I want to tell you about David Simmons. He is an American travel writer who wants to tell the whole world not to worry about safety in Mexico:

“The cartels do not target Americans,” Simmons said. “No.1, they shoot at themselves, then they shoot at (Mexican) cops. You hear about the occasional gringo getting caught in a crossfire, but you’re more likely to get robbed in Los Angeles.”

This is what we heard in La Paz. The bad stuff, the violence — and there is a lot of violence, with children being recruited to behead victims — is happening along the border and in Mexico City. In fact, the darling publicist at Costa Baja rollerblades on the boardwalk late at night in La Paz; her brother has been kidnapped twice in Mexico City. I know the Mayor of Monterrey, Mexico fled to Las Colinas, near us here in Dallas, but I was told by a Monterrey resident (who was looking to buy in La Paz) that had more to do with her family being in the area.

Simmons estimates that one million ex-pat Americans are living in Mexico, enjoying the lower cost of living and temperate climate. But he agrees the government of Mexico has to get serious and take a bite out of crime. I have to say, his solution is interesting: legalizing pot in the U.S. Can’t say I disagree, but I doubt it will ever happen.

Are you afraid to travel to Mexico? Would you buy a second home there?