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NOTE: NOW THAT THIS DEVELOPMENT IS ESSENTIALLY FINISHED, THE LOG WILL FOCUS MORE ON THE RIO ORO DEVELOPMENT. IT WILL BE INFORMATIVE TO THOSE PLANNING ON BUILDING, THOSE LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO PURCHASE OR TO LEASE, AND FOR THOSE WONDERING WHAT EXPATS DO IN COSTA RICA AND THE LIFESTYLE OF TWO ORDINARY PEOPLE.
The STORY: RAIN!!!!! and Timber!!!!
Not much happened this week —frustrating to say the
least but not totally unexpected. We have numerous
meetings set up for next week to "kick" the
consultants. I have set aside Tuesday —all day— to sit
with the architect to hammer out a number of house
designs and to deal with remaining issues on the site
We had a very large tree crash down which took out
three other trees with it. The tree was growing along
the stream and with all the rain, the root system gave
way. Now we have to cut it up and move it out. It
is in the prohibited cut section so we first have to
show the authorities that our actions had nothing to
do with its demise-Nature took its own course.
When we bought the property, the former owner had
built about 200 meters of block wall. We are beginning
to raise the height of this and that will be our focus
for the next month.
The cutbacks from Los Jardines are being turned into a
"vivero" —garden nursery— at El Dorado.
RESIDENCIAS LOS JARDINES
Landlording experiences: Last week I wrote a feature
article about the experiences with expats and
landlording, I received a number of comments on this
feature from many people I hadn't heard from before.
One colleague will use it as a base for his own
article. Evidently it hit a cord. While I normally
focus on positive experiences —to move forward one
can't dwell in negatives— there is always an underbelly
of less than pleasant experiences regardless of where
one lives. Costa Rica is a great, really great
country with wonderful people, and I've met many
wonderful, really wonderful new friends here who have
created the opportunity for new experiences and new
friendships and a rich and rewarding life.
This week I want to write about experiences with
construction workers and suppliers:
Note: This is a short paragraph and it should be read
as a positive commentary.
I've only had a very few bad experience with any of
the construction or garden mtnc. employees —either
Nicaraguan or Ticos nor have I had any experiences
beyond those of N. American building materials
suppliers. They have all, with only one exception,
been equal to or better than my N. Am. experiences.
I'll work with them any day and never begrudge payday.
I have heard of many bad experiences others have had;
I don't have any such stories to pass along. I have
had some disappointments with granite suppliers and
with door suppliers and in each case, I'll be looking
for new sources-but both are minor, very minor given
the thousands of hours of construction work I've had
done. The one exception is the electrical contractor
we hired for the transformer upgrade —he cost us money,
time, and aggravation...
Sales: Unit 110 closed and 118 is well on it's
way —simply waiting for courier services to finish the
Unit 112: $170,000
Single floor, 1,300 sf, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, new Hofurnishings. The kitchen and both bathrooms have granite counters. The kitchen cabinets are made from natural wood- "cedro" and has a breakfast counter for casual dining. The kitchen features SS appliances-- 6 burner gas stove, and GE "Profile" microwave and exhaust space saver unit and all the small appliances and items needed for cooking and dining. The living room features a floor to ceiling full length book case/ display/entertainment center. Areas for a computer work station and TV are incorporated. The LR features one chair, love seat and a sofa as well as 4 wrought iron / granite topped end/coffee tables. There is a 6 seat glass and wood dining room table as well. On the covered terrace is a 6 seat dining table. The home is equipped with a stacked washer / dryer. It has vaulted ceilings, valance (direct and indirect lighting). It's located at the back of the property, near the large pool; it is part of a 4 unit
Unit 106 A: Leased
Unit 112: Available May 1
See description above. - $1,350 mo.
Unit 124: Available May 1
2nd. floor, one bedroom (620 sf), fully furnished with display bookshelf/wall unit, home theater system, 42" Plasma TV, computer desk, large kitchen with natural wood cabinets and granite counters and backsplash including valence lighting, Bedroom has a full size (matrimonial) bed as well as a single bed. There is a matrimonial size pull out sofa in the living room. The living room overlooks the large pool and faces west. The bedroom faces east and has views of the mountains. - $950 mo.
Residencias Los Jardines is a secure, gated, tranquil community with on-site satellite and / or CableTica TV, high speed internet, VOIP phone capability, 2 swimming pools each with waterfalls, 2-bar-b-qs and social areas, extensive manicured gardens, English / Spanish / German / Dutch / French spoken.
Garden: the plants are happy but choking on rain
water!!!!! Many plants that we cut back are used as
feeder stock for the plant nursery we are developing
at El Dorado.
VOIP phone: working fine with the upgrade now in
Rainwater Mgt. System: we've had problems with this
in the past. I'm happy to say that as of now,
everything seems to be working JUST FINE!!
Weather: 100% different than last year —I checked the
logs— grey overcast days with substantial rains. We've
seen very little sun this week and lots of rain,
sometimes very heavy.
Hugo: Still waiting to see if the changed diet
results in arresting the hair loss.
Texas Hold'em: another round on Wednesday; everyone
had a good time.
Guests: We had two sets of return visitors each of
whom where at Los Jardines about 1-1/1/2 years ago —I
actually remembered each of their visits. They are
amazed at the finished product and both are interested
in El Dorado. In each case, we viewed El Dorado and
both parties were amazed at the possibilities. I
expect we will have further discussions with them as
Paul returned from Canada and with him he brought Lita
her requested perfume (he's a hero) and for me, he
brought Stilton cheese —we are working our way
through that along with some port wine and
Lita cooked two fantastic meals which we shared with
friends —a curry with peanut butter and stuffed
peppers— not only was each dish FANTASTIC, how she did
it when she is blind is incredible!!!!!!!! Given the
reverse, I don't think I would have her courage and
determination —our friends and sometimes me as well,
don't give her the credit she deserves in overcoming
her personal challenge.
Brian, Lita, Hairless Hugo and irreverent Vicka, the
pigeon toed parrot.
us at any time to purchase a new house and still be able to select your finishings.
Overlay of Version 1 of the master plan. There will be some minor changes to it but for the most part, it is a reasonable starting point. The picture with the yellow dots represents trees. One swimming pool will likely be eliminated in favor of houses (the large one near the 2nd. pool (bottom left hand corner) This area will likely become a condominium within a condominium having it's own direct street access.