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Reports 2006

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Oct. 2-7, 2006
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Sep. 4-9, 2006
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May 8-14, 2005
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Apr. 11-16, 2005
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Feb. 13-19, 2005
Feb. 7-12, 2005
Jan. 30-Feb. 5, 2005
Jan. 23-29, 2005
Jan. 16-22, 2005
Jan. 10-15, 2005
Jan. 3-5, 2005

Reports 2004
Dec. 25-27, 2004
Dec. 20-25, 2004
Dec. 12-18, 2004
Dec. 6-11, 2004
Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 2004
Nov. 22-27, 2004
Nov. 15-21, 2004
Nov. 8-14, 2004
Nov. 1-6, 2004
Oct. 25-30, 2004
Oct. 18-23, 2004
Oct. 11-16, 2004

 

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Progress Report

September 31 - October 5, 2007 // CONSTRUCTION LOG #156

Contact phone numbers

Internet Phone:
New York: 315-279-6711
Toronto: 416-907-5758 // 416-461-2203

Costa Rica:
Cell: 506-305-3965
Land: 506-282-4142 Ext. 101

NOTE: the New York and Toronto numbers are "local calls" for people in the area codes; calls from outside the area code will be billed at the normal rate from the caller's area code to either the "315" or the "416" area code.


NOTE: WHEN I STARTED RESIDENCIAS LOS JARDINES, I STARTED WRITING A WEEKLY NEWS LETTER—DEETERMINED TO TELL ALL THE GOOD, BAD, AND THE UGLY. I KNEW SOME READERS WERE INTERESTED IN THE CONSTRUCTION PROCESS. OTHERS WERE INTERESTED IN HAVING INSIGHT TO THE LIFESTYLE OF TWO PEOPLE WHO HAD DECIDED TO LIVE OUTSIDE THE BOX. FOR OTHERS, THE ADVENTURES OF LITA, THE PARROT AND THE CAT TOOK ON AN ENTERTAINMENT SAGA ALL ITS OWN.

RESIDENCIAS LOR JARDINES IS FINISHED. WE PERIODICALLY HAVE RESALES AND RENTAL AVAILABILTY. SOME READERS MAY BE INTERESTED IN THIS INFORMATION.

MORE AND MORE, THE CONTENT WILL BE DOMINATED BY EVENTS OF OUR NEW PROJECT, “EL DORADO” FOR SHORT. WHILE THE FUTURE IS ALWAYS UNCERTAIN, I AGAIN AIM TO TELL IT LIKE IT HAPPENS—THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY, AND THAT IS WHAT FOLLOWS:

EL DORADO

The STORY: moving along on the marketing plan,

Pictures: none —more of the same.

Architect: I received the additional floor plan I was asking for as well as the rendering. I'm now waiting for the few remaining outstanding items and some changes to details.

We did fine the missing 15 m. It was there. The rapid measurement we made over rough terrain with inaccurate starting points... By eliminating the option to purchase an adjoining lot, we opened up an opportunity to build a larger building in the area where only a smaller one would fit. We still have some positioning problems but we feel we can work it out. The current site plan is being surveyed this weekend and we'll do a final (hopefully) detailed analysis that what is planned and marketed will be able to be built.

Structural Engineer: we should have the solution for the Mayan Tower by the end of this next week at which point we can finalize the floor plans.

Well Application: we continue to wait.

Quebrada: this land fill is nearly completed-if we have a week of dry weather and it will be finished. Fence: this work continues.

Web site: we continue to create material for this. Nothing to show for our efforts yet. The translation to Spanish should now be done.

Marketing: We've signed a contract to lease 4 billboards for a year on major thoroughfares around Santa Ana and San Jose. We've also signed an additional contract for a year's double page ad in a specialized target magazine.

Logo: We have again changed the logo. It seems that only Paul and I liked what we had designed and agonized over for so long. The marketing manager pounded our hands and stomped on our feet for so long that Paul did his own survey. He even tried to fudge the results but in the end we looked at one another and confessed that we didn't know anything about marketing and if we hired a marketing manager and if the majority of the informal survey went against our opinion, maybe we should listen. So in the end, we changed our position yet again, and are going with the young and successful group we are falling into.

Legal counsel: He's working on developing the offer to purchase and the RE agent agreement. He's also working on setting up 75 corporations. In CR there are two forms of corporations-S.A. and LTDs. The SA is the more common form but it is also a structure designed more for business. There are more administrative requirements than for LTDs which require only one member to be on the Board of Directors. This structure, the LTD structure, is really more convenient for holding non-commercial real estate.

RESIDENCIAS LOS JARDINES

For Sale: nothing available at the moment

For Lease: nothing available

Black Water Management: one of our septic tanks failed and subsequently collapsed. We're having to dig it up, replace it and re-plumb it with a different type. It will be messy but it has to be done. Four units only one of which is currently occupied will be marginally affected.

OUR LIVES

Weather: rain almost every day and frequently hard —some beautiful clear mornings.

We had guests for 4 nights. They had been here about 18 mo. ago and flew from Malaysia where he is stationed with a multinational company. They are interested in buying at El Dorado and we had also become friends so it was a bit of both. We shared some great meals and caught up with one another.

My days are normally 8-10 hrs of work followed by social times. My backside hasn't felt the comfort of the hammock for a long time and my cigar box is remaining full.

Note: I will be switching from Yahoo mail to Gmail. For reason unknown, names kept dropping off my mailing list. I've received too many inquiries and statements saying that people were no longer receiving my posts and didn't understand why. Well, I didn't know why either so... All Yahoo e-mail will now be automatically forwarded to my G-mail account. We'll see if G-mail can do a better job.

Brian, Lita, Hugo, irreverent Vicka, the pigeon toed parrot, and the newbies- Chico and Chica.

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MASTERPLAN

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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.