December 18-23, 2006 // CONSTRUCTION LOG #114
Contact phone numbers
New York: 315-279-6711
Toronto: 416-907-5758 // 416-461-2203
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: 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.
Pictures: none-but I found my camera
The Story: There is no story, and that is a story in
Weather: Beautifully perfect!!!
Irrigation system: I sent the "designer" back to the
drawing board after I straightened out his mind but I
think we will try it without an irrigation system.
The capital cost is substantial even with the right
Well: it continues to flow water as before; our
diagnosis was wrong-fortunately!
Rio Oro Development: We are closed for the holidays.
The architect and I will work a way on modifying the
Unit 110: This 1,300 sf 2 bedroom/2bathroom one
level-fully furnished at $1,350 mo or partially
furnished at $1,250 mo.
Unit 121: It will become available January 1. Two
story, 2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bathrooms including Jacuzzi,
terrace facing east looking at the sunrise and the
mountains. 1,650sf. Beautifully furnished -$1,600
Unit 123: A beautifully situated unit nicely
furnished is available for lease -$1,650 mo. this two
bedroom unit with 2nd. floor terrace overlooks the
lighted garden and one swimming pool as well as the
Unit 126: One bedroom studio unit with full kitchen
and terrace. Lots of built-ins and very well
furnished. Approx. 400 sf plus 200 sf of outdoor
terrace. Rate depends on length of lease but
probably around $650-$750.
Unit 106B: 1/2 bedroom, two bathroom, two terraces
(east and west) 1,250sf. Fully furnished. $150K.
Note: vendor owns another unit.
Unit 108: 2 floors, 2 bedrooms (one on each level),
2 1/2 bathrooms, Jacuzzi, walk-in vault, executive
class furnishings including a 42" plasma TV, east
facing terrace looking over the large pool and
mountains and a ground floor back terrace for outside,
private dining. $270K.
Unit 120: single floor, 1,300 sf, 2 bedrooms, 2
bathrooms, executive furnishings throughout,
Note: Same owner for both 108 and 120; the owner
wants to sell one of the two units.
We continue to eat, and drink too much, socialize a
lot, and lead a carefree life with most of our
attention focused on the frig and bar. I'm enjoying
the Ipod and the satellite TV. I've spent some time
fine tuning the garden, in-filling plants, trimming,
and moving a few plants which have outgrown their
location or were never well placed-all changes are
relatively minor and noticeable only to a careful
eye. I have paperwork to finish but I don't seem to
be too interested in finishing it off. We have
Christmas eve dinner planned with roast potatoes and a
bar-b-qued leg of lamb with a Greek salad (I'm on for
this meal and the attendees seem to keep growing-not
so the lamb so either there will have to be a miracle
or a chicken or something is going to have to be
added). Christmas day dinner which will be headed by
another person, is to be a traditional turkey feast in
the afternoon followed by sandwiches in the evening-if
we're still sober and awake. We have several magnums
of champagne which will wash this down. All in all, I
can NOT think of a better way or place spend the
holidays or any day for that matter...
Brian, Lita, Hugo and irreverent Vicka, the pigeon