December 24 - January 1, 2006 // CONSTRUCTION LOG #116
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
Rio Oro Development: We are closed for the holidays.
The architect and I will work a way on modifying the
conceptual design next week.
Residencias Los Jardines:
Unit 110: leased
Unit 121: Two story, 2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bathrooms
including Jacuzzi, terrace facing east looking at the
sunrise and the mountains. 1,650sf. Beautifully
furnished - $1,500 to $1,600 mo.
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,
beautifully decorated. $190K.
Note: Same owner for both 108 and 120; the owner
wants to sell one of the two units.
A delicious Christmas Eve dinner of roast lamb and
marinated chicken for those not liking lamb, This
was preceded by the traditional CR tamale and some
homemade CR eggnog. This feast was followed the next
day by a traditional turkey dinner on Christmas
Day-both meals enjoyed with friends. We've dined on
leftovers ever since and have now worked our way down
to nothing. There were lots of individual fireworks
displays Christmas eve from 8 through midnight. From
our balcony we could see in three directions and it
seemed that where ever we looked something was
happening in the sky. While I've never seen fireworks
sold here, it seems to be readily available. A
surprising variety, as well. We asked some local
people who had fireworks where they had purchased them
and they directed us to a Chinese restaurant in Santa
Ana. We now have a few for New Years Eve... and
speaking of New Year's Eve, we had a traditional meal
of baked ham, scalloped potatoes, cole slaw, baked
beans, flan, and magnums of champagne. All night long
there were little displays, like ours, of fireworks.
Around 11:30- 12:15, the sky was ablaze with lots and
lots of displays -a number of very large displays, and
many smaller ones. We were surrounded by these
displays on three sides. During this time, I could
see at least thirty different launch sites at any
given time. It was incredible -some close by, some mid
ground and others in the distance. I don't remember
it being as intense in years previous. I think it
was a good year for Costa Rica and the central valley.
New Year's Day will find us around the pool eating
leftover ham with Swiss cheese sandwiches as well as
more champagne and beer. We have a family arriving at
the airport today who I'll retrieve in the afternoon.
They've stayed here before and this year are again
looking at 4 months reprieve from N. Am. and will
continue to figure out how they can sustain their
Lita got her necklace to complete her new jewelry
set-we'll see how long she can keep it all together.
Months ago, I had asked an investor friend who has
access to jewelry and who had started this whole
jewelry series by giving her a gold and diamond
bracelet for her 50th birthday and (which has
endeared her to him ever since and upped the ante for
me), for the missing pieces. . and to Dan, I'm (and
Lita) is forever grateful!
Brian, Lita, Hugo and irreverent Vicka, the pigeon