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Residencias Los Jardines - Life & Times

ISSUE #714: June 10-16, 2018

A Slice of Life -CR

Brian Timmons, Newsletter Author
Brian Timmons

Dear friends,

When I started Residencias Los Jardines, I started writing a weekly newsletter -determined to tell all the good, bad, and the ugly. I knew some readers would be interested in the construction process. I expected others might be interested in 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 Los Jardines is finished. We periodically have re-sales and rental availability. Some readers may be interested in this information.

Brian Timmons
Developer / Property manager
Residencias Los Jardines

Web: http://www.residenciaslosjardines.com
Emails: info@residenciaslosjardines.com
ResidenciasPropertyManagement@gmail.com

 
Featured
rentals & sales

Paradisus Condos / Rohrmoser
FOR SALE / RENT
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Each of the units consists of two bedrooms / two bathrooms, and a large living/dining/kitchen area. The floor plan of each of these units has eliminated the optional "den / office" divider. The result is a larger area offering more flexible furniture arrangements while still maintaining the option of including an office area. At 105m2 plus two parking spots each and storage locker, they offer a great opportunity for someone seeking views, security, central location, and first class, all round living...

PRICE REDUCTION
Semi furnished unit: For sale: $235,000
Fully furnished unit: For sale: $245,000
Floor 12 -west view


Distrito Cuatro / Guachipelín / Escazú
FOR SALE
Price reduced: $ 125,000 to $ 99,000

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Real de Santa María / Borreal de Heredia
FOR SALE
$ 185,000
Private financing available

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Real de Santa María / Borreal de Heredia






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Hyundai Santa Fe 2008
FOR SALE
$13,500 $11,000

Hyundai Santa Fe 2008, Turbo Diesel, automatic, excellent family vehicle, safe, comfortable, interior with leather seats. Good tires, engine, turbo, suspension, and AC. Marchamo 2018 and Retive. It now has been road tested for 5 weeks and performed flawlessly. I can now sell with confidence...

  • 5-door / 5 passenger
  • Power steering, windows, mirrors, brakes and locks
  • A/C front and rear
  • Cruise control
  • audio/radio control
  • Air bags - driver / pass
  • Security system
  • Fog lamps
  • Tinted windows
  • Roof rack
  • CD player / radio USB/AUX
  • Hydraulic lift
  • Leather seats

Best price in the Multiplaza area for
Fully Furnished Condo

FOR RENT

2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, 1000 sq ft, full furnished condo, with 2 parking spaces. On quiet street off the main road, 24/7 armed gated security. Close to Multiplaza, District4, Cima hospital, Mas x Menos, World gym, Paco.

Brian referral 8827-1314 / 8330-1035


 
Market activity
sales & rentals

Sales: Los Jardines: Units #106A, #114 and #124

Rentals:

Paradisus: Available immediately, $1,400 mo.

Los Jardines:
Unit #106C Available immediately, $950 mo.
Unit #106D Available immediately, $1,150 mo. (Until Dec. 1)
Unit #112 Available immediately, $1,150 mo.

 
Residencias Los Jardines
property management, rentals & re-sales

FOR SALE
Unit #106A: $ 165,000 / See Unit
Unit #114: $ 199,000 / See Unit
Unit #124: $ 135,000 / See Unit

FOR RENT
Unit #106C: $ 950 mo. / Available immediately / See Unit
Unit #106D: $ 1,150 mo. / Until Dec. 1 / See Unit
Unit #112: $ 1,150 mo. / Available immediately / See Unit

For sale

UNIT #106A
FOR SALE
$ 165,000

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1250
Total area (Sq M): 120
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Floor(s): 1
Type: Apartment
Furnished: Yes

This is a fully furnished 2-bedroom unit situated in a 2-story building, which has two units on the ground floor and two units on the 2nd. floor. Each unit is the same size (1,250sf) divided into 800 sf of interior space and 450 sf of covered front and back terraces. Units 106A and B are on the ground floor; Units 106 C and D are on the 2nd. Floor. The solid masonry demising wall (common wall) as well as the 5" concrete slab prevent sound transference.

UNIT #114
FOR SALE
$ 199,000

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1290
Total area (Sq M): 120
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Floor(s): 1
Type: Semi-Attached
Furnished: Yes

This 2 bedroom/2bathroom,1,290 sf single floor end unit home includes a 150 sf front terrace plus parking for one car. This house is fully air conditioned and has recently been professionally decorated by international decorator Alcides Graffe and has undergone a complete renovation—new modern furniture, finishings, window coverings, and art work by Carlos Gambino. It is arguably the nicest furnished unit at Residencias Los Jardines and only steps from the pool

UNIT #124
FOR SALE
$ 135,000

Total Area (Sq Ft): 662
Total area (Sq M): 61
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Floor(s): 2nd Floor
Type: Semi-Detached
Furnished: Yes

This 662 sf, + covered parking for one car, is a one bedroom home on the 2nd floor overlooking the large pool. It is ideal for a single person or couple.

For rent

UNIT #106C
FOR RENT
$ 950 mo.
Available immediately

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1250
Total area (Sq M): 120
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Floor(s): 1
Type: 4-plex
Furnished: Yes

This is a fully furnished 2-bedroom unit situated in a 2-story building, which has two units on the ground floor and two units on the 2nd. floor. Each unit is the same size (1,250sf) divided into 800 sf of interior space and 450 sf of covered front and back terraces. Units 106A and B are on the ground floor; Units 106 C and D are on the 2nd. Floor. The solid masonry demising wall (common wall) as well as the 5” concrete slab prevent sound transference.

UNIT #106D
FOR RENT
$ 1,150 mo.
Until Dec. 1

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1227 sf . + parking
Total area (Sq M): 113 + parking
Bedrooms: 1 + den (bedroom possible)
Bathrooms: 2
Floor(s): 2nd. floor
Type: apartment in 4 plex
Furnished: Yes

This 2nd story, 1,227 sf (113 m2 + one parking space) )is a georgous home with one of the best views at Los Jardines. The very large front covered terrace faces west and is suitable for entertaining; the off-bedroom covered terrace faces east for sun sets. This very tastefully furnished and fully equipped home offers a lifestyle envied by many. The owner offers financing if desired.

UNIT #112
FOR RENT
$ 1,150 mo.
Available immediately

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1290
Total area (Sq M): 120
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Floor(s): 1 Story
Type: Attached
Furnished: Yes

This 1,290 sf single floor home includes a 300 sf front terrace plus parking for one car. It is attached on two sides by a 6 inch cement demising (common) wall, which prevents sound transfer.

 
Our Lives

Weather: We have had the normal rainy season weather and all is great. Plants are happy, dust is gone, etc.

What Happened This Week:

Scotiabank:

Credit Card Replacement: By Wednesday the newly issued CC still did not work despite having attended to the branch on Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday, I insisted this be dealt with... The branch people said the card had been activated but they had frozen my account...!! Why???? after 20 min. of ??? they said because the account was over due.... mmmm... I showed them my last statement paid in full with the exception of the $75 disputed charge... mmmm... it seems that the statement issued June 8 -and which I had not even received- was marked as delinquent... despite my protests and their blank stares, I figured the only way to resolve this is to pay it... after I reviewed the charges... they couldn't print it... I paid it anyway since I needed to free up the card. After I returned home, I received the statement... all charges were mine... no problem... End of this story...

Marketing:

Santa Fe: Three calls... two wanted me to finance their "purchase"... I declined. Tico's I am attracting have no money... One wanted a 4 wheel drive...

Distritcuatro: I have had lots of inquiries... and a few showings. Again, no one has any money... they want to trade something... e.g. a lot in Cartago... I a number of cases they are people with no money looking for an inexpensive house in that location... none are willing to renovate the place... cleaning up the lot, building one wall, landscaping, repairing the roof, and drainage / septic fixes... I bought my first house at 32 -it was a fixer-upper... I worked on it for 18 mo... and never looked back... none of these people have that orientation.

Rentals: One on Thursday and three scheduled for today. We'll see.

Heredia House: No calls... It sits there looking good...

Another week of churning, churning. No results...

 
News Items of the Week

Comments:

1. Nicaragua: Lots of turmoil which is affecting travel and commerce. Trucks are trapped not being able to transit.

2. General Strike: Unfortunately I haven't seen any reports of the event.

3. General Strike -CR: As predicted, the unions are becoming pro-active and if they are able to sufficiently paralyze the country, they may have leverage... We'll see.

1. Commerce in Costa Rica Reports 70% Increase in Logistics Costs Due to Crisis in Nicaragua

The Chamber of Commerce in Costa Rica has expressed its concern as the situation affecting Nicaragua continues to affect the transportation of merchandise through this nation’s territory, affecting both imports and exports. Due to this, companies have been obligated to use other means of transportation such as maritime and aerial which have resulted in an increase in the logistics costs of as much as 70%.

“It is important to remember that Central America is the second most important commercial partner for Costa Rica, exports reach 2.3 billion dollars a year, with ground transportation being the most used means of transportation”, states the press release.

“In 2017, over 81 thousand containers of exports and imports including international transports traveled through the Peñas Blancas frontier, making it one of the most important ground routes”, explained Alonso Elizondo, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce.

For the time being, the recommendation is to not move ground cargo through Nicaragua, many companies have had their merchandise stuck for more than 10 days, when this merchandise does not reach its destinations this generates millions in losses which could be as much as $10 million dollars.

“The Chamber of Commerce in Costa Rica, requests that the Government establishes contingency measures to mitigate the effects that the political situation in Nicaragua is having on the commerce”, concludes the press statement.

The Industries’ Chamber of Costa Rica, also raised their voice in the matter: “The industrial sector considers that it is urgent to elevate the topic to the OAS and all pertinent international organisms for diplomatic actions to be taken in a situation that is getting out of control”.

“It is important to point out that there are many Costa Rican companies with important investments in the Nicaraguan territory, it is fundamental and necessary for the industrial sector that there is a climate of democracy, peace, stability and freedom of speech in Nicaragua, situation that has been lost during the period that our sister nation is experiencing”, commented Enrique Egloff, President of the Industries’ Chamber of Costa Rica.

2. Costa Rica will close all its consulates during the strike in Nicaragua

In response to the call for a national strike in Nicaragua on Thursday, the Costa Rican Embassy announced that it will close all of its consulates in that country.

The Higher Council for Private Enterprise (Cosep) of Nicaragua, one of the strongest business organizations, supported the 24-hour strike that is scheduled to start at 6:00 am on Thursday. The business group said that there are threats from ‘parapolice’ groups -with weapons of war- in companies and businesses, even within free zones.

The Nicaraguan businessmen reiterated their support for the proposal of the Episcopal Conference to find a peaceful solution through dialogue.

Cosep announced support to any civic expression of protest and citizen self-defense. In addition, it demanded the end of any police and parapolice repression.

Due to social boiling, with dozens of deaths in between, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MREC) of Costa Rica asked citizens to avoid traveling to Nicaragua.

According to information published by the AFP news agency, on Thursday last week, the president requested 48 hours to reflect and give a written response to the bishops’ proposal to resume the talks. The dialogue was suspended by the Catholic hierarchy after violent repression of the opposition marches of May 30th, which left 16 dead.

Daniel Ortega, the Nicaraguan president, has not responded to the bishops and the repression of the protests has escalated all over the country with rifle attacks and hooded armed men aboard trucks and motorcycles.

Since the demonstrations began, 56 days ago, the death toll is 148 dead and more than a thousand injured, according to the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (Cenidh).

The president is trying to lift road blockades that affect 70% of the country’s roads, and accused the demonstrators of preventing the free movement of people and goods, including the transport of cargo from neighboring countries.

A national strike can have unpredictable consequences for both the economy and politics, warned economist Néstor Avendaño to AFP, who recalled that the last time there was a national cessation of activities was in 1979 against the dictatorship of Anastasio Somoza.

3. Labor Unions in Costa Rica Announce General Strike on June 25

Labor unions in Costa Rica have announced this Thursday in a press conference a general strike that will take place since the early hours of Monday, June 25, as a means to manifest their opposition to the fiscal plan proposed by the Government.

The labor union leaders, Albino Vargas from Patria Justa and ANEP (National Association of Public Workers); Martha Rodriguez from Bloque Unitario Sindical y Social (Buscco), Movimiento de Unidad Sindical and Rerum Novarum, among others, explained that in this occasion they will not be limiting their protests to San Jose, but instead it will be a “National Movement” that will have an impact in different areas of the country including the blockage of some roads.

“Deputies of the Legislative Assembly are public servers like all public workers are and they must listen to the voice of the people. We condemn acts of corruption that have had an impact in the public finances and credibility”, stated Martha Rodriguez.

“We request understanding from the population, in view that these arbitrary and harmful measures (fiscal plan) are not leaving us with any alternative, we invite the working class to join our peaceful movement and manifest our position against what will bring inequity and misery to our nation”, continued Rodriguez.

“It will be a strike that will possibly affect Costa Rica, because we will be closing bridges and roads, we will be affecting places that are important for the development of the country, but this government has to understand, the education sector will be present, we are tired of the fiscal plan”, said Gilberto Cascante from the National Association of Educators (ANDE).

Labor union representatives met with Government officials last Friday but the parts did not reach an agreement; labor unions consider the government has taken “unilateral” decisions and has not been open to their proposals of creating a group to come up with a plan that all parts agree on; they are opposed to the fiscal plan presented by the Minister of Treasury that proposes the establishment of the value added tax (VAT), and expense containment measures.

Unions expect that workers at Municipalities, public schools and health centers join the movement and ask that parents don’t send their children to school (public schools) that day.

“It will be a strike that will possibly affect Costa Rica, because we will be closing bridges and roads, we will be affecting places that are important for the development of the country, but this government has to understand, the education sector will be present, we are tired of the fiscal plan”, said Gilberto Cascante from the National Association of Educators (ANDE).

Labor union representatives met with Government officials last Friday but the parts did not reach an agreement; labor unions consider the government has taken “unilateral” decisions and has not been open to their proposals of creating a group to come up with a plan that all parts agree on; they are opposed to the fiscal plan presented by the Minister of Treasury that proposes the establishment of the value added tax (VAT), and expense containment measures.

Unions expect that workers at Municipalities, public schools and health centers join the movement and ask that parents don’t send their children to school (public schools) that day.

 

FOR RENTAL OR SALES INFORMATION
ON ANY OF THE ABOVE, CONTACT:

Brian C. Timmons
Property Manager RLJ and Newsletter Author

Costa Rica:
Cell: (+506) 8-455-59-35
Land line: (+506) 2282-4142 Ext. 101

Canada:
VOIP: (+416) 461-2203

Web: http://www.residenciaslosjardines.com
Emails: info@residenciaslosjardines.com
ResidenciasPropertyManagement@gmail.com

 

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