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Residencias Los Jardines - Life & Times

ISSUE #241: May 18-24, 2009

AyA Letter; Sales Progress; Dog Battle Cont.

AyA Letter; Sales Progress; Dog Battle Cont.

» NOTES

When I started Residencias Los Jardines, I started writing a weekly news letter —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 resales and rental availability. 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.

In an effort to make the format more interesting and visually appealing and to field inquiries re. El Dorado, the news letter is now being distributed by Jan Kozak, Marketing Manager, Hacienda El Dorado. I will remain the author.


Brian C. Timmons, Author
Residencias Los Jardines/Hacienda El Dorado - Developer
E-mail:
brian@eldoradocostarica.com

»MARKETING & SALES

No sales--Buyers are few and far between and all projects that we're aware of.

» CONSTRUCTION LOG

Water:  We got the letter from AyA stating that the 4" water line AyA agreed to give us was sufficient for 26 lots....the latter wording is what INVU wanted to see...  We now have to work out an agreement with AyA re. the details of the water system they want us to build for them.  We don't know what their requirements will be so we'll just have to see how this unfolds.  It is felt that AyA authorities may be under some pressure because 2010 is an election year, to shift the burden of responsibility from their pocket to someone else's pocket so they can then blame "us" if the system is not built.

Bamboo:  we planted bamboo which will eventually screen out the ugly back yards of neighbors.  It will take several years for this to mature.  We also planted some large "yellow" bamboo along the stream.  When this grows in, it will form an effective barricade and will take the place of a fence which we are not allowed to build within 10 meters of the stream.  The bamboo will actually be more effective than any fence......anyone who has seen mature thickets of bamboo will understand that comment.

Environmental:  the agreement with SETENA did not arrive as we were led to believe.  Next week is another week..

Timing:  We don't know if INVU will require the final agreement before processing our paperwork.  We are advised that it normally takes a month once the paperwork is complete to get the approval.... We'll see.

» RESIDENCIAS LOS JARDINES

Internet Woes:  AMNET service continues this week to be unstable.

Dogs!:  I received some strong reactions to the war on dog poo.... some of the reactions who have me believe that some dogs don't poo..... I've received some creative suggestions  which are very interesting but I'd prefer to deal with this on a "responsible adult" basis. We'll see if everyone in question meets that description. The message has been delivered and the war will continue....we'll see.

Rentals:  Unit 112--leased.  I had two very similar offers at exactly the same time.  I had two chat lines going within seconds of when I logged on in Granada.....I selected the offer which included a 6 mo. advance payment which was non-refundable... The previous tenant signed for a year and left after 7 weeks.--he bought a house.... We kept his deposits for a number of breachs but the owner still lost some money

For Sale: 
Unit 120 closed;  We have two houses--107 and 108-- in various stages of closing.  We expect unit 108 to close this week.   That leaves us with only 109 available.  It's a great unit and shows very well.  We've had a number of viewings this week.

Units for Sale/Lease:

Residencia Los Jardines Site Plan

Unit #109 --For Sale $214,900 -  FURNISHED (Leased until August 1, 2009 - $1,550 pr month)

Total Area (Sq Ft):1506
Total area (Sq M):140
Bedrooms:2
Bathrooms:2
Floor(s):1 Story
Type:Detached
Furnished:Yes

This single story home (1506 sf. + parking for one car) is detached, has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, home office, living room wall / entertainment center along with a built in office and a semi-private terrace. In addition, it has a vaulted ceiling in the “great” room and two skylights. The covered entrance way is suitable for two chairs located next to a covered garden area. Once through the impressive front door, you enter the “great room” which houses the kitchen, dining room, office and living room. Upon entering, there is a built in wooden hutch surfaced with granite—it matches all the built-in furniture in the great room. There is a clothes washer and dryer off the 2nd bedroom. It may also be used for storage.









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Unit 124 - For Rent at $950 pr Month FURNISHED (Available May 25, 2009)

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.






» NEWS FROM COSTA RICA

May 17, 2009
Costa Rica telecom monopoly slow to unravel
(The Tico Times) The principal and only client of the recently created regulatory agency overseeing the opening of Costa Rica's telecommunications market finally agreed to turn over the fees had collected to keep the agency afloat, bringing to an end a battle that threatened to close the regulator.
Read

May 17, 2009
Loss Of Power Forces Small Plane To Land On Circunvalación
Costa Rican drivers are accustomed to just about anything happening on the country's highways. But yesterday was a little different, when the pilot of a small airplane decided to use the Circunvalación to put down the aircraft.
Read

May 17, 2009
COSTA RICA: A Day of Multi-Coloured Splendor for Gays
SAN JOSÉ, May 16 (IPS) - Government institutions and civil society organisations are holding talks, workshops and other activities aimed at raising awareness and overcoming intolerance, in preparation for the National Day Against Homophobia on Sunday in Costa Rica.
Read

May 17, 2009
Costa Rican Trade Minister Tells Jamaicans Doors Are Wide Open
Costa Rica's Foreign Trade Minister, Marco Vinicio Ruiz, says has been able to weather the economic storm because it has a diverse economy, allowing it keep unemployment low.
Read

 

» OUR LIVES

Weather: Afternoon rains and sunny the rest of the time.

Note:  The newsletter was distributed last last week because Jan got locked out of his house with a gate malfunction and ended up taking off to the Caribbean without his computer.

Granada:  At time of writing, we are in Granada....it continues to be a delightful town.  We met up with a couple from Los Jardines. Had dinner with them and shared a few drinks. This was their first trip to Ganada; I think they will return.....if for nothing else, to eat that the only restaurant they ate at the 4 nights they were here....I admit, El Zaguan is a wonderful steak restaurant.  It, alone, is worth the trip.  The trip up was noteworthy for two reasons.....it was largely empty, made great time until we got to the border and then the CR DEA slowed everything down as they took a casual interest in "Lita" -- of all people, and then a serious interest in the single Nicaraguan sitting in front of her...  That took 30 min. to sort out.....he was clean....and then when leaving the terminal on the Nicaraguan side, some official didn't think Lita's passport picture looked like her....finally, a colleague of his with glasses said she and the picture were one of the same people......who knows what his problem really was. Our favorite hotel is nearly empty; of the 35 rooms they have, not more than 4 have been occupied since we arrived.  They say, however, that they are full most of next week with a group of medical students / doctors who come here several times a year and provide medical supplies and assistance to poor people...  These group aid trips seem to originate in Costa Rica;  they make several stops in Nicaragua....

We've decided that our next trip to Nicaragua will probably be to San Juan del Sur.

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

Brian C. Timmons, Newsletter Author
Residencias Los Jardines/Hacienda El Dorado - Developer
E-mail:
brian@eldoradocostarica.com

For inquiries about availability of residences at Hacienda El Dorado or Residencias Los Jardines, contact:

Jan Kozak, Marketing Manager

Hacienda El Dorado
Rio Oro, Santa Ana
Costa Rica

Web: www.eldoradocostarica.com
E-mail: info@eldoradocostarica.com
MSN: jan.kozak.jr@hotmail.com
Skype: jan.kozak.jr

Tel (US) (+1) 647-477-5825
Cell: (+506) 8345 8018

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