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Residencias Los Jardines - Life & Times

ISSUE #272: Dec 21-26, 2009




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



INVU - The government is shut down for the next two weeks.   


Pot Luck Party:  This was scheduled for Wednesday, 5pm + for residents of Los Jardines and their guests.  Terry volunteered to co-ordinate it.  All was going according to plan until 4:30 when the power went off and it started raining heavily (I think the two events were unrelated but coincidental.).  We haven't had a power outage for several months and we hadn't had rain in the afternoon for a month..   While the power came back on in about an hour, the rain continued.   All this did, however, was to delay the beginning and didn't end up affecting the end result.  We had about 40-45 people, just enough great food and drink....

108  - Available immediately $1,750 pr month; 109 - Available January 1, 2010 at $1,600 pr month.

Units for Sale/Lease:

Residencia Los Jardines Site Plan

Unit #109 --For Sale $214,900; For Rent $1,600 pr month -  FURNISHED (January 1, 2010)

Total Area (Sq Ft):1506
Total area (Sq M):140
Floor(s):1 Story

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 #111 --For Sale $200,000 SEMIFURNISHED* / Leased until Aug 2010 - $1,200 pr month

* INCLUDED ARE:  refrigerator, 6 burner gas range, built-in microwave/exhaust; stacked washer / dryer, curtains throughout, a king and queen bed if desired.

Total Area (Sq Ft):1738
Total area (Sq M):161
Floor(s):Single Floor
This corner home located in set of four homes, is very private. The entrance belies the 1,738 sf to be found on the other side of the entrance door. The short entrance hallway opens into a huge "great room" consisting of the kitchen, LR and DR. This room is truly of huge proportions including the 16' high vaulted ceiling. This vaulted ceiling has clear story windows for light and ventilation. Valance lighting surrounds the room and provides ambiance with its upward sighing lights as well as accent lighting with the recessed halogen lights. From the living room, a large sliding glass door leads onto a private covered terrace.

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Unit #108 --For Rent $1,750 - FURNISHED (Available Immediately)

Total Area (Sq Ft):1716
Total area (Sq M):158
Floor(s):2 Story

This 1,716 sf. (plus parking space for one car) two storey, detached house, with two terraces, two bedrooms (one on each floor) and an upstairs master suite is a beautiful home.

This home consists of two VERY large bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms (one on each floor) and a powder room each with closets with extensive built-ins for personal organization. The vaulted living room and ground floor bedroom ceilings as well as the master bedroom on the 2nd floor provide a feeling of grandeur while allowing the warmer air to rise and exit through the ceiling ventilating system.

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December 26, 2009
Poás Volcano Dazzles Christmas Day Visitors With Eruption
The volcán Poás on the north side of the Central Valley gave visitors a display of fireworks on Christmad day, spewing ash and mud some 500 metres into the air, forcing national park officials to control access to the crater.

December 26, 2009
Costa Rican Company Part Of Consortium To Excavate Panama Canal Extension
Costa Rica's Meco will be joining the Spanish construction company FCC and Mexico's ICA as part of a consortium for the dry excavation of the Panama Canal extension in a contract worth us$267.8 million dollars.

December 26, 2009
First M&M Store Opens In Escazú
For lovers of M&M chocolates, Escazú is the place to be, at the first store dedicated to "the chocolate that melts in your mouth and your hands" is open.

December 22, 2009
Incoming businesses a bright spot in dim '09 economy
In a recession year, a boost to Costa Rica's struggling economy came with the arrival or relocation of new businesses to the country. Many companies, particularly in the software and medical fields, either established or announced plans to open operations in Costa Rica in 2009.


Weather: This past week has seen beautiful, clear morning skies followed by clouds and some rain in the afternoons... Around 3:30 Christmas Day, a vicious rain and wind storm blew through Santa Ana.  Rain was coming at a 45 degree angle in torrential amounts.  Won't have to irrigate for several days.

Residency:  Government closed and all people on holidays;  no progress.

Christmas:  Eating and drinking our way through the season...and we are not finished yet.  Lots of gift exchanging and socializing.  Saturday is a day of purging, detoxification, and resting....until tomorrow when we start another series of events.....Life is tough!!!

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

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

Skype: jan.kozak.jr

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

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



Contact phone numbers

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Toronto: 416-461-2203

Costa Rica:
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