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Residencias Los Jardines - Life & Times

ISSUE #290: Feb. 15-20, 2010

INVU Update, Sales, Granada!!

INVU Update, Sales, Granada!!

» 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

YOU CAN ALSO VIEW THE COMPLETE VERSION ONLINE AT:

http://www.eldoradocostarica.com/English/Newsletter/index.php

» CONSTRUCTION LOG

INVU:  We have INVU and Min. of Health approval.  We are waiting on AyA approval.  They have been the slowpoke of the whole process so who knows when that will happen.  We have made all the changes they requested so there should be no problem but this is Costa Rica so I've learned not to expect anything except the unexpected.

Marketing:  Our client is still working with the architect to modify one of our floor plans to their needs.

Website:  I haven't started making the changes.

» RESIDENCIAS LOS JARDINES

Sales Activity: We sold Unit 111 this week.  The sale of 109 is progressing.  We still have Unit 106A at $155,000 for sale.

Rental Vacancies:  We have a number of vacancies coming up:  

      Unit 106C March 22  $1.150
      Unit 109:  April 1, (7 mo. lease),  $1,650
      Unit 115   March 15   $1,650
      Unit 121   March 23   $1,850

Units for Sale/Lease:

Residencia Los Jardines Site Plan

Unit #109 --For Rent $1,650 - FURNISHED - Available April 1, 2010 (7 month lease only)

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 #106A -- For Sale $155,000 - FURNISHED (Leased at $1,000 pr month until January 2010)

Total Area (Sq Ft):1250
Total area (Sq M):120
Bedrooms:2
Bathrooms:2.5
Floor(s):Ground Floor
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 106 A 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.











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Unit #106C -- For Rent $1,150 - FURNISHED (Available March 22, 2010)

Total Area (Sq Ft):1250
Total area (Sq M):120
Bedrooms:2
Bathrooms:2.5
Floor(s):Second Floor
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 106 A 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.









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Unit #115 - Available for Rent $1,650 (March 1, 2010)

Total Area (Sq Ft):1345
Total area (Sq M):124
Bedrooms:2
Bathrooms:2
Floor(s):1 Story
Type:Attached
Furnished:Yes
 
This 1,345 sf single floor home includes a 200 sf private terrace plus parking for one car. It is attached on two sides by a 6” solid concrete block wall which prevents sound transfer. This is an extremely well decorated home with lots of natural wood built ins.







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Unit 121 - For Rent $1,850 (Available April 15, 2010)

Total Area (Sq Ft):1423
Total area (Sq M):131
Bedrooms:2
Bathrooms:2.5
Floor(s):2 Story
Type:Detached
Furnished:Yes
 
This two story, detached 1,423 sf home + parking for one car has two bedrooms, 2 ½ bathrooms and a 2nd. floor covered terrace.

The open railed wrought iron cement stair case leads to the 2nd. level where the master bedroom with en-suite master bathroom as well as 2nd. bedroom and en-suite bathroom are located. Also accessed from the 2nd. floor hallway is the covered terrace.

This is a very nicely furnished home with a good floor plan for those wanting two floors.







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» NEWS FROM COSTA RICA

February 20, 2010
New San José - Caldera Highway Could Soon Be Converted Into "Death Road"
The new highway to Caldera may soon be called “ruta de la muerte” (death road), with the latest fatal accident on Thursday that claimed the second life in less than three weeks of the road's opening to the public.
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February 19, 2010
Psychological Exam Mandatory For New And Renewal Licenses Come March 1
First time drivers and those renewing their drivers license after March 1, 2010, will have to provide an additional document, a psychological evaluation. That is the new requirement under the new Ley de Tránsito for obtaining or renewing a drivers license in Costa Rica.
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February 18, 2010
Japan injects Costa Rica with ‘rising sun' power
A new Costa Rican solar power plan will see the light of day thanks to an approximately $9 million gift from Japan, officials from both countries said this week.
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February 17, 2010
Costa Rican Pop Star Debi Nova Talks About Her New Album Luna Nueva, on Decca/Universal Records
Costa Rican pop sensation Debi Nova has been in the fast lane since arriving from Central America seven years ago. But that was not her original intention. The sultry singer/songwriter and multi-talented musician originally moved to Los Angeles, CA to attend UCLA. However when renowned producer/artist Sergio Mendes offered her the chance to tour with him, Nova knew it was time for her to change lanes and head in a different direction.
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February 16, 2010
Costa Rica On The Hunt For More Italian Tourists
A recent study by the Cámara Nacional de Turismo (Canatur) shows that Costa Rica is losing attractiveness for Italian tourists over the last decade. Canatur said that less and less Italians are choosing Costa Rica as their vacation destination and for such it is organization a trade mission to attract more Italians.
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February 16, 2010
Costa Rica’s new female president opposes same-sex marriage
Costa Rica’s first woman president, elected in a landslide Feb. 7, supports gay civil rights but doesn’t want gays "to touch an institution like marriage."
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February 16, 2010
Costa Rica's first woman president
Costa Rica has been the model country that others aspire to be. The literacy rate stands at 96 percent, it abolished its army in 1949, it is considered the greenest country in the world, it plans to be the first carbon-neutral country by 2021, and 23 percent of the country is designated as a protected conservation site. Today it can add another unique designation, as it put aside gender barriers to elect a female president.
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» OUR LIVES

Weather:  Warm and wonderful with mostly sunny skies. Granada is it's normally hot self....

Residency: I was told that the lawyer was to go to Immigration on Friday and get our application number. I don't know if this happened......if it did , Great.....  I'll follow up next week when we return from Granada..    

Granada:  On Thursday, we took what might be our last forced exit trip to Granada. This time we took the Trans-Nica "Executive" bus and stayed at a different hotel. The "Executive" bus differs in that there is substantially more leg room and they serve a lunch and soft drink as well as coffee and cookies. It's well worth the extra $10 per person RT. The bus is the same but the extra leg room and the leg rests make a nice difference.  The lunch was prepared in a restaurant--they phoned ahead and told them the number and when we would arrive....  The lunch was hot and actually, quite satisfactory. 

In Granada, we are staying at the Hotel con Corazon. Other friends have stayed there before so we were familiar with it. It is more expensive than the Hotel Cocibolca but it includes a full breakfast--virtually anything you would want for breakfast--larger rooms than the Cocibolca, better beds, hot water and better lighting. The hotel also has a restaurant and a bar. It's a nice step up and we are enjoying it.

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
Cell: (506) 8305-3965

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

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


 

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