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Residencias Los Jardines - Life & Times

ISSUE #302: May 10-15, 2010

Rentals at Los Jardines

RENTALS AT LOS JARDINES

» 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.


DISTRIBUTION METHOD CHANGE: We used to use Yahoo mail but the lists got too long and Yahoo dropped names for reasons we couldn't understand.  We went o Google mail and that had is problems as well.  We then went to a Google Group system where people had to enlist;  some people were intimidated by this and / or it didn't seem to work for them.  For a while, we ran two parallel systems but gave that after several months.  We are now going to a different method...a non-website affiliated company which says it will distribute the newsletter and where I can update the address easily.  We'll see.

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: The 2009 Plano Catastro (Survey) finally got registered.  That will allow one of the consultants to obtain two letters he needs to fill in missing information. Beginning next week, the coordinating consulting should be in a position to speak with the coordinating engineer to review the status of his documentation.

Dogs and Porcupines--should never play together. The dog always looses. The porcupine looses only quills to the dogs and the dog gets a very sore mouth as a result. ...and in my experience, the dog doesn't learn so lives to repeat the same mistake. 

Website: This job is still lagging as my focus has been diverted by issues at Los Jardines.

» RESIDENCIAS LOS JARDINES

Administration:  We're working on selecting a Treasurer;  2nd. stage of the process will go out this week.

Sod was installed; no rain this past week so we are continuing to water it by hand.

We had the well water tested; it's fine as it has always been.  Some owners want a more thorough chemical analysis done of the water; that is underway.

TENANTS: 
In conversation with other people, I find our experience no different from theirs--it's not that we are doing anything wrong.  It's the incidence of bad tenants is on the rise.

Having said that, I believe we leased 115 and 121 this week and have a party interested in 106C.  We'll see.

FOR SALE:
 
Unit 106A: $155,000

See Descriptions and photos below.

Rental Vacancies: We leased 113, but have the following:

Unit 121:       Immediate -      $1,650 (leased conditionally)
Unit 115:       Immediate -      $1,550 (probably leased)
Unit 106C:    Immediate --     $1,150
Unit 114       July 1-Nov. 1--   $1,800 including weekly maid service
Unit 116:      June 1 -             $1,550
Unit 103:      June 1 -             $1,300
Unit 123:      July   1 -            $1,700

Rental Market:  We've had three groups.  One was for looking several months ahead and may return. 
 
Residencia Los Jardines Site Plan

Unit #106A -- For Sale $155,000 - FURNISHED (Leased at $1,000 pr month until January 2011)

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 115 - For Rent $1,450 (Available IMMEDIATELY - LEASE PENDING)

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 #123 -- For Rent $1,700 - FURNISHED (July 1, 2010)

Total Area (Sq Ft):1516
Total area (Sq M):140
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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Unit #116 -- For Rent $1,550 - FURNISHED (June 1, 2010)

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

This 1,290 sf single floor home includes a 300 sf front terrace plus parking for one car and a separate, secure storage locker. It is and end unit and therefore attached on only one side by a 6 inch cement demising (common) wall, which prevents sound transfer.
 

Unit #114 -- For Rent $1,800 - FURNISHED (June 1 - October 30, 2010)

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.









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Unit #106C -- For Rent $1,150 - FURNISHED (Available Immediately)

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 121 - For Rent $1,700 (LEASED CONDITIONALLY)

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

May 15, 2010
ICE Begins Mobile Internet Service For Real On Sunday
Beginning on Sunday, May 16, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) will be offering its "advanced" mobile internet service, ending the "promotional" phase of the service that has been operating since January.
 Read

May 13, 2010
Added Police Presence Was Not Noticed Yesterday
The new ministro de Seguridad, José María Tijerino, promised to have more police on the streets by Wednesday (yesterday). But, the illusion of seeing more police on the streets and to feel safer, will have to be filed as an un-kept promise. At least for now.
 Read

May 13, 2010
Costa Rica: A Wet Rainy Season Expected
The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional (IMN) - Costa Rica's national weather service - is predicting an "intense" 2010 rainy season, with lots and lots of rain, in contrast to the light rainy season of 2009.
 Read

May 12, 2010
No Cellular Competition For This Year. Maybe Next.
Although many are holding their hopes for competition to ICE's cellular service, it will not happen this year. At best, the competition will be around in 2011, if not 2012.
 Read

May 12, 2010
Presidenta Heading To Spain
With the excuse to complete the trade deal with Europe, presidenta (as she likes to be called) Laura Chinchilla, announced her trip to Spain on Saturday. The presidential chair hasn't even molded to her yet, she is off globetrotting.
 Read

May 11, 2010
Couple Charged With Slavery Of Their Nicaraguan Domestic Employee
She was sixteen when she came to Costa Rica from her native Nicaragua with the promise of work. Yesterday, at the age of 22, the girl, now a woman, was rescued from being a domestic slave for the last six years.
 Read

May 10, 2010
Dollar May Hit ¢550 Plus By Week's End
Will the dollar exchange hit ¢550 or higher in the coming days or week? One group, INS Valores, seems to think so.
 Read

» OUR LIVES

Weather: no rain; beautiful temperature
 
We had planned to take a few days off this week but it didn't happen.  Various things got in the way and since guests are coming for two weeks beginning May 31, we probably won't go away next week either.  More long term Canadian  friends are coming here for dental work.  This will be the third friend in what ends up being a multiple stage undertaking.  Good thing is that we get to renew  friendships and they get a holiday out of it as well as good, and less expensive dental work.

On Sunday last we entertained friends; (they previously lived on site) and found out that our newest owner had met her at New Comers Meeting.  We were able to unit them over a fantastic seafood pasta sauce I had made.  The fish truck we've been using the past several weeks had such an array of seafood that I made a BIG batch of creamy seafood sauce with shrimp, cherry stone clams, mussels, and lobster...that help fill up the freezer and will last several months.

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 / (+506) 8707-9930
 

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