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Residencias Los Jardines - Life & Times

ISSUE #303: May 17-22, 2010

Pumps and Lighting

Pumps and Lighting

» 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: There was suppose to be a meeting with AyA now that the 2009 Plano Catastro has been registered in the National Registry.  I've asked but as of now do not have a confirmation that it happened.

Marketing:  Had a discussion re. re-starting marketing El Dorado.  I said I wanted to have the INVU permit in hand and a survey of existing purchasers (probably October / November)  before drawing up a new  schedule.

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

» RESIDENCIAS LOS JARDINES

Administration:  An agenda and ballot was sent out his week to select a new Treasurer.  I suspect there will be less shareholder response to this call than to the previous one.  Most people want a rest.

Water Testing: Some owners want a more thorough chemical analysis done of the water; that is underway and should be completed this coming week.

Pumps and Electricity:  About 18 mo. ago, we completed a rainwater management system. It consists of a number of small collection and directional drainage points leading to a large tank.  In the tank we have three pumps which are activated when the water reaches a certain level.  We tried it this year in preparation for the rainy season.  All worked fine.  Two heavy rains later, the largest pump ($2,000) stopped working.  Investigation shows that the windings are burnt which was probably caused by a electrical spike due to lightening hitting the power lines during the 2nd. storm.  It'll be about $500 to repair.  There is just no accounting for bad electricity in CR..it  continually ruins motors, electrical appliances, and electronics, etc.  All our systems are double grounded and we have a transformer to moderate fluctuations.   Spikes still  get through.  In the mean time, we don't have the use of it and hope we don't have a heavy downpour until it is fixed and reinstalled.

Septic System Modifications:  Over the past week, we made some modifications to a septic  tank discharge.  When the original tank failed three years ago for unknown reasons, we replaced it with a new design, one that we were told would cleanse the water to 90+% and we could return it to the rainwater discharge system.  I think the treatment tank performance was "over billed".  The modifications  re-routed the discharge into a septic leach bed which we had to make and made some other modifications in the process.  This work is virtually (but not yet completely) done.


FOR SALE:
 
Unit 106A: $155,000

See Descriptions and photos below.

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

Unit 106C:    Immediate --     $1,150 (verbal commitment)
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


RENTALS: We were successful in concluding rental contracts for both 121 and 115 this week and have a verbal commitment for 106C.  We've actually had a substantial amount of interest but it is taking more showings and definitely more discussion / negotiations and time for people to commit. In the last several weeks we have leased 113, 121,115, and 106C.  We have two units coming available at the end of this month--116 and 103.  It would be nice to have those leased ahead of vacancy.  The number of last minute cancellations and no-shows to "appointments" continues to be frustrating.  Why people feel they can waste other's time, I don't know.
 
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 #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 103 - For Rent $1,700 - FURNISHED (Available June 1, 2010)

Total area (Sq M):93
Bedrooms:2
Bathrooms:2
Floor(s):1
Type:Detached
Furnished:Yes 
 
1000 sf., single story, detached, two bedroom, two bathroom, with a nice covered terrace overlooking a nicely landscaped tropical backyard.  Breakfast counter, dinning room table for 4, parking for one car. Vaulted ceilings in master bedroom and kitchen/dining area.









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» OUR LIVES

Weather: Rain but not every day, sometimes hard.

A couple who have rented in CR for 8 mo. and have decided it make it there home. They came to Los Jardines and to looked at El Dorado. What they really seem to want is to build a home in the La Garrita area and liked what I had built at Los Jardines. They are thinking. 

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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