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Residencias Los Jardines - Life & Times

ISSUE #306: June 7-12, 2010

FRIENDS

FRIENDS

» 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:  A review of all changes and assessment of the completeness of the application is scheduled for Monday. 

» RESIDENCIAS LOS JARDINES

Board of Director's Meeting: The board dealt with a number of issues.  This meeting was unique in that it happened and was useful and productive.

FOR SALE:
 
Unit 106A: $155,000

See Descriptions and photos below.

Rental Vacancies:

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 -            $1,650


Note: We had one purchaser interested in 106A  which was followed by a series of offers and counter offers but in the end, a small difference remains. We had no renters looking this week although I have had several inquiries from my web site.
 
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 $1,650 - 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 $1,300 - FURNISHED (Available Immediately)

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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» NEWS FROM COSTA RICA

June 12, 2010
Autopistas Says They Will Keep To Same Work Schedule
Although he is not happy about it, Crisitan Sandoval, the general manager of Autopistas del Sol is accepting the order to shut down the 11 kilometres of the San José - Caldera between Atenas and Orotina, saying the concessionaire will not vary from its program of "intervention" and the existing work schedule.
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June 11, 2010
3G Internet Down For Hours On Thursday
If you couldn't connect with your 3G, either by cell phone or data card, you were not alone as the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) system was down between noon and 3pm on Thursday.
Read

June 10, 2010
41% Would Switch From ICE
When competition in cellular service hits Costa Rica, would you switch from ICE? According to a poll by Unimer between October and November 2009, 41% of those polled said yes.
Read

June 10, 2010
Internet In Costa Rica To Be 100 Times Faster
Get ready for lightning speed internet service in the coming year as the Radiográfica Costarricense (RACSA) retools, investing some us$360 million dollars in infrastructure that will increase connection speed up to 100 times that of today.
Read

June 09, 2010
GE Considering Selling Stake In BAC
General Electric (GE) announced on Tuesday that it would be selling its 75% stake in BAC-Credomatic, which owns among other financial institutions in the region, BAC San José.
Read

June 09, 2010
High Cost of Phones Cools Off Costa Ricans On 3G
The sale of 3G cellular lines in Costa Rica has not gone the same way as in the past, where within weeks the majority and months the total of all new lines issued were bought like the proverbial pancakes.
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June 08, 2010
Flexible Work and Business Hours Expected During World Cup
As of this Friday many businesses in Costa Rica, including large companies like McFlorida Ice & Farm (Cerverceria de Costa Rica), Grupo Nación, Procter & Gamble, EPA, Intel, McDonalds, etc, will be allowing their employees to enjoy, at least a number if not all, the games of the World Cup.
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June 08, 2010
More Expropriation Is Answer To Improving The San José - Caldera
The answer to the continuing problems of falling rocks and mudslides is the expropriation of more lands adjacent to the San José - Caldera, that will end up costing taxpayers and additional us$1.3 million dollars.
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June 07, 2010
Costa Rica Scores Good and Bad In The Global Competitiveness Report 2009-2010
Costa Rica has the embarrassing position of being placed in 128th position of the 133 nations included in the The Global Competitiveness Report 2009-2010 in respect of available services for cellular lines according to the number of inhabitants.
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» OUR LIVES

Weather: A few showers, overcast, not much breeze--beautiful Saturday morning.

Celebration: The wedding of our former tenant was a grand affair and a happy occasion for all. 


Dental Implant surgery went as expected. She's been recovering this week and will return in December / January for the final phase.  In the process, we have renewed our friendship and have had some lively conversations. We will probably see each other in 6 mo. unless he sends his daughter and wife and remains in Canada. We'll see. 

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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