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Residencias Los Jardines - Life & Times

ISSUE #316: August 16-21, 2010




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



Purchaser Survey: We're missing replies from 4 purchasers. Paul returns in October, we'll complete the analysis then.


Rentals: We actually have three units scheduled to open -- 113 and 121 beginning Sept. 1 and 112 beginning Oct.1.

Phone System Malfunction: After many, many efforts to repair the PBX machine, it was finally accomplished. The fix wasn't cheap and we lost several weeks of data. We'll have to estimate the lost data. We ended up installing a surge protector on the phone lines as well to compensate for lighting and faulty grounding by ICE.

Unit 106A: $155,000

See Descriptions and photos below.

Rental Vacancies:

Unit 112       Available Oct 1                  $1,450 pr month
Unit 113       Available Sep 1                 $1,450 pr month
Unit 114       IMMEDIATELY - Nov 1       $1,800 including weekly maid service
Unit 121       Available Sep 1                 $1,650 per month

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
Floor(s):Ground Floor

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

Total Area (Sq Ft):1290
Total area (Sq M):120
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 121 - For Rent $1,650 (Available September 1, 2010)

Total Area (Sq Ft):1423
Total area (Sq M):131
Floor(s):2 Story

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.

Unit 112 - For Rent $1,450 (Available September 1, 2010)

Total Area (Sq Ft):1290
Total area (Sq M):120
Floor(s):1 Story
This 1,290 sf single floor home includes a 300 sf front terrace plus parking for one car. It is attached on two sides by a 6 inch cement demising (common) wall, which prevents sound transfer.

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Unit #113 -- For Rent $1,450- FURNISHED (Available September 1, 2010)

Total Area (Sq Ft):1290
Total Area (Sq M):120
This 1,290 sf single floor home includes a 300 sf front terrace plus parking forone car. It is attached on two sides by a 6 inch cement demising (common) wall, which prevents sound transfer.

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August 20, 2010
Video Calling And Push Email Coming To ICE Next Month
Customers of ICE's 3G cellular network will be able to start making video calls come next month. The state telecom, Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), announced the service on Thursday.

August 18, 2010
Chinchilla: US Should Offer Anti-Drug Program For Central America
Costa Rica's presidenta Laura Chinchilla said Tuesday the United States should offer an anti-drug aid program just for Central America. The region currently gets some aid to fight organized crime through the Merida Initiative, a us$1.4 billion aid program pledged by President George W. Bush in 2007, but the bulk of the help goes to Mexico.

August 18, 2010
Mexican Auto Insurer Expanding To Costa Rica
Mexico automobile insurer Qualitas Compania de Seguros SAB will be joining Mapfre and Assa in providing insurance services to Costa Rica, competing directly with state insurer, the Instituto Nacional de Seguros (INS), after being authorized by the Superintendencia General de Seguros.

August 16, 2010
Presidenta Laura Chinchilla's First 100 Days
The first 100 days have come and gone by since Laura Chinchilla took the office of president. What do Costa Ricans think of our president and the job she is doing?


Weather: The weather in Santa Ana has been fairly mild this past week.  No heavy downpours nor much lightning. 

"Cow Town": 
This is a new restaurant in Santa Ana.  It's had problems with the Municipalidad de Santa Ana maintaining it business license.  It's currently open but Josh said that there remained problems.  I hope he can work them through because the place is nice.  It's a brand new building, two story with table and bars on the 2nd. floor.  A very limited menu but what they serve is great and reasonably priced.....the first restaurant we've found in a long time which has both criteria. While there weren't a lot of patrons there at 7pm Friday,  we were fortunate to find five friends there and had a chance to catch up with them.  It was fun and Josh, the owner,  bought us several rounds of margaritas.  

This was a pretty quiet week for us since we were without a car most of the time.  It was in for many repairs common to older cars being beaten to death on CR roads. Two days after the first set of repairs, several other items came to light and they had to be repaired.  The car is going to RITEVE on Monday. 

Our friends who had allowed their RITEVE and their driver's license to expire and were stopped by the Transito police had a lot of problems getting it all sorted out.  They were caught in a classic catch 22:  They had to have their RITEVE before they could get their plates back for the car but the car had to have plates to go to the RITEVE.  They ended up flat bedding it to RITEVE and then made the rounds to various locations to retrieve their plates.  This was an expensive, very time consuming (two weeks) and frustrating experience.  I doubt they will soon forget this and doubt that it will happen again.  It's an experience for all of us to learn from.

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


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) (+506) 8707-9930 /


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