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Residencias Los Jardines - Life & Times

ISSUE #326: October 25-30, 2010

Dry Season Cometh!!!

Dry Season Cometh!!!

» 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

Rio Oro: Paul and I are scheduled for site research on Monday with Jan... we will be on to a number of developments which have built out and which have had sales over the past year. This will help Paul catch up and us to developed a common base from which to plan.

» RESIDENCIAS LOS JARDINES

Market Comment: a number of people lookin to buy and to rent but no one makin a commitment.

Garden Remake: Over the last 18 months or so, the canopy of a number of our trees has become so thick that it is blockin the light to allow the plants / grass underneath to grow. While we have cut some of the canopy back, we have decided to re-plant areas with shade loving plants. There are lots. The transition has started but it will be several weeks before it is completed. 

Annual Shareholders Meeting: Is tentatively schedule for Saturday, Dec. 11. I'm readying material for that meeting and will be sending it out over this next week. I've reviewed the year end financial statement and have vetted it with the bookkeeper. A couple changes were required to make it more accurately reflect the past year.

 
FOR SALE:
 
Unit 106A: $155,000
Unit 106B: $169,000

See Descriptions and photos below.

Rental Vacancies:

Unit
106C       Nov 1               $1,250 pr month
Unit 112         Dec 1 - Jan 1    $1,550 pr 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
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 #112 -- For Rent - FURNISHED ($1,550 - Dec 1, 2010 - Jan 1, 2011)

Total Area (Sq Ft):1290
Total area (Sq M):120
Bedrooms:2
Bathrooms:2
Floor(s):1 Story
Type:Attached
Furnished:Yes
 
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 #106B --For Sale $169,000 - FURNISHED

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1250
Total area (Sq M): 120
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
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 $1,250- FURNISHED (Available November 1, 2010)

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1250
Total area (Sq M): 120
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
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 106A 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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» NEWS FROM COSTA RICA

October 30, 2010
Government Considering Taxing Foreign Capital to Costa Rica
The government of Costa Rica is discussing the possibility of temporarily taxing foreign capital coming into the country in order to discourage the inflow of US dollars to the Costa Rican economy, which would help raise the value of the US currently.
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October 30, 2010
Transition To Dry Season In Costa Rica Commences; Time To Put Away The Umbrella And Galoshes
It's time to put away the umbrella and galoshes (for the Canucks in Costa Rica). Well, almost.
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October 29, 2010
18 Month Wait For Breast Cancer Surgery At Costa Rica State Hospitals
A report by the Universidad Nacional (UNA) "Proceso social del cáncer de mama en Costa Rica" reveals that it takes 18 months from the time a woman detects a lump in her breast to surgery, reducing the possibility of surviving breast cancer, the most common and deadly of cancers among women.
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October 29, 2010
Costa Rica's RACSA Accuses AMNET Of Dirty Play
The Radiográfica Costarricense says that AMNET is playing dirty, taking down the state telecom down to its customers, claiming to have better internet connection and service.
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October 28, 2010
Costa Rica Reviews Its Strategies In Asia
Costa Rican Foreign Minister Rene Castro met Wednesday with Costa Rican ambassadors in Asian countries to review its strategies in that region.
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October 27, 2010
Costa Rica Most Prosperous In Latin America
Costa Rica was ranked highest of all countries in Latin America in the 2009 Legatum Prosperity Index, ahead of Panama, Brazil, Argentina and Colombia.
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October 27, 2010
Presidenta Chinchilla Calls For Strengthening Institutions For Democracy
Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla Tuesday called for strengthening institutions in Latin America. Chinchilla made the appeal in Cartagena, Colombia, during the 12th Dialogue and Agreement Mechanisms of Tuxtla Presidential Summit (Tuxtla Group Summit).
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October 26, 2010
Ruta 32, The Most Dangerous Road In Costa Rica
The eyes and ears of Costa Ricans have been on the problems of the San José - Caldera that has contributed to crippling access between the Pacific coast and the Central Valley, as the heavy rains of the season caused the shutting down of the highway between Orotina and Atenas for more than three weeks.
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October 26, 2010
Costa Rica Recognized For Biodiversity Protection
Costa Rica has been named as the winner of the 2010 Future Policy award at a global summit on biodiversity in Nagoya, Japan, as the country aims to be the first developing nation to meet UN biodiversity commitments.
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October 25, 2010
Costa Rica: $10 Billion Dollars Needed To Repair Roads
If it all started today, it would require us$10 billion (not million) dollars to repair roads, bridges and government buildings according to MOPT and the Contraloria. Where is that money going to come from? Put that on top of everything else that is considered “crisis level” (real, or perceived) and again a fine mess.
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October 25, 2010
Costa Rica's Pavas Airport Soon To Be A "Relajo" No More
It is a common practice in Costa Rica to close the barn door after the storm
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» OUR LIVES

Weather: We are at the end of what is supposed to be the wettest month. This year, it has been dryer than in the past 5 years, including last year which was the driest year in 60 years. We are back to irrigating a full month before normal. This is still a "transitional" month weather wise but based on the past month, there isn't likely to be a lot of rain until next May.... 
 
Residency: As expected; we went as instructed only to be told to return at the end of November. Our attendance at Migration is not advancing our application. We are wasting out time and the lawyer confirms this.... I had to try to feel I was doing something..... In effect, I am only frustrating myself and wasting our time.

I've worn out my computer's keyboard. I have one letter which is not being reconized and a number of others which oftentimes do not work the first time. I'm ordering a new keyboard. Until then, correspondence will be frustrating ..I've had to ask Jan to fix up my missing letter...


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
Residencias Los Jardines/Hacienda El Dorado

Web: www.eldoradocostarica.com
E-mail: info@eldoradocostarica.com
MSN: jan.kozak.jr@hotmail.com
Skype: jan.kozak.jr

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