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Residencias Los Jardines - Life & Times

ISSUE #334: Dec 20-25, 2010

Playa Carrillo & La Leyenda

Playa Carrillo & La Leyenda

» 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: We picked up the conversation with the original architect and have asked for and received additional clarification re. the next stage. We'll complete the conversation after Christmas.

» RESIDENCIAS LOS JARDINES

Market Interest: One European looking to purchase.
 
FOR SALE:
 
Unit 106A: $155,000
Unit 106B: $169,000
Unit 107:   $265,000
Unit 115:   $205,000
Unit 125:   $160,000

See Descriptions and photos below.

Rental Vacancies:

None

 
Residencia Los Jardines Site Plan


Unit #125 -- For Sale $160,000 - FURNISHED

Total Area (Sq Ft): 662
Total area (Sq M): 61
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Floor(s): 2nd Floor
Type: Apartment
Furnished: Yes 

This 662 sf, + parking for one car and 33sf locker is a one bedroom home on the 2nd floor overlooking the large pool. It is ideal for a single person or couple—or investment property.



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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 #107 -- For Sale $265,000 - FURNISHED

Total Area (Sq Ft):1716
Total area (Sq M):158
Bedrooms:2
Bathrooms:2.5
Floor(s):2 Story
Type:Detached
Furnished:Yes

This 1,716 sf. (plus parking for one car) two story, detached house, with three terraces, two bedrooms (one on each floor) and upstairs master suite is a beautiful home. This home consists of two VERY large bedrooms (one on each floor) with en-suite bathrooms and a powder room, each with large closets with extensive built-ins for personal organization. The vaulted living room and ground floor bedroom ceilings as well as the master bedroom on the 2nd floor, provide a feeling of grandeur while allowing the warmer air to rise and exit through the ceiling ventilating system. There are three TVs (one in each bedroom and one in the living room.) This is a beautiful home. There is a rough-in for a dishwasher in the kitchen area.
 

 

 

Unit #102 -- For Sale $265,000 - FURNISHED

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1922
Total area (Sq M): 117
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Floor(s): Ground Floor
Type: Apartment
Furnished: Yes 

This two bedroom, 1922 sf (177m2) + parking and bodega, single story home located in Residencias Los Jardines was completed 5 years ago and has been lived in by a single lady who has lovingly cared for and cleaned it twice a week. It is situated on the ground floor of a two storey, horizontal duplex. It is in PRISTINE condition. The vendor is the original owner.

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Unit #115 -- For Sale $205,000 - FURNISHED

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 #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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» NEWS FROM COSTA RICA

December 26, 2010
Not Exactly A Christmas Wish From Nicaragua
This “thing” (Costa Rica - Nicaragua border conflict) is escalating. And while not as dramatic as the North-South Korea issue, it is growing none the less and if not put under control, the result will be in a military standoff, or worse.
Read

December 26, 2010
Costa Rica's Constitutional Court Decision Allows Port For US Ships
Costa Rica's Constitutional Court on Friday rejected a filing of unconstitutionality against U.S. ships docking at Costa Rican ports. The Sala Constitucional declared "sin lugar" (without merit) the action filed several months ago by legislators of the opposition.
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December 25, 2010
More U.S. Warships and Troops will Enter Costa Rica
Costa Rica's legislators this week approved the admission of 46 warships and troops from the U.S., despite the rejection of several sectors of the opposition to the U.S. presence.
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December 25, 2010
100 Tourists With Food Poisoning At Beach Hotel
Numbers are flying all over the place as to tourism, the number of tourists, hotel reservations and even the number of hotel guests who, according to the Ministry of Health, got food poisoning at the Hotel Barceló, Playa Tambor.
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December 24, 2010
ICE Assures Cellular Coverage During Holidays Despite Recent Technical Problems
It will be interesting to say the least for both cellular telephone users and the Insituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), for this is the season to call (or send a text message) while the state telecom faces connectivity problems.
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December 24, 2010
Costa Rica's Banana Industry Foresees Rise In Production For 2011
Costa Rica’s banana sector is forecasting a slight increase in overall volumes for its 2011 campaign to an estimated 105 million boxes, which it believes should mark a modest recovery from last year’s rain-affected season.
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December 23, 2010
Zapote A Nuisance For Most Residents, A Cash Cow For Some
For many residents living around or near the Zapote fair grounds, the week starting December 25 is a nightmare, when the largest of all seasonal festival takes place. However, for some others, it is a time to get rich.
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December 23, 2010
Smile, You Are On Traffic Camera!
Come the new year, if the plans by the Policía de Tránsito are put into effect, drivers in Costa Rica will face a new system of speed controls, the silent and always working traffic camera.
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December 22, 2010
Costa Ricans Can Join National Reserve To Defend National Sovereignty, Foreign Minister Says
Costa Rica's foreign minister, Rene Castro, said that every Costa Rican who wants to support the government to defend national sovereignty can do so by joining the "Reserva Nacional" (National Reserve). The minister made the statement following a query by a listener of the program Nuestra Voz.
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December 21, 2010
ICE Cellular Service Problems Continue
In less than 72 hours since the last major problem with its GSM and 3G cellular service, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) reported another problem, this time affecting some 500.000 3G customers who moved over from the TDMA service.
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December 21, 2010
A Latin America Agenda For Obama Convince Nicaragua to end its illegal occupation of Costa Rica...
Nearly two years have passed since his inauguration, and President Barack Obama has yet to unveil a major policy initiative for Latin America. Regional officials are hoping Obama ends this neglect in 2011 and increases U.S. engagement. Here are seven ways in which his administration could demonstrate its commitment to Latin America.
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December 20, 2010
Total Eclipse Of The Moon Tonight Set your clock to 11:29pm to see the effect in Costa Rica
There is a lot of action going on in the skies right now. Monday night or Tuesday morning we are going to have a real treat.
Read

December 20, 2010
Costa Rica Peace Corps Director Commits To Supporting Global Housing Solutions'
Peace Corps Country Director, Steven Dorsey, has expressed willingness to support Investments in Costa Rica and Global Housing Solutions’ social housing project, in Colorado, Costa Rica. This unique collaboration will bring the Peace Corps’ fifty years' experience to bear at the grass roots level of this community’s inception.
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» OUR LIVES

WEATHER: -- Many mostly cloudy days with cooler than normal temperatures. 

Playa Carrillo and La Leyenda:  I negotiated a good deal at a great hotel but the people--family of owners--took off to parts unknown before the hotel gave their final offer. We couldn't get in touch with them to re-route them probably because ICE was having more problems than usually connecting cell phones. We decided to take advantage of the hotel offer and contact some friends to join us. We had stayed there a number of times so we knew what to expect and we were not disappointed. The service, friendly staff, and well maintained small hotel with a great, reasonably priced menu was a great as ever. We rented a three bedroom house and used two of the three bedrooms with private swimming pool, kitchen, and living room. The kitchen has a blender, coffee maker, microwave, oven, toaster oven, slow cooker, and complete set of pots and pans, plates, etc.  The hotel is not on the beach but they do have a trailer offering chase lounges, chairs, drinks, bathroom and fresh water shower.  At $75 per night per room including a full breakfast, I thought it was reasonable. The dining room is attractive, the service is good, and food is attractively presented. Dinner for two including two drinks was around C11,000. Had we occupied the third bedroom, the per couple cost would have been less.  I made sure that the unit was available at the last minute and committed to it. It worked out well for them and for us.  Our friends want to return and spend 4 nights--which is fine with us.  Carrillo is about a 4 hr. drive.

Playa Carrillo is the nicest beach I know in CR; it's  picture postcard perfect--half moon bay protected by a reef, wide, gently sloping sandy beach flanked by palm trees, no development, and only a few people normally. Three weeks ago, there were substantial waves;  this time at full moon there were few--just a big bathtub--no undertow -- great for swimming....

Macadamia nut pie: Last year I received as a gift my first ever macadamia nut pie--I didn't know what to expect. Wow!! it's fantastic. This year we were again offered this treat and with three pies, have been able to share the gift with good friends......I don't think I've ever tasted such a great pie filling and crust as well. Too bad Christmas comes only once a year.
     

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
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