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Residencias Los Jardines - Life & Times

ISSUE #341: Feb 7-12, 2011

Golf Junkets and Beach Trips

Golf Junkets and Beach Trips

Brian Timmons, Newsletter Author
Brian Timmons

Dear friends,

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.

NOTE: Given the various reports of trouble on the two websites, this edition will be prepared by the group in Argentina which host the sites and who developed the Los Jardines website. I first met them 10 years ago and have had a wonderful working relationship with them ever since. 

Brian Timmons
Sunset Valley Property S.A.
Residencias Los Jardines / Hacienda El Dorado - Developer
E-mail: brian@eldoradocostarica.com

 

Construction Log
Updates about Hacienda El Dorado

Rio Oro: Waiting for the architect's proposal based on our last conversation.

 

Residencias Los Jardines

Residencias Los Jardines
Property Management, Rentals, Re-Sales

Palm Tree Removal:  final arrangements will be made this week to remove and then to further explore the effects of three roots in the drainage system.

Additional Maintenance Help:  We hiring an additional gardener to free up our main maintenance person and allow him to focus on deferred maintenance. This should last about a month.

Golf Junkets and Beach Trips:  Several of our residents are golfers.  They and friends went to an organized event on the Nicoya Peninsula;  Other residents took trips to Samara and elsewhere.  All seemed hot,  tired and glad to have returned to comfort and the cooler climate of the Central Valley.

FOR SALE:

Unit 102: $265,000 Owner Financing Available See unit
Unit 106A: $155,000   See unit
Unit 107: $250,000 Owner Financing Available See unit
Unit 115: $205,000   See unit
Unit 125: $160,000   See unit

Rental Vacancies:

Unit 106C: $1,250 Furnished See unit

Site Plan

 

UNIT #102:
For Sale $265,000

Owner Financing Available

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1922
Total area (Sq M)
: 177
Bedrooms
: 2
Bathrooms
: 2
Floor(s)
: Ground
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.

 

UNIT #106A:
For Sale $155,000

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1250
Total area (Sq M): 120
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Floor(s): 1
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.

 

UNIT #107:
For Sale $250,000

Owner Financing Available

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 #115:
For Sale $205,000 

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.

 

UNIT #125:
For Sale $160,000

Total Area (Sq Ft): 662
Total area (Sq M): 61
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Floor(s): 2nd Floor
Type: Semi-Detached
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.

 

UNIT #106C
For Rent $1,250
FURNISHED 

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1250
Total area (Sq M): 120
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Floor(s): 1
Type: 4-plex
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.

 

 

Our Lives

WEATHER: Beautiful with little wind and one terrific tropical downpour--we needed it but we didn't need it all in 30 min...

MARKET INTEREST: We continue to see more people looking. 

THE MIGHTY PERICO: picture this:  a 4 oz bird stalking a 135lb woman---and winning!!!!!!!!  Lita and the perico had been fighting... meaning that the perico was biting her and she got fed up  and whacked him-- from previous experience, parrots learn differently (if they ever learn). He went on the offensive and evidently decided he was going to teach her once and for all...  he started stalking her, and she, not being able to see him, retreated from room to room and finally ended up standing on the edge of the Jacuzzi calling me for help...........

WATER:  The public system is again off for the major part of the day--for maintenance.  This has happened about 4 times in the past year.  We are unaffected because we have our own well... with better water than AyA provides. --and obviously more reliable as well.

AyA is continuing to build out the water delivery system they received a grant / loan for.  Huge pipes are being installed from Escazu to Santa Ana, terminating at the new AyA control center being build in down town Santa Ana.  Pipes of varying diameters are being installed into Pozos and other areas and as far as Brasil de Mora.  What the overall distribution and plan is, I don't know but they are continuing to work on it, have an inventory of various diameter pipe, and even though the installations are currently "disconnected" one can only hope that some day they will all be tied together.  This latter expectation is a hope since this is CR and we continue to see things here which defy logic.  We'll see.

Brian, Lita, Hugo, irreverent Vicka, the pigeon toed parrot, and the newbies - Chico and Chica

 

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