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Residencias Los Jardines - Life & Times

ISSUE #353: May 2-7, 2011

The RAINS Arrive!!!

The RAINS Arrive!!!

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.

Brian Timmons
DEVELOPER:
Residencias Los Jardines / http://www.residenciaslosjardines.com
Hacienda El Dorado / http://www.eldoradocostarica.com
E-mail: brian@eldoradocostarica.com / info@residenciaslosjardines.com

 

Construction Log
Updates about Hacienda El Dorado

Rio Oro:  We now have the final document. I'm taking those numbers and doing some further analysis. I've done a Version1 which is being vetted with the architect and his construction arm. I've asked them for some information. The vetted information will be expanded and all will be integrated into a huge spreadsheet and then simplified. I hope those waiting for it can understand it. They may or may not like what it says and as of now, I don't know what the message will be, but..........

 

Residencias Los Jardines
Property Management, Rentals, Re-Sales

Internet: It's been stable all week until Friday when it went down. Whether a coincidence or not, it was Good Friday when it last went down. I got it back up after a 1/2 hr outage but it was down again twice on Saturday morning. Since the company AMNET is either technologically incompetent or just doesn't care about being honest to customers, it difficult to deal with them and if the problem is theirs, not ours, which is what the case has been $600 later, we can do nothing except wait it out.

Market Activity: We've had only one inquiry and that ended up being a no-show. We've had several people who wanted one unit on a long term basis but the owner wants it in December so that doesn't work.

It occurs to me that the US crackdown on Internet gambling and the RE market is being affected. While little information is publicly available on the effects, the moccasin telegraph says that lots and lots of people are being laid off, transferred and business and support business are being closed down or severely downsized. All this plus the known increase in the cost of living here, the continued difficulty in getting things accomplished, whether it be the Internet fixed, a phone line, etc, it is always difficult... the continued dysfunctional government and legal system, and the improving attractiveness of North American and elsewhere, could well be having an affect... and that's what we are seeing.

Maintenance: The change in the weather dictates a changed emphasis in our work. While less time has to be spent watering, more time can be devoted to undercover maintenance, and improving areas of the garden while ensuring that the garden continues to be managed.

 

FOR SALE:

Unit 106A: $155,000 Sale in progress  
Unit 114: $259,000   See unit
Unit 115: $205,000   See unit

FOR RENT:

Unit 109: $1,600 mo. Immediate - Nov. 30 (flexible) See unit
Unit 113: $1,550 mo. Immediate See unit
Unit 114: $1,750 mo. June 1 (flexible) up to a year. See unit
Unit 115: $1,600 mo. Immediate See unit
Unit 121: $1,650 mo. Immediate See unit
Unit 124: $1,000 mo Immediate - December See unit

Site Plan

HOUSES FOR SALE

UNIT #114
FOR SALE $259,000
(For Rent #1,750 mo.)

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.

 

UNIT #115:
FOR SALE $205,000
(For Rent $1,600 mo.)

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.

 

HOUSES FOR RENT

UNIT #109
FOR RENT $1,600 mo.
Immediate - Nov. 30 (flexible)

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1506
Total area (Sq M): 140
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Floor(s): 1 Story
Type: Detached
Furnished: Yes

This single story home (1506 sf. + parking for one car) is detached, has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, home office, living room wall / entertainment center along with a built in office and a semi-private terrace. In addition, it has a vaulted ceiling in the “great” room and two skylights. The covered entrance way is suitable for two chairs located next to a covered garden area. Once through the impressive front door, you enter the “great room” which houses the kitchen, dining room, office and living room. Upon entering, there is a built in wooden hutch surfaced with granite—it matches all the built-in furniture in the great room. There is a clothes washer and dryer off the 2nd bedroom. The owners have added many personal touches and have done a supurb job in decodrating the home.

 

UNIT #113
FOR RENT $1,550 mo.

Immediate

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. It is attached on one side by a 6 inch cement demising (common) wall, which prevents sound transfer. The three other sides allow light, ventilation and garden views.

 

UNIT #114
FOR RENT $1,750 mo.

June 1 (flexible) up to a year

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.

 

UNIT #115
FOR RENT $1,600 mo.
(For Sale $205,000)

Immediate

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 #121
FOR RENT $1,650 mo.

Immediate

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1423
Total area (Sq M): 131
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.

 

UNIT #124
FOR RENT $1,000 mo.

Immediate - December

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, + covered parking for one car, is a one bedroom home on the 2nd floor overlooking the large pool. It is ideal for a single person or couple.

 

 

 

Our Lives

WEATHER: Overcast days or partial days with some sun, light rains.

A friend / colleague who has his own website and newsletter, has asked that I expand on an assessment I wrote about CR as a "system". That one paragraph description relating a conversation, seemed to resonate with a number of people who have the background in CR and whose opinion I've come to respect. I'll see if I can write the article with it having some upside potential and being a complete downer...

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

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