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Residencias Los Jardines - Life & Times

ISSUE #392: Jan. 30-Feb. 4, 2012



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
Residencias Los Jardines /
Hacienda El Dorado /


Construction Log
Updates about Hacienda El Dorado

Rio Oro: We continue to supply technical information to several groups helping them assess what we have accomplished... we'll see.

NEIGHBORHOOD PARTY: On Sunday last, we facilitated a neighborhood party for kids. We had been asked before Christmas but the organizers couldn't get the act together to stage it so asked for a rain check and that happened last Sunday. About 300 children from the immediate neighborhood along with various parents and family members attended. It was a great place to stage it because the land was clean and cleared of brush, there was running water, buildings and tables, electricity for the inevitable sound system, etc.


Residencias Los Jardines
Property Management, Rentals, Re-Sales

Settling In: The new owners of #102 are nearing the completion of their "personalization" which included painting, cleaning, stocking the pantry, and a few minor repairs. They now have time to focus on a couple more items re. terrace furniture but this can and will be done on a more leisurely basis and in the meantime they're getting ready to settle down to a quiet life.

Market Activity: --

Sales: No one looking to rent or to buy.

Rentals: We have both 112 and 116 coming available March 1.



Unit 103: $172,500   See Unit
Unit 106B: $159,000 Purchaser financing available See Unit
Unit 115: $205,000   See unit
Unit 125: $140,000 Owner financing available See unit


Unit 112: $1,450 mo. Available March 1 See Unit
Unit 116: $1,550 mo. Available March 1 See Unit

Site Plan-


UNIT #103
FOR SALE $172,500

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1000
Total area (Sq M): 93
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Floor(s): 1
Type: Detached
Furnished: Yes

1000 sf., single story, detached, two bedroom, two bathroom, with a nice covered terrace overlooking a nicely landscaped tropical backyard. Breakfast counter, dinning room table for 4, parking for one car. Vaulted ceilings in master bedroom and kitchen/dining area.


UNIT #106B
FOR SALE $159,000
Purchaser financing available

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1270
Total area (Sq M): 115
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Floor(s): Ground
Type: Apartment
Furnished: Yes

This is a fully furnished 2-bedroom unit situated in a 2-story building, which has two nits 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 erraces. Floor. The solid masonry demising wall (common wall) as well as the 5" oncrete slab prevent sound transference.


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 $140,000

Owner financing available

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 #112
FOR RENT $1,450 mo.
Available March 1

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.


UNIT #116
FOR RENT $1,550 mo.
Available March 1

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 and a separate, secure storage locker. It is and end unit and therefore attached on only one side by a 6 inch cement demising (common) wall, which prevents sound transfer.




Our Lives

WEATHER: beautiful... windy which is normal and dust from construction next door... both are normal this time of year but the temperature has been perfect (at least for us).

Internet: My Internet has been very unstable lately. It's been frustrating. Last week the frig compressor went for the 3rd. time and this week my router died. It's hard to keep electrics and electronics running here. In the most recent case, it was the charger / transformer to my personal wireless router which died. However, we didn't know it was the charger unit itself until I bought an exact replacement and then we tested the charger... I'll replace the charger and now have a complete router replacement.

Pistol Stealing: one of the latests CR events this week involves the theft (now believed to be by "insiders") of 215 new 9mm Glock pistols destined for the transit police. They were being temporarily housed in a "guarded??" place while their eventual destination a "secure" room was under construction... (having said that, 54 were "recovered" and looking at the picture, there is a wide variety of pistols virtually none of which look like 9mm or Glocks, so?????? and there seems to be a question about bullet proof vests which were also in "temporary" storage and may well be missing.)

MISC.: Price of fuel (gas, diesel, and propane) which are all government regulated dropped significantly on Friday. ICE, the electrical company wanted a 25% increase but got only 6% (?) or so. The inflation rate over this time last year was 0.17%; Unlike in past years where the government negotiated the "minimum" wage increase, this year the unilaterally increased wages by a very small amount -C5,000 mo. or $10); This has angered the unions which are now calling for a general strike on Feb. 15. (Note: in the past when virtually any opposition has developed, be it the rice growers, the motor cyclists, the street vendors, etc., the government has historically caved in to the demands within about 3 days... we'll see. Starbucks in coming to CR and so is Sam's Club... rogress? or a continuing slide into ??? following KFC, McDonald's, BurgerKing, Walmart, etc. ??????????

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


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