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Residencias Los Jardines - Life & Times

ISSUE #393: Feb. 6-11, 2012

INTERNET WOES -again!

INTERNET WOES -again!

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
ResidenciasPropertyManagement@gmail.com

 

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.

 

Residencias Los Jardines
Property Management, Rentals, Re-Sales

Market Activity: --

Sales: Three parties looking to purchase; no one looking to rent. One party each from Europe, the USA and CR.

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

INTERNET Woes: We've had a lot of problems this week due mainly to our own equipment or system. While we spent a substantial time chasing a wagging tail, we seemed to solve at least one of the causes when we realized that somehow there were to machines having the same ID... how it happened we don't know nor does it many any difference... the issues which resulted from that masquaraded in different ways... however, that now seems to be fixed. In addition, we found that the two wireless routers in the center of the property were not working properly and had to be replaced. Getting everyone and everything sorted out took a major portion of the week.

PARKING: Each house has one designated parking space and we have visitor parking spaces. Residents are suppose to be responsible for ensuring their guests park in designated guest parking spaces and not just anywhere they feel like. This responsibility often doesn't happen and guests park without thinking of the consequences, e.g blocking someone entrance / exit. One such event happened on Friday resulting in a small fender bender. That, however, was only one aspect to it... depending on which version one listens to, a not so pleasant confrontation between the two parties followed. Police were called and somehow it got sorted out.

 

FOR SALE

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

FOR RENT

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

Site Plan-

HOUSES FOR SALE

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.

 

HOUSES FOR RENT

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... not too windy and beautiful temperatures.

Internet: In addition to the Los Jardines site problem, my router charger/transformer had failed the previous week. This week, it was the back up disc...

Comment: This was a busy week. We had owners leaving after their three week vacation and an owner arriving for a month into the same unit. In addition to the goodbyes and the hellos, there's the preparation of the unit itself, collecting and giving keys, making sure the paperwork is accurate and completed. We also had a tenant leave as planned and a new tenant arrive the next day... again the same demands. In addition, I spent the better part of one day helping new owners buy a granite table -found the slab of granite and negotiated the design and price, went to the iron worker and selected a base for it, then the chairs, then the fabric shop and the cushions for the 8 chairs. All are suppose to be delivered this next Friday (hopefully the table base before the table top)... The total price was a welcome surprise to them as well as the turnaround time and they are getting exactly what they want... and then there was all the Internet issues floating around... not to mention the three dinner parties we managed to have... oh yes, there was the continuous suppling of info. to parties interested in El Dorado... and the potential purchasers...

 

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

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