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Residencias Los Jardines - Life & Times

ISSUE #414: July 1-6, 2012

Hotel Guanamar

Hotel Guanamar

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: ...no progress.

 

Residencias Los Jardines
Property Management, Rentals, Re-Sales

Rain Water: we're still awaiting that good downpour to test the extent to which we've resolved our initial problems. This has now been about 6 weeks since a heavy rain...

Market Activity

Sales: one looker from the previous week... an offer was made but the two parties are a long way apart...

Rentals: two viewings...

 

FOR SALE

Unit #106 D: $199,000 NEW LISTING - 75% owner financing available See Unit

FOR RENT

Unit #109: $1,450 mo. Available Immediately See Unit
Unit #112: $1,350 mo. Available July 15 See Unit
Unit #113: $1,400 mo. Available Immediately See Unit
Unit #116: $1,400 mo. Available Immediately See Unit

Site Plan-

HOUSES FOR SALE

UNIT #106 D
FOR SALE $199,000
75% owner financing available

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1227 + parking
Total Area (Sq M): 113 + parking
Bedrooms: 1 + den (bedroom possible)
Bathrooms: 2
Floor(s): 2nd. floor
Type: apartment in 4 plex
Furnished: Yes

This 2nd story, 1,227 sf (113 m2 + one parking space) )is a georgeous home with one of the best views at Los Jardines. The very large front covered terrace faces west and is sutitable for entertaining; the off-bedroom covered terravce faces east for sun sets. This very tastefully furnished and fully equiped home offers a lifestyle envied by many. The owner offers financing if desired.

 

HOUSES FOR RENT

UNIT #109
FOR RENT $1,450 mo.
Available Immediately

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 #112
FOR RENT $1,350 mo.
Available July 15

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 #113
FOR RENT $1,400 mo.
Available Immediately

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 #116
FOR RENT $1,400 mo.
Available Immediately

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: Normal rainy season weather...

RITEVE: in and out in 20 min. piece of cake... unlike previous years... different car

AGED BEEF: to early to tell if it will be successful. Still aging and still untested even though Lita is a bit miffed at the process and wait...

Hotel Guanamar: as I write, we are again back to Playa Carrillo. This wasn't planned. We simply took advantage of new friends who we had encouraged to come here, I negotiated a good deal for them (from $135 to $80 -taxes and breakfast included in a room overlook the ocean and bay). They suggested (in Lita's presence) we join and she jumped at the opportunity. If you've been married long enough you learn that it's easier to negotiate with a terrorist than your wife so here we are... When we here here two weeks ago, we re-connected with a reservationist we had known at Leyenda. I approached her again and was able this time, to negotiate a deal even during the CR school break that I couldn't negotiate two weeks earlier. Weather is perfect... spent 5 hrs in the surf and hammock which I brought along this time as well as chairs... Our new friends -from Austria and Russia- are enjoying their visit as well.

The hotel is built in a perfect setting, contoured to the hill on which it is built, overlooking the bay and facing the sunset. It was originally built by Japanese and still has the unmistakable architectural flair. The huge rooms (400+ sf) has a complete wall of glass outing on to a large covered deck facing the bay. The dining / breakfast area is, of course a high, palm thatched structure with the same view, the sunken swimming pool between the dining and bar area is surrounded by a large deck / lounge area and the bar it raised and the premier viewing spot... they make great mojitos and pina coladas... for a while it fell into disrepair and got tired bu the two ticas who now own it, are bring it back... it's not yet perfect and some obvious and not expensive things should be added... and we hope they take care of these little things...

Re. corruption in CR: alive and thriving... everyone pointing the finger, new topics all the time, too many to keep count of, loud mouths proclaiming to open up the pages, look under the rocks, promising to take a thorough look, ferret out ??????????? talk, talk, talk, and empty promises... it's unfortunate... until this behavior stops, there is little change of any progress... and not much hope for the people -regardless of the propaganda about increased exports, one has to realize that that is in the international company free trade zone and little of that gets "trickled down" to the people... in the mean time, the parrots will continue flying, the surf continue pounding, and the sun rising... none of which has anything to do with government and culture...

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

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