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Residencias Los Jardines - Life & Times

ISSUE #415: July 9-14, 2012

It's Really Dry!!!

It's Really Dry!!!

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: ...one inquiry.

 

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...

Re-landscaping: we're redoing a small area in front of 114. It had become overgrown with bouganvilla and when trimmed back begged for some work... this involves electrical, plumbing and re-planting...

Swimming Pool: for the rainy season (which isn't this year) the pool has been very well attended...

Jacques Beaulieu was found dead in his bed by a friend around 8pm Saturday night. The ambulance, police, and OIJ attended. He is believed to have died peacefully of natural causes, perhaps a heart attack. Friends and any family are welcome to contact me for whatever happens next.

Market Activity

Sales: three viewings... no follow through.

Rentals: two viewings... no follow through.

Comment: on Monday we had 4 viewings... nothing the rest of the week... and no business from any of the 4.

 

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 Immediately 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 Immediately

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 -IT'S REALLY DRY: Actually, this is not a normal rainy season because there is and has been no rain -for a long time... The weather bureau announced the obvious and what everyone already knows... there's been very, very little rain throughout the country and especially in the Central Valley... We're probably heading for a new record in least amount of rain. The garden is dry and we are irrigating full blast.

AGED BEEF: We purchased the meat on June 25; at that time I was told it was 8 days aged... now we have a total of 27 days; on Friday we moved to the "dry aging" process and will wait a week -this will end our the experience. Then we will cut the slabs into suitable sized steaks and test. Lita insisted that we try a NY strip... we did... she was impressed... I'll give it a C+... this is still a work in progress... we'll see.

Hotel Guanamar: The return trip on Sunday was a mistake; I knew it would be but that was our time line. Our friends liked it so much they returned for this weekend, and will return on Tuesday... a much better plan. I was able to work the same deal but not without persistence and doing their job for them. If they lock themselves out of their car at the beach like last time, at least they will know who to go to to open the door lock -the coconut man... obviously... he was very helpful, accepted the challenge, worked on the problem for an hour, solved it... perhaps he moonlights at nights... don't know but he certainly did the job required...

Life Lines and Mail Forwarding Services: I've switch my account from Interlink to Aerocasillas... I was getting concerned that Interlink was losing market share and it was taking a long time to receive things... I had accumulated documents and mail and had no one coming so asked our person to package it and sent it to us. I sent them the new address, and was very specific about how the mail would be sent.. first to Miami and then sent on to San Jose and my account here. Well, the address and account number to San Jose was not included in the address. The package arrived in Miami (we tracked it via FedEx) but didn't know where to go from there. A simple oversight and one which I had tried to ensure didn't happen, did happen. Since the package contained important documents, it was important that track it down and get it here. To Aerocasillas' credit, they did, and supposedly it will arrive today. However, their notifications of tracking are confusing: When I read -"Your package is being prepared for shipping" (great, they've found it and have put it in the flight cargo bin); and then the next message is: "You have received mail" -I think, great, now I go and pick it up at the location of my account... Nope... that message simply said that Miami had the package... obviously, I have to learn the ambiguous notices... and the process used by this service... It's certainly faster than Interlink... and so far, seems to work... I received a text message at 9:10am Saturday and an e-mail saying that the package was ready for pick up at the counter... Had it not been for the mislabeling, the package would have been here in record time.

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

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