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Residencias Los Jardines - Life & Times

ISSUE #436: Dec. 2-8, 2012

...TACA Air & The Dance Stops

...TACA Air & The Dance Stops

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: ...the dance stops: we expect the dance to stop this week when we sign with one of the two contenders. Paul and I have the same assessment but we're reviewing them fact to fact Saturday afternoon... and then we will go on to review some unfinished issues.

In discussing our situation, I may have given a friend in Ontario and idea for his situation... If I have, great... that's what discussions are for... sharing experiences...

 

Residencias Los Jardines
Property Management, Rentals, Re-Sales

Everything continues working as it should... amazing

Market Activity

Sales: several calls / a showing and more arranged for Monday...

Rentals: one viewing.

 

FOR SALE

Unit #109: $215,000 See Unit
Unit #121: Sale Pending  
Unit #125: $140,000 See Unit

FOR RENT

Unit #106C: $1,250mo. Available IMMEDIATELY See Unit
Unit #114: $1,600 mo. Available IMMEDIATELY See Unit
Unit #123: $1,650 mo. Available December 15 See Unit
Unit #124: $1,000 mo. Available IMMEDIATELY See Unit

Site Plan-

HOUSES FOR SALE

UNIT #109
$215,000

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1506
Total Area (Sq M): 140
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Floor(s): 1 Story
Type: Detached
Furnished: all appliances and lots of furniture

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 #125
$140,000

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 #106C
FOR RENT $1,250 mo.
Available IMMEDIATELY

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1250
Total Area (Sq M): 120
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Floor(s): 1
Type: 4-plex
Furnished: Yes

This is a fully furnished 2-bedroom unit situated in a 2-story building, which has two units 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 terraces. Units 106A and B are on the ground floor; Units 106 C and D are on the 2nd. Floor. The solid masonry demising wall (common wall) as well as the 5” concrete slab prevent sound transference.

 

 

UNIT #114
FOR RENT $1,600 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 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 #123
FOR RENT $1,650 mo.
Available December 15

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1516
Total area (Sq M): 140
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.
Available IMMEDIATELY

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: the dry, less wind and more seasonal temperatures.

All in a Week's Living in CR:

TACA air: The return trip was just as great... no line up at the check in counter, space at the waiting lounge, food and drink including booze all the way; perhaps a 40 min. leg stretch in San Salvador and time to buy whatever at duty free... couldn't have been easier... and avoided all the security of US airports... none at San Salvador... luggage checked all the way through... both going and coming departures left at reasonable hours and arrived at reasonable hours.

Toronto: the trip worked well for us. We got done everything we needed and had time to visit with friends and family. We ate out a few times and were disappointed each time... my memory of restaurants hasn't stood the test of time... either my tastes have changed or the restaurant's food has changed... I think the latter... I also bought a bundle of favorites at the grocery store... they weren't very good. CR is looking better all the time... or at least the restaurant food will be put into the same category as Toronto restaurant food. I simply can't adjust to the $500-$600 sf cost of homes in Toronto -it's crazy from my perspective... but I thought this 10 years ago and while I still think so, my timing was obviously wrong. However, even though we had great accommodations through friends -good location, use of their car and their house and their company... nothing beats waking up in the morning to sunshine, warm weather, the sound of water, and tropical vegetation.

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

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