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Residencias Los Jardines - Life & Times

ISSUE #459: May 12-18, 2013

... Coincidences...

... Coincidences...

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.

Brian Timmons
DEVELOPER / PROPERTY MANAGER
Residencias Los Jardines / http://www.residenciaslosjardines.com info@residenciaslosjardines.com
ResidenciasPropertyManagement@gmail.com

 

Featured house this week

UNIT #106C:
FOR RENT: $1,250 mo. Available Immediately

Unit 106C

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

Full details of Unit

 

Residencias Los Jardines
Property Management, Rentals, Re-Sales

Coincidences: We had two clients check in this week Abbie and Albie -both last names begin with S. We have contracted with an Alain. Alain and Abbie are each from Guanacaste area and are each here to have a baby; the babies are expected to be delivered within days of each other.

Market Activity

Sales: two clients.

Rentals: two clients one of whom will be coming later this month.

Note: I spoke with a guy I know. He manages around 700 condos in the Santa Ana area. A couple months ago, he had no vacancies; now he has 50.

 

FOR SALE

Unit #114: $235,000 / See Unit

FOR RENT

Unit #102: $1,650 mo. / Available Immediately / See Unit

Unit #106C: $1,250 mo. / Available Immediately / See Unit

Unit #110: $1,500 mo. / Available Immediately / See Unit

Unit #112: $1,250 mo. / Available June 5 / See Unit

Site Plan

 

HOUSE FOR SALE

UNIT #114
FOR SALE $235,000

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1290
Total area (Sq M): 120
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Floor(s): Single Floor
Type: Attached
Furnished: Yes

This 1,290 sf. (plus covered parking for one car and two lockers 67 sf.) single story, semi detached house, with garden terrace, two bedrooms is a beautiful executive style home. This home consists of two large bedrooms one with six piece en-suite bathroom with additional access to separate full shower. Each bedroom has large closets with extensive built-ins for personal organization. The vaulted living room and bathroom ceilings provide a feeling of grandeur while allowing the warmer air to rise and exit through the ceiling ventilating system. There are four TVs (one in each bedroom, one in the living room and one in breakfast / dinning room.) This is a beautiful well appointed home.

 

HOUSES FOR RENT

UNIT #102
FOR RENT $1,650 mo.
Available Immediately

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1922
Total area (Sq M): 177
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2 1/2
Floor(s): Ground
Type: Apartment
Furnished: Yes

This two bedroom, 1922 sf (177 m2) FURNISHED and well appointed home with AC, bright office, and covered parking is a single story home surrounding by manicured gardens in Residencias Los Jardines. It was completed 5 years ago and has been lovingly cared for since. It is situated on the ground floor of a two storey, horizontal duplex. This home has two split system air conditioning units for quiet, efficient cooling. It is in PRISTINE condition.

 

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 #110
FOR RENT $1,500 mo.
Available Immediately

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1290
Total area (Sq M): 120
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Floor(s): 1
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 one side by a 6 inch cement demising (common) wall, which prevents sound transfer. The three other sides allow light, ventilation and garden views. This is an exceptionally well decorated and appointed home by owners who really care.

 

UNIT #112
FOR RENT $1,250 mo.
Available June 5

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.

 

 

Our Lives

WEATHER: the rainy season continues to be slow to kick in. The weather department is now predicting lighter than usual rains this year -If so, this would be the 2nd. year in a row.

All in a Week's Living in CR:

Esterillos: this is an area south of Jaco on the Pacific coast about 1 1/2 hrs. drive from Los Jardines. There isn't much development there. The beach is long, straight, with a heavy surf and it's prone to rip tides; it isn't a beach for swimming but for looking at and walking only. Despite the limitations of the beach itself, we decided to go with friends because it was closer than our favorite beach which is a 4 hr. hike. Our friends had scoped out a hotel; we checked it out on the Internet; it had all the charm and charisma of a low grade prison and was in a no-where area. We passed on it and went in search of some place else. We checked out a hotel I had watched being built 6-7 years ago and one in which Lita and I had stayed several years ago. The price is now $240 a night; there was no one there -we left and wished them well. We then went to a small Tico-built hotel which had been purchased for his daughter by a guy I met a couple weeks earlier. It was a dump but we stayed anyway. I'm always amazed at how they can get $65 a night for a dumpy room, no TV, uncomfortable chairs,a very marginal swimming pool, a chaotic infrastructure, a minimal "continental breakfast" you make and serve yourself, and lousy service when we can't get that for a first class two bedroom house. The answer seems to be that you can stay at the decent hotel for $240 a night or any number of dumps for $65. There isn't any other choice. We do know of one place in Jaco -Vista Pacifica- at $65 a night which is well run, clean, and where service is excellent. Other than that, we'll have to continue to look.

Below are a number of briefs I ran across this week which I thought useful to understand what's happening in CR:

 

 

News Items of the Week

A 42 yr. old Canadian was playing around with some women and a couple guys didn't like it -he ran away nude but the bad guys shot him... this was either in Pozos or in Guachapaline -the reports have two different locations.

Dock works in Limon closed both the Morin and Limon ports... they are still protesting the government's contract awarded to a Dutch company to build a privately operated, modern, port which would receive and ship 80% of CR goods...

Walmart opened a $70 million state of the art distribution center... they are here to stay and service Central America.

Laura Chinchilla is under fire for using a private jet to go to a wedding in Peru. The jet was owned by her neighbor who's under investigation for drug trafficking.

Finland acquitted their end of the bribery scandal which involved a previous president of CR because they couldn't get a key witness to testify. The same happened on this end. Again the powerful get away with it; is it any wonder why there is no confidence in the legal process?

Nicaragua quietly dumped plans to use the Rio San Juan as a basis for a trans-ocean shipping canal to compete with the Panama canal and was the basis for various disputes with CR. This is the same route which was considered before the Panama Canal was built and every decade or so, comes back on line to re-consideration. Financing was going to be an issue.

 

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

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