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Residencias Los Jardines - Life & Times

ISSUE #670: July 30-August 5, 2017


Brian Timmons, Newsletter Author
Brian Timmons

Dear friends,

When I started Residencias Los Jardines, I started writing a weekly newsletter -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 re-sales and rental availability. Some readers may be interested in this information.

Brian Timmons
Developer / Property manager
Residencias Los Jardines


rentals & sales

Paradisus Condos / Rohrmoser
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Each of the units consists of two bedrooms / two bathrooms, and a large living/dining/kitchen area. The floor plan of each of these units has eliminated the optional "den / office" divider. The result is a larger area offering more flexible furniture arrangements while still maintaining the option of including an office area. At 105m2 plus two parking spots each and storage locker, they offer a great opportunity for someone seeking views, security, central location, and first class, all round living...

Semi furnished unit: For sale: $235,000
Fully furnished unit: For sale: $245,000
Floor 12 -west view

Market activity
sales & rentals

Sales: Los Jardines: Units #106A, #114, #123 and #124

Rentals: Paradisus: nothing available.
Los Jardines: Units #106C and #106D are available for rent

Upcoming vacancies: Los Jardines: Unit #102 end of June / Unit #118 end of May

Residencias Los Jardines
property management, rentals & re-sales

Unit #106A: $ 165,000 / See Unit
Unit #114: $ 199,000 / See Unit
Unit #123: $ 198,500​ / See Unit
Unit #124: $ 135,000 / See Unit

Unit #106C: $ 1,050 mo / Available Immediately / See Unit
Unit #106D: $ 1,150 mo / Available Immediately / See Unit

For sale

UNIT #106A
$ 165,000

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1250
Total area (Sq M): 120
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Floor(s): 1
Type: Apartment
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
$ 199,000

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
$ 198,500

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
$ 135,000

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, + 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.

For rent

UNIT #106C
$ 1,050 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 #106D
$ 1,150 mo.
Available Immediately

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1227
Total area (Sq M): 113
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 georgous home with one of the best views at Los Jardines. The very large front covered terrace faces west and is suitable for entertaining; the off-bedroom covered terrace faces east for sun sets. This very tastefully furnished and fully equipped home offers a lifestyle envied by many. The owner offers financing if desired.

Our Lives

Weather: Mostly partly sunny, normal rainy weather, no wind, temperatures 25C / 78F -beautiful.

MANAGING OURSELVES: we are running neck and neck to the bottom of the barrel with the US political BS. We met, voted, and I can't believe what happened... no, I can believe it... I just don't want to believe it... time to re-think life and the future... commitments, associations, etc... it will be better than I think... perhaps it will be worse than I imagine... time for an exit plan from Los Jardines... second time I have been within a hairs breath of changing the future except one person failed me...

Potential Sale: We have had some interest in purchasing 123. As of this writing, there seems to be agreement but some issues have yet to be confirmed. We'll see.

I have been bedeviled by one house that has more bloody problems than all the others put together. I get one problem solved, two more show up. I am not liking this... neither is the owner, I am sure. The house was built for the owner and has features that the owner wanted. He left and those features remain; some are too delicate for a rental house... or we are just into a situation of everything going wrong at the same time.

News Items of the Week


1. RECOPE -breaking it up... this will be a step in the right direction but I doubt if it will happen -way too many people on the gravy train. It is way too powerful, morally corrupt, and financially out of control. It really adds no value that I can see to anyone other than the employees.

2. Solis says the country is running out of cash. He is responsible for increasing the budget double digits (19% first year) and has passed a law limiting deficits to become effective in 2018 -next administration. The new government won't be bound by this law.

Last week President Solís announced that there are insufficient funds to pay all government obligations. He wasn't talking about the future, he was talking about next week! The "Fiscal" here is so inept and mismanaged that they didn't see the shortfall coming until it was right upon them. Revenue intake must be at historical highs, but the spending increases planned -largely to fund indexed government pensions and the like, seem to have no limit or controls.

1. Four presidential candidates in favor of breaking fuel monopoly

Four of five presidential candidates who took part in a debate late last week said they would support breaking up the fuel monopoly held by the Costa Rican Oil Refinery (RECOPE).

The Costa Rican Chamber of Industries (CICR) organized the debate on Thursday evening, which included Otto Guevara Guth of the Libertarian Movement, Antonio Álvarez Desanti of the National Liberation Party, Rodolfo Piza Rocafort of the Social Christian Unity Party, Mario Redondo Poveda of Christian Democratic Alliance and Carlos Alvarado Quesada of the ruling Citizen Action Party, the only candidate opposed to opening the fuel market.

The candidates who agreed on the opening said consumers should not pay for financial perks for RECOPE employees, which the agency includes in its fuel price calculations.

Alvarado, the lone voice against lifting the monopoly, said that people need to stop thinking about the past.

“Instead of opening up the fuel monopoly, we need to take steps towards new technologies, such as electric transportation,” he said.

Guevara noted that he was pleased that Álvarez, Piza and Redondo supported the idea of breaking RECOPE’s monopoly, which he described as “a libertarian idea, now being embraced by other parties.”


Aside from their opinions about RECOPE, candidates agreed on most other economic issues, the focus of the debate moderated by former CNN journalist Alberto Padilla.

All five of them agreed that they would support a boost in the use of natural gas and in the creation of an Energy Ministry.

They also agreed with the idea of supporting more contracts between public and private-sector companies for the construction of public infrastructure projects, as well as measures to improve public finances — mostly by cutting public spending — and better hiring regulations for public workers.

Some other parties have already confirmed their candidates for the 2018 presidential election. The CICR, however, indicated that it only invited candidates “who have shown support for the private sector’s contribution to the development of Costa Rica.”



Brian C. Timmons
Property Manager RLJ and Newsletter Author

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