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Residencias Los Jardines - Life & Times

ISSUE #675: Sept. 3-9, 2017

Changes & Happenings...

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

Web: http://www.residenciaslosjardines.com
Emails: info@residenciaslosjardines.com
ResidenciasPropertyManagement@gmail.com

 
Featured
rentals & sales

Paradisus Condos / Rohrmoser
FOR SALE / RENT
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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...

PRICE REDUCTION
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 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

FOR SALE
Unit #106A: $ 165,000 / See Unit
Unit #114: $ 199,000 / See Unit
Unit #124: $ 135,000 / See Unit

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

For sale

UNIT #106A
FOR SALE
$ 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
FOR SALE
$ 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 #124
FOR SALE
$ 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
FOR RENT
$ 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
FOR RENT
$ 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 25º C / 78º F – beautiful...

Changes: The person who carried multiple hats shed a few... as it should have been years ago... one person was acting as Treasurer, Property Manager to the condominium, property manager to some home owners and as a real estate agent... too many hats without discrete roles. He ran himself into the ground and has resigned for health reasons. He has chosen to remain a RE agent. There is a plan in place to replace him as Treasurer and to manage the condo business. A number of us argued at the time this was voted on that this was a mistake and had continued argued... finally it has been recognized and is now being sorted out.

Foreclosure: the "auction" was held in Puntarenas court house on Tuesday. No one showed up... so I will assume possession (not want I wanted) and the occupant has said he would move quietly to avoid embarrassment at the end of the month. The event went down like this: the Puntarenus courthouse is under renovation; some of the normal functions have been shifted elsewhere. After we found where that was, we found that the electrical company was replacing a blown transformer... the building had to power, all computers were down, all info. was on line, they didn't know what we were there for... my lawyer had his laptop, brought the info on line, they judge's assistant read the order, went to a manual typewriter, wrote what he was suppose to write and the entry / signature made--deal closed. All was done in the dime light of a building without power...

Surgery: it went as scheduled. I had 3 phone calls reminding me... as if I could forget... I arrived at 3... no one seemed to know why I was there... the checking in and payment seemed overly disorganized but eventually we got it sorted out... I got prepped, a couple questions, out like a light, awoke at 5:45... left at 7:30. I am not running marathons but getting around. For those interested, the cost is about $3,300.

A Problem Tenant: not my problem but he is still a problem...

Rancho Re-thatching: done and should hold for another 7-8 years.

Gate at Los Jardines: one of two main gates failed. The problem was found to be the gear drive. About 4-5 months ago, this was replaced. The replacement was a plastic part vs. a more substantial metal gear -this should have be better thought through... this gate gets a lot of use... so of course the plastic gear failed. Solution is to buy a new motor, repair this over time and have a back up... another good decision buy the new decision makers... lights are being replaced, water tank has been cleaned... things are getting done... finally, finally, finally... my hammock is not only a place of recuperation but a place of contentment (not resignation as it had become).

Market Activity: NONE... I have two great houses restored to near original condition. I turned down two applicants: one had difficulty making the deposit and had a dog (he said it was his brothers but I didn't believe him); the second... retired army vet / gringo acted funny (too much agent orange I suspect) and after questioning, said he would be staying there with his girlfriend (o.k.) and her 4 additional family members... (not o.k.). So we continue to look...

 
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FOR RENTAL OR SALES INFORMATION
ON ANY OF THE ABOVE, CONTACT:

Brian C. Timmons
Property Manager RLJ and Newsletter Author

Costa Rica:
Cell: (+506) 8305-3965
Land line: (+506) 2282-4142 Ext. 101

Canada:
VOIP: (+416) 461-2203

Web: http://www.residenciaslosjardines.com
Emails: info@residenciaslosjardines.com
ResidenciasPropertyManagement@gmail.com

 

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