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Residencias Los Jardines - Life & Times

ISSUE #698: Feb. 18-24, 2018

Tough Sledding...

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

Distrito Cuatro / Guachipelín / Escazú

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Market activity
sales & rentals

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


Paradisus: Nothing available

Los Jardines: Nothing available

Residencias Los Jardines
property management, rentals & re-sales

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

Our Lives

Weather: Beautiful, normal, sunny, 25 degrees, cool evenings, gentle breeze... wow... loving it

Tough Sledding: Collecting is becoming more and more of a problem.​ While I am working late payers down from eight to three, it has been tough, tough, tough... One guy was legit... the others, I don't know and don't really care. I am not running a a welfare camp, drop out center, halfway house, rehab or anything like it... I offer a good product with a contract in which the terms and conditions are clearly spelled out for both parties... I expect both parties to respect it... when they don't, I advise of deficiencies and remedies, and when it becomes obvious that the other party is not interested in respecting the terms and conditions, then I intercede... the Internet and Cable TV went off last week, and the water this morning... I will help him pack and wish him well when he exits the gate...

Dead Tenant: Not mine but a fellow landlord. In this case, a 20's something Am. kid ODed; his girlfriend found him. My friend has to work with the authorities and parents sorting out things and it hasn't been easy. I might have taken a different approach than my friend to make life easier for me but each to our own... I don't want to own these types of problems... I want to put them behind me as fast a possible.

District 4: Got the info together for that property and my support person in Argentina put it all together for me and it is now posted. Send a PDF file to agents for them to use in marketing. Have had one half hearted response... at least I know the inquiry feedback loop is working.

Mortgage payments: I am working on those as well. Penalties rack up pretty fast... I don't want penalty fees but if the borrower is stupid enough to incur them, then let him pay. Not my job to carry the box of Kleenex and diapers.

Perhaps you can tell: I'm a little over extended on empathy these days... my reservoir is empty.You can take on everyone elses problems if you allow yourself... it usually doesn't work out -they either got themselves into problems via bad decisions or circumstances beyond their control... now, both elements are out of my control so I am not interested in taking on their messes...

Friends from Montreal are in town escaping the brutal Canadian winter and wine club tomorrow... and the hammock later today.

News Items of the Week


I have been busy with the Kleenex so know what has been going on.



Brian C. Timmons
Property Manager RLJ and Newsletter Author

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