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Residencias Los Jardines - Life & Times

ISSUE #753: March 17-23, 2019

Rentals / Vacancies... the Normal

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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Paradisus Condos - click to visit

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 #114, #116 and #124

Rentals:

Paradisus: Nothing Available at the moment

Los Jardines: Units #104 (UNFURNISHED), #112, #113 and #114

 
Residencias Los Jardines
property management, rentals & re-sales

FOR SALE
Unit #114: $ 199,000 / See Unit
Unit #116: $ 195,000 / See Unit
Unit #124: $ 125,000 / See Unit

FOR RENT
Unit #104: $ 850 mo. / Available immediately / See Unit
Unit #112: $ 1,150 mo. / Available immediately / See Unit
Unit #113: $ 1,200 mo. / Available immediately / See Unit
Unit #114: $ 1,350 mo. / Available immediately / See Unit

For sale

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 #116
FOR SALE
$ 195,000

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1290
Total area (Sq M): 120
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Floor(s): 1
Type: Semi-Attached
Furnished: Yes

This 1,290 sf single floor home includes a 300 sf front terrace plus parking for one car and a separate, secure storage locker. It is and end unit and therefore attached on only one side by a 6 inch cement demising (common) wall, which prevents sound transfer.

UNIT #124
FOR SALE
$135,000 $ 125,000

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 #104
FOR RENT
$ 850 mo.
Available immediately

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1290
Total area (Sq M): 120
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Floor(s): 1
Type: 1 Story
Furnished: UNFURNISHED

Single story, detached, two bedroom / two bathroom, 100 M2 / 1,064 SF, with a back yard, covered terrace, UNFURNISHED, one parking, vaulted ceilings, lots of built ins... bright in all rooms, with lots of windows and flow through ventilation. Parking for one car.

UNIT #112
FOR RENT
$ 1,150 mo.
Available immediately

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1290
Total area (Sq M): 120
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Floor(s): 1
Type: 1 Story
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.

UNIT #113
FOR RENT
$ 1,200 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 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.

UNIT #114
FOR RENT
$ 1,350 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

 
Our Lives

High Winds: Winds were quieter and temperatures a less lower... while not yet into the rainy season, we sense a change.

What Happened This Week

Internet: The provider, TIGO continues to provide unreliable service. We are looking at changing but have to wait a few months before what we hope to be a more reliable provider is available in our area.

Irrigation and Gardening: This is a continuing challenge. We aren't there yet. Continue to re-work existing systems...

Market Activity: I have had only one inquiry and viewing of Paradisus in 2 1/2 months. I had one this week and they took it. Hope it works out. RE. Los Jardines, only one who wanted to stuff it with 4 adult males... I played hardball re. price; they seem to have gone elsewhere. o.k. Re. 104: we had an interested client who had no money... we passed...

Administrative Document Creation: Waiting for feedback from my colleagues and taking a break. I think what I created if close to perfect // but different eyes / minds may think differently. When it has been vetted, I will see about translating it into Spanish. Google translated does a 75% ok. job / it is the next 20% that needs to be focused on.

INS Suit: INS had requested some documents which had no bearing on the case. I refused to give them and that was reported to the Tribunal. The Tribunal agreed with me. Now the Tribunal will proceed to render a decision.. a month or so. In the meantime, nothing is really happening on the rulings previously made. INS has appealed to SALA 1 -the supreme court for this type of issue -requesting a annulment of all decisions... Why? because in ALL cases INS lost, it was found liable and ordered to pay principal, legals and in some cases, back interest. I am told it will take about a year for the SALA to deal with the INS request... Anything for delay and diversion.

RITEVE: This is the once a year car inspection. They do a good job in making sure cares / trucks / buses are safe mechanically. They also inspect for pollution. This still seems a bit spotty when one views cars / buses / trucks belching black / blue smoke... Regardless, the condition of cars on the road now is much better than when I came here 19 years ago. Unfortunately, the drivers are worse and there are more of them!!

Vacancies: Again we have lots of rental vacancies: 102 / 104 / 111(?) / 112 / 113 / 114 / 121 / 123... ranging from $850 - $1,800...

Compliance with new Tax Law: I have not dealt with this because it is too confusing and because I do not see how my situation can work. I had had previous conversations with a bookkeeper / lawyer / and now a CPA. Well after 1 1/2 hrs of discussion, he and his administrative assistant admitted they did not know either but agreed to ask the government tax authority how to handle it. My property management company is not the only one in the country but as we understand the law, monies I collect on behalf on my clients are attributed to my company... well that is not the case... and things I buy or pay for on their behalf are their expenses, not mine.???? In any place other than CR, there would seemingly be a simple solution... if there is, it is evading all of us...

Cleaning Silica from Glass Shower Doors / Faucets: For anyone not having this problem, this is a ridiculous little story. For those of us who have been trying to solve this issue for years, I now have the solution.

How does one clean silica build up on glass from water? Silica is not calcium. There is CLR or the equivalent which removes it. Silica? no way... nothing that has been used over the years touches it... Well, I now have the solution... so simple... fine grit emery paper... sand it off... It does not scratch the glass... only removes the silica... wow... the glass shower doors are now virtually new. To remove silica build up from faucets and counters, a razor blade knife.

 
News Items of the Week

COMMENTS

Nothing of any significance... exchange rate floats down... around 596 now. Roads are torn up in my areas of travel making a difficult situation even more difficult.

 

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

Brian C. Timmons
Property Manager RLJ and Newsletter Author

Costa Rica:
Cell: (+506) 8-455-59-35
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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