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Residencias Los Jardines - Life & Times

ISSUE #213: Nov.1-8, 2008

"Waiting" and "Leasing"

"Waiting" and "Leasing"


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.

More and more, the content will be dominated by events of our new project, "El Dorado" for short. While the future is always uncertain, I again aim to tell it like it happens —the good, the bad, and the ugly, and that is what follows.

In an effort to make the format more interesting and visually appealing and to field inquiries re. El Dorado, the news letter is now being distributed by Jan Kozak, Marketing Manager, Hacienda El Dorado. I will remain the author.


Sales: None this week


Permit Applications: SETENA--D1--we wait and that will probably be the story until the end of January. 

Construction: We have all the sketches of the bridge, retaining wall, and the culvert discharge needed to submit for preliminary approval. That will be done next week. Included in this will be the design for the river crossings of the perimeter fence.

Water: We have not received a reply re. our request for a study to be done to give us the technical specifications needed to start a conversation with AyA. We have re-submitted the request with a fax number--maybe that will make a difference. We will wait until Tuesday and if we've heard nothing, we will send them a reminder and wait until Friday. If we still haven't heard we will notify them that they are in breach of their responsibility to respond within a given time limit which they will have exceeded at that point in time. 

Two Disasters:  Mudslide endangering the roadway: the City has done nothing. The plastic "Danger" tape  along the roadway has been removed. It is a disaster waiting to happen.  The culvert washout: the cement culvert sections are on site.  We will begin installing them next week.


Website Upgrade / Marketing: Photos of Residencias Los Jardines, the Santa Ana area and some of the houses are available on line at:

Unit 123: We've been given notice that the tenant of three months is moving--he's too far from his work and since he likes to party late at night, he feels he should move. It's unfortunate that people don't figure these things out when committing.

Unit 107: The short term tenants moved out on Friday. The owner stayed Friday night and we leased it  on Friday effective Monday for a year.

Note: Some common denominators we are seeing in our renters: in their 30s early 40s, working either for themselves or support services in computer based businesses often times located elsewhere than CR. These people are mobile;  hey require good telecommunications connections. These people used to be associated with the on-line gaming industry but now there seems to be a wider array of industries represented. 

Cable TV:  AMNET should be operational in the area around mid November. We will be exploring connections with them.

Shareholders Meeting: Information re. the shareholder meeting will be sent out this next week.

Units for Sale/Lease:

Residencia Los Jardines Site Plan

Unit #107 - For Sale/Leased - $255,000

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1716
Total area (Sq M): 158
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2.5
Floor(s): 2 Story
Type: Detached
Furnished: Yes
This 1,716 sf. (plus parking for one car) two story, detached house, with three terraces, two bedrooms (one on each floor) and upstairs master suite is a beautiful home. This home consists of two VERY large bedrooms (one on each floor) with en-suite bathrooms and a powder room, each with large closets with extensive built-ins for personal organization. The vaulted living room and ground floor bedroom ceilings as well as the master bedroom on the 2nd floor, provide a feeling of grandeur while allowing the warmer air to rise and exit through the ceiling ventilating system. There are three TVs (one in each bedroom and one in the living room.) This is a beautiful home. There is a rough-in for a dishwasher in the kitchen area.

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Unit #120 - For Sale/Leased - $185,000

Total Area (Sq Ft):1312
Total area (Sq M):122
Floor(s):1 Story

This 1,312 sf single floor home includes a 300 sf front terrace plus parking for one car. It is an end unit and therefore attached on only one side providing ample lighting and views. The 6 inch cement demising (common) wall prevents sound transfer. This is a very nicely furnished and accented home.

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Unit #108 - For Sale/Leased - $245,000

Total Area (Sq Ft):1716
Total area (Sq M):158
Floor(s):2 Story

This 1,716 sf. (plus parking space for one car) two storey, detached house, with two terraces, two bedrooms (one on each floor) and an upstairs master suite is a beautiful home.

This home consists of two VERY large bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms (one on each floor) and a powder room each with closets with extensive built-ins for personal organization. The vaulted living room and ground floor bedroom ceilings as well as the master bedroom on the 2nd floor provide a feeling of grandeur while allowing the warmer air to rise and exit through the ceiling ventilating system.

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Unit #123: For Rent - $1,650

Total Area (Sq Ft):1516
Total area (Sq M):140
Floor(s):2 Story
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.

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November 08, 2008
ENVIRONMENT: Costa Rica at a Crossroads
SAN JOSÉ, Nov 8 (IPS) - The Crucitas open-pit gold mining project in northern Costa Rica could become an environmental cross to bear for the government of Óscar Arias.

November 07, 2008
Costa Rica Lawmakers Pass New Property Tax
(The Tico Times) Owners of properties worth more than about $182,000 will soon pay a new graduated tax, the first major fiscal reform since President Oscar Arias took office in May 2006.

November 07, 2008
EVCSA Relaunches Bidding for Valle Central Wind Project
(Inside Costa Rica) Eólico Valle Central (EVCSA) has issued a new call for bids to install the 15.3MW, US$38.3mn wind farm in Costa Rica, the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (Cabei) announced.

November 06, 2008
Costa Rica Celebrates Historic U.S. Election
(The Tico Times) Tico leaders from across the political spectrum cheered Democratic candidate Barack Obama's victory yesterday after he became the first black president-elect of the United States.

November 06, 2008
Banco Cuscatlán and Uno Complete Merger with Citi in Costa Rica
(The Tico Times) Citibank finalized its fusion with Banco Cuscatlán and Banco Uno in Costa Rica this week, and the two absorbed banks will now operate under the name Citi.


Weather: The weather continues through this transitional phase.  Mostly dry with the odd heavy rain. 

Lita and the Parrot: Neither the anger management nor the threat approach worked.  She's still the mean little bugger she was born to be.  However, Lita is not willing to give up so now she is telling this moron that she could be a "Star" advertising Quaker Oats:

Brian, Lita, Hugo, irreverent Vicka, the pigeon toed parrot, and the newbies — Chico and Chica.



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