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Reports 2006

Dec. 18-23, 2006
Dec. 11-16, 2006
Nov. 27-Dec. 9, 2006
Nov. 20-25, 2006
Nov. 13-19, 2006
Nov. 6-11, 2006
Oct. 30-Nov. 5, 2006
Oct. 23-28, 2006
Oct. 16-21, 2006
Oct. 9-14, 2006
Oct. 2-7, 2006
Sep. 24-30, 2006
Sep. 16-22, 2006
Sep. 11-14, 2006
Sep. 4-9, 2006
Aug. 28-Sep. 2, 2006
Aug. 21-26, 2006
Aug. 13-19, 2006
Aug. 7-12, 2006
Jul. 31-Aug. 5, 2006
Jul. 24-29, 2006
Jul. 17-22, 2006
Jul. 9-15, 2006
Jul. 3-8, 2006
Jun. 19-Jul. 3, 2006
Jun. 12-17, 2006
Jun. 3-10, 2006
May 29-Jun. 2, 2006
May 22-27, 2006
May 15-20, 2006
May 8-14, 2006
May 1-6, 2006
Apr. 23-29, 2006
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Apr. 3-7, 2006
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Mar. 13-18, 2006
Mar. 8-11, 2006
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Feb. 20-25, 2006
Feb. 12-18, 2006
Feb. 6-11, 2006
Jan. 30-Feb. 4, 2006
Jan. 23-28, 2006
Jan. 16-21, 2006
Jan. 9-14, 2006
Jan. 2-7, 2006

Reports 2005
Dec. 26-31, 2005
Dec. 18-24, 2005
Dec. 12-17, 2005
Dec. 4-10, 2005
Nov. 28-Dec. 3, 2005
Nov. 19-26, 2005
Nov. 14-19, 2005
Nov. 6-12, 2005
Oct. 30-Nov. 5, 2005
Oct. 23-29, 2005
Oct. 16-22, 2005
Oct. 9-15, 2005
Oct. 3-8, 2005
Sept. 25-Oct,1, 2005
Sept. 19-24, 2005
Sept. 12-17, 2005
Sept. 5-10, 2005
Aug. 29-Sept. 3, 2005
Aug. 21-27, 2005
Aug. 14-20, 2005
Aug. 8-12, 2005
Aug. 1-6, 2005
Jul. 25-30, 2005
Jul. 18-23, 2005
Jul. 11-17, 2005
Jul. 1-9, 2005
Jun. 26-Jul. 2, 2005
Jun. 20-25, 2005
Jun. 12-19, 2005
Jun. 5-11, 2005
May 29-Jun. 4, 2005
May 22-28, 2005
May 16-21, 2005
May 8-14, 2005
May 1-6, 2005
Apr. 24-30, 2005
Apr. 18-23, 2005
Apr. 11-16, 2005
Apr. 4-10, 2005
Mar. 26-Apr. 3, 2005
Mar. 21-23, 2005
Mar. 14-19, 2005
Mar. 7-12, 2005
Feb. 27-Mar. 5, 2005
Feb. 21-26, 2005
Feb. 13-19, 2005
Feb. 7-12, 2005
Jan. 30-Feb. 5, 2005
Jan. 23-29, 2005
Jan. 16-22, 2005
Jan. 10-15, 2005
Jan. 3-5, 2005

Reports 2004
Dec. 25-27, 2004
Dec. 20-25, 2004
Dec. 12-18, 2004
Dec. 6-11, 2004
Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 2004
Nov. 22-27, 2004
Nov. 15-21, 2004
Nov. 8-14, 2004
Nov. 1-6, 2004
Oct. 25-30, 2004
Oct. 18-23, 2004
Oct. 11-16, 2004

 

New Construction

Lease / purchase

Phase 3: The construction of the remaining 11 residences.
See what's new: Garden Residences of Río Oro.

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Progress Report

April 2-7, 2007 // CONSTRUCTION LOG #130

Contact phone numbers

Internet Phone:
New York: 315-279-6711
Toronto: 416-907-5758 // 416-461-2203

Costa Rica:
Cell: 506-305-3965
Land: 506-282-4142 Ext. 101

NOTE: the New York and Toronto numbers are "local calls" for people in the area codes; calls from outside the area code will be billed at the normal rate from the caller's area code to either the "315" or the "416" area code.


NOTE: NOW THAT THIS DEVELOPMENT IS ESSENTIALLY FINISHED, THE LOG WILL FOCUS MORE ON THE RIO ORO DEVELOPMENT. IT WILL BE INFORMATIVE TO THOSE PLANNING ON BUILDING, THOSE LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO PURCHASE OR TO LEASE, AND FOR THOSE WONDERING WHAT EXPATS DO IN COSTA RICA AND THE LIFESTYLE OF TWO ORDINARY PEOPLE.

The STORY: another twist but a nice one.

CONSTRUCTION:

No work-it's Semana Santa week. Most of our workers returned to Nicaragua for family reunions.

Paul and I looked for a small stake truck but haven't as yet found one. We will. No hurry.

Residencias Los Jardines:

RENTALS:

Unit 106 A:
(Available May 1)
Ground floor, 1,250sf, 1 bedroom with office/den/bedroom, two bathrooms, two terraces, granite bathrooms and kitchen; fully furnished.
- $900 mo.

Unit 120:
(Available June 1)
Single floor, 1,300 sf, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, executive furnishings throughout —all rooms is beautifully decorated. The kitchen and both bathrooms have granite surfaces. The kitchen cabinets are made from natural wood; there is a raised eating counter for casual dining. The kitchen features SS appliances-- dishwasher, 6 burner gas stove, and microwave and all the small appliances needed for cooking. The wrought iron and glass dining room table seats 4. Living room features a beautiful full length book case / lighted display area with home theater system and a 42' plasma TV. On the covered terrace are a set of casual chairs as well as a 6 seat dining table. The home is equipped with a stacked washer / dryer.
- $1,400mo.

Unit 124:
(Available May 1)
2nd. floor, one bedroom (620 sf), fully furnished with display bookshelf/wall unit, home theater system, 42" Plasma TV, computer desk, large kitchen with natural
wood cabinets and granite counters and backsplash including valence lighting, Bedroom has a full size (matrimonial) bed as well as a single bed. There is a
matrimonial size pull out sofa in the living room. The living room overlooks the large pool and faces west. The bedroom faces east and has views of the mountains.
$950 mo.

Residencias Los Jardines is a secure, gated, tranquil community with on-site satellite and / or CableTica TV, high speed internet, VOIP phone capability, 2 swimming pools each with waterfalls, bar-b-qs and social areas, English and Spanish spoken, extensive manicured gardens, English / Spanish /German / Dutch / French spoken.

RESALES:

Unit 102: A 2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bathroom, ground floor unit with 1,925 sf (177 m²).
A huge master bedroom and master bathroom with Jacuzzi.
Bathrooms have marble counters and marble wainscoting. The master bedroom has a full featured closet with numerous built-in organizers as well as a place for a TV. The bedroom is located near a water fountain where you awake to the sound of water.
The “U” shaped kitchen with overhead storage cupboards is made of “cedro”, (as are all the cabinets and doors) a native wood and features full granite backsplash and counters and valence lighting. The built in SS appliances (GE fridge, GE “Profile” space saver microwave/exhaust combination unit, the 6 burner gas stove/oven, and the Frigidaire dishwasher are all included.
Off the kitchen is the laundry room which includes both washer and dryer and has a full height pantry for either kitchen or linen storage —your choice. The open concept dining area and living room has two, full height built-in lighted cabinets —one for books /display / flat screen TV, and one which could be used for a bar or dining room hutch. The ceiling features exposed wooden beams stained to match the doors and cabinetry. The separate office area has lots of windows and a built-in granite topped desk as well as a large full height storage / lighted display cabinet. The outside terrace, like the interior floor, is ceramic. The terrace ceiling is covered with cana brava, has recessed halogen lighting —like the rest of the house; provision has been made for a chandelier over where a large outside dining table could be placed. The terrace overlooks a semi-private garden which includes orchids and roses and has a walk-out to a semi-private palm-thatched rancho. The unit comes with a covered parking spot for one car. This is a re-sale due to health.
It originally sold for $227,000 and is now offered at $245,000

See pictures of unit 102

Note: In speaking with one agent, she is finding a lot of clients from Venezuela-these people are getting out while they still can and are looking to buy and to lease. Costa Rica is seen as a "safe haven".

OUR LIVES

Weather: mostly overcast days —some rain, no wind-24C / 76F. It's almost as if this is heralding the rainy season even though by the calendar, it is a month or so early. It could be related to the presence of La Nina in the Pacific or a low pressure situation which will eventually move on.

A quiet week where I was forced to do nothing except eat, drink, and snooze. Not a bad life if I could learn to relax.

Sunday is a co-op afternoon party with beer-can chicken being the feature attraction, fresh French fries, salad and I'm sure other goodies. It's a 17 yr. anniversary of one of our resident couples.

Who comes to Los Jardines and Why? Listed in no particular order:

Person 1: Single lady, mid 60's,: Tica, owner: She wanted a safe living environment (her home had been robbed) and didn't want to have to maintain a home. She wanted carefree living.

Person 2: Male, tenant, early 60s, single. Retired train conductor who previously lived in New York. He wanted a better quality of life which included being able to play golf when he wanted to.

Person 3: French Canadian from Quebec City, single, male, 60ish, owner. A builder in Canada, he's found a new mate, imports high end cars/trucks and resells them and more recently bought and is renovating a beach property.

Person 4: Tenant couple with young daughter, mid 30s, Canadian (personal friends from our marina days). These people are repeat tenants who followed Lita and I here. They are looking for a better quality of life and are independent thinkers; they do not want to live life to pay their mortgage, car leases and credit card debts and shovel snow. While they are still working out some aspects of "Freedom 40" they have, over the past several years spent 4 months each year assessing if CR is right for them and how they can sustain themselves while getting their ducks in Canada lined up. Family life is important for them.

Person 5: Single, male, Tenant, 60ish, American, raising his 8 yr. old granddaughter. A former jockey and house painter, he now runs a small bingo website and has several employees. Recent US legislation hurt him for a while but now he's back on track. His granddaughter is a delight; fully bilingual and polite as can be.

Person 6: investor / owner, mid 60s, (a known associate in Canada and who's become a personal friend). He loved the development, felt it represented good value and that he cold get a good return on his investment. He and another friend own 4 houses in Los Jardines; they haven't been disappointed in their investment.

To be continued.

Brian, Lita, Hugo and irreverent Vicka, the pigeon toed parrot.

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MASTERPLAN

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Overlay of Version 1 of the master plan. There will be some minor changes to it but for the most part, it is a reasonable starting point. The picture with the yellow dots represents trees.  One swimming pool will likely be eliminated in favor of houses (the large one near the 2nd. pool (bottom left hand corner)  This area will likely become a condominium within a condominium having it's own direct street access.