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Phase 3: The construction of the remaining 11 residences.
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Progress Report

April 23-28, 2007 // CONSTRUCTION LOG #133

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: El Dorado inches forward and power outages continue.

CONSTRUCTION

The fence inches along —see pictures.

We continue to wait for others to do their work so that applications can be filed...

I've updated the webpage summarizing the developments to date. That is now posted.

I have authorized the widening and hardening of a service road as well as the construction of the retaining walls required. This will be part of the finished product; we know where the internal roads are going to go so we can do this now. The dirt removed in this process will be used to fill in another area. Some trees will have to be removed in the process but they are from the non-protected species list and none are significant to our needs and at least one is structurally unsound.

Back up generation: The current power failures are not new to our planning. We have included the provision of an automatic kick-in back up generator for the security system, potable water system, black-water treatment plant, and public lighting. We have not yet decided to include any house lighting or to rely on the battery packs provided for in the Los Jardines houses.

RESIDENCIAS LOS JARDINES

Power outages: They continue on a regular basis just a day after ICE said there would be no more. We still don't have a consistent explanation of the problem and therefore have no idea when the blackouts will stop. They wreck havoc with some electronic equipment which doesn't like power surges; surge protectors and a transformer aside, we still have problems. Our back up generator which draws and pressurizes our water system as well as power our gates, failed again. We're having to make due with City water and so far, it is adequate especially now that we do not have to irrigate.

Sales: I received two offers, one each for 112 and 110 but the purchasers and the vendor couldn't agree on price.

Garden: We've experienced an invasion of tiny ant-like bugs which like the new ficus benjamina leaves. They ruin the leaf in the process. The remedy We were advised that the remedy involves trimming off all the new leaves and get rid of them and to spray the residual tree. There is always something to be on guard for.

RE-SALES:

Unit 112$170,000
Single floor, 1,300 sf, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, new Hofurnishings.  The kitchen and both bathrooms have granite counters. The kitchen cabinets are made from natural wood- "cedro" and has a breakfast counter for casual dining.  The kitchen features SS appliances-- 6 burner gas stove, and  GE "Profile" microwave and exhaust space saver unit and all the small appliances and items needed for cooking and dining. The living room features a floor to ceiling full length book case/ display/entertainment center. Areas for a computer work station and TV are incorporated. The LR features one chair, love seat and a sofa as well as 4 wrought iron / granite topped end/coffee tables. There is a 6 seat glass and wood dining room table as well. On the covered terrace is  a 6 seat dining table. The home is equipped with a stacked washer / dryer.  It has vaulted ceilings, valance (direct and indirect lighting). It's located at the back of the property, near the large pool; it is part of a 4 unit complex.

RENTALS:

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

Unit 112:
Available May 1
Similar to Unit 120 (below)  except it's attached on two sides. 
- $1,350 mo.

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,  2-bar-b-qs and social areas, extensive manicured gardens, English / Spanish / German / Dutch / French spoken.

We've had several lookers this week.  Some have said they will commit; some are still thinking.  We'll respond accordingly.

OUR LIVES

Weather: A combination of sun and light showers.

Hugo is still loosing his hair and we're still looking for the cause.

Owner friends left on Friday and others will leave on Monday. The owner's place is leased and we will manage it on his behalf; the other unit will be occupied by the owner who's currently staying with a friend on the property waiting to move in.

Comment: For 20 years I worked in an electrical power company. The division I was involved in was responsible for the management of the bulk electrical system-we managed the demand for electricity with the generation capability and mix and delivered it to further points of distribution. As such, we had to know what the demand was, what the 5 yr. rate in demand was expected to be and what generation was available now and would be available in the future. We made sure that the powers to be knew this information so they could plan; we were also instrumental in analyzing power failures in the bulk electrical system. Based on an outsider's perspective, this function in ICE seems to have failed miserably-in planning, in getting the government to understand the criticality of the situation, and in explaining what has happened, why it was not anticipated, why the public and the government were not advised, etc. This is not a problem which reared itself over night nor is it a problem which will be fixed over night. While rains and reservoirs might alleviate the situation in the short run, and save ICEs and the public's bacon, it's a problem which requires focus, honesty to address, and the commitment of resources to solve.

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

Person 19: Owner, early 40s, single, male, USA. He sold his auto body business in the New England area and moved here to enjoy life. His current passion is a charter fishing boat.

Person 20: Owner, early 50s, single, Canadian, successful businessman, took advantage of a break in his career, to enjoy life and play golf. He likes CR and Los Jardines so much he's decided to stay and to buy more units.

Person 21: Investor-future resident, Norwegian, early 70s, single male: He purchased because it was a good investment and offered a desirable lifestyle.

Person 22: Single (but soon to be married), American, male, early 40s, tenant: As a lawyer in New York, he made a lot of money and moved to CR to enjoy life and to look for opportunities here. He's finding them in a variety of different venues.

Person 23: Tenant, elderly American lady requiring full time care. She was brought to CR and to Los Jardines by her son because he could afford to provide better care and a better quality of life.

Person 24. Investors who own two units, American, a couple in their early 60's. They may eventually spend some time here but for now, it is an investment.

Person 25: Tenant, early 60s, married, American: A philanthropist who is helping to improve various CR schools. He visits his projects for a few days each month or so and got tire of living in hotels.

Person 26: An elderly English lady requiring full time care. Her son and daughter-in-law brought her here from England because they could afford to offer her better care and a better quality of life. She loves the gardens; finding English speaking caregivers has not been a problem.

Person 27: Single CR lady, owner, late 60s. She purchased here because she likes the gardens and the tranquility, single level, security (her home had been broken into), presence of neighbors and proximity to CIMA (health concern), and ease of house maintenance.

Brian, Lita,  Hairless 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.