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See what's new: Condominio Hacienda "El Dorado".

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Progress Report

August 27 - September 1, 2007 // CONSTRUCTION LOG #151

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: WHEN I STARTED RESIDENCIAS LOS JARDINES, I STARTED WRITING A WEEKLY NEWS LETTER—DEETERMINED TO TELL ALL THE GOOD, BAD, AND THE UGLY. I KNEW SOME READERS WERE INTERESTED IN THE CONSTRUCTION PROCESS. OTHERS WERE INTERESTED IN HAVING INSIGHT TO 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 LOR JARDINES IS FINISHED. WE PERIODICALLY HAVE RESALES AND RENTAL AVAILABILTY. 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:

The STORY: El Dorado: rain and mud

Pictures: nothing - mud is not exciting

CONSTRUCTION

Architect: he's beginning to deliver the product but is behind on the schedule set. He doesn't make all the changes the first or sometimes even the 2nd. time so this continues to be a drawn out process.

Quebrada: We've completed the installation of the concrete culvert and have diverted the water to now run through it. We've continue to receive fill dirt-probably around 300 truck loads and need an estimated 500 more. If the rains would ever stop, we could begin moving that dirt into place and covering the culvert and leveling out the quebrada. I had to laugh when I say the Municipalidad de Santa Ana dump truck pulling out of our gate. I guess they, along with others, have dirt they have to get rid of and rather than paying to dump it, they find places like us to dispose of it.

Fence: We've nearly completed this section of the fence. We will begin on new sections next week...

Web site: This is under development and we have decided to use the following domain name: www.eldoradocostarica.com

Marketing: We have redone our logo.. The marketing / sales manager we hired expressed what I felt and in discussion with Paul, he too agreed that what we had chosen wasn't that great. Now we have several choices we're all actively happy with. We will be moving forward on Monday to finalize graphics arrangements and will integrate this with the website development.

RESIDENCIAS LOS JARDINES

For Sale / for Lease: nothing for sale and beginning Oct. 1, unit 121 is available for lease.

Satellite TV: DISH continues to change the codes regularly but...

The access road is a mess and has been all week and will continue to be for weeks to come. The developer beyond us is putting in rain water and black water drainage pipes. The rain hasn't helped him either.

Rainwater Drainage: We experienced a small flood on Wednesday. While we have fixed most of these problems, we have at least this one yet to work on. We are making a modification and will then wait to see if it works.

Gardener: One of our three quit. We're looking for a new one. Three referrals failed to show for interviews and I'm not impressed with the one candidate we have. We've posted notices around and are awaiting a replies.

OUR LIVES

Weather: mostly beautiful ,clear mornings with usually heavy rains in the afternoons. On Wednesday, we had one of the heaviest rains yet.

Dental work: I'm in the process of getting a crown —$270.

 

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

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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.