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

January 1-6, 2007 // CONSTRUCTION LOG #117

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: Purchase of 2,500 M2 at Rio Oro, and SLOW internet.

CONSTRUCTION

Rio Oro Development: The owners of 2,500 meters of land continuous to the 40,000 meters that we purchased, finally came to the table this week. They are now willing to sell it for what we were offering. The lawyers are working on it. This completes the planned land acquisition. What does this 2500 meters give us? It gives us control on both sides of an additional 1000 meters of the stream. It also makes it easier to secure the property. We could build on it but as of now, I don't think we will make many detailed plans. We'll check on Monday to see if the land is suitable for the sewage treatment plant (I suspect the topography is wrong). We can now, however, begin to incorporate access roads to the area in our site plan submission. Re. the application for perimeter fencing: it's my understanding that for some reason which defies reason, we have to argue that we don't need to included specs for the sewage treatment plant since no application for land use has been made how does anyone know what is to be located thereon. It could be a farm but at this point in time it shouldn't be necessary. As in the past, there are always spurious requirements which make no sense-this delays the most obvious and simple plans and justifies the continuous delays.

Residencias Los Jardines:

Internet: It has been VERY, VERY slow all week. Perhaps ICE has oversold it capability or something has happened to their system. If this continues, we'll have to explore other options. This is not acceptable.

HGTV "House Hunters": the episode including Los Jardines aired this past week. Unit 123 was one of the three houses shown. The "purchasers" had already bought; we were just a stage prop. I didn't see the episode. Barry Ashworth arranged it and was the agent in the show.

PBX phone system: We finally got the system hooked up properly and now have five lines that the system can seek out. This has taken longer than expected; we're glad it's now over.

Website: I've modified the RLJ website such that the current RENTALS and RESALES information is readily available to whomever clicks on the opening page.

Rentals:

Unit 121: Two story, 2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bathrooms including Jacuzzi, terrace facing east looking at the sunrise and the mountains. 1,650sf. Beautifully furnished - $1,600 mo.

Unit 123: A beautifully situated unit nicely furnished is available for lease - $1,650 mo. this two bedroom unit with 2nd. floor terrace overlooks the lighted garden and one swimming pool as well as the mountains.

Unit 126: One bedroom studio unit with full kitchen and terrace. Lots of built-ins and very well furnished. Approx. 400 sf plus 200 sf of outdoor terrace. Rate depends on length of lease but probably around $650-$750 mo.

Resales:

Unit 106B: 1 / 2 bedroom, two bathroom, two terraces (east and west) 1,250sf. Fully furnished - $150K.
Note: vendor owns another unit.

Unit 108: 2 floors, 2 bedrooms (one on each level), 2 1/2 bathrooms, Jacuzzi, walk-in vault, executive class furnishings including a 42" plasma TV, east facing terrace looking over the large pool and mountains and a ground floor back terrace for outside, private dining - $270K.

Unit 120: single floor, 1,300 sf, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, executive furnishings throughout, beautifully decorated - $190K.

Note: Same owner for both 108 and 120; the owner wants to sell one of the two units.

Santa Ana Civic Works Program: for the past several months, the City has been putting in curbs on the main road through Pozos as well as curbs in various other parts of Santa Ana. It's a work in progress; whether sidewalks are to be included or not is not yet clear.

OUR LIVES

What was suppose to be a quiet week or "retirement" living was anything but. Yes, it was quiet but every day, all day, I was kept busy-quarters for laundry, repairing this, getting that, marketing correspondence, website changes, etc, etc. Since Paul and Esther are not here, I have to pick up things they would normally do as well as what I normally do. While manageable, I didn't see the right side of the hammock all week. I spent some time reviewing Paul and the accountant's efforts re. the accounting system. While I'm not the authority on accounting systems, it certainly seems fine, the accountant seems confident and

We have, however, found a new pleasure sometimes enjoyed without interruption: breakfast on the terrace-as elaborate as we want-with toaster on the table, fresh English muffins, a variety of cheeses and jams, along with fresh coffee and fruit..

We saw the new James Bond movie-Casino Royal. Movies are not something we do very often but Lita wanted to go. She couldn't see much of it so I supplied a running narrative.

The roads and malls are much quieter this past week than during December. I suspect that in some cases, people have spent their money and are pulling back. In other cases, many CR'ans took this past week off work and should be back beginning Monday. Maybe something in government offices might actually get done...

One example of a community: A returning lessee is planning on being here for 4 months. They wanted to buy a vehicle as it was more cost effective in his assessment to buy and take a hit on the sale. On the 2nd. day following his arrival, he bought a 4X4 from on of the owners - simple and easy and he knows where to find the vendor... It also appears that one of our other others might purchase it from him in 4 months-everyone is a winner.

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.