January 8-13, 2007 // CONSTRUCTION LOG #118
Contact phone numbers
New York: 315-279-6711
Toronto: 416-907-5758 // 416-461-2203
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: nothing special
Rio Oro Development: The purchase of the additional
2500M2 continues. We have had it surveyed and a
topographical map done. We haven't closed on it but
I've walked it with the architect and we are figuring
out how to incorporate it into the larger piece. It
shouldn't be difficult.
Beginning Monday, the surveyor will re-locate the
roads as per our refinements and will also establish
the lot lines for the eventual lots. We'll then take
a critical look at what we have and make any
adjustments deemed necessary. Following that, we
should be set to begin working on the submission for
approval and begin the preparation of marketing
Residencias Los Jardines:
Internet: Internet speed is now back to normal. We
never learned what the problem was but others were
have the same problems so the problem was far wider
PBX phone system: We're still trying to work out the
bugs on this. Now we are told that the ICE voice
answering system buggers up our number role down. Who
knows. We are having the ICE phone answering
cancelled. As of Saturday, it seems to work as it is
Sale of 108: It's currently in sign back mode. We'll
see if it goes. Regardless of who the owner ends up
being, we have a person interested in leasing it.
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
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.
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.
Much the same as the previous wee--activity wise.
Life and laughter around the pool and dinner table
continues. There always seems to be a new wrinkle to
discuss, a new experience to review, a new reason to
love Costa Rica, etc.
Eight of us tried a new restaurant which had had
several glowing testimonials written about it. We
were all disappointed in our meals; either it was an
off night or others had different things than we did.
Conclusion: people have different tastes and
expectations. I haven't added this restaurant to my
repertoire. I wish the owners success; I know they
worked hard at fixing the place up. Paul and I looked
at the property to buy but for several reasons, zoning
mainly, passed on it.
One of Lita's parakeets died; the others pecked it to
death. Guess that's what happens if you don't behave
in a group.
Several people will be returning this week including
Paul. We're looking forward to everyone's arrival.
Brian, Lita, Hugo and irreverent Vicka, the pigeon