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

January 8-13, 2007 // CONSTRUCTION LOG #118

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: nothing special

CONSTRUCTION

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 materials.

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 that us.

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 suppose to.

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.

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.

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

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 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.