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Progress Report

February 26 - March 3, 2007 // CONSTRUCTION LOG #125

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" update and personal hassle-AVOIDED!!

CONSTRUCTION

Condominio Hacienda El Dorado:

I'm awaiting a proposal for a logo development from my trusted and reliable people in Argentina who did and who continue to maintain my website. They are fantastic.

I reviewed the architect's latest efforts on two multifamily lots. I wasn't impressed; I'm hoping or better results next week. We have a 7am meeting scheduled for Monday; I hope to be impressed. The application for fencing is now submitted-2 1/2 months late!!! It hasn't slowed us up but the delay should not have happened. We've been digging post holes and making preparations to get water from the stream to where we need it for mixing concrete. We've identified a Bobcat which we expect to purchase. We will probably move forward on buying an insulated shipping container which we will turn into an office and presentation/sales room.

Other: we're being considered to build two mega-homes in Guanacaste. My initial concerns are that there are a different set of problems there to be solved, lots of travel, and both will divert our attention from our primary goal. We'll see.

Residencias Los Jardines:

Satellite TV: My signal is now working fine. Whatever connection there was between the garden lights and the satellite cable signal to one set of feeds has now been severed. We added a booster to the splitter; we now have a strong, stable, quality signal throughout...

Arrivals and departures: Friends left, leasees left and two sets of leasees arrived. Musical beds.

Mosquitoes: normally not a problem but for some reason we've had an outbreak. While this is the dry season, we irrigate so I guess we've created a breeding environment. We fumigated the entire property Friday -$550. It's worked well in the past; hopefully it will again.

Garden: It looks like we are loosing one of our larger fan palms. This has happened before. A large larva burrows into the soft center at the top of the tree. This larva is about 4-5" long and 1 1/2" in diameter. It eats the soft tender hear of the tree and kills it. We were told in our case before that the larva was probably in some new top soil we brought in. In this case, we haven't bought any new top soil so I don't know. This will be a disappointment if we loose it but the uneducated eye won't notice it; I will because it happened on my watch.

Rentals:

Unit 124: (Beginning May 1): one bedroom, 620 sf; 2nd. floor, sleeps 5 (1 double and 1 single in master bedroom / 1 pull out sofa (double); full kitchen with eating counter. Full display cabinet/bookcase/computer desk. Home theater system with 42" plasma TV and 2nd. TV in bedroom. Beautifully decorated and fully furnished. On site satellite TV, CableTica TV, high speed internet, 2 swimming pools each with waterfalls, social areas, mainly expat community, security, extensive manicured gardens. Separate storage locker Shorter term (less than 6 months) preferred.

Resales:

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. We have an offer on this unit but the offer hasn't yet been accepted.

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

OUR LIVES

Personal Hassle AVOIDED! Our passports showed up the night before we were to declare them lost. What a relief!!!! I guess I had become too casual about them; I carried them in addition to copies. Sometimes, only the original will be accepted. All copies are suppose to be notarized and kept current each 30 days (I think). This is a real hassle. Anyway, I put them (and promptly forgot that I had done so) into the back pocket of my dress pants. After enjoying a fantastic meal at Bacchus, Lita grabed my A... and got more than she expected. At least, I'm now current on my filing and have reacquainted myself with locations of various different "things."

Bacchus Restaurant: Friends invited us to Bacchus Restaurant in Santa Ana. We each had Cesar salads (best I've had in CR) and all five entrees-each different-were fantastic as well as the three different deserts and coffee. The service was impeccable. The total food bill for 5 including taxes was around 50,000 colones or $20 each. Our bar bill was far more but certainly very reasonable considering the amount we drank. This continues to be a great restaurant and seems to get better each time we go.

Wedding Plans: Lita's son and family arrived -not without incident but they did arrive. Lita can now fuss and focus on them. CR and out of Canada is a new experience for the kids. Their friends will arrive over the next week. Chaos and confusion will reign... the hammock is a dream...

MacDonald's and Wendys are coming to Pozos. Some say "there goes the neighborhood"; others say "we are now on the map". The new Forum 2 progresses. Three buildings are up and nearly finished. I see an "ORACLE" sign on one The buildings look good.

The weather has been hot for us most of the week-around 28 C or 85F. There has been little wind-some slight breeze but may still days and nights. No one is complaining.

CR healthcare and CIMA hospital: The wife of one of our guests had some health concerns. She went to CIMA. She was absolutely amazed at how efficient and inexpensive it was. While the initial diagnosis was serious (they investigated what could be done here and when and did the same for Canada). There was NO doubt where the would have had the procedure done-CR. Fortunately, subsequent tests indicated that the health issue was much less significant than originally thought. The point here is that even though this story had a happy ending, the research indicated that they were very comfortable and confident in CR's health care possibilities.

Status Assessment: We now have more people on site than at any other time. It still is not crowded. People do their own thing; new friendships develop; new conversations which explore and exchange information-any everyone has fun in the process. It's nice to see that all technical systems including the electrical and water systems are working perfectly. In fact, everything is working as it should. My personal goal was to build and deliver reliability. We've had our teething problems but we seem to be nearing my goal. It's ironic that I am the last to achieve my goal (satellite TV). If it weren't for an on site support group, a patient electrician, and my own dogged persistence in solving this technical problem that goal might not have been achieved. Lita had given up long ago out of exasperation. We continue to knock off problems and with each one of these problems solved, we get closer and closer to my personal goal.

Paintball: Sunday begins as a play day: young teenagers vs. the old F.ts. As part of a birthday present, a teenager organized a paintball group. He's invited four adults to participate. We'll see if agility and enthusiasm can beat cunning and wickedness!!

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.