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

July 9-14, 2007 // CONSTRUCTION LOG #144

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: "setbacks"

Pictures: none

CONSTRUCTION

Architect: a little progress but not much. We have now —more or less— completed the set of floor plans we expect to offer. Renderings and detailing needs to be done. There are still a couple special case lots for which we will have to design specific houses.

The floor plans will show locations for optional built in furniture-entertainment centers, kitchen pantries, bar, credenzas, etc. I've asked the manufacturer of our built-ins at Los Jardines to design and price a number of options such that would be purchasers can choose at the time of purchase to include them or not.

Quebrada: our application, like so many applications, languishes in the bureaucracy but we seemed to have received the tacit approval of the City inspectors.

Setbacks: the minimum distance required by law between the edge of something, eg. a building or structure and some other reference point. This has never been a well respected or enforced aspect of CR building. On the road connecting Santa Ana with Belen in the area now referred to as the "Golden Mile," the government is attempting to widen the road for the 2nd. time in three years. Several major businesses, El Lagar, the new AutoMercado Shopping Mall and a number of others, are using government land for their parking and access. Consequently, they are fighting the roadway widening.

Fence: We staked out our interpretation of the location of our western fence based on the information we had-ie. 2.3 meters back from the City road and we had the survey of the width of that road. This is easy stuff! But experience told be to confirm with the City before we did any excavating. The inspectors gave us totally different information. We asked another department official what the setback should be, and he gave us a third ruling.

We asked for a meeting with the City such that we could get one voice, one set of rulings, that someone would put their name on and be held accountable for. That meeting will be held on Tuesday, 11am. Given the worst case scenario, Paul and I focused on the west side lot design. We had not given this area as much though as it was always to be dealt with at some time in the future. We've substantially changed our thinking re. the best use of land. Before we proceed, however, we need to know what the fence setbacks are as well as the setback requirement from the fence to the building.

River: we are required to respect a 10 m setback from the high water line of the stream. Who says and how does that someone determine what the high water mark is. Again, in practice, this is an defined location.

Well Application: Paul now believes that around three months will be required before we are given permission to drill. Drilling and finding water, however, doesn't necessarily mean that you can actually use the water-another "study" has to be done and more applications, and more waiting until an answer is received.

Web site: we are awaiting two more proposals. We have one from our current designer and maintenance people in Argentina. They have been excellent to date and will be hard for others to knock out. The longer they take to respond, the lower they drop on our list.

On a separate initiative, we now have a rough draft in English of CR condominium law.

RESIDENCIAS LOS JARDINES

Article in Tico Times: the pictures for the article were taken on Monday. I don't know the timing of the article.

RENTALS:

We've signed one long term lease (Unit 115) and  have two parties interested in  125.

Unit 119:
1,300 sf, 2 bedroom, two bathroom, single level with vaulted ceiling, open concept living/dining/kitchen area. The 300 sf terrace faces the garden and has a dining table for 6 as well as casual lounging chairs and side tables. Nicely furnished throughout and well located near the small pool and waterfalls.
$1,300 mo. Non-smokers only.

Unit 125:
2nd. floor, one bedroom (620 sf), fully furnished with full wall bookshelf/display unit with computer desk, TV, large kitchen with all the kitchen appliances, pots, cooking / serving and eating ware included. The cabinets are made of stained "cedro"; the counters, including the raised breakfast counter and full backsplash are granite. There is valence lighting, The bedroom has a matrimonial and a single bed (if desired). There is a matrimonial size pull out sofa in the living room. The living room overlooks the large pool and faces west. The bedroom faces east and has views of the mountains.
$850 mo. Non-smokers only.

Residencias Los Jardines is a  secure, gated, tranquil community with on-site satellite  and / or CableTica TV, high speed internet,  VOIP phone capability, 2 swimming pools each with waterfalls,  2-bar-b-qs and social areas, extensive manicured gardens, English / Spanish / German / Dutch / French spoken.

OUR  LIVES

Weather: mostly clear mornings  with overcast afternoons and a short rain followed by clearing.

Texas Hold-em continues to the fun and entertainment of a dedicated group plus newbies.

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

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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.