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New Construction

Lease / purchase

Phase 3: The construction of the remaining 11 residences.
See what's new: Garden Residences of Río Oro.

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Progress Report

June 18-23, 2007 // CONSTRUCTION LOG #141

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:  Marketing "El Dorado"

Pictures:  none

CONSTRUCTION

Architect: The week before the architect and I designed a building which would fit on the lot in question along with some of the exterior details. He was to structure it and then determine how many parking spaces we could have. That would determine the number and size of the units which we would subsequently design. His analysis concluded that we could have 22 parking spaces leaving no space for storage lockers or mechanical rooms. We decided on devoting one of the 1,600 sf spaces that would otherwise have become a condo to storage lockers and to a mechanical room. Once having determined that, we moved on to designing the floor plans. We came up with three floor plans: one -1,600 sf unit having 2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bathrooms, laundry room, pantry, office, terrace, etc. We also came up with another design of around 2,200 sf having either two bedrooms, with either dining room or family room, or three bedrooms. Again, all designs include terrace, office, walk in closets, pantry, laundry room, 2 1/2 or 3 1/2 bathrooms. With the software which the architect used to draw the floor plans, a flick of a button provided a 3 dimensional walk-through-it was/is really incredible and I loved the result.

...and the exterior of the building looks really great!

Paul and I reviewed the house design done previously. We saw a few things which needed tweaking but for the most part, what the architect and I did still held up. We found the many options to be confusing and figured we needed a better way to organize and present to purchasers. We worked on that giving names and color coding - neighborhoods got names and houses were named after indigenous trees. We instructed the architect o color code the drawings and to provide legends which include key information, eg --areas for living, terrace, garage, covered walkways, and total area.

We've had three discussions with RE agencies/ brokers/ advisors asking them what product-size, price, number of bedrooms, features, etc.--their clients are asking for. So far, we've not learned anything new but have reconfirmed that we are on track. We are also asking about commission structures and marketing information we need to produce to help them do their jobs. We had an interesting discussion with a RE marketing firm out of Chicago who would like to sell the project. We left the discussion committed to thinking about it and asking for more information.

Quebrada: we continue to wait.

Fence Permit: we continue to wait

Well Application: We wait and in the meantime, we are exploring the use of city water, one source of which is near our western property line.

RESIDENCIAS LOS JARDINES

Marketing: Unit 118 closed. The paperwork for the sales of 106b, 112 inch along.

 

RENTALS:

Unit 112:
Available May 1
Single floor, 1,300 sf, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, new furnishings. The kitchen and both bathrooms have granite counters. The kitchen cabinets are made from natural wood- "cedro" and has a breakfast counter for casual dining. The kitchen features SS appliances —6 burner gas stove, and GE "Profile" microwave and exhaust space saver unit and all the small appliances and items needed for cooking and dining. The living room features a floor to ceiling full length book case / display /entertainment center. Areas for a computer work station and TV are incorporated. The LR features one chair, love seat and a sofa as well as 4 wrought iron / granite topped end / coffee tables. There is a 6 seat glass and wood dining room table as well. On the covered terrace is a 6 seat dining table. The home is equipped with a stacked washer / dryer. It has vaulted ceilings, valance (direct and indirect lighting). It's located at the back of the property, near the large pool; it is part of a 4 unit complex. 
- $1,300 mo.

Unit 120:
Available July 1-commitment pending
Single floor, 1,300 sf, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, executive furnishings throughout —all rooms are beautifully decorated. The kitchen and both bathrooms have granite surfaces. The kitchen cabinets are made from natural wood; there is a raised eating counter for casual dining. The kitchen features SS appliances —dishwasher, 6 burner gas stove, and microwave and all the small appliances needed for cooking. The wrought iron and glass dining room table seats 4. Living room features a beautiful full length book case / lighted display area with home theater system and a 42' plasma TV. On the covered terrace are a set of casual chairs as well as a 6 seat dining table. The home is equipped with a stacked washer / dryer.
- $1,400 mo.

Unit 123:
Available July 1
This 2 story, 2, bedroom,  2 1/2 bathroom, 1,625 sf unit is magnificent.  Perfectly located on the property to overlook the small pool and surrounding garden and from the 2nd. floor terrace you can see the southern mountain range. The owners furnished this tastefully and with good quality furniture. No children, no pets, and non-smokers only.
- $1,650 mo.

Unit 124:
Available May 1
2nd. floor, one bedroom (620 sf), fully furnished with display bookshelf/wall unit, home theater system,  42" Plasma TV, computer desk, large kitchen with natural wood cabinets and granite counters and backsplash including valence lighting, Bedroom has a full size (matrimonial) bed as well as a single bed. 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.
Non-smokers only.
- $950 mo.

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 moving towards cloudy by mid day and a couple hour's rain in the afternoons followed by clearing in the evenings —perfect temperatures...

Hugo: Cautious assessment: The changed diet seems to be helping. He seems to have more hair on the inside of his thighs; his tummy is still largely bare —but he's not crazy!

Texas Hold-em night is growing in popularity and hilarity.

One of our residents had a "meet the parents" event and cooked a delicious late luncheon —we were wasted the rest of the day/night.

Life here is never boring but his week it was un-eventful.

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

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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.