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

March 12-17, 2007 // CONSTRUCTION LOG #127

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 return to normal.

CONSTRUCTION

Condominio Hacienda El Dorado:

Re. Logo: I'm waiting for the first draft.

Planning: We eliminated the tennis court and added a squash/racket ball court and physical fitness center. We have relocated one of the 4 swimming pools, and moved the location of the administrative office.

Re. the small "quebrada" through which some brackish water flows: we have submitted an application to determine which government authority is responsible for this.

We've gotten permission to cut some of the trees which do not fit into the plan.

We've started to construct the perimeter fence.

Next week, we will purchase the Bobcat we've located and it will be on site. We're now checking out the ownership and title of it.

Residencias Los Jardines:

Everything is working smoothly-golfers are golfing, sun is shinning, plants growing, pumps working, internet and satellite TV are also working. We delayed by one week taking out of service the large swimming pool. Beginning Wednesday, it will be down for about 10 days.

Mosquitoes: we have to spray again. The first time didn't do it. The company is honoring it's guarantee. Hopefully, they will be more diligent this time about covering all the areas.

Saturday we awoke to a power outage. On their own initiative, the gardener / mtnc. person started the generator which provides power to the water pump and to the entry/exit gates. Evidently, some training is sticking.

We've had a fair interest in leasing this week; we have nothing to offer for immediate occupancy. Through musical chairs, we will try to maintain a higher level of occupancy than would otherwise be the case.

I've had three requests from RE agents to connect them with our cabinet maker. I've also had two requests for "consulting" on private homes. I'm not interested but will provide names and phone numbers and in other ways useful contacts and information.

Rentals:

Unit 106 A(Available May 1)
Ground floor, 1,250sf, 1 bedroom with office/den/bedroom, two bathrooms, two terraces, granite bathrooms and kitchen; fully furnished - $900 mo.

Unit 107: (Available June 1)
2 floors, 2  bedrooms (one on each level), 2  1/2 bathrooms, Jacuzzi, office, executive class furnishings, east facing terrace looking over the large pool and mountins; west facing terrace viewing sunsets and mountains;  ground floor back terrace for outside, private dining. Large granite "U" shaped kitchen with SS appliances. Beautiful! - $1,650 mo.

Unit 108: (Immediate)
1,750sf, 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  - $1,650 mo.

Unit 120: (Available June 1)
Single floor, 1,300 sf, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, executive furnishings throughout, including a 42" plasma TV + 2 conventional TVs, beautifully decorated, granite bathrooms and kitchens - $1,400mo.

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. - $950mo.

Resales:

There's no unit available at the moment.

Note: In speaking with one agent, she is finding a lot of clients from Venezuela-these people are getting out while they still can and are looking to buy and to lease.  Costa Rica is seen as a "safe haven".

OUR LIVES

Wedding Guests: The last of the wedding part left on Wednesday. We breathed a sigh of relief and immediately settled into "rest" mode. Neither of us wants to relive the past three weeks but we are satisfied as to how things went.

Friday night we celebrated the successful conclusion of the wedding and several of those who helped us, Lita's birthday, and the anniversary of the date we met 23 years ago.

A seed planted: About 5 years ago, I conducted a "focus group" discussion in Toronto. I advertised in one of the newspapers inviting people who would like to contribute to the design of a resort community in Costa Rica. About 20 people responded. One of those was outstanding in that she thought carefully about her answers and indicated she had a plan. I have continued to send her my weekly construction log but had had no exchange with her. She contacted me this week and will be dropping by Los Jardines in mid April.

A new car dealership is being built on the "Golden Mile" near us and another new mall is planned for the same area. This area continues to explode.

Paul and Esther took a few days to explore Guanacaste. I'm sure they will return with heat prostration, a few stories, and some amazing observations.

The parrot has chewed "observation" holes in the fichus tree where we baby-sit him. On each of the four sides of what could be a perfectly groomed tree, he has eaten a 1/2 meter round area; he moves about through the inner branch system of the tree to these four portals. From the portals, he can see what's going on, play hide and seek, and otherwise be his socially wicked self.

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.