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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 inches forward, love is in the
air, and Granada!
Pictures: 5 of "El Dorado"
We've mostly completed the fence along the south
end-at least the easy parts. We have some major work
to do around the stream to extend the security fencing
across it onto the other side. One of the main
service roads has been widened and the culverts to a
drainage ditch (quebreda) have been widened and the
road surface hardened such that vehicles can manage
the slopes in the wet conditions.
The meeting with the architect was postponed until
Monday such that he could use the weekend to do work
he didn't get done. He has sent me drafts of what is
expected to be a marketing tool. I still want some
revisions so am not yet prepared to post it.
RESIDENCIAS LOS JARDINES
Power outages: haven't had them. ICE says they have
repaired the turbines that were damaged when they ran
out of water. The problem is not solved; it will just
recede until next year at this time. Unfortunately, I
don't expect the powers to be to focus on the longer
Sales: We sold 118 this week. Closing on both 110
and 118 are yet to be determined.
Unit 112: $170,000
Single floor, 1,300 sf, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, new Hofurnishings. 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
Unit 106 A: Available June 1
Ground floor, 1,250sf, 1 bedroom with office/den/bedroom, two bathrooms, two terraces, granite bathrooms and kitchen; fully furnished. - $900 mo.
Unit 112: Available May 1
Similar to Unit 120 (below) except it's attached on two sides. - $1,350 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. - $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.
Weather: Partly cloudy in the mornings with overcast
and rains in the afternoons/ evenings.
Hugo: changed the diet; waiting...
Texas Hold'em: another round on Wednesday; good fun.
Gardeners: Generally, they've been doing a good
job —they've sorted out their respective work areas and
do them competently. They aren't perfect and I still
have to give instructions but they do show promise.
Having said that, this is the 2nd. time they have
screwed up the fertilizing —they have burned the lawn
in many places and have affected some plants. Despite
prior instructions after the first disaster, and
despite having a professional gardener give them
instructions, this happened. I had a chat with
them —hopefully they will pay closer attention to the
instructions next time. In the meantime, guess we
have to live with their mistakes and allow the grass
to repair itself.
Love is in the Air: Lita and I started something with
her son getting married that seems to be catching.
This coming week will see one set of tenants married
and next week will see the second set married...
and we have another relationship, which, if current
indications and stated intentions hold up, will lead
to another wedding.
Granada: We loved it as always but had some
disappointments with our usual hotel-three requests
for the AC control, 4 requests for additional pillows,
initially placed on 2nd. floor despite very specific
instructions to be on the ground floor, cigarette
butts around the pool that remained for 2 days; broken
flower pots from three months ago, the ring around the
pool painted dark brown from blue, no hot water —the
place was not busy, in fact it was nearly empty... and the price for the AC room is now $40. I'll
probably give them another opportunity but if they
disappoint, I'll be out of there very fast.
The border was busy-both sides-and it took a long
time. The bus —Ticabus— was about 85% full in both
directions. Three movies in Spanish to Granada; two
English returning. There were a number of trees with
brilliant scarlet red canopies along the way. The
area a few miles north of Libiria all the way to
Granada continues to be dry, dry, dry-the rainy season
has not yet arrived there.
Between Canas and Puntarenas the bus tried to go
around some obstacle in the middle of the road. It
got into a soft shoulder and lost traction - we had to
de-board-while a dump truck with chain pulled the bus
back onto the road and away we went.
We again had fantastic food in all our usual places.
One new place —Thai— was a definite disappointment and
it won't see our presence again. I found several
errors on the bills this time —both were either sloppy
work or intentional. The exchange rate is now around
18.22 Cordovas to $1 USD.
It's been 6 months since I saw the euphoria of the
election. Not a lot of time but with the exception of
no blackouts, I see not other changes-no construction,
few tourists this time of year, bicycles, old cars in
various stages of falling apart, push carts, and motor
bikes. I really don't know how expats and restaurants
stock their kitchens. I don't see a food distribution
system and I see very little product —fresh or
packaged—, regardless of quality, to actually buy. I
guess I'm missing something. I tried to buy some old
rum and was surprised to see only a few bottles of
liquor in each of the three places I was sent and all
the bottles were rock bottom low end. Construction
there would definitely be substantially more
challenging than in Costa Rica where many people find
it too challenging; there simply isn't the building
materials available or an apparent distribution system
that CR has.
Brian, Lita, Hairless Hugo and irreverent Vicka, the
pigeon toed parrot.
us at any time to purchase a new house and still be able to select your finishings.
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.