April 10-15, 2006 // CONSTRUCTION LOG #79
Contact phone numbers
New York: 315-279-6711
Toronto: 416-907-5758 // 416-461-2203
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.
Weather: Much of the week was overcast and quite still. The rainy season approaches. Saturday, however, started out and remained crystal clear, blue sky and 30C / 85F—hot for us. It was a good pool day.
Note: We were closed down for the week of Semana Santa. Our crew worked full Saturday’s for the past month so they could take the entire week off. We have only gardeners. It was a quiet respite for all.
Marketing: Funds are in place for the closing of 120 and the resale/closing of 108. That is likely to happen next week.
That leaves us with three investment properties—109 / 110 / and 112—all of which have long term leases.
TV Film Crew: Saturday afternoon saw the arrival of a crew of 8 people who had asked to film two of our houses. They actually only filmed one. We gave them their choice of several and they chose 123. The footage will air on HGTV’s House Finders. We’ll get a credit but we don’t expect anything from it.
NOTE: What follows is pure, unapologetic self-promotion on my part but it is interesting to see how “fresh eyes” and an unbefore known opportunity affected one person:
Two weeks ago I wrote about a friend who visited us for a week. He sent us a copy of what he is sending to his 750 clients: I didn’t pay for this copy, I didn’t ghost write it but like all great copy, I’ll distribute it.
Hello everyone, as many of you know I’ve been away yet again! Based on my out of office replies whilst I was away in Costa Rica, I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you briefly about this wonderful oasis of relaxation located in Pozos de Santa Ana in the Central Valley about 12 miles west of San Jose. I am sending you this email for your own information because I want to share with you what I have seen and learned on this exploratory.
I have been many places and as I grow older I am more and more interested in finding “The Place”, where I might hang my hat for some of the winter months in a safe, secure, fun, clean, reasonably priced and above all temperate location.
Well I believe that I have found it! Residencias Los Jardines here in Costa Rica.
My friend from Toronto, Brian Timmons. has built a small community of 26 homes that are exquisitely finished and appointed on 2.5 acres here in the Central Valley. It is only about 30 minutes or so from the airport over excellent roads for the most part. All amenities i.e. shopping, medical, restaurants are close and easily accessible, and they are excellent. No third world country here, oh yea the golf course is 15 minutes away and what a view ($250 mo. for unlimited play)!
I am sending you a brochure strictly for your perusal. I am seriously looking at purchasing right now but that is neither here nor there because this place is fantastic. I personally do not need to be on a beach all of the time and with 2.5 pools on the property along with waterfalls and fountains and unbelievable gardens it is very tropical and the temperature is perfect, not to hot and definitely not too cold. You do not even require air conditioning and that is fantastic. I never slept better in my life! Of course with a car you can tour to your hearts content anywhere and there is plenty to see and do.
Please look at the photos that I am attaching as I took them while there. Please e mail me or contact Brian directly if you are interested. This really does warrant a careful look I am sure glad that I did and in fact I wish that I had gone sooner!
I will be posting a link on the Secured Courier website shortly and you will be able to get more info there.
All the best to you! I am getting ready to spoil myself a little as I head into my 50,s! Maybe you should too!”
President & CEO
Secured Courier Ltd
3 Church St LL5
Toronto, ON M5E 1M2
On Saturday, even though a number of our guests have returned to N. Am. to tidy up affairs or were away for the weekend, we had a lively crowd at the pool; Guests of those who remained and people new to the property and their guests.
Trip to Puerto Viejo: Micky and I left for the Caribbean coast for a couple days. I knew it would be dicey traveling during the peak of Semana Santa but that was virtually the only time I had and since he hadn’t been anywhere, I felt it was worth a try.
First to Limon and then a hard right. Road to Limon is fine—resurfacing mostly completed over the pass. Once you hit the flatlands, then its dodge–the-potholes time. The first couple miles past the Limon turnoff are fine; the rest is 20% fine, 50% bad, and 30% constitutes a new definition of “awful”.
Puerto Viejo was full of people —lots of CR and some foreigners. Lodging was at a premium —the first night we found accommodation but on Thursday night, we had to return to the Park Hotel in Limon. (Limon is still a disaster area, unfortunately, and seems to go only from bad to worse —nothing new, abandoned buildings, decaying infrastructure, and hopelessness and despair pervades the area.
Puerto Viejo is a beach town with everything that implies —mostly rambling, no planning or zoning, chaotic and in that way, lively. We missed the rains although the skies were cloudy much of the time. For me, it was a long drive over lousy roads and it doesn’t justify a quick return.
Idle Musings and A Political Allegory: Politics is something I don’t much enjoy discussing and I don’t much enjoy debating. I’ll probably step on some toes here but…
The area south of Limon has a lot of natural beauty and I couldn’t help thinking about what it would take for this area to be developed. While the wisdom of the Papagayo area is still being debated, the government was marginally influential in making it happening. If the government were to do what they did in Papagayo and were able to attract international air flights there and were to spend a little money fixing the local road, it could become a big time tourist destination and help out the economy of CR and of this area of the country. While there are some who would rise to arms if this were to happen, I suggest they visit Limon and area and ask the people there if they like their lifestyle. But those people need not worry, I’ve heard no such chatter about any of those things so don’t think it’s going to happen soon. Limon and the eastern seaboard will remain an economic basket case.
While bobbing up and down in the warm ocean waters near Puerto Viejo, my mind wandered further: I watched Micky being bashed about by the waves and wondered why he would like that when I had moved further out to where the waves were not yet breaking and I was surrounded by calm waters. It occurred to me that Micky liked it because it was so much like Canadian life —governments (municipal / provincial / federal) keep whacking you and one just gets use to it. My mind wondered further thinking of the differences in Canadian, USA, and Costa Rican governments. It seemed to me at the time, that the Canadian government was concerned with controlling all aspects of a person’s life while the U.S. government tries to control the whole world. Both are somewhat effective at their task; both set up large organizations dedicated to enforcing specific decisions. Costa Rica focuses on making laws, doesn’t set up or fund agencies to enforce those laws and is therefore not very effective. I remember reading once, I think it was in The Federalist Papers —those written debates by the founding fathers of the U.S. Constitution, that some one argued that the best government was one that governed the least. I don’t think the author necessarily meant governing ineffectively... Guess I’m still thinking about that...
It’s interesting what the mind can think about while swimming in warm, safe waters...
Brian, Lita, Hugo and irreverent Vicka, the pigeon toed parrot.