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

December 18-23, 2006 // CONSTRUCTION LOG #114

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.

Pictures: none-but I found my camera

The Story: There is no story, and that is a story in itself.

CONSTRUCTION

Weather: Beautifully perfect!!!

Irrigation system: I sent the "designer" back to the drawing board after I straightened out his mind but I think we will try it without an irrigation system. The capital cost is substantial even with the right design.

Well: it continues to flow water as before; our diagnosis was wrong-fortunately!

Rio Oro Development: We are closed for the holidays. The architect and I will work a way on modifying the conceptual design.

Rentals

Unit 110: This 1,300 sf 2 bedroom/2bathroom one level-fully furnished at $1,350 mo or partially furnished at $1,250 mo.

Unit 121: It will become available January 1. Two story, 2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bathrooms including Jacuzzi, terrace facing east looking at the sunrise and the mountains. 1,650sf. Beautifully furnished -$1,600 mo.

Unit 123: A beautifully situated unit nicely furnished is available for lease -$1,650 mo. this two bedroom unit with 2nd. floor terrace overlooks the lighted garden and one swimming pool as well as the mountains.

Unit 126: One bedroom studio unit with full kitchen and terrace. Lots of built-ins and very well furnished. Approx. 400 sf plus 200 sf of outdoor terrace. Rate depends on length of lease but probably around $650-$750.

Resales

Unit 106B: 1/2 bedroom, two bathroom, two terraces (east and west) 1,250sf. Fully furnished. $150K. Note: vendor owns another unit.

Unit 108: 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. $270K.

Unit 120: single floor, 1,300 sf, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, executive furnishings throughout, beautifully decorated--$190K

Note: Same owner for both 108 and 120; the owner wants to sell one of the two units.

OUR LIVES

We continue to eat, and drink too much, socialize a lot, and lead a carefree life with most of our attention focused on the frig and bar. I'm enjoying the Ipod and the satellite TV. I've spent some time fine tuning the garden, in-filling plants, trimming, and moving a few plants which have outgrown their location or were never well placed-all changes are relatively minor and noticeable only to a careful eye. I have paperwork to finish but I don't seem to be too interested in finishing it off. We have Christmas eve dinner planned with roast potatoes and a bar-b-qued leg of lamb with a Greek salad (I'm on for this meal and the attendees seem to keep growing-not so the lamb so either there will have to be a miracle or a chicken or something is going to have to be added). Christmas day dinner which will be headed by another person, is to be a traditional turkey feast in the afternoon followed by sandwiches in the evening-if we're still sober and awake. We have several magnums of champagne which will wash this down. All in all, I can NOT think of a better way or place spend the holidays or any day for that matter...

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.