November 27 - December 9, 2006 // CONSTRUCTION LOG #112
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.
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: Completion of 126 and traveling.and THE
Weather: Beautifully perfect
Irrigation system: I'm waiting for two design
Satellite TV system: More people are showing
interest in the satellite TV signal now that the new
technology seems to be more reliable.
Telephone lines: The new lines are up and running an
our PBX system is working as it should.
Unit 126: We added an outside terrace and landscaping
which now completes the unit. We have several offers
on it which we are evaluating.
Rio Oro Development: The warehouse and the washroom
facilities are finished. We are evaluating the
roadways as drawn and making some final adjustments.
The application for the fencing got kicked back as it
was missing some non relevant information but has been
resubmitted. Don't argue; just give them what they
House Resales and Rentals: The re-sale of 111 has
been completed. We still have one of two units the
owner wants to sell. .
Rentals: Unit 110: We have one 1,300 sf 2
bedroom/2bathroom unit available for lease-fully
furnished at $1,350 mo or partially furnished at
$1,250 mo. Most of the furnishings have been
Unit 126: Studio unit with full kitchen and terrace.
Lots of built-ins and very well furnished. Rate
depends on length of lease.
Water: Our well is not functioning as it has in the
past. This year we had very little rain and articles
in the paper say the water table is dropping. As a
result we pumped the well dry the other day and it has
not come back. We have city back up water but we are
finding that we will have to modify the plumbing to
make full use of it. We have a plan; let's hope it
works. Fortunately we did have a back up system/plan
but it was only designed as a emergency back up system
and not one to sustain us for long periods of time.
We'll have to work our way through the mechanics and
logistics of all this. Technically, we have
permission for more City supplied water than we now
are using but I don't know if they will honor the
agreement or have it to provide if our current
emergency system proves inadequate.
Comment: There always seems to be a challenge. We get
the electrical system solved, the satellite TV solved,
the VOIP and internet systems solved, now it's WATER.
I always knew this could be an issue and thus
connected to the City for reliability/redundancy.
Residents Returning: One resident owner arrived this
week and several more residents are slated to arrive
We've been having lots of co-op dinners and some great
food and great company. A number of people have
gotten into the act and each is experimenting a bit.
One of the dishes we've been having some fun with is
"beer can chicken". Very simple-take a roasting
chicken, season, and place a partially filled can of
beer up the back side and stick the bird(s) on the
bar-b-q and lent them roast from the outside and steam
from the inside.--easy and fun-even the non-chefs can
master this one. We took a few pictures hope to
market the recipe to the local beer company... so far...
Lita and I took off for a few days of R&R. Initially
we went to the southern tip of the Nicoya
Peninsula-there's a large, all-inclusive hotel that I
had heard about (Hotel Playa Tambor-part of the
Barcelo chain). Off to Puntaranas, across on the
ferry and on to the hotel. It was o.k. but at $172 a
night, we stayed only one night. I couldn't eat and
drink enough to justify it. Lots of German and French
there. I'm sure, being on a tour, that they got
better rates than we did and not being a resident, we
got hit the worst. Hoping to find something more to
our liking, we moved on the next day. We drove on to
Montezuma-I was surprised by how small it was; I felt
claustrophobic. We left disappointed and returned to
the ferry where we waited in the grueling heat for 2
1/2 hrs. We got to Punteranas at 6:30 and I didn't
like the prospect of driving in the dark so we found
an acceptable hotel for $32 per night. We are likely
to repeat this trip soon. We moved on to our favorite
beach-Samara and Carrillo-and stayed at our favorite
hotel, Hotel Guanamar. $70 for ocean view and $50 for
the other...The high season rate kicks in Dec. 15. It
is an absolutely spectacular view. There were very
few people there; in fact, there were very few people
in all of Samara-tourist season hasn't really hit yet.
I saw a bit of development gong on there but not
much. Some of the projects which I have been
following seemed to now be dead. We made it back on
Monday in 4 1/2 hrs-a record time for us only because
there was less traffic. All in all, it was a good get
away and while we didn't find a new destination we did
explore an area we hadn't seen before and we did
reaffirm our love for Samara and area.
In retrospect, I'm amazed that a hotel would locate
there-access is difficult-ferry controlled and bad
road--, the beach is rocky, there is no sunset view as
it faces South, supplying and maintaining the facility
must be problematic, and there is nothing else around
there-it's a one destination place. But it seems to
be successful with European tour groups.
We now have both DISH TV (unabridged) and CableTica.
I've never had it so good!!! Some 400 channels and 80
digital radio stations... wow!!!!!!!!!!!! I just have
to learn how to use the technology (my nemesis). We
still have some more simplification to do but we are
heading in the right direction.
It's December and the local custom seems to be to let
off "firecrackers" - especially around 5am... Friday
morning around 5am. 10 bright flashes of light
followed by a thunderous explosion. I'm not sure why
those who do it find it exciting but... it's part of
the local culture here.
Brian, Lita, Hugo and irreverent Vicka, the pigeon