...Up Dates on -Multiple Events...

ISSUE #952: May 21-27, 2023


Brian Timmons, Newsletter Author
Brian Timmons

Dear friends,

When I started Residencias Los Jardines, I started writing a weekly newsletter -determined to tell all the good, bad, and the ugly. I knew some readers would be interested in the construction process. I expected others might be interested in the lifestyle of two people who had decided to live outside the box. For others, the adventures of Lita, the parrot and the cat took on an entertainment saga all its own.

Residencias Los Jardines is finished. We periodically have re-sales and rental availability. Some readers may be interested in this information.

Brian Timmons
Developer / Property manager
Residencias Los Jardines

Web: https://residenciaslosjardines.com
Emails: info@residenciaslosjardines.com

Market activity
sales & rentals

Sales: Los Jardines: Unit #116

Los Jardines: Nothing available
Paradisus: Nothing available

Residencias Los Jardines
property management, rentals & re-sales

Unit #116: $ 169,000 / See Unit

Unit #126: $ 625 mo. / Jr. One Bdrm. with cover terrace / See Unit

For sale

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1290
Total area (Sq M): 120
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Floor(s): 1
Type: Semi-Attached
Furnished: Yes

This 1,290 sf single floor home includes a 300 sf front terrace plus parking for one car and a separate, secure storage locker. It is and end unit and therefore attached on only one side by a 6 inch cement demising (common) wall, which prevents sound transfer.

For rent
Our Lives

What Happened This Week

Weather: Cooler with some rain but not we do not yet seem to be in the rainy season... regardless of the callendar.


1. Pool Heater Nears Completion: It is ready to be set into place, on the frame. Lid and lifting handles are completed on the box; the frame is braced and painted. A boom truck is scheduled for 9am on Monday. Lifting and setting should not take more than two hours total and connections of the two lines -input and output- should take only a few minutes. The workers now have an understanding of how this will work...but it took until the slight plumbing modifications were done before the light bulb went on.

2. Deadbeat Tenants -Toronto: The hearing was held as per the schedule. The deadbeat tenants did not show up. So after two + hours, the judge ruled for them to pay or leave in 10 days. I believe they will vacate the unit in question and remain in the other unit. Regardless, I threw the hand grenade I was holding and had been working towards for a number of years but which required my wife's agreement. After this experience and a few other realizations she came to, she finally allowed me to pull the pin and on Thursday, after the hearing, I lobed it... we are selling the house and will not be recommending you as tenants in good standing... therefore, pack your bags and get your sorry asses out... The listing agreement has been signed and the process of selling is in motion.

3. Barrio Escalante Foreclosure Hearing: While I was busy with the Toronto issue, I had another hearing re. the foreclosure on deadbeat borrowers. This has been going on since October 2021, with forclosure auction on Jan. 8, 2022 and now a hearing... why? the borrower contested the serving of notice sayinging was not done properly. Wait a minute... it was served at the place designated in the agreement and given to the wife and officer of the corporation... According to all the info. I have, this is very much within the law... The judge is supposed to make a ruling on Monday... we wait... I expect the worst case scenario (and one I had to go thru before) is that the whole process will have to be redone... Judges can trump the law here... we'll see.

Note: it is incredible that after years, the two items were scheduled for the same day at the same time in two different countries. My partner on the CR deal came down for the hearing. Two days before, he triped, and hurt himself so he was not able to attend. I made arrangements for an observer to attend on my behalf along with the lawyer... There never seems to be an end to complications... wow!!!

4. San Bosco: The culvert and concrete driveway were completed. I have authorized some additional work which will be done this week to finish things off. It looks better but that is not what is keeping it from selling. I am looking for options.

5. Driver's License: Haven't had time to work on this.

6. Return from Hospital San Juan Dios -CAJA hospital: My friend ended up there following his surgery at Metroipolitano. He didn't look after himself properly, got dehydrated and was taken to San Juan Dios. He has recovered suffciently. It is a small world -he was in the same room of 8 people that our long term gardener was in. Our gardener has been there for 2+ mo. Guess they cannot find out what is wrong with thim. I don't think he will be returning to work. We have made other arrangements.

News Items of the Week


1. Temperature: Like I have said for the past month... it has been hotter than normal and dryer.

1. Alajuela and Guanacaste 2° C hotter in first half of May

QCOSTARICA – The national weather service, Instituto Meteorológico Nacional (IMN), confirmed that the maximum temperatures in Alajuela and Guanacaste increased 2° C during the first half of May.

According to the IMN, in the Central Valley and the North Pacific, the maximum, medium and minimum were higher than the average, during the first 15 days of this month.

Luis Fernando Alvarado, Coordinator of the IMN Climatology Unit, indicated that in Carrillo (Guanacaste) temperatures above 40° C were reported.

The experts also confirmed a change in nighttime temperatures, a couple of degrees hotter than normal.

The cause is being blamed on El Niño, a natural phenomenon characterized by the fluctuation of the temperatures of the ocean in the central and eastern part of the Equatorial Pacific, associated with changes in the atmosphere. This phenomenon has a great influence on the climatic conditions.

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