Los Jardines: Rental Vacancies

Issue #178: March 3-8, 2008


Los Jardines: Rental Vacancies


When I started Residencias Los Jardines, I started writing a weekly news letter —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 resales and rental availabilty. Some readers may be interested in this information.

More and more, the content will be dominated by events of our new project, "El Dorado" for short. While the future is always uncertain, I again aim to tell it like it happens —the good, the bad, and the ugly, and that is what follows.

In an effort to make the format more interesting and visually appealing and to field inquiries re. El Dorado, the news letter is now being distributed by Jan Kozak, Marketing Manager, Hacienda El Dorado. I will remain the author.


Sales: We're still working on the two from last week and tidying up paperwork. No new sales this week. We are putting together a financing offer for CR citizens to try to tap that market.

We have a couple from the frozen lands of Ontario visiting their sight-un-seen purchase and are thrilled with it.  We've had them to dinner; they are really nice people.

Website: We fired the new company for non-performance and have now placed our work with a freelance developer.  We'll see what happens this time.  Therefore, we have not made the progress expected to fix info. and update some things.

Marketing: Jan, the Marketing Manager, has been working on updating marketing information. Currently he's off to the beach for some much deserved R&R. He'll return on Wednesday. He has his computer with him so he's still on the job (kind-of).


Misc: Paul has started a campaign to get one of our neighbors to clean up his household. Lately he seems to have gone into the scrap metal business and uses the public roadway as well as his front yard as the warehouse. This will probably take a while but we have time. We know the Mayor wants some help with the Red Cross—Santa Ana……  Paul has also been bird dogging the various permits and permit qualifications. Progress is slow and uneven but we just keep chipping away at it.  Sometimes, it's a double scotch night!


Office Equipment: Paul has focused on upgrading and replacing office equipment.  Dust and age wreck havoc on electronics.  He's been fighting his way through the hook-ups and the software installations.  It's nearly complete now.

For Sale:  Nothing available at the moment

For Lease:

Unit106 C:  Upper level with terrace views east and west.  1 / 2 bedrooms; 2 bathrooms.  Huge terrace facing east; large master bedroom with king size bed.  Fully furnished;  1,250 sf including the two covered terraces;  $950 mo.

Unit 107:  Furnished:  1,716 sf (158 m2), two story, 2 1/2 bathrooms, separate built-in office area, private terrace, ground floor bedroom with 2 matrimonial beds and ensuite washroom, 2nd. floor master suite with east and west terrace, master bath with corner Jacuzzi, shower, bidet, large kitchen.  $1,600 mo.

Unit 109: Furnished:  1,500 sf (140m2), single floor, beautifully furnished with leather furniture and granite tables, wall unit, built in office area, large open concept LR.DR, Off., Ktch,, two bedrooms each with queen beds,  two bathrooms, terrace storage room,  detached--$1,600 mo.

Unit 115: 1450 sf; 2 bedroom; 2 bathroom; private terrace; 50" flat screen TV; lots and lots of built-in cabinets; office desk.  VERY nicely furnished.  $1,450.

Unit 120: Furnished: 1,300 sf (127 m2), single level, 2 bedroom each with Queen beds, 2 bathrooms, beautifully furnished with wall unit, 42" flat screen TV + two standard TVs, DW, clothes washer/dryer, vaulted ceilings, ceiling fans, etc.  $1,350 mo.



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March 07, 2008
Cost of Food and Fuels Up
(La Nacion) In the last 12 months, the cost of food and non-alcoholic beverages increased 21 percent.

March 07, 2008
Earlier Rains
(La Nacion) The National Weather Bureau announced the transition from the dry season to the rainy one earlier this year, as a result of the influence of the phenomenon known as La Niña.

March 07, 2008
Hundreds of Ticos Deported
(La Nacion) The United States has deported more than 200 Costa Ricans in recent months, because they simulated migratory moves between the two countries.

March 07, 2008
Canadian Visa
(La Nacion) Bearers of a Canadian visa will be admitted to Costa Rica.

March 07, 2008
At the Roman Forum
(La Nacion) Costa Rican sculptor Jorge Jimenez-Deredia continues an outstanding career in Europe.

March 07, 2008
Costa Rica Guaro Gets a New Face and New Markets
Costa Rican guaro (the national liquor of Costa Rica) sold under the brand name Cacique will be distributed in record numbers this year thanks to a new pact between the liquor's producer, the National Liquor Factory (Fanal) and Centenario International, S

March 05, 2008
Government Opposition Sinks New Casino Project in Costa Rica

Plans by Russia's largest casino operator Storm International to open a new hotel and casino in Costa Rica in 2008 have been all but abandoned following a concerted political campaign in the central American country against the investment.

March 05, 2008
Costa Rica's Carbon Neutral Airline
(Smarter Travel) Leave it to tiny Costa Rica to up the eco-quotient ahead of the curve.

March 05, 2008
The Path (El Camino)
(Variety) Two hapless Nicaraguan children set out on a journey to find their mother across the border in Costa Rica in "The Path," an impressively assembled feature debut for Chilean-Iraqi helmer Ishtar Yasin.

March 05, 2008
Indigenous Groups Oppose Dam in Costa Rica
- ICE is planning a new hydroelectric plant in Costa Rica - The Arenal Dam is Costa Rica's biggest hydroelectric energy source

March 05, 2008
Costa Rican Government Taking Action on Insurance Fraud

(Costa Rica News) The Costa Rican government look set to take on action on a host of high profile figures that work in Costa Rica, most notably former president Miguel Angel Rodriguez, in relation to allegedly accepting $2.1 million in payment from intern

March 05, 2008
Costa Rica's 'Green' Season to Clock in Early
(The Tico Times) After spurts of rain in February, meteorologists forecast this month will likely remain "dry" as the temporada seca, or dry season, dictates.

March 04, 2008
Costa Rica Urges Feuding Neighbors to Take a Deep Breath

(The Tico Times) Foreign Minister Bruno Stagno called for dialogue yesterday to cool tensions over a Colombian air strike in Ecuadorian territory that killed Raul Reyes, the No. 2 leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).


Weather: Still, sunny, quite warm

I've been doing catch up and nursing a cold which won't go away.

The kids have now returned to Toronto where they can shovel snow.  It was a good visit and all ended well.

We're looking to get back into a comfortable routine…

I'm still fighting my way through computer file name clean up so I can transfer the data to a new computer.  This one is tired and s—l—o—w.

Brian, Lita, Hugo, irreverent Vicka, the pigeon toed parrot, and the newbies— Chico and Chica.

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