Leased Out

ISSUE #204: Sept. 1-6, 2008


Leased Out


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 availability. 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: After custom designing a Balboa to better suite the lot on which it was located, the purchaser of the upper unit bought the whole building and now has a unique Balboa Single. We are nearing the completion of a kitchen design and pricing for another client on Lot 17.  We'll see where that goes.

The investor group Jan met with this week presented an interesting scenario. However unlikely it 's success might be, it has prompted some thought. We'll see.

From work done by Jan, we have sold 49% of the maximum buildable space.  We don't expect to build the "maximum" and haven't completed the final designs on lots 21 and 22. Nor does that space include the units Paul and I expect to retain.


Permit Applications: Studies and drawings were to be submitted to SETENA on Friday.  Some of the drawings had to do with the bridge design, wall stabilization for the Maya Tower location, rain water collection on what we want to become the road to the black water treatment plant and a few other things. 

The chain link portion of the perimeter fence inches along. 


Website Upgrade / Marketing: Photos of Residencias Los Jardines, the Santa Ana area and some of the houses are available on line at:
I noticed that some of the pictures popping up on the opening page are very dated;  this will be changed.

Drainage System: This is now operational but it's capacity and sufficiency hasn't been tested due to lack of heavy rainfall. The area has been re-landscaped.

Kirebe: The "denucia" (lawsuit) was filed. No results at this point in time. We'll see. They continue to dump water on us.

Electrical Outage:  We had another one of substantial duration this week. Fortunately, we didn't have any rain at the time. We now have a good idea of the cost of installing emergency generation. We will have to ask the owners if they want to fund this. 

Accounting System:  We've come to the conclusion that the system we have is too awkward, too labor intensive, too prone to error, and just not giving us what we or our clients need. Paul does not want a web based system--just one more variable to deal with.  He has undertaken to work with a software designer to develop a simple system taking into account the realities of life here. This will take some time to develop and to implement and to work out the bugs but we have started the process.

Satellite TV dish: Has delaminated. The result is our DISH network signal is weak.  We'll have to see if it is repairable or .....

Units for Sale/Lease:

Unit #107 - For Sale

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1716
Total area (Sq M): 158
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2.5
Floor(s): 2 Story
Type: Detached
Furnished: Yes
This 1,716 sf. (plus parking for one car) two story, detached house, with three terraces, two bedrooms (one on each floor) and upstairs master suite is a beautiful home. This home consists of two VERY large bedrooms (one on each floor) with en-suite bathrooms and a powder room, each with large closets with extensive built-ins for personal organization. The vaulted living room and ground floor bedroom ceilings as well as the master bedroom on the 2nd floor, provide a feeling of grandeur while allowing the warmer air to rise and exit through the ceiling ventilating system. There are three TVs (one in each bedroom and one in the living room.) This is a beautiful home. There is a rough-in for a dishwasher in the kitchen area.

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September 05, 2008
Costa Rica Rivers Overflow with Hanna Rain
(The Tico Times) With heavy rains falling over the last few days, the National Emergency Commission declared red and yellow alerts in parts of the country.

September 04, 2008
World Bank Approves $258 Mln Lending for Costa Rica
WASHINGTON, Sept 4 (Reuters) - The World Bank on Thursday approved a new three-year $258 million lending program for Costa Rica to help improve education, telecoms reform, infrastructure development and tackle climate change.

September 03, 2008
Costa Rica Inflation Soars Above Govt Target
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Reuters) - Costa Rica's inflation rate rose to 15.4 percent in the last 12 months through August, the government statistics agency said on Tuesday, driven by a rise in global food and fuel prices.

September 03, 2008
Costa Rica Coffee Exports Up 6.7%
(Inside Costa Rica) Costa Rican coffee exports in August, the 11th month of the 2007-08 crop cycle, rose 6.7% to 92,633 (60-kilogram) bags, the Costa Rica Coffee Institute, or Icafe, said Tuesday.

September 02, 2008
Hearings Start Against Costa Rica's ex-President Rodríguez
(The Tico Times/EFE) Preliminary court hearings began yesterday against Miguel Angel Rodríguez, Costa Rican president from 1998 to 2002, in an alleged corruption scandal involving French cell phone company Alcatel and national telecom monopoly the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE).

September 02, 2008
Costa Rica's 2009 Budget Beefs Up Social Spending
(The Tico Times) Government spending on education, health care and the environment would all increase next year in the proposed 2009 budget that Finance Minister Guillermo Zúñiga handed over to the Legislative Assembly yesterday.

September 01, 2008
Social Groups to Protest Tomorrow for the Independence of the Courts From the Executive Branch
(Inside Costa Rica) Dozens of organizations of the Movimiento Social (Social Movement) will be convening on Tuesday in front of the Poder Judicial de Costa Rica, in downtown San José, to demand the magistrates of the Corte Plena (Full Court) its independence from the powers of the State and reject its alliance with the Poder Ejecutivo (Executive branch of the government).

September 01, 2008
New Stadium in Costa Rica Faces Logistical Problems
(Costa Rica Pages) The new national stadium that will be constructed in La Sabana park in San Jose will have the capacity to receive 35,175 spectators. The parking however is only large enough for 400 cars. The difference is so huge, it is almost unthinkable; originally an underground parking was planned, but at a cost of $10 million per floor, the plan was soon dropped.

September 01, 2008
‘Operation Success’ Comes to Costa Rica to Boost Education
(Infocom) — With the OK and support of the Ministry of Public Education (MEP), which declared it a “Program of Educational Interest, and economic support from the Costa Rica-USA Foundation, “Operation Success” (Operacion Exito) — a program that employs the Internet as a learning tool —was launched in Costa Rica last Aug. 26.

September 01, 2008
CR Businesses Promote Ties with California
(Infocom) — Costa Rica and the state of California, one the richest in the United States, are in negotiations to establish closer commercial ties thanks to a visit made in late August by Costa Rican Foreign Trade Minister Marco Vinicio Ruiz and the general manager of the Costa Rican Foreign Trade (PROCOMER), Emmanuel Hess. There, they were in contact with various organizations to explore possible alliances that would facilitate business dealings with Costa Rican companies.

September 01, 2008
Costa Rica Could Feel ‘Indirect' Effects from Hanna
(The Tico Times) As Costa Rican emergency officials dropped the Yellow Alert they had raised last week for Hurricane Gustav, weather analysts here suggested residents carry big umbrellas this week for the side-effects of the next hurricane of the season, Hanna.


Weather: A fair amount of rain but nothing really, really hard. Lots of overcast. 

Misc Construction: While I continue to hear reports of projects on the coast being canceled or put on hold, the latest being the Steve Case project in Guanacaste, I see no reduction in construction projects in the Santa Ana area. A new site on the Miracle Mile is being readied for something. The rental market remains strong; we continue to meet people being transferred here by their employers and people moving here for retirement. The Holiday Inn Express is going to be a substantial hotel and retail complex. A new multistory building is being constructed on a lot north of the Forum II complex which continues to build out. 

Time Out Tavern: Continues to delight.

Lita and the Parrots: Lita has been hearing flocks of parrots flying over the property. On Friday morning we were actually awake when she heard several in a tree. Sure enough, two little guys the same as Chico and Chica were there. It would be really nice for all if we were to attract them but we don't have on site, a food source for them so I don't think it will happen.

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

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