A Possible Sale & RAIN

ISSUE #210: Oct 13-19, 2008


A Possible Sale & RAIN


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: None this week


Permit Applications: SETENA--D1--we wait and that will probably be the story until the end of January. 

Water: I don't have any information re. the discussions between the consultant and AyA. 

Sick Tree....It's still struggling and while it should have completely leafed out, it hasn't.

Chain Link Fence: The consultant says he sent the design to the engineer; the engineer says he doesn't have it.  It's difficult to know what is what but I'll sort it out.  Note:  sharing information and working as a team does not seem to come naturally to the Ticos we know and work with.  It seems to be a cultural difference that N. Am. are used to.  We often times have to insist that information is shared. 


Website Upgrade / Marketing: Photos of Residencias Los Jardines, the Santa Ana area and some of the houses are available on line at:

All pictures have now been changed to current images.

Drainage System: No heavy rains yet to test under actual conditions--continuous rains yes but no torrential downpours.

Kirebe: We see no evidence that they have done anything yet.

VOIP Phones:  They continue to work before 8 am and on weekends but at other times, not really.

Cable TV:  AMNET is moving into the area to compete with CableTica. We are exploring connections with them.

Possible Sale:  We've shown 120 numerous times this past week.  One of these clients has said he will be making an offer.  We'll see.

Units for Sale/Lease:

Residencia Los Jardines Site Plan

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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Unit #120 - For Sale

Total Area (Sq Ft):1312
Total area (Sq M):122
Floor(s):1 Story

This 1,312 sf single floor home includes a 300 sf front terrace plus parking for one car. It is an end unit and therefore attached on only one side providing ample lighting and views. The 6 inch cement demising (common) wall prevents sound transfer. This is a very nicely furnished and accented home.

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Unit #108 - Leased/For Sale

Total Area (Sq Ft):1716
Total area (Sq M):158
Floor(s):2 Story

This 1,716 sf. (plus parking space for one car) two storey, detached house, with two terraces, two bedrooms (one on each floor) and an upstairs master suite is a beautiful home.

This home consists of two VERY large bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms (one on each floor) and a powder room each with 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.

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October 19, 2008
16 Dead, Thousands Evacuated as Rains Lash Central America
SAN JOSE (AFP) - Heavy rains have left at least 16 people dead and six missing and forced about 100,000 from their homes across Central America, authorities said Saturday.

October 17, 2008
Costa Rica to Lead Executive Council of the World Tourism Organization
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, Oct 17, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Costa Rica, the leader and pioneer of sustainable tourism, has been chosen to head the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Executive Council starting this year. The UNWTO met in Madrid in October 14 -- 15 and appointed Carlos Ricardo Benavides, Minister of Tourism of Costa Rica, to lead the Executive Council of this international organization.

October 17, 2008
Costa Rica, 500 Dollars Short of Reclaiming Pre-Columbian Art
SAN JOSE (AFP) — The price of a translation is keeping the Costa Rican government from retrieving a collection of pre-Columbian objects it claims were stolen by a private collector now living in Germany.

October 17, 2008
Cars May Be Trapped Under Massive Landslide in N.W. Costa Rica
(The Tico Times) Several vehicles were believed to have been trapped yesterday under a massive landslide on Costa Rica's Inter-American Highway near the exit for Chomes, Puntarenas, which is near the turn-off for the popular north-central mountain reserve of Monteverde, the Red Cross said.

October 17, 2008
Costa Rica Opens New Panama Trade Office Ahead of Free-Trade Accord
(EFE) Costa Rica has opened a foreign trade office in Panama, marking a new chapter of commerce between the two nations that awaits the signature of President Oscar Arias.

October 16, 2008
Costa Rica’s 2008 Rainfall Already Record-Breaking
(Costa Rica Pages) The National Meteorological Institute (IMN) reports that Costa Rica’s 2008 rainfall is set to make the record books, accumulating more annual rainfall than it has seen in more than 60 years. An analysis of rainfall between January and October shows that 2,100 millimeters (82.7 inches) have fallen in San José city this year, compared to a historical average of 1,800 millimeters (70.8 inches). As expected, soaked and soggy residents Living in Costa Rica are not surprised.

October 16, 2008
ICE’s Rate Hike Demand Not Well Received in Costa Rica
(Costa Rica Pages) Fernando Herrero, Costa Rica’s General Regulator (regulador general), has publicly voiced concern and disgust over the Costa Rican Electricity Institute’s (ICE) very public pressures to raise electricity rates by an average of 46 percent. After ICE called a press conference to demand the rate hike, Herrero sent an official letter to ICE’s Board of Directors, explaining his thoughts on the matter.

October 16, 2008
Costa Rica Court Rejects Washed Lottery Ticket
SAN JOSE (AFP) — A Costa Rican who mistakenly washed a winning lottery ticket worth 112,000 dollars lost a court appeal to obtain the prize, a report said Wednesday.


Weather: October is living up to it's reputation as being very wet.  We've had several days and nights of continuous rain.

Parrot:  Lita is looking for an "anger management" training course for the little monster. 

Moved Houses:  Paul and Esther have now completed their move and are living in Guachipelin--not far from Los Jardines but not on site.

Time Out Tavern:  This seems to be the home away from home for many of the Los Jardines crowd.  Lita and I stopped off for our own hamburger and chicken finger lunch only to find 4 residents there--they didn't even know each other so we made the introductions.  ......and then on to the Asian grocery story in downtown San Jose for a stock up on Indian, Thai, and Chinese cooking ingredients as well as Jasmine Scented Thai rice...

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

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