A Rental & A Change in the Weather

ISSUE #212: Oct.27-Nov.1, 2008


A Rental & A Change in the Weather


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

Website: The person in charge of website development has fallen behind the agreed upon schedule for the delivery of the Optional Upgrades section. We are holding on to his pending invoices and won't pay him for website maintenance and other completed tasks until he delivers the final (Optional Upgrades section) product. This seems to be the only option we have left to make sure this gets done. He has now informed us he would deliver the product and that he would apply a 40% discount for the late delivery.


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

Construction:  We have all the sketches of the bridge, retaining wall, and the culvert discharge needed to submit for preliminary approval. That will be done next week. Included in this will be the design for the river crossings of the perimeter fence.

Water: We have not received a reply re. our request for a study to be done to give us the technical specifications needed to start a conversation with AyA. 

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

Two Disasters:  Mudslide endangering the roadway: the City has done nothing. The culvert washout: we've ordered cement culvert sections. They should arrive in a couple weeks.


Website Upgrade / Marketing: Photos of Residencias Los Jardines, the Santa Ana area and some of the houses are available on line at: https://picasaweb.google.com/gardenresidencesresort
Cable TV:  AMNET should be operational in the area around mid November. We awill be exploring connections with them.

Shareholders Meeting:  1pm, Saturday, December 13, 2008, Residencias Los Jardines

Units for Sale/Lease:

Residencia Los Jardines Site Plan

Unit #107 - For Sale - $255,000 / Short Term Lease Starting Nov 1, 2008

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 - $185,000

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 - $245,000

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 31, 2008
95,000 More Poor People in Costa Rica
(The Tico Times) Poverty and unemployment increased in 2008, as the economy slowed and incomes failed to keep up with inflation.

October 31, 2008
Costa Rica Casino Dealer Killed, Two Others Wounded
(The Tico Times) Two gunmen shot and killed a woman this week execution-style and critically injured her sister and another woman after the assailants kidnapped the three, all dealers at the White House Hotel's casino.

October 31, 2008
Costa Rica Supreme Court Approves Final CAFTA Bill
(Costa Rica Pages) It has been a long and sometimes difficult road, but it appears that Costa Rica has finally complied with all CAFTA requirements. Amid citizen dissension and political stalling tactics, many worried that CAFTA’s provisions were unconstitutional and that the agreement could not and should not be signed into law.

October 30, 2008
Human Rights Body Hears Costa Rica In Vitro Case
(The Tico Times) An international commission based in Washington, D.C. held a public hearing yesterday on whether Costa Rica's restrictions on in vitro fertilization violate human rights.

October 30, 2008
Costa Rica President Urges Next U.S. Leader to up Latin American Aid
(The Tico Times/EFE) President Oscar Arias is hoping whoever wins the Nov. 4 U.S. presidential election will pay greater attention, and provide bigger aid packages, to Latin America.

October 30, 2008
Costa Rica Luxury Home Tax to Eradicate Shantytowns
(Costa Rica Pages) Legislators have approved taxes on luxury homes, and the money will supposedly help to eradicate shantytowns. How much money these taxes will generate is still unknown and the current estimates vary greatly. Houses valued at about $200,000 or more will be the targets of the new tax, however taxes on the land on which they are built are excluded in this scheme.

October 29, 2008
Costa Rica Optimistic in the Face of Hardship
(The Tico Times) Ticos are more satisfied with life than people in any other Latin American country, according to a report released yesterday by the apolitical group State of the Nation.

October 29, 2008
Miss Hawaiian Tropic Searches for its Star in Costa Rica
(Inside Costa Rica) Beautiful Ticas (Costa Rican girls) have once again the opportunity to showcase themselves and represent the country in one of the most important beauty pageants - the Miss Hawaiian Tropic.

October 29, 2008
Credit Crisis Crunches Costa Rica Construction
(Property Wire) The U.S. credit crisis continues to slam real estate investment abroad. Several developments in Costa Rica face delays and possible cancellation as funding dries up and the tourist industry anticipates fewer travelers in months to come. For more information, read the following article from PropertyWire.


Weather: Surprise, surprise! Even though several week's early, this week saw the probable beginnings of the dry season. Easterly trade winds started blowing on Monday and continued for most of the week. We actually had to begin irrigating on Thursday--however, it rained good on Thursday night.

Lita and the Parrot: The anger management course didn't work. Vicka bit the instructor and failed. Now Lita has taken to showing chicken parts to the parrot saying that if she didn't behave, the next package could be her.  It's had no effect but  the total seen is hilarious. 

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

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