Thanksgiving at Los Jardines & Quebrada

ISSUE #216: Nov.24-29, 2008


Thanksgiving at Los Jardines & Quebrada


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

Construction: Still Waiting. The structural engineer is becoming a "weak link". We will be speaking with him further. He is not delivering on time. Excuses are wearing thin on all of us.

Water: I believe we have a response from AyA that they will do the study which will give us the technical information we need. 

Municipal Roadway: The City has done nothing about shoring up the road. It will probably take an accident for them to move.

Quebrada Repaired: The wash out has been repaired using cement culvert pipe. The surface is being contoured so as not to cause rainwater spillage onto the neighbors (unlike our experience at Los Jardines with Kirebe). 

Maya Tower: We are awaiting the redesign of the back wall from the structural engineer which will, for now, become a retaining wall.


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

Garden:  The gardeners are getting the hang on "multi tasking". They are now doing a pretty good job or irrigating while they are doing other things.  It's not yet perfect but they are showing an understanding.

Amnet Internet Service: On Tuesday, they cut us off because one number on their contract didn't match with something.  What a stupid hassle but since then, it's been fine. Different inmates; different asylum but the product is better.

New Property Tax Law:  We will be reviewing the implication of this on Tuesday.
Shareholders Meeting: The info. was sent out to all shareholders.

Texas Hold'em: Two games this past week. Obviously it is a lot of fun to the players and the winner seems to rotate so there continues to be hope at the beginning of each game and often the final result is not foretold throughout the game. 

Units for Sale/Lease:

Residencia Los Jardines Site Plan

Unit #107 - For Sale/Leased - $255,000

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/Leased - $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 #121 - For Rent - $1,650 - (STARTING DECEMBER 2, 2008)

Total Area (Sq Ft):1423
Total Area (Sq M):131
Floor(s):2 Story

This two story, detached 1,423 sf home + parking for one car has two bedrooms, 2 ½ bathrooms and a 2nd. floor covered terrace.

The open railed wrought iron cement stair case leads to the 2nd. level where the master bedroom with en-suite master bathroom as well as 2nd. bedroom and en-suite bathroom are located. Also accessed from the 2nd. floor hallway is the covered terrace.

This is a very nicely furnished home with a good floor plan for those wanting two floors.

Unit #108 - For Sale/Leased - $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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November 27, 2008
SME Banking Makes a Slow Start: System’s financing sources are incomplete
(El Financiero) The Development Banking System (SBD) will go into effect at the beginning of December, although much of the apparatus is incomplete and will stay that way for at least six months.

November 27, 2008
The Map That Changed the Country: The Costa Rica Digital Atlas project detected 30 changes in our coastline
(El Financiero) It is very likely that the map of Costa Rica your children study with and the one you store in the glove compartment of your car are out of date. The national seaboard has undergone significant changes and the country is not the same as it was 40 years ago.

November 27, 2008
Unemployment Threatens Agriculture, Tourism and Construction: Crisis projects a grim picture for 2009
Agriculture, construction and tourism, all pillars of the country’s economic development, are the most vulnerable sectors to unemployment in 2009.

November 27, 2008
Investments on the Backburner: Businesses claim a lack of credit and poor financial conditions
(El Financiero) Humberto Chacón was planning on producing biodegradable labels this year, but the money shortage forced him to put his plan on the backburner indefinitely.


Weather: Dry with some overcast; light breezes.

Thanksgiving:  Sunday, Nov. 30, we'll be having a party for about 30 people.  Two turkeys + and others are bringing various things to complement.  The setting will be a far cry from the traditional settings in North America---we'll be around the large pool and I'm sure there will be many laughs and tall stories told and of course the stories will become more embelished as the booze kick in.

Eating and Dinner parties:  far too many with far too much delicious food -- chicken catchatorie, spaghettie with red sauce, spaghetti with cream sauce and mixed seafood,  fresh ocean caught fish,  Dalminico steaks, etc. 

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

Jan Kozak, Marketing Manager
Hacienda El Dorado
Rio Oro, Santa Ana
Costa Rica


Skype: jan.kozak.jr


Tel (US) (+1) 647-477-5825
Cell: (+506) 8393-4666

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