SETENA Progress

ISSUE #238: April 27-May 2, 2009


SETENA Progress


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.

Brian C. Timmons, Author
Residencias Los Jardines/Hacienda El Dorado - Developer


No sales--Buyers are few and far between and all projects that we're aware of.


SETENA:  We received a letter of commitment.  It's a long, complex document which we have yet to fully analyze. That review will occur on  Monday with the consultants.

Water: The pumping station design is yet to be completed.

Black water Treatment Plant:  The first stage of the design is complete

Erosion Abatement:  still no rains so no scattering of grass seeds or planting of bamboo.

Principal Consultant:  The main consultant wants his contract extended until the end of June at which time he fully expects to have all permits. We will but we will set some specific conditions. This is not to be a gravy train with no end.  In the Monday meeting, we will determine the yet missing information required.


Rentals: May 25, Unit 124 and Possibly Unit 112 mid May.

For Sale: 
Numerous shows of 107, 109. 

Units for Sale/Lease:

Residencia Los Jardines Site Plan

Unit #107 - For Sale/ REDUCED PRICE $239,000 / Leased for $1,650 mo. to Jan. 2010.--OWNER FINANCING AVAILABLE

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--$185K /Leased  at $1,450mo.

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 --For Sale-$245,000; Leased at $1,600 mo. to March '10

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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Unit #109 --For Sale $214,900 -  FURNISHED (Leased until August 1, 2009 - $1,550 pr month)

Total Area (Sq Ft):1506
Total area (Sq M):140
Floor(s):1 Story

This single story home (1506 sf. + parking for one car) is detached, has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, home office, living room wall / entertainment center along with a built in office and a semi-private terrace. In addition, it has a vaulted ceiling in the “great” room and two skylights. The covered entrance way is suitable for two chairs located next to a covered garden area. Once through the impressive front door, you enter the “great room” which houses the kitchen, dining room, office and living room. Upon entering, there is a built in wooden hutch surfaced with granite—it matches all the built-in furniture in the great room. There is a clothes washer and dryer off the 2nd bedroom. It may also be used for storage.

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Unit 124 - For Rent at $950 pr Month FURNISHED (Available May 25, 2009)

Total Area (Sq Ft): 662
Total area (Sq M): 61
Bedrooms: 1
Floor(s): 2nd Floor
Type: Semi-Detached
Furnished: Yes
This 662 sf, + covered parking for one car, is a one bedroom home on the 2nd floor overlooking the large pool. It is ideal for a single person or couple.


May 03, 2009
Costa Rica Seizes More Than 1.5 Tons of Cocaine
SAN JOSE – Police confiscated more than 1,560 kilos (3,436 lbs) of cocaine found inside a truck in this capital and arrested a Colombian and a Costa Rican as suspects, Costa Rica’s Security Ministry said Friday.

April 28, 2009
First Phase Of The Caldera Highway To Be Inaugurated Next Week
After some 30 years in the making, the road to Caldera that will take minutes to travel between San José and the Pacific port, is finally taking shape and the first phase of the highway will be inaugurated by the current ministra de Transportes, Karla González.

April 28, 2009
PLN Candidates Still Ahead of PAC in Costa Rica
(Angus Reid Global Monitor) - Laura Chinchilla of the Partido Liberacion Nacional (PLN) remains ahead of her rivals in the early stages of Costa Rica’s presidential race, according to a poll by CID-Gallup. 36 per cent of respondents would support the former vice-president in the 2010 election.

April 28, 2009
Firestone opens new plant in Costa Rica
(The Tico Times) The U.S. economy's loss is Costa Rica's gain.

April 27, 2009
Central America Battles Swine Flu
(Inside Costa Rica) Managua - Nicaragua is adopting measures to prevent contagion with the swine fever outbreak affecting Mexico and the US that also reports human-to-human transmission.



Weather: No rains; more clouds; some winds.

Holiday:  Another week, another holiday....

Quiet:  This has to be the quietest week on virtually all aspects....few phone calls, few clients, few social happenings, etc. 

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

Brian C. Timmons, Newsletter Author
Residencias Los Jardines/Hacienda El Dorado - Developer

For inquiries about availability of residences at Hacienda El Dorado or Residencias Los Jardines, contact:

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) 8345 8018

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