SETENA, Rentals, Playa Carrillo

ISSUE #246: June 22-27, 2009


SETENA, Rentals, Playa Carrillo


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

NOTE:  We 've been having some distribution and formatting problems lately.  Some people are not getting the newsletter, some are getting it late, some are getting it without the "OUR LIVES"  section of it attached.  We'll see if the issues have been resolved this week.



SETENA:  We now have a fax of the final agreement. We should have the original agreement by Wednesday or Thursday.

Uso de Suelo--Land Use Permit:
The amended survey is still being processed. When processed we expect theCity to issue this document.

Well Water:  If the 15 day term given us last week still applies, then we have two more weeks to wait. 

Timing:  I met a guy this week who spent over 20 years getting permits. He is now building his first house. His task was more complicated than ours since he was building in the Maritime Zone. Regardless, if we use his yardstick, we should be happy with our progress to date.


Garden: The gardeners are finally gaining the upper hand on the garden. A number of deferred projects are now done--rebuilding and reactivating the compost system, rebuilding some of the bamboo fences--I had been harping on both for the past 6+ months.....  They also cut some of the red leafed plants and added the cuttings to other areas which could use some color.  

Another strange incident.  A single lady was brought to us by two RE agents from Playa Coco.  She liked the one bedroom (124), gave us $800 cash with a promise to supply the balance on Monday, and moved in that night.  By Thursday we hadn't been able to contact her re. the balance so we entered the unit.  Gate fob and keys were on the kitchen counter but she was gone.  Go figure!!!!!!!

The company looking for 7 rentals is booking one of our units. Hopefully, more will follow.


                124 -- Available--1 bedroom, $950
                121 -- Available--2 bedroom, two story $1,650
                109 -- July 24 -- $1,550

For Sale: 

109, two bedroom, one level, furnished,  $214,900
111, two bedroom, one level, unfurnished, $210,000
107 is scheduled to close July 1.

Units for Sale/Lease:

Residencia Los Jardines Site Plan

Unit #109 --For Sale $214,900 -  FURNISHED (Leased until July 24, 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 #121 - For Rent - $1,650 FURNISHED

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 #111 --For Sale at $210,000 UNFURNISHED

Total Area (Sq Ft):1738
Total area (Sq M):161
Floor(s):Single Floor
This corner home located in set of four homes, is very private. The entrance belies the 1,738 sf to be found on the other side of the entrance door. The short entrance hallway opens into a huge "great room" consisting of the kitchen, LR and DR. This room is truly of huge proportions including the 16' high vaulted ceiling. This vaulted ceiling has clear story windows for light and ventilation. Valance lighting surrounds the room and provides ambiance with its upward sighing lights as well as accent lighting with the recessed halogen lights. From the living room, a large sliding glass door leads onto a private covered terrace.

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Unit 124 - For Rent at $950 pr Month FURNISHED

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.


June 28, 2009
"Intelligent" San Jose Traffic Lights Not So Intelligent In The West
(Inside Costa Rica) - The "intelligent" traffic lights installed in San José have not been so intelligent on the west side of the city for the last six months, being totally disconnected from the network\'s control centre.

June 28, 2009
Rise In Layoffs Expected For July and August
(Inside Costa Rica) - Economists consider that the critical months in terms of unemployment in the country will be in June, July and August.

June 28, 2009
Paving Of Costanera Sur Between Quepos and Dominical Begins
(Inside Costa Rica) - The work to pave the last 42 kilometres of the Costanera Sur betwem Quepos and Dominican began yesterday (Saturday).

June 28, 2009
Drugs top Ticos' worry list, says UNA study
(The Tico Times) - The nation's drug problem is the top concern among Costa Ricans today, according to a new survey by the National University (UNA).

June 28, 2009
New skating facility opens in La Sabana
(The Tico Times) - Their feet may roll over pavement not ice, but that's not stopping Costa Rica's ice skaters from competing for gold medals abroad. And, with the completion of an outdoor roller rink on a wing of San José's La Sabana Park, they now have the training grounds to get them there.

June 28, 2009
Digicel Interested in Costa Rican Mobile License
(Cellular, - Caribbean mobile operator Digicel is planning to bid for a mobile operator license in Costa Rica when the licenses are sold next year. Thee tender for the licenses will be launched in September, with the first mobile license to be awarded between March and April 2010.


Weather: Normal rain and sunshine... Plants and grass are happy...

Misc. & Corrections:  Cheap Booze: 
More and more reports from people reporting great buys.  The "Indigo" Hotel is not a Hilton brand but I'm told an Intercontinental brand.  The procedure I had (colonoscopy and gastoproscy) was $400, not $200 as I wrote.

Playa Carrillo: 
We have guests and we took them to our favorite beach.  The hotel was recommended by a friend building a fantastic house there...Hotel Leyenda (  This is a new hotel with wonderful facilities and a really helpful, professional staff.  Even though they do not have ocean view, they have a wonderful garden, attractive open air restaurant and large pool.  They have a shuttle bus running to the beach where they have a trailer providing cold drinks, lounge chairs, fresh water showers, and they will also bring you a takout meal from their kitchen.  You never have to leave the beach.  We negotiated a deal for $88 taxes included for 4 people, one room...  Most of the other hotels were absolutely dead--no clients at all and Samara looked pretty dead as well.

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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