Friendly Skies

ISSUE #331: Nov. 29-Dec. 4, 2010


Friendly Skies


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



Rio Oro: We are still awaiting two more proposals for building architectural design, electro-mechanical, and structural before entering into discussions with any of the three. We are focusing on the two buildings which make up phase 1--Ponce and Cortez Split. I've met with each of the two to help them understand the request and the drawings.  One on one consultation can save them a number of hours and help ensure they understand and that their offer is based on that correct understanding.  I don't like surprises; surprises benefit no one.


Market Comment: So far, there has been no follow up with any of the clients from last week.  We had one client this week who will buy someplace in the Central Valley. We were late on his list;  he's waiting to see if another offer he has out will be accepted.

Annual Shareholders Meeting:  Discussion amongst a few continues.  I continue to supply information where information is lacking. 

Unit 106A: $155,000
Unit 106B: $169,000
Unit 107:   $265,000
Unit 115:   $205,000
Unit 125:   $160,000

See Descriptions and photos below.

Rental Vacancies:

None right now...

Residencia Los Jardines Site Plan

Unit #125 -- For Sale $160,000 - FURNISHED

Total Area (Sq Ft): 662
Total area (Sq M): 61
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Floor(s): 2nd Floor
Type: Apartment
Furnished: Yes 

This 662 sf, + parking for one car and 33sf locker is a one bedroom home on the 2nd floor overlooking the large pool. It is ideal for a single person or couple—or investment property.

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Unit #106A -- For Sale $155,000 - FURNISHED (Leased at $1,000 pr month until January 2011)

Total Area (Sq Ft):1250
Total area (Sq M):120
Floor(s):Ground Floor

This is a fully furnished 2-bedroom unit situated in a 2-story building, which has two units on the ground floor and two units on the 2nd. floor. Each unit is the same size (1,250sf) divided into 800 sf of interior space and 450 sf of covered front and back terraces. UnitS 106 A and B are on the ground floor; Units 106 C and D are on the 2nd. Floor. The solid masonry demising wall (common wall) as well as the 5” concrete slab prevent sound transference.

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Unit #107 -- For Sale $265,000 - FURNISHED

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

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.



Unit #102 -- For Sale $265,000 - FURNISHED

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1922
Total area (Sq M): 117
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Floor(s): Ground Floor
Type: Apartment
Furnished: Yes 

This two bedroom, 1922 sf (177m2) + parking and bodega, single story home located in Residencias Los Jardines was completed 5 years ago and has been lived in by a single lady who has lovingly cared for and cleaned it twice a week. It is situated on the ground floor of a two storey, horizontal duplex. It is in PRISTINE condition. The vendor is the original owner.

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Unit #115 -- For Sale $205,000 - FURNISHED

Total Area (Sq Ft):1345
Total area (Sq M):124
Floor(s):1 Story

This 1,345 sf single floor home includes a 200 sf private terrace plus parking for one car. It is attached on two sides by a 6” solid concrete block wall which prevents sound transfer. This is an extremely well decorated home with lots of natural wood built ins.

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Unit #106B --For Sale $169,000 - FURNISHED

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1250
Total area (Sq M): 120
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Floor(s): Ground Floor
Type: Apartment
Furnished: Yes 

This is a fully furnished 2-bedroom unit situated in a 2-story building, which has two units on the ground floor and two units on the 2nd. floor. Each unit is the same size (1,250sf) divided into 800 sf of interior space and 450 sf of covered front and back terraces. Units 106 A and B are on the ground floor; Units 106 C and D are on the 2nd. Floor. The solid masonry demising wall (common wall) as well as the 5" concrete slab prevent sound transference.

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December 05, 2010
Costa Rica's Traffic Law Reforms Moving In The Slow Lane
It all began in late 2008 when the then legislative assembly approved the new Ley de Tránsito (traffic law) that would bring Costa Rica to the modern age, with increased fines, severe penalties for drunk and reckless driving and give traffic officials more tools to do their job.

December 03, 2010
UN Global Compact Signed in Costa Rica
Costa Rica, on Thursday, was host to the signing of the United Nations Global Compact, a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.

December 02, 2010
Traffic Cameras in Costa Rica Almost Ready For Use
It won't be long before the twelve cameras on four major routes will complete their testing and go into use to curb speeding by ticketing drivers electronically. The cameras have been installed on the autopistas General Cañas, Florencio del Castillo, Próspero Fernández and the Circunvalación.

December 01, 2010
Majority Approve Of Chinchilla; Unemployment Down, Poverty Up
Presidenta Laura Chinchilla has the continued support of the majority of Costa Ricans, according to a recent public opinion poll by Demoscopia for the Spanish language daily, Al Día.


WEATHER: We endured some hard, steady rain for several days causing problems in CR and lots of overcast but by week's end, the low pressure has moved to Panama and partly sunny skies and breeze have returned. This is likely to be the weather for the next 5 months.

COMPUTER:  Not yet replaced but some of the systemic failures I had last week have gone away...thus I'm able to write in both lower and upper case.

MURDER:  About 8 years ago, my nephew-in-law who lived with Lita's family, was murdered by several 12 gauge shotgun blasts, along with another person in their own home at 7am one morning.
They lived about 6 blocks from us in downtown Toronto. There had been no argument or culminating incident at any time.   The police attended the scene and found the neighbor quietly sitting at his dinning room table with another loaded shotgun. A check of his home and van revealed numerous pipe bombs, bomb making literature, and other related material.  He was found to be crazy.  Because voices in his head told him to kill his neighbors   he was not criminally responsible for his actions.  He spent a couple years in the nut house and yesterday I find out for some years and he has been out and living a normal life.  Meanwhile, the civil suite is going nowhere--the system requires money the family doesn't have.  Gerry is still dead; Gerry's wife struggles with raising two children without the main breadwinner; the guilty person is alive and living normally.  Actually, I find little difference between the Canadian and CR justice systems.  "Justice" systems neither are;  legal systems they are.  

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
Cell: (+506) 8305-3965

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

Jan Kozak, Marketing Manager
Residencias Los Jardines/Hacienda El Dorado

Skype: jan.kozak.jr

Voicemail (Canada) (+1) 647-477-5825
Skype (US) (+1) 954 903 0830
Office (Costa Rica) (+506) 2215-6000
Cell (Costa Rica): (+506) 8707-9930 / (+506) 8345-8018
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