Lookers without pens!

ISSUE #340: Feb. 1-5, 2011




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

E-mail: brian@eldoradocostarica.com




Rio Oro: We are finalizing a scope of work document to make some cosmetic revisions, a new distribution for the Cortex units, and to commission a costing analysis of the overall development.


Unit 102:  I'm still fixing items which don't work and cannot be serviced here in CR. I have a number of items coming in from the States. This is probably why some items were cheap to buy; now I get to repair and maintain them.   

We continue to have interested parties walk through --N. Am. and Europeans -- and those who have found temporary refuge here fantasize about the possibility of buying  but none has found a wet pen and a steady hand.  We have more people lined up for next week. Some of these I've been corresponding with for several years.

Unit 106A: $155,000
Unit 107:   $250,000
Unit 115:   $205,000
Unit 125:   $160,000

See Descriptions and photos below.

Rental Vacancies:

Unit 106B: $1,200 (Furnished) AVAILABLE APRIL 2, 2011
Residencia Los Jardines Site Plan

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

Total Area (Sq Ft):
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.

Unit #107 -- For Sale $250,000 - FURNISHED


Owner Financing:  $100,000 down; $150,000 VTB, 8%, Interest only, 5 yr term (payments--$1,000 mo.)

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 #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 Rent $1,200 - FURNISHED (AVAILABLE APRIL 2, 2011)

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.



February 05, 2011

Guanacaste, Costa Rica, Leader In Traffic Fatalities

Speeding and drunk driving have converted Guanacaste into the province with the most fatal traffic accidents. Of the 30 fatal accidents last month, ten occurred in Guanacaste.



February 05, 2011

"Calling On Costa Rica", a 1947 View Of Costa Rica

Calling On Costa Rica is a look at the Costa Rica of the past, 1947 in fact, when the La Sabana as the international airport of San José, at the time regarded was one of the best airports in the world.



February 04, 2011

Rodrigo Arias WILL be Investigated As Opposition Parties Stand United Against Corruption

Pressure from the opposition parties forced the legislators of the ruling party, the partido Liberación Nacional (PLN), voted in favour of to investigate their potential 2014 presidential candidate, Rodrigo Arias Sánchez.



February 04, 2011

Jacó Crime On The Increase

The Cámara Turismo de Jacó (Jacó tourism chamber) recognizes the problem of sexual exploitation of the Pacific beach town and proposes to create a zone of tolerance.



February 03, 2011

Banco de Costa Rica Warns Of Trojan Virus Attack Of Its Online Services

The Banco de Costa Rica (BCR) is warning users of its online service to wary of a "trojan" virus that redirects users to a fraudulent site and asking the user for the information of the "tarjeta dinámica" that the bank uses to secure online transactions.



February 03, 2011

Constitutional Court Stops Return Of Child To The U.S.

The Patronato Nacional de la Infancia (PANI) - the Costa Rican child welfare agency - cannot send back to the United States the small child whose father is seeking her return. The PANI action is blocked by a decision of the Sala Constitucional after accepting a writ of habeas corpus filed by the girl's mother, Trina Atwell.



February 02, 2011

The Bachelor Uses Costa Rica As Back Drop

ABC's The Bachelor will host this season's sixth episode from Costa Rica. The episode will feature a special group date at the Spring Resort and Spa, fronting Costa Rica's famous Arenal Volcano, using the property's riverfront rainforest preserve and mineral polls as a backdrop for one on one dates with the newest Bachelor Brad Womack.



February 01, 2011

Costa Rica Accuses Nicaragua Of Ploy To Mislead and Confuse ICJ Bad Faith? What is the intention of Nicaragua ?

Costa Rica calls Nicaragua's apparent removal of its troops from the Isla Calero a "ploy" mean to "fool and confuse" the judges of the International Court of Justice in The Hague.



WEATHER: Beautiful with normal wind.

Seems like I've spent the week providing information and help to newbies, fixing problems I've been handed, and providing information to interested "buyers"......
Not a very productive week.  

Publishing Difficulties: Both websites have been out of service at the beginning of the week but were up and running within a few hours of notification. I'm still having difficulty and am becoming frustrated getting accurate updated information loaded on the newsletter and linked sites. 

It's time for the hammock....

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
E-mail: brian@eldoradocostarica.com

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

Web: www.eldoradocostarica.com
E-mail: info@eldoradocostarica.com
MSN: jan.kozak.jr@hotmail.com
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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