Mosquito Issue Resolved

ISSUE #370: Aug. 29 - Sep. 3, 2011


Brian Timmons, Newsletter Author
Brian Timmons

Dear friends,

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.

Brian Timmons
Residencias Los Jardines /
Hacienda El Dorado /


Construction Log
Updates about Hacienda El Dorado

Rio Oro: This time of year, the property looks its best -green, and the continuing grass / brush cutting enhances that look. Now if Europe and N. American can just get their social, political, financial, and economic acts together...


Residencias Los Jardines
Property Management, Rentals, Re-Sales

Market Activity: Last Saturday morning we had Chris Howard's tour consisting of 10 people considering relocating -buying / renting- to CR. We've had no follow up from any of these people.

Overview: Jan is still finding the market very active; others are not.

Sales: one person scouting low end properties.

Rentals: Several inquiries but no showings.

Pending sale of 112: we're still working our way through the morass but... with luck, patience and perseverance, it will happen.

Mosquitoes: The shareholders conduced their vote on this resolution. It failed to garner enough support. We will not be fogging in the future and will continue to apply the larvacide which seems to be quote effective.



Unit 106B: $169,000 / $1,200 mo. for sale / rent - Immediate See Unit
Unit 112: $1,450 mo. for rent - Immediate See Unit
Unit 115: $205,000 / $1,550 mo. for sale / rent - October 1 See unit
Unit 125: $140,000 for sale / Price reduced by $10,000 See unit

Site Plan-


UNIT #106B
FOR SALE $169,000
FOR RENT $1,200 mo.


Total Area (Sq Ft): 1270
Total area (Sq M): 115
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Floor(s): Ground
Type: Apartment
Furnished: Yes

This is a fully furnished 2-bedroom unit situated in a 2-story building, which has two nits 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 erraces. Floor. The solid masonry demising wall (common wall) as well as the 5" oncrete slab prevent sound transference.


UNIT #112
FOR RENT $1,450 mo.

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1290
Total Area (Sq M): 120
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Floor(s): 1 Story
Type: Attached
Furnished: Yes

This 1,290 sf single floor home includes a 300 sf front terrace plus parking for one car. It is attached on two sides by a 6 inch cement demising (common) wall, which prevents sound transfer.


UNIT #115
FOR SALE $205,000
FOR RENT $1,550 mo.

October 1

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1345
Total area (Sq M): 124
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Floor(s): 1 Story
Type: Attached
Furnished: Yes

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.


UNIT #125
FOR SALE $140,000

Price reduced by $10,000

Total Area (Sq Ft): 662
Total area (Sq M): 61
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Floor(s): 2nd Floor
Type: Semi-Detached
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.




Our Lives

WEATHER: August had to be one of the driest rainy months we've experienced here. Usually just enough rain to keep us from having to irrigate; few hard rains; and generally soft rains every couple days. While this is only Sept. 3... that pattern seems to be continuing... at least in the Central Valley. Along the Pacific Coast, they had a horrific storm and the San Jose-Caldera Highway was again closed due to a massive landslide.

Stepping Aside: I've announced my intent to resign as President of Doneste S.A. The other officeholders have as well. We called a meeting for the election of a new Board of Directors for Doneste S.A. -the parent company of Residencias Los Jardianes. I'll continue on as property manager as per my contract. It's time for me to step aside; it's not a job I ever wanted but no one wanted it from day one -6 years ago... so I did the job. I'm tired of the administrative burden, very time consuming, tired of trying to explain / convince others of issues, and being the target of abuse and all types of nasties... I just was not looking forward to heading up the discussions and administrative issues leading to the General Shareholder's meeting normally held in December. I am concerned (I hope that is unfounded) that non-resident and other non-aligned shareholders' rights might be trampled by the few. Those non-aligned will have to pay close attention to what goes on and even though I'm stepping aside as President, I'm not ready to play dead.

Brian, Lita, Hugo, irreverent Vicka, the pigeon toed parrot

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