SALE OF #112

ISSUE #372: Sep. 12-17, 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

Change in Board of Directors: this issue is working its way through the process. There is little active interest or discussion amongst shareholders -as usual- in the issue.

Sale of 112: It was purchased as an 401K retirement investment 6 years ago. Including the rental income and capital appreciation, the owner made net after all costs (rental management, repairs & Mtnc, monthly charges and special assessments) and net of all selling costs (commission, legal fees, transfer fees etc) a 10% annual return. Certainly a better return than many people have experienced in RE or in the stock market.

Market Activity: Very quiet; no one looking either for purchase or for rental.

Sales: no one looking.

Rentals: 112 is available.

Potable Water Problems: this issue seems to have been solved.



Unit 106B: $164,000 for sale / Price Reduced by $5,000 See Unit
Unit 112: $1,450 mo. for rent - Immediate See Unit
Unit 115: $205,000 for sale See unit
Unit 125: $140,000 for sale / Price reduced by $10,000 See unit

Site Plan-


UNIT #106B
FOR SALE $164,000
Price reduced by $5,000

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

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: much less rain than normal -like last year- just enough to keep us from having to irrigate. However, the weather gurus are predicting a very wet Oct. + with the development of La Nina -we'll see.

Cars: RETIEVE: each year, a car has to pass a safety and gas emmisions test. Mine had problems passing the emmisions test last year. I "supposedly" had the engine completely overhauled. I don't think the work was actually done; I think I got taken to the cleaners. That's history and my misfortune. Time is up again. I did what is normally done -go for a pre-inspection, get cleared and then for the RETIEVE... after two new tires and other stuff ($750) the car failed the emissions (I find out that the original engine for my car was "dirty" when new). Now the mechanic who pronounced it passable has offered to take it to RETIEVE himself on Monday evening... We'll see. I'll start looking for a newer car.

Insurance: Had to renew my insurance. It's increased even though the car is older and I haven't had any accidents, and there is now competition to INS -the former monopoly state insurance company. The reason given was that the government regulatory body, SUGEF orded INS to increase their rates so that the competition had a fair chance to compete. Sounds fishy to me but only in CR do economics get turned upside down to N.Am. logic.

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

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