ISSUE #378: Oct. 24-29, 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: There's been some interest and movement on this project... when the rains let up, we'll see what might happen.

Despite all the rain, the river continues to behave just as we have seen in the past.


Residencias Los Jardines
Property Management, Rentals, Re-Sales

Internet: Despite having had it worked on this past week and seemingly being fixed, some clients are again experiencing problems. The tech is returning Saturday morning and will hopefully fix the problem once and for all... (at least for this round of problems.)

Market Activity: Quiet; one looker from Madrid for rentals...

Sales: no one, in fact Chris Howard's tour was canceled -he says he has a large group next month. Guess some of his clients did some homework and decided the rain and washed out infrastructure was too much to deal with in October.

Rentals: Unit 112 is still available.



Unit 106B: $164,000 for sale / Price Reduced by $5,000 See Unit
Unit 115: $205,000 for sale See unit
Unit 125: $140,000 for sale / Price reduced by $10,000 See unit


Unit 112: $1,450 mo. for rent - Immediate 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 #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.



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.




Our Lives

WEATHER: The rains have eased this past week to 1/2 only with mostly sunny or light overcast mornings. It's a welcome relief to see the sun...

Cars: The clouds aligned and all moved in the same direction: After getting the JEEP spiffed up, I posted it for sale in an on-line chat blog. I got three inquiries, two lookers and the 2nd. person made a decision on the spot -he had just arrived in the country. We arranged with the lawyer for the paperwork to be completed the next morning and he drove off with it to Puerto Viejo where he had just purchased a property he plans turning into a B&B. Since that could have left me without a car for a few days because the purchase of the Pathfinder is so disorganized and strung out at the Vendor's end, I asked the vendor for use of the vehicle before the deal actually closed... He agreed and I asked the lawyer to develop some paperwork allowing the vehicle to be released to me. Lita and I picked it up near Grecia and it's now sitting in my parking spot waiting for me to learn it's secrets. All in all, this process has been relatively painless -the purchase has taken time but I knew it would given the vendor's situation but that was reflected in the price. Also, he is fortunate to have someone like me to help him through a process about which he hadn't a clue. For me, waiting, watching, and finally finding what I wanted (at least 1 of 4 options) was worth it. In the final analysis, however, it is just a car with 74,000 mi. on it (mostly USA) purchased 3 yrs. ago from Purdy Motors in San Jose for $21,500 and repurchased by me for a lot less (that's why I like older cars w/ low mileage and people leaving the country), like thousands of others here -not all those drivers could be mistaken.

Traffic Cameras: the government is now actively considering shutting down the traffic cameras. It seems like not only is there substantial objection to the excessive fines but that the revenue sharing deal made with the supplier of the equipment and RACSA is being questioned. Just another example of total incompetence.

Brian, Lita, Hugo, irreverent Vicka, the pigeon toed parrot, Chico II and Chica II

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