ISSUE #386: Dec 19-24, 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: I had a very interesting conversation with a very well known, company representative on Saturday morning... we'll are exchanging information and will pick up the discussion in mid January...


Residencias Los Jardines
Property Management, Rentals, Re-Sales

Rental Vacancy: We had a 18 mo. client suddenly but not unexpectedly move out. I had been working to encourage this. The tenants (employee's of a local company weren't the best neighbors), were not respecting the house or the property nor neighbors. Not only I had problems with the company's revolving employees, but I had had problems with the company itself. I had upped the ante and whether that had anything to do with their decision to leave, I don't know. When they said they no longer needed the unit, I was only too happy to change the lock and while they subsequently said they wanted the remaining 10 days paid rent, I said I'd give them credit and then charge that against what they owe and speculated that they shouldn't rush out and spend anything. In the end, I suspect it will work out o.k. for the owner. Regardless, Unit 116 is now available for rent -see below.

So far we've done a lot of cleaning, some minor repairs which is normal, and it is now in show condition. I have a number of inventory items to deal with and will do so after Christmas.

Market Activity: no one... the people who could have been interested in 116 several days after they inquired but they had leased a place in Atenas. I have a number of short term people who have been here before but for that to work, I have to be able to string them together such that the owner doesn't loose out... we'll see.



Unit 106B: $159,000 Price Reduced by $10,000 See Unit
Unit 115: $205,000   See unit
Unit 125: $140,000 Owner financing available See unit


Unit 116: $1,600 mo. Immediate See Unit




Site Plan-


UNIT #106B
FOR SALE $159,000
Price reduced by $10,000

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

Owner financing available

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 #116
FOR RENT $1,600 mo.

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

This 1,290 sf single floor home includes a 300 sf front terrace plus parking for one car and a separate, secure storage locker. It is and end unit and therefore attached on only one side by a 6 inch cement demising (common) wall, which prevents sound transfer.


Our Lives

WEATHER: it's still a combination of overcast, some rain, and partial sun.

Christmas: The streets and roadways of the Santa Ana / Escazu area have been chaotic, dangerous, and frustrating as people race to ??? spend their aginaldo or whatever... After Christmas it slows down substantially and usually January returns to a quiet, saner, calmness. While gearing up the the grand finales this past week, we'll be doing the Christmas Eve dinner at friends and Christmas Day open house at another's house. Over the interim, we plan to do some day trips while everyone else is at the beach... Turkeys were half price or so C2,100 kilo or $2.10 lb at Walmart so one's in the freezer for the future...

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

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