ISSUE #389: Jan. 9-14, 2012



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: We have four conversations on the go; We'll see where the talks take us.


Residencias Los Jardines
Property Management, Rentals, Re-Sales

Market Activity: one showing for purchase from a missionary couple moving out of Bolivia because of the unstable political environment. Three inquiries for rentals... we are expecting the sale of 102 to close this week.

Changing Places: We leased 106C to two sets of vacationing owners who's houses are leased and who want to stay at Los Jardines. We also leased 116 temporarily until 106C is vacant. We now have longer to look for a long term client for 116 and the owner continues to receive income. We are also able to accommodate for one night the new purchasers of 102. All this involves a lot of logistics and people moving and we are able to do this because we try to accommodate owners and with cooperation and flexibility we can make it work...



Unit 103: $172,500   See Unit
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. Available March 1 See Unit


Site Plan-


UNIT #103
FOR SALE $172,500

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1000
Total area (Sq M): 93
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Floor(s): 1
Type: Detached
Furnished: Yes

1000 sf., single story, detached, two bedroom, two bathroom, with a nice covered terrace overlooking a nicely landscaped tropical backyard. Breakfast counter, dinning room table for 4, parking for one car. Vaulted ceilings in master bedroom and kitchen/dining area.


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.
Available March 1

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: beautiful.....

Arenal: Our friends have a few days off their dental schedule and my schedule allowed us to travel. They decided the wanted to try the hot springs at Arenal; we hadn't been there for a number of years so that's where we are now... The place is full of European tourists. While we are staying at the same hotel we stayed in 10 years ago instead of the mega super places which are available, it is just as nice and well maintained with a few additions as previously--at $70 per night for the room. Our friends will spend the day at Tablacon hot springs and pamper themselves. We'll do the hotel pool and the town. We haven't yet seen the top of Volcano Arenal and I expect to win my $1 bet... Sunday we'll drive around the lake, through Tileran, Canas and up the Caldera highway... This Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are busy days for me.

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

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