WIND + Epilogues...

ISSUE #397: March 5-10, 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 met, we talked, we're scheduled for a 2nd. meeting this coming Thursday. Conceptually, all seems fine but I suspect the devil will be in the details.


Residencias Los Jardines
Property Management, Rentals, Re-Sales

Market Activity: --

Sales: No one looking.

Rentals: No one looking.

WOOD EATING MONSTERS: (epilogue) the cabinets were removed, the area cleaned and sprayed and new cabinets and counter have been replaced in three areas. We found the source of what were termites... a tree covered with a large leafed philodendron fine, fell over in the wind. Under the leaves and bound to the trunk was the nest...

INTERNET Woes: (epilogue) The new equipment was installed last Saturday and we've been up and running without interruptions (except when the power went down due to high winds). So far, the Internet fix seems to be working. We need a longer trial period for me to restore my confidence.

WORK PROGRAMS: We've completed the removal of a perimeter hedge which no longer worked. The developer to our east built a very high wall cutting out the light for the trees. We had to remove them and prepare for re-landscaping the area with different type of plants. We're also doing a major trimming on the remaining hedge -it's simple grown too high and is too difficult to maintain.


The water fall pump motor failed. After 6 years use, it was grinding and grinding with probably bad bearings. We've replaced the motor, and now people are again enjoying the feature.




Unit 103: $172,500   See Unit
Unit 106B: $159,000 Purchaser financing available See Unit
Unit 115: $205,000   See unit
Unit 125: $140,000   See unit


Unit 102: $1,800 mo. Available April 1 See Unit
Unit 116: $1,550 mo. Available April 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
Purchaser financing available

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

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 #102
two bedrooms + full office

FOR RENT $1,800 mo.
Available April 1

Total Area (Sq Ft):1922
Total Area (Sq M): 177
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2 1/2
Floor(s): Ground
Type: Apartment
Furnished: Yes

This two bedroom, 1922 sf (177m2) FURNISHED and well appointed home with AC, bright office, and covered parking is a single story home surrounding by manicured gardens in Residencias Los Jardines. It was completed 5 years ago and has been lovingly cared for since. It is situated on the ground floor of a two storey, horizontal duplex. This home has two split system air conditioning units for quiet, efficient cooling. It is in PRISTINE condition.



UNIT #116
FOR RENT $1,550 mo.
Available April 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: VERY, VERY windy -highest winds in 13 years, beautiful temperatures -very dry...

Between cabinet and pump repairs and office work, we've only had time for two dinner parties and a healthy amount of laughs and good times...

Our guest is still here undergoing a regiment of dental work.

MISC: Since Nicaragua "invaded" a swamp claimed by CR, CR punched a road into this previously inaccessible area. The road has come under criticism from various groups most over environmental damage... The government is now out of money -the road needs 10 bridges and two 200 meter sections to complete... It is a gravel road in very wet, swampy area... it will probably wash out and be rendered impassible with the first rains... it's CR's "road to no where" and one can't get there anyway because there are no bridges... and there are two major gaps.

The price of gas is going up substantially -C109 colones or about $0.20 L Along with this will come a probably substantial increase in electricity (a small portion of which is generated from oil).


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

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