WIND + Lita's Big '60'

ISSUE #398: March 12-17, 2012


WIND + Lita's Big "60"

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: The second meeting was postponed while the complete their analysis based on further information we gave them.


Residencias Los Jardines
Property Management, Rentals, Re-Sales

Market Activity: --

Sales: One person seriously interested; an offer and counter offer occurred on one of the units; the Purchaser and the Seller are still apart a bit on price... we'll see.

Rentals: Several looking and one long term lease signed for a unit not yet on the market.

INTERNET Woes: We're still up and running without problems. I'm cautiously optimistic we've solved the problem.

WORK PROGRAMS: The major hedge trimming is now completed; minor repairs are being done before returning to the larger projects --re-landscaping-- some issue have to be resolved before this goes ahead and re-paving a section of parking. An issue developed re. trucking off the garden waste; From a claim of 18 loads it got quickly reduced to 8 loads which got further reduced to 6 loads and a new system. If the hauler doesn't like it, we'll change.



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: $1,850 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 $1,850 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: The winds continued this week but towards the end, they've backed off.

LITA'S BIRTHDAY: Friday was a milestone birthday for Lita (60 years old and looking fantastic) and the 27th anniversary of our meeting... the rest is history... how could we ever have envisioned the events between then and our current situation. Plan as much as you can, but Life and opportunities will take you on adventures never contemplated... and in some cases, events over which you have no, absolutely no control or power to influence...

Round Trip Airfares --Toronto-San Jose-- $199 March 22 and 29 on Canjet or Air Transat... this is a great deal... $2 for the seat ant $197 for taxes...

Marble Polishing: Our water has a lot of silica in it -tasteless and harmless. It spots when it dries and leaves deposits which are very difficult to remove--I've never found anything to effectively deal with it. Overtime, these deposits become really annoying and have to be dealt with. We're doing that today... having a hand polisher and fine abrasive applied to the worst areas.

A Plan: The hammock, a cigar and a sip of rum sometimes allows one to develop a plan -and I did that Friday night... it will take a year or so to implement and may not happen but having a plan is, in this case, a good thing...


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

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