Another Sale + Project Completion

ISSUE #410: June 4-9, 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: ...Based on the meeting today, they have some more groundwork to do. We expect to speak again in a month... ie. the end of May -I didn't follow up as I'd expected to but I didn't hear from them either.


Residencias Los Jardines
Property Management, Rentals, Re-Sales

Rain Water: we're still awaiting that good downpour to test the extent to which we've resolved our initial problems.

Re-landscaping: This work is virtually finished. We had to rework the garden lighting, irrigation, relocate some feature plants, and plant 600 new plants.

In doing this, we had to relocate some plants in that area to other areas -they either didn't fit with the new design or were shade lovers and we now needed sun lovers.

We have a few days of catch-up on the overall garden area and then we will focus on several, smaller remaining areas...

Re-Establishing Expectations: with the workers... this is an on-going process as they are learning... I think they have not yet fully gotten the message and are being reminded that enough-is-enough it's now a different paradigm...

Market Activity

Sales: there is a sale pending on 107; In addition we had one looker this week who returned several times for more assessment and discussion... according to his agent, he has looked at a lot of product but has yet to make a decision. They area really looking for a two bedroom unit but I don't have any for sure and I can show... or which are reasonably priced. We'll see.

Rentals: no one looking...this is getting discouraging.



Unit 125: $140,000   See unit


Unit 109: $1,500 mo. Available Immediately See Unit
Unit 112: $1,400 mo. Available June 1 See Unit
Unit 116: $1,450 mo. Immediately See Unit

Site Plan-


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 #109
FOR RENT $1,500 mo.
Available Immediately

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1506
Total Area (Sq M): 140
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Floor(s): 1 Story
Type: Detached
Furnished: Yes

This single story home (1506 sf. + parking for one car) is detached, has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, home office, living room wall / entertainment center along with a built in office and a semi-private terrace. In addition, it has a vaulted ceiling in the “great” room and two skylights. The covered entrance way is suitable for two chairs located next to a covered garden area. Once through the impressive front door, you enter the “great room” which houses the kitchen, dining room, office and living room. Upon entering, there is a built in wooden hutch surfaced with granite—it matches all the built-in furniture in the great room. There is a clothes washer and dryer off the 2nd bedroom. The owners have added many personal touches and have done a supurb job in decodrating the home.


UNIT #112
FOR RENT $1,300 mo.
Available June 1

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.


UNIT #116
FOR RENT $1,450 mo.
Available Immediately

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 little rain, still, humid weather with usual morning sun...

Obituary: HUGO IV: we received comments and stories from his many friends usually each citing an incident where Hugo was the main feature...

Our week: The deal made with the PLN to regain power involved including two conservative ministers... one of whom "promotes homophobic, hateful and misogynistic ideals" (TicoTimes Editorial) has been appointed head of the Human Rights Commission of CR. That was his price to sign on with the PLN and the PLN kept their word... The corruption investigations on the road to nowhere have hardly started... the investigating body has such a large backlog it will take years. Meanwhile Nicaragua has charged CR with serious environmental damage and another $40 mil. (at least) is needed to fix the current road -drainage, crowning, paving, cutting back the crumbling hill sides...

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

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