...Transitioning Completed...

ISSUE #457: Apr. 28 May 4, 2013


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.

Brian Timmons
Residencias Los Jardines / https://www.residenciaslosjardines.com info@residenciaslosjardines.com


Featured house this week

UNIT #123:
FOR RENT: $1,650 mo. Available Immediately

Unit 123

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1516
Total area (Sq M): 140
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2 1/2
Floor(s): 2 story
Type: Detached
Furnished: Yes

Full details of Unit


Residencias Los Jardines
Property Management, Rentals, Re-Sales

Transition Completed: Having gone through the first billing cycle and the start up of a new month, and finding that everything worked, I can now say with some degree of confidence, that 95% of the work is now done... I'll be working on the other 5% over the next week. The goal of making the transition seamless to clients was achieved.

Market Activity

Sales: three clients people looking but no feedback as of now...

Rentals: one client, long term. We'll see if anything happens and inquires from two previous tenants considering returning.



Unit #114: $235,000 / See Unit


Unit #102: $1,650 mo. / Available Immediately / See Unit

Unit #106C: $1,250 mo. / Available May 17 / See Unit

Unit #110: $1,500 mo. / Available Immediately / See Unit

Unit #123: $1,650 mo. / Available Immediately / See Unit

Site Plan



UNIT #114
FOR SALE $235,000

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

This 1,290 sf. (plus covered parking for one car and two lockers 67 sf.) single story, semi detached house, with garden terrace, two bedrooms is a beautiful executive style home. This home consists of two large bedrooms one with six piece en-suite bathroom with additional access to separate full shower. Each bedroom has large closets with extensive built-ins for personal organization. The vaulted living room and bathroom ceilings provide a feeling of grandeur while allowing the warmer air to rise and exit through the ceiling ventilating system. There are four TVs (one in each bedroom, one in the living room and one in breakfast / dinning room.) This is a beautiful well appointed home.



UNIT #102
FOR RENT $1,650 mo.
Available Immediately

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 (177 m2) 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 #106C
FOR RENT $1,250 mo.
Available May 17

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1250
Total area (Sq M): 120
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Floor(s): 1
Type: 4-plex
Furnished: Yes

This is a fully furnished 2-bedroom unit situated in a 2-story building, which has two units 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 terraces. Units 106A and B are on the ground floor; Units 106 C and D are on the 2nd. floor. The solid masonry demising wall (common wall) as well as the 5” concrete slab prevent sound transference.


UNIT #110
FOR RENT $1,500 mo.
Available Immediately

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1290
Total area (Sq M): 120
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Floor(s): 1
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 one side by a 6 inch cement demising (common) wall, which prevents sound transfer. The three other sides allow light, ventilation and garden views. This is an exceptionally well decorated and appointed home by owners who really care.


UNIT #123
FOR RENT $1,650 mo.
Available April Immediately

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1516
Total area (Sq M): 140
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2.5
Floor(s): 2 Story
Type: Detached
Furnished: Yes

This two story, detached 1,423 sf home + parking for one car has two bedrooms, 2 ½ bathrooms and a 2nd floor covered terrace.

The open railed wrought iron cement stair case leads to the 2nd level where the master bedroom with en-suite master bathroom as well as 2nd bedroom and en-suite bathroom are located. Also accessed from the 2nd floor hallway is the covered terrace.

This is a very nicely furnished home with a good floor plan for those wanting two floors.



Our Lives

WEATHER: no rain back to irrigating... The garden has responded but that spurt will wither unless we get rains.

All in a Week's Living in CR:

I've focused on personal issues and business issues. I expect to be on top of both domains by this time next week. I'm beginning to see why my colleagues have so much time to spend differently than I've been doing. Social life is taking on more of an importance...

Below are a number of articles I ran across this week which I thought useful to understand what's happening in CR:



News Items of the Week

CR news was mainly about Obama and other heads of state coming for a conference. I didn't follow it much.

(1) The first article is interesting to me because it shows the demographic shift and helps explain why Los Jardines is seeing fewer clients and why the nature of our client base is changing...

(2) The second article shows how far CR has yet to go before it even gets "reasonable" and when compared to Panama -an easy alternative to CR- Panama is winning in the attraction of new businesses.

Half of Americans living in Costa Rica under 29

A total of 16,000 U.S. nationals represent the third largest immigrant group in Costa Rica, after Nicaraguans and Colombians. Statistics show that 42 percent have worked in Costa Rica for more than 12 years and most commonly work in teaching, business administration or trade. According to an analyst with the University of Costa Rica, the perception that most Americans relocate to Costa Rica for retirement is due to the frequent turnover among this group, which rarely remain for the long term.

From: https://costaricareport.com/


Costa Rica advances slightly in ease of doing business
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The economics ministry reported Thursday that Costa Rica has advanced 12 places on the World Bank Doing Business index. A low ranking reflects the ease of doing business in 10 categories.

Costa Rica's new ranking is 110 out of 185 economies, according to the World Bank.

The Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Comercio last year set up a plan to improve the ranking and put in place 86 reforms, it said. However, nearly half are long-range.

From: https://www.amcostarica.com/



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

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