70's Tune up Gone Astray!

ISSUE #594: Feb. 1-7, 2016


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

Paradisus Condos / Rohrmoser

Paradisus Condos - click to visit

Each of the units consists of two bedrooms / two bathrooms, and a large living/dining/kitchen area. The floor plan of each of these units has eliminated the optional "den / office" divider. The result is a larger area offering more flexible furniture arrangements while still maintaining the option of including an office area. At 105m2 plus two parking spots each and storage locker, they offer a great opportunity for someone seeking views, security, central location, and first class, all round living...

Semi furnished unit: For sale: $235,000
Fully furnished unit: For sale: $245,000
Floor 12 -west view

Read more about Paradisus Condos


Residencias Los Jardines
Property Management, Rentals, Re-Sales

Market Activity

Sales: 110 has closed. 105 and 116 sales are pending.

Rentals: Last condo at Paradisus leased. Nothing available at Los Jardines

We had a little flurry of activity re. sales. Owners in each case were motivated by their own reasons and their prices dropped. The buyers recognized it as a great opportunity.


Unit #106A: $165,000 / See Unit

Unit #116: $189,900 / sale pending / See Unit

Unit #123: $237,000  $215,000 / See Unit

Site Plan



UNIT #106A

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1250
Total area (Sq M): 120
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Floor(s): 1
Type: Apartment
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 #116

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.


UNIT #123

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1516
Total area (Sq M): 140
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2.5
Floor(s): Two 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: hot, dry and windy... beautiful...

Health: 70's tune up: My 70's tune up quickly went off the rails. I had been feeling the side effects of stantins and wanted to reduce or eliminate them my cholesterol medication. I was prescribed "Vytorin" which uses a lower dose of stantins and another ingredient. Good idea but WRONG! WRONG, WRONG. After 5 days of taking this, I broke out in a total body rash... welts / hives / itchy, itchy, itchy, mouth sensation, etc. I check the side effects of this medication... yep... I had half of them. I checked with the doc... no antidote, just stop taking them... I decided to wait out the rash... 5 days later, the initial welts have reduced but the overall rash has grown... Tomorrow I go to a dermatologist who help a friend of mine with a similar rash caused by natural path medicines.

Re the CAJA hospital: I have two appointments in late April / early March for tests... yes, the wait time is that long.  Fortunately, I had a Spanish speaking person or else I probably wouldn't have been able to do this.

Car: I haven't been able to pay the tax (now that it has been determined) because the originator of that fee has to upload it to the Data Base that banks can access. I am told that Monday, it will be able to be paid. Then I get plates, several days, RETIVE (safety inspection). and pay the road tax...

Foreclosure: no decisions have been made re. what to do with this.

Condo Association Meeting: I attended just to see what it was like. Much like any meeting. I left shortly after the petty bitching started. I reminded me of the first meetings at Los Jardines. I had to stay for those;  I didn't for Paradisus.  What I considered the substantive items were virtually glossed over...


News Items of the Week


Sorry, I've been too busy focusing on my health...

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

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