—Vida y tiempo—
ISSUE #622: Aug, 14-20, 2016
MANAGER / DEVELOPER: Brian C. Timmons
When I started Residencias Los Jardines, I started writing a weekly newsletter -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 re-sales and rental availability. Some readers may be interested in this information.
rentals & sales
Paradisus Condos / Rohrmoser
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...
rentals & sales
sales & rentals
Sales: One offer conditional for unit #107 at Los Jardines.
Rentals: Paradisus: Unit available for rent, $ 1,400 mo.
Residencias Los Jardines
property management, rentals & re-sales
Total Area (Sq Ft): 1250
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.
Total Area (Sq Ft): 1716
This 1,716 sf. (plus parking for one car) two story, detached house, with three terraces, two bedrooms (one on each floor) and upstairs master suite is a beautiful home. This home consists of two VERY large bedrooms (one on each floor) with en-suite bathrooms and a powder room, each with large closets with extensive built-ins for personal organization. The vaulted living room and ground floor bedroom ceilings as well as the master bedroom on the 2nd floor, provide a feeling of grandeur while allowing the warmer air to rise and exit through the ceiling ventilating system. There are three TVs (one in each bedroom and one in the living room.) This is a beautiful home. There is a rough-in for a dishwasher in the kitchen area.
Total Area (Sq Ft): 1250
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.
Total Area (Sq Ft): 1290
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.
Total Area (Sq Ft): 1290
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.
Weather: Our normal "rainy" season... working perfectly...
last week it was ICE workers and red taxis. This week it was the train operators...
Accident: When having to get a signature on a document, the place I had to go which was located in a busy, commercial area, did not have any parking. To get off the road, I realized I was in front of an unused access to a garage... o.k. I'll park there for the 10 min. I needed. I knew there to be a large, open rain water culvert... on either side that I could see, I saw there was a metal transition... NOT where I was... kerplunk!!! broken tire, (and later a bent tire rod and a few other sundry items), no jack, and a flat spare tire... I called my trusty back up (Enrique) who came, jack in hand, removed and bought a new tire, installed... and then another new tire and a jack later and tie rod repairs later... I'm back in business... Driving here is always and adventure... one which I really hate.
Managing Information: CR can't do it... This week I've spent a day fighting with two different entities over information I have previously given them... but they can't find it or can't understand it... or haven't tiredâ€‹... Scotiabank wanted verification that I had applied for a new residency card... I had and have a receipted document... I gave it to them last week... this week I received a call saying that I had not given it to them... (actually, them loosing it is not all that surprising... my experience is that about 50% of the time, this happens); I received an email from the administrator of Paradisus saying I had not paid water for three months... after a day, this was reduced to one month, and that month is "under review"... several times, I gave them the exact amounts, exact time and place of deposit... they couldn't find it... and, for the month "under review" I had also scanned and sent them copies of the deposit... go figure...
News Items of the Weeknews
1. Banking: as I have mentioned many times before, banking is difficult. The difficulties are attributed to preventing money laundering but I sincerely believe they don't work... the serious money laundering is done in big lumps and usually by directors of banks. The little guys pay the price. The current pending house sale got to be too complicated using the CR lawyers trust account... the money flow will now be done between US banks... directly...
2. Rail Strike: last week it was ICE and the Red Taxi drivers. This week the train drivers struck... their contract had expired, the governing body hadn't renewed it, went to a different employer without consultation...drivers didn't like it, wanted more money, better working conditions, travel expenses to and from work, etc...
3. Asset / money confiscation: following in the US footsteps... we'll see what the Sala IV says.
4. Administrative Oversight of Road Construction: the governing body does not itself have a coherent administration. Solis vowed to eliminate the organization but can't...
5. Weather: something the government can't screw up...
6. Solis approval rating: can't get much lower... and two years left to go... I can't think of one initiative he has accomplished... but he travels a lot...
FOR RENTAL OR SALES INFORMATION
Brian C. Timmons