—Vida y tiempo—
...Trouble In River City...
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.
Total Area (Sq Ft): 530
A small one bedroom with outside covered terrace with top of the line finishes (granite, stainless steel appliances, fine crafted wood cabinetry, +, +, +), with lots of well thought out storage...
Weather: Actually, we have not had much rain in the Santa Ana area... in Heredia and elsewhere yes... we need to water... and I can't remember when I last needed an umbrella...
...Trouble In River City... the BS Never Ends:
Car: On my way back from the Am. embassy, the radiator cap blew off... steam all over... off the road... fortunately right in front of a car parts place... I get a replacement rad cap and a gallon of coolant... I'm back in business.
The missing plastic bumper insert gets installed. The remote entry system is not working ALL the time... I could find myself locked out... o.k... replace that ($160); the AC stopped working... return to the AC man... yes, maybe he didn't connect things quite solidly (no charge but a 1/2 day); a plastic/rubber fender well guard is next to be installed... it never ends...
Driving: Had a showing at Tres Rios... probably 10-13 mi. one direction across town... Friday traffic... I encountered: 1 broken down truck, 1 broken down car, 1 car-car rear-end accident, 1 motor cycle-car accident (bad for the moto man), and 1 truck-car rear-end accident... in a total of 20-26 mi of driving... actually, this is normal...
Bank: Scotiabank is notorious for not being able to manage information. Another bank is now gaining on them... again I had supplied the requested information via the lawyer... a month later they say they don't have it... the lawyer sent it to them again with a notice saying it was harassment...
post script on Scotiabank's re-request for information... I returned to the bank with copies of what had been requested... insisted on a stamped initialed copied as receipt this time... they checked, yes they had it but now the request (not to loose face) had changed to a copy of my passport... yeah!! they had requested that and received in in Sept. / Oct... they have more copies in their files of this than I do...
Breach of Trust: Tres Rios... an investment group now owns this house... I am helping one of the lenders / now owner. After the property was not going anywhere because the condition it was in, I spent a month on fixing the cosmetics for better sale and waiting two months to get repaid (still owed some $$). I also picked up the marketing by default since no one else could / would do it... since there had been differing views on the list price, I made sure all were all on the same page re. this... $520,000... got agreement... proceeded to place ads and field calls and showings. I also received feedback that another / lower price was being advertised... I couldn't find the ad but I contacted the main group member for confirmation that they had not authorized this price (I suspected a rogue... no they had not... I again received feedback a month later that it was still being marketed at the lower price... I traced down the agent... spoke with him who said he was taking instruction from one of the group members... I confronted... ticos HATE confrontation... yelling, screaming, denials, wiggling... it is safe to say the working relationship is low right now... I am really upset
Passport Renewal: It expires tomorrow... two weeks ago I applied on line... took me 4 hours to learn my way through the system... submitted the application and was told to wait, I would be contacted with an appointment date and time, at which point I would bring 1, 2, 3 items... o.k The notice never came... I went to the embassy... it was closed... got a phone number... called... I needed to make an appointment???? wait a minute... wasn't I suppose to... no, I had to make it directly with the local embassy... o.k. next morning (fine)... filled out the same forms again (two requesting 95% the same information -ahhhh but one form was blue, the other was mustard), pay my $135, and now wait for two weeks... it's better than the tico cedula renewal -I am now 5 mo. into the wait... with no end in sight.
Wine Club Today: 38 people showing up at the Taj Mahal... and an appointment at 6pm this evening to install a new tenant into a friends condo at Paradisus... ugh!!!!! driving at night, after wine club... I don't like this scenario...
Thursday night saw a planned dinner on the terrace with Cdn. friends from Jaco. the only time recently I can remember a whole evening without Am. politics and hate speech... it was refreshing to know such conversations can still exist...
Contrast: After 30 years I became very concerned about the reliability of the hot water heating boiler in the Canadian house... I arranged to have a new one installed... contacted a company, they attended on site as per schedule and prepared two estimates... I accepted one... they sent an invoice for partial payment, I made it on line... they scheduled and did the work as scheduled, they sent me another partial payment invoice, I paid it... wow!!!!! how simple and effortless... total cost... $12K, total time 2 hrs... no accidents, no deception, no BS!!! but the weather sucks!!!
News Items of the Weeknews
1. Follow up on Red Taxi Strike: They lost public support... the government which ended the strike by promising to meet with them re. their concerns, cancelled the meeting, raised the fare structure, and said there is nothing they can do to stop Uber... talk about screwing yourself!!!! Now they are considering developing rival software to replicate Uber...
2. Ex President Acquitted: This was a foregone conclusion from the beginning...
3. Cell Phone Service: Regardless of carrier, and ICE / Kolbi seems to be the worst... it drops calls, all the time, even from stationary positions... cell phone towers cannot pick up moving signals... while I receive countless promotional messages to upgrade to 4G. they only provide 1/2 the speed promised / paid for...
4. LPG... The lower social economic group mostly cooks with 11 lb tanks of gas... see how badly they are being screwed by the government monopoly...
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Brian C. Timmons