—Vida y tiempo—
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...
sales & rentals
Sales: Los Jardines: Units #106A, #114, #123 and #125
Rentals: Paradisus: For Rent: 13th Fl / East view / furnished / Available April 5 / $1,400
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): 1290
This 2 bedroom/2bathroom,1,290 sf single floor end unit home includes a 150 sf front terrace plus parking for one car. This house is fully air conditioned and has recently been professionally decorated by international decorator Alcides Graffe and has undergone a complete renovation—new modern furniture, finishings, window coverings, and art work by Carlos Gambino. It is arguably the nicest furnished unit at Residencias Los Jardines and only steps from the pool
Total Area (Sq Ft): 1516
This two story, detached 1,423 sf home + parking for one car has two bedrooms, 2 ½ bathrooms and a 2nd floor covered terrace.
Total Area (Sq Ft): 662
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.
Weather: an unusual shower, lighter winds -warm- virtually no volcanic ash.
I Have Failed... to work myself out of a job and to actually "retire". With all the turnover lately and this coming week, my butt hasn't and won't see the hammock... After a month of "decision making" a corporate client located near Los Jardines has finalized the rental of 3 houses for 4 mo. each. During their delay, I leased two units I was holding for them but was able to secure two more at the last minute. The third, not one I manage, is occupied for the first 10 days... the company will have to keep two of their six people in a hotel until it is available. This process has been difficult, stressful, and time consuming. And the resulting work to turn the units over simply creates a lot of work. However, I have been able to maintain a very healthy occupancy rate over the years and even more recently when the rental market is more challenging... since these are only for 4 mo., I will be going through this again soon... the company says it is bringing additional people in so perhaps we'll get more business. It works well for them since it is within 2 blocks of their office and their employees can all be located in once compound with legitimate invoicing and legal documents which allow them to write checks against.
Other Friends: Our Montreal friends are traveling CR... I expect to see them again in a week or so. Our now Florida friends came and returned. We'll see if the Europe trip happens...
Luck of the Draw... BAD: I had the second worst tenant I can remember in 35 years. and ex-Florida cop and his tica (wacko girlfriend+ two kids, one of which I later found out was autistic). In three months, they virtually destroy a unit and while he had a restraining order against her which got her sorry ass kicked out of here, he made a midnight exit leaving his deposit behind... fortunately, I was able to re-rent it a few days after he left but I have spent the month fixing things. This doesn't happen very often -fortunately- but sometimes... yes... it does...
Aging Friends: So far this is the score: 3 with broken shoulder blades due to falls; 3 with kidney cancer; 3 with broken hips due to falls... yes, there are others but these are the multiple culprits... and yes, this does not include the multiple prostate issue sufferers...
Permanent Residency: We applied for this status in April 2016. Followed up a number of times, it was never ready... we were to check again in a "few months". I began running into problems banking and my driver's license was coming up for renewal... I needed a valid residency permit... Lita and I went, armed with what we need to renew our "temporary" residency... In the process, I showed the receipted copies of our "permanent" residency application. The representative checked on line and found that our "permanent" residency was now ready. Two hours later, we walked out with it.
Joke of the Week: A government official said that an entirely new, 4 lane bridge would be built over the canyon between Lindora / Santa Ana and Belen... this is currently serviced by a very old, two lane bridge which even before the Virilla bridge construction created a bottleneck and know it can take an hour to get across this stretch... This new bridge is urgently needed... the joke? construction is suppose to begin next month...!! they haven't completed the purchase of two sections of land and while the contract has been let, I have never seen a situation where contract awards were not challenged in the court and this takes one plus years to resolve... Construction to widen Lindora Blvd to 4 lanes was suppose to start two years ago... so far, they have moved most of the power / phone poles... that's it...
News Items of the Week
1. Fraud: a new scandal in the making... looks like lots of people got burned.
2. Water Rationing: Again, I am glad we have our own well... AyA just cannot get on top of their job.
3. Job Fair: lots of hiring and job opportunities in the Central Valley, mainly from international companies.
4. Security: they continue to hire officers who continue to quite or get thrown in jail for being as bad as the official crooks. and look at all the "gifted" hardware"
5. Convention Center: a completely useless and unnecessary investment since there is already a private facility very near the proposed location...
6. Traffic: superlatives do not describe the utter chaos and frustration created by this bridge construction... EVERYONE is complaining about it but there is no alternative...
FOR RENTAL OR SALES INFORMATION
Brian C. Timmons