Wow, What a Week It Was!!

ISSUE #648: Feb. 26-March 4, 2017


Brian Timmons, Newsletter Author
Brian Timmons

Dear friends,

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.

Brian Timmons
Developer / Property manager
Residencias Los Jardines


rentals & sales

Paradisus Condos / Rohrmoser
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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

13th Fl / East view
Available April 5

Market activity
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
Los Jardines: Nothing available.

Residencias Los Jardines
property management, rentals & re-sales

Unit #106A: $ 165,000 / See Unit
Unit #114: $ 199,000 / See Unit
Unit #123: $ 199,500 / See Unit
Unit #125: $ 135,000 / See Unit

For sale

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 #114

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1290
Total area (Sq M): 120
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Floor(s): 1
Type: Semi-Attached
Furnished: Yes

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

UNIT #123

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.

UNIT #125

Total Area (Sq Ft): 662
Total area (Sq M): 61
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Floor(s): 2 floor
Type: Semi-Detached
Furnished: Yes

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.

Our Lives

Weather: normal windy weather, cool for us, sunny -wonderful!!!!!!

I Have Failed... friends said I either didn't work hard enough at working out of the problem or that I was born to dig ditches until I die... take your pick, I got no sympathy!!!!!! what are friends for!!!!!!

Wow... What A Week It Was!! Yes, I got it all done, with no time to spare. But it got done, new tenants moved in and I haven't had a complaint. In fact the entire batch -4 houses- haven't complained... maybe they don't have my phone number or e-mail... well, I'll leave it that way... but they all paid... personally, the price was high, fortunately, the people I relied on all came through... I really like it when that happens.

And the owners didn't miss a day's rent... I just missed a lot of sleep and added a few more blood pressure pills to my diet... One more set of clients to move in on Wednesday... but no fully my problem... A couple little things to sort out this week, my butt is going to marry the hammock, and the liquor cabinet will get well used...

To Do List: health care planning and assessment... this is now up front on my agenda... and I am working on another piece of the life changing puzzle... I wish I had been told about all this s...t I would have to deal with... I might have decided not to get old.

Today: one motorcycle down... didn't look good... car was dented... bike was bad!!! driver? didn't see him but I didn't see a red blanket either so...

Taj Majal: our favorite Indian food place... under new ownership... went with the Friday Lunch Bunch... confusing, 4 different menu's, all expensive... 10 of us walked out... prices were unreal... I will simply not support mediocre restaurants with high prices... simply not doing it... no thanks... too bad... but one of our tenants is Indian and when I picked up rent, the food smelled WONDERFUL!! aahh possibilities... for home cooked curries...

Several people looking to rent but I don't have anything until April 5. One of those looking I met up with twice. The had gone through 4 different agents and me twice... and still wanted to negotiate... they are looking at $1,400 units and want a discount to their budget which is probably around $700. What a waste of everyone's time. Another couple was looking to buy... just looking, just thinking, just wondering, just... nothing there.

News Items of the Week


1. Britts: direct air connections increase the attractiveness of CR. We now have direct flights from Germany, England, Spain, France, and Switzerland... as a result, European visitors are increasing. We also have increased access from the US west coast which was a bit difficult to access. It still isn't perfect with many transits through Texas or Arizona but there are more direct, non-stop flights from LA, SF, and Portland...

2. Stress... interesting, many Ticas are stressed. Maybe they should give up their cell phones while driving...

1. Britts like Costa Rica

United Kingdom visitors to Costa Rica increased 50 percent in 2016. Tourist officials believe the launching of a British Airways flight on April 27, 2016, between the UK and CR went a long way to meet demand. Before the new flight, tourists from England suffered from a bottleneck effect because there was only one flight between the countries, Iberia’s service from Madrid. La Nación

2. Stress sends many to CR hospitals

Costa Rica is supposed to be one of the happiest places in the world, however, for many, especially young women, the pressures of everyday living become unbearable to the point where hospitalization is required. Of the 1,922 people hospitalized for stress-related illnesses last year, 1,176 were women with about half between 20 and 44 years old. CR Hoy


Brian C. Timmons
Property Manager RLJ and Newsletter Author

Costa Rica:
Cell: (+506) 8305-3965
Land line: (+506) 2282-4142 Ext. 101

VOIP: (+416) 461-2203


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