—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: normal windy weather, sunny - wonderful!!!!!!
A Death in Paradise: "Death": Not even here can you escape... On Monday morning I was finishing off my morning walk. I saw a man sitting alone in a golf cart... as I got closer I saw that it was Bill Hornick... owner of three units at Los Jardines. Surrounded by a number of paramedics. I overheard him say to the paramedics that he felt "tightness in his chest". Knowing that he had been / was a heavy smoker for years and that he had been partying the night before, I suspected a heart attack. I returned to Los Jardines to get Fernando Castor, a local who knows the medical system and speaks Spanish. When we returned, the ambulance and Bill were gone. Through the golf club, we traced him to San Juan Dios... a large public hospital in the west end of San Jose. Fernando went, found that he had been admitted, and that he had had another heart attack while there. He had flat lined, had been resuscitated, and he was being prepped to insert three stents... it seems that his arteries had closed down to about 15% the normal blood flow. I went to dinner with friends and returned to read an email saying he has passed away.
His two children were notified; they flew in the next day. He was cremated and his ashes spread at the golf course Friday. While I suspect he wasn't ready to pass on being in his early 60's, I think he might have scripted it just as it happened... partying the night before, finishing a round of golf, and then a fast demise...
Old Friends: A couple I have known for 35 years again visited me and CR... it had been three years since their previous visit. They stayed a week next to Los Jardines, then traveled for 4 weeks, and returned for a couple nights debriefing and conversation. They had a wonderful trip except that again, their used rental car was a disaster. Multiple break downs and inconvenience-- this is the second time and I think their last time with this company. They returned to Montreal, a foot of snow and went from 22 C to -22 C... in five hours...
My life continues to be tranquilio... Still working on sorting a few things out... but no urgency... close friends from here are likely to accept an offer on their house and return to the USA to be closer to their children and grand kids... If that is what they want, fine... they will certainly be missed here... as they are the organizers of our social life and I know no one picks up their role when they travel.
News Items of the Week
1. New Corporate tax: all they had to do initially was to re-advertise it. But that was too simple. A year and a half later and countless hours, virtually the same is again in effect.
2. Traffic Accidents: I can attest to the increase in accidents. It is hard not to be affected by accidents... probably 50% of the time I am traveling, I come across an accident. For Example: to day at lunch while returning from the Friday Lunch Bunch, a motorcycle had gone into the ditch... an ambulance was there...
3. Water: Guanacaste... yep, the AyA infrastructure hasn't kept up... but in 20 years they will. Wow!! and I am suppose to be proud of this organization... with leaky pipes everywhere and 10s of thousand of people on water rationing in the Central Valley... by-the-way mostly the poorer neighborhoods.
4. Venezuela and CR: it might happen...
5. Air France: increasing flights by one per week beginning Nov. 1.
6. Platina Bridge: three of an eventual 6 lanes will open this week... maybe...
7. Haas Avocados: Mexico is forcing a decision. The reason given for halting the importation of avocados from Mexico --Haas avocados-- a tastier type of fruit --was not scientifically based... so what was it... me thinks it was economically motivated by the the CR growers to protect their inferior product... in the meantime, lots and lots of Haas avocados are showing up everywhere... don't know if they are from Mexico or elsewhere...
FOR RENTAL OR SALES INFORMATION
Brian C. Timmons