—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.
Total Area (Sq Ft): 1290
This 1,290 sf single floor home includes a 300 sf front terrace plus parking for one car and a separate, secure storage locker. It is and end unit and therefore attached on only one side by a 6 inch cement demising (common) wall, which prevents sound transfer.
Weather: normal windy weather, sunny - wonderful!!!!!!
A Death in Paradise: "Death": Reflections: Why didn't he look after his health? He was a smart guy and had to have known he was at risk of any number of smoking related illnesses. This is not rocket science any more -the risks are well known and medical tests are simple and not expensive... The question remains unanswered... but for those of us watching... it is a message for each.
Market Activity: virtually none... but fortunately, I do not have any vacancies. Fortunately, it appears I have snagged one short term client for a friend's unit at Paradisus but that is the only inquiry I've had for several weeks.
Friends & Social Life: At this stage in most people's lives, the quality of life is largely dependent on one's social life... friends and activities provided that health and $$ are adequate. Over the past 6 mo. or so, we have seen a significant decrease in our social circle... several years a very active couple who, after 10 yrs. in CR, returned to the US for health reasons; recently a 5 couples have or are returning for health insurance / medical care and / or for kids / grand-kids. For us, we go from a very active base to a very limited base all in a few months. Medical care in CR is no longer the bargain it used to be and Medicare / Medicad does not apply here... some private insurance companies are accepted here but as people age, private insurance becomes more expensive if available at all... and I was advised that two older guys I have known, one for 40 yrs and one for 13 years, are both in failing health... just age, no abuse or self induced problems.
INS Suit: This is still chugging along. INS counter sued the claimants and also included SUEGF (banking oversite organization) and the central bank... Their argument is that the lenders colluded to defraud INS of funds and that the banks and regulatory agency participated... INS accepts no responsibility... which is typical of a government / latino organization... remember, the culture here avoids responsibility... when something goes wrong, the first words are... "no es mi culpa" not my fault... but I haven't even told you what the problem is... makes no difference... "no es mi culpa!". I am advised that because it is an government organization, they will fight it all the way to the supreme court (Sala 1) but if they lose at this stage, they will have to deposit the funds into a trust account... some $20 million plus... while they appeal. We keep plugging along and racking up more legal fees...
News Items of the Week
1. Cars... look at the stats... incredible growth...
2. RECOPE one of the worst government organizations milking everyone here... their abuses are legendary... of course they want to keep their monopoly.
3. IHOP... maybe yes, maybe no but it would represent another international chain here in CR...
FOR RENTAL OR SALES INFORMATION
Brian C. Timmons