—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 and #124
Rentals: Paradisus: 12-3 is available, semi-furnished - $1,150.
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): 662
This 662 sf, + covered parking for one car, is a one bedroom home on the 2nd floor overlooking the large pool. It is ideal for a single person or couple.
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): 1227
This 2nd story, 1,227 sf (113 m2 + one parking space) )is a georgous home with one of the best views at Los Jardines. The very large front covered terrace faces west and is suitable for entertaining; the off-bedroom covered terrace faces east for sun sets. This very tastefully furnished and fully equipped home offers a lifestyle envied by many. The owner offers financing if desired.
Weather: Mostly partly sunny, normal rainy weather, no wind, temperatures 25º C / 78º F – beautiful...
From Critic to Booster: For the past 5 years, I have been a critic of many ill conceived and poorly executed decisions at Los Jardines and for the continued lack of maintenance. Only a few listened and none of those were in decision making positions and were, like me, not listened to. In fact, our bleating were belittled and we were pillared. I concluded that we would drive ourselves into the ground and at some point, something would happen and then, and only then would eyes open, attitudes change, and perhaps, then there would be a renaissance with new heroes. For those reading this over the past month, that time has come and the proverbial "light" has come on. The full extent of our status is still be assessed but from what I hear, it is consistent with my assessment and bleating... I have some ideas why this "darkness" happened and my thoughts are not kind so will not share those. I hope those who didn't listen and didn't want to know recognize themselves, give themselves a shake, and promise not to be so naive and gullible in the future. I wonder at why so many eyes were wide shut but am more interested to focus on eyes wide open. I have become a booster and cheerleader... it feels much better and I really believe we are now on the right path. It may take a year or more to dig ourselves out of our current state but we can and I believe we will.
Foreclosure: the debtor said he wants to leave without a scene. Fine. I gave him to the end of the month... and then what...??? I don't know, I'll have to figure this one out...
Surgery: This has been recovery week. Slowly and without complications -well almost- I don't expect to be running marathons next week but can look forward to my / our normal morning walk... in a week or so...
A Problem Tenant: I remembered a clause in the lease the new owner inherited and appraised her of how she can leverage this guy if he continues to be a problem. It has been so long that I had to use it that I had forgotten about it. I found it effective in the past and only had to announce that at a certain time, I would shut off the water as per the contract... While this cannot usually be done in CR, I was advised that I could at Los Jardines because there are alternate sources of water and sanitation... therefore, shutting off the water becomes an inconvenience, not a health issue. So be it... My experience the few times I had to invoke this, was that the tenant either paid or moved. I didn't care. I will let the new owner decided if she wishes to exercise this option. Not my problem.
Problem Tenant #2: My friend who's unit I manage at Paradisus, has had a less than desirable tenant for some time. The tenant was frequently delinquent and short as well as a source of various neighbor issues. He did a midnight exit this week... that is the unit which is now vacant. It will be cleaned and whatever repairs are required.... and available again for rental this week.
Market Activity: NOT MUCH... one viewing...
News Items of the Week
1. Nature Walk: interesting... overly long, self congraulatory, back slapping, infomercial but nice to see the idea. I don't think I will live to see the completion of nor perhaps even the extension of phase 1
2. State of School Buildings: Surprise... the schools are falling apart along with the pubic education system. Regardless of the government propaganda about the "literacy" rate in CR, the quality of education in the public system is abysmal and the quality of teachers is also... don't let anyone lead you to believe otherwise... as is the "popular" government mantre (this is typical of CR... no maintenance... same thing which happened with Los Jardines (my opinion)
3. Town Center: new medium sized development slated for Santa Ana. Click on the promotional video. Also happening in downtown Santa Ana is a major project... and I really don't know what it is all about. There was a recreational field / futbol field in the center of town. That is now gone, the who are is torn up by heavy equipment and the only signage I see is suggests a "university"... mmmmm...
FOR RENTAL OR SALES INFORMATION
Brian C. Timmons