—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
Paradisus: 12-4 is available, semi-furnished - $1,150. LEASED
Los Jardines: Unit #106D is available for rent
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): 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: Rain, Rain, and MORE Rain... almost every evening it rains hard for several hours. CR is certainly getting a substantially above average rainfall this year... and we still have October and November to go. Los Jardines is not suffering but parts of the country and areas within the Central Valley are.
Los Jardines: I continue to be a "happy camper".
Foreclosure: the location is great... the "house" is not. I've dealt with lots of these situations before so will deal with this one as well... not my original plan but plans sometimes have to be changed. I have to invent a plan yet for this one...
Surgery: everything is going great. Back to all normal activities and am only occasionally reminded that not all is completely healed. It so happened that two people I know have the same condition I had. Each has been in touch with me to help them sort out their situations. One went under the knife yesterday. One has waited a bit too long, now has an infection which has to be dealt with first and then he will deal with it. Both have considered returning to their home countries (USA / Canada) and one decided on CR as the preferred solution and the other has yet to make a decision.
Paradisus: 12-4: lots of showings / no commitments. When we first started renting, we had few showings. Now we are getting lots of showings but there are more options so we spend more wasted time. What is being offered is good and represents reasonable value. But if someone wants to be closer to? -restaurant, friend, work, etc... they choose location...
Car Problems / Cultural Block: a problem I had several months ago continues to have strings attached. The car has two fans behind the rad. One fan failed, the car overheated multiple times on a road trip until I was able to nurse it back to Los Jardines. I put in two new fans... all seemed well... for 4 months... then it overheated again. The cause was said to be a dirty rad. Solution, new rad, new water pump, and yes, the head gasgetts had melted from before so change those.... C659,000 / $1,150 later, all is fixed... until Tuesday I was driving Lita to the hairdresser and it overheated... help arrives, car is taken ???... diagnosis... the $30 hose from rad to motor had failed... duh... why wasn't this changed in the 650,000?? "... we wanted to save you some money!!!!" (The concept of reliability has not yet reached this planet... and isn't even on it's way). Temporary solution... cut off an inch of the hose where the failure occurred, and sometime in the future change the hose for a new one... this action was promised to be done the next day... no it was postponed... well I knew it was a time bomb waiting to fail... yes, it did... now it is changed, I am livid... and no one involved understands why????? just a "gringoism"... wow!!!!!!
Accidents: When taking Lita to the hair dresser... I saw to "T-bone" accidents, and one broken down truck... all within 30 kl.
Netflix: We have had an account for about 3 yrs now but haven't been able to use it for the past 18 mo. Why? The bandwidth we were getting was too small so movies would not stream. We finally gave up. Los Jardines increased the bandwidth and I had to replace a router -I got a stronger router- and wow!!!!!!! everything is now fine... we have lots of catching up to do.
National Scandal: Cement -the scandal continues with more and more names being included, properties given as security (substantially less than the value of the loans) being auctioned off... CR is beginning to look more and more like Brazil... this is a long way from being concluded.
News Items of the Week
1. Competitiveness: a reversal of the past several years... great...
2. Rain: yes, we have been having it in SPADES... water table must be close to the surface now.
3. CAJA and the Government: typical -I think the Government is the number one debtor of CAJA followed by the government monopolistic sub organizations...
4. Income Tax: they can't even get a simple tax promulgated...... wow!!!!!!
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Brian C. Timmons