—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: Nothing available
Los Jardines: Several calls but nothing available
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.
Weather: The dry season... is not here yet... but it is definitely coming...
CR Banks earn their Scorn: I spent three days in banks this week and had one more day but I decided I couldn't handle another day...
If the slow service, arbitrary cancellation of accounts, arbitrary freezing of accounts, â€‹endless and frequent documentation and re-documentation under the guise of "know your customer", slow decision making on mortgages, high interest rates on loans, incredible, userous interest rates on CC balances (25%-75% with 40-45% being the norm), inability to provide statements of accounts... this is all "normal" and is pretty come to all banks in varying degrees... with perhaps Scotiabank ranking the worst in ALL categories... this week I got into a battle over the acceptance of 5-$20 bills which I had received from tenants... they got these bills from other banks... Scotiabank would not accept them... we exchanged words... lots of them... I finally took the bills to Banco National and paid a bill with them... I would love to cancel my Scotiabank account but changing to another bank is like changing into another pair of dirty jeans... and it will take several months and several hundred dollars... but I have developed a battle plan for Scotiabank... I will use the same stupidity when receiving colones as they do when receiving US dollars...stupidity knows no nationality... I will love rejecting colones and demanding a bill with no writing on it, with no crinkles in it, with no torn corner... and when I tell them I have had an account with Scotiabank Canada for 40 yrs... never a problem... a blank stare comes over their faces... disbelief? embarrassment? I don't know...
â€‹During this week, I have been communicating with a lawyer / money manager who looks after a tenant's funds -and many other people I believe... he had spent his week fighting with banks as well... at one time I stated that hell must be full of CR bankers... his reply was that he didn't know about that but at least it was full of CR bank compliance officers... and many of my friends could tell you about their banking experiences... However, if you are a powerful CR, you can get a $50 million loan with virtually no security and no accountability, no questions asked, payout some kickback...it is called "cementgate" see below...
Eye Exam: nearing the end of my 70's health check- up, and in between banks, I found time for an eye exam -hadn't had one for 20 or do years... checking for the usual culprits... glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration and vision deterioration... ended up with a clean bill of eye health and a prescription... $100 at CIMA if anyone wants to know... amazing technology!!! Ordered my glasses on Thursday and got them this morning... wow... yes, I can see better with big boy glasses vs the off the shelf $4 readers and should be able to see better for distance driving. All pare of aging and it can be done in CR easily...
News Items of the Week
1. Carlos Bolanos: here is an incomplete bio of the guy at the center of "cementgate". Supposedly he and a buddy are in jail... temporarily...
2. British Tourism: direct flights have resulted in increased tourism... understandably
3. BCR bank: downgraded again... this is a government bank which lent the $30 mil to Bolanos...
FOR RENTAL OR SALES INFORMATION
Brian C. Timmons