—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: 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: Last week I wrote about my recent experience with Scotiabank. That was read by a long time friend of mine in Canada who forwarded it to a well placed Scotia Bank exec / friend of his... This won't result in any changes but it does give him some feedback which will be stuck in his mindset if issues arise at his level and in his domain. I haven't yet used my battle plan... I avoided all banks this past week.
Earthquake: On Sunday night around 8:45 we had a good, long -54 seconds-6.9- roller. Everything was moving. No damage. The epicenter was located near Parrita -not far as the crow flies-, in the ocean, near the surface. Not much damage in the country. Two deaths due to heart attack. Earlier that day on the Iraq-Iran border there was a 7.2 that caused lots of damage and deaths. One of the differences is that our construction is much better...
Playa Carrillo / Samara: We got away on Monday and returned on Thursday to our favorite beach... Carrillo... near Samara. We hadn't been for two years. We had no reservations... I knew there would be lots of space and I wanted to see if I could cut a deal from the posted rack rates and Internet listed prices. I had not been able to for the past several years. We have two favorite hotels -Guanamar and Leyenda. The Guanamar was closed and it's fate is uncertain. Tropical storm "Nate" was cited as the final nail in the coffin. They had struggled for years due to poor marketing... and bad business decisions as far as I was concerned... even when empty I couldn't cut a deal with them with their last rate being around $180... They simply priced themselves out of the market. The Leyenda had followed Guanamar's play book but I still wanted to try. Leyenda's rack rate for the room we wanted was $180... their Internet listed "deal" was $152... at the desk the price became $100. Great... I took the deal... They are maintaining their staff... same two guys... reception and waiter -and their standards... the place was nicely maintained. There were only 4 other people there. We will go back and be happy to.
Unfortunately, it rained all day of the two full days we had... we never did get to the beach... but we met with a person with whom I share a number of things... friends, previous employer, Toronto based earlier life, age, and hernia operation... we met, shared stories and vowed a future get together
We used the rainy time to catch up on the area... it is not doing well... many hotels are closed / for sale / poor state of maintenance of many buildings / the beach town of Samara is the same small beach town it was 15 years ago yet the prices being asked for RE is ridiculous in my opinion. Having said that, a beach front development I am familiar with now has 5 -- million dollar plus houses in it and two more are under construction.
While Carrillo is arguably the best beach in Guanacaste it is 4 hrs drive -now good road all the way- from San Jose and 2 hrs from Liberia... It is a chore to get there...
Los Jardines: It continues to improve... maintenance continues being done, we will get back to our original condition I am confident.
Foreclosed Property: I will obtain final control this week. The former owner has promised certain things which haven't materialized... I expect to issue the eviction notice and then????
INS Law Suit: The case sits in the Sala 3 (supreme court) trying to determine jurisdiction. Since CR doesn't have "class action" status suits, all 20 (?) of us have our own but similar suits. One of these was deemed to be able to be dealt with in the Chamber of Commerce Dispute Resolution Board... where we started... we will have to wait to see if others including mine are treated the same... but the operative word here is "wait"...
A busy week ahead. Last week saw a lull... that is why we were able to get away. This week is starting off with lots to do... sure glad I am retired.
News Items of the Week
1. Earthquake... Read all about it... a non-event but a reminder there are incredible forces lurking.
2. Condo Development: Just another one. What is not mentioned in the article which I think is a BIG reason for this company is to diversify it's holdings and get money out of Ecuador... it could be the next Venezuela.
FOR RENTAL OR SALES INFORMATION
Brian C. Timmons