—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 -seems to now be here... pretty close to being on schedule -Dec. 1... the trade winds have picked up, mostly sunny, we are beginning to have to water plants.
...the odd shower still but nothing substantial.
CR Banks earn their Scorn:
To put closure on the most recent incident... over charging on a CC account. When I asked to pay the balance on my CC, the teller brought up the current balance instead of the previous month's statement. I paid it and then started checking my records. I did not know... how could I have... that what I paid was for the December period... It took the bank a week to figure this out and they did not return messages or phone calls. I had to attend to the bank in person. I asked how can I avoid this in the future... there was no answer... just a statement that the new teller had misunderstood... o.k. I will work on this more the next time.
I have the keys and have changed the locks. It is really depressing to see how they lived. I have been gathering opinions to help form my action plan. The plan, whatever it will be, is to figure out how to take my lumps in the fastest and least painful way..and move on. While the existing two bedroom house (basically just a shell) could be salvageable, the sewage and drainage of the lot is such that it really isn't usable. I am meeting with Tico contractors, surveyor -the survey I have doesn't match with what I was told the lot lines are and I think it is best to determine the lot lines before making enemies... which I am sure to do... and I have reconnected with the architect I used before... I don't plan on building but need some information as to drainage and sewage... which now runs through other's property into the river.... The solution may be to raze what is there, build a retaining wall and raise the lot to street level... now it slops down from the street... the street does not have sewers. Another option is to clean the lot and sell it... I am liking this option better... but I have to gather more info.
Misc.: Lots and lots of other stuff has happened this week including it being the beginning of the month which means invoicing and rent collection... the cycle repeats itself. I checked out two other loan opportunities... one has been picked up by a friend and the other is being considered by another friend... I had considered both but decided I needed to keep more dry powder for my problem which does not yet have a solution.
News Items of the Week
1. "Cementgate"... as I said, the rot goes to the top... Solis has been implicated but so far seems to have a teflon coating.
2. Dirty Cops: 31 -basically the entire police force on the east coast...
3. Convention Center: which is built very near a similar, privade (Pedgal) complex... why was is built? Who owns the land? Who got the contract? Who is going to manage it? What budget do they have? Follow the money and learn the answers.
4. CIA Income / Wealth Distribution: Interesting numbers. The assumption is that the greater the disparity (higher the number), the more "unfair" the wealth distribution is and this is a proxy measure of social / political stability and social values. I didn't show all 150, only the first and last and points in between... CR has a higher number than the USA.
FOR RENTAL OR SALES INFORMATION
Brian C. Timmons