—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: We continue to experience "cold fronts"... high winds, cool higher temperatures than in previous years.
Lot-Districto Cuatro: The pig is about ready for it's red carpet debut!! House interior, exterior, and roof have been painted -of course it looks much, much better. Exterior debris has been removed. Some clean up yet to be done. Have asked my architect of years gone buy if he can draw a nice picture dressing up the house and lot. I know he can... just have to determine the cost effectiveness... this would only be to give someone without imagination an idea of what could be.
Cuban Restaurant: a group is looking for a new location for the next wine club. We tried a Cuban restaurant in the west side of San Jose. It was an absolute bust... out of eight people, no one would return... We are still looking.
Tenants: We had a young professional living in Lita's little unit for the past 18 months. He always paid by transfer on the first of the month, never complained, gave a month's notice that he was being transferred to Columbia, left the place spotless... Contrast this with two current tenants neither of whom paid January rent. Both are out of the country for ??? reasons. Despite numerous emails to each asking their intentions... one never replied, the other has been vague. I notified each that if they had not paid in full both Jan / Feb. rent, I would enter, remove their belongings, clean and re-market the place. One person showed up at 2 am and couldn't get in his unit... I had changed the lock. He had to wait until morning after I had finished my coffee... He paid both months... I have one more recalcitrant to deal with... he has until Feb. 7... and he can't get in either until he sees me... Legally I can't lock them out... I am quite sure neither of these guys wants to get a court involved... and they know they are in the wrong. I really don't like to have to do this and normally, I don't but sometimes... I consider myself fair and reasonable... when someone proves to be difficult and persists in being difficult, I respond in kind...
Elections in CR: National elections are held each four years. Traditionally there have been two strong parties. That broke down last time around and this time it has fractured even more. The poles last time were very inaccurate and the poles this time are bouncing all around. The only thing which is consistent is that none of the multiple leading parties have near enough support to win on the first ballot. The first balloting which is held tomorrow, will result en eliminating all but the two or three strongest candidates. The article below really says that none of the candidates has really focused on the issues which are most important to the electorate and none of the candidates has presented a clear, comprehensive proposed agenda... (so what is new..???) The current status is that there is a large percentage (36% ?? or so) of undecided voters. The current "strongest" parties are pooling around 17-20% or so support... The second round of voting occurs in a month / 6 weeks... In the interim, maybe the remaining candidates will be able to articulate a reasonable agenda...
Sending and Receiving Mail: Here is my experience over the past three shipments: FedEx: sent from Canada to CR... the address typed on the computer screen was complete and verified by the sender... what got printed and attached to the actual package was incomplete... I could not change the address as the received... the sender had to make the change in Canada. Aerocacillias: personal mail was sent to Miami and from there to be forwarded to my account in CR -it was stopped in Miami saying that I had to provide an invoice... I couldn't this is personal mail or no commercial value... I went to the local office here and was told that now ALL packages coming into CR had to have an invoice (so CR could tax them...) and that if there was no commercial invoice, I had to go on line and make one (how was I to know?). I asked the company rep to do this and to declare $1 as being the value. DHL -I had to return some documents to Canada- the link between the computer and the printer broke down so I had to wait a half hour for it to be fixed before I could pay my $75 for 5 pieces of mail... And this thing about "next day delivery" is now BS... because it usually has to go through Customs or some government agency which slows everything down so that "next day delivery" becomes 4 days...
Los Jardines: Repairs and deferred maintenance continue -there is a lot to do and it will take time but everything is going in the right direction and it is being recognized. Our property taxes increased as a result of a 5 yr re-evaluation.
Future Possibilities: some talk in a group about an extended trip to Europe this fall... we'll see... We are looking at villas to rent for a month or so... there has been talk like this before but nothing came of it for whatever reasons...
News Items of the Week
2. McKinsey & Company: There is lots of work here to fix things and it is a nice place to be stationed.
3. Issue Solved: CR gets to keep it's swamp... Nicaragua should leave their "military outpost" which was probably manned by the least desirable of the military since it may have been a punishment assignment... to be in the middle of a swamp in a tent surrounded by mosquitoes.
FOR RENTAL OR SALES INFORMATION
Brian C. Timmons