Nightime Excitement...

ISSUE #697: Feb. 11-17, 2018


Brian Timmons, Newsletter Author
Brian Timmons

Dear friends,

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.

Brian Timmons
Developer / Property manager
Residencias Los Jardines


rentals & sales

Paradisus Condos / Rohrmoser
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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...

Semi furnished unit: For sale: $235,000
Fully furnished unit: For sale: $245,000
Floor 12 -west view

Market activity
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

Unit #106A: $ 165,000 / See Unit
Unit #114: $ 199,000 / See Unit
Unit #124: $ 135,000 / See Unit

For sale

UNIT #106A
$ 165,000

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1250
Total area (Sq M): 120
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Floor(s): 1
Type: Apartment
Furnished: Yes

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.

UNIT #114
$ 199,000

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1290
Total area (Sq M): 120
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Floor(s): 1
Type: Semi-Attached
Furnished: Yes

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

UNIT #124
$ 135,000

Total Area (Sq Ft): 662
Total area (Sq M): 61
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Floor(s): 2nd Floor
Type: Semi-Detached
Furnished: Yes

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.

Our Lives

Weather: again this week saw a "cold front" which means cooler than normal temperatures and very high winds. While winds are normal this time of year, currently they are stronger and the temperature for us seems several degrees below normal.

Lot -Distrito cuatro: my trusted and reliable support person of 17 years in Argentina is putting together a marketing package / presentation from the material I put together for her, so I can post to a couple websites and distribute to RE agents for their use. We'll see what happens but I don't expect a fast sale.

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Robbery: We had two incidents this past week. One was an attempted theft of a motorcycle. The attempt was foiled but I find the role of technology incredible... the girlfriend of the bike's owner heard a noise outside, investigated and the thief ran off. She, being shaken, immediately phoned her boyfriend who was driving from Mexico to California... within minutes he phone me asking me to attend to her / his unit and find out what had happened. I did, all within about 5 min. The next day I bought a bigger chain.

Two nights later, a TV was taken from a terrace. This is the first incident in about 8 years... who? why? who knows...

Tenants: I've worked my list of late payers down but still have two to go.

Mortgage payments: I have one on which I have foreclosed--the process takes a while. I fully expect them to pay--sometime--with penalty--because I am sure they do not want to lose their $225,000 house for $110,000. But if they do, o.k. not what I want but that is the way life is sometimes...

Implants: I have finished mine... Lita has a couple sessions yet to go. In review, the ordeal is not a lot of fun but I think the results will be worth it.

Construction: It continues all around us... Clinical Bilica hospital is rising; City Center, Phase II is about ready to come out of the ground; a HUGE office building continues to build out in Santa Ana; a new city mall in Santa Ana is about ready to come out of the ground as well; an condo complex of 30 or so units is Pozos is in advanced state of grey work; a new site in Santa Ana is being prepared for ??? a used car dealership has been occupying it for the past year+, now that is gone and a larger footprint is being prepared. A mall in Lindora is nearing completion... the Lindora bridge to Belen continues under construction... and there are others... all of these projects are within a mile radius...

News Items of the Week


The two candidates are in a statistical dead heat. Economists and business leaders (wealthy, influential) ...all non governmental people say that the next government has to deal with over spending and the outrageous pensions and salaries which have ballooned over the past 10 years... they are bankrupting the country. I heard this same assessment 4 years ago... NOTHING happened and the current president, Solis, increased his first budget by 18% and continued it that way for his 4 years... and I very seriously doubt their concerns will be addressed this time... Governments and Ticos do not deal with anticipatory issues... only reactive issues... it will probably take some type of "crisis" to motivate a dysfunctional political system to unite -the current system doesn't permit a strong, united block necessary to deal with unpopular issues.


Brian C. Timmons
Property Manager RLJ and Newsletter Author

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