ISSUE #700: March 4-10, 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

Distrito Cuatro / Guachipelín / Escazú

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Market activity
sales & rentals

Sales: Los Jardines: Units #106A, #114 and #124


Paradisus: April 1, Available, $1,400

Los Jardines: April 1, 106D Available $1.150 (April 1-Dec. 1)

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

Unit #106D: $ 1,150 mo. / Apr 1 - Dec 1 / 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.

For rent

UNIT #106D
$ 1,150 mo.
Available Apr 1 - Dec 1

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1227 sf . + parking
Total area (Sq M): 113 + parking
Bedrooms: 1 + den (bedroom possible)
Bathrooms: 2
Floor(s): 2nd. floor
Type: apartment in 4 plex
Furnished: Yes

This 2nd story, 1,227 sf (113 m2 + one parking space) )is a georgous home with one of the best views at Los Jardines. The very large front covered terrace faces west and is suitable for entertaining; the off-bedroom covered terrace faces east for sun sets. This very tastefully furnished and fully equipped home offers a lifestyle envied by many. The owner offers financing if desired.

Our Lives

Weather: Beautiful, normal, sunny, 25 degrees, cool evenings, gentle breeze... wow... loving it.

Tough Sledding: Still having to hound delinquents...

District 4: One showing and several planned for next week.

Mortgage payments: One promised but then as typical in this culture, didn't follow through. She is foolish... it get's more and more expensive everyday and I am not in the mood to be kind... as I said before, the Kleenex Box is empty... and I am wondering if there was bad intent on her part... we'll see... next week the foreclosure will be registered... and her credit rating will be ruined...

Prowler: Lots of chatter among some of the residents... all lead to quiet data gathering now. What came out of the "discussion" was that in three of the 4 cases, there was a lack of personal effort to secure their home... in the one other case, steps were taken but the normally sufficient security cable was not enough and was cut... the attempt was foiled and a bigger chain has now replaced the high tensile cable. The administration is adding more night lighting and the motion sensor light fixtures are being rehabbed and bulbs added...

Maintenance: For the past 5 weeks, workers have been rebuilding the ramp to our house. This has had had a maintenance in 5+ years and water had been allowed to get to the steel frame. The result is a more expensive and complex job than had the mtnc. been done in a timely fashion. I knew this was happening and I am not surprised at any of the repairs... unfortunately, it should never have been allowed to fall into disrepair. We have other locations as well.

News Items of the Week


1. Cranes: After doing everything the unions could to delay / kill the new container port at Moin - they have now opted to allow new equipment to better compete... wise move but I think the new port will probably kill most of the business as it is deeper and will be more efficient... and the turn around time will be much better... which is important to ships which have lots of money tied up.

2. Election: The two candidates are supposedly in a statistical dead heat. As I remember last election, the polls were very inaccurate. I suspect the same is the case this time. Both are just now trying to put together a team to support them should they win... we'll see

1. Two new cranes start operations at the docks in Limón

By AM Costa Rica staff

Monday the two Post Panamax gantry cranes officially went into operation, helping to modernize the public port now that the Dutch APM Terminals Co. has begun competing operation in Moín.

The docks are run by the Junta de Administración Portuaria y de Desarrollo Económico de la Vertiente Atlántica de Costa Rica, known as JAPDEVA. It is is a state agency that was formed to generate development along the Caribbean coast.

The cranes were baptized as Luisa and Glenda, honoring the first female port mechanic and the first operator of port equipment, respectively.

The terminal has waited for three decades the arrival of this type of machinery.

Upon their arrival and start of operations, JAPDEVA expects to reduce container unloading and loading times by four hours, a process that currently extends for up to 21 hours. Both Post Panamax cranes have the capacity to move 35 containers per hour.

The total investment amounts to $16 million.

The equipment was purchased from Sany Co. of the heavy machinery sector.

The equipment complies with all international safety standards including the color pattern used to ensure better visibility.

"The decision to acquire this equipment lies in the urgency of reducing the high obstruction that our terminals shows, obstruction that translates into delays in the operation and high costs for importers and exporters, costs that are passed on to final consumers," said. Ann McKinley, executive president of JAPDEVA.

JAPDEVA has been making investments recently to make up for failures to modernize over the last 20 years, according to the executive president.

The institution has also acquired other equipment such as a new tugboat, a stacker of containers and transfer equipment such as port heads and forklifts.


Brian C. Timmons
Property Manager RLJ and Newsletter Author

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