—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...
Distrito Cuatro / Guachipelín / Escazú
Real de Santa María / Borreal de Heredia
2 pisos / en esquina / zona residencial jardín, espacio para 2 coches, portón eléctrico, 2.5 baños, 4 cuartos, sala, comedor, pila, terraza
Hyundai Santa Fe 2008
Hyundai Santa Fe 2008, Turbo Diesel, automatic, excellent family vehicle, safe, comfortable, interior with leather seats. Good tires, engine, turbo, suspension, and AC. Marchamo 2018 and Retive. It now has been road tested for 5 weeks and performed flawlessly. I can now sell with confidence...
sales & rentals
Sales: Los Jardines: Units #109, #106A, #114 and #124
Paradisus: April 7, Available, $1,400 mo.
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): 1506
This single story home (1506 sf. + parking for one car) is detached, fully furnished, has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, home office, living room wall / entertainment center along with a built in office and a semi-private terrace. In addition, it has a vaulted ceiling in the “great” room and two skylights. The covered entrance way is suitable for two chairs located next to a covered garden area. Once through the impressive front door, you enter the “great room” which houses the kitchen, dining room, office and living room. Upon entering, there is a built in wooden hutch surfaced with granite—it matches all the built-in furniture in the great room. There is a clothes washer and dryer off the 2nd bedroom.
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.
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): 1227 sf . + parking
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.
Total Area (Sq Ft): 1290
This 1,290 sf single floor home includes a 300 sf front terrace plus parking for one car. It is attached on two sides by a 6 inch cement demising (common) wall, which prevents sound transfer.
Total Area (Sq Ft): 1290
This 1,290 sf single floor home includes a 300 sf front terrace plus parking for one car and a separate, secure storage locker. It is and end unit and therefore attached on only one side by a 6 inch cement demising (common) wall, which prevents sound transfer.
Weather: We have been transitioning into the rainy season. Yesterday we had a good rain... first for 10 days or so... but we had been having more overcast days. Soon, the rains will be semi regular and the plants will again be happy, happy, happy.
Almost There... where ever "there" is: Heredia is nearly finished. (The difference between "nearly" finished and "finished" can be substantial when trying to solve a simple problem but I can count the issues on one hand.) We will finish off the last of the little things and hopefully, will not find anymore problems... The reconditioning of this house involved a new kitchen, patch and paint walls and trim, replace a few doors and most all the hardware, landscaping, exterior touch up painting, repair rusted steel and install new electric garage gate, repair roof and water damage, change the stair tread from pargo to ceramic, electrical repairs throughout, and clean, clean, clean -I inherited drapes (not my taste) but had them cleaned, repaired and re-installed... I now have the the "fact" sheet put together, pictures taken, signage made which will be installed today... I am beginning to place this info with agents... we'll see...
I continue to be amazed at how pigs can live and how ticos just do not repair things -they live with broken conveniences or they buy-pass them. In many cases, they were wrongly constructed. The reluctance to buy "used" housing is understandable given what I have seen.
Renovating / repairing is always more difficult than new construction. My years and years of doing this allowed me to do this with good results and only a few mistakes along the way but it also made me realize I really don't want to do this any more. The final pain in the back side was yesterday when I was loading the bits and pieces into the car and had to wedge myself in... this brought back years of this in Toronto... The end result is rewarding -I am proud of the transformation and to know that an old dog still has a little expertise left. I have a feeling that what I did was probably better than is usually done here... we'll see... I don't know the final costs yet -probably around $8,000 and a year or so off my life...
Working with trades here is rewarding and frustrating... they have no tools and limited transportation... their standards vary..from very good to very low... simple things are not part of their DNA (e.g. using the right paint, caulking, sanding, completing the list of "to do's") and you never know until you ask them to do something and realize they haven't a clue as to what, how, or to what degree... and then, for me, there is always the language issue which makes instructions and materials lists more challenging and the endless driving to get the items needed...
Paradisus: Yes, almost finished there as well... but again, "almost" belies being finished... simple things take forever... finding a cartridge for a leaking Delta faucet (only two years old), glass shelves and brackets...
Marketing: A couple clients looking for rentals but none too seriously. I have two appointments today -one for District 4 and one for rental a Paradisus.
Protest: Wednesday was a day of union protest... massive demonstration in the center of San Jose. The government unions and quasi government organizations rallied peacefully against the proposed tax changes. The current legislators agreed to not vote on their proposals and to kick this issue to the new government. This was predictable. What happens now is uncertain. Everyone got a holiday, got paid and the weather was nice. Monday is another paid holiday... it is wonderful!!!!! if you are a government employee.
Nicaragua: It continues to simmer and I don't know if the current ire has yet been quelled. Ortega and especially his wife are not liked but a lot and the heavy handedness he used to quell the protests backfired. I think many of us are surprised at the shallowness of the calm which we had been lead to believe existed there.
News Items of the Week
There seems to be a lot of wrangling re. the new government and the tax reformists. I haven't yet figured it out...maybe they haven't either. We'll see. The new government is busy putting together alliances and filling positions while at the same time trying to see what they will do re. the fiscal debacle of the country. Article 1 is part of that jockeying... Article 2 is the typical government employee's reactionary response to the challenges of their privileged positions.
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Brian C. Timmons