—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
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: Available immediately, $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 haven't had much rain this past week but the plants are beginning to show the effects of what we have had.
I'm there... where ever "there" is: given what I have seen.
Heredia house: it is now "finished"... final work was done this week I am still working on marketing information.
Units 116, 113 and 112 are now completely finished -I'll start on 106C Monday... Paradisus unit is also finished.
This was another week filled with obstacles... normal in this country. An example of how difficult it is:
Glass shelving... it consists of a piece of glass with polished edges and two wall mounting brackets. This is not complex. I needed 10 pieces 4.5 in. X 25 in. and 20 wall brackets... I wrote this info on paper... I had approached my local supplier... they took a day to give me a quote... actually, I had to return for the info -19,000 colones and 15 day delivery. wow... couldn't live with the 15 day so I confidently said I would go elsewhere... there are always lots of glass places around... nope... they have mostly disappeared... I had checked with Pequeno Mundo (a dollar store type of place) they had shelves from China that would work but were 6,200 colones each... too much since I was getting 10 for 19,000. So a week later after admitting defeat at alternate sourcing, I returned and now the delivery time was 5 days (it seems that the polished edge I had specified was thought to be a different factory edge... when we got that sorted out the delivery time and price came to five days and 14,000. I paid and waited the five days... which became... All was suppose to be delivered Wednesday... no, there was a taxi strike on Tuesday which clogged the delivery of the brackets. Ok... I returned Thursday... no the delivery van did not arrive... Friday morning I returned... it was ready... one shelf and two brackets!!!!!!! what went wrong???? I have no idea... even with my bad Spanish, even after having written it down, the order still got messed up... it is still beyond me to understand how 10 pieces and 20 brackets became 1 and two... and for 14,000... I walked out of the place never to return again... I drove across town to Pequeno Mundo hoping they would still have them... they did... I bought them and had them installed... ten simple shelves, two and a half weeks, $110... the amount of time, aggravation, gas, and scotch... way more than the cost of the bloody shelves.
Tuesday: a massive red taxi protest... blocked traffic into Escazu / San Jose. The day was a write off...
Riteve: the Santa Fe was due for it's annual safety inspection. It failed!!! why? this is incredible!!! it was missing protective battery terminal covers... this was deemed "grave"... very bad / serious!!!!! this seems to be a new requirement... It now has to be returned to confirm that these very important safety issues have been addressed...
...the only way to avoid obstacles is to remain in the hammock... anything else takes a lot of effort.
News Items of the Week
1 / 2 New Taxes: they out going legislators booted it down the road to the new government. Just like 4 years ago. Yes, Ticos do not like paying taxes probably because they know of the corruption and the fact that the taxes are stupidly designed... I don't think there is too much argument that the government is in bad fiscal shape but cleaning up the abuses might be a higher priority and might help people swallow the pain... and the design of more reasonable systems for payment and collection...
3. Taxes and employment: as uncertainty lingers, capital expenditures lag...
Nature Air: it is again out of business and for good this time... too bad -it serviced small communities... SANSA will now have free reign.
FOR RENTAL OR SALES INFORMATION
Brian C. Timmons