—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 #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): 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.
Weather: We haven't had much rain this past week but the plants are beginning to show the effects of what we have had. More and more the days are overcast and rumbles of thunder somewhere nearby.
I'm Frustrated: Last week I described my experience with glass shelves. I could have included these experiences as well:
A. Most every morning I go to a convenience store which has delicious fresh baked croissants (imported frozen of course and baked here). I prefer the chocolate but they have started making plain ones... also delicious. Some of the staff do not know the name so cannot find them on their cash register list. If they do, there is no code for them nor price. This deficiency has been going on now for three weeks. Each time, it takes about 3 min. for them to get the info. to plug into the cash register. The other day, having worked my way through that, I gave 10,000 colones expecting change. It was punched is as 5,000 and I was given change accordingly. When I pointed it out, it was acknowledged, and 5 min. later someone came to over-ride the cash register so I could get the correct change.
B. There is a Chinese restaurant in a neighboring town-Belen. They do a great job on shrimp dishes - lots and lots of shrimp. The problem has always been ordering. They do not speak either English nor Spanish... only Mandarin... Knowing this, I have had to made changes to my ordering... I point to the item I want on the menu... which has a number on it. This should be simple... order by the number... don't speak the number... point out the number. Tuesday lunch... I did this... 15 min. later people who arrived later than I and who ordered the same thing, got their meal... mine was no where in sight... when called them on it... there was great conversation amongst the staff indicating confusion, chaos, finger pointing, etc... and there should have been... I just loudly cancelled the order including the order to go for Lita... adding a few explicatives.
Reviewing these three incidents -and there are countless other examples I could have cited- I am trying to figure out: What is the common denominator here? (1) Am I the problem -poor Spanish? poor presentation? Possibly but I don't see where since I have tried in each case to compensate for the exchange... written order (shelves), written menu by number, and the screw-ups continue. (2) Is it lack of staff training? In the case of the croissants, possibly; in the case of the Chinese order..possibly; in the case of the shelves -possibly... In each case, the exchange seems simple to me... but I continue to experience difficulties... (3) Is it cultural? two incidents were with Ticos / one was with a Chinese... or (4) aaahhh... maybe it is because I am an old fart and not really willing to excuse these screw-ups. So now, the glass place is off my list and so is the Chinese restaurant. I take comfort in the belief none of these people will be put in charge of high technology...
Heredia House: The first and only client likes it... but doesn't have much money... we are still working with him... I just got the PDF file from my Maria -IT support in Argentina... she had computer problems so it took longer... as did last week's newsletter... I will begin marketing it more aggressively now. It shows well and has all the features usually wanted.
District 4: A no show appointment... not unusual.
Santa Fe: No calls...
On a happy note: Lita enjoyed "popcorn"; the significance of that is that her implants are now complete.......wow...what an ordeal... more so than I had expected and more so than others had to go thru... why I don't exactly know but we are both glad to see the end of this.. and to enjoy the result...
News Items of the Week
1. Priorities: This is the list... we'll see
2. Proposed Tax Reform: My guess is something will happen this administration and my guess is that most of it will be stupid when much simpler alternatives are available... â€‹having said this, simplicity is not part of this culture... nor of any government in general.
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Brian C. Timmons