—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 have had the normal rainy season weather and all is great. Plants are happy, dust is gone, etc.
What Happened This Week: Yes, Scotiabank again... Tried to pay a PayPal account $210. Nope, card would not work. Off to the bank to understand why? Yes, it was to expire this month but should be operational until the end of the month but needed to confirm receipt of the new card. They are perplexed as well. Finally they see that a $75 charge had not been paid. Wait a minute. I asked that the account be paid in full... aaaahhhh, yes, but in April the bank institute a new policy... charges made in dollars would remain in dollars... it seem they had not properly trained their staff re. this change... anyway, my card was frozen because I hadn't paid the $75. Wait a minute, on closer examination, it wasn't my charge... oh... cancel the card again, wait for a new card... meanwhile, I receive two calls from the newly created CC department at Scotiabank asking me when I will pay my delinquency. Here is a bank that is really, really, really screwed up...
Meanwhile, my person in Argentina will be a bit short on rice and beans.
Internet: We have Tigo as a supplier. They are "upgrading" their system. Our service has been virtually non-existent for the past two days I am not sure I will be able to get this off. Like the government... "...we are here to help..." just run... as fast as you can in the opposite direction.
Los Jardines: Repairs continue and the rainy season showed up some additional deferred mtnc. Fortunately, the Pres. is cracking her whip and repairs are getting done... Progress is being made but we have lots of ground to catch up on.
Marketing: Rentals: A few, low ball inquiries for both Los Jardines and Paradisus. They begin by asking for a discount before ever seeing the unit. My response is I'll consider it if you can meet my standards as a tenant. I haven't yet had a showing. Mmmmm... tells me something.
Heredia House: We have had one low ball offer. He is a first time home buyer and not experienced at financingâ€‹. I told the agent to work with him and gave her some instructions. Meanwhile, we have shown it to two others... one likes it but has to sell a house... mmmm... not much there at this point in time... The second person likes it and is currently looking to make an offer. I am hopeful on this person. The great thing is that all viewers have liked the house... I am encouraged that it will sell... The third guy (Tico) works for a finance company which operates throughout Central America. I thought he might get a mortgage loan thru them... no, he said they are too expensive... so this means more than the 12% normal going rate... wow!!
Coopenae Credit Union: This is the teachers credit unit, cum bank. It is the 5th largest financial institution in the country, flies under the radar, does not have checking services, has multiple outlets around the country, it's members are mostly government employees, it provides small, high interest (19%) personal loans to their members... It is government regulated and FITCH rated... It offers high interest rates for CDs in colones... approx 11% depending on the amount and time commitment. I arranged for a presentation to about 8 interested people this past week. I know the rep got business from one attendee and will perhaps get more from others over time.
Windshield wipers -Volvo: There does not appear to be an after market product... the connection is unique to Volvo... we all know what that means... yes, $140 later and 90 min. of waiting... and no one else was there... at the Volvo dealership... this is robbery, yes, pure and clear... For the Santa Fe -approx. $20 and 5 min.
District 4: No calls. Will have to lower the price...
Santa Fe: One call, now viewers... will have to lower the price.
News Items of the Week
1. Fiscal Restraint: Slowing the increase is practicing fiscal restraint in a budget which is unsustainable and full of ridiculous pensions and privileges which are simply ludicrous.
2. Pigs at the Trough! Here is why the government is broke and why the built in self aggrandizement will continue. Annuities mentioned are just part of the increase over and above the base salary, there are additional moths pay... not just the “13th” month... / other bonus, and all this is added to their fat pensions... it is really sick for this country to support... it is unsustainable... and no reason why people have no inclination to pay taxes... (my opinion)
FOR RENTAL OR SALES INFORMATION
Brian C. Timmons