—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... and again!! I have now had a total of 7 -seven- conversations over the same issue, each conversation is as if they have no knowledge of or recollection of the previous ??## They have to solve it and they do not talk amongst themselves. This is a simple issue and a simple fix... but they simply cannot deal with it. Wow!!! The CC department cannot call the branch/person... the branch/person does not know how to reach the CC department... the CC department does not answer their phones... Meanwhile I am still waiting for a replacement CC and by now, really feel that I am being harassed...
Internet: TIGO went down last weekend. When it came back, it came back faster and stronger... It used to dip to 2-3 MBS during the evenings... now this past week, it has not dipped below 72 MBS... we are happy...
Los Jardines: Pumps are getting a work out and are failing/clogged drains are revealing themselves/water damage is mounting and the "to do" list isn't getting shorter...
Maintenance Issues: When showing Paradisus during a rainstorm, I had to turn on the lights. I immediately noticedâ€‹ that a light fixture under one fan was completely missing... why hadn't I noticed this before? Regardless, I checked the others and found two other glass fixtures were cracked and ready to fall... Wow!!! why??? I knew finding replacements was going to be difficult. A friend volunteered to help me... 8 hours of searching, through rainstorms, non-existent addresses, we found something similar but it would require modification... we bought it... returned -figured out the pieces we needed for modifications -failed- exhausted we decided to tackled it the next day -we did solve the problems and it is now repaired! There is a reason why ticos are not strong on the maintenance side of things... it is really, really difficult... Why did the glass break? Not a result of installation... Not a result of cleaning or abuse. It seems that it was probably a glass mfg. issue. I have never had this problem ever and neither had my tradesman friend.
Now, if I could just find oven replacement knobs... that is a search that has been on-going for a month. No such resolution yet... the mfg... Atlas... has closed their plant and did not leave behind info. re. a continuing parts supplier.
Skylight repairs: We are now working on attempt #3 to stop it from leaking. We'll see.
Others: We had friends from Jaco overnight. We hadn't spoken much for several months. The 4 hour of catch up conversation was simple each of us relating out sorry tales of woe. He has two month of non-stop issues; I have 4 1/2 months...
Conclusion: It isn't easy living here...
Heredia House: It sits there looking good... but no one knocking down our door.
Coopenae Credit Union: Personally I am still working on this.
News Items of the Week
General: I continue to see the effects of difficult times and hear stories from others re. their observations and experiences. While I don't read anything about the nitty gritty day-to-day problems of middle class CR, I and others are convinced that at the grass roots there is pain and much concern here re. the economy. I see it in the number of people not looking for accommodations, in those who are, simply not having the budget previous lookers had, the quality of the lookers is not as good as it used to be...
1. Construction Permitting: There may be 17 steps required but in our case at El Dorado, we required something in the magnitude of 125 to start... we gave up at 53... since I am quite sure the really haven't streamlined the process much, I have to believe that 17 steps have multiple requirements... adding up to 153 for the total number of permits... and while they say 135 days average... we had worked for 3 + years and were a long ways from the finish line...
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Brian C. Timmons