—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:
Credit Card Replacement: Thursday I received a call from the CC department of Scotiabank... they would deliver my card in the afternoon. They confirmed the address... it was two cities wrong. I corrected them; the delivery person did arrive. Great. I noticed that the card had the same account number that I had two cards earlier (it had been canceled for the same reason... a spurious charged that was not mine) ...this was suspicious but not being in the CC business I wasn't sure. The next day, I went on line to use it... It didn't work. I worked with PayPal "help" people... they concluded that the CC did not exist and that I needed to go to my bank. Defeated and dejected I hung up the phone. Twenty seconds later, I received another call from Scotiabank... wanting confirmation that I would be home / a courier was coming... yes he came, with a new CC... with a different account number... the stupid bank had issued a wrong / a cancelled account number... wow!!! I again tried to update my PayPal account... nope!!!!! card doesn't exist. A trip to the branch... now smiling because this is so bizarre... the branch person said it was because the office had not received the paper work (my signature having received the card) o.k. I can buy that now that I know... She said it would probably be activated later that day... It is now Sat. morning... the card still doesn't work... three and a half weeks -and counting... incredible......!!
11:00AM Saturday I just received call No. 9 from Scotiabank CC department. They now want me to pay a different amount than the $44 previously stated... I asked for a statement... they don't have it... it is the CC collections department... I have not received a statement from Scotia CC dept for two months... (not atypical)... I asked for some email from them and a contact person... I asked them how do I know it was actually Scotiabank CC department and not some bogus group calling??? (didn't get a coherent answer)... I have no idea what is going on... and neither do they obviously... again... once things go off the rails here in CR... and they always do... it is very difficult to get them sorted out.
Bizarre: On Monday I drove to San Jose municipal offices to pay property taxes on the Paradisus condos. (Background history: Last year we were wrongly charged due to an inputting error in their data base -it showed we had more area than we did. Over several months, this was sorted out. In November of last year, we received a penalty notice that we had not updated our statement of valuation... this is due every 5 years and we had no idea when it had first been done having received possession of these units less than 5 years... after several months, this got sorted out and we paid the penalty... In January we asked our lawyer to find out how much we owed this year... "nothing" he said according to the data base. We challenged this knowing it was not the case and not wanting to be fined or hassled... again the same answer... we got a written notice to this effect. In May, I decided to go to the Muni office myself, in person and asked for our amount... I was told the equivalent of about $2,100 for three units... that made sense. On Monday, I returned with money in my pocket to pay for my units and Paul's. Fine, done... finally, that is off my list. Early Tuesday morning, I received a text from my lawyer saying that we had overpaid and that the Muni wanted to return one million colones. I discussed this with the lawyer who knew the history... we agreed it didn't make any sense... but he said -and I agreed- that when the government wants to give you money, take it and don't ask too many questions. I went to the muni offices, asked for the person I had dealt with the day before, signed a piece of paper and was given the refund...
On the way there, as I passed the toll both, I saw two (2) accidents, both the same cause... in each case, a car had tried to merge in front of a huge truck (18 wheeler in case 1 and a dump truck in case 2)... the truck driver could not see these cars... they were in his blind spot... he moved forward with traffic and crunched the car trying to wedge in... and when looking for a parking space in the 3/4 sized Muni parking lot, and having been shooed out of a coned space (it was reserved for a dignitary I was told) I was motioned into an illegal / non-designated parking spot and in the process, hit a 45 gal drum which was below my line of sight... a paint job is now required.
District cuatro: Just after having been told the Muni wanted to return a million colones to me, I was advised by the lawyer that the lawyer for the would be purchaser -who had disappeared 2 months previously after having drafted an agreement... contacted my lawyer at 10 pm Monday night saying they wanted to go through with the deal. Well, blow me over with a feather... o.k. let's do it... my lawyer called Victor (purchaser's lawyer) ...it took three days for the lawyer to respond... in the mean time I had contacted the would be purchaser asking what was going on... no response... Thursday Victor contacted Harold -my lawyer- saying they now see the price is down from $125K to $99 K, yes that is correct... and while I will sell it for $99K, I do not want to enter into an Option to Purchase agreement with $5 down... I want the full $40,000 down payment which had been mentioned in the previous agreement and I'll finance the rest... I haven't heard from them...
In the meantime, a person viewed it, said he would make an offer -wants to use it as a parking lot for a fleet of ???- I gave the agent and him all the info electronically... three days later I am waiting for an offer... it is coming... last night the agent said, the property is not in my name... what am I trying to do??... I sent her the deed and told her to contact Harold... she did and the bottom line is that she had viewed documents on the wrong property... wow!!! now we will see what / if anything / happens.
I have had two additional viewings. Too early to tell what might happen. At least it seems to have captured the interest of a few people.
Heredia House: It sits there looking good...
One viewing... that is it... a number of realtors have contacted me asking for info... I have sent it to them...
Market Interest: I have had a number of viewings on all rental properties ...but nothing has clicked... just churn and churn -- info / activities / conversations / showings / no results...
News Items of the Week
1 / 2. Nicaragua: it continues to be a problem. We had our first refugee family from there... one of the pieces below is from known people and it is their eye witness account. The other article is from the US Travel advisory...
3. Banco Popular: the Board purposely challenged the governments edict and lost... the Gov't board members got fired.
4. Government Filing: this will be a nightmare: if the government is involved, it will be chaos... time to get out of the rental business.
5. Government Efforts to Contain Costs: The government is really trying to implement cost controls, at least to the vary, vary flagrant abuses. I don't understand a lot of of the issues but I do conclude they are trying. In addition, they are trying to re-negotiate a number of public service collective agreements... this is never an easy task anywhere... and won't be here. The unions have already said "no way" and are setting up their defenses. We'll see what happens. My guess is that both sides will give a little... the government will not get enough to substantially change the flagrancies but will get some things. The unions will be protest loudly...
FOR RENTAL OR SALES INFORMATION
Brian C. Timmons