—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...
Best price in the Multiplaza area for
2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, 1000 sq ft, full furnished condo, with 2 parking spaces. On quiet street off the main road, 24/7 armed gated security. Close to Multiplaza, District4, Cima hospital, Mas x Menos, World gym, Paco.
Brian referral 8827-1314 / 8330-1035
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:
Scotiabank: The story is that I have no story...
Santa Fe: Two calls... a gringo who had the money felt it had too many miles... perhaps he is not familiar with diesels... a tico who wanted to trade a bit of cash and an older car... not interested.
Distritcuatro: Two viewings... no follow up... I may have to fix it myself in order to sell it since no one I am attracting seems to have the vision or capability to do what is needed... I really don't want to to this but and have dropped the price but it still is not happening...
Rentals: We continued to have viewings. Several previous viewers now seem to be back. I could get all three vacancies filled -two today and one on Tuesday... but that is all speculation / hope... potential clients... two Microsoft employees from India, one Brazilian businessman, one American relocating for lifestyle who intends to work part time at Berlitz--quite a cross section / all expats.
Heredia House: No calls... It sits there looking good...
"Mi Culpa" (My Fault) or Was It The Right Thing to Do?: I think the answer depends on your perspective. A RE agent brought a prospective client interested in buying one of our units. The client -an Am. couple from Florida- late 60s & 72 years old. Their plan was to live here 3 mo. a year and rent the balance. They were people we would like to see live here. The unit being considered is a good unit and the price is reasonable. The agent who I have known and have worked with for 10+ years and who I respect and who has a good reputation and to whom I have referred people, wanted me to answer some of their questions. I had done this before and since I was in my hammock it didn't present too much of a burden... We had the conversation / they asked some good questions... I followed up with the agent later and he told me that after the conversation they decided not to buy and of course, he was upset with me. The picture I painted was accurate... property prices are decreasing, rents are decreasing, vacancies are increasing, government reporting and taxes on rental income are coming. All of these are true and the agent knows this. However, he had hoped I would have glossed over these to paint a rosier picture. Mmmm... I certainly didn't set out to scupper his deal -but I certainly did and am sorry for that. On the other hand, the context I added their pending plan, caused the client to walk away... If the client wanted the lifestyle fine / if they were looking for an investment... there are probably better options.
Los Jardines: The new property manager continues to plug along at numerous repairs and seems willing to grapple with several issues the previous people didn't... water reliability (while better than AyA, a small fix can improve reliability (having an in-line pump and having an operable back up pump), and a surge protector at the master panel to protect our motors and electronics... ICE power is so awful that we need this. I have advocated it for a number of years (5) but it fell on deaf and dumb ears... now maybe. We still have some internal discord but we are moving ahead....such is condo life...
Saturday was hectic: Multiple showings -two rentals at Los Jardines, one at Distritcuatro + two inquiries, and one 2nd showing at Paradisus. The bottom line at the end of the day are two multi year rental contracts. Finally!!!! In both cases I had to lower the rent a bit but if they become multi-year contracts it is worth it. All that is wonderful but here is what really impressed me: The tenants themselves: There are two sets of two guys for each Paradisus and for Los Jardines -all four in their late 20s, all techies, two from China (Paradisus -security / surveillance) and two from India (working for Microsoft-disaster recovery and other stuff I didn't understand). All for of these guys are impressive... they are bright, bright, bright, amicable, goal oriented, thorough, detailed, and at this point, just nice guys. My current thinking is that N. Am. better watch out... China and India are like PacMan... in fact, these guys are out in front... I am sure glad I don't have to compete with these guys... I would be the hands down looser... I would be road kill in a nanosecond. The third possible lease is to an American... he can't make up his mind... and that sums up the future...
News Items of the Week
The articles below are all about what the new government is doing to turn the country around. Finally it seems that the country has found someone serious about changing the trajectory... The truckers protested on Monday creating traffic chaos -this coming Monday there is supposed to be a general strike- the unions and special interest groups are not going to go down easily... as I have said before, my 15 years of observation is that three strikes and the government caves. We'll see ...
1. Tax Evasion: Yes, the laws are already on the books but have not been enforced... now the new government seems to be ready to deal with this...
2. Internal Strife: This ought to create lots of internal strife...
3. Government strategy: To find out what needs to be done to make the government more efficient, effective, and competitive as well as more cost effective. Admirable goals... we'll see...
4. ICE: This is a recent history of absolute corruption and conflict of interest as well as abuse -government at it's worst... unfortunately there are lots of similar cases...
5. General Strike: The unions seem determined.
FOR RENTAL OR SALES INFORMATION
Brian C. Timmons