—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 #114 and #124
Paradisus: Nothing available
Residencias Los Jardines
property management, rentals & re-sales
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): 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.
Weather: Normal rainy season weather again... wonderful...
What Happened This Week:
Scotia bank: Another week where I had no problems -friends did however... seems that $2,500 was "lost" in the integration of CITI accounts into Scotiabank accounts. Will they acknowledge / find it? They actually allowed me to accept a wire transfer into an account after I showed them the reason for it. Nice of them.
Santa Fe: No calls
Distritcuatro: â€‹A number of inquiries but when they find out that it needs work, there is no follow up. In Toronto, there is an entrepreneurial mindset where people with limited budgets and energy have a desire to do the work to create a home in their own vision... Not so here. I am finding that people with limited budgets also have limited interest in working to create a livable home. Different culture / different mindset. Having said this, I do have a second showing this afternoon to a young girl who is bringing a contractor... I've been here before... we'll see.
Rentals: â€‹It was really tough renting three units this past go round... limited clients, unqualified clients, slow to commit clients (the Chinese clients took 1 1/2 mo. from viewing to payment), slow to sign and pay, and then I had one from mainland China which had difficulties paying to the corporate account I wanted... so we had to select a personal account...â€‹ The inscription of the tenants for the last two units took about 10 days.
Heredia House: Looking good / looking lonely. The one viewing liked the house and the price and the financing but decided they wanted to live on the south side of the valley... Escazu...
Residencias Los Jardines: â€‹Maintenance plugs along. Preparations are being made for a long overdue general shareholders meeting. Lots of things to cover. I will participate as a shareholder with history -for what it is worth- and a point-of-view for the future. I am tired of the development "drifting" and hope the current administration is able to continue in the direction it has shown over the past 7 months. I am happy with that and will advocate for those things which will sustain this. I suspect there will be opposition... we have seen short sight and self interested decision making in the past...
A Busy Night: As usual, I couldn't sleep and on Wednesday I was up reading at 2 A.M. Over the next hour, a series of email were exchanged with the Chinese clients in which I provided them with more information so they could send to China to pay... in the end all of this was of no use when the company said they could not pay to a corporate account... but during this hour, I also had several email exchanges with the property manager of Los Jardines who was doing her admin work AND several exchanges with a one time interested house purchaser from Belgium -he ended up buying in Spain and is happy but we still correspond... he being now a "retired" monetary economist corrects me / comments on my economic comments... well this time, he is recovering from a serious heart operation... but expect to continue to enjoy Spain. All this between 2 and 3 am... Busy night...
Governments: I really hate the stupidity of governments! I am now required to travel 3,000 miles and spend $2,000 to deliver documents I already was required to provide and did provide twice before.
Wine Club: I am a member of the wine club which meets at some restaurant on the last Sunday of each month. This month is my turn to host. After three attempts of find a restaurant interested in hosting, I found one... We will only pay $15. per person for a starter, main course, and desert. We have to find a restaurant which isn't too busy and which has decent food, can accommodate 30-35 people, and parking, and which is willing to accommodate us on a fixed menu from 1-4 in the afternoon. It isn't as easy as it seems... but I found one, with a good menu in a nice setting... now I have to wait for members to sign up.
News Items of the Week
1 & 2. Nicaragua is still having their problems. Yesterday there was suppose to be a national strike. I don't know what happened. Supposedly one count of the dead is 300 with a number of others unaccounted for. Little seems to be in the English press.
3. An example of news that doesn’t get widely reported. It is alleged that government sponsored “goon” squads are primarily responsible for violent attacks on otherwise peaceful demonstrations and activists and a number of victims have been summarily executed.
4. CR Government and Fiscal reform: Opposition grows. The taxi drivers and the government continue to talk. Life goes on.
FOR RENTAL OR SALES INFORMATION
Brian C. Timmons