—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
Los Jardines: 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.
Weather: Normal rainy season weather... wonderful...
What Happened This Week:
CR -A Country Hooked on Financing: I have either shown or sent information to about twenty people inquiring about Distrito Cuatro. That is the good news; the reality is that none have any money -they don't even have ANY down payment. If I give them 100% financing they might????? That was the offer of a person who had cancelled to appointments and at the third showed up in a new (?) 350 SLK Mercedes... No money, no imagination, no ambition... Saturday I have another 4 showings... the info I send shows the condition and says I will finance it provided I have a sufficient down payment. I have received half-hearted low ball offers... not because the value isn't there, simply because they didn't have any money and really didn't know what to do with the property.
Bottom line: I am now beginning to investigate renovating it myself. This is not what I want to do but I am not being successful with my the strategy I a using so maybe I have to change. Those viewing it want to use it as a simple little house in a great location -so that is what it will become. For about $10-$12,000 and a month's work, I can do this. Then I will still have people with no money but imagination and ambition will not be part of the equation.
Santa Fe: Two calls... no follow up...
Rentals: One of the recently leased units -106C- will be coming back on the market -Sept sometime... the person can't adapt to CR... he didn't do his research and is not cut out for the frustrations here... he now knows it.
Heredia House: Looking good / looking lonely -no calls.
Residencias Los Jardines: Our general shareholder meeting is a week from today... Aug 11. There are a lot of issues; the meeting will be long and complex I expect. As usual, there are competing views of our future and how to get there. I am clear in my view and now that I see an opportunity to do what I consider the right thing, I am going to be a strong advocate. I don't expect to win any friends and actually I don't really care... I have tried alternatives way and all sucked in my opinion. We have an opportunity to turn around the direction we have been going inand work ourselves back to where we should be... in my opinion...
There is and will continue to be a lot of criticism of our current President and Property Manager. I was in this situation before and thought perhaps it was me and my mgt style / vision. When someone said they wanted my job, I stepped aside. Since then, we have gone through several people as Property Managers and as Board members and even tried one outside management company. All have been criticized. In talking with other condos, this in-fighting seems to be endemic of condo organizations. I certainly do not want to pull the sled anymore but I am ready, willing and able to help given my assessment of a good team... and quite frankly, this time I don't give a shit about encountering criticism. I predict it will be a tough week... we'll see what happens.
Wine Club: It was a success... good food, good service, 35 attendees, and we made more money than any previous event... the "profit" is rolled forward to subsidize our Christmas event.
Remember I am supposedly retired and am trying to sell a mistake in a foreign land, different culture, and different language:
Saturday... starts at 4:30 am... coffee for sure
We will see what happens tomorrow...
News Items of the Week
Economy: CR has carved out a niche in medical devices. Lots of international companies have located here making / assembling a variety of devices which are exported world wide. While USA and Europe are the main markets, it appears other markets are developing. Agriculture is still slightly larger in terms of export sales, medical devices is growing much faster and will probably overtake coffee / bananas and pineapples very soon.
FOR RENTAL OR SALES INFORMATION
Brian C. Timmons