—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:
Maybe: Distritocuatro... after two weeks of incredible interest (for reasons I haven't yet been able to determine) I received two offers -very similar- within an hour of each other. In addition, I later received another offer which wasn't in the ballpark. I chose one of the two similar offers and am now waiting for it to close. The practice in this country is weird... no money is at risk and while I insisted the offer be in writing (not normal), I now wait for the buyer to (in this case) cash in his CD to pay. If he changes his mind, I am out in the cold... I don't like the system but that seems to be the way life is here. Supposedly, it is suppose to close on or about Aug. 14... which is Tuesday. I am not holding my breath but hopefully it will close next week. If this happens, I will feel much relieved and perhaps able to focus on the Heredia house which is not receiving any interest... and I really don't know why...
Small Community Living: We had our long overdue shareholder's meeting. It was long, tedious, and complicated and several issues not yet resolved. It had been preceded by the normal infighting and backbiting of small group behavior... I likened it to CNN vs FOX... In the face-to-face we didn't draw blood. I took a relatively low profile position (uncharacteristic of me)... I relieved my unpleasant previous experiences in watching the events. The self doubts I developed while in the drivers seat for 8 (?) years were finally put to rest... I know know it is the nature of small communities and the positions -esp President and Property Manager- which garner the criticism of some. Oftentimes the critics seem to be the same people / sometimes they are the people who contribute least or are the least likely to be able to do a better job... In our current situation, we have (in my opinion) a great president who is also property manager and this person has demonstrated her competency and dedication. Virtually all persons recognize this but it seems some just don't like her and / or don't want to pay her or trades for services and benefits they have received, and have in some cases asked for, and have used. When the surface veneer gets pulled away, the true person comes out. Why would one vote to pay a person $X for 4 hrs work a day who hasn't done anything for years and then turn around and not want to pay the same amount for someone who has far exceeded the previous 5 yrs. performance and has actually worked for free for the previous year? Now you don't want to pay them for arrears? You want to pay them less than the previous person when their performance was far superior? To some extent, there are cultural differences / perhaps gender bias / perhaps national biases / but the logic and human dynamics baffles me. I get depressed and lethargic...
I reluctantly stepped up to the plate as Secretary knowing I had two good teammates. I felt / feel I can make a difference and can offer things to the team... this is not what I really want to do... but this time around... I do not expect to be bugged by self doubt and do not expect to beat myself up nor allow myself to be beaten up... those who try will find a forceful and unapologetic person at the other end... two phrases come to mind: "Remember, I don't give a s...t what you think of me!" and "Get the F... out of my way". Thus, I don't expect to win any popularity contest but I do hope that with my teammates, we can leave Los Jardines in a better position than we have received it. The president has already started us down that path.. some shareholders will come kicking and screaming or leave...their choice...
Furniture: I am having to recover a sofa and chair after two years of service... the material just didn't wear... One never knows what one is buying really and there is no recourse. Unfortunately, I have four condos furnished with the same lousy furniture... looked great but the covering didn't last...
Santa Fe: One person actually came to view and test... after an hour, they confessed they had on 2/3rds of the money I was asking... why bother wasting everyone's time... she left saying she would talk with her husband... yeah, right... I haven't heard from her and don't expect to...
Heredia House: Looking good / looking lonely -no calls.
News Items of the Week
1. Tuna: How to give away your resources... incredible...
FOR RENTAL OR SALES INFORMATION
Brian C. Timmons