Terror on the Home Front ++++

ISSUE #725: Aug. 26 - Sept. 1, 2018


Brian Timmons, Newsletter Author
Brian Timmons

Dear friends,

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.

Brian Timmons
Developer / Property manager
Residencias Los Jardines

Web: https://www.residenciaslosjardines.com
Emails: info@residenciaslosjardines.com

rentals & sales

Paradisus Condos / Rohrmoser
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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...

Semi furnished unit: For sale: $235,000
Fully furnished unit: For sale: $245,000
Floor 12 -west view

Distrito Cuatro / Guachipelín / Escazú
Price reduced: $ 125,000 to $ 99,000

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Rendering proposed
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Real de Santa María / Borreal de Heredia
$ 185,000
Private financing available

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Real de Santa María / Borreal de Heredia

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Hyundai Santa Fe 2008
$13,500 $11,000

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...

  • 5-door / 5 passenger
  • Power steering, windows, mirrors, brakes and locks
  • A/C front and rear
  • Cruise control
  • audio/radio control
  • Air bags - driver / pass
  • Security system
  • Fog lamps
  • Tinted windows
  • Roof rack
  • CD player / radio USB/AUX
  • Hydraulic lift
  • Leather seats
Market activity
sales & rentals

Sales: Los Jardines: Units #114 and #124


Paradisus: Nothing available

Los Jardines: Unit #106C available September 1st

Residencias Los Jardines
property management, rentals & re-sales

Unit #114: $ 199,000 / See Unit
Unit #124: $ 135,000 / See Unit

Unit #106C: $ 950 mo. / Available September 1st / See Unit

For sale

UNIT #114
$ 199,000

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1290
Total area (Sq M): 120
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Floor(s): 1
Type: Semi-Attached
Furnished: Yes

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

UNIT #124
$ 135,000

Total Area (Sq Ft): 662
Total area (Sq M): 61
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Floor(s): 2nd Floor
Type: Semi-Detached
Furnished: Yes

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.

For rent

UNIT #106C
$ 950 mo.
Available September 1st

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1250
Total area (Sq M): 120
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Floor(s): 1
Type: 4-plex
Furnished: Yes

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.

Our Lives

Weather: Normal rainy season weather... wonderful...

What Happened This Week:

Is "Maybe" Coming?:

(Part 3) I contacted the would-be buyer asking when his money would be released. He snapped back saying he would not be pressured. Duh... you are the one who said you had the money / I turned down another acceptable offer and now you want to bark at me...? mmm...

Mismatchs: Again, mismatches have a habit of working themselves out. One owner accepted an offer to purchase their house... They will be happier in their new environment. Everyone wins on this...

Santa Fe: Caller wanted to see the car... great... into the discussion I asked if they had the money / I said that I did not want to finance it nor accept a trade of anything... the conversation ended... If they can't put it on CC, they can't buy it... they have no money. Why waste time "shopping" when your pockets are empty?????

Heredia House: Looking good / looking lonely -no calls.

Dumb Machines: I met a person at the Intercontinental. I had to park in hotel's parking lot. I got my ticket as expected, parked, and 30 min. later was ready to leave. I went to one of the kiosks where a pay machine was... I inserted the ticket... it popped back to me... I assumed I hadn’t been there long enough to be charged so proceeded to leave. Well, my assumption was wrong, the exit needle would not rise and I was told to go pay. I backed up the entire block... went to a different payment kiosk, and it said I owed 600 colones. Well... What the hell... anyway, I am not going to argue 60 cents... and the already existing aggravation... I had a 10,000 colon note... I got 96 – 100 colon coins... about 3 pounds worth!!!!!!! Can’t these machines be programmed to dispense both paper and coins????

Terror on the Home Front: Whenever Lita goes away, I am terrified of a parrot dyeing or flying away. I am actually white knuckled about this and have had nightmares. We have two... one is our bedroom roommate. He is free to roam the room and he does. He usually wants to play his stupid little game as soon as it is light. Last Sunday morning I got up, did my thing, dressed, left and made coffee. When enjoying my coffee / reading the computer in the hammock, it occurred to me that he hadn’t molested me this morning. Great as far as I’m concerned. I go to the market... return / shower... the little bugger is still no where to be found... I am now getting worried... I delay a bit more because he is either dead or gone... TERROR sets in... I build up the courage to solve this problem... I am scared, really scared of my nightmare coming true... I check the valence to see if he bit into a live wire and fried himself... one valance after the other... all four checked... nope, no dead bird. Ok, where is he? I start checking the nooks, crannies, under the bed. I check all the windows... they all have screening on them... This guy has just vanished... I start planning my various explanations to Lita... and envisioning what my life is going to be like now... I realize I should find a “off-me” solution... it will be easier—life will not be worth living... I am totally distracted by my future hell... I open the drawer and out flies the stupid parrot!!!!! The only time in my life I’ve been glad to hear the flutter of wings... wow! wow! wow! I am now saved from hell (at least for a few more days... until... //// actually the same thing happened the next day... but this time I didn't do the full panic... I just started opening drawers / closets... and out he flies from one of the drawers... It seems he has found a way to open the drawers, sneaks in, and I close it... Writing about this does not do justice the the terror I was going through... but, the little bugger is still with us -and so am I!!!!

Weber BBQ: After 18 years and multiple rebuilds, I have replaced the "Fiesta" with a second hand Weber... a friend sold their house and their new condo will not allow BBQs... His model was very close in size... just a couple modifications to the BBQ itself and to the space into which it was to fit... and we are almost there. The Fiesta is again being rebuilt for the next tico friend. It has a lot of life yet (after the rebuild)... Life goes on... and the Weber should outlast me...

INS Suit: Yes, we are into this more than 2 years. INS got the government to confiscate all the files from all the people suing them so they could presumably press their case of criminal activity... the hoped for effect was to kill the civil suits... but my lawyer (and others) had back up files so after the kaffufal it was kicked back to the Chamber of Commerce adjudication tribunal for resolution. The preliminary hearing to determine what documents each party will present is set for Sept. 20. I will be gone but that should not change anything. Even if I and the other 20 plaintiffs are successful, INS may well not pay... we'll see.

Crete: Here we come!! this trip is getting nearer, it is becoming a reality... 10 friends for two weeks... will we be talking with each other when we return? hope so... We are all arriving and departing independently and supposedly arriving at the same airport on the same day at about the same time... and again Lita has timed it so she gets back here from Canada just in time to pack another suitcase... regardless of her complaints (me), she has a pretty good life...

News Items of the Week


General Strike: First in 18 years... has been called by the unions to protest against the government fiscal reform proposals. The date is Sept. 10. The last time this happened, the strike lasted for several months. We will see what happens. The fact that the colon : dollar exchange rate changed on Friday from 562 : 1 to 571 : 1 and the fact that the budget for interest on foreign borrowings is double the last budget and the general strike might be causing this rapid rate change. Scotiabank is still offering for a limited time a very high interest rate on new money... both colon and dollar deposits. I expect my monetary economist reader in Spain will help me sort this out...


Brian C. Timmons
Property Manager RLJ and Newsletter Author

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