Colon dump / General Strike / Bye-Bye Santa Fe / Bye-Bye CR-

ISSUE #726: Sept. 2-8, 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


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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Market activity
sales & rentals

Sales: Los Jardines: Units #114 and #124


Paradisus: Nothing available

Los Jardines: Units #104 and #106C

Residencias Los Jardines
property management, rentals & re-sales

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

Unit #104: $ 800 mo. / Available immediately / See Unit
Unit #106C: $ 950 mo. / Available immediately / 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 #104
$ 800 mo.
Available immediately

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1140
Total area (Sq M): 106
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Floor(s): Single floor
Type: Detached
Furnished: No

Detached, single story, two bathrooms, two bedroom, with covered terrace. Cedro cabinetry throughout including kitchen, bedroom and bathroom built in closets / cupboards. Granite counters (kitchen / bathroom), vaulted ceiling, ceramic floors through out. Two parking spaces. On-site internet , cable TV. Laundry. Electricity if desired. UNFURNISHED.

UNIT #106C
$ 950 mo.
Available immediately

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 4) don't think this "sale" is going to happen -- I got screwed. I accepted his offer and blew off a similar offer because he said he had cash and I didn't have to finance it..... well, think he was smoking something.... I haven't seen him or his "cash" and he is blowing me off.

Bye-Bye - Santa Fe: sold... the buyer (Canadian) got a good deal. He shouldn't have to spend a dime on it for a long time (I rebuilt it piece by piece)... sometimes that is the way the cookie crumbles.

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

Terror on the Home Front: This story made generated a lot of hilarity...

Bye Bye CR-Maybe?? We are suppose to leave for Crete on Wednesday via Condor to Frankfurt with a stop in Dominican Republic. Well a hurricane is heading to DR, and a general strike will create chaos around the airport so we may not even be able to get there. What a way to start an already stressful event. He doesn't have banking arrangements here so we had to figure out how to do it. We think we have it worked out... via Canadian accounts...

General Strike: The unions are unhappy with the government's proposals re. fiscal stability. They want to paralyze the country and force the government to negotiate. They were unwilling to meet with the government to talk... they opted for a week long general strike with the avowed purpose of shutting down the country. The last such effort was, according to what I read, 18 years ago... it must have been just before my time -I do not remember it nor know what the issues were at the time. Gas supplies are already threatened. Health services will be severely affected... my guess is that water and electricity repairs will be slow... the slow pace of government will come to a virtual standstill, banks will probably be open, stores, restaurants, bars will be open and private medical will be open, but travel will be chaotic... All the news was about the pending strike and efforts to avert it... all efforts seem to have failed.

Colon dumps: As I write, it is 578. This is up from 562 where it had been for several years. It has stabilized (?) for the past two days... has it reached a new rate and will it stay there? We'll see. I set up a new bank account to take advantage of Scotiabank's very high promo rate... it took 2hrs and the representative did not retain one piece of paper so had to retrieve it from me three days later... before he could submit the paperwork for the creation of the account... so a week and counting... I love efficient banks!!!!!! wish we had one here!.

Great Rental: We have a detached, two bedroom, two bathroom, vaulted ceilings, unfurnished house (an odd duck for us) for rent at Los Jardines... $800.

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Brian C. Timmons
Property Manager RLJ and Newsletter Author

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