—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
sales & rentals
Sales: Los Jardines: Units #114 and #124
Paradisus: Nothing available
Los Jardines: Unit #106C
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): 1250
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.
Weather: Normal rainy season weather... wonderful... October is proving itself again to be a very wet month...
What Happened This Week:
Heredia House: Looking good / looking lonely -no calls.
In the Nature of Scorpions: ..."post script" // it appears that some readers felt the acting property manager could and should have been on top of the situation... well, I am here to say I tried for a number of years to catch what I felt / knew but could not prove / were scams. It was always like nailing jello to a wall... I could never get the absolute proof I needed to call a spade a spade. In the most recent case, the red flags were too blatant and we could follow with some degree of valid / bona fide concern. We pushed for answers and verification and he knew his game was likely to be detected. Rather than being a negative, it can also be viewed as a positive... for whatever reason and however it happened, the catch happened on the acting PMs watch.
Innovation: This week we put together two options: (1) hire one company to do all the gardening work; (2) higher a full time gardener and another person to haul away the garden debris. We opted to hire one company and see if we can make things work. We have interviewed and clarified with one company and will commit to a couple months and re-evaluate how everything is going. It will mean some changes for us. Perhaps it will be better. We are now in a position to experiment. Even if it doesn't work, we will have eliminated it as an option. We'll see and hope...
DistrictCuatro: I continue to show this 5-6 times a week. I had a person who made an acceptable offer but needed to borrow $20,000. He approached a bank. They wanted to charge him $8,000 in fees. He said forget it... to both of us. In the meantime, I have authorized an engineer to apply for permits. If I have to, I will build it out and put it back on the market as a finished, low cost, very decent house in a great location...
INS suite: After three years it still plugs along... it is back to the same place it started. INS's various tactics have all been dismissed (at least that is my assessment). Now the Chamber of Commerce Dispute Resolution group is getting close to hearing the various cases... mine is one of 20 or so... The total is $20+ mil with some big players. I am fly dung but it still cost me another $2,600 to sit at the table and play the game. This happens Oct. 31... we'll see...
News Items of the Week
Strike: The teachers remain on strike... 5+ weeks now. They continue to receive their full salary. The school year is virtually un-fixable. The government is considering simply declaring an official end as per normal. No one is held accountable; teacher get full pay for having done nothing (not much different than if he had not gone on strike) -students suffer (but they wouldn't have learned much had the teachers actually attended).
Fiscal Reform: The revised set of proposals have been submitted to several government review agencies before being debated in the full legislature the 2nd time. One of the internal agencies was the judiciary... the government wanted their o.k. that what was being proposed was going to be declared "legal". The judiciaries response, in short, was, yes, everything was basically o.k. EXCEPT that the judiciary should be EXCLUDED from the salary constraints... Therefore, what was being proposed was "illegal". Fancy that!!!!!! These are some of the greatest abusers of preferential privileges and gross wages / benefits / pensions, etc.
1. Note: CR ranked 55 out of all countries and was lowest in innovation and capability... yep... says it all.
2. Moodys: Is getting ready to downgrade CR again. We are already junk status... and now with a negative outlook.
3. Poverty: It is increasing... wealth is not being well distributed... not any different than elsewhere in the world but no better either.
4. Medical Divices: CR seems to be doing well in this industry. The article says there are now 72 international medical device makers in CR... and exports are increasing.
FOR RENTAL OR SALES INFORMATION
Brian C. Timmons