—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: Units #106C, #112 and #126
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.
Total Area (Sq Ft): 1290
This 1,290 sf single floor home includes a 300 sf front terrace plus parking for one car. It is attached on two sides by a 6 inch cement demising (common) wall, which prevents sound transfer.
Total Area (Sq Ft): 530
A small one bedroom with outside covered terrace with top of the line finishes (granite, stainless steel appliances, fine crafted wood cabinetry, +, +, +), with lots of well thought out storage...
Weather: Transitioning to dry season: Normally, November is a transitional month... rains back off and gradually more sunny days. The last few years, November has been pretty wet but we are beginning to see this transitioning happening... so maybe we will dry up.
What Happened This Week:
Heredia House: Looking good / looking lonely -two calls... me. One person is working the the bank for an appraisal / financing.
Gardening: The new gardening company is working out as well as the garden waste removal person. It looks like we are on the right track. This week we found a source of garden lighting for the right price. We will again be lighted at night when we get these installed... and some for inventory.
DistrictCuatro: I continue to show it / I continue to get no where. I have decided to move ahead. Permit applications have been made / drawings are mostly completed. We wait. Realistically, we are looking at around Jan 15 if everything goes well.
INS suite: More legal expenses / more legal wrangling / more written arguments / counter arguments and counter-counter arguments... it is never ending...
Vacancies: One planned (126) and one unexpected (112). And we continue to have 106C.
Driving: Only saw two accidents this past week: one involving 3 cars and a truck..on a straight away // the second was the missing front end of an Audi Quatro... again on straight section of highway. But this is the time of year drivers really get aggressive...
Fiscal Situation: Exchange rate currently around 614... down a bit. The following appeared in one of the Expat / English language chat sites. I think it summarizes pretty well the feelings of those I know... I do not know this person nor do I recognize any previous postings of his. According to him, he is a consultant to a government diputado...
The fiscal crisis in the country raises concerns in most people, but perhaps even more among expats living here. We have seen the dollar go from 560 to 632 colones in a matters of weeks, and the strikes continue to affect people, specially school-age children and patients waiting for surgery, and there is uncertainty as to whether Congreso will be able to pass the tax legislation aimed at easing the pressure on public finances. Despite this, I see foreign investors buying property and continuing their retirrment plans. We have yet to see how this fiscal crisis will affect our economy and crime rates in the coming months, as the Government struggles to find money to pay aguinaldos (end-of-the-year bonuses for employees) and keep the price of the dollar under control. Unemploymenr continues to be a big challenge for the new Government and we have seen several assaults talking place where two robbers enter a business or community meeting place to take everyone's belongings. One happened a couple of weeks ago in Heredia, in a community where there is usually calmness and safety. We should all take precautions in light of the difficult económic moment that Costa Rica is going through. It is a good idea to have a savings account in US dollars and avoid waling alone at night. Also, read daily news to be informed of political decisions which might affect the cost of living and stay away from dangerous locations. I work as an aide to a congreesman and I am close to political les fees, besides my work as an independent attorney, and I can tell you that unless the different political parties represented in Congress come to an agreement soon, the económic situation in the country is going to get to a point where many companies will have to shut down their doors and things will be delicate in our society with large unemployment, poverry and crime. The Government is trying to remain firm with some necessary cuts in benefits for public employees but the unions are not letting down and some schools have been closed for two months now, and on top of that some strikes have been declared as legal by the courts, including Recope's (fuel supplier for the entire country) and that of workers of the courts. I pray that this messy situation may be resolved soon.
News Items of the Week
1. Teachers: Read it and try no to be sick!!!!! these are buggers who have been on strike for three months now and continue so... (not all mind you, about 50% have returned)...
2. Judge rules that his buddies didn't violate the law: This is akin to asking a wolf in a hen house if his buddies ate the chickens...
FOR RENTAL OR SALES INFORMATION
Brian C. Timmons