—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:
Tree Planting: Family and friends gathered to remember a Cdn. doctor who moved here approx. 15 years ago. He succumbed to cancer. A memorial was organized at his finca and a tree was planted in his memory. Looking around at those I knew, we will be planting more trees and thinking broader of those friends in Canada, even more trees in the near future.
Heredia House: An interested buyer arranged for an appraisal this week. We'll see.
Gardening: By the end of next week, I expect the new gardening company will have work itself completely through the property... at least on a "rough cut" basis. Then we will do some refinements, and then move more to maintenance mode.
Distritcuatro: more showings / more people without money. It is amazing to me that people with no money waste their time kicking tires... I am missing something in the culture for sure... All known applications have been made; we wait... probably a month... and that get's us to mid December and that means nothing will happen until mid January..at least.
Vacancies: In December 5, one planned (126) and one unexpected (112). Now we have 106C. Only one inquiry...
Fiscal Situation: the exchange rate has continued to decline... currently around 610. While up from 560, it has backed off from 620+. It cost the government a lot of money to achieve this (see below) and US $ flowing into the country has helped... the question now is: What happens post January????? Looking at the RE section of electronic billboards, there continues to be a lot of price reductions and re-cycling of old listings.
News Items of the Week
1. Exchange Rate Intervention: It was an expensive week... it has had at least a short term effect but the question becomes: for how long? and what happens in January when US $ flowing into the country stop?
2. Construction Funding: Any wonder drug money financing has so much attraction in CR? -it's cheaper...
3. Fitch Credit Rating: Yep... where we go again... At this point in time, it seems increasingly unlikely that the tax reform package will be passed... and if it is, it will not accomplish much... Read what Fitch has to say... The key to fiscal responsibility is to cut government spending, facilitate private enterprise, and to claw back / stop outrageous pensions. Unfortunately, none of that is likely to happen.
FOR RENTAL OR SALES INFORMATION
Brian C. Timmons