—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...
sales & rentals
Sales: Los Jardines: Units #114, #116 and #124
Paradisus: Nothing available
Los Jardines: Units #106D and #113
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): 1290
This 1,290 sf single floor home includes a 300 sf front terrace plus parking for one car and a separate, secure storage locker. It is and end unit and therefore attached on only one side by a 6 inch cement demising (common) wall, which prevents sound transfer.
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): 1227 + parking
This 2nd story, 1,227 sf (113 m2 + one parking space) is a georgous home with one of the best views at Los Jardines. The very large front covered terrace faces east and is suitable for entertaining; the off-bedroom covered terrace faces west for sun sets. This very tastefully furnished and fully equipped home offers a lifestyle envied by many.
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 one side by a 6 inch cement demising (common) wall, which prevents sound transfer. The three other sides allow light, ventilation and garden views.
Rainy Season... Rainy season kicked back in... nice for everyone and everything...
What Happened This Week
Vacancies: Not one inquiry...
Volvo: The problem was what his initial diagnosis was... a blown turbo hose... I never knew it existed... Including a complete car wash... $200. I love this guy... he runs a clean shop -all tools organized, spends time diagnosing the problem... knowledgeable.
INS suit: I got the results: The Chamber of Commerce Dispute Resolution body found in my favor and awarded me, (1) return of principle, (2) all legal costs, and (3) all elapsed interest payments at legal penalty rate which would be 15.6% interest. Great... but wait... this is CR... INS won't pay. Now I have to sue the buggers in civil court... in the mean time, their appeal to the Sala 1 for complete annulment grinds away... I have won NOTHING after 4 1/2 years... I have the opportunity to continue in a different vein... I have a meeting with the lawyers Tuesday to discuss the findings and to map out the next strategy.
"La Trinidad" Foreclosure: I have not initiated a foreclosure proceedings. Based on previous experiences, it is faster to negotiate a buyout... or settlement... provided that it is a push $$ wise... and to put an attractive price and financing terms -after all, I just want to sell and move on... I put together the marketing details, and put it out to several brokers. I have two offers... one of which I accepted... hopefully it will close mid week... What is the difference this time vs. previous times when I had to beat my head against the wall for a long time? I have developed additional contacts over the past 6 mo. and those proved valuable... and I cut the price right away... it appears to have been the right strategy... we'll see what happens this week.
Sick and Crippled: both Lita and I were down this week.
Exchange Rate: The colon continues to get stronger... exchange rate now around 580:1 USD. The legislature approved the request of the government to sell $1.5 EU bonds to retire the more expensive local borrowings. It is expected that credit will get easier, interest rates will decrease, and unemployment will drop from the official 12%... we'll see.
News Items of the Week
1. VAT and Construction: Of course...
2. Eurobond Financing: The government did not get the blank check they were hoping for. Now they will have to demonstrate that they can, in fact, reduce costs... Personally, I doubt that will happen... so we’ll see what happens next time government wants more $$.
3. Styrofoam ban: Wow, we can hardly survive now. No straws and no Styrofoam containers... Mmmm... Time to seek another country where we can continue to polute...
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Brian C. Timmons