—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 #106C, #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): 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): 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... We got a little rain but less than the average... we didn't have to water and the garden is happy but I suspect the water table is not being replenished.
What Happened This Week
Vacancies: Another week and not one inquiry...
From Hard Times to Worse ...: The president and property manager got fed up and quite effective immediately. I was not entirely surprised. People can only take so much blow-back and having been in that position a number of years ago, I knew what she was going through. During her "kick-ass" period, she single handily turned Los Jardines around. Vito and I came on board and assisted her. Now we are left to fill the void in the short term and determine the future in the longer term. Not what either of us wanted nor signed on for nor want to spend our time doing this. We will work ourselves out of the role as fast as we can. We have a number of interviews set up for next week (none of the candidates are ideal but we will see if we can make one of them work...). Pam will remain on as the defacto president until such time as we can replace her... she will be available for the government / banking representations needed of the position but will no longer be on the front line of abuse. That role will probably fall to Vito and I and more to me since I am full time at Los Jardines and Vito only part time...
"La Trinidad" Foreclosure: I think I have a new buyer and I fully expect to close next week. It is not as good a deal as I thought I had but one which I can accept because it off loads a problem I don't want nor need... I know the purchaser and believe I will not have problems with the VTB mortgage.
Now, if the above wasn't enough to fill my week, there was also the following:
Hacienda (Revenue CR) call: Again I received a call re. my non registration for ???? It could be since I haven't registered for many of the new requirements... but I was busy at the time and put the call off to later. I discussed this with a Tico I was dealing with, and he advised to be careful, it may be a scam... and I remembered several in the past so...when the buy phoned back, I said I wanted an appointment, he threatened a fine I said, bring it on, but I want an appointment, he then finished the conversdation with "F...Y...!" so for sure, it was a scam.
Scotiabank call: Around 7 pm Wednesday evening, I received a call from the CC Fraud department (so the caller said) asking if I had made a C303,000 purchase... I had not. I denied it, he said my card / account has been compromised and that he would freeze the account immidiately and that first thing next morning, I was to go to my branch and order a new card. I did go, the account was fine, still open and operating, and there was no appearance of a C303,000 charge... what gives????? Who knows?
Liability Insurance: We did get a quote, finally, but it came with no explanation and only one option... wow... we'll have to follow it up and flesh it out... amazing in my mind, but at least we did get a quote... through all this, we can see just how unimportant this insurance is... unlike N. Am. This does not surprise me but we have to do it for the newbies who have not yet become accostomed to CR.
Wine Club: I am hosting it this month. I am using the same restaurant as last year which did a great job. Hope it happens again. Just another activity to do in my "retirement"...
Birthday Party in Style: A member of the "old farts" Tuesday ground had his 81st birthday and invited us and our wives... It was done in style.. wonderful food, fantastic steaks and being Kiwi, he had racks of lamb for all who wanted... wine and beer flowed freely. A very nice event.
INS Suit: They had until yesterday to file an appeal of the award. While I have not hear definitively if they did, I fully expect so based on those cases more advanced than mine. My lawyers will review, respond and we wait for a review... a year or so... AND we will file a civil suit immediately the purpose of which is to enforce the award... the two will go in parallel.
Moto-Car Accident: While out sourcing materials for Los Jardines, I saw a motor cycle plow into a car which had advanced to turn left. The bike's tire embedded in the car's wheel well as the moto guy flew over the hood and onto the pavement. It so happened that a cop was ahead of me and behind the car plowed into... The driver was battered and bruised -beyond that I don't know... (see article 1 below)
Europe We leave for Spain - Portugal in less than a month. A lot to do in the interim. And this is another reason to push for a Los Jardines resolution ASAP...
News Items of the Week
1. Traffic Accidents: It was reported (not in this article) that CR has one of the worst accident rates per 100,000 vehicles in the world... I believe it. And motor cyclists represent about 1/2 of the deaths.
2 / 3 / 4. Strikes and Protests: While these didn't really affect us the do affect the overall country which is in disarray.I did go to replenish my CAJA medicine... most of which was not available. I bought it over the counter but had paid for it through my mandatory CAJA payments.
5. Interest Rates: They continue downward... problem is, there is not much new money to lend and not much new demand. Private lending rates are going up. We'll see what happens when the government repays the local lenders with the Eurobond proceeds.
6. Mandatory Anti Virus Injections: It is amazing that this vaccine was not available until now. And the government dealt with it expeditiously even though not all agree with the mandate... but there may not be any practitioners to administer it...
7. WOW... now read this: With all the chaos -see 2,3,4 above, now read this... and then read #8
8. Reformist Government: We'll see... Alvarado has caved on several issues so far. We'll see
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Brian C. Timmons