—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: Nothing available
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.
What Happened This Week
Weather: We are definitely transitioning into the dry season. Rains are less frequent, winds have started signaling a change of seasons, Now we have to switch the garden routine. I managed to clear out years of accumulated debris from a dumping ground... now we have room to accumulate more... and adding a few fill-in plants... all of this is a result of normal maintenance which has not been done for years... these are the "tweaks" that put finishing touches on areas... we have a few more to go.
Garden: This week I readied the 20 automatic sprinklers we purchased off and on last year... installed batteries in them, and added some water proofing and numbered each... I made a water schedule and have given one device along with instruction to the employee who is responsible for watering. I want him to program the unit(s) and then we will install them... Hoping this method adds "ownership" of the systems.../ strategy... we'll see. This will be programmed to operate at night when our watering capacity has not been used. Some critics say we should not water at night but we really have no choice and the surface areas will dry within hours of sun rise. We are focusing on tweaking the installed irrigation systems -we did some last year but never finished all.
Vacancies: We still have three vacancies in houses of owners who have not done what is necessary to lease... suggestions aside... none even acknowledged help I offered... I tried, their problem... I continue to have inquiries but those with vacancies are not listening...
Internet: I have authorized the purchase and installation of equipment which will allow us to run / mix parallel service providers. TIGO continues to be unreliable. So we will find another unreliable supplier and so how that goes... if one is out, MAYBE the other will run. And even though we currently pay for 100 megs of download, we NEVER get it... happy when we get 85 megs but often times only 30-35 mgs. Maybe with the purchase of a 2dn. provider we can maintain more consistent bandwidth. This will take 10 - 14 days to get together.
Shareholder Registration: very slow getting info... still over half the shareholders have not responded.
Scotiabank: I can anticipate it... I am 90% sure it is coming... I hope to take preventative action before... so I can give them a one finger salute on one account... the absolute B.......ers...
Travel: a friend lives much of the time in Puerto Viejo... East coast, south of Limon... normally a 3 1/2 - 4 hr drive. His return trip this past week included: delay due to a car crashing into a median on a bridge (1 hr); normal road construction (45 min); fallen tree (45 min.)... you should always expect the unexpected which should be the expected here when traveling... rarely will your trip be uneventful...
News Items of the Week
1. Government Mandated Salary Increases (to base salary categories) -4.3%: I fully expect to see inflation in the country because of the additional taxes and now higher salaries...
2. Job Creation: While very small in this case, it is an example of the types of new age companies coming here...
3. Olive Garden Restaurants: I never thought I would be interested in returning to one but based on the competition, I might try. However, I expect that it will be similar to other N. Am chains -Appleby's, P.F. Chang, etc... which come here... expensive and mediocre...
4. Violent Deaths: Most of the increase seems to be attributed to drug related issues... None of my friends have been killed lately... old farts are not recognized as dangerous or a threat to anyone other than themselves.
FOR RENTAL OR SALES INFORMATION
Brian C. Timmons