ISSUE #788: Nov. 24-30, 2019


Brian Timmons, Newsletter Author
Brian Timmons

Dear friends,

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.

Brian Timmons
Developer / Property manager
Residencias Los Jardines


rentals & sales

Paradisus Condos / Rohrmoser
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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...

Semi furnished unit: For sale: $235,000
Fully furnished unit: For sale: $245,000
Floor 12 -west view

Market activity
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

Unit #114: $ 199,000 / See Unit
Unit #116: $ 195,000 $ 189,995 / See Unit
Unit #124: $ 125,000 / See Unit

For sale

UNIT #114
$ 199,000

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1290
Total area (Sq M): 120
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Floor(s): 1
Type: Semi-Attached
Furnished: Yes

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

UNIT #116
$ 195,000 $ 189,995

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1290
Total area (Sq M): 120
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Floor(s): 1
Type: Semi-Attached
Furnished: Yes

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.

UNIT #124
$135,000 $ 125,000

Total Area (Sq Ft): 662
Total area (Sq M): 61
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Floor(s): 2nd Floor
Type: Semi-Detached
Furnished: Yes

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.

Our Lives

What Happened This Week

Weather: Less and less rain / winds have not yet really started but normally appear over the next couple weeks. We had several good rains this week which gives us breathing room to finish our summer transitional work.

Garden: Continuing on maintenance -lighting repairs / pipe / valve repairs. We are still rehabing irrigation and and have readied the battery operated watering devices... we will be installing them this coming week. I would like to think we are getting near the end of this... we'll see.


Internet: Still an issue this past week. Part of the problem has been power outages which electronics do not like and even though most are isolated via UPS (battery / surge protection devices) they do not seem to work perfectly. In addition, we had an improperly configured router connecting to our LAN... we finally traced it down and fixed it. But this occurred over two different 3-4 hour sessions and various people expressing frustration... In addition, I interviewed a new service provider which is bring fiber optics up the street and offers upload and download speeds to same. The bottom line, once we get the new equipment installed (this week) we may eliminate TIGO completely (in February when the new provider will have installed the service on our street). As I have said before, I have been promised wonderful performance before but it has always fallen short of the promise... We'll see...

Shareholder Registration: Progress but slow but I now have what I hope to be all the information.

Misc. Legal Work: The changes in the laws over the past year have caused all to make significant changes as to how they do business. I am playing catch up as I wanted things to settle out... one some issues I benefited by waiting / on others I did not. I think many of the legal changes will be finished this week and I believe I have also sorted out a conundrum which has been bothering me for months.

Scotiabank: I think I have found an out from under them... BAC-- This all came about when a friend reconnected with a previous Scotiabank employee to was good and was recruited by BAC... he and my friend reconnected and we interviewed him but according to him, they are not as anal as Scotiabank and we have specifically charged him with being our only BAC account contact / manager. We have each started the account set up process and for Doneste S.A. as well. If all goes well, I'll be giving the middle finger salute to Scotiabank real soon.

Death: Our CR friend died on Monday and was interred on Tuesday... it is fast here -he was 85 and had suffered cancer for 3 years. While maybe a bit morbid, I'll explain the burial procedure at this cemetary: Not being an expert on this but having buried our granddaughter early this year, I noted the difference here: They had purchased a plot in the Atenas cemetary. Like all the plots there, the crypt had been built--about 8" X 10' by 16" high above ground covered in white tile with a place for a plaque. The crypt extended about 18" below ground. A slide about 8' long was dug and the casket moved in side the crypt. The opening was sealed with bricks and the date of interment was marked in the parging.

Night Driving: I hate it and this is why: Returning from the funeral around 5:30-6:15 we encountered: three cars without headlights on, four cars with no tail lights, two trucks with no taillights..only reflective tape.

My other friend has now been returned home from the hospital and will be made comfortable until the end... I have decided not to attend... I cannot handle it... I will grieve alone.

ThanksGiving: We were invited to friends for what was a fantastic turkey with all the traditionals. Over ate, under drank, ready to do it again.

Celebration: A year ago a young tico couple bought a property I foreclosed on (the borrower never paid me a dime -he was a scoundrel). In addition to a down payment, I took back a mortgage. The purchaser / borrower has been absolutely perfect -paid one day early or on time each and every month. He now has secured bank financing so wants to pay me out. I am hosting he and his wife for a perfect record...

I am still advised that the recent foreclosure is still scheduled to sell in the next two weeks. I will believe it when it happens and there will be no celebration with the dead beat borrower.

News Items of the Week


Too much to monitor what is going on... no hammock time, no personal time, not even margarita time... (although I have re-found them -out of necessity)


Brian C. Timmons
Property Manager RLJ and Newsletter Author

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