—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: No rain / winds have not yet really started but normally will appear over the next couple weeks. The automatic irrigation systems seem to be working; need more.
Internet: Two weeks ago, the new internet system equipment was installed; we have not had one moment down time and I have not received one call... Everyone seems happy. I am still working trying to find a replacement service provider for TIGO -thought I had one but the rep seems not too responsive... don't know what is going on.
(A) Shareholder Registration: Progress but slow but I now have what I hope to be all the information. Will review info we have to determine what we still need. This is way late and something will have to be put into place internally such that this info gathering becomes penalizing for the recalcitrant shareholder(s).
(B) Misc. Legal Work: This continues and so do the costs... I am having to re-think and work differently and am still trying to figure it all out. What a mess as far as I am concerned... but I have to adapt...
Investment Business: I continue to the transition. One contract to pave some road was awarded; we are having lawyers review the contract to protect our asses... another two are pending... and these three should fill in until a larger contract get's going in May...
(C) BAC: Hasn't yet come thru but maybe next week -still waiting.
Accident: yep... do not hit a BMW...
Job Advertisement: I placed an ad in CraigsList -Jobs Offered- for a Property Manager / Administrator. It was fairly descriptive. I received about 20 responses. Of those about 7 made the first cut. I wrote them a more detailed description and all have dropped out or I have not heard from... One ex-navy warehouse man was rude and told me to shove it up my dark side -this confirmed what I suspected from his application / the ticos were gracious. In the majority of cases, the salary was an issue when combined with having to live / rent a house on site. I suspect no one looked at it like the salary covers off the most expensive cost of living (accommodations) and leaves a bit left over -for 3 hrs work a day (average) ...and the opportunity to earn more $$ via ???? It seems all the applicants want a spoon fed soft retirement cradle and had no entrepreneurial drive at all. Unfortunately, I have to keep looking... it is the only way I can get out of this job... and this is an example why...
El Lagar -an old time building supply company which is about 30 years out of date they keep modernizing only to be further behind. First you have to find the product in their inventory, get the code number of the product you want... the company is spread over two different lots... I had to go to both lots..I got the numbers, go to the cashier to pay... I do that, return to to the two lots to pick up the products... one of the code numbers was off by four of 7 digits... back to the cashier, cancel the previous invoice, (at another location) he returns 5 min. later, issues a new invoice, but forgets one of the two items, he issues a third invoice for that one... all for 15 plastic corner beads and 1 - 8' piece of baseboard... 45 min. for what should have been 15... I really do not have the patience do deal with their shit...
Medicine: I require a daily dose of blood thinner... have for the past 35 years... why? the docs never figured out why but the solution has worked. The medicine is now, old line... Warfin (cumadin) or here, warfarina (sometimes known as "rat poision" -it works fine in controlled dosages. At one time I relied on it being available here; well, one time it was not and I ended up in hospital... for the past 7 years I have not relied on CR for it's availability... until three months ago... I got 90 tablets... went to renew... nope, not available in the country no where... ok. I can switch to the newer meds... much more expensive, to do the same thing... or I can take a trip to Nicaragua or Panama... enjoy myself for a few days, and return with a year's supply... well, the doc I used found a relative returning from Nic. ...I will have a supply (how much I don't know) on Monday. Moral... supply chain mgt has not caught on here; do not rely on anything... I may still be going soon to Nicaragua... Life here is not easy / there are ALWAYS twists...
News Items of the Week
1. Catch and Release: Faster than a speeding bullit... I commented on this last week... and yes, it appears the job had another source of income.
2. Mayor of Limon: He can now join the last three mayors of Limon... nothig much changes in Limon
FOR RENTAL OR SALES INFORMATION
Brian C. Timmons