—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: Three weeks ago, the new internet system equipment was installed; we have not had one moment down time and I have not received one call... and of course... another power outage -ICE cannot keep the power on- but our system rebooted perfectly.
(A) Shareholder Registration: More info came in but not all. Now I am told that we need copies of IDs, not just declared info... wow...
(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... In the meantime, I am helping 5 lawyers have a good Christmas...
Investment Business: When we started to operationalize the road paving contract, we started to focus on issues which we had not before. The borrower wanted us to meet deadlines before we had resolved these issues... what was being presented did not meet our conditions of satisfaction. We agreed to fund two projects, with the second one being the real security but not yet officially awarded. In addition, we could not get the winning bidder to provide the info we needed to be comfortable with cash control... Since we are funding this, we want to be assured that the money is going to this project and not being diverted to his other projects... So far, we haven't worked this out. but I have an 8 hr car ride with the intermediary / broker tomorrow during which I intend to sort this out... it is simple, really, should not take more than 15 min. so I can repeat myself many times...
(C) BAC: Hasn't yet come thru but maybe next week -still waiting--still waiting.
Job Advertisement: The responses have fallen off but not before receiving one more from a Florida based American. His whole resume was about being a wrestling coach... but he was convinced he was the right guy... and if I would give him a 3 yr contract, pay him $2,500 mo and move him, he might take the job. And he was really, really aggressive... incredible... obviously not the guy I was / am looking for.
Medicine: My warafina was delivered from Nicaragua on Monday (I got a 6 mo. supply but in the mean time, I have arranged for more from friends visiting Panama -so my problem is solved). Re. the Nicaraguan delivery: the doc called me... I grabbed a bottle of Crown Royal Canadian whisky as a "thank you for arranging this" present. We exchanged, I explained the difference between -scotch, bourbon, and rye- said our good-byes and left. On the way back to the house, I realized I had not paid him. Next day I returned... apologized... he thought the present was his payment... he had said the price was C20,000 (about $38) which I thought was for each of the 6 mo. No, he said, C20,000 was for all... $0.21 a pill... wow!!!!!! Guess he will be getting another bottle...we have now become best buddies.
Foreclosure: It continues to look like it will happen -a bad deal but I can put it behind me and deal with one less distasteful person. Freedom has a price... and a lesson learned.
INS Suit: I was asked to provide a bank account... I got cautiously excited... inquired, no, there had been no developments indicating that INS was preparing to end their charade... the claim continues to grow... but who knows the outcome... I am not expecting any resolution soon -maybe this year... maybe... we'll see...
Christmas /New Year: We have opted for quiet time this season / right now, it feels right... too many competing sentiments / demands / conflicts / BS... This year has not gone as I wanted nor as I expected... I got thrust into a job I don't want and have only now been able to try and get out of... so far without success or even hope of success ...and lots of other stuff shoved on me that I have yet to work my way through, and some sad, unexpected events... in addition, a body count of 6 people (of various ages, gender, and nationalities) who have failed me in trustworthiness and / or competence... actually, not a great year upon reflection... but I am still above ground so I can be thankful for that and have opportunities to form new relationships... hopefully past experience will help...
News Items of the Week
1. Foreign Direct Investment: This is a government self serving PR story. While what is said may be true, what is not emphasized enough is that foreign direct investment is DECLINING and the full effects of the recent tax and regulatory changes make it ever more difficult to do business here in CR... many, small, local businesses have disappeared, never to be replaced. Unemployment remains high --11+%-- the touted educational competence of graduates from public school system is way, way inflated.
FOR RENTAL OR SALES INFORMATION
Brian C. Timmons