—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.
Irrigation Systems: We now have 23 automatic watering devices (battery, programmable, one, two, and 4 zone) operating covering a total of 37 different areas. These are programmed to run every other night night for 45 min. each with no more than 3 operating at any one time. So far, so good... we have not run ourselves out of water and we have relieved the work of the dedicated gardener to focus on spot watering, cleaning, and misc. gardening chores. We have a few additional devices on order and will install / program them when they arrive. This took longer to get going than I had expected and I am not convinced it is working flawlessly... I am sure some additional tinkering will be required -but I think the back is broken on this project.
Internet: It has now been 5 weeks since we installed the new equipment and we have not had one down moment and I have not had one call (except when ICE gave us a power outage)...
Camera Security: This is my next project. We had a surveillance system installed -I was and continue to be against it because I do not believe it will ever solve any questions- but I was over ruled. It doesn't work. The cameras are good, the installation points are o.k. but the cameras keep going off line. Since we already have the cameras and the installation as fixed costs, I am going to try to solve the unreliability issue... The person who installed them, doesn't know how to solve the problem. So I will search for a solution... we'll see.
Shareholder Registration: Still on going. I have a meeting on Tuesday with the lawyer's person designated for this job. I think she is missing lots of info....I need to see what she has, what she needs, boot her in the bum if necessary... and help her along.
Misc. Legal Work: It has taken a breather over the holidays.
Foreclosure: This property is suppose to be sold next week... I don't like the deal but it was the only one I had at the time. Since then, I have another offer which is marginally better... I will take it if the original deal falls through. Barring either sale, the property goes to first auction Jan. 21.
Investment Business: This effort has not gone smoothly. We have walked away from one deal which smelled... we are still considering if we will participate in others. Credibility, transparency, security, management capability of the borrower, are the main issues... these are kind of critical!!!!!!!!... hopefully, the messages we are sending will produce results but there is a saying that leopards do not change their spots... nor do zebras and perhaps, nor do ticos... we'll see.
BAC: Got two accounts set up... only took a month... but when I tried to establish on-line banking, it failed and required attendance at my house -two times... their system is screwy... I have 4 more to set up...
Mortgage: An Am. woman in Playa Grande... Guanacaste... needed a mortgage. The broker set up the meeting between 11-12 the next day. Lita, he and I drove 4 hrs... she didn't show; the return was 4 1/2 hrs. What a waste... I hadn't been in that area -Playa Grande, Tamarindo- for a long, long time... it certainly has changed... much more developed... I still do not like it personally but lots of people do... I will take Playa Carrillo any day...
Job Advertisement: I am still receiving a few applications to the job posting but none of the applicants are qualified... usually missing two of the three skills... accounting, building/infrastructure construction/ maintenance experience / garden experience... and willing to live on site for a job requiring a couple hours' work each day and being on call all the time... (lately that hasn't been an issue as virtually everyhing has been working well)... and the salary is low so whoever takes it will need a primary source of income (no one will work for my wages).
INS Suit: I received a request for banking information...I got mildly excited.. and asked if there was anything to indicate that INS was ready to concede and pay......the answer was "no" the lawyers were just using the time and logging billable time in an otherwise dead zone.
Christmas /New Year: We spent both on our own by choice... New Year's Eve I was asleep by 8:30 and did not hear any fireworks. I have used the holidays to set up new files, do filing, clean up my messy desk and filing systems... and, yes, a bit of hammock time...
News Items of the Week
1. Vehicle accidents: Mostly caused by people not knowing how to drive, or by speeding... the article didn't break out the number of motorcycle accidents are part of this story... but a lot... for sure.
2. Guns: Mostly hand guns... there are lots of illegal weapons.
FOR RENTAL OR SALES INFORMATION
Brian C. Timmons