—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: 12-2 at Paradisus $1,400 mo. (white living room furniture)
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.
Total Area (Sq Ft): 1250
This is a fully furnished 2-bedroom unit situated in a 2-story building, which has two units on the ground floor and two units on the 2nd. floor. Each unit is the same size (1,250sf) divided into 800 sf of interior space and 450 sf of covered front and back terraces. Units 106A and B are on the ground floor; Units 106 C and D are on the 2nd. Floor. The solid masonry demising wall (common wall) as well as the 5” concrete slab prevent sound transference.
Total Area (Sq Ft): 1290
This 1,290 sf single floor home includes a 300 sf front terrace plus parking for one car. It is attached on two sides by a 6 inch cement demising (common) wall, which prevents sound transfer.
Total Area (Sq Ft): 662
This 662 sf, (62M2)+ parking for one car and 33sf locker is a one bedroom home on the 2nd floor overlooking the large pool. It is ideal for a single person or couple—or investment property.
What Happened This Week
Weather: Enough rain to keep all happy... garden is looking great.
We had a production glitch last week... don't know what happened but eventually you got to see a pineapple packing plant and the Rio Celeste...
Hospital Metropolitano: this is a private, for profit hospital used by many who do not want the state CAJA system or the more expensive CIMA or Biblica options. They also have a “wellness” program which, if you are a member for a modest fee, you get discounts —20-30% usually on misc. procedures... I had hernia surgery there several years ago and was impressed. About 18 mo. ago, they opened a branch at the end of our street...about 200 meters. Over that time period, I have had occasion to use their services. During these couple visits, I met the ER doc and have followed on with him... he has an office in the building. I needed some medication... I texted him Tues. night, he wrote the prescription and sent it to me 15 min. later. I also wanted an appointment —he gave me the option of Thursday or Monday... I took Thursday, 11 am. He was right on time. I explained that I felt I had been loosing weight too fast, without trying, and for no apparent reason.... I felt 100% but...but wanted to investigate to find out if there was something we weren’t looking at... he looked at a battery of blood/stool/urine tests I had had done recently and confirmed there was nothing there to indicate issues. He ordered three more blood tests, a chest Xray and an abdominal ultrasound... From the appointment on Thursday, I went directly to Xray, had that done within 15 min. and got the results next morning. Ultrasound is scheduled for Monday morning. If all come back normal, then he will tell me to eat more... o.k. The purpose of this short / complete history, is the efficiency -secondly, the appointment cost C45,000 or $80 and the Xray/blood samples/ultrasound—C85,000 ($152).
A Wrong Turn: Lita and I checked out a loan opportunity on Monday. We drove to Cartago, met the broker and the would be borrower... followed them to the middle of nowhere in the upper Orossi Valley and then were told to park the car and get into this monster truck —Ford F350 with running boards, mega lights, flame decals... you get the picture. Lita needed a ladder to get to the running board... From nowhere, we then went further... saw the house, nice, but definitely not security I wanted. But in talking with the guy, something might result which would be more interesting... o.k. –that is only part of the story... we returned to the car, and they agreed to return a different way to see a hot springs hotel which I didn’t know about. Right away, there was a bridge and of course a stream... He truck would not go over the bridge and my car would not ford the stream... We split up ...to meet on the other side... well, I didn’t understand the meeting place, and continued on the road... which got smaller, narrower, and then even narrower... I stopped when I could no longer go ahead... No cell phone service... As I was returning, the monster truck appeared... they had been following us, honking, etc... we had not heard them... Volvo’s are well insulated I guess... had to back out slippery, slimy jungle road fit only for a tough old cow... How stupid can city slickers be... well, I proved it... awful stupid. We did find the road the turn to which we had missed just over the bridge... all is well, that ends well...
Opening Up: On Saturday morning, we went walking as usual. What I noticed most was the number of people jogging, walking, cycling. Aspects of life is returning to normal. We went to a restaurant one afternoon because I didn’t want to cook... a few people there... lots of space ...but we still have friends who wish not to associate with us because we do not remain in house... o.k. that is their comfort level.
Confiscated license plates: Two weeks ago, a friend forgot that his car could not drive on Saturday. He got stopped by the traffic police and his plates confiscated. In addition to a big fine ($$$ ??) I don’t know for sure, he will not get his plates returned until July 3. Incredible.
Shareholder Agreement Revisions: The translation is done and is out for proofing. I should be in a position to send this out and declare an end to this project on Monday. Wow...
Aging: Last night I received a call from the electrician / friend who designed and installed the trunk line electrical system at Los Jardines. He and his partner went on to buy multiple units and eventually sold them. Both have visited here many times since. However, that is not the story. The story is about a mutual friend, a lawyer we both used and relied upon in Toronto and the guy who was designated to probate my will / estate. Recently I had begun to wonder who would die first... Last night, I got the answer. I will have to look for someone else.
MISC. The proverbial continues to happen: Friday night, 8:30. A call... the daughter of an owner who was occupying the unit reported a flash flame from the gas boiler / hot water heater. We investigate. WE cannot determine the cause, the analysis doesn't add up, we shut off the gas and commit to problem solving it in the morning... Saturday morning, 9am. we are returning from our walk, gate will not open, power is off and the staff have not opened the gate... later, various power blips / outages... 11 am / there is no water... what has happened... this time the breaker just jot tired and said, I quite... re-set it, and will replace Monday... and as of writing, it is only 3 pm... so who know what is yet to happen.
News Items of the Week
1. Columbus / Culture out / abolition of army in: o.k but let's be clear... Christopher Columbus has become unpopular here as in many other parts of the Americas as his real nature has been exposed. Culture day didn't fly very well because, well, because there isn't anything to really sink your teeth into... Abolition of the army... yes, but the real reason for the abolition was a lot more complex that wanting to use the money for education and healthcare. The real reasons involved, which way were the guns going to point and would anyone ever show up if needed...
2. Roche... great... but lots of government propaganda in that message.
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Brian C. Timmons