—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
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.
A Little Progress:
a. Mortgage extension: This should have been accomplished with one email and one visit to sign an extension. Yet, multiple conversations and various different role players over a month, finally resulted in completing what should have been a simple, straight forward, easy process. And it took a trip to Cartago but we did a couple other things as well... good thing we allowed all day... little is easy in this country...
b. Paradisus lease: The unit I have had vacant for several months finally got leased. The would be tenant will be, I believe, a good tenant. He seems responsible, careful and works for an international agency. He could well be a multi year tenant.
c. Pool Work: We have found a person to paint the faux rocks on the main pool. This has been a year long effort... we finally placed an ad in two websites, had two responses, one of which was not really appropriate, and this person. I appears we will also incorporate re-tiling the area around the large pool... it is showing age, wear and tear, and is looking far from great. We have settled on a tile. If we do it now, we can coordinate the rock painting with the tiling to get what we hope will be a better effect... I expect to have all the quotes this weekend so we can let the contracts early next week. This will get a lingering project on its way to completion.
d. Shareholder Agreement Revision: I put it out for proof reading a week ago. I have received various promises and all have been broken. I had said I wanted to issue June 1 so... we'll see what, if anything, I get back.
e. Health: Iinvestigative work completed. All "normal"; solution, eat more--(may wish they had my problem) -better result than the alternative...
f. #1 -BS!!!!: A friend of mine has all his construction permits... all of them. He has been harassed by various authorities... no charges filed and even though he has shown all the paper work, answered all their supposed issues over the past three weeks, and he continues to received j veiled threats with no official charge... He has had to let several employees go because he cannot progress. His construction has been stopped in the middle and some of the work is not being protected from the rain and his materials are also in jeopardy. Such is life here of the foreigner... I do not think all people are treated equally...
#2 -BS!!!!: I am still being harassed by Scotiabank. The most recent is from the "Premier Banking Representative" who supposedly manages my account. The harassment moved from the branch manager (her branch was closed down), via some bank representative who phoned me because I gave their "How are we Doing? questionnaire, a failing grade, and now a new person. She now wants more paperwork. When I asked her two months ago, she said I was good until Feb. 2021... she now seems to have changed her little mind... I asked her to write a list of the paper work she wants... I am waiting... we'll see. This may be my final straw...
Conclusion: It takes a lot of effort and time to make a little progress... the life of "Pura Vida" and "laid back" approach to life is BS... more government propaganda and social mis-characterization of which there is lots... that comes more from the outsider seeing things through rose colored classes and perhaps the haze of ?? but the weather is always perfect...
News Items of the Week
1. Chaos at the Border: The border crossing is usually bad... I can only imagine what it is like now... I would expect shortages and additional business failures resulting from this...
2. Covid Update: By most measures, CR is managing this epidemic well. Some hopefuls, are feeling that the CR's management may be a big drawing point for visitors / expats in the future. We'll see.
3. Opening Borders: This seems to be a moving target but this is the most recent time table.
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Brian C. Timmons