—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)
Los Jardines: Available immediately: #125 $825 mo.
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): 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 More Progress:
1. Rentals: After having renting Paradisus last week -to move in on 12 of June... I got beaten up on the rent, I had to add a 2nd TV and now it seems I have to clean the curtains (they are clean but the tenant is a "diplomate" and is used to spending other people's money). I will but have said this is now the red line... I have also leased 112 and 106C. In both cases, I had to reduce the rent and negotiate hard to get what I ended up getting and to make several changes... That leaves me with 125 -just lowered the asking rent on that as well...
2. Repossession: We are looking to take possession of one of the Los Jardines houes for long time outstanding arrears by the shareholder. This is not something which I want to do but the other shareholders and the parent company is owed a lot of money... and our shareholder agreement provides for this action... and despite months of attempts to collect, it has not happened. So it is time to take action... next week I expect the fur will fly!!
3. Pool Work: Shareholders appraised, sources identified, contracts let, materials selected and ordered. Work will begin Monday.
4. Shareholder Agreement Revision: This was issued without any feedback from the two people I asked. Promises, promises but no follow through...
5. Slippery walkway tile: For years we have had complaints re. certain tile which, when wet and when the wrong type of shoes are worn, are slippery. These are legitimate complaints... We have had this on our "to do" list for a number of years but never enough money for it's priority. It has not moved up the list and we did allocate money for it... Now we are trying to figure out how to do it short of replacing the tile. Acid etchig did not work, painting with a non-slippery surface treament (worked but wore off in a few months)... I have pushed a light sandblasting... it has been difficult finding someone who would do this... a number of people have told me it cannot be done because they had never done it... we have an appointment today with someone who will review the idea... we'll see.
6. BS!!!! #1: A friend of mine building a hotel in the Caribbean has all his construction permits... all of them. his harrassment continues and now he will be tied up thru judicial process for ??? who knows how long... and there is no basis for it according to him and his permits and re-surveying have verified everything... there seems to be a fight going on amongst government agencies over jurisdiction and perhaps bribes by previous government officials and he is caught in the middle.
7. BS!!!! #2: Scotiabank: after saying they would send me a list of documents I needed to provide, I did not receive anything (typical). But wanting closure on this, I contact them... they had dropped the issue but again said they would send me a list of documents to provide... I wait...
8. Foreclosure: Having bought out the mortgage on Jan. 21, I still await the assignment by a judge of my ownership rights. After complaiining of the delay and receiving a court reply that the lapse time was "normal" and "reasonable" -more government BS. I was given a timeline... it would be dealt with in the first week in June... we have just completed the week... we will follow up next week... I have a person waiting to buy it... he is tico, he understands.
9. INS Suit: It grinds away and I continue to get invoices for legal fees.
10. Beach -Air BnB: An opportunity came up suddenly... bored friends wanted to go... not the best week for me but I said we were in... they found a place and went... lots of rain, not as much sun as hoped for, but we had a great time... the house was very nice, everything worked, and it was a great get away... 3-3 1/2 drive -South of Quepos / North of Dominical on the Pacific. We got a one night free discount... we had been the first clients for a long time and no one was coming in after us...
11. Website: I have again decided to update my website. I love it and it is still accurate... it provides lots of information. Trouble is, search engine technology has changed and none of the browsers find it. I market totally through agents... which has been fine but I would really like to have some independence. I have tried updating the website before and was disappointed in the results... I did not see any change. I will try again...
12. Borders and Travel: The CR border closure has been closed until July 1 and there is no assurance it will not be changed again. Problems are still occurring at the Nicaraguan border re. truckers and haulage but they seem to be under control... more or less. Beaches are still closed -open only from 5am-8. Restaurants are opening; many shops are still closed especially those dependent on tourism.
13. Internet: Ours have been slow numerous times this past week. Speed tests have shown we are not receiving what we did before... typical... promise lots, over sell capacity, everyone sucks ...we'll see.
News Items of the Week
1. OECD: I am not sure I buy all the explanation but it is probably a good thing for large corporations...the extent of foreign investment now after the supply chain issues, may be a bit of a drag. Re. contract enforcement and government honesty, I have a mixed record mostly on the negative side of the coin.
2. Moodys, Credit Rating: I cannot find the article but the rating agency lowered the outlook on CR from "stable" to "negative". too much spending and not enough growth.
FOR RENTAL OR SALES INFORMATION
Brian C. Timmons