—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: #160C $900 mo. / #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): 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): 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. Over the past several weeks, we have experienced a series of low pressures resulting in lots of rain... more in parts of the country other than the Central Valley but even here we have seen lots of overcast days.
A Little More Progress:
1. Rentals: One viewer but he decided to stay in Escazu... too bad...
2. Repossession: It happened; we are cleaning it up and getting ready to market it...
3. Pool Work: Faux rock painting is done... it was what we wanted... Tiling progresses... another week at least... then some mtnc on the pool itself before it is returned to use.
4. Slippery walkway tile: We have a verbal quote and it looks to be 1/2 the price of replacing the tiles... so we will go with that... hope it works out. Don't have a schedule yet.
5. BS!!!! #1: My friend got clearance on virtually everything... but with a lot of hassle, a month's anguish, and a couple thousand dollars in lost materials... all charges were dropped. All BS!!! He is now going on the offensive... probalby less than I would ...my position is that when you have all your documents lined up, the best defense is a good offense so the next guy knows not to screw around with you!!!!!!!
6. Foreclosure (last week): We complained about th wait, were told it was normal and would be dealt with first week in June. It was not. When we inquired we were told the court was 8 months behind. And this week we received notie that it would be dealth with last week... they really don't have their act together... we have not seen any results ...will follow up again next week... total BS as well...
7. Website: It went off line this week because I did not re-new my domain name... well, I had, but for some reason it did not get transferred to the new manager... why? I may have screwed up... the current mgr may be making the transfer difficult? I do not know for sure at this point in time... at the time of writing, it is still down but I anticipate it will be brought back... spent all yesterday working with Maria in Argentina to help sort this out... completely wasted day... for both of us...
8. Back to Lock Downs: As the news stories below indicate, cases of Covid have increased and the country is reversing course and/or deferring further relaxations... no one is happy, borders will continue to be closed it is expected beyond their now scheduled opening... there is no foreign tourism, local tourism is limited, more reason for the government offices to work slower than normal... the colon is still being supported -the exchange rate is being maintained; government gets deeper and deeper into debt with no revenue coming in; some fear bank failures or closurs or outright confiscation of funds so trust is eroding; offical unemployment is around 16% and unofficially much higher I suspect / northern border area with Nicaragua and two low income barrios in San Jose have seen increases in Covid cases -tighter restrictions were imposed... (Orange alert)... Sunday morning on the way to the open air market (feria), few cars, no police evident, and fewer than normal people in the well organized market... many wearing masks, 30%-40% without... getting things done is still possible, just slower and fewer things can get done in a day... some rules make sense/some do not but exist and must be complied with... soon masks will be required in some indoor institutions... eg. Banco National and others I suspect...
9. INS Lawsuit: Yes, that has ground to a virtual halt, except for the legal bills.
News Items of the Week
1. Title says it all
2. Tourism and the effects of the Covid shutdown
3. Unemployment: Highest ever
4. Tourism: As the article indicates, this sector, which is a major sector or employment directly and indirectly for mainly small businesses and service workers, is really hurting... and the let up, is not soon coming it appears...
FOR RENTAL OR SALES INFORMATION
Brian C. Timmons