—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: #106C $900 mo. / #121 $1,300 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): 1432
This is a detached, two story, two bedroom, 2 1/2 bathroom house. It is nicely furnished as the prictues indicate. Ground floor consists of den/TV room, dining room, living room, kitchen, and 1/2 bathroom. Second floor: master bedroom with full bathroom including a jacuzzi, 2nd bedroom with ensuite bathroom, terrace.
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.
1. Pool Work: Tile work is now completed and the faux rocks as well. It looks good. The people hired were the right people... they performed as expected... no complaints. We are left to fix up some minor things.
2. Slippery walkway tile: I now have a solution... it is the easiest, maintainable, and least expensive alternative under the circumstances. I will use the self adhesive anti slip 3M tape. The problem will be in finding enough of it but it will work is cost effective. Implemenation will have to wait until the lock down is over.
3. Foreclosure: The additional paperwork was filed. We wait... now since Jan. 21.
4. Lock Down - House Arrest: Well, not really house arrest but the new lock down has the same effect. Within 12 hours of announcement, the new rules were effective. Driving to / from home to pharamcy, grocery store, hostpital, or banks, is limited to 1 day a week depending on license plate number / week end driving is also limited to one day depending on license plate number and only to the same destinations... all non-essential businesses are closed. Employees have to show they have a place of employment to travel / public transportation is working on a very limited basis / taxis are able to operate but not Ubers / Face masks required indoors, hand washing / shoe washing / temperature taking is normal as well as limited / controlled entry. We have to live with all this, there is no discussion or exceptions that I am aware of... I really, really, really hope nothing serious breaks... I do not know how we will get it fixed. My current nightmare.
5. A New Deal: Given that a deal I had been working on for 6 weeks fell apart at the last minute, another opportunity came along and Lita and I looked at it on Monday... It involves some nice property and a house in a beautiful rural area -ended up meeting a broker who was only a voice on the phone for the past two years- the property was so far from anywhere that WAZE gave up -but the borrower is a young (30 yr old) who needs capital to buy red beans in Nicaragua to service his Walmart and other contracts in CR. He has been buying on credit but doesn't get as good a price and as Nicaragua hurts more and more, I think the credit option is drying up... he needs to pay cash to get and to get the best deal.... He is one of three principals in the company -one buyer in Nicaragua, one logistics guy here, and he seems to be the business administrator... small business... Walmart contracts are about $120,000 over two months, importing about 2-3 truck loads a month... and I expect there will be opportunities to work with him on special deals. Now, however, the problem is closing since we are all locked down... this was suppose to happen on Monday but the logistics are not yet all worked out... we are having to work our way through this...
6. Scotiabank: Spent two hours with them filling out 15 pgs of forms all asking the same info that they already had. I have some addtional info to give them, much of which I have but now everyone is locked down so who knows...
7. Carib Harrassment: My friend is still having troubles. What N. Am. expats do not appreciate is that CR operates under Napoleonic Code of Law... Under English Common Law (which is the N. Am. code), the prosecutor files charges and then has the obligation to prove that the charges. Under Napoleonic law, it is the opposite... the prosecutor makes the charges and then it is the individual's responsibility to prove their innocence. A big difference... there really are no consequences for false charges nor for the prosecutor is really investigate his allegatons nor for the presecutors orders to be reasonable...
News Items of the Week
1 / 2: Lock Down: CR has been a model of Covid management but that may be changing... seemingly, a significant (for CR) spike in cases occurred this past week and the government, unlike elsewhere, has taken immediate, definitive, and drastic actions in an attempt to contain it. This will certainly creat hardships for many and we will all be affected... but hopefully, not infected... Guess I can get some of those procrastinated office projects done... at least I will not have the same excuses...
FOR RENTAL OR SALES INFORMATION
Brian C. Timmons