—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: This week seems to have brought the "mini-summer" -a normal period varrying in time and duration but the characteristic is that virtually no rain falls for several weeks (+/-). We will have to irrigate during this time.
1. Pool Work: We continue to finish off minor things...
2. Slippery walkway tile: Still awaiting the hopeful arrival of the anti-slip tape.
3. Foreclosure: The additional paperwork was filed. We wait... now since Jan. 21.
4. Frustraton: An owner who's unit I manage, asked that I wire them some $$. Due to often time errors, I use a copy of the previous successful form and have the bank do the work on their forms, I sign and the $ is wired. I did the same this time. However, this is the result to date:
a The client had closed the account I used previously and did not tell me.
b. The bank took the money from the wrong account. The transaction was returned.
c. I contacted the client asking for current information, and was sent a copy of their new address (that was new information) along with a new account at the same bank.
d. The bank wanted their IBAN number and SWIFT number. Which I subsequently got from the client.
e. The bank (branch is closed and I cannot go there to actually speak with anyone, completed the form and sent it to me... no actually they sent it to an incomplete address... so after several days of not answering their phone and then admitting they used an incorrect address... told me they would forward the completed form to an open branch near me... o.k. (I knew this was not going to work but... I was instructed to be there at 9am the next day, ask for the manager and she would have the completed form for me to sign... I went, could not see the manager, no one knew anything about it, so I was left to start all over again...
f. Filling out the form, the bank plugged in the SWIFT number I had been given... it gave the address as New Orleans when I knew they lived in Virgina... I decided to verify this info...
g. I asked the client for verification after identifying my experience... they later confirmed that the SWIFT number I had been given was wrong...
Now: I have spent over a week and multiple hours and still have to do the whole GD thing... after multiple errors by both parties, I am really, really frustrated by what should be a simple transaction...
5. A New Deal: This finally closed but not without the usual last minute drama and BS... let's hope it goes well...
The lawyer I used and have used for a number of things said he had cancelled his rented space, as now working out of his house, and his business had dropped by about 50%. When asked the status of a mutual friend / broker I have used, he said he was doing only about 10% of the loans he was previously doing. These are middle class Ticos / business owners with overheads and laborers with little savings or assets to drawn on are in far worse situations I am sure.
6. Scotiabank: The bank has not asked me for the documents they had specified before and the July 14 date has long passed. I have asked when I can deliver these and to add a new document I know they will want... I received not response. After a decent wait, I notified them that I had not received an answer and that in the future I do not want to be harrassed, threantened, nor given any ridiculous short term deadlines. No response.
7. Los Jardines: I saw an advertisment for a small, automatic generator, new, installed for what would be about $1,800. This was the best price I had ever seen and appeared to be what we needed to run the gates and the potable water system when the state ICE power was off (which is frequently)... I contacted the ad, had a site inspection and received a quote... the quote was over 3Xs the price ($6,500)... which is consistent with what I expected but way more than the advertised price... Just a stupid guy wasting his time and mine... we will live without it until I find a deal...
Los Jardines continues to be a very nice place to be locked down in... everything continues to work, the gardens are very nice, pools and water features remain on-going pleasures... I can think of worse places under the circumstances...
It is becoming increasingly hard to understand how this is going to end well for virtually anyone. While some may not personally feel the economic impact, I am sure we will all feel the social and socio-economic impact, and conveniences we have come to enjoy... personally, I do not see how many, many small businesses will reopen and distribution systems will be disrupted, availability of ???? which used to, will become history... the government institutions which worked at a slow pace to begin with, have virtually ceased functioning but still drawing salaries... I have a friend, a director or a multinational corporation which is now fighting off tax grabs from three governments -Columbia, Panama, and CR... I am sure there are going to be big tax grabes in CR as well, and beyond that, who knows... not a pretty picture shaping up...
News Items of the Week
1. Protests re. Cuts: Yep, the inevitable has started and I am sure will continue... they simply cannot accept the fact that the government is broke and cannot continue to maintain the level of expenses as before. Soon, they cuts will get near the bone -the fat salaries, benefits, and pensions for government, quasi government, uninonized and the judiciary...
2. Nicaraguans Wanting to Return to Nicaragua: They are being kept out under the guize of health (perhaps some basis for concern but into a country which has various reports of absolutely out of control contractions...
3. Current Status: The number of cases has dramatically increased. Up until a couple weeks ago, CR was patting itself on the back at having done such a good job having so few cases and deaths... That has now changed and that was / is the basis for the current lock downs... let's hope it works.
FOR RENTAL OR SALES INFORMATION
Brian C. Timmons