|Realtor photo from deck looking at similar neighbor house.
As the unofficial marketing director for Hacienda La Jacaranda (I write about it so much >g<), it may shock you that I am moving away from it. But from the first week when I realized there was some poor construction and poorer maintenance here, I have kept my eyes open for another place, preferably a house. I’ve looked at three other older ones that just were not right for me. Last week I talked with Andrew, a local Realtor, about the possibility again, as a last resort before the rainy season begins and the delivery of my shipped boxes. He pulled up this listing on his laptop and I pretty much knew immediately that it was the one, but scheduled a look inside, evaluated the pros and cons of moving, and decided last night this is the right move. If you’re into that kind of detailed evaluations, you can see my pros and cons chart below – never fool-proof but always helpful to me. Here from the Realtor web listing is the “Virtual Tour” which I don’t know how to embed, so just click the linked words below:
|Cell Phone view from outside my locked gate. (No clicker yet!)
Notice the dry season look compared to green season look at top.
Pros & Cons of Moving to the House
|1. New, better construction
|1. Cost will increase up to $150 with utilities
|2. Appears to be better management
|2. Poor parking space but I have no car
|3. Screens on sliding glass doors to deck
|3. Not as many big trees near house as apartments and probably not as many birds & monkeys, but don’t know that yet
|4. Bigger deck as extension of living/dining with second dining table outside
|4. It is at beginning of complex, near gate, but on three visits, very little traffic
|5. Ceiling fans in LR, BR, Office/Guest Room
|5. One bathroom (but, single guy, few visitors)
|6. No plumbing mold, mildew issues like my apartment will always have (1 of my allergies)
|6. No air conditioning
|7. More privacy
|8. Larger, more space
|9. Office with desk and nice couch/futon bed
|10. Kitchen better equipped, nicer
|11. Washer AND Dryer in big laundry room with two deep sinks
|12. Beautifully decorated! But I can add some of my art. I love their art which goes with mine. Modern nature theme.
|13. Equal or better panoramic view
|14. Nicer, larger bedroom (& office/guest rm)
|15. Nicer, larger bathroom
|16. No A/C will save on electricity cost
|17. Near entrance gate helps on walking distances and it is actually 2/10 mile closer to Central Park than La Jacaranda, about same distance to grocery store
|18. I can plant flowers outside & have more room for potted plants than at apartment
|19. I can more safely ride a bicycle from this house and hope to rent one first, to see how it works before buying one
|20. The hills are less steep than between apartment and town for walking or biking
|21. Best security with guards at entrance gate and patrols 24/7, plus alarm system in house and separate gate to my cluster of 3 houses
|22. He will add carport if I get a car
TMI? Maybe I share too much information, but this blog is partly to help others considering a move to Costa Rica and full honesty can be the best help. I know that such blogs helped me before my move.
And at first, I would never have considered a move to a gated community of probably half expats, but my little nest for writing, a photography & travel base, and rest needs to be allergy-free and comfortable. This is more than I had ever hoped for and I could stay really long term here, though the contract is for just two years. We’ll see.
SORRY! I WAS WRITING THIS TO POST SUNDAY NIGHT & HIT WRONG BUTTON.
I try not to publish two posts on the same day – oh well – its done!