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Published: November 9th 2007
This blog entry includes some recent pictures I took of San Ramon—all fairly random—but they give you a flavor for this terrific town.
It’s been windy today! And chilly! I’m sure it is still in the 50s but it seems like it is freezing out for someone now used to semi-tropical and tropical temperatures. The winds are supposedly a signal that the season is changing. I do this every year and usually I’m wrong (as it’ll probably rain again tomorrow!). However, AM Costa Rica (www.amcostarica.com) reported that the season is beginning to change as evidenced by the winds picking up, pushing out that sometimes miserable rain! We’ll see. I do know it is getting closer!
More signs of change….
Another of signs of change has been the views of the Pacific Ocean looking out from the Magallanes section of San Ramon. During the rainy season, the view was not terribly crisp and on some days the entire view was blocked by lingering clouds. However, over the past few days, the views have been magnificent with such sharp views of the Nicoya Peninsula, small islands, the port city of Puntarenas, even the open ocean. I’m still amazed that we
have such terrific ocean views here in San Ramon—something I didn’t know when I first moved here.
Another sign of change has been my mood. While many people enjoy the lush green of the rainy season, I prefer the bright sunshine day in and day out during the dry season. I’m sorry but clouds and rain are not mood enhancers—or at least not the fun kind!
A definite sign of change is how business changes along with the change of seasons. The approaching high season is definitely on the horizon! Word of note: I cannot handle any more bookings at the B&B for December! If I get any more, I’ll have to add rooms! Thanks!
Fun, fun, fun in CR real estate….
As many of you know, in addition to the B&B and my Boomers in Costa Rica Tours, I also made an investment last year in a real estate development company, CR Communities, S.A. (http://www.crcommunities.com). We recently re-launched our website and we’re pleased with the results. The company primarily focuses on building ocean-view communities for North American baby boomers and retirees here in San Ramon. The developments are in the Magallanes section of San Ramon.
Over the past year, it has been an exciting opportunity helping to build something from scratch and seeing it through to fruition. Believe me, real estate, whether in the US or here, is not always easy and something I never dreamed of getting involved in. However, I’m very proud to be associated with this company. When you focus on exceeding expectations, provide a high quality product at reasonable cost, and most importantly, work with complete honesty and integrity, it pays off. In recent weeks, we’ve seen a lot of excitement about our work (and having terrific ocean-view properties goes a long way!) and we are pleased with the recommendations we’ve been getting from respected companies and other organizations both in Costa Rica and in the U.S.
Recently, we’ve started to put the word out more broadly about our work and the publicity has been tremendous. What is most terrific about what we have been doing, though, are the partnerships we’ve entered into with other real estate and development professionals, attorneys, and architects throughout Costa Rica, all of whom share our values of hard work, integrity and a sharp focus on exceeding customer expectations. Special thanks go to Pedro Salcedo
who owns “Residencias Las Terrazas,” another residential development just up the road from our project. His company has been handling all of our infrastructure and construction work. His dedication to seeing our project through has been nothing short of miraculous! We’ll always be grateful to Pedro. And, of course, one cannot forget about Preston Gitlin, the President of CR Communities, who has long had a dream of doing this, and he’s getting it done! He’s a role model for doing business well, with integrity, and all and all, a super smart and fun person to work with.
Unfortunately, there are badly planned and executed projects throughout Costa Rica—and even here in San Ramon—and we’re doing our best to learn from them—not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because building a community like ours is about developing something that will last forever. Our communities will live on well beyond our lives and it’s our legacy. With happy people soon living in a stunning area, and in peace, is not a bad legacy to have. For this reason, we created the “CR Communities Difference,” our “Bible” for how we operate each day. You can find more information about
it on our website.
So, take a look at our improved website when you get a chance, and in particular, our “flagship” development, “Pacific Hills at Magallanes.” http://www.crcommunities.com/PacificHills.html When you click on the Pacific Hills page, make sure to check out our “Interactive Site Plan” that describes the property visually. You can move your mouse over available lots and get more information on each lot and photos. It’s pretty nifty technology, especially to non-technology guy like me.
In other news…
Belated happy one year anniversary to Terry, the manager of the B&B! He came, he saw, he integrated, (and has made a lot more friends here than I have, somehow!), and his attention to customer needs and breakfasts are getting rave reviews!
I haven’t mentioned our mascots, Reina and Ostia, lately. They are doing very well. They are now young adults and as frisky as ever, but they are enjoying their young lives and mostly keeping out of trouble! As a dog’s life goes, they have it pretty good here!
Finally, our new road to the entrance of the B&B is almost done! It’s been a painstaking process but something that needed to be completed.
That’s all for now! Thanks for reading and for your comments!
www.CRCommunities.com (real estate and more!)
www.BoomersInCostaRica.com (4-day/3 night relocation/retirement/real estate tour!)
www.CostaRicaRealEstate.typepad.com (Boomers’ Real Estate & More Blog!)
www.AngelValleyFarmBandB.com (the B&B!)
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