Historic Palm Beach | Little Red Schoolhouse

May 26th, 2016

The “Little Red Schoolhouse” had its first day of classes on March 1, 1886 in what is now West Palm Beach and was the first and only permanent school building in all of southeast Florida at the time. When it opened, Dade County consisted of an area the size of Massachusetts, stretching from the southeast tip of Florida, north through Stuart, and was nothing more than a swath of scattered settlements.

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The Dade County School District received a grant from the county of $200 which covered the cost of the lumber for the 22’x40′ one-room building, and it was built by laborers from the area who donated their time. Furniture and supplies were purchased using another $200 which was raised by the Ladies Aid Society who sold embroidery and quilts in order to help the school.

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The first class consisted of 8 students, ranging in ages from 7 to 17 years of age. Their teacher was Hattie Gale, a 16-year-old from Kansas who had moved to the area with her family in 1885 and who turned out to be younger than some of her students. The building remained in use as a schoolhouse until 1901 when the new 4-room school was opened at Clematis Street and Poinsettia Avenue in what is now Downtown West Palm Beach.

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The Little Red Schoolhouse was then moved to the Palm Beach estate of John Phipps where it was used as a potting shed for four decades. The estate of John Phipps was sadly razed in 1960 and the school house was dismantled and moved to Phipps Ocean Park in Palm Beach.

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The building was restored to its original appearance as a one-room school house in 1990 by the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach and to this day it remains in Phipps Ocean Park, just a short drive from Palm Beach Gardens and Jupiter, and a worthy site to visit during a trip to the beach.

LOCATION
Phipps Ocean Park
2100 South Ocean Boulevard
Palm Beach, Florida 33480
(561) 227-6450

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Ving Rhames' Double Mansion Home

May 24th, 2016

American film actor, Ving Rhames, perhaps best known for his role as mob boss Marsellus Wallace in “Pulp Fiction,” and for his work in the Tom Cruise “Mission Impossible” movies, makes his home at two adjoining estates in Los Angeles. The actor, from New York, purchased the estate at 12935 Vicente Boulevard with his wife Deborah for $4.75 million in 2000, but not content with only owning one mansion on the block, he bought the property next door in 2005 for $6.5 million.

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The first home has 10,613 square feet, 7 bedrooms, and 8 baths, while the second home has an additional 12,947 square feet with even more bedrooms and bathrooms than the first house to accommodate numerous family members and his many dogs. The complex also includes a private tennis court, swimming pool, and reflecting pool.

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In 2007, Rhames received negative publicity when the caretaker for his dogs was found dead between a guest house and one of the main homes on the sprawling property. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office said it was possible the victim died of a heart attack or other medical condition, but the man’s body had received multiple bite wounds from the dogs. Media reports said the attack was “horrific” and said that the man was found the next day by a relative of Rhames.

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Rhames shares the home with his second wife, Deborah Reed, their two children, daughter Reignbeau and son Freedom, as well as Reed’s daughter from a previous marriage, Tiffany. Rhames also has two bull mastiffs which each weigh around 200 pounds and two English bulldogs. Neighbors said Rhames and his daughter often played outside with the dogs.

Rhames is currently filming the upcoming movie Bastards, due out in late 2016.

Comparable homes near Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Wellington, and Boca Raton in this price range can be found in communities like Palm BeachPalm Beach Polo Club, Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club, Jupiter Island, and Old Palm.

Celebrity Homes from A to Z:
Jason Bateman & Amanda Anka’s Green Home | Ben Carson’s Home | Bill Cosby’s Home | Just One of Tom Cruise’s Many Estates | | Celine Dion’s House | Ernie Els Estate | Will Ferrell’s “Crash Pad” | | Matt Groening’s Treehouse of Horror | Michael Jordan’s Home | Rush Limbaugh’s Palm Beach Home | George Lucas’ Mega-Mansion | Rory McIlroy’s House | Elin Nordegren’s Home | Ving Rhames’ Double Mansion Home | | Ryan Seacrest’s Big Green Blob | William Shatner/Captain Kirk | Gene Simmons’ and Shannon Tweed’s Home of 30 minutes | Spelling Manor | Justin Timberlake’s and Jessica Biel’s Love Nest | a dead armadillo someone found in the canal’s Private Club | Keith Urban & Nicole Kidman’s Garage-less Palace | Vanna White’s Zero-Lot-Line Palace | Venus & Serena Williams’ Mansion | Tiger Woods’ Jupiter Island Home | Tiger’s crafts Complex | Tiger Woods’ final Mistress’ New Home
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Palm Beach Places Unknown | Malakor Thai Cafe

May 24th, 2016

If you are looking for authentic and delicious Thai food, look no further than the Malakor Thai Café, located in the Historic Northwood district of West Palm Beach, just a short drive from Palm Beach Gardens and Jupiter.

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Malakor is the Thai word for papaya, a fruit that is often used in Thai cuisine. Many of the ingredients used at Malakor Thai Café are grown by the very chefs themselves, including the papayas, Thai chilis, and lemongrass.

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The restaurant has great Thai-inspired décor and the outdoor seating area has a great Pacific feel. The business is the result of a partnership of two Thai chefs who mastered their cooking skills in their native land of Thailand, and a Florida-born visual artist who is responsible for many of the artistic details and murals that can be found in the restaurant.

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The diverse menu has something for everyone, even the sushi lover, and they will adjust the spiciness of the food to individual tastes. The food is well priced, with the lunch menu serving numerous traditional Thai rice and noodle dishes for $10.

You will not be disappointed with the amazing food and ambiance at Malakor Thai Café!

LOCATION
425 25th Street
West Palm Beach, FL 33407
Phone: (561) 762-9070

HOURS
LUNCH: Mon – Fri: 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Sat & Sun: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
DINNER : Sun – Thurs: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Fri & Sat: 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM

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Do Open Houses Work?

May 24th, 2016

New clients looking to sell their home or condo often ask if open houses work?  The answer is they do.  The home gets all sorts of extra exposure through all sorts of additional marketing.  We do ads in the Palm Beach Post, poem blasts (to 70,000), postcards, signs, and highlight on various open house websites.

Not satisfied? Take a read below about the open house our fabulous agent, Lanae Barneshosted and then sold in Lake Harbour Towers. Lanae can be reached at 561.236.9617 or lanae@JeffRealty.com

My boyfriend and I recently closed on a great condo thanks to our Realtor, Lanae Barnes. We stumbled upon an open house she was having, fell in love with the unit, and quickly made an offer. With her expertise we were able to purchase the unit for a fair price and she was kind enough to put a rush on the closing for us. I found Lanae to be “on point” with everything, making the process extremely easy for all involved. Whether you’re buying or selling, I would highly recommend her services.

Dayle Muller

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Open Houses Tomorrow in PGA National, Bay Hill Estates, Beachcomber, Juno Ocean Key, Cypress Ridge, Garden Oaks, Eastpointe & Abacoa

May 21st, 2016

 

Open Houses Tomorrow in PGA National, Bay Hill Estates, Beachcomber, Juno Ocean Key, Cypress Ridge, Garden Oaks, Eastpointe & Abacoa

Sunday, May 22nd from 12-3pm
37 Cayman Place in The Island at PGA National
Jeff’s Famous Cookies Will Be Served!

Absolutely stunning, expansive lake and sunset views from practically every room in this first-class and remodeled from-top-to-bottom, 6BR/4½BA Sabatello custom Mizner-style estate. Located in the highly sought-after, private, and exclusive community of The Island in PGA National, this luxurious, beautiful, and brightly lit home is bursting with tons of incredible quality upgrades and features throughout, such as massive clerestory windows, soaring triple-coffered ceilings with triple crown molding, a desirable and comfortable open floorplan, diagonally laid Traventine marble tile flooring in the living area, solid-core wood doors, high-end baseboards, and sophisticated arch lines. The pool and spa are adjacent to the screened logia and are surrounded by an elegant tropical oasis, perfect for outdoor living and entertaining guests, while a relaxing Zen garden and walkway adorn the front entrance.
Offered at $949,980.
Contact Jill for gate access: (561) 413-8780

Sunday, May 22nd from 12-3pm
7856 Woodsmuir Drive in Bay Hill Estates
Jeff’s Famous Cookies Will Be Served!

Magnificent water views fully surround this 4BR/3BA + Office home on two sides. Located in the highly sought-after, upscale neighborhood of Bay Hill Estates, this spacious, bright & sunny home features many luxurious upgrades, such as Saturnia marble flooring, knock-down drywall textured finishes, faux paintings on several walls, coffered ceilings, impact glass on all sliding-glass doors, impact film on all windows, brick pavers in the patio, driveway, and entry, a gazebo overlooking the waterfront, an underground gas tank, granite countertops and granite tile in the master bath, brand-new carpeting in the master bedroom, crown molding, built-in speakers throughout, and a newer riff-raff wall with a seawall behind it lining the water.
Offered at $799,000.
Contact Liisa for gate access: (561) 510-3745

Sunday, May 22nd from 12-3pm
4161 S US Highway 1 #G1 in The Beachcomber
Jeff’s Famous Cookies Will Be Served!

It’s just a short walk to the beach and the Juno Pier from this gorgeous, remodeled townhome located in the highly sought-after gated community of Beachcomber. You will fall in love with the bright and sunny interior, the updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, 24” shiny porcelain tile throughout, and the beautifully updated bathrooms. There are numerous design details in every room, such as sliding plantation shutters on all sliding glass doors, crown molding, and recessed lighting. Enjoy the spectacular Florida weather and sunsets while sitting out in the huge, screened front porch. You’ll rarely need your car thanks to the central location. This small, close-knit community is within walking distance to fine restaurants, great shopping, nature preserves, amazing parks, and close to Jupiter’s highly rated schools. Don’t miss your chance to own this perfect, Florida beach home.
Offered at $600,000.
Contact Andrew for gate access: (561) 891-9262

Sunday, May 22nd from 12-3pm
800 Juno Ocean Walk Drive #501-A in Juno Ocean Key
Jeff’s Famous Cookies Will Be Served!

Designed with upgrades galore, this corner unit is privileged with stunning ocean views, lovely sunrises, and stunning sunsets. Offering two master suites and a den or third bedroom, guests will have comfort and privacy. This meticulously maintained unit features volume tray ceilings, tile and hardwood floors throughout, and an elevator that delivers you directly to your unit. Enjoy plenty of storage space with a detached one-car garage.
Offered at $599,000.
Contact Will for gate access: (561) 602-7373

Sunday, May 22nd from 12-3pm
511 Cypress Court in Cypress Ridge
Jeff’s Famous Cookies Will Be Served!

Live within biking distance from the beach, inlet, and Intracoastal in this luxurious, decorator-upgraded, bright & sunny, upscale, open plan 3BR + den sophisticated pool home located on a large. private, fenced-in tropical yard with amazing outdoor living space. This gorgeous, comfortable home has many top-of-the-line features, such as Travertine marble and hardwood flooring, wow gourmet kitchen with stunning patio views and granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, wine rack, volume ceilings with recessed lighting, custom Roman window shades and plantation shutters, graded lighting fixtures and ceiling fans, spacious master bedroom with a resort-style bath, sliding glass door access into the expansive covered back patio, and ample closet space.
Offered at $474,990.
Contact Blake for further information: (561) 409-7282

Sunday, May 22nd from 12-3pm
8588 Doverbrook Drive in Garden Oaks
Jeff’s Famous Cookies Will Be Served!

Extraordinary outdoor living surrounded by a tranquil, tropical oasis from this bright & spacious, 3BR/2BA + den wide-open home, with many high-quality upgrades throughout, located in the highly sought-after community of Garden Oaks in Palm Beach Gardens. The gorgeous interior is bathed in natural light due to the many oversized windows and wall-to-wall sliding glass doors. Desirable features include crown molding, recessed lighting, volume tray ceilings, wainscoting, like-new carpeting and tile flooring, Timbertek decking, pool fountains, hot tub, and central vacuum.
Offered at $424,990.
Contact Jake for gate access: (561) 777-9890

Sunday, May 22nd from 1-4pm
6350 Whispering Lakes Lane in Eastpointe
Jeff’s Famous Cookies Will Be Served!

Stunning lake and golf course views from this fully renovated, bright & spacious home with an enormous, brand-new, all-season Florida room, located on the 4th hole of the West course in Eastpointe Country Club. This gorgeous home has a highly sought-after open floorplan and many brand-new features, such as soaring tray ceilings with recessed lighting & crown molding, 20” rectified porcelain floors laid on the diagonal, custom niches, porcelain tile work in bathrooms, high-quality custom wainscoting, large outdoor grilling area, golf cart garage, architectural Timberline shingle roof, Hardieplank exterior clapboard siding, and a 3-year-old A/C.
Offered at $399,900.
Contact Joanna for gate access: (561) 339-5049

Sunday, May 22nd from 12-3pm
26 Balfour Road in Thurston Villas at PGA National
Jeff’s Famous Cookies Will Be Served!

Incredible top-to-bottom remodel using the highest-quality materials, with an enormous, screened-in covered lanai perfect for outdoor living, in this bright & spacious 3BR/2½BA + study townhome with a single-family home feel. Located in the highly sought-after, private community of Thurston in PGA National, features include soaring vaulted ceilings with hurricane-proof skylights, double-sided wood-burning stone fireplace in the great room and dining room, 20-inch porcelain and wood-grain tile flooring, marble bathrooms, oversized guest rooms and loft, and plentiful storage throughout.
Offered at $348,980.
Contact Kimberly for gate access: (561) 510-4600
Sunday, May 22nd from 12-3pm
826 Dakota Drive #101 in Somerset at Abacoa
Jeff’s Famous Cookies Will Be Served!

Spectacular, bright, and sunny Key West-style townhouse in the heart of Abacoa, featuring beautiful, solid hardwood flooring and volume ceilings. Located in the much sought-after Somerset subdivision, this charming, two-story corner home has an open floorplan with gorgeous crown molding and wooden wall trim throughout the downstairs area. With its three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths, this home is perfect for anyone who wants to be close to everything Abacoa and South Florida has to offer.
Offered at $324,990.
Contact Lanae for further information: (561) 236-9617

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