New Construction Styles in the Palm Beaches

December 11th, 2014

Mediterranean gives way to British West Indies.

What architecture tends/changes do you see happening, if any?

The most common saying today is “Med is Dead”, meaning that Mediterranean is out and British West Indies/Key West is In.

The changes began about 2½-3 years ago. Now, if you see a new Mediterranean house under construction in the Palm Beach real estate market, you shake your head and say, “What were they thinking“.

British West Indies or soft contemporary is a coastal look, white or cream exterior with grey flat concrete tiles and floor-to-ceiling windows. The interior architecture is an open floorplan, all moldings are squared off, white/grey kitchens, a soft modern/contemporary/transitional. Gone, gone, and gone is the living room, replaced with an open kitchen-great room.

The model below is in Old Palm and also available in Loxahatchee River Jupiter homes for sale

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The master lady’s bath is white/cream, ditto her closet, while the men’s is a medium shade of brown or taupe.

Marble floors are replaced with a sandstone-honed look; no longer shiny, mostly white/cream. The yellow Saturnia is a thing of the past. There are no built-in TV units. Everything is attached to the wall to be replaced with something bigger. We always take our clients to see Old Palm new homes in Palm Beach Gardens because the models are so up-to-date.

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Things to do in Admirals Cove

December 11th, 2014

From antique car shows to spinning, there is a lot to do besides golfing or boating.

I live in Admirals Cove, known for its boating and golf, but wow, there is so much more to do, so many services, that I wonder how I ever lived without all of this. Here are 20 things that Admirals Cove real estate residents in Jupiter enjoy.

  1. Antique Car Shows: Once a year, all the homeowners who have antique cars shine them up and display them for all to see. This is done on a large lawn area overlooking our marina, the same area we have weddings, bar mitzvahs, Easter egg hunts, and our Christmas Carnival
  2. Book Club: Our book club meets every 3 weeks to discuss the books on the agenda from the previous meeting and new assignments and recommendations.
  3. Artist Shows: Every other year, we have a 3-day art show, curated professionally, and all of the members can bring their works of art for all to admire.
  4. Medical Seminars: Several times per year our local hospital, Jupiter Medical Center, will provide us with guest speakers to educate those interested in the latest advances in a variety of medical categories.
  5. Paramedics: We have 2 full-time paramedics 24/7 assigned within our community who are credited with saving over a dozen lives in the past 2 years.
  6. Bank: Almost every resident has a bank account in our local bank on premises; usually the husband makes deposits and the wife makes the withdrawals.
  7. Beauty Parlor: Next door to the bank is our on-premises beauty parlor.
  8. Spinning, Palates, Weights, Massages, Spa: All located in our fitness center, every activity you could imagine together with every service.
  9. Kids Korner: I refer to it as the Kids Dump, where Parents and Grandparents leave the kids supervised while they pursue their outside adventures. It’s really fabulous, with full-time help, video games, basketball court, and right off the pool area.
  10. Jet Skis: Since nearly every house has a dock, lots of homeowners have 1 or more jet skis and go out on the Intracoastal to have fun.
  11. Eating: Our Marina Café is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dress is very causal, shorts are permitted all day, and there is no dress code. Yes, jeans are acceptable. It’s basically an indoor/outdoor sports bar. We have 3 other dining venues.
  12. Happy Hour is any time before 6PM at any one of our 3 bar locations.
  13. Catering: Whether you are looking for a small, medium, or large event, at the clubhouse or in your home, our catering department can do 100% of the work, including providing valet parking.
  14. Weddings & Bar Mitzvahs: Our grand ballroom can hold as many as 450 people.
  15. Hotel services: In our main clubhouse, above it are 33 rooms for use only by family and their guests
  16. Tennis: 14 courts, 4 night lit, together with a tennis shop and center, provide members with both games and lessons.
  17. Car Washing: When you valet park at the front door, we have a car washing service available.
  18. POA: Our Property Owners Association has a list of maintenance companies, electricians, plumbers, handymen, etc., approved for homeowner use.
  19. IT: we have internet and cable available to every homeowner and computer guys to fix, educate, and train you on your computer.
  20. Yacht Club: Membership in the Yacht Club is available to non-boat owners as well for $350 per year.

Cary Lichtenstein, resident Realtor in Admirals Cove, has resided in the community for 17 years Feel free to contact him at cary@jeffrealty.com.

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Loxahatchee River Homes For Sale

December 10th, 2014

The Loxahatchee River area in Jupiter is Old and New Florida at the same time. We just recently represented a client who tore down a home built in 1922, subdivided a 1-acre parcel, and sold both parcels to individuals looking to build Key West/British West Indies homes. The whole area is very large and complex, with the large river on the east pouring into the Atlantic Ocean and the northern portion dividing into the North Forks. There are canals, gated communities, golf courses…everything but retail.

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The River is very shallow in parts, so most probably a 50-foot boat is the max. There are some low bridges, so the Buyer must be extra careful in doing proper research. Vacant land and teardowns on the big portion of the river run from $1 million to $3.5 million, so there is quite a bit of diversity price-wise. Prices drop considerably on homes with and without canal lots; anywhere from $300,000 on up. Take a look at homes on the River in Jupiter for sale.

One of the features homeowners love about the area is the WIND. Great breezes every day come off the Atlantic Ocean. Many areas are just streets with no HOA fees, the gated areas have minimal HOA fees, so the cost of living there versus gated golf communities in Palm Beach Gardens is way lower, except for the cost and upkeep of a boat. There is an old Florida saying, the 2nd happiest day of your life is the day you buy your boat; the happiest day is the day you sell it. Boaters are a great breed, some are dedicated and some are fickle.

The best way to go is to have a friend who owns a boat; even better if he has a plane, too.

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What home renovations in Florida are good investments?

December 10th, 2014

Renovations: What’s in style in South Florida?

I’m often asked about renovations, their cost, and whether or not the subject property will increase in value, and by how much.

I take each situation on a case-by-case basis. To do a first-class renovation, $100 per square foot is the number I generally quote. That will pretty much allow you to do everything you can think of within reason. I’m always concerned with resale value, so the better the location, the better your chance of recovering all or most of these costs. Remember that your renovation, while timely today, is going to be dated in 10 years, so you will need to remember that when selling your home.

Styles in South Florida have changed so much in the past 3 years. Take a look at a lot of the new construction in Bear’s Club real estate or the City Plaza West Palm Beach condos. Saturnia marble, which is marble with a yellow cast, is sooo yesterday. Everything today is white and cream, from flooring to kitchen cabinets. Even granite is out. Shiny marble is out. Honed dull finishes are the craze. The living room is passé; the open floorplan is in. Built-ins are out, flat-screen TVs are in. Smart houses controlled by your iPhone or iPad remotely are in. Barrel orange roof tiles are out, flat grey tiles are in. White exteriors are out. Gold and yellow exteriors are out. Even pavers are grey today.

Brown cabinets are still ok for the men’s separate bathrooms, but nowhere else in the house. Crown moldings today are square edged, no longer rounded.

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Medalist Hobe Sound Homes

December 10th, 2014

Just north of Jupiter about 20 minutes is a sleepy little town called Hobe Sound. There are 2 upscale, gated golf communities, Medalist and another one called Loblolly.

The Medalist real estate development is a Greg Norman designed golf course, home to Tiger Woods, about a dozen LPGA pros and 3 dozen PGA pros. Just hanging out at the driving range is a treat. There is a great teacher there by the name of Mike Adams.

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The Buyer gets great value in housing at Medalist Country Club, but resale can take an extended time period. The Buyer must work with a savvy Realtor and take all emotion out of buying. Sellers often ask prices that are way out of line, caught up in the 2004-2007 period when prices got out of control. I urge Buyers to really shop this area extra hard and look for the motivated seller. While the rest of the market is enjoying boom times, there are pockets of housing that are still distressed.

Use an outside agent that works exclusively for you in this area. Caution…flashing yellow light!!  Feel free to check out my credentials. I’ve played the course, listed there, and have experience in auctions at Medalist.

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