Via Verde Homes in Mirasol – Palm Beach Gardens, FL

July 15th, 2011

Via Verde is one of Mirasol’s earliest communities where builder Taylor Woodrow could display the full expression of the Mirasol homes and lifestyle. Limited in size to only one street ending in a cul-du-sac, Via Verde homes are 31 Mediterranean styled homes ranging in size from about 3,800 square feet to over 6,000 feet.

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As one of the original communities, homes for sale in Via Verde are situated between the fourth and fifth holes of the Arthur Hills designed Sunset golf course, one of two golf courses in Mirasol. So, each Via Verde home has either a lake & fairway view or fairway view. Homes for sale in Via Verde are located close to the guarded, western gatehouse and The Club at Mirasol. Mature landscapes with flowering bouganvillea and towering, stately Royal Palms are a signature of the Via Verde living experience.

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Entering a Via Verde home for sale you will be met by some of the most luxurious upgrades available. Via Verde homes are among the largest homes for sale in Mirasol with soaring ceilings, fine stone and marble used throughout and space for the largest art collection or fine furniture. Living in Via Verde, you will keep a golf cart in a private garage to join friends at The Club for lunch or to visit the driving range with private instruction. The Esplanade Sports & Tennis Center and The Club pool are just a short cart ride away down Mirasol Blvd.

The Esplanade and pool will be the center of activity when friends and family are in town. Whether they are looking for a hard workout, aerobics classes, free time for the kids in the Olympic pool or lunch poolside on the elevated deck, it’s all at The Club.

When its time to head out for the evening or to meet friends at one of our other country clubs, Via Verde is the closest community for access onto PGA Blvd. and the Palm Beach Gardens country club lifestyle. And the Palm Beach International Airport is about 20 minutes away via the Florida Turnpike. Our website is always your best choice for Via Verde homes for sale and it would be our pleasure to help you select the right one for you.

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The Bear’s Club Homes in Jupiter FL

July 15th, 2011

For decades, Jack & Barbara Nicklaus have lived and raised their family in North Palm Beach.  In the late 1990’s when land in Jupiter finally became available, Jack decided to create an exclusive golf club for a select few seeking what can only be described as Jack’s dream and vision of what a golf club COULD be. The Bear’s Club is this dream come true.

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On undeveloped land in south Jupiter, he began to carve out his “private” golf course and club facility.  Limited to a select group who know and can appreciate only the finest in food, golf and service Jack was not under pressure to create a club for a large number of people.  The Bear’s Club would be the crown jewel of his golf design work.

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Carefully selecting each and every tree to be removed and working into the darkness The Bear’s Club golf course is the finest course Jack Nicklaus is capable of creating.

Unlike other courses, The Bear’s Club retains the pristine look of the land upon which it was constructed.  Native wildlife is encouraged and you may look up during your round to find you are being watched by a bald eagle circling overhead since a nesting pair live next door at The Ritz Carlton.

To compliment such a course and club, large homesites were designated up to over two acres so that there would be no limit to the estate home you might wish to build.  Homes for sale in the Bear’s Club overlook the golf course at distinct locations, but the owner is never faced with players near the home.

Homes for sale and villas in The Bear’s Club range in size fromapproximately 3,000 square feet to about 14,000.  The stately main clubhouse, situated across a small lake from the 18th green, is 35,000 square feet, large enough to furnish every amenity a member may desire yet only about half the size of the large clubhouses at other clubs in the area.

You would feel at home at The Bear’s Club if you are seeking a personal scale club where everyone knows you by name, if you would like to own a custom home distinct from every other and play golf on the finest golf course Jack Nicklaus can build.  If you are looking for real estate for sale in The Bear’s Club, you have come to the right place.  Call my office for private showings.

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Case-Shiller Report Not Taking Into Account ‘Flea Market Inventory’!

July 5th, 2011

What a June in PGA National !!!

We just closed on a 2600 square foot home in The Island at PGA National for over $700,000.  We put a home on the market in Marlwood Estates for $799,000 and had a buyer we represented purchase it for 97% of the asking price in 12 days!  We have 2 deals pending in the Club Cottages, 1 in Eagleton Cove, 1 in Townhomes of Marlwood, 1 in Burwick Estates, 1 in Barclay Club, and 1 in Lexington Green.

So, what is going on?  My analysis is that there have been historic lows in new construction for 5 years running.  During those 5 years we have seen a cleansing of excess builder speculation homes, excess builder land lots that have been built, investor speculation homes, and sellers who purchased a home who had to reduce the price to the current reality in order to sell their home.

The buyer who always purchases new construction now has extremely limited choices from which to pick.  They must turn to existing homes that show the best and look like new.  The Case-Shiller Report states that there is a ton of foreclosures and short sales coming and thus see a 10-20% drop in prices. Case-Shiller is correct on the never-ending short sales and foreclosures coming.  However, what Case-Shiller fails to state is that there is a huge differentiation between ‘good inventory’ & ‘bad inventory’.  When a buyer gives me their wish list, it usually goes something like this….  I want open & airy, master on the first floor, updated, nice view.  The shorts sales and foreclosures tend to be dark and dreary, closed-off floorplans, dated, unpampered, and ugly views.  Therefore there is an excess of ‘ugly homes’ but not a lot of ‘good looking’ homes.

A good-looking home that is marketed and priced well is moving fast and seeing some appreciation. What is sitting are the ugly homes, plus the excess inventory that Schiller reports is going to be more ugly homes, not new construction.  The big difference is the quality of the inventory. It’s like going to the Festival Flea Market in Ft. Lauderdale and expecting to find Zenga ties and Henredon furniture. You end up being disappointed and just buy some goofy Happy Birthday cards and a big pickle at the Pickle on a Stick store.

Are prices going back to 2005 numbers? Not a chance. The free market is leveling out inventory through the normal cycle of supply and demand. We will end up seeing a little new construction and prices will go up a hair and then level out. Staging homes properly has never been more important. If you are a few years away from selling and want to do some updating, feel free to call and it will be my pleasure to help you choose what updating will help get a good return on your investment.

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Saving Sea Turtle Eggs

July 5th, 2011

Saving Sea Turtle Eggs

After exiting the ocean at Coral Cove Park in Jupiter Island from a morning swim and snorkel, my son and I happened upon some white balls laying in the sand right in front of us. Once my eyes focused, I realized the masses of balls were really turtle eggs.

Being high tide and with a foot of swell, the waves were coming in fast and a few times washing over the turtle eggs.

We ran over to the lifeguard who said we might try Florida State Wildlife.  Florida State Wildlife said it was just a part of nature and there was nothing that could be done.  Not giving up, we called Loggerhead Marine Life Center in Juno Beach.  We ended up talking to Evan in education rescue.  Evan told me that they would run out to Coral Cove and see if they could save the turtle eggs by covering the eggs up and then transporting and burying them at higher ground. Evan said the major concerns were (1) the heat exposure to the eggs and it’s also hard to move eggs when it’s hot,  (2)  When a nest gets displaced, the embryos can get destroyed by the waves moving them.  However, the eggs buried below might still be okay.

We came back later in the day and the eggs were moved and buried with a stake marker of #3 and a pink ribbon.  It’s a State/Federal offense to touch or move eggs in any way, so it’s imperative to get someone who can. Below are a couple of photos of the displaced eggs and the danger of the waves, the stake showing where they were moved late in the day, and a sample of the many nests that the turtles create. There was also a badly injured Loggerhead turtle that washed ashore that got hit by a passing boat, so it was quite the busy day at Coral Cove.

If you ever need to save sea turtle eggs, please call Loggerhead Marine Life Center. The facility is also open to the public and is great for educational purposes. Kids love to go to see the turtles the Center is nursing back to health.

Loggerhead Marine Life Center is located at 14200 U.S. Highway 1, Juno Beach FL 33408.  Phone: (561) 627-8280.

Turtle eggs washing away in the surf

Reburied and marked turtle eggs

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13910 Crosspointe Court | Eastpointe

July 5th, 2011

13910 Crosspointe Court in Eastpointe with a fabulously remodeled great room floorplan has stunning golf course views. Volume ceilings and lots of light throughout create an open & spacious feel. The kitchen has been renovated with never-used stainless steel appliances, granite counters, and exquisite cabinetry. A granite, cut-out, wide pass-thru opens up onto the great room and sliders to the covered backyard patio. The master is large and has wonderful views of the golf course. All baths have been remodeled with new cabinetry and granite counters. Plentiful closet space in both rooms. A wraparound 2nd patio w/park-like private treed views is serene. Accordion hurricane shutters add great protection. Leave your 2-car garage and just seconds away is the manned gated at Donald Ross Road.

13910 Crosspointe Court

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