Laura Cole & Tana Gaskill
  561.758.8625      561.389.6838
   Illustrated Properties
Newsletter
December, 2020
Greetings!

Almost all our snowbirds and snowflakes are now back in town. We love seeing returning friends and neighbors even if it is from afar and guessing who it is with their masks on! Many of us are fortunate to be having guests come for the holidays or just to escape the cold so be smart and be safe.

This month we feature in our We Support section the BallenIsles Charities Foundation, a cause close to our hearts since its inception 10 years ago.. Learn more about this incredible "grass roots" effort BallenIsles residents give to with their time and generosity to benefit the larger community around us. This year fundraising is difficult; join us and donate generously!
 
And be sure to check out Real Estate news and stay in the know.

Wishing you and your loved ones a joyous holiday season, 
Laura & Tana
Featured Property 
103D Palm Point Circle
      
This superb Majesty model condo overlooks expansive vistas of the East golf course 7th hole. This end unit is just steps from the neighborhood pool and has a large wrap around screened terrace.  Designer finishes are evident throughout with a bright eat-in kitchen with gas range, formal dining room and large open great room with a library alcove with bar and wine refrigerator. Features include a private elevator, 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths, electric hurricane shutters, custom built-ins and lighting, central vac and large ceramic tile floors. Ideally located in the heart of BallenIsles with a separate neighborhood pool and within easy walking distance of all the luxury amenities of the club. Furnishings/turnkey negotiable. Sports membership ($95,000) or higher required.

WE SUPPORT
BallenIsles Charities Foundation

Did you know that prior to the pandemic, nearly 14% of Palm Beach County Residents, and one-in-five children lived below the poverty line?  It is shocking when you think of the affluence that exists right alongside – from the abundance of local recreational and cultural opportunities, to fine dining, to the ocean-side luxury of the Breakers and Worth avenue. So many people who only a year ago were working, contributing members of our local community are now left homeless, hungry and, perhaps, medically compromised.

Last year, BallenIsles residents collectively pitched in to provide $720,400 in grants to 42 local non-profit organizations that support financial and in-kind services for Civic, Health & Human Services, Environment and Educational programs. In addition, thoughtful residents contributed 2½ large truckloads of clothes, furniture, electronics and more to help out during BallenIsles’ Habitat for Humanity Donation Day. Some donned hard hats and provided labor and sweat to help construct a Habitat for Humanity home in West Palm.

The list goes on and on... At the height of the pandemic, the Foundation purchased and distributed lunches for nurses and doctors at the PBG Medical Center for 6 weeks as a show of support to our medical heroes as they worked long hours to help those suffering from COVID and other maladies. The Feed the Hungry Pantry was the recipient of a BICF impact grant to purchase a refrigerated food truck. To quote Dan Shorter, the Director, “Due to the coronavirus robbing tens of thousands of neighbors of their jobs, our pantry has exploded from feeding 3,000+ families a month to 10,000+ a week – and the BallenIsles Truck is leading the way.”

The Foundation’s incredible work continues, but this year is different than any prior. For safety’s sake, the Foundation has eliminated all fundraisers involving social gatherings…the major source of generating revenue for grants. Realizing the challenges faced by our friends and neighbors outside the gates, BallenIsles residents have already begun to pitch in financially. Not for any tangible reward for giving, but because the need is great and the Foundation reliably vets grant recipients to ensure that money is spent helping out where the need is greatest. We at Illustrated Properties applaud our friends at BICF and the essential work they do on behalf of us all.

Won’t you support them too, by giving until It Feels Good!
REAL ESTATE TRENDS
BallenIsles Sales - November

November saw 8 closed sales.... Want to know why?

The Club at BallenIsles is doing an amazing job of balancing safety and member amenities. You can go to the gym, take a fitness class, go to the salon or spa, swim, play golf, tennis and pickleball, do a happy hour, dine at the BallenIsles Grill or the Bistro, enjoy cocktails, snacks and music by the pool, free coffee and fruit in the mornings and of course free bagels, coffee and muffins on weekends. This level of service has not gone unnoticed to Buyers. The Florida real estate market is booming and luxury clubs like BallenIsles are HOT! Sadly we are losing some of our foreign buyers but the desire to flee the cold and enjoy a country club lifestyle is a huge incentive for Northern US buyers.
*This representation is based on data supplied by the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches or its Multiple Listing Services thru 12/08/20. 
Laura Cole & Tana Gaskill
561.758.8625   561.389.6838

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