Laura Cole & Tana Gaskill
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November, 2020
Greetings!

While we don't expect the usual Thanksgiving this year we have a great deal to be thankful for. We live in paradise with a gentle climate, we have access to golf, tennis, pickleball, fitness, dining and of course bagels, and we have a superb management team enabling us to enjoy the maximum of amenities with responsible safety.

Looking to get outside for something new, safe and fun? Read all about the Drive Shack in West Palm Beach. And be sure to catch up with Real Estate news and BallenIsles sales too.
 
Counting our blessings,
Laura & Tana
Featured Property 
87 Laguna Drive

JUST BRING YOUR TOOTHBRUSH to this fabulous home, which is the popular Cozumel model featuring 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, with a den/office and separate golf cart garage on a quiet, heavily landscaped, corner lot. The price includes a turnkey home with all furnishings (even pots, pans and linens), a golf membership and cart! The kitchen features a breakfast area, center island, SS appliances and granite counter tops. The family room has a built-in entertainment wall unit with bar. The master suite offers a sitting area, dual walk-in closets and spacious bath. Both guest bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms and all bedrooms have wood flooring. The patio with pool and spa promises an island feeling of privacy with a lovely view with new landscaping from the kitchen/family room and master bedroom rooms. You can spend this winter in beautiful Ballenisles with this complete package including newer A/C and accordion hurricane shutters!

Things to Do
Drive Shack
   
Looking for some safe fun? The Drive Shack in West Palm Beach, a golf entertainment complex with virtual reality, arcade games and sports bar, opened last October, next to Palm Beach International Airport. It has strict COV-19 rules for sanitizing, social distancing, mask wearing and safety in place. For more detailed COVID-19 precautions Click here.

At 60,000-square feet the venue, located just west of I-95 on Belvedere Road, measures slightly bigger than a football field but is much smaller than, say, nearby BallenIsles East course. You can play on five virtual-reality golf courses here, and one of them is a faithful re-creation of PGA National down the street.
Along with hitting bays, Drive Shack features a 150-seat sports bar and restaurant serving comfort-food dishes on its second floor, a retro arcade game room and a third-floor lounge and outdoor terrace.

What's the golfing like and how does the virtual reality work?
The centerpiece of Drive Shack is its 96 driving-range bays, from which players take aim at a sprawling, 220-foot fairway. Because the entertainment complex borders the airport, Drive Shack's fairway is girded by netting and masts to prevent stray golf balls from, say,smacking an airplane windshield. Visitors can take turns launching balls from bays on the first, second or third floors. Feel intimidated? 75 percent of Drive Shack's guests are likely to be non-golfers.

Virtual-reality games for adults include 21, a blackjack-style game where hitting virtual targets on the fairway flips over cards. For kids, there's Monster Hunt, where young golfers attempt to save a princess by toppling creatures living inside the targets. The virtual-reality technology allows golfers to play on five famous golf courses from around the world, including St. Andrews Links in England, Muirfield Village in Ohio and Bethesda Country Club in Maryland.

What's the food and entertainment like?
There are roughly 300 high-definition TVs scattered around Drive Shack, and 100 of them are in Drive Shack's Bar and Grill alone. The venue's second-floor restaurant serves dishes priced between $8 and $16, including a variety of tacos and flatbreads, poke bowls and burgers, chicken wings and sandwiches, and shareables such as charcuterie boards. There are 32 specialty cocktails ($9-$16), including a Cotton Candy Cocktail with vodka, a Lavender Margarita and a Peachy Palmer, an Arnold Palmer-style drink with Jameson whiskey.

How much to tee off?
Drive Shack, at 1710 Belvedere Road, in West Palm Beach, is open 9 a.m.-midnight Sunday-Thursday and 9 a.m.-1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Renting a driving-range bay costs $25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., $35 from 1 to 5 p.m. and $45 from 5 p.m. to close. For more information, call 561-771-5354 or go to DriveShack.com.
REAL ESTATE TRENDS
BallenIsles Sales

Four reasons we are bullish on Real Estate.
1. Demand Is Strong 
The raging pandemic and cold weather have combined to make Florida and specifically our country club lifestyle very attractive. Those who are semi-retired, home office enabled, and sellers with high prices for their current properties add fuel to the fire.
2. Mortgage Rates Are Historically Low 
All-time low interest rates are also driving demand across all generations. Strong demand created by this rate drop has countered other economic disruptions (e.g., pandemic, recession, record unemployment).
In addition, Freddie Mac just forecasted mortgage rates to remain low through next year:
3. Prices Continue to Appreciate
The continued lack of supply of existing homes for sale coupled with the surge in buyer demand has experts forecasting strong price appreciation over the next twelve months.
4. History Says So
Though it’s true that the market slows slightly in November when it’s a Presidential election year, the pace returns quickly.
*This representation is based on data supplied by the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches or its Multiple Listing Services thru 11/10/2020. 
Laura Cole & Tana Gaskill
561.758.8625   561.389.6838

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