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Laura Cole & Tana Gaskill
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Newsletter                            December, 2017

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Welcome back to all our snowbird and snowflake friends.  We so love greeting returning friends and neighbors.  Everyone seems to have had a good summer and is ready to plunge into the Florida season!  

This month we feature in our new We Support section the BallenIsles Charties Foundation, a cause close to our hearts since its inception.  Learn more about this incredible "grass roots" effort BallenIsles residents give to with their time and generousity to benefit the larger community around us.  This year we are proud to be sponsoring the 7th Annual Golf Classic.  Join us! 
 
 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
337 Sunset Bay Lane

Exceptional value in Sunset Bay with this modified Cayman model and its long lake views. Features include very open living areas, granite counter tops in the kitchen and breakfast bar and a lounge/seating area flowing into the living room with all rooms having stunning views.  The Master Suite has his and her walk-in closets, a large well appointed bath and an absolutely breathtaking water view. The third bedroom/den features built-in shelves, French doors and plenty of room for a sofa bed. Exterior features include a new roof in 2016 and accordion hurricane shutters. A tennis membership or higher may be purchased with this property.  Furnishings are negotiable. 
 
 


We Support
BallenIsles Charities Foundation  

The BallenIsles Charities Foundation was established in 2011 with the goal of Making a Difference to local not-for-profit organizations in areas surrounding our residential community in Palm Beach Gardens.  The launch of the Foundation underscored a commitment to those civic and tax exempt organizations that make such a difference, not only to our own residents, but to so many of our neighbors in the surrounding cities, towns and communities.  Our donors recognized that by working together we could make a significant positive impact providing financial and in-kind support in these areas: Civic, Health & Human Services, Environment, and Education.  In our first six years, the BallenIsles Charities Foundation, Inc. has awarded over $1,765,000 to 59 local area organizations.

 The BallenIsles Charities Foundation (BICF) presented financial grants and awards totaling a record $500,000 to 42 local not-for-profit and civic organizations during its 2017 Grants Awards Ceremony, at BallenIsles Country Club on Tuesday, February 28.  Below is a spotlight on some of those grants.

Health & Human Services
Paws 4 Liberty:  The mission of Paws 4 Liberty is to help returning soldiers with disabilities regain their independence and confidence through the assistance of professionally trained service dogs.  With a primary focus on post 9/11 veterans with post-traumatic stress (PTS), Paws 4 Liberty screens, trains, and places skilled service dogs with qualified veterans at no cost to the recipient.  There is a critical need among post 9/11 veterans for service dog assistance as many returning veterans are being diagnosed with PTSD.  In addition to training and placing service dogs with qualified veterans, Paws 4 Liberty also works with veterans who already have a dog and would like their dog to learn specific tasks that would help them with their PTSD symptoms. They adhere to the standards set by Assistance Dogs International in the model for this program.  All of their service dogs come from animal shelters or rescue groups, or are donated to the organization. The veteran/dog teams are screened for suitability for the program and, once admitted, the teams work together learning tasks and service commands that will help the dog assist the veteran with PTSD symptoms. Our 2017 grant will fund the training for 5 veteran/dog teams.

Education
Carson Scholars Fund:  The Carson Scholars Fund supports two main initiatives: The Carson Scholars Program and The Ben Carson Reading Project. Our 2017 grant provides funding to build a Ben Carson Reading Room in the Northmore Elementary School in West Palm Beach.  These reading rooms provide a warm, inviting environment where children can discover the joy of independent leisure reading.  The room will be stocked with over 500 high-interest books selected by the school & will be used exclusively for reading books that students select according to their interests and reading skills.   The Palm Beach County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Avossa, is highly supportive of this program providing a letter of commendation & the Palm Beach County Board of Education recognized the local Carson Scholars Fund chapter with an award for creation of these reading rooms. 
 
Environment
McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary:  McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary is home to over 200 resident animals. Some of the exotic animals were donated by wildlife officers after being confiscated from previous owners because of abuse, neglect, or illegal possession.  Others were pets that the owners could no longer care for and felt that McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary could provide the animals a safe haven.  In addition to their permanent residents, they treat hundreds of native animals in their rehab program and the animals are then released into the wild. Some animals, who cannot be released, act as animal ambassadors in their educational programs. Last year, Mark McCarthy, performed over one hundred educational programs in schools, camps, and events in Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, and St. Lucie counties. These programs increase awareness of our planet's fragile wildlife.  Our 2017 grant will help fund a new van to safely transport animals.
 
Civic
Palm Beach Gardens Police Department: The mission of our Palm Beach Gardens Police Department is to protect and serve in partnership with the community.  Our 2017 Grant will help them enhance their ability as first responders to reach, rescue, and respond to victims.  This grant will fund the purchase of breaching tools used to gain access to victims and/or offenders, and, to gain entry to buildings or vehicles during emergency situations, i.e., where there is an active shooter, at a building collapse, or during a natural disaster such as a hurricane or tornado. In addition, funding for rescue harnesses will enable officers to quickly slide victims out of harm's way while maintaining defensive readiness.

 
Join us in supporting the BallenIsles Charities Foundation!
Community Reception
Monday, December 11, 2017, 4-6 PM
BallenIsles Country Club, Pavilion
Complimentary Wine and Cheese
Educational Event - No Solicitation
RSVP  dgoldwasser61@gmail.com

REAL ESTATE TRENDS BI moongate
BallenIsles Sales
 
With the tourism season expected to reach record levels and the increase in inquiries we are receiving already showing signs of continuing last year's high-level of activity, for those property owners considering selling, this is the time for us to be discussing a listing.  The process of getting a property on the market can take a 1-2 weeks so the sooner you start the more chance we have of introducing your listing to the real estate community in time for season.  In addition to the adage "location, location, location," timing is everything!

BALLENISLES SALES - DECEMBER*  
 
#
ADDRESS
BR
BA
    SOLD $
    ORIG. $
    DATE
MKT TIME
1
104A PALM POINT CIRCLE
2
2.0
   $320,000
   $359,000
01/03/2017
121
2
123C PALM BAY TERRACE
3
3.5
   $555,000
   $599,000
0110/2017
94
3
137 BANYAN ISLE DRIVE
3
3.5
   $575,000
   $699,000
01/11/2017
74
4
152 SUNSET BAY DRIVE
3
3.0
   $475,000
   $499,000
01/12/2017
31
5
1120 CRYSTAL DRIVE
3
4.0
   $570,000
   $599,000
01/13/2017
47
6
205 GRAND POINTE DRIVE
4
6.0
$1,200,000
$1,375,000
01/31/2017
559
7
111 SUNSET COVE LANE
2
2.0
   $250,000
   $275,000
02/01/2017
11
8
121 GRAND PALM WAY
4
6.5
$1,265,000
$1,400,000
02/06/2017
110
9
214 COCONUT KEY DRIVE
3
4.0
   $875,000
   $940,000
02/16/2017
36
10
130 CORAL CAY DRIVE
3
3.0
   $215,000
   $235,000
02/23/2017
655
11
42 LAGUNA TERRACE
3
3.0
   $530,000
   $599,000
02/27/2017
92
12
110 WINDWARD DRIVE
3
3.0
   $475,000
   NON-MLS
03/02/2017
 
13
38 ST JAMES DRIVE
4
4.0
   $710,000
$1,070,000
03/15/2017
272
14
157 SUNSET BAY DRIVE
3
2.5
   $480,000
   $499,999
03/17/2017
116
15
132 SUNSET COVE LANE
4
3.0
   $340,000
   $360,000
03/20/2017
215
16
20 ST JAMES DRIVE
3
3.5
   $800,000
   $899,000
03/23/2017
121
17
63 LAGUNA DRIVE
4
3.5
   $590,000
   $675,000
03/23/2017
302
18
109B PALM POINT CIRCLE
3
2.0
   $367,500
   $411,000
03/23//2017
172 
19
37 ST JAMES DRIVE
3
3.5
   $900,000
  NON-MLS
03/23/2017
121
20
61 ST JAMES DRIVE
3
4.5
   $940,000
   $989,000
04/03/2017
353
21
1142 CRYSTAL DRIVE
4
4.0
   $450,000
   $575,000
04/07/2017
113
22
149 CORAL CAY DRIVE
3
3.0
   $320,000
  $349,000
04/11/2017
13
23
50 ST JAMES DRIVE
3
4.5
   $850,000
   $949,000
04/14/2017
142
24
139 SAN MARCO DRIVE
3
3.5
   $630,000
   $749,000
04/17/2017
24
25
120 SUNSET COVE LANE
3
2.5
   $450,000
   $499,500
04/18/2017
169
26
118 BANYAN ISLE DRIVE
3
3.0
   $300,000
   $549,000
04/18/2017
445
27
131 VINTAGE ISLE LANE
3
4.5
   $720,000
$1,099,000
04/21/2017
588
28
306 GRAND KEY TERRACE
4
6.5
$2,700,000
$2,850,000
04/24/2017
75
29
116D PALM BAY DRIVE
3
3.0
   $351,000
   $439,000
04/26/2017
46
30
107 CORAL CAY DRIVE
2
3.0
   $285,000
   $349,000
04/26/2017
667
31
127 ST MARTIN DRIVE
3
3.5
$1,125,000
$1,350,000
05/01/2017
113
32
115A PALM BAY DRIVE
3
2.0
   $360,000
   $429,000
05/03/2017
21
33
125 ST EDWARD PLACE
4
5.1
$1,520,000
$1,999,000
05/05/2017
139
34
150 VINTAGEISLES LANE
5
4.5
   $983,904
$1,200,000
05/31/2017
5
35
111 ST MARTIN DRIVE
3
4.5
$1,065,000
$1,190,000
05/31/2017
77
36
231 CORAL CAY TERRACE
3
3.0
   $439,000
   $435,000
06/06/2017
184
37
10 ST GEORGE PLACE
7
7.5
$3,700,000
$4,995,000
06/08/2017
128
38
1026 GRAND ISLE TERR.
4
5.5
$1,625,000
$1,599,000
06/08/2017
2
39
1003 GRAND ISLE
3
3.5
   $700,000
   $875,000
06/13/2017
1,031
40
116A PALM POINT CIRCLE
3
2.0
   $400,000
   $429,000
06/15/2017
9
41
313 SUNSET BAY LANE
4
3.0
   $360,000
   $390,000
06/16/2017
2
42
129 VINTAGEISLE LANE
3
3.0
   $700,000
   $899,000
06/30/2017
464
43
221 GRAND POINTE DRIVE
4
4.5
$2,304,037
$2,595,000
06/30/2017
17
44
221 CORAL CAY TERRACE
3
3.0
   219,000
   $240,000
06/30/2017
29
45
263 ISLE WAY
3
3.0
   $485,000
   $529,900
06/30/2017
19
46
21 SOMERSET DRIVE
3
3.5
   $580,000
   $649,000
06/30/2017
191
47
83 ST JAMES COURT
4
5.5
   $975,000
$1,170,000
07/17/2017
70
48
117 CORAL CAY DRIVE
4
5.5
   $304,000
   $360,000
07/18/2017
227
49
29 BERMUDA LAKE DRIVE
4
4.5
   $655,000
   $739,900
07/26/2017
197
50
304 GRAND KEY TERRACE
5
6.5
$1,81,380
$2,200,000
08/01/2017
8
51
116 ST MARTIN DRIVE
4
4.5
$1,052,575
$1,495,000
08/01/2017
105
52
108 EMERALD KEY LANE
3
3.0
   $500,000
   $529,000
08/01/2017
39
53
320 SUNSET BAY LANE
2
2.5
   $245,000
   $275,000
08/01/2017
230
54
12 ST GEORGE PLACE
6
7.5
$2,150,000
$2,695,000
08/03/2017
915
55
103 CHASEWOOD CIRCLE
3
3.5
   $500,000
   $549,000
08/10/2017
62
56
13 LAGUNA COURT
3.0
   $500,000
   $550,000
08/11/2017
271
57
110 BANYAN ISLE DRIVE
3
3.0
   $625,000
   $750,000
08/16/2017
177
58
38 LAGUNA TERRACE
4
3.5
   $580,000
   $729,000
08/25/2017
184
59
234 CORAL CAY DRIVE
3
3.0
   $460,000
   $475,000
08/28/2017
8
60
127 ORCHID CAY DRIVE
3
3.0
   $450,000
   $525,000
08/29/2017
284
61
112D PALM BAY DRIVE
3
3.0
   $450,000
   $485,000
08/31/2017
88
62
120 SUNESTA COVE DRIVE
3
3.5
   $770,000
   $799,000
09/14/2017
75
63
108 CORAL CAY DRIVE
3
3.0
   $485,000
   $499,000
09/25/2017
1
64
237 CORAL CAY DRIVE
3
3.0
   $255,000
   $285,000
09/25/2017
51
65
135 PEMBROKE DRIVE
4
4.5
   $735,000
   $949,550
09/27/2017
287
66
23 LAGUNA TERRACE
3
3.0
  $585,000
   NON-MLS
10/06/2017
 
67
121 SAN MARITA WAY
4
4.5
   $926,250
$1,295,000
10/06/2017
374
68
205 SUNSET BAY COURT
3
2.5
   $175,000
   $309,900
10/23/2017
567
69
156 SUNSET BAY COURT
3
2.5
   $290,000
   $325,000
10/25/2017
10
70
1148 CRYSTAL DRIVE
4
5.0
   $450,000
   $450,000
10/27/2017
54
71
124 VICTORIA BAY COURT
3
3.0
   $510,000
   $549,000
11/15/2017
246
72
112 ISLE DRIVE
3
3.0
   $325,000
   $399,000
11/17/2017
36
73
213 GRAND POINTE DRIVE
4
4.5
$2,235,000
$2,295,000
11/17/2017
38
74
114C PALM BAY TERRACE
4
3.0
   $479,000
   $479,000
11/30/2017
195
  *This representation is based on data supplied by the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches or its Multiple Listing Services thru 12/02/2017..       
Laura Cole & Tana Gaskill
561.758.8625      561.389.6838

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