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Laura Cole & Tana Gaskill
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Newsletter                            November, 2019

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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 special Things to Do the new Drive Shack.  Day or night it is great fun for all ages and the the excellent restaurant and bar are an unexpected plus.  Laura and family guests had an amazing afternoon recently with lots of laughs, great food and drinks and a few good golf shots too.

Wishing you and your family a bountiful Thanksgiving.
Laura & Tana

Featured Property
1136 Crystal Drive

A gracious home, tremendous space with 4 bedrooms plus a library, soaring ceilings and stunning outlook! Elegant appointments including double entry etched glass doors, crown molding, built-in wood library with French doors, full guest bath, open kitchen with granite counter tops and breakfast bar. The Master suite features solid double wood doors, lovely seating area, and spacious his/her closets. The Master bath has a whirlpool tub, dual sinks, bidet and marble topped vanities and there is a His/Cabana bath. The outdoor living is perfect with a large open patio area overlooking the pool and waterfall spa and extensive landscaping providing privacy and golf and lake views. Features include wet bar, new A/Cs, newer roof, pool heater, pump, and resurfacing, a 3 car garage, a laundry room with sink and bedroom 4/bonus room. Do not miss out this exceptional home and opportunity at special pricing to enjoy fabulous BallenIsles! Full golf membership purchase, $130,000, required at closing.

 

Things to Do
Drive Shack
    
Drive Shack in West Palm Beach, a new golf entertainment complex with virtual reality, arcade games and sports bar, opened Friday, Oct. 18, next to Palm Beach International Airport.

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 Trump International Golf Club or PGA National.  Not that size matters much, says Drive Shack general manager Jon Stone. "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," Stone says. "People can do practice rounds here, getting some whacks in the hitting bay without having to sweat so much."  

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, Stone says.

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, says Stone. Feel intimidated? Stone says that 75 percent of Drive Shack's guests are likely to be non-golfers.

"It's a great way for people too intimidated by big golf courses to play the game," Stone says. "It's kind of similar to bowling alleys: There are more amateurs than professional bowlers, and you might get strikes on certain days. Guests will be struggling and then, all of a sudden, they hit a one-in-a-million wow shot."  Personally, Stone prefers whacking balls from the third floor "because I'm not a great golfer, the ball sails a little farther and the terrace bar is right there," he quips.

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
 
With the new spectacular Clubhouse and the tourism season expected to reach record levels, the volume of inquiries we are receiving is already showing signs of expanding last year's strong 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!

BALLENISLE SALES - YTD* 
 
#
ADDRESS
BR
BA
    SOLD $
    ORIG. $
   DATE
MKT TIME
1
19 BERMUDA LAKE DRIVE
4
4
   $712,000
   $795,000
01/03/2019
89
2
164 WINDWARD DRIVE
3
2.5
   $607,500
   $649,000
01/04/2019
52
3
1108 CRYSTAL DSRIVE
3
3.0
   $490,000
   $575,000
01/09/2019
37
4
167 ORCHID CAY DRIVE
3
4.0
   $362,500
   $475,000
01/24/2019
630
5
119 EMERALD KEY LANE
4
4.0
   $775,000
   $797,000
01/28/2019
8
6
285 ISLE DRIVE
3
3.0
   $349,000
   $349,000
01/30/2019
17
7
120B PALM BAY DRIVE
2
3.0
   $200,000
   $349,000
02/04/2019
240
8
123 BANYAN ISLE DRIVE
4
4.0
   $535,000
   $600000
02/12/2019
24
9
313 GRAND KEY TERRACE
7
7.5
$2,300,000
$2,695,000
02/15/2019
40
10
38 ST JAMES DRIVE
4
4.0
   $817,000
$1,239,999
02/15/2019
106
11
132 ISLE DRIVE
3
3.0
   $250,000
   $329,000
02/22/2019
152
12
121B PALM BAY TERRACE
3
2.0
   $350,000
   $389,000
02/22.2019
451
13
29 SAINT GEORGE PLACE
5
5.5
$1,400,000
$1,599,000
02/28/2019
285
14
122 SUNSET BAY DRIVE
3
2.5
   $525,000
   $549,000
02/28/2019
27
15
119A PALM POINT CIRCLE
2
2.5
   $240,000
   $299,000
03/01/2019
151
16
111 CORAL CAY DRIVE
3
3.0
   $420,000
   $489,000
03/06/2019
354
17
110B PALM POINT CIRCLE
3
2.0
   $325,000
   $375,000
03/08/2019
97
18
106 ISLE DRIVE
3
3.0
   $412,500
   $459,000
03/11/2019
13
19
166 WINDWARD DRIVE
3
3.0
   $525,000
   $625,000
03/15/2019
91
20
112 PEMBROKE DRIVE
3
3.0
   $550,000
   $599,000
03/20/2019
255
21
116A PALM BAY DRIVE
3
2.0
   $387,000
   $419,000
03/20/2019
142
22
211 COCONUT KEY DRIVE
3
4.5
$1,075,000
$1,299,000
03/21/2019
165
23
29 SOMERSET DRIVE
4
5.0
$1,000,000
$1,150,000
03/25/2019
62
24
201 CORAL CAY TERRACE
3
3.0
   $375,000
   $399,000
03/25/2019
219
25
211 GRAND POINTE DRIVE
6
7.5
$1,750,000
$2,350,000
03/28/2019
372
26
316 SUNSET BAY LANE
3
2.5
   $260,000
   $314,000
03/28/2019
596
27
31 SAINT JAMES DRIVE
3
3.5
   $550,000
$1,099,000
04/01/2019
490
28
1149 CRYSTAL DRIVE
3
4.0
   $640,000
   $799,000
04/01/2019
89
29
127 SAINT MARTIN DRIVE
3
3.5
$1,035,400
$1,249,000
04/01/2019
21
30
110 GRAND PALM WAY
3
4.3
$1,500,000
$1,599,000
04/01/2019
154
31
118 SUNSET COVE LANE
3
2.5
   $300,000
  $360,000
04/02/2019
160
32
126 ISLE DRIVE
3
3.0
   $439,000
   $439,000
04/19/2019
3
33
112 ISLE DRIVE
3
3.0
   $480,000
   $539,000
04/23/2019
25
34
26 SAINT JAMES DRIVE
3
4.5
   $745,000
   $799,000
04/29/2019
479
35
125 BANYAN ISLE DRIVE
3
3.5
   $365,000
   $525,000
04/30/2019
115
36
114C PALM POINT CIRCLE
3
2.0
   $462,500
   $499,000
05/01/2019
94
37
225 CORAL CAY TERRACE
3
3.0
   $385,000
   $449,000
05/01/2019
71
38
135 VINTAGE ISLE LANE
3
3.0
   $650,000
   $850,000
05/15/2019
158
39
1027 GRAND ISLE TERRACE
4
4.0
   $990,000
$1,399,000
05/20/2019
173
40
116 EMERALD KEY LANE
3
3.0
   $799,000
   $775,000
06/07/2019
5
41
62 SAINT GEORGE PLACE
4
3.5
$1,060,000
$1,350,000
06/07/2019
16
42
150 SUNSET BAY DRIVE
3
3.0
   $325,000
   $349,000
06/10/2019
33
43
33 BERMUDA LAKE DRIVE
3
3.0
   $622,000
   $689,000
06/12/2019
53
44
127 SUNSET COVE LANE
2
2.0
   $182,000
   $225,000
06/12/2019
267
45
226 CORAL CAY TERRACE
3
3.0
   $350,000
   $475,000
06/14/2019
393
46
211 CORAL CAY TERRACE
3
3.0
   $372.500
   $499,000
06/24/2019
425
47
148 ISLE DRIVE
3
3.0
   $347,500
   $399,000
06/26/2019
211
48
307 GRAND KEY TERRACE
5
5.5
$2,600,000
$3,199,000
07/15/2019
172
49
44 BERMUDA LAKE DRIVE
4
4.5
   $666,250
   $699,000
07/31/2019
260
50
116 VICTORIA BAY COURT
3
3.0
   $350,000
   $425,000
08/01/2019
153
51
279 ISLE WAY
3
3.0
   $432,000
   $490,000
08/12/2019
87
52
111C PALM POINT CIRCLE
3
3.0
   $418,000
   $450,000
08/14/2019
391
53
219 CORAL CAY TERRACE
3
3.0
   $319,000
   $319,000
08/14/2019
21
54
116 WINDWARD DRIVE
2
2.5
   $435,000
   $499,000
08/23/2019
146
55
111 WINDSOR POINTE DRIVE
3
3.5
   $540,000
   $799,000
08/26/2019
527
56
110 SUNESTA COVE DRIVE
4
4.5
$1,087,000
$1,249,000
08/26/2019
29
57
120B PALM BAY DRIVE
3
3.0
   $495,000
   $495,000
09/20/2019
15
58
109A PALM POINT CIRCLE
3
2.0
   $342,000
   $359,000
09/24/2019
125
59
124 PEMBROKE DRIVE
4
3.5
   $800,000
   $995,000
09/27/2019
22
60
264 ISLE WAY
4
3.0
   $520,000
   $599,000
09/30/2019
142
61
122 PEMBROKE DRIVE
3
4.0
   $565,000
   $979,000
10/11/2019
362
62
221 COCONUT KEY DRIVE
5
5.0
   $835,000
$1,295,000
10/21/2019
372
63
301 SUNSET BAY LANE
3
2.5
   $322,500
   $339,000
10/23/2019
34
64
1016 GRAND ISLE TERRACE
3
4.5
$1,003,000
$1,299,000
10/25/2019
80

*This representation is based on data supplied by the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches or its Multiple Listing Services thru 11/06/2019.         
Laura Cole & Tana Gaskill
561.758.8625      561.389.6838

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