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Newsletter                            February, 2019

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Mid- February, we are not sure where the time goes but we are having fun.  Friends and family have been visiting and our activities list grows longer and longer.  With so many choices for all interests, its hard to schedule it all in.  We are exhausted!

We include a reprinted review of Nick and Johnny's Osteria by our resident gourmet critic, Vicki Slotnick.  It is still a favorite and justly well-loved for "red" Italian dining, good service and friendly ambiance.

And be sure to catch up with Real Estate trends and BallenIsles listings.

Happy Valentine's Day.
Laura & Tana

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Restaurants
Nick & Johnny's Osteria - by Vicki Slotnick
 
Hold onto your hats folks, we've got a winner here!  We were welcomed with open arms by Susan...don't ask me what her title is although I can tell you for sure that she does, indeed, care.  She took the time on the phone to answer my questions about whether the restaurant could deal with my particular food allergies. Yes, they could and did very successfully. It was Friday night the end of March [still high season] but we were able to get a table on very short notice at 6:30 pm.  The "pizza side of the restaurant" on the right was already buzzing, but we sat on the "dining" side, which at that hour was not yet full.  Our server was very attentive [sorry, I don't remember her name]. She too, really seemed to care.
 
The menu... there was a nice variety of appetizers in addition to many we have not seen in Italian restaurants in a long time, such as spadini, sautéed chicken livers, [can you believe?], and clams casino.  Soup or salad comes gratis with each entrée.  We didn't love the soup, which was a bit thin and lacking in flavor and texture, but we had ordered a salad a la carte so we remained optimistic.  Our arugula salad could have served 3 to 4 people easily, and was wonderful.  It was chock full of very fresh crispy arugula, sweet and ripe sliced strawberries, sliced crunchy apples, walnuts, and Gorgonzola cheese, all wrapped up in raspberry vinaigrette.  I could have stopped right there even having shared it with hubby.  Adding some suggested protein choices to the salads would easily have made entrees for 2 people! Of course there was a nice selection of pasta entrees, also served with soup or salad.  FYI excellent gluten free pasta is available...I should know, I've tried them all!  Then, chicken or veal entrees done several different ways are offered.  Hubby and friend each had their own Veal Russilino.  It was excellent with a well-executed Marsala sauce under veal and spinach topped with crispy prosciutto, sautéed mushrooms, melted mozzarella.  Add half of that to our doggy bag that has only just begun!  I had fork tender chicken with crispy prosciutto in a creamy, parmegiano-cheesy sauce.  OMG, so rich and delicious, add more than half of that to complete our doggy bag.  Other menu offerings include several seafood entrees, beef, pork, lamb and more.   Desserts, if you can find space, are freshly baked and presented by your server.
 
Oh, mustn't forget...I've heard that their crab cakes are not to be missed.  Oh again, there's a whole "other" side to Nick and Johnny's...its pizza restaurant, which has so much more than just pizza [gluten free also available].  They offer appetizers, sandwiches served with fries, and a handful of salads. There's no need to get all dressed up at Nick and Johnny's.  The atmosphere is hospitable and comfortable.  And, we were able to hear each other speak even when the room was full...how about THAT for a reason, in itself, to pay a visit!!!  By the way, the afore-mentioned Susan stopped at our table a few times to make sure we were happy. NICE... Nick & Johnny's is a "be-back" place for us.  
Nick & Johnny's Osteria
14133 US Highway 1 
Juno Beach 
Phone -  561-318-5466
 
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REAL ESTATE TRENDS BI moongate
BallenIsles Sales

A strong month for sales with 6 sold properties.  However, inventory remains stagnant with only 70 properties now on the market.  We expected to see a rise in inventory as seasonal residents returned and began to reassess their real estate needs.  But alas, this did not happen.  We suspect many residents decided BallenIsles has a lifestyle too fabulous to leave.  New inventory is desperately needed!  Please contact us for a confidential discussion relating to your goals and an informative Comparative Market Analysis.

BallenIsles Sales - 2019*
 
#
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

*This representation is based on data supplied by the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches or its Multiple Listing Services thru 02/05/19.     
Laura Cole & Tana Gaskill
561.758.8625      561.389.6838

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