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Newsletter                                                                            August, 2018

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Summer is definitely here and for Florida residents it is time to think about travel.  Some go for several months and some for a few weeks or even a few days.  But no matter the length of stay, a bit of time away from the heat is hard to beat! 
 
This month we feature a Great Escape mini vacation in Vero Beach, no shopping involved!  It is just a short drive yet worlds away from the usual pace and routine of home. 

Real Estate activity in BallenIsles has not slowed down with a record 13 closings in the last 2 months..  Be sure to check out the sold and for sale listings we have included. 
   
Enjoy the rest of your summer.
Laura & Tana

Featured Property
110D Palm Point Circle

Carefree living in this spacious Majesty model with 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths, 2 car garage and gorgeous golf course views.   This home is truly outstanding with its stunning decor and classy designer background. Features include a private elevator, custom window treatments, outfitted closets, separate laundry room, open eat-in kitchen with honey oak wood cabinetry and granite counter tops, and a spacious tiled balcony with expansive golf views. New A/C and newer SS appliances. This property will make you shout fabulous! 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.   Golf equity membership ($120,000) purchase required.  Furnishings negotiable.  
 

Great Escapes
Vero Beach 
 
How to feel like you have been gone for a week after only 36 hours away from home?  This might sound impossible but we think we have the answer.  Here's what we did for two days and one night with another couple.
 
We departed Palm Beach Gardens around 9:30 and headed North on I-95 to our first stop, McKee Botanical Gardens in Vero.  The gardens are known for its 18-acre subtropical jungle hammock, filled with plants appropriate for horticultural growing in this area.  This dense and diverse collection also features several restored architectural treasures such as the Spanish Kitchen and Hall of Giants. We loved it all and spent a few peaceful hours just absorbing the beauty around us especially the incredible water gardens and stunning water lilies. 
 
By this time the troops were ravenous so we asked the kindly garden shop assistant to recommend a casual but excellent spot in town.  The Lemon Tree exceeded our expectations and we were lucky enough to lunch on a Friday when lobster salad is the special of the day.  We all ordered the lobster salad plate which came complete with assorted veggies, hard boiled egg and corn bread.  The loveliest touch was the homemade sorbet (lemon or raspberry) offered gratis for desert.   It was certainly well located too, just across the street from our hotel.
 
We booked a night at the Costa d'Este in the heart of Vero.  This luxury beachfront resort owned by Gloria and Emilio Estefan offers guests state-of-the-art amenities and exceptional service in an unforgettable location.  Enjoy the sunshine by the outdoor pool, walk along the hotel's pristine beaches, or rent a water toy or snorkel gear.  We were able to book at a special Florida resident rate that included our breakfast the following morning.  And our oceanfront room was fabulous, extremely well outfitted and modern!   
  
Off to the beach and some mighty fine cocktails served cheerfully directly to our lounge chairs and umbrella.  We relaxed so much that we decided to dine at the Wave restaurant right in the hotel.  With trendy decor, innovative cuisine,  The Wave Kitchen & Bar states its commitment to local partners on its menus: "Our aim is to use local ingredients with respect to seasonal harvests as the produce achieves its full culmination of flavors. We believe in products that are natural and pesticide-free from local farms."  The drinks and wine list were special too.
   
After an early morning beach walk we had a scrumptious large breakfast and a few more hours on the beach before departing at 12 noon.  Next stop was the Elliot Museum.  After undergoing a $20M renovation, the new 48,000-square-foot museum, a 53-year-old Martin County institution, has had a major re-visioning as well. The Elliott Museum owns perhaps the most comprehensive assemblage of antique cars and Model A trucks in the world.   To present this collection in an innovative and exciting new way, this exhibit's robotic, three-story stacking system allows visitors to select one of these 55 vehicles for closer viewing and then watch as it moves from its storage slot onto a custom turntable. The vehicle's journey to the turntable is enhanced by a multimedia presentation.  This was a WOW!   
 
Just across the street is the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center.  Sting ray pools, educational exhibits and a fish lagoon along with a nature trail offer a good look at the bounty of our Florida coastal living with just the right amount of educational content and hands-on contact.   
 
Our last stop was downtown Jensen Beach for a wander around the galleries and shops and a cocktail with some foot stomping live music.  Then off for a divine dinner at 11 Maple Street.  I will save a review for another time but locals and visitors know this is just about the finest dining in the area.
 
A mere hour's drive and we are back home.  Our 36 hour mini-vacation was a delight and perfect in every way.  A lovely way to renew, relax and kick back. 
 
McKee Botanical Garden - (772)794-0601
Costa d'Este Beach Resort - (772) 562-9919
The Wave Kitchen and Bar - (772) 410-0100
The Elliot Museum - (772) 225-1961
Florida Oceanographic Society - (772)225-0505
11 Maple Street - (772) 334-7714


REAL ESTATE TRENDS BI moongate
BallenIsles Sales

Sales are thriving with 47 closings as compared to 38 for the same period of 2016.  Even more good news is that inventory remains exceeding low with just 53 properties for sale.  Buyers do struggle to find the right membership and property combination but continue to remain desirous of owning a property in BallenIsles.  Construction of a renovated Clubhouse appears to have little effect on sales and enthusiasm grows as work progresses. 
                                                  
BallenIsles Sales - 2017* 

#
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
157 SUNSET BAY DRIVE
3
2.5
   $480,000
   $499,999
03/17/2017
116
14
132 SUNSET COVE LANE
4
3.0
   $340,000
   $360,000
03/20/2017
215
15
20 ST JAMES DRIVE
3
3.5
   $800,000
   $899,000
03/23/2017
121
16
63 LAGUNA DRIVE
4
3.5
   $590,000
   $675,000
03/23/2017
302
17
109B PALM POINT CIRCLE
3
2.0
   $367,500
   $411,000
03/23/2017
172
18
20 ST JAMES DRIVE
3
3.5
   $800,000
   $899,000
03/23/2017
121
19
61 ST JAMES DRIVE
3
4.5
   $940,000
   $989,000
04/03/2017
353
20
1142 CRYSTAL DRIVE
4
4.0
   $450,000
   $575,000
04/07/2017
113
21
149 CORAL CAY DRIVE
3
3.0
   $320,000
  $349,000
04/11/2017
13
22
50 ST JAMES DRIVE
3
4.5
   $850,000
   $949,000
04/14/2017
142
23
139 SAN MARCO DRIVE
3
3.5
   $630,000
   $749,000
04/17/2017
24
24
120 SUNSET COVE LANE
3
2.5
   $450,000
   $499,500
04/18/2017
169
25
118 BANYAN ISLE DRIVE
3
3.0
   $300,000
   $549,000
04/18/2017
445
26
131 VINTAGE ISLE LANE
3
4.5
   $720,000
$1,099,000
04/21/2017
588
27
306 GRAND KEY TERRACE
4
6.5
$2,700,000
$2,850,000
04/24/2017
75
28
116D PALM BAY DRIVE
3
3.0
   $351,000
   $439,000
04/26/2017
46
29
107 CORAL CAY DRIVE
2
3.0
   $285,000
   $349,000
04/26/2017
667
30
127 ST MARTIN DRIVE
3
3.5
$1,125,000
$1,350,000
05/01/2017
113
31
115A PALM BAY DRIVE
3
2.0
   $360,000
   $429,000
05/03/2017
21
32
125 ST EDWARD PLACE
4
5.1
$1,520,000
$1,999,000
05/05/2017
139
33
150 VINTAGEISLES LANE
5
4.5
   $983,904
$1,200,000
05/31/2017
5
34
111 ST MARTIN DRIVE
3
4.5
$1,065,000
$1,190,000
05/31/2017
77
35
231 CORAL CAY TERRACE
3
3.0
   $439,000
   $435,000
06/06/2017
184
36
10 ST GEORGE PLACE
7
7.5
$3,700,000
$4,995,000
06/08/2017
128
37
1026 GRAND ISLE TERRACE
4
5.5
$1,625,000
$1,599,000
06/08/2017
2
38
1003 GRAND ISLE
3
3.5
   $700,000
   $875,000
06/13/2017
1,031
39
116A PALM POINT CIRCLE
3
2.0
   $400,000
   $429,000
06/15/2017
9
40
313 SUNSET BAY LANE
4
3.0
   $360,000
   $390,000
06/16/2017
2
41
129 VINTAGEISLE LANE
3
3.0
   $700,000
   $899,000
06/30/2017
464
42
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
44
21 SOMERSET DRIVE
3
3.5
   $580,000
   $649,000
06/30/2017
191
45
83 ST JAMES COURT
4
5.5
   $975,000
$1,170,000
07/17/2017
70
46
117 CORAL CAY DRIVE
4
5.5
   $304,000
   $360,000
07/18/2017
227
47
29 BERMUDA LAKE DRIVE
4
4.5
   $655,000
   $739,900
07/26/2017
197

*This representation is based on data supplied by the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches or its Multiple Listing Services thru 08/06/2017.    
Laura Cole & Tana Gaskill
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