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Newsletter                            September, 2016

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Lazy, dozy days of summer are over but the heat, humidity and thunderstorms are not convinced yet.  Some friends are beginning to wander back into town from summer holidays and cooler weather is only about a month away. 

Once again we feature another mouth-watering review from our favorite resident gourmet critic, Vicki Slotnick.  Be sure to read her marvelous review of Ristorante Santucci, her new top pick!
 
And of course, don't forget to keep up with Real Estate Trends and property news from BallenIsles.  August was an especially busy month for closings so read all about it right here. 

Regards from us, 
Laura & Tana


Featured Property
132 Sunset Cove Lane

This stylishly remodeled home sits on tropically landscaped corner lot and has plenty of room to spread with 4 bedrooms, a loft area and 3 full baths. New carpet, new "wood look" ceramic tile, freshly painted, new washer, dryer, dishwasher and garage door opener, granite counter tops and electric remote blinds. Enjoy the Florida lifestyle and a sunny SE outlook from the screened paver stone patio with pool and waterfall spa and surrounded by professional designed landscaping. Accordion style hurricane shutters for ease, safety and security. Designer window treatments and lights fixtures enhance this home, and it is ready for immediate enjoyment with furnishing negotiable or even turnkey for season. Enjoy fabulous country club amenities with a minimum purchase of a social equity membership!
 
 

Restaurant Review
Ristorante Santucci - by Vicki Slotnick
 
My first impression of Santucci, from the moment we walked into the restaurant, was one of clean, crisp, cool, efficient, and simple elegance....everything white, including the floor, the tables, the linens, the chairs, the glassware, the flatware, the dishware, all geometric but graceful.
 
The gentleman who greeted us was not rattled at all when I announced that we were six people, not four, as it was on the reservation book. [Ooops, I forgot to add the third couple that decided to join our party just a few days before.] He was very gracious and didn't bat an eye when he led us to a table for six.
 
The artistry of the menu itself is as clean and contemporary as the table settings; and the food, [oh the food too [!] is presented in that same fashion. Stunning would sum it up.   Right off the bat, wonderful, just out of the oven triangular chunks of ciabatta studded with fennel seed arrived, along with long rectangular plates of olive oil drizzled with balsamic reduction. Just for a visual...the oil and balsamic plates looked a lot like contemporary paintings that you might see at Art Basel in Miami priced at $300, 000.
Let's see, I will have to choose just a few of the wonderful selections we sampled...the table shared crispy Calamari Fritti accompanied by two dipping sauces, marinara and creamy tartar sauce, garnished with a lovely insalata mista dressed lightly in fresh lemon juice and olive oil, so simple but so delicious. Since I don't eat the calamari, I confiscated the salad garnish all for myself and I felt like the lucky one. Eddy and I shared a pasta of our choice [including gluten free if need be] with Ragu di Bologna as an appetizer, excellent...just the right amount of well executed sauce with just a hint of a sweet spice...maybe cinnamon? We then shared Branzino Acqua Pazza the filet steamed in a fresh-diced tomato sauce. This was accompanied, on a side plate, by a rectangle of fried polenta and sautéed spinach. The branzino was exceptionally fresh and just about melted in our mouths. We all shared a very warm and fresh-out-of-the-pot zabaglione, served in a tall stainless stemmed martini "glass". It was divine...I could detect a subtle hint of the Marsala wine.
 
Our first visit was very quiet, a weeknight in late June, while this visit was quite noisy as it was a full house on a Saturday night even in late August. In spring, fall and winter it should be lovely to dine outside under their protected colonnade. All in all, I give Ristorante Santucci 3.9 stars out of 4! How's that!
 
610 Clematis Street, Suite CU-1
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Phone [561] 337-2532
 


REAL ESTATE TRENDS BI moongate
BallenIsles Sales

Summer has been a historically slow time but not this year!  August, with 11 closings, reflects a very busy "off season".  Tight inventory and buyer demand continues.  Rentals have evaporated and seasonal tenants have become desperate to find properties.

We are gearing up for the coming season and would be happy to meet with you if you are contemplating a move.  Let us give you our confidential Comparative Market Analysis and discuss your options.

                                                                   BALLENISLES SALES YTD*

#
ADDRESS
BR
BA
    SOLD $
    ORIG. $
    DATE
MKT TIME
1
54 LAGUNA TERRACE
3
3.0
   $465,000
   $519,000
01/08/2016
261
2
244 CORAL CAY TERRACE
3
3.0
   $344,500
   $385,000
01/14/2016
 41
3
104 SUNSET BAY DRIVE
2
2.0
   $350,000
NON-MLS
01/27/2016
 
4
11 LAGUNA TERRACE
3
3.0
   $525,000
   $599,000
01/29/2016
220
5
139 WINDWARD DRIVE
3
2.5
   $470,000
   $499,000
02/01/2016
14
6
40 SOMERSET TERRACE
4
4.5
   $950,000
   $995,000
02/04/2016
1
7
113 PEMBROKE DRIVE
3
3.5
   $817,500
   $829,000
02/08/2016
11
8
117D PALM BAY DRIVE
3
3.0
   $486,501
   $515,000
02/09/2016
47
9
71 SAINT JAMES TERRACE
4
4.5
   $955,000
$1,059,000
02/12/2016
5
10
116A PALM POINT CIRCLE
3
2.0
   $305,000
   $350,000
02/15/2016
75
11
40 BERMUDA LAKE DRIVE
4
4.0
   $650,000
   $749,000
02/16/2016
250
12
162 WINDWARD DRIVE
3
5.5
   $525,000
   $629,000
02/19/2016
385
13
144 ORCHID CAY CIRCLE
3
3.0
   $649,000
   $600,000
02/24/2016
9
14
116 ST EDWARD PLACE
4
4.5
$1,600,000
$1,850,000
02/25/2016
122
15
107 BANYAN ISLE DRIVE
3
3.5
   $600,000
   $711,000
02/25/2016
73
16
116 SUNSET COVE LANE
4
3.0
   $385,000
   $429,000
03/01/2016
126
17
102B PALM POINT CIRCLE
2
2.5
   $225,000
   $330,000
03/14/2016
245
18
107 SAN MARCO DRIVE
3
3.0
   $796,500
   $799,000
03/31/2016
6
19
115B PALM BAY DRIVE
2
2.0
   $360,000
   $395,000
04/07/2016
100
20
130 PEMBROKE DRIVE
3
4.0
$730,000
   $749,000
04/08/2016
10
21
44 ST THOMAS DRIVE
4
6.5
$1,118,000
   $944,500
04/11/2016
19
22
102A PALM BAY CIRCLE
2
2.0
   $255,000
   $348,800
04/20/2016
315
23
159 VINTAGEISLE LANE
5
6.5
$1,300,000
$1,499,000
04/20/2016
79
24
1043 GRAND ISLE TERRACE
4
5.5
   $875,000
$1,250,000
04/22/2016
49
25
36 LAGUNA TERRACE
3
3.0
   $600,000
   $599,000
05/02/2016
121
26
57 SAINT JAMES DRIVE
3
3.5
$1,400,000
$1,550,000
05/17/2016
338
27
316 SUNSET BAY LANE
3
2.5
   $342,000
   $350,000
05/20/2016
136
28
145 BANYAN ISLE DRIVE
3
3.5
   $650,000
   $775,000
05/20/2016
324
29
330 SUNSET BAY LANE
3
2.5
   $260,000
   $305,000
05/31/2016
321
30
161 ORCHID CAY DRIVE
3
3.0
   $645,000
   $795,000
06/01/2016
98
31
42 SOMERSET DRIVE
3
4.5
   $705,000
   $875,000
06/06/2016
231
32
28 ST THOMAS DRIVE
6
7.5
$2,870,000
$3,250,000
06/15/2016
120
33
51 ST THOMAS DRIVE
4
4.5
$1,477,700
$1,799,000
07/01/2016
162
34
303 GRAND KEY TERR
4
5.5
$1,601,275
$2,299,000
07/05/2016
99
35
118 WINDWARD DRIVE
3
2.5
   $360,000
   $475,000
07/07/2016
495
36
115 ISLAND COVE WAY
4
4.5
   $635,000
   $700,000
07/14/2016
559
37
136 WINDWARD DRIVE
3
4.5
   $590,000
   $598,000
07/27/2016
17
38
26 LAGUNA TERRACE
3
3.0
   $550,000
   $600,000
07/28/2016
337
39
148 SUNSET BAY DRIVE
4
3.0
   $440,000
   $440,000
08/01/2016
24
40
159 ORCHID CAY DRIVE
4
4.0
   $690,000
   $699,000
08/01/2016
43
41
1138 CRYSTAL DRIVE
3
4.0
   $447,280
   $649,000
08/01/2016
148
42
116 BANYAN DRIVE
3
3.0
   $650,000
   $699,000
08/01/2016
20
43
102D PALM BAY CIRCLE
3
3.0
   $410,000
   $419,000
08/02.2016
53
44
128 VINTAGE ISLE LANE
3
3.0
   $775,000
   $899,000
08/10.2016
69
45
89 LAGUNA DRIVE
3
3.0
   $605,000
   $675,000
08/15/2016
26
46
210 COCONUT KEY DRIVE
3
4.5
   $910,000
$1,249,000
08/15/2015
331
47
395 ISLE COURT
3
3.0
   $440,000
   $479,000
08/16/2016
62
48
104 VICTORIA BAY COURT
3
3.0
   $570,000
  $599,000
08/30/2016
16
49
262 ISLE WAY
3
3.0
   $292,000
   $359,000
08/31/2016
426
 
*This representation is based on data supplied by the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches or its Multiple Listing Services thru 09/05/2016.    
Laura Cole & Tana Gaskill
561.758.8625      561.389.6838

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