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Newsletter                            January, 2020

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Mid-January already!  The holiday season just flies by in a flurry of festivity, social activities and parties.  Time to recover a bit, slow down and enjoy the season.

With so many BallenIsles resident having their own golf carts, we reprint an alarming article from the Palm Beach Post on the potential danger of charging cart batteries in closed garages. The information was shocking to us and we decided it was vital to share.  

And of course, keep up with Real Estate Trends and property news from BallenIsles with our comprehensive 2019 Year End sales overview.
   
Have fun you all!
Laura & Tana

Featured Property
118B Palm Bay Drive
 
Perfect first floor Coach Home with expansive lake views and newer open floorplan. Mint condition, ceramic tile throughout and move in ready. Two bedrooms plus bedroom3/convertible den, Great room floor plan, formal dining room, newer AC, water heater and complete hurricane protection provide easy Florida living. The large eat-in kitchen has a center island, fine wood cabinetry, granite countertops, wine cooler and large pantry. An expansive great room is filled with natural light from wall of glass sliders. There is a generous Master Bedroom with two walk in closets and a luxurious bath with dual sinks, soaking tub, and separate shower. Additional features include a laundry room with sink, large private screened patio. and 2 car garage. Steps from the community pool and clubhouse, bring your own current Club membership or purchase Tennis or higher at closing.
 
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Things to Know 
Golf Cart Hazard: Fire      
   
Palm Beach County Fire Rescue personnel are responding to an ever-increasing number of calls in communities after hydrogen from the charging of golf carts has set off detectors.
Golfers may not realize it but their golf carts could be ticking time bombs if they charge them inside a garage. That's because golf cart batteries, especially older ones, emit hydrogen, an odorless, colorless gas that is highly flammable.
 
"We are talking about a double whammy here," said Assistant Palm Beach County Fire Marshal David DeRita. "If it doesn't suffocate you, it can kill you through a fire."
 
Golf carts need to be charged in the open or in a well-ventilated area, he said.  With hydrogen present, a problem could develop, he noted, by even touching the garage door switch or garage door light -- all of which work off electricity. DeRita said golf cart batteries need to be periodically filled with distilled water because water evaporates. If water level drops too low, hydrogen is emitted. The units before 2018 do not have safety mechanisms that shut off the charging if water levels are too low. 
 
Olympus Insurance, based in Palm Beach Gardens, calls the charging of golf cart batteries "a fire hazard no one ever expected."  On its website, Olympus said its investigators were recently involved in a case where a golf cart started a fire in the garage of a home that resulted in a total loss. This is a real issue in Palm Beach County, according to Olympus, where golf-course community residents use golf carts to get around their neighborhoods 
 
West Palm Beach Fire Chief Diana Matty said it used to be that golf cart batteries were charged outside at clubhouses. What has changed in recent years is that more and more golfers are charging them in their garages or other enclosed spaces.
"Awareness is the key," she said.   
 
DeRita noted that hydrogen is very light and can leak into a home through cracks, crevices and air vents. Once that happens, hydrogen gas can find an open flame or even static electricity, setting off an explosion, he added. For that reason, DeRita warned golfers to open their garage manually if the carbon monoxide detector has been tripped.
 
Butcher recommend that residents install carbon monoxide sensors in their garages/cart storage areas, not only to possibly detect excessive battery charging emissions, but also to also protect against carbon monoxide poisoning, in case a vehicle is left running inside a garage.  "To our knowledge, we have never had an explosion incident tied to emission of flammable gases from a cart battery -- and we certainly never want to have one," Butcher said.
   

REAL ESTATE TRENDS BI moongate
BallenIsles Sales - 2019 Summary  

This year perhaps not stellar but certainly bright!  Compare this year's total of 81 sales with the inclusion of 5 sales not in the MLS to 2018 of just 74.  The trend is solid with a 10% increase in sales over the past year.  Inventory of only 66 properties currently on the market remains extremely low number for a community of over 1580 residences.  Compare the 2019 average list/sold price $710,500/$630,500 and average cumulative days on the market of 172 to the 2018 average list/sold price $695,009/$634,000 and average market time of 176 days.  The market is certainly holding fairly steady and showing early signs of strong growth.  The amazing BallenIsles Clubhouse and redesigned South Golf course should stimulate sales for 2020.  It is a good time to reassess your needs and perhaps make a move. 
Call us!  We can make your Real Estate dreams a reality. 
                         
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 DRIVE
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
6
126 GRAND PALM WAY
3
4.5
$1,332,100
 
01/16/2019
NOT MLS
7
119 EMERALD KEY LANE
4
4.0
   $775,000
   $797,000
01/28/2019
8
8
285 ISLE DRIVE
3
3.0
   $349,000
   $349,000
01/30/2019
17
9
120B PALM BAY DRIVE
2
3.0
   $200,000
   $349,000
02/04/2019
240
10
123 BANYAN ISLE DRIVE
4
4.0
   $535,000
   $600000
02/12/2019
24
11
313 GRAND KEY TERRACE
7
7.5
$2,300,000
$2,695,000
02/15/2019
40
12
38 ST JAMES DRIVE
4
4.0
   $817,000
$1,239,999
02/15/2019
106
1 3
132 ISLE DRIVE
3
3.0
   $250,000
   $329,000
02/22/2019
152
14
121B PALM BAY TERRACE
3
2.0
   $350,000
   $389,000
02/22.2019
451
15
29 SAINT GEORGE PLACE
5
5.5
$1,400,000
$1,599,000
02/28/2019
285
16
122 SUNSET BAY DRIVE
3
2.5
   $525,000
   $549,000
02/28/2019
27
17
119A PALM POINT CIRCLE
2
2.5
   $240,000
   $299,000
03/01/2019
151
18
111 CORAL CAY DRIVE
3
3.0
   $420,000
   $489,000
03/06/2019
354
19
110B PALM POINT CIRCLE
3
2.0
   $325,000
   $375,000
03/08/2019
97
20
106 ISLE DRIVE
3
3.0
   $412,500
   $459,000
03/11/2019
13
21
166 WINDWARD DRIVE
3
3.0
   $525,000
   $625,000
03/15/2019
91
22
28 SOMERSET DRIVE
3
4.5
   $700,000
   $799,000
03/15/2019
73
2 3
112 PEMBROKE DRIVE
3
3.0
   $550,000
   $599,000
03/20/2019
255
2 4
116A PALM BAY DRIVE
3
2.0
   $387,000
   $419,000
03/20/2019
142
25
211 COCONUT KEY DRIVE
3
4.5
$1,075,000
$1,299,000
03/21/2019
165
26
29 SOMERSET DRIVE
4
5.0
$1,000,000
$1,150,000
03/25/2019
62
27
201 CORAL CAY TERRACE
3
3.0
   $375,000
   $399,000
03/25/2019
219
28
211 GRAND POINTE DRIVE
6
7.5
$1,750,000
$2,350,000
03/28/2019
372
29
316 SUNSET BAY LANE
3
2.5
   $260,000
   $314,000
03/28/2019
596
30
31 SAINT JAMES DRIVE
3
3.5
   $550,000
$1,099,000
04/01/2019
490
31
1149 CRYSTAL DRIVE
3
4.0
   $640,000
   $799,000
04/01/2019
89
32
127 SAINT MARTIN DRIVE
3
3.5
$1,035,400
$1,249,000
04/01/2019
21
3 3
110 GRAND PALM WAY
3
4.3
$1,500,000
$1,599,000
04/01/2019
154
3 4
118 SUNSET COVE LANE
3
2.5
   $300,000
  $360,000
04/02/2019
160
35
126 ISLE DRIVE
3
3.0
   $439,000
   $439,000
04/19/2019
3
36
112 ISLE DRIVE
3
3.0
   $480,000
   $539,000
04/23/2019
25
37
26 SAINT JAMES DRIVE
3
4.5
   $745,000
   $799,000
04/29/2019
479
38
125 BANYAN ISLE DRIVE
3
3.5
   $365,000
   $525,000
04/30/2019
115
39
114C PALM POINT CIRCLE
3
2.0
   $462,500
   $499,000
05/01/2019
94
40
225 CORAL CAY TERRACE
3
3.0
   $385,000
   $449,000
05/01/2019
71
41
135 VINTAGE ISLE LANE
3
3.0
   $650,000
   $850,000
05/15/2019
158
42
1027 GRAND ISLE TERRACE
4
4.0
   $990,000
$1,399,000
05/20/2019
173
43
116 EMERALD KEY LANE
3
3.0
   $799,000
   $775,000
06/07/2019
5
44
62 SAINT GEORGE PLACE
4
3.5
$1,060,000
$1,350,000
06/07/2019
16
45
150 SUNSET BAY DRIVE
3
3.0
   $325,000
   $349,000
06/10/2019
33
46
33 BERMUDA LAKE DRIVE
3
3.0
   $622,000
   $689,000
06/12/2019
53
47
127 SUNSET COVE LANE
2
2.0
   $182,000
   $225,000
06/12/2019
267
48
226 CORAL CAY TERRACE
3
3.0
   $350,000
   $475,000
06/14/2019
393
49
211 CORAL CAY TERRACE
3
3.0
   $372.500
   $499,000
06/24/2019
425
50
148 ISLE DRIVE
3
3.0
   $347,500
   $399,000
06/26/2019
211
51
303 SUNSET BAY LANE
3
2.5
   $252,246
 
07/03/2019
NOT MLS
52
307 GRAND KEY TERRACE
5
5.5
$2,600,000
$3,199,000
07/15/2019
172
53
39 ST JAMES DRIVE
3
3.5
$1,725,000
$1,725,000
07/30/2019
0
54
44 BERMUDA LAKE DRIVE
4
4.5
   $666,250
   $699,000
07/31/2019
260
55
118 VICTORIA BAY COURT
3
3.0
   $350,000
   $425,000
08/01/2019
153
56
279 ISLE WAY
3
3.0
   $432,000
   $490,000
08/12/2019
87
57
111C PALM POINT CIRCLE
3
3.0
   $418,000
   $450,000
08/14/2019
391
58
219 CORAL CAY TERRACE
3
3.0
   $319,000
   $319,000
08/14/2019
21
59
116 WINDWARD DRIVE
2
2.5
   $435,000
   $499,000
08/23/2019
146
60
111 WINDSOR POINTE DRIVE
3
3.5
   $540,000
   $799,000
08/26/2019
527
61
110 SUNESTA COVE DRIVE
4
4.5
$1,087,000
$1,249,000
08/26/2019
29
62
120B PALM BAY DRIVE
3
3.0
   $495,000
   $495,000
09/20/2019
15
63
117C PALM POINT CIRCLE
3
3.0
   $230,000
 
09/24/2019
NOT MLS
64
109A PALM POINT CIRCLE
3
2.0
   $342,000
   $359,000
09/24/2019
125
65
152 ORCHID CAY DRIVE
3
3.0
   $535,000
 
09/24/2019
NOT MLS
66
124 PEMBROKE DRIVE
4
3.5
   $800,000
   $995,000
09/27/2019
22
67
389 ISLE COURT
3
3.0
   $390,000
   $649,000
09/30/2019
 
68
264 ISLE WAY
4
3.0
   $520,000
   $599,000
09/30/2019
142
69
122 PEMBROKE DRIVE
3
4.0
   $565,000
   $979,000
10/11/2019
362
70
221 COCONUT KEY DRIVE
5
5.0
   $835,000
$1,295,000
10/21/2019
372
71
301 SUNSET BAY LANE
3
2.5
   $322,500
   $339,000
10/23/2019
34
72
1016 GRAND ISLE TERRACE
3
4.5
$1,003,000
$1,299,000
10/25/2019
80
73
17 BERMUDA LAKE DRIVE
3
3.5
   $645,000
   $739,000
11/01/2019
240
74
128 VICTORIA BAY COURT
4
4.0
   $300,100
 
11/07/2019
NOT MLS
75
200 CORAL CAY TERRACE
4
3.0
   $325,000
   $395,000
11/12/2019
4
76
134 ISLE DRIVE
3
3.0
   $380,000
   $449,000
11/25/2019
434
77
102 COCONUT KEY COURT
3
3.0
   $783,333
   $849,000
12/02/2019
294
78
100 CORAL CAY DRIVE
3
2.0
   $375,000
$449,000
12/03/2019
172
79
23 ST GEORGE PLACE
4
6.5
$2,000,000
$2,199,000
12/03/2019
23
80
124 ISLE DRIVE
3
3.0
   $640,000
   $649,000
12/16/2019
0
81
116D PALM POINT CIRCLE
4
3.0
   $325,000
   $325,000
12/23/2019
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