Boca Winds and Boca Falls Real Estate Mid-Year Report – 2018

21375 Falls Ridge in Boca Falls sold for $735,000 in February after 4 1/2 months on the market. Image by Google.

Boca Winds

Boca Winds saw 26 home sales in the first half of 2018, with 9 of those in Ashley Park and 7 in Waterways. The community continues to have a low inventory with only 10 homes on the market. There is only one home listed in Ashley Park.

Low inventory often leads to higher prices as demand outstrips supply. Boca Winds certainly saw some good prices with 22257 Vista Lago Drive getting the highest by far at $680,000.

22257 Vista Lago Drive; image by Google.

With 6 bedrooms in over 3500 square feet, the house has gorgeous lake views and significant upgrades. It was the only transaction in Carlyle Estates.

Four homes sold in the 500s with the 3600-square-foot 12672 Tucano Circle in Waterways going for $590,000. Our favorite spot in Boca Winds is Waters Edge Estates where 12613 Little Palm Lane sold for just over $550,000.

Ten homes sold in the 400s. 12641 Maypan Drive in Waterways sold for $490,000 with 5 bedrooms in 2900 square feet, while Ashley Park’s 22559 Grouper Court was purchased at $415,000. The high price in Ashley Park was 22480 Swordfish Drive at $425,000 with over 2200 square feet, a water view and even a little dock.

Nine homes sold in the 300s, most of them in Ashley Park with a couple in Regency Place. And two homes in Ashley Park went for under $300K. 22412 Sea Bass Drive took the low number at $280,000. I actually went to this for an open house. It felt even smaller than the 1300 square feet the listing reports, and the interior looks like it was never updated in 30 years.

The biggest buyer’s bargain was 12931 Elmford Lane in Regency Place, which has 1900 square feet and sold for $365,000. The house is on a cul de sac lot and has a short walk to the Hillsboro Canal and nature hikers might appreciate the easy access to the Fran Reich Preserve.

Boca Falls

There’s a bit more inventory for buyers in Boca Falls with 11 homes currently listed, though four of the subdivisions have no listings at all.

22 houses sold in Boca Falls in the first half of 2018. Prices ranged from a low of $450,000 for a small 4-bedroom in the Cascades subdivision up to $735,000 for a 3800 square foot 5-bedroom in The Estates. Of the 22 sales, 6 were priced over $600,000 with the highest prices in The Estates ($735K and $660K for the same 3800 square foot model) and Crystal Pointe ($650K each).

Twelve sales were priced in the 500s from $505,000 to $585,900. Five houses sold under $500,000 including two bank-owned foreclosures. Other than a couple of problem listings, everything sold under $550,000 was small, generally under 2800 square feet.

Six homes sold in Crystal Pointe while there was only one each in The Estates, Cascades, and Emerald Pointe, and no sales in Victoria Falls.

The seller horror story was 12700 Yardley Drive in Emerald Pointe. The house was originally listed for $619,000 in April of 2017 by a discount broker. After a price reduction to $599,000 and 6 months on the market the listing expired. The seller listed again with the same real estate agent for another four months, lowering the price a few times until the listing expired again in February. With dogged determination the seller doggedly stuck with the same agent for another listing and another series of price reductions until they got down to $529,900 and it sold 6 days later for $519,000.

12700 Yardley; image by Google

The sale price is well below what we see for similar houses. With over 3300 square feet the closing price works out to just over $150 per square foot. It’s a large house with updates throughout including marble in the bathrooms, wood floors, a media room, custom kitchen and more. We see a couple similar size homes in Boca Falls with fewer upgrades that sold quicker and for much better prices.

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