3 Common Sense Reforms for School Security


Since the Parkland shooting there has been a lot of talk about how to make our schools safer. Instead of getting into standard gun control or gun rights talking points, here are three common sense ideas that would actually make our schools safer and could actually get done if people got behind them.
1. We need a better process for putting dangerous kids on the list for background checks. Almost anyone who looks at the Parkland shooter’s history sees that he should not have been able to legally buy or possess a gun. Broward officials in the school district, DCF, and Sheriff’s office knew enough that they should have done something, but it’s not that easy to get it done.
If a school, county agency, or law enforcement sees a kid who repeatedly demonstrates violent behavior, there should be a way of flagging them so that they show up on a background check. The main background check system, known as NICS, is federal and run by the FBI. So fixing this requires Congress to act, and then requires local and state entities to follow through.
Any such change would need to address due process. The kid and his family should be notified that he is being put on the list, and have the right to a hearing. And there should be reasonable standards – one minor scuffle in third grade shouldn’t be enough put a kid on the list.
There would be some resistance to this idea from the extremes of the gun rights community. I’ve already been yelled at for this. But I’m pretty extreme and I think we should do this. I don’t think the NRA would oppose this and I’m not sure the more radical Gun Owners of America would either.
While I’m on this subject, I suggest that every parent ask their kids if they know of anyone in their school whose history is in any way similar to the Parkland shooter. The odds are that there are one or more like him in most schools. If you find out there is such a kid, do something about it. Talk to other kids and parents. Talk to the school.
2. This one will get a lot of readers angry but take a breath and read the whole thing. You still might like #3. Someone with a concealed carry license can carry a concealed firearm in toy stores, on playgrounds, in malls and restaurants, in concerts and almost everywhere you and your kids go. But in schools they can’t legally protect themselves and those around them.
So let responsible, licensed adults carry concealed in schools. In Florida this would require the state legislature to eliminate exceptions 9 and 10 in Section 790.06(12)(a).
Many readers will not like this. Right now you have several arguments bouncing around in your head. Every single one of them applies equally in the settings mentioned above, where “good guys” are allowed to carry guns. This is just common sense.
People are calling Coach Feis a hero. That’s nice. But if Coach Feis had been carrying a pistol he might have stopped the shooting and saved a lot of lives.
In a typical high school there are roughly 100 adults. If 10% of them carry concealed, that’s an extra 10 people who can stop a shooter. Adding one police officer or security guard doesn’t come close.
Now to be clear, what I’m suggesting would not require any extra training or special approval from anyone, and no one is forced to carry. There are other proposals out there that would require school or sheriff approval and substantial training. I don’t think that’s the best way because it would cost a lot and reduce the number of people ready to protect our kids. A reasonable compromise might be something like an 8-hour course on the special circumstances of carrying in a school.
This idea is unlikely to happen. Gun control leaders will blindly and angrily refuse to consider it because they’re not really interested in common sense steps that would make our kids safer. They just want to ban guns wherever they can.
3. There are longstanding and mostly positive movements in education where kids with special needs are not removed from the general student body, commonly known as “mainstreaming” or “inclusion”. Those two are not identical but the idea is that these kids will do better in life if they spend all or most of their time with regular students. In the past they were more likely to be sent to special schools or special classes within the schools. For most kinds of special needs, mainstreaming and/or inclusion are great.
Violent kids are different. They should not be mainstreamed. They should not be included with the general student body. We had our own personal experience with this a few years ago. Our kid wasn’t hurt but a friend’s kid was. We (four lawyer parents) fought like hell to get the dangerous kid out and we succeeded. It shouldn’t have been that hard.
The Parkland shooter was trouble since elementary school. The district knew. The teachers knew. The county knew. The sheriff knew. He was kept in regular schools and he was bullied. He got in fights, one video of which was widely publicized a couple days ago. That kid should have been in a special school getting special attention for his problems. It would have been better for him and a lot better for everyone else.
This is another area where we have to assure due process. But the pendulum has swung too far. We need to make it easier to remove violent kids from the general school population.
Closing Thoughts
For those who are really concerned about saving lives, we could start with our own foreign policy. We have troops in 177 countries and we’re bombing 7 countries. Our government is killing lots of innocent people. Does anyone remember when people opposed our government doing that?
We could also end the drug war. Sure you can say we’ve only tried it for 104 years (since the Harrison Narcotics Act of 1914) and it’ll start working soon. But maybe, just maybe, it’s time to recognize that prohibitions don’t work and increase crime.
That leaves my favorite issue – roundabouts. Carmel Indiana converted over 100 intersections to roundabouts. Traffic fatalities fell by 80% while they went up in neighboring Indianapolis. We can save lives by making our roads safer. Those lives matter too.

Home Prices Up In The Oaks


Homeowners in The Oaks will appreciate a resurgence in prices paid for houses in their neighborhood in 2017. There were 36 transactions. The average price rose to $1.26 million, up $100,000 from last year. It’s even better than that as our number for last year excluded a few distressed sales. Leaving distressed homes out, the average for 2017 rises to $1.3 million at $244 per square foot. As expected at this price level the homes take longer to sell, averaging over 4 months.

17518 Grand Este Way sold for $2.8M in November. Image by Google.

Four homes sold for over $2 million. Three of those had seven bedrooms in over 7000 square feet. The somewhat smaller 9091 Redonda Drive, with six bedrooms in 5600 square feet, sold for $2.36 million. That works out to $418 per square foot. This one is spectacular with water features on the walk up to the front door, an over the top pool in the backyard, and absolutely gorgeous interior. It was sold new by the builder but records show the house was built in 2014, which is what happens to the model used to show prospective buyers of other homes to be built. It was featured in their Palm Beach Post ad in 2014.
Lake Azure Way dominates the under $900K category with six homes on the street selling for prices between $832K and $900K. Most of these are around 4500 square feet working out to roughly $200 per square foot. The lowest price for 2017 was 17720 Villa Club Way, a 3400 square foot 3-bedroom that sold for $750K.
Sixteen houses sold for prices between $1M and $1.5M. This group averaged 5300 square feet (average $236/sq.ft.). One standout in this group was 9074 Pintura Way which sold for $1,225,000 with only 3400 square feet, working out to $355 per square foot. The house has top of the line finishes including Viking and Subzero appliances but the price still seems a bit high. You could buy a roughly comparable home in Saturnia and save about half a million dollars.

Boca Chase Home Prices Rise

Boca Chase entrance on US-441; image by Google.

The average home sale price in Boca Chase rose to over $341,000 for 2017. Prices ranged from the low $200s in Greenbriar to the mid $400s in the various Corals and Impressions on the west end of Boca Chase Drive. The average price is somewhat misleading as it includes the 55+ communities of Greenbriar and Waterberry, which sell for less. Removing those raises the average to $380,000.
Nearly sixty single family homes sold for the year. The lowest price was an even $200,000 for a 1400 square foot 2-bedroom in Greenbriar at 18075 102nd S Way. A total of twenty homes sold under $300,000. Twenty-eight houses sold for prices between $310,000 and $398,000.
18075 102nd S Way sold for $200,000; image by Google.

At the high end for the 55+ homes, 18108 102nd Way South sold for $310,000. The cul de sac house has 1700 square feet.
Outside the 55+ homes, only two houses sold for less than $300,000 and one of those was an REO home coming out of foreclosure, while the other was 400 square feet smaller than most of the others. These houses averaged $170 per square foot. Sales happened in an average of 6 weeks or less.
11313 Coral Reef Drive sold for $460,000 in October. Image by Google.

Twelve houses sold for over $400,000, all of them with four bedrooms. Two homes broke the $450,000 level.

Bad Inspections at Mozart Cafe & Long Island Bagel


Mozart Cafe was hit hard with two bad inspections in just a few days. It started with 26 violations on January 19th, including 8 marked high priority:

  • Operating with an expired Division of Hotels and Restaurants license. Expired: 12-1-16
  • Dishmachine chlorine sanitizer not at proper minimum strength. Discontinue use of dishmachine for sanitizing and set up manual sanitization until dishmachine is repaired and sanitizing properly. First test 0ppm, second test 50ppm **Corrected On-Site**
  • Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area. More than 10 live in ice cream area. Ice cream area not opened today per manager. More than 10 live in dry storage hallway More than 5 live from drain near shelves were prep area is located. **Admin Complaint**
  • Nonexempt fish offered raw or undercooked has not undergone proper parasite destruction. Fish must be fully cooked or discarded. Letter provided. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. pizza station, top part of unit: mozzarella cheese (51°F – Cold Holding); homemade pizza sauce (54°F – Cold Holding); tuna salad (51°F – Cold Holding); cream cheese (51°F – Cold Holding); sliced tomatoes (51°F – Cold Holding); cooked onions (51°F – Cold Holding) per manager item were placed in unit at 8:00am. Observe unit shut off. Manager moved all items back to walk in cooler. Bottom part of unit: 2 lbs sliced tomatoes (48°F – Cold Holding); 2 lbs fried eggplant (72°F – Cold Holding); 2 lbs cooked eggplant (48°F – Cold Holding); .5 lb hummus (52°F – Cold Holding); 5 ounce corn (49°F – Cold Holding); 32 ounce sauce (61°F – Cold Holding); 3 lbs cooked mushroom (47°F – Cold Holding) per manager food was put in unit on 1-18-18. See stop sale.
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cooked/heated yesterday/on a previous day not cooled from 135 degrees Fahrenheit to 41 degrees Fahrenheit within a total of 6 hours. Food has been cooling overnight. See stop sale. Ready to eat walk in cooler: 8 gallon shashauka sauce (83°F – Cooling); 3 qts tomato soup (46°F – Cooling); 2 qts French onion soup (46°F – Cooling); 2 qts lentil soup 46°F cooling) per chef food was made on 1-18-18 and left in walk in cooler to cool.
  • Raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food in walk-in cooler. Raw fish over produce, Raw fish over cooked pasta, Shell eggs over liquid eggs
  • Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse. Bottom part of unit: 2 lbs sliced tomatoes (48°F – Cold Holding); 2 lbs fried eggplant (72°F – Cold Holding); 2 lbs cooked eggplant (48°F – Cold Holding); .5 lb hummus (52°F – Cold Holding); .5 ounce corn (49°F – Cold Holding); 32 ounce sauce (61°F – Cold Holding); 3 lbs cooked mushroom (47°F – Cold Holding) per manager food was put in unit on 1-18-18. Ready to eat walk in cooler: 8 gallon shashauka sauce (83°F – Cooling); 3 qts tomato soup (46°F – Cooling); 2 qts French onion soup (46°F – Cooling); 2 qts lentil soup 46°F cooling) per chef food was made on 1-18-18 and left in walk in cooler to cool.

And then it got worse. On the 22nd the record is marked as a temporary closure, with 17 violations including 7 high priority including live roaches:

  • Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area. More than 15 live in ice cream shop location. More than 15 live near soda cans on dry storagea?¨More than 10 live on walls behind shelves in kitchen. More than 20 live in dry storage are observed hole in wall with standing water. **Repeat Violation**
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Sushi station: ; 4 lbs Krab meat salad (55°F – Cold Holding); 3 lbs tuna (48°F – Cold Holding); .5 lb raw salmon (58°F – Cold Holding); 1 lb Krab meat (61°F – Cold Holding); 4 lbs cream cheese (57°F – Cold Holding); 2 lbs white fish (56°F – Cold Holding); 4 lbs raw salmon (50°F – Cold Holding); 2 lbs raw tuna (54°F – Cold Holding); 4 lbs Krab meat (53°F – Cold Holding) observe unit off, could not determine how long unit has been off. Advised chef can use raw fish and cook to 145°F, chef wanted to discard food. See stop sale. **Repeat Violation**
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cooked/heated yesterday/on a previous day not cooled from 135 degrees Fahrenheit to 41 degrees Fahrenheit within a total of 6 hours. Food has been cooling overnight. See stop sale. Ready to eat walk in cooler: 16 qts shashauka sauce 60°F,20 qts second container mushroom soup 47°F, 25 qts Alfredo sauce 54°F-64, per chef was prepared 1-21-18. **Repeat Violation**
  • Presence of tiny bugs. Observe more than 100 dead on flour under flour bags. Observe more then 20 live on five bags of flour. Observe more then 5 live on boxes on shelf. Observe more than 5 dead on on plates. Shelves, boxes, plate and flour all were removed outside to sanitize area.
  • Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. 3 live roach on wall next to shelf with pots and pans in front of hand washing sink.
  • Stop Sale issued due to adulteration of food product. 5 bags of 50lbs of flour with contain of tiny bugs.
  • Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse. Ready to eat walk in cooler: 16 qts shashauka sauce 60°F,20 qts second container mushroom soup 47°F, 25 qts Alfredo sauce 54°F-64, per chef was prepared 1-21-18. Sushi station: ; 4 lbs Krab meat salad (55°F – Cold Holding); 3 lbs tuna (48°F – Cold Holding); .5 lb raw salmon (58°F – Cold Holding); 1 lb Krab meat (61°F – Cold Holding); 4 lbs cream cheese (57°F – Cold Holding); 2 lbs white fish (56°F – Cold Holding); 4 lbs raw salmon (50°F – Cold Holding); 2 lbs raw tuna (54°F – Cold Holding); 4 lbs Krab meat (53°F – Cold Holding) observe unit off, could not determine how long unit has been off. See stop sale.

Long Island Bagel also faced a temporary closure on January 25th, though we don’t see why. They had 14 violations including 7 high priority:

  • Employee cracked raw shell eggs and then handled ready-to-eat food and/or clean equipment or utensils without washing hands. Cook cracked eggs and then engaged in plating cooked bacon on plate for guest, with out changing gloves.
  • Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area. More than 20 in dry storage area near oven, observed them on boxes and wall. More than 20 in dry storage shelves next to mixer, observe on boxes and closed pasta bags. More than 5 on closed flour bags. All area located in kitchen.
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Server station: half and half (68°F – Cold Holding); butter chips (68°F – Cold Holding); cream cheese (79°F – Cold Holding) observed not enough ice in bin advised to store in reach in cooler to bring temperature down to 41°F or below. Meat cooler in front counter: 12 lbs corn beef (47°F – Cold Holding); 5 lbs brisket (52°F – Cold Holding)ambient of unit 45°F see stop sale per manager was left over night in unit. Container in cook line: cooked potatoes (68°F – Cold Holding) per cook had on counter since 10:30am advise to put in reach in cooler. Cook line: ; ham (51°F – Cold Holding); cooked onion (49°F – Cold Holding); smoked salmon (50°F – Cold Holding); cooked mushroom (50°F – Cold Holding); raw beef (46°F – Cold Holding); liquid eggs (49°F – Cold Holding); liquid egg white (49°F – Cold Holding); cornbeef hash (49°F – Cold Holding); ambient of unit 48°F, advised to move all food to walk in cooler. Per cook put from in unit at 8:00am. **Repeat Violation**
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food prepared from/mixed with ingredient(s) at ambient temperature not cooled to 41 degrees Fahrenheit within 4 hours. 11:20am 10 lbs cooked potatoes (55-57°F – Cooling) 12:56pm cooked potatoes 51-57°F cooling per cook potatoes were prepared on 1-24-18, were taken out from walk in cooler to cut this morning. Between 8:30-9 potatoes were put back in walk in cooler. See stop sale.
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) hot held at less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above. Container in cook line: cooked pasta (68°F – Hot Holding); per cook was prepared at 8:00am, advised to put in reach in cooler or bring back to reheat to 165°F. Reviewed with manager TPCH. steamer in front counter: (); pastrami (122°F – Hot Holding); brisket (102°F – Hot Holding); corn beef (127°F – Hot Holding) per cook put in unit at 9:00am advised to reheat to 165°F.
  • Raw animal foods not properly separated from one another based upon minimum required cooking temperature in walk-in cooler. Cooked potatoes under shell eggs. Manager moved potatoes **Corrected On-Site**
  • Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse. Meat cooler in front counter: 12 lbs corn beef (47°F – Cold Holding); 5 lbs brisket (52°F – Cold Holding)ambient of unit 45°F see stop sale per manager was left over night in unit. 11:20am 10 lbs cooked potatoes (55-57°F – Cooling) 12:56pm cooked potatoes 51-57°F cooling per cook potatoes were prepared on 1-24-18, were taken out from walk in cooler to cut this morning. Between 8:30-9 potatoes were put back in walk in cooler.

Other West Boca spots with big numbers include Rise Asian Sushi (21 violations, 5 high priority) and Bagel City South (19, 4), both on SW 18th.
Rounding out the locals with 10 or more violations were:

  • House of Bread & Coffee on 441 north of Sandalfoot (14, 4)
  • Hunan City on Yamato at Lakeridge (13, 2)
  • China Wok in Sandalfoot Square (12, 2)
  • Zingers on Beracasa (12, 4)
  • Sandalfoot Bagel (10, 6)

Good News
On the good news side of things, TW’s Lounge on 441 had another perfect inspection.
The new Brooklyn Water Bagel on 441 in Parkland had a near perfect licensing inspection on January 25th so they’re either open or opening soon. One local said it will open on Monday.
We also noticed a licensing inspection a couple weeks ago for a new steakhouse on Powerline south of Glades called All Ribs Costelaria. We checked with them and they’re not open yet but coming soon.

Chili’s on 441 and Kee Grill on Military Trail both had near perfect inspections with 1 violation each.
Pei Wei on Beracasa and Orchid Garden on Lyons near Century Village each had 2 minor violations.
You can see those and more in our spreadsheet for this report, below:
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Boca Greens Home Prices Up Again For 2017


The Boca Greens average home price rose again in 2017. The average home price was up 5% to $420,000 from $400,000 in 2016, and an 18% increase from 2014’s $378,000 average.
Last year three homes sold for over $500K for the first time in a few years. 2017 cracked the $600K barrier with one home selling for $650,000 and two more homes selling over $500K.
There were 49 Boca Greens homes sold in 2017 with prices mostly above $300,000. Two homes sold below that level with one a small 1200 square foot 2-bedroom at $255,000 and the other sold by a bank after foreclosure at $260,000.
The average for Boca Greens homes sold in 2017 was a 2200 square foot 3-bedroom bought for $420,000 after 3 months on the market.
The unicorn of the year was 10369 Canoe Brook Circle, a 3000 square foot 3-bedroom that sold for $650,000. The house was meticulously remodeled throughout, but $650K still seems very high for the neighborhood. It was over $100,000 higher than any other transaction.
It took over 8 months to find a buyer willing to pay for all those upgrades, and to get the seller to accept a price that low. The house was originally on the market for $760,000.

For help with West Boca Real Estate check out the new YesBoca.com website.

The biggest apparent bargain of the year in Boca Greens was 10448 Milburn Lane, a 2700 square foot 3-bedroom that sold for $395,000, or $145/sq.ft. It was due for significant renovations.
The highest paid for the least size was 19589 Sea Pines Way, a 1400 square foot 3 bedroom that got $373,000, or $260/sq.ft. The house was fully renovated in 2014.
The most average home was 10264 Crosswind Road, a 2200 square foot 3-bedroom selling for just under $420,000, or $194/sq.ft. It sold in just 3 days.
Some believe that the new Chabad in Boca Greens plaza, in walking distance for observant Jews, is the reason for the price increases. We have seen similar effects in other places like Century Village.

Boca Isles Homes Sold 2017

Boca Isles South has a nice community pool area and clubhouse.

2017 saw 65 homes sold in Boca Isles, 29 of them in Boca Isles North and another 36 in Boca Isles South. Four houses in Boca Isles South broke the $700K barrier with two more over $690K.
The average for both communities together was a 2700 square foot 4-bedroom selling for $544,000 at just under $200 per square foot in a little over 2 months.
Boca Isles South
Boca Isles South wins a close race this year. The average price was $550,000, selling slightly quicker and slightly larger than Boca Isles North.
The top sale was 10922 Bal Harbor Drive at $720,000 for a 5-bedroom with 3200 square feet. It took 5 months to sell but for the seller it was worth the wait to find a buyer who appreciated all the upgrades in this gorgeously remodeled home.
Five more of these 5-bedroom, 3200 square foot models sold for prices between $695,000 and $705,000, all in Boca Isles South.
We were pleased to sell 19641 Biscayne Bay Drive, a 2300 square foot house, for $480,000.
Warren’s listing at 19641 Biscayne Bay Drive sold for $480,000.

Sunset sky from backyard of 19641 Biscayne Bay Drive. Image copyright Warren Redlich.

That was the highest price for that model in Boca Isles South in 2017. Several others of that model sold for prices ranging from $360,000 to $465,000.
At the low end in Boca Isles South, three houses sold for $420,000 or less. Two were 3-bedroom models with just under 2000 square feet selling for $400K and $420K.

Boca Isles North
By comparison Boca Isles North was stronger at the low end. Only two homes sold for less than $470,000, one of them a short sale at $409,000 and the other a small 3-bedroom for $435,000.
Five homes sold between $472,500 and $495,000. The remaining 22 transactions were all for $510,000 or more.
The most typical of Boca Isles North was 19665 Black Olive Lane, a 2700 square foot 4-bedroom that sold for $535,000.
Homes in Boca Isles North did sell for a bit more on a dollars per square foot but they also took a few more days to sell.

Lakes at Boca Raton Homes 2017

18636 Cape Sable Drive in Lakes at Boca Raton sold for $470K in August of 2017.

2017 was a good year for home sellers in The Lakes at Boca Raton. The average sale was a 2280 square foot 4-bedroom going for $411,000 ($184 per square foot) in less than 2 months. 40 homes sold for the year, 25 of them for $400,000 or more.
At the high end two homes in Cypress Bend sold for more than $500,000 with the top going for nearly $600,000. The 5-bedroom, 3600 square foot house at 18820 Cypress Bend Court sold for $590,000.
18820 Cypress Bend Court; image by Google.

Only one house sold under $300,000 and it’s a small one at only 1300 square feet, more than 200 square feet smaller than the next largest transaction. 10383 Islander Drive in Amber Bay went for $292,500 with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. That works out to $230 per square foot.
While no home fits as the precise average for any neighborhood, 18974 Concerto Drive comes close. The 2220 square foot 4-bedroom home sold for $410,000.
The best apparent bargain of the year was 10839 Sea Cliff Circle, a 3000 square foot 4-bedroom that sold for $428,000 ($143/sq.ft.). An investor had bought it out of foreclosure for $353,000 in 2016.
10839 Sea Cliff Circle; image by Google.

Saturnia Home Prices 2017

Saturnia entrance; image by Google

There are some positive signs in Saturnia but the average home price in Saturnia fell slightly to just under $630,000 for the year 2017, down from $636,000 in 2016 and $638,000 in 2015 and 2014. On the bright side only one house sold for less than $500,000 and just barely at $493K. The lowest price in 2016 was all the way down to $455K with two others under $500K. See our 2016 Saturnia summary. Pressure from new homes in developments like The Bridges and Seven Bridges has increased supply in this segment, keeping home prices from rising for larger single family homes. The Boca Falls 2017 average was also down a little.
Other positive signs include no REO or short sale transactions, and a higher volume with 33 homes sold in 2017, up from 23 in 2016. Some listings failed with eight canceled and ten expired. Also on the negative side, the average price fell in dollars per square foot. In 2016 it was up to $188 per square foot, but in 2017 it dropped to $174 per square foot, well below the 2015 number.
Saturnia satellite image and map data by Google.

The ten highest prices were large houses over 4000 square feet. 19498 Saturnia Lakes Drive got the biggest price with 6 bedrooms and 4 1/2 baths in 4700 square feet at $850,000. One other sold at $800K and six more sold in the $700s.
19551 Saturnia Lakes Drive was on the market in 2016 and 2017 and is currently “pending” at an unknown price, probably below $750,000. Image copyright Warren Redlich 2016.

Four houses sold near $500K with 19107 Skyridge Circle the lowest at $493,000, and the same 4-bedroom 2800 square foot model next door at 19101 at $505,000. Two 5-bedroom models sold for $510,000, one of them much larger at 3600 square feet.
The biggest apparent bargain of 2017 was 19528 Saturnia Lakes Drive, a 4700 square foot house with 6 bedrooms and 4 1/2 baths that sold for only $635,000, or $133 per square foot. This was sold by an investor who acquired the house out of foreclosure for $545,000. No other house sold for less than $140/sq.ft. The best seller price per square foot was 11898 Preservation Lane, a 2800 square foot 4-bedroom that sold for $600,000, or $214 per square foot. Three other houses in Saturnia sold for over $200/sq.ft. and three more sold for over $190/sq.ft.

The Shores at Boca Raton 2017 Homes Sold

The Shores from Yamato; image by Google

19 homes sold in The Shores at Boca Raton in 2017. Most homes sold between $460,000 and $650,000. There was one exception at the high end – the 4000 square foot 7 bedroom at 11307 Sea Grass Circle sold for $665,000. There were two exceptions at the low end, both smaller homes. 11423 Sea Grass Circle sold for $380,000, the only house under $400K, with 4 bedrooms in 2400 square feet. The even smaller 11488 Sea Grass Circle, with 2100 square feet, sold for $415,000.
Most of the houses were between 2900 and 3400 square feet with either 4 or 5 bedrooms, 2-4 full baths and nearly all with a half bath. There was a roughly even split between 2 and 3 car garages and all but the bottom house had either waterfront, a pool, or both. All were built between 1995 and 1998.

Priced in dollars per square foot, the homes ranged from just under $150/sq.ft. to just under $200/sq.ft, with an average of $171/sq.ft. Roughly half of the homes sold in a month or less, with a few taking closer to three months. The $380K home sat on the market for nearly a year.
At this writing there are 14 homes for sale in The Shores at Boca Raton with prices from $420K up to $665K.
If you’re thinking of buying or selling a house in West Boca, call or text Warren at 518-225-3710.

The 2018 Summer Camp Directory is Here!

Camp at the J – Marleen Forkas Theater Camp, at the Adolph and Rose Levis JCC , 21050 95th Avenue S., Boca Raton. To register, call Alan Nash at 561-558-2512.
Camp Keshet, 6261 SW 18th Street, Boca Raton, FL 33433. For more information, contact Debbie Fried, Camp Director at 561-750-9665 ext 302.
Super Stars Camp, Boca Raton. 954-444-8548.
Creative Heart Dance Studio, 8212 Glades Road, Boca Raton. 561-419-7290.
Center Stage Performing Arts Camp, 7200 W. Camino Real #330, Boca Raton. 561-750-7824.

CURTAINS UP ON THEATER CAMP AT THE J!
Now in its 3rd year, our Theater Camp, in partnership with Chicken Coop Theatre, is an exciting, comprehensive four-week program for 8-14 year olds that builds to a rewarding final production both parents and camper-actors will be proud of! Kids enjoy learning about every aspect of live theatrical productions – the creation, production and performance of musical theater in a program tailor-made for elementary and middle school students. In addition to honing their theater skills, campers enjoy the very best of Camp at the J, including: swim, go-carts, carnival, color war,  field trips to Disney World and more.
Join the fun for this summer’s productions of Peter Pan, Jr.  (June 11 – July 6) and The Little Mermaid, Jr. (July 9 – August 3).
 

CAMP KESHET, BOCA RATON

A traditional Jewish day camp for campers ages 2-6.  Campers enjoy their very own magical and self-contained part of the B’nai Torah Congregation campus where groups are kept small and staffing is extensive.  Open enrollment begins January 24, 2018.

We also offer the following specialty programs:
*Summer VPK for eligible children
*CIT Program for children ages 13-15
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/campkeshetbocaratonflorida/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qD2ZwbPVIp4

SUPER STARS CAMP offers 3 amazing options for your child!
(Formerly Camp Palmetto)
– Super Stars: K-6th grade, keep your child active all summer with swimming, water slides, a wide range of sports, and much much more (non-travel @Boca Prep International School)
– Super Stars Jr Travel: K-4th grade, 3 field trips/week, arts & crafts, cooking, arcade room, swimming and water slides (@Loggers’ Run Middle School)
– Super Stars Travel: 5-8th grade, 5 field trips/week, trips include Rapids, tubing, Ninja Lounge, Off the Wall and so much more! (@Loggers’ Run Middle School)
2 sites will have a shuttle service for parents convenience!
Summer Performing Arts Camp for ages 5-12. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Classes offered in musical theater, jazz, contemporary, hip hop and acrobatics. Daily arts and crafts projects as well! Weekly sessions available and before/after care available. Weekly themes with a performance for the parents every Friday! Register early before April 30th to receive a 10% discount.
Summer Dance Intensive also available for intermediate and advanced level students. Two 3 week sessions and a “back to school” 2 week morning session taught by master teachers with a performance demonstration at the end of each session. Please call 561-419-7290 for pricing and information.


Center Stage Performing Arts Camp offers 3 one week sessions and two 4 week sessions. Students will have classes daily in Acting, Singing and Dance and will perform in a full scale musical.
Session 1: The Greatest Showman (all ages) June 4-8.
Session 2: Rock of Ages (all ages) June 11-15 and Dance intensive (all ages) June 11-15.
Session 3: Wizard of Oz (ages 5-11) Into the woods (ages 12-18) June 18-July 13.
Session 4: Annie (ages 5-11) Fame (ages 12-18) July 16- August 10. Camp hours are 9am-4pm. After care and before care available for daily and weekly rates. Call (561)750-7824 for more details. 10% discount if you register before March 16th.
Day Camps in Boca and West Delray
American Heritage Summer Day Camp, American Heritage Summer Institute, American Heritage Summer School, 6200 Linton Blvd, Delray Beach, FL. 561-637-2440. Monday-Friday,
A Painting Fiesta, 19635 N. State Rd 7, Boca. 561-961-0735. Summer Art Camp, Ages 5-12. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
AMP Stables, Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Center, Monday-Friday, Ages 5-17.Summer camp that focuses on learning how to ride and care for horses. All levels and they can accommodate special needs. 561-400-0814.
Barclay Performing Arts, Boca Black Box, 8221 Glades Road #10, Boca Raton. 978-460-5051. Monday-Friday, Times Vary. Musical Theatre Camp and Actors Workshops.
Boca Summer Horse Camp, Staffordshire Equestrian Center, 8656 Surrey Lane, Boca Raton. 561-445-3946. Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.to 2 p.m. Aftercare available.

Peter Blum Family YMCA of Boca Raton, 6631 Palmetto Circle S., Boca Raton. 1-800-798-4531. Traditional and Special Needs Day Camp, 3-15 years old. M-F, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Beth El Summer Adventure Camp, Temple Beth El, 9800 Yamato Road, Boca Raton. 561-391-9091. Day Camp for ages 2-5.  3 or 5 days, full or half day.
C’s Kenpo Karate, Inc., Shadowood Plaza, 9793 Glades Road, Boca Raton. 561-451-1481. Karate Summer Camp, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
CWS Camps, Spanish River Church, Boca Raton. 561-271-8191. Water sports camp. M-F, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ages 7-15.
Don Law Golf Academy, Osprey Point Golf Course in South County Regional Park. 561-451-1128. Juniors Golf Camp, ages 4-16, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Grand College Tours, 1-877-354-1080. 4 Full Day College Tour.
Delbo Cartoon Camp, Donna Klein Jewish Academy, 9701 Donna Klein Blvd, Boca Raton. 561-715-0447. Animation and Digital Media. Ages 5-14.
Emerging Minds Montessori Academy, on West Campus of First United Methodist Church, 9087 Glades Road, Boca Raton. 561-487-3535.  Summer Camp for children ages 2 through 6.
Green Art Studio, 21000 Boca Rio Rd, Suite A-6, Boca Raton. 561-477-1500. Day camp with arts & crafts, field trips and more. Monday Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. or 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Gymnastics Plus, 9793 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33434. 561-353-1974.
Camp MECE, United Methodist Church of Boca, 625 NE Mizner Blvd. 561-368-1215. Ages 2 1/2 to 6. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Mission Bay Tennis Center, 10910 Diego Drive North, Boca Raton. 561-487-9390. Summer Junior Tennis Camp for ages 9 and up. Camp open to residents and non-residents. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Camp Nageela Boca,  561-544-2854. Jewish Day Camp. Ages 5-13. M-F, 8:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m.
Ovation Music and Studios, 8194 Glades Road, Boca Raton. 561-487-0451. Summer Band Camp.
Pine Tree Camp, Lynn University, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton. 561-237-7310. Traditional day camp for ages 3-14, Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Pinitos Learning Center, Loggers Run Plaza, 11443 W. Palmetto Park Rd, Boca Raton. Sports, Performing Arts, Spanish and more. Ages 1-5. M-F 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. 561-558-1488.
Saint Andrew’s School Day Camp, 3900 Jog Rd, Boca Raton. 561-210-2100. Traditional Day Camp, Sports, Adventure and Sports Travel Camp. M-F 8:45 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. Ages 3-10. Before and after care available.
School of Rock Summer Camp, 141 NW 20th St Suite F2, Boca Raton. 561-430-2411. Live performance thru workshops, clinics and private instruction. Children learn to play together in a band. Ages 8+.
Slomin Family Center Inclusion Summer Camp, (Morikami Park) 16705 Puzzle Place, Delray Beach. 561-495-4443. M-F 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. An inclusion camp for children ages 3-11 including weekly swim and swim lessions, yoga, science, music, sports and more.
Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, Calvary Chapel at 10660 Sandalfoot Blvd or Boca Glades Baptist Church at 10101 Judge Winikoff Road. 561-688-3984. Ages 6-12. M-F, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
SOAR Camp, Spanish River Christian School, 2400 Yamato Rd, Boca Raton. 561-994-5006. Traditional Day Camp, Ages 3-5 and K-6th grade. M-F 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Early bird and after care available.
Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. 561-347-3900. A variety of summer specialty programs. Open to non-residents of the City of Boca.
Under Blue Waters, Red Reef Park, 1400 N. Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton. 561-367-7081. Campers learn watersports like snorkeling, boogie, boarding, sailing and more. M-F, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. After care available.
West Boca Karate, Loggers Run Plaza, 11435 W. Palmetto Park Rd, Ste A. 561-482-9049. Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.

We Rock the Spectrum Boca Raton, 19635 N State Road 7. 561-218-0128. Summer Camp presented by Autism Care Center. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ages 8-14.