Are These Palm Trees Sick?

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Charlotte the Wonder Puppy has a question for West Boca residents and palm tree experts. We looked at several palm trees on our street and we’re wondering (she is the Wonder Puppy after all) which trees look the healthiest, the unhealthiest, and what property owners should do to care for their palm trees.
So, including the tree above, which we’ll call #1, and nine more trees below, please let us know what you think in the comments below or on our West Boca News Facebook page.]
For most, or all of these photos, if you click on them you should see a larger version.

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Palm #2

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Palm #9

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Palm #10

Realty Expo on the 19th in Boca West

The South Florida Realty Expo, a free trade show for licensed real estate professionals, will take place on Wednesday, March 19, from 3:00 to 7:00. They expect over 1000 attendees and 60+ exhibitors.
This is their second annual show and it will be held at Boca West Country Club.

Ben Schachter
Ben Schachter
Founder Ben Schacter says that “real estate couldn’t be any more different than it was 18 months ago. Prices are rising, inventory is reduced, international interest in the area is huge and real estate professionals are busier than ever.”
Booths will include technology, financial service, construction, lending, repair, title insurance, and education companies.
Real estate professionals from all over South Florida are invited to attend a Happy Hour Cocktail Party on Tuesday, March 18, from 6-8 p.m. at Blue Martini (Town Center Mall).
Admission to the expo is free for licensed real estate professionals (RSVP required). Visit www.southfloridarealtyexpo.com or call 561-503-4945.
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Million Dollar Sales in Woodfield and St. Andrews

17711 Lake Estates
17711 Lake Estates

Three houses sold for $1M or more in the 33496 zip code in late February. At the top of the list, 17711 Lake Estates Drive sold for a cool $2 million on the 28th. The house has four bedrooms, five full bathrooms plus a half bath, in nearly 4800 square feet of space. The property appraiser indicates 6400 square feet, along with nearly half an acre of land.

As you can see (hopefully) from the satellite view above, it has a pool with a greenside view on the St. Andrews golf course.
The price is a pretty big bump up from its last arms length transaction in 2011, for $1.6M.
6585 Landings Court
6585 Landings Court

Not far behind at $1.862 million is 6585 Landings Court, in Woodfield Country Club, also on the 28th. The two properties are actually quite close to each other as the crow flies. Both are just east of the Turnpike on opposite sides of Clint Moore.
This house in The Landings may actually be larger than its pricier neighbor. It’s listed as having five bedrooms, 5 full bathrooms plus a half bath, and over 5100 square feet. It has a pool and a lake view and its location protects it a bit from poorly hit golf balls.

The appraiser has the address as 6585 NW 38th Ct, with over 6500 square feet and a third of an acre. The last arms-length transaction was all the way back in 1997 for $962K. The seller appears to be Allen D. McGee, Chairman and CEO of Radiology Corporation of America.
4189 Briarcliff
4189 Briarcliff

Rounding out the three is 4189 Briarcliff, which is also in Woodfield Country Club. The 4-bedroom, 4-bath house sold for a mere $1.08M on the 27th. It was listed as having nearly 3400 square feet. The house has a particularly large pool and a lake view, but it may get a bit more traffic noise from a main road within Woodfield.
The property was purchased several months ago for roughly the same amount of money. The seller, Larry Bank, appears to be a Washington DC consultant who deals with various sectors including real estate.

Late February Home Sales in Far West Boca

Here are some late February home sales in what we call “Far West Boca”, meaning zip codes 33428 and 33498, which are mostly west of US-441. We’ll start with 33428, which generally covers everything in West Boca southwest of the intersection of Glades Road and Lyons Road.

11671 Timberwood
11671 Timberwood

11671 Timberwood sold on February 28th for $325K. It has 4 bedrooms, 2 baths and just over 2000 square feet. It is located in the Country Landing III subdivision of Loggers Run, south of the intersection of Judge Winikoff and Glades Road. The last arms length transaction was $300K in 2004.
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In the gated golf course community of Boca Woods, 21733 Old Bridge Trail sold for $665K on the 25th. It has 5 beds, 6 baths and over 5300 square feet. From a satellite view it also appears to be on a cul de sac, has a large screened-in pool and a view of one of the greens. The last recorded sale was back in 2003 for only $375K.
9700-vineyardJust east of 441 on the south side of Palmetto, and near the soon to reopen Walmart, 9700 Vineyard Court sold on the 25th for $398K. The house has 4 beds, 2 1/2 baths and almost 2500 square feet.
It is in the gated Vineyards community, and was previously bought for just over $400K in 2008. At its peak it sold for $490K. There appear to be two other houses for sale in the Vineyards right now, both listed for less than this one.
12765 Spikerush Circle
12765 Spikerush Circle
With a lake view in Boca Winds, 12765 Spikerush Circle sold for $350K on the 21st. It has 4 beds, 3 baths and nearly 2472 square feet. That price is down from its 2003 sale price of $380K.
22545 Blue Fin Trail
22545 Blue Fin Trail
Another Boca Winds house sold on the 21st for $293,500. With 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, in under 1750 square feet, 22545 Blue Fin Trail sold in November for $200K to a real estate investor who appears to have successfully flipped the property.
21765 Little Bear Way
21765 Little Bear Way
Going for $325K on the 20th, 21765 Little Bear Way has 4 beds, 2 full and 2 half baths, a bit over 2300 square feet, and is in easy walking distance to Loggers Run Plaza near Packy’s. The previous owner held the house since 1990 and paid around $140K back then.
The 33498 zip code is all west of 441, and runs from Glades Road up to a bit north of the Stonebridge development.
10991 Haydn Drive
10991 Haydn Drive

10991 Haydn sold on the 28th for $330K. It has a pool, 4 bedrooms, 2 baths and just over 2000 square feet. Haydn Drive is essentially the extension of Diego north of Glades Road in Mission Bay. The property is close to the tennis courts and backs up to the utility corridor. The last arms length transaction was in 1999 for $176K.
18700 Sea Turtle Lane
18700 Sea Turtle Lane

Inside the gated Shores at Boca Raton, 18700 Sea Turtle Lane sold on the 27th for $400K. It has 4 bedrooms, 2 and a half baths and just under 2400 square feet, with a lake view and a pool. Investors bought the house for $339,500 in April of 2013 and appear to have successfully flipped it, after a 2012 foreclosure. In 2004 the house was purchased for $438K. Records suggest the house was built in 1996, but there are no transactions before 2004.
11484 Sea Grass Circle
11484 Sea Grass Circle

Also in the Shores, 11484 Sea Grass Circle sold for $349K on the 25th. It has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and 2,133 square feet with a lake view. The last transaction was in 2003 for $211K, but that might not have been at arms length. It originally sold in 1995 for that amount.
10702 Stonebridge Blvd
10702 Stonebridge Blvd

10702 Stonebridge Boulevard sold on the 24th for $440K, a big drop from its 2005 sale price of $645K. It has 4 bedrooms, 3 and a half baths, and 3,174 square feet with a pool and lake view.

West Boca Home Sales: Mid-February

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12317 Riverfalls Court

We’re trying out a new kind of article. Here are some recent home sales that took place in West Boca. First, in zip code 33428:

Above is 12317 Riverfalls Court, in Boca Falls. This 4-bedroom, 3-bath home, 2,652 square foot one-floor home sold on February 19th for $466,500. The house was built in 1997. This photo may be old and the exterior paint color might be different now.
Boca Falls is a gated community in the far west end of West Boca, between Palmetto Park and Glades, near West Boca High School and the southern entrance to South County Regional Park.

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10124 Aqua Vista Way

10124 Aqua Vista Way sold on February 18th for $255K. It’s a 3-bedroom, 2 bath house with just under 1900 square feet, and it’s in the Mission Lakes gated community south on 441 behind Sushi Yoshee. The property sits on the county line and has a view of the Loxahatchee Canal. The house was built in 1995.

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21895 Palm Grass Drive

On February 14th, 21895 Palm Grass Drive in Boca Winds sold for $365,100. It’s a 4-bedroom, 2 1/2 bath home with 2,427 square feet, built in 1994. Boca Winds is a non-gated community just south of Boca Falls, at the western end of Palmetto and north of the Loxahatchee Canal.

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21347 Sweetwater Lane

Located in the Loggers Run gated subdivision, Winding Lake Estates, 21347 Sweetwater Lane sold for $590K on the 13th. It was listed as a 6-bedroom home with two master suites, 3 1/2 baths and nearly 4000 square feet. It was built in 1995. Winding Lake Estates is just west of the intersection of Judge Winikoff and Ponderosa. It was built in 1984 but may have been substantially remodeled.
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10386 Islander Drive

Turning to zip code 33498, 10386 Islander Drive sold on the 20th for $295K. It’s a 3-bed, 2-bath house with under 1700 square feet, built in 1987. Located in the Lakes at Boca Raton community, it’s northeast of the intersection of Cain and Yamato.
Sold on February 14th for $549,900 was 20149 Palm Island Drive in the gated Boca Isles South development, just west of Cain north of Glades Road. The house was listed as 4 bedrooms 3 baths and 2,660 square feet.
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8719 Twin Lake Drive

In the 33496 zip code, 8719 Twin Lake Drive was sold for $800K on February 14th. It’s a vacant lot in the prestigious Long Lake Estates (famous for the Mitt Romney “47%” remark). Back in 2004 the lot was purchased for $1.075M and for $1.4M a year earlier. Even back in 1999 it went for $958K. The land has apparently fallen in value. It’s probably Mitt’s fault.
More recently a Woodfield Country Club home sold on the 20th in short sale for $300K. 5411 NW 42nd Ave is a 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath house with almost 2400 square feet.
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3037 NW 63rd Street

3037 NW 63rd Street sold for $885K on the 18th. It’s a 5 bedroom with 4 full and 2 half-baths in the gated Seasons neighborhood on the southwest corner of Jog and Clint Moore.
7247 Gateside in St. Andrews Country Club sold on the 14th for $555K. The 1985 house has 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths in 2,744 square feet.
In zip 33434, 6271 NW 24th Street sold for $406K in the 20th. It’s a 3 bed, 2 1/2 bath house with just over 2000 square feet, in the gated Santa Barbara community northeast of the corner of Glades and Jog.
In 33433, 23441 Torre Circle, in Costa del Sol at Boca Pointe, sold for $309K on the 20th. It has 3 beds, 2 baths with 1,866 square feet.
22636 Caravelle Circle sold in Boca Pointe for $325K on the 18th. It appears to be a 3 bed, 3 bath townhome with over 2700 square feet.
Also on the 18th, 21334 Campo Allegro sold in gated Pradera for $310K, with 3 beds, 2 baths and just under 2100 square feet.