Boca Isles, Saturnia, Boca Greens, Shores, Lakes at Boca Raton: Real Estate Report

We report on 17 homes sold from $330K to $735K in zip code 33498. Mission Bay and Island Lakes were covered in a previous article.

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

Saturnia generally has the highest prices west of US-441. This report is no exception with two of the top three prices in Saturnia. Mainly this is due to the homes being large.
19354 Skyridge Circle sold for $735,000. The house has just over 4000 square feet with 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and a variety of nice features including a screened in pool with a lake view and a large second floor patio inside the screen.
Nearby 19245 Skyridge Circle sold for $670,000 with 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms in 3300 square feet. It has extensive remodeling including the kitchen, master bath and marble tile.
Boca Isles
Boca Isles is a large development between Yamato and Glades on the west side of Cain. It includes two sections, North (closer to Yamato) and South (closer to Glades).
20070 Ocean Key Drive in Boca Isles South sold for $705,000, a pretty high price for that community. The house has 5 bedrooms and 3 baths in just under 3200 square feet, with extensive remodeling.
19078 Cloister Lake Lane in Boca Isles North sold for $605K with 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms in 2700 square feet on one floor. Again this home had substantial remodeling and also has a screened in pool.
Back to Boca Isles South, 10933 Bal Harbor Drive sold for $569K with the same “Palm Beacher” 5 bed, 3 bath model as the one on Ocean Key Drive. The kitchen was nicely remodeled. Bathrooms and some floors could use an update and there’s no lake view but overall this buyer got quite a bargain by comparison.
Still in South, 19753 Dinner Key Drive sold for $545K with 4 beds and 3 baths in 2900 square feet on two floors. The house has some upgrades but some curious design choices may have reduced buyer interest.
In Boca Isles North again, the smallest model at 19496 Preserve Drive sold for $495K. It has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths in 2100 square feet. A new roof and various upgrades likely increased the value.
The slightly larger at 10864 Tea Olive Lane sold for $479K with 4 bedrooms and 2300 square feet. Again a new roof helped the price.
The lowest price in Boca Isles goes to 20113 N Key Drive (Boca Isles South) at $455K with 4 bedrooms and 3 baths in 2800 square feet. The price was lower than usual because it’s a bank-owned property after a foreclosure last year.
The Shores at Boca Raton
Unusually large for The Shores, 11307 Sea Grass Circle sold for $665K with 7 bedrooms and 4 1/2 baths in just over 4000 square feet on two floors. It’s a relatively high price for the neighborhood but a good deal for the buyer on a dollars per square foot basis and the house has some nice features as well.
We see more typical pricing with 18524 Ocean Mist Drive selling for $534K with 5 bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths in 3400 square feet. The price still works out cheap in dollars per square foot.
Boca Greens
Boca Greens is a gated golf course community but membership is not mandatory. Most homes are on one floor.
10353 Milburn Lane sold for $549,000. It has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms in 2700 square feet. This is after substantial renovation including new roof, new air conditioning, kitchen, floors and more.
The larger 10367 Camelback Lane sold for $480K with 4 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths in 2900 square feet. The substantial backyard is probably a magnet for sliced tee shots.
10556 Fenway Place went for the lowest price in Boca Greens this report at $350,000. The 2 bedroom, 2 bath home has 2100 square feet and sat on the market for over five months, due to a high original listing price ($435K).

Other Communities:
18636 Cape Sable Drive (image at top of this article) in Lakes at Boca Raton sold for $470,000. The house has 4 bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths in 2800 square feet on two floors.
18171 181st Circle S; image by Google

18171 181st Circle S in Boca Chase sold for $383K with 4 beds and 2 baths in 2100 square feet. It took over six months to sell.
Stonebridge homes usually sell low due to the mandatory club membership. 17887 Stonebridge Court did better than usual at $330K with 4 bedrooms and 3 baths in 3100 square feet.

May Home Sales I: $800K to $6.4M

16031 Quiet Vista Circle in Stone Creek Ranch sold for $6.4M. Image and map data by Google.

We reviewed over 80 single family home sales (west of the Turnpike up to Atlantic in Delray) from May 1 into early June, restricted to homes with 3 or more bedrooms and at least 2000 square feet of living space. This is Part One of that review, covering homes selling over $800,000. All these homes were in zip codes 33498, 33496, and 33446, mostly in The Bridges, Seven Bridges, and The Oaks.
Click here for Part Two.
At the high end was 16031 Quiet Vista Circle in Stone Creek Ranch, on the west side of Lyons just north of Seven Bridges. The nearly 14,000 square foot house with 10 bedrooms and 10 1/2 baths sold for $6.4 million. The seller was billionaire Steven A. Cohen. The buyers are Cynthia Williams and her husband Ronald “Ron” Williams, former CEO of Aetna, with an estimated net worth close to $200M.
8700 Surrey Lane sold for $2.8M; image and map data by Google

There was one other transaction for over $2M. 8700 Surrey Lane in Horseshoe Acres (north of Clint Moore, east of Lyons) sold for just over $2.8M with only 5 bedrooms and 5 1/2 baths in 6000 square feet.
Nine other homes sold for $1M or more, in The Bridges, Seven Bridges, The Oaks, and Long Lake Estates. Most of these sold for between $215 and $250 per square foot, with two in The Bridges going for closer to $300 per square foot.
The smallest of these was 8510 Hawks Gully Avenue, with 3 bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths in 3350 square feet. It sold for $1.1M ($328/sq.ft.) in just 17 days on the market. The house is on a corner lot with no waterfront and has significant upgrades including a gorgeous pool, but it still seems like a hefty price for what the buyer got. The house was previously purchased for less than $1M in 2015.
The best bargain of the million dollar homes was probably 8646 Lewis River Road, a 5200 sq.ft. 5 bedroom with a partial lake view which sold for just over $1.1M, or $216/sq.ft.
Others sold include:

  • $1.43M: 18529 Long Lake Drive, Long Lake Estates, 6 bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths, 5800 sq.ft.
  • $1.35M: 16844 Strasbourg Lane, Seven Bridges, 5 bedrooms, 6 full and two 1/2 baths, 5500 sq.ft.
  • $1.2M: 17681 Middlebrook Way, The Oaks, 5 bedrooms, 5 1/2 baths, 5500 sq.ft.
  • $1.14M: 16615 Sagamore Bridge Way, The Bridges, 4 beds, 5 baths, 3900 sq.ft.
  • $1.08M: 17745 Vecino Way, The Oaks, 5 beds, 4 baths, 4450 sq.ft.
  • $1.07M: 8518 Hawks Gully Ave, The Bridges, 4 beds, 4 1/2 baths, 4300 sq.ft.
  • $1.02M: 9488 Eden Roc Ct, Seven Bridges, 5 beds, 6 baths, 4700 sq.ft. (new home)

$800K – $1M
Six homes sold for prices between $800,000 and $1,000,000, including three in The Oaks, one in Mizner Country Club, one in Saturnia, and one in Rio Poco.

16135 Rio Baile sold for $995,000. Image by Google.

16135 Rio Baile in Rio Poco (west side of 441 across from Saturnia Isles) sold for $995K. The house has 6 bedrooms and 5 1/2 baths in 4200 square feet on a one-acre lot.
What would seem to be one of the biggest bargains was 17891 Monte Vista Drive in The Oaks. Selling for $880K, the house has 7 bedrooms, 6 full and 2 half baths in 5500 square feet. Those familiar with The Oaks will guess correctly that the house has a Chinese drywall history. Purchased in 2007 for $1.3M, it was foreclosed in 2013 and then sold to an investor for $751K. Considering the cost of capital and other expenses, the investor probably lost money on this deal.
Others selling at $800K or more include:
$860K: 17978 Lake Azure Way, The Oaks, 4 beds, 5 1/2 baths, 4300 sq.ft.
$832K: 17689 Lake Azure Way, The Oaks, 3 beds, 3 full and 2 1/2 baths, 3400 sq.ft.
$800K: 16367 Braeburn Ridge Trail, Mizner Country Club, 4 beds, 3 1/2 baths, 3550 sq.ft.
$800K: 11742 Watercrest Lane, Saturnia, 6 beds, 4 1/2 baths, 4700 sq.ft.
It’s an interesting question comparing older and newer homes and that’s illustrated by two of the above transactions. In Saturnia, 11742 Watercrest Lane was built in 1999 and seems a relative bargain at $800K for a two-story home with 4700 square feet. While it could use updating in a few places the house has some very nice features including a gorgeous kitchen, a downstairs master bedroom suite and a swimming pool. By comparison in Seven Bridges, 9488 Eden Roc Court sold brand new for just over $1.02M, also with 4700 square feet. The Seven Bridges buyer paid an extra $224,000 for a house that is narrower on a smaller lot with no pool, and the master bedroom is on the second floor. Seven Bridges also has substantially higher HOA fees at close to $500/month vs. $320/month in Saturnia.
11742 Watercrest Lane in Saturnia at $800K vs. 9488 Eden Roc Ct in 7 Bridges at $1.02M. Images by Google.

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Coming in Part Two – Homes from $185K to $750K.

Saturnia $493K to $800K for Early 2017

Saturnia entrance; image by Google

Houses in Saturnia sold for as little as $493,000 and as much as $800,000 in the first part of 2017. Saturnia is a gated community at the west end of Yamato Road, near Eagles Landing Middle School, Sunrise Park Elementary, and South County Regional Park.
There have been 15 transactions so far this year so we’ll just focus on the highlights.
Only one house sold for less than $500K – 19107 Skyridge Circle. The two-story has 4 bedrooms and 4 baths in 2800 square feet. It was on the market for over 8 months. We’re not sure why it didn’t sell quicker for more. It has a great lot and significant upgrades. A few factors may have played a role – an out-of-county Realtor, poor quality photos, and the pool deck looked dirty in the photos so maybe it just didn’t present well.

11560 Big Sky Court sold for $510K with 5 bedrooms and 3 baths in 2900 square feet. It has no waterfront and no pool, and the kitchen and bathrooms look a bit dated.
19115 Two River Lane also sold for $510K despite being a much larger home, with 5 beds, 3 baths and 3600 square feet. This one took over 5 months. The lot has a little waterfront but isn’t the best location, and the home may have needed some updating and other TLC.
In a stark difference, the house next door sold for $635K despite having no waterfront. 19107 Two River Lane has 5 beds and 4 baths in just over 4000 square feet. From the photos the house had some upgrades but the bathrooms looked dated.
At the high end, 11742 Watercrest Lane sold for $800K even. This large home has 6 bedrooms and 4 1/2 baths in over 4700 square feet on a great lot.
Two other large homes sold for close to $750K. 19101 Stream Side Court sold for $748,000 with 5 beds and 4 baths in 4200 square feet, with a luxurious interior and gorgeous lake views from the backyard and the second floor balcony. Meanwhile 19229 Natures View Court sold for $745K with 5 bedrooms and 4 1/2 baths in nearly 4700 square feet.
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All three of these look like bargains compared to some of the more expensive neighborhoods east of 441, coming in between $160 and $180 per square foot.
Other houses sold since the beginning of 2017 include:

  • $532K – 11554 Big Sky Court, 5 beds, 3 baths, 3000 square feet
  • $560K – 19204 Skyridge Circle, 5 beds, 3 baths, 3350 square feet
  • $585K – 11762 Preservation Lane, 5/3, 3300 sq.ft. (sold in just over two weeks)
  • $592K – 19519 Estuary Drive, 4/2.1, 3400 sq.ft.
  • $600K – 11898 Preservation Lane, 4/3, 2800 sq.ft.
  • $625K – 19540 Saturnia Lakes Drive, 4/3, 3150 sq.ft.
  • $640K – 11821 Bayfield Drive, 4/3, 3050 sq.ft.
  • $660K – 19480 Saturnia Lakes Drive, 5/3, 3600 sq.ft.

Boca Greens Real Estate: $255K to $495K in Early 2017

There have been 12 home sales so far in Boca Greens in 2017, with prices ranging from $255,000 up to $495,000. Despite the bottom number, most transactions were $385K or more.
The low end home is an outlier. 19622 Back Nine Drive sold for only $255K. The 2 bedroom, 2 bath home has less than 1200 square feet. That’s over 500 square feet smaller – and $70K cheaper – than the next largest home in this report. It took nearly a year to sell.
Next on the list, and still well below average, is 10191 Camelback Lane selling for $325K. The 1700 square foot home has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths and was on the market for 6 months.
Three other homes sold for just under $400K:

  • $385K – 10212 Canoe Brook Circle, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2000 square feet
  • $390K – 10065 Camelback Lane, 3 beds, 2 baths, 2100 square feet
  • $395K – 10448 Milburn Lane, 3 beds, 3 baths, 2700 square feet

There’s another jump to the next group of homes, starting at $440K for 10243 Fresh Meadow Lane. The house has 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths in 2300 square feet. It’s on a pie-shaped cul de sac lot with a fairly large lake view including an angle on sunset skies. This one sat on the market for over 8 months.

The two most expensive homes in this report each took 5 months to sell. At the top is 10339 Canoe Brook Circle at $495,000 with 4 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths in 2500 square feet. The south-facing backyard includes water and golf course views.
Next at $490K, 10152 Canoe Brook Circle has 3 bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths in nearly 2900 square feet, which just sold on May 1st.
There were four other transactions over $450K:

  • $460K – 20049 Back Nine Drive, 3 beds, 2 baths, 2300 square feet
  • $483K – 10433 Milburn Lane, 4 beds, 3 baths, 2700 square feet (sold in two weeks)
  • $485K – 10434 Canoe Brook Circle, 3 beds, 3 baths, 2700 square feet
  • $485K – 19388 Cherry Hills Terrace, 3 beds, 2 baths, 2200 square feet

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Only 3 Home Sales So Far in The Shores for 2017

The Shores from Yamato; image by Google

We see only three transactions in The Shores for early 2017, ranging from $462K up to $648K. All three sold quickly, with the longest taking 39 days. The Shores at Boca Raton is on the far west end of Yamato Road, across from the north entrance to South County Regional Park.
At the high end, 11229 Sea Grass Circle sold for $648,000. The house has 5 bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths in nearly 3400 square feet under air. It’s on a large lot and a little waterfront though not the best angle for the lake and there’s no pool. There are many upgrades including impact windows. The kitchen is a bit odd, with a large island and little other counter space.

Priced in the middle at $550K was 18584 Harbor Light Way, with 4 bed and 2 1/2 baths in 2800 square feet all on one floor. The house has a mid-lake view and a screened-in pool. There are a number of upgrades in the kitchen and elsewhere, but they may not be to everyone’s taste.
Last and probably least, 11357 Sea Grass Circle sold for much less at only $462,500, with 5 bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths in 3000 square feet. The house has good bones and a fairly good location – no waterfront but the back faces park land that will not be developed for a long time if ever. Inside it’s clean but dated and many buyers would do extensive remodeling.
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Boca Isles South: $420K to $659K for Early 2017

Over 10 home sales have closed in Boca Isles South since the start of the year. Prices range from $659K at the high end for a 3300 square foot 5 bedroom, down to $420K for a 3 bedroom with 2000 square feet.
Four homes with over 3200 square feet are on the list, all four of them in less than a month.
20148 Ocean Key Drive sold for $659K. The house has 5 bedrooms and 4 baths in 3300 square feet, with a variety of new upgrades and features including a pool, though it has no waterfront.
Nearby 20016 Ocean Key Drive sold for $625K with 5 beds, 3 baths in 3200 square feet, with waterfront, a pool and a recent remodel.
Also at $625K, 19717 Brickel Point Drive has roughly the same size and features, again including a recent remodel.
The same model sold for nearly $100K less – $527K – at 20029 Palm Island Drive. It also has waterfront with southern exposure for the pool. We don’t know why it sold for so little but the listing included not a single photo of the interior, so we have a hunch it needed a lot of work inside.

Boca Isles South has a nice community pool area and clubhouse. Photo copyright Warren Redlich 2017.

The remaining homes were all smaller than 3000 square feet. The 2900 square foot home at 10588 Saint Thomas Drive still sold for nearly $510K with 4 beds, 3 baths and a pool but no waterfront. There are a lot of interior upgrades so it looks like this buyer got a relative bargain.
20106 Ocean Key Drive sold for $482,500 with 5 bedrooms and 3 baths in 2800 square feet on one floor. This one sat on the market for nearly a year before selling. The interior did seem dated but this one looks like another case where the buyer got a deal.
Also selling for $482.5K was 19748 Dinner Key Drive, the same model as the $510K home mentioned above, but with no pool. The home was listed by a Realtor from another county and the listing photos were poorly done.
Amenities at Boca Isles South include two tennis courts, half basketball court, playground and more. Photo copyright Warren Redlich 2017.

A couple of large homes went even cheaper. 10861 Bal Harbor Drive sold for $458K with 4 bedrooms and 3 baths in 2750 square feet on one floor. It’s on a good lot with a lake view in the backyard. The interior was clean but out of date.
Possibly an even better bargain was found at 10581 Saint Thomas Drive, which sold for just $455K with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and over 2900 square feet (same model as a couple others above). The house has waterfront and a recent kitchen renovation.

The smaller models in Boca Isles ranged from $465K at the high end down to $420K for the smallest model.
19634 Biscayne Bay Drive sold for $465K with 4 bedrooms and 2 baths in 2300 square feet with a pretty good lake view from the backyard pool area. The house was in good shape but the kitchen appliances looked dated. We heard that the new owner redid some floors.
The same model sold significantly cheaper at 19555 Dinner Key Drive at $443K a month later. This was a bank-owned home and they often sell for less.
Going still smaller, 10576 Saint Thomas Drive sold for $450K with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths in 2100 square feet. The house has substantial upgrades inside, though it has no pool and no waterfront.
The smallest and cheapest in this report, 19537 Dinner Key Drive sold for $420K with 3 bedrooms and 3 baths in 2000 square feet and significant upgrades. It’s an odd layout with the pool on the side facing the house next door, and a lake view out the back windows of the house.

How do you like them olives? Home Sales in Boca Isles North

There are two Boca Isles neighborhoods, west of Cain Blvd and south of Yamato Rd. Boca Isles North and Boca Isles South are gated communities with bike and jogging paths and they’re popular with families. In this report we focus on Boca Isles North, which saw a few sales on Black Olive since the beginning of the year, along with some others. There were no short sales or bank owned homes in this report.
The two story home at 19386 Black Olive Lane sold for $555,000. There are 5 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms in 2676 sq. feet of living space. This completely renovated home has lots of new additions. The kitchen has quartz counter tops, a marble back splash, wood cabinetry and stainless steel appliances. The two islands open up to the living room. A remodeled bathroom is on the first floor. A brand new roof was installed in 2016. The fenced in yard includes an in ground pool. Built in 1993, it was recently purchased in 2016 for $390,000.
19457 Black Olive Lane sold for $485,000. The home has 4 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms in 2660 sq. feet of living space. This Mediterranean style home has great views of the lake and a custom free form pool with a paver deck, built in grill and custom landscaping. The kitchen has been updated and includes tile counters and back splash. The master bathroom was also remodeled. A balcony off the master bedroom overlooks the lake. It was purchased for $521,000 in 2007. It was built in 1993 for $209,000.
The ranch home at 19722 Black Olive Lane sold for $435,000. It has 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms in 2118 sq. feet of living space. The pool home has a screened in deck and the pool has a new diamond brite surface. The kitchen has granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances and cherry wood cabinets. Both bathrooms have been remodeled. A unique feature is the outdoor shower. It was sold for $312,100 in 2014 and $435,000 in 2015. The home was built in 1994.

19250 Redberry Court; image and map data by Google

19250 Redberry Court sold for $615,000. It has 4 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms in 2660 sq. feet of living space. Located on a lakefront lot, it has an open and spacious floor plan. The new custom kitchen has stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops and huge island. There are crema marfil marble floors throughout. The master bathroom has double vanities and separate shower and tub. The additional bathrooms were renovated. The driveway and pool deck feature travertine marble. The salt water pool and spa was recently remodeled. Built in 1994, it was previously sold for $430,000 in 2012. It looks like the seller’s patience was rewarded, as the house took eight months to sell but they found a buyer who appreciated the value. The backyard is simply gorgeous.

Other sales include:
19681 Black Olive Lane sold for $567,500. The house has 4 bedrooms and 3 baths in 2800 square feet, along with a private pool and waterfront location.
10689 Maple Chase Drive sold for $515K, with 4 bedrooms and 3 baths in 2700 square feet, waterfront but no pool.
And 19456 Preserve Drive sold for $472,500. It also has 4 beds, 3 baths and 2700 square feet. We suspect this house could have gone for more if it had better photos.

2016 Home Price Summary – 33428 and 33498

Summarizing our real estate analysis for 2016, we have created a couple of “infographics” to show the average prices in various neighborhoods in the two West Boca zip codes that are mostly west of US-441.
Boca Falls and Boca Winds are two of the larger neighborhoods at the far west end of zip code 33428. Loggers’ Run and Mission Bay cross over Glades Road into zip code 33498 to the north. Other prominent neighborhoods include Boca Woods Country Club, Lexington Estates, Palma Vista & Avalon, and the somewhat notorious Watergate Estates mobile homes at the low end.

image and map data from Google

Zip code 33498 has only middle to higher end communities including Saturnia, Boca Isles (North and South), The Shores at Boca Raton, Boca Greens, Lakes at Boca Raton, and Stonebridge Country Club.
image and map data from Google

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Mission Bay Home Prices Up

20396 Hacienda sold for $515,000. Built in 1994, the house has 4 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths in 2500 square feet. It sold in September 2016 after being on the market for just under 3 months. Image by Google.

Home prices rose in Mission Bay last year, including houses, townhouses. The average for single family homes broke through the $400,000 level rising to $412K from $390K in 2015. Measured in dollars per square foot the increase was nearly 9% over the previous year.
The increase was more dramatic for townhouses (including villas) with the average rising to $271K, up 15% from $235K in 2015, though it was only 8% up when measured in dollars per square foot.
As we are seeing with a lot of other neighborhoods, the low end is rising. In 2015 there were six single family transactions at $300K or less. In 2016 there were only two. There was movement on the high end as well but the difference was not as dramatic.
Single family home transaction prices ranged from $255K to $565K. The $255K house was an anomaly, with the next transaction at $295K. The four highest prices were all in the gated Isle of Mission Bay subdivision and the top 9 were all on the north side of Glades Road.
Townhouse and villa prices went from a low of $232K (2 units) up to a high of $307K. Unlike 2014 and 2015, two units sold for over $300K and no units sold for less than $200K.
10410 Lake Vista in the Reflections subdivision sold for $307,400. The end unit townhome has 2 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths in 1660 sq.ft. and a gorgeous lake view. The larger but landlocked 10471 Mateo sold for $305K, showing the value of a lake view.

Mission Bay homes are zoned for Sandpiper Shores Elementary, Loggers’ Run Middle, and West Boca High School. The sections north of Glades Road are in zip code 33498, while the southern part is in 33428.
Map showing Mission Bay and surroundings. Image and map data by Google.

There were no REO or short sale transactions in 2016. We excluded those in previous years from our analysis. We looked at condo transactions but there were only a few in the past 3 years and none in 2016, so we left those out as well.
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Mission Bay was one of the few communities to respond to our inquiry about updates and improvements:

The Mission Bay Community has undergone a major transformation throughout its property during the course of 2016. The Board of Governors, staff and volunteers took on this monumental project that began at the clubhouse and continued with most of the major structures within the community. Looking to upgrade their beautiful facilities, they consulted with a designer who helped them create a vision.
The Board wanted to create a dramatic effect as you enter the covered walkway to the Clubhouse and accentuate the columns with ledgestone. This added depth and color leading to the pool area.

The Club patio was completely redone and redesigned with wood and pavers. New outdoor furniture that include, 2 gas grilled fire pits were purchased in order to give the residents a more enjoyable place to take advantage of the great views of the lake by a fire. The pool patio was enlarged to offer additional seating for its residents. The lounge chairs by the pool were re-strapped to blend with their new color scheme and more umbrellas were added to give the residents more options around the resort style pool.

The once screen enclosed game room was revamped and now features an open air bar with flat screen TVs on every wall. The bar was created with a vision to offer residents 21 and older a place to meet and have a few beverages while enjoying the pool and patio.

The Mission Bay board began offering Friday evening “Happy Hours” for those 21 and older. In addition Mission Bay offers both family friendly and adult parties throughout the year. They have even implemented “Football Sundays” for residents to enjoy a “sports bar” environment during NFL season! These parties have become very popular events and attendance is usually very high. All of these Country Club amenities are offered to residents without charging country club prices.
All Mission Bay monuments have been updated and refurbished. The stonework and color scheme were carried out throughout the whole community including all Directional signs. Their main monuments located on SR7 and Glades Rd. are an important structure of West Boca. Both Mission Bay residents as well as all persons living in neighboring communities enjoy the view of the beautiful building standing on the North side hill. For this reason, it was important to the Board to upgrade and accentuate this structure for the Community. New reverse channel lettering was installed, stone was added to the pillars and the building, and iron gates were placed in the archways. All this in order to highlight the architecture and the pillars. Landscaping was also added to enhance the area.
Another major change Mission Bay residents saw this year was in a new Cable Television service. Residents now enjoy both cable and high speed internet service paid through their Mission Bay HOA dues. This now allows everyone to access free internet while at the playground, tennis courts, basketball courts, gym and pool area.
In order to keep the community safe at all times, Mission Bay hired a security company to patrol all ten villages and common areas 24 Hrs. a day, seven days a week. This added security ensures that families continue to live in safe place.
Beginning in January, the workout facilities will be remodeled and the gym equipment completely replaced with the latest machines available in the market. Once the renovations are complete, the aerobics classes will include new spin classes as well as the current body sculpting, Zumba, Boot Camp and Yoga classes that have always been offered.

Boca Greens Homes Rise to $400K – Up 10% Over Two Years

Boca Greens is a recent bright spot in West Boca real estate. Prices in the gated community rose to just over $400,000 in 2016, a substantial increase from the 2015 average of $378K. Compared to the $365K average from 2014, prices are up roughly 10% in two years.

10513 Milburn Lane sold for $550,000. That is the highest price we have seen in Boca Greens in the past 3 years. The 2700 sq.ft. 4 bedroom, 3 bath home has substantial upgrades including a new roof and a marble driveway. Yes, marble. Image and map data by Google.

Three houses in the neighborhood broke the $500K barrier, which no house did in the previous two years. The low end was also higher with one transaction at $260K. Only three others were below $300K. All of those were smaller 3 bedroom houses with 1-car garages.
Looking in terms of dollars per square foot shows similar growth. The average for 2016 was $188/sq.ft., up from $177 in 2015 and $169 in 2014, more than 10% in that two year span.

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It’s not clear why prices are up, but one insider suggests a possible cause: An influx of orthodox Jews who want to live within walking distance of the new Chabad in Boca Greens Plaza. The other interesting detail is that volume is down. There were 39 transactions in 2016, lower than the burst of 53 deals in 2014, though more than the 32 from 2015.
Boca Greens is a gated community on the west side of US-441 between Yamato and Glades. The community includes an 18-hole golf course but membership is not required. We have attended many events at the golf course’s clubhouse. The neighborhood is zoned for Sunrise Park Elementary, Eagles Landing Middle, and Olympic Heights High, all excellent schools. And of course residents can walk to a variety of stores and restaurants in Boca Greens Plaza, including Stella’s Pizza, KPB Pharmacy, and Hair Therapy.
As usual we excluded distressed sales (REO and short sale) out of our numbers.