Home Prices Cool Off in Boca Greens – First Half of 2018

Boca Greens entrance from US-441; image by Google.

Boca Greens home prices stopped rising. The average price in the first half of 2018 was $415,000, down 1.1% from 2017. Over the past few years prices have been going up for various reasons, but they may finally have hit their peak.

The pace of transactions continued with 25 sales in first half of 2018, dead on with the rate of 50 per year from last year. The top price of $484K is well below the 2017 high of $650,000. Last year three homes sold for over $500,000.

There’s good news at the low end. The lowest price was $308,000, well above the two homes that sold last year at $255,000 and $260,000.

10440 Canoe Brook Circle sold for $484,500. It’s a four bedroom, three bath home in 2500 square feet. Next was 10370 Camelback Lane, also 2500 square feet, at $472,000.

The biggest home was 10447 Canoe Brook Circle with 2800 square feet. It sold for $457,500, after nearly 8 months on the market. Three other homes sat on the market even longer with one taking over 450 days. This pushed the average “days on market” to 106 days. Taking out those four houses dropped the average to 64 days (just over two months).

The low end was comprised of smaller 1500 square foot two-bedroom houses. 10066 Camelback Lane sold for $308,000 and 10150 Camelback Lane for $325,000. A total of 8 houses sold under $400,000.

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.

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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 Greens Homes Sold 2017


Just under 50 homes were sold in Boca Greens for the year 2017. Prices ranged from $255,000 for a small two-bedroom up to $650,000 for a three bedroom model with 3000 square feet. Both of these were outliers as 43 of the 47 transactions were in the $300K to $500K range.


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The average sold home stayed on the market for more than three months, which hints that the market may be softening. Average price per square foot was $195 and the average sale price was nearly $420,000, both up from the 2016 numbers for Boca Greens.
Back Nine Drive had the most transactions – 10 of them – including the two lowest prices at $255K (mentioned above) and $260K for a 1400 square foot 3 bedroom coming out of a foreclosure. The top price on Back Nine Drive was $460,000 for a 3-bedroom with 2300 square feet with renovations in the kitchen and bathrooms and a brand new roof.
The highest prices were on Canoebrook Circle. Out of the nine transactions, six were for over $440K including the $650K monster, which took two listings and nearly ten months to sell.

Please this report is from a week before the end of the year, so there may be one or two more deals we missed.

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
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.
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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.

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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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.

Home Sales in Saturnia, Boca Isles, Island Lakes, the Shores and Boca Greens

Homes in the 33498 zip code are located north of Glades Road and west of 441. Neighborhoods include Saturnia, Boca Isles, Island Lakes, Stonebridge, Shores, Boca Greens and the northern part of Mission Bay. The schools have an excellent reputation and the area has one of the lowest crime rates in Palm Beach County. Most homes are close to South County Regional park.
The Saturnia neighborhood is wonderful for families and offers a 24 hour guarded gate, clubhouse, pool and spa. It also has basketball, tennis courts, and a fitness center. Students attend the highly regarded Eagles Landing Middle School and Olympic Heights High School, though some go to other area schools. As we recently reported home prices in Saturnia have been going up.

11833 Preservation Lane; image and map data by Google
11833 Preservation Lane; image and map data by Google

The large and beautiful home at 11833 Preservation Lane sold for $721,000. It has 5 bedrooms and 4 full bathrooms in 4043 sq. feet of living space. Lovely crema marble floors are throughout the first floor. The kitchen has granite counters, stainless steel appliances and a glass tile backsplash. The master suite has a large sitting area with views of the preserve and his/her closets. A special feature is the extra large balcony situated off the master suite. The back patio is private and has a fully screened patio and heated salt water pool and spa. Built in 2000 for $408,840, it was previously purchased in 2015 for $705,000.
The ranch home at 19540 Saturnia Lakes Drive sold for $567,500. It has 4 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms in 3151 sq. feet of living space. This beautiful home is located on a private lot with southern exposure. The double door entry leads into a marble foyer and high ceilings. The gourmet kitchen has an island, custom cabinetry, granite counters and tile backsplash. The backyard features a screened pool and spa. Built in 1999, it was last sold for $686,000 in 2007.
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. Home prices in Boca Isles have been flat at best recently.
19237 Cloister Lake Lane; image and map data by Google
19237 Cloister Lake Lane; image and map data by Google

The contemporary home at 19237 Cloister Lake Lane sold for $585,000. It has 5 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms in 3046 sq. feet of living space. This totally remodeled home has an open floor plan and new roof. The brand new gourmet kitchen has a huge island and the latest designer appliances. The bathrooms have also been remodeled. The master boasts balcony views of the preserve. The 3 car garage has extra work space. Built in 1994, it was purchased for $383,250 in February 2016. This home was foreclosed on in 2015.
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The Mediterranean style home at 10677 Maple Chase Drive sold for $555,000. It has 4 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms in 2660 sq. The new custom heated pool and spa is screened in and located on an oversized lakefront lot. The home has lots of upgrades including a new roof and new air conditioning systems. Special features are engineered wood floor and plantation shutters.  Built in 1993, it was purchased for $465,000 in 2014.
Island Lakes is a guard gated community on Glades Road west of 441. The community has basketball courts, bike and jogging trails and tennis courts. Students go to Sandpiper Shores, Loggers’ Run Community Middle School and West Boca Raton High School.
11355 Island Lakes Lane; image and map data by Google
11355 Island Lakes Lane; image and map data by Google

The contemporary ranch home at 11355 Island Lakes Lane sold for $580,000. It has 5 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms in 3099 sq. feet of living space. This remodeled home has lake views and a fenced in side yard as well as a large screened in pool. The covered patio has a built in bbq and home sound system. There is an extra large circular driveway leading to a 3 car garage. Built in 1989, it was purchased for $430,000 in 2003.
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The home at 20781 Snug Creek Court sold for $510,000. It has 4 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms in 2869 sq. feet of living space. This 2 story home is located on a cul de sac and has beautiful lake views. The new custom kitchen has granite counters, a granite island with bar sink and new appliances. There is also a pool. It was built in 1991 for $235,000.
The Shores is a gated community on the north side of Yamato across from South County Regional Park. The community features basketball and tennis courts, a bike and jogging path, and clubhouse. There is also a pool, exercise room and game room. Students attend Sunrise Park Elementary School, Eagles Landing Middle School and Olympic Heights Community High.
11146 Sandyshell Way; image and map data by Google
11146 Sandyshell Way; image and map data by Google

The home at 11146 Sandyshell Way sold for $580,000. It has 5 bedrooms and 4.1 bathrooms in 3589 sq. feet of living space. Located on almost 1/2 acre, this courtyard home has a guest house with office and bathroom. The home boasts a loft and a ground floor master. The master bedroom has a sitting area and a spacious bathroom. The courtyard has a covered terrace and a screened in pool. This home was built in 1999 for $405,300.
The colonial home at 11375 Sea Grass Circle sold for $535,750. It has 5 bedrooms and 3.1 bathrooms in 3035 sq. feet of living space. There is a new custom kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a large peninsula.  Floors have been upgraded to bamboo and ceramic tile. Soaring ceilings add to the open floor plan. The screened in patio overlooks a new custom built pool and a built in outdoor grill. Built in 1998, it was purchased for $400,000 in 2010.
Boca Greens doesn’t usually make it into our reports but this time two houses sold for higher than our threshold. 10368 Milburn Lane, a 4-bedroom, 3-bath home with 2700 square feet went fast – 15 days – for $532,500. The home sold for just $350K earlier this year after what looks like a foreclosure, so the investors who bought it did well.
Even more impressive, 10327 Canoe Brook Circle sold for $525K with just 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and under 2300 square feet. The house was on the market for over 3 months. The home was last purchased in 2013 for $345K in what looks like an ordinary transaction.

Homes Sold in Saturnia, Boca Isles, Boca Greens, Mission Bay and Stonebridge

Homes in the 33498 zip code are located north of Glades Road and west of 441. Neighborhoods include Saturnia, Boca Isles, Island Lakes, Stonebridge, Shores, Boca Greens and the northern part of Mission Bay. The schools have an excellent reputation and the area has one of the lowest crime rates in Palm Beach County. Most homes are close to South County Regional park.
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The Saturnia neighborhood is wonderful for families and offers a 24 hour guarded gate, clubhouse, pool and spa. It also has basketball and tennis courts, and a fitness center. Students attend the highly regarded Eagles Landing Middle School and Olympic Heights High School, though some go to other area schools. There are HOA fees.

11741 Watercrest Lane
11741 Watercrest Lane

The European ranch at 11741 Watercrest Lane was sold for $695,000 by our brokerage. It has 6 bedrooms and 3.1 bathrooms in 3417 sq. feet of living space. The home has a 3 car garage and sits on a beautiful lake lot. The kitchen has wood cabinets, granite counter tops and a built in granite table. The great room has a custom built in wall unit. The backyard has an in-ground pool with a waterfall and is screened in.
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Along with the pool, the new owner gets a gorgeous lake view through the screen.
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The home was originally purchased for $568,000 in 1999.
19557 Saturnia Lakes Drive; image and map data by Google
19557 Saturnia Lakes Drive; image and map data by Google

The large ranch at 19557 Saturnia Lakes Drive sold for $801,500. It has 4 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms in 3223 sq. feet of living space. The Mediterranean style home has an open floor plan and a gourmet kitchen. There is also a 5th room that can be used for an office or bedroom. The screened in resort style pool has long lake views. The home is hurricane ready with a 40 kw generator, hurricane shutters and a 1000 gallon propane tank. Built in 1998, it was originally purchased for $376,900.
bocaislesThere 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. Each community has a large clubhouse with meeting rooms and billiards. There are state of the art exercise rooms, basketball courts, playgrounds and tennis courts. There is also a large pool and spa. Sunrise Park Elementary School is nearby. Both are zoned for Eagles Landing Middle and Olympic Heights High School even though West Boca High is a lot closer.

10552 Maple Chase Drive; image and map data by Google
10552 Maple Chase Drive; image and map data by Google

The home at 10552 Maple Chase Drive sold for $550,000. It has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms in 2660 sq. feet of living space. Remodeled in 2015, it has a new roof and a brand new kitchen with custom wood cabinets, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. The bathrooms have custom wood vanities and new fixtures. There are wood floors throughout the home. Built in 1993, it was originally purchased for $200,000. It was sold in 1998 for $260,000 and again in 2004 for $391,500.
As the satellite image shows, the rear of the house faces Yamato Road, though at this far west there’s not that much traffic noise.
The one story home at 10918 King Bay Drive sold for $532,500. It has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms in 2750 sq. feet of living space. The home has an open floor plan with a dramatice entryway and tall ceilings. The spacious kitchen has a tumblestone backsplash and under/over cabinet lighting. The lakefront home has lush landscaping and a newly resurface pool with hot tub.  Built in 1996 for $309,500, it was purchased in 2006 for $725,000.
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Also in Boca Isles:
19249 Bay Leaf Court sold for $524,500. It has 5 bedrooms and 3 full baths in 2800 square feet.
19251 Redberry Court sold for $500K even, apparently the same model as 19249 Bay Leaf.
19149 Cloister Lake Lane sold for $500K even, with 4 beds, 3 baths and just under 2800 square feet.
bocagreensBoca Greens is a gated community of almost 600 homes located west of 441, one mile north of Glades Road. The community features a golf course and membership opportunities in the Boca Greens Country Club. Students attend Eagles Landing Middle School and Olympic Heights Community High School.
The contemporary home at 10294 Crosswind Road sold for $429,900. It has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in 2040 sq. feet of living space. The beautifully remodeled home has a new kitchen with granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. There is new ceramic tile throughout. The bathrooms have also been remodeled. The backyard has a pool and looks out onto a canal. There is a screened patio with an outside kitchenette as well.  Built in 1980 for $169,000, it was purchased in 2015 by Harvest Fund LLC for $302,300.
Also in Boca Greens:
20044 Back Nine Drive sold for $419K. It has 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths in 2400 square feet.
10041 Crosswind Road sold for $400K even. It has 3 beds and 3 baths in 3100 square feet.
stonebridge-streetStonebridge Golf and Country Club is a gated community located on 441 just north of Clint Moore Road. There are just under four hundred homes. It has a large clubhouse with a state of the art fitness center and many dining options. There is an 18 hole private golf course and 6 Har-Tru tennis courts. Equity membership is required.
The home at 17725 Charnwood Drive sold for $482,500. It has 3 bedrooms and 3.1 bathrooms in 3402 sq. feet of living space. This home has views of the lake and the golf course. There is an office in addition to the 3 bedrooms. The kitchen has granite counter tops, double ovens and a bosch dishwasher. The master suite has 2 california closet walk ins and a large mater bathroom. The backyard features a large heated pool. Built in 1988, it was last sold in 2003 for $545,000.
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Mission Bay
Two homes from Mission Bay (north of Glades) made this report.
20424 San Rafael Court sold for $411K, with 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, and over 2300 square feet.
10735 Avenida Santa Ana sold for $500K even, with 5 bedrooms, 3 full baths and over 3100 square feet.

Guest Review: Bruce's of Great Neck

Written by: Jason Gloss
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Bruce’s of Great Neck, 19575 State Rd 7 (US-441), Boca Raton, FL 33498
Prior to Bruce’s of Great Neck was Mitch’s Westside Bagels, which was basically owned by a New York transplant attempting to bring that NY deli style tradition to South Florida, or as I like to call Boca — the 6th borough.
Mitch’s had a spark for a minute but overall lacked consistency, variety and in this case, character. Bruce comes to Boca, as do most New Yorkers and brings credibility back to the bagel game. This place, like most bagel joints have what I call bagel hours. They usually open at 7 and close at 3, which is a shame because based on their diverse menu I could see this place doing a decent dinner too. What separates Bruce’s from most of the other bagel places in the area is the bakery. The baked goods are the headliner at Bruce’s. They even place a complimentary basket of desserts at your table, which are awesome, but in my back of my mind I wonder what they do with all the untouched desserts left on the table. It’s simply too good to just toss but I can’t confirm they are recycled. It’s just how my cynical mind works.
The service was extremely attentive. If you ask me, service is the most important thing in these type of places because there are just an abundance of restaurants to get a bagel from. The food came out quick. I ordered a veggie omelet and it was a decent size too. Their prices are right in line and their broad menu is significantly more appealing that the rest of the competition. The place is very clean inside. Bruce, who I’m not sure if he is Jewish because he has tattoos like Popeye all up and down his arms, makes some amazing Jewish food. And not for nothing, seems like a really sincere and friendly guy too. Bruce’s might be a challenge if you’re counting calories because that bakery showcase is begging for some love. It’s impossible not to indulge here, but if you’re playing it safe, the omelets here are very satisfying. I look forward to coming back and despite some of my other go-to spots like Long Island Bagel or Bagel Works on Glades, I happen to think if you want that authentic NY feel along with an array of breakfast and lunch options, then Bruce’s is not only the right call, it might be the only call in Boca.
Rating: A

Editor’s note: Mr. Gloss offered to write some restaurant reviews for West Boca News. We’re familiar with him and hope these reviews help our readers. Please note that these are his opinions and we do not always agree.
Bruce’s is on the north end of the Boca Greens plaza.

Recent Homes Sold in Saturnia, Island Lakes, Boca Isles and Boca Greens

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The Saturnia neighborhood is wonderful for families and offers a 24 hour guarded gate, clubhouse, pool and spa. It also has basketball and tennis courts, and a fitness center. Students attend the highly regarded Eagles Landing Middle School and Olympic Heights High School, though some go to other area schools. There are HOA fees.

Saturnia entrance; image and map data by Google
Saturnia entrance; image and map data by Google

11803 Bayfield Drive; image and map data by Google
11803 Bayfield Drive; image and map data by Google

The grand home at 11803 Bayfield Drive sold for $775,000. The Renoir model has 5 bedrooms and 4.1 bathrooms in 4718 sq feet of living space.  The master bedroom is located on the ground floor. Hurricane windows were installed throughout the home. The house is situated on 1/4 to 1/2 acre with views of the lake and preserve. There is a large in ground pool and a 3 car garage. Built in 1999.
19462 Saturnia Lakes Drive sold for $750,000. It has 6 bedrooms and 4.1 bathrooms in 4672 sq. feet of living space.
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Island Lakes is a gated community within Loggers’ Run located on the north side of Glades Road near South County Regional Park. Amenities include basketball and tennis courts, sidewalks and picnic areas. Students attend Sandpiper Shores, Loggers’ Run Community Middle School and West Boca High School.
The home at 11283 Island Lakes Lane sold for $510,000. It has 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The home boasts an open floor plan and a kitchen with granite counter tops and a wine cooler. There are lots of windows and sliding doors leading out to the covered patio and in ground pool. The home has a fabulous view of the lake. It was built in 1989.
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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. Each community has a large clubhouse with meeting rooms and billiards. There are state of the art exercise rooms, basketball courts, playgrounds and tennis courts. There is also a large pool and spa. Sunrise Park Elementary School is nearby. Both are zoned for Eagles Landing Middle and Olympic Heights High School even though West Boca High is a lot closer.

The contemporary home at 10892 Bal Harbour Drive sold for $555,000. It has 4 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms in 2660 sq. feet of living space. There is an open floor plan, high ceilings and a split bedroom plan. The kitchen has granite counter tops and double ovens. The master bath has dual sinks, a frameless glass shower and spa tub. The backyard boast lake views and an in ground pool. Built in 1996.
10869 Japonica Court sold for $525,000. It has 4 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms in 2660 sq. feet of living space.
19820 Dinner Key Drive sold for $495,000. It has 4 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms in 2325 sq. feet of living space.
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Boca Greens is a gated community of almost 600 homes located west of 441, one mile north of Glades Road. The community features a golf course and membership opportunities in the Boca Greens Country Club. Students attend Eagles Landing Middle School and Olympic Heights Community High School.
The home at 10180 Harbourtown Court sold for $445,000. It has 4 bedrooms annd 2 full bathrooms in 2207 sq. feet of living space. The master bath has dual sinks and a separate shower. The home has views of the lake and the canal. There is also a large in ground pool. Built in 1981.
10134 Crosswind Road sold for $430,000. It has 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms in 2143 sq. feet of living space.
19276 Cherry Hills Terrace sold for $407,850. It has 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms in 2126 sq. feet of living space.
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Other Neighborhoods
18715 Ocean Mist Drive in The Shores sold for $495,629. It has 4 bedrooms and 3.1 bathrooms in 3139 sq. feet of living space.
10676 Pebble Cove Lane in Lakes at Boca Raton sold for $435,000. It has 4 bedrooms and 2.1 bathrooms in 2335 sq. feet of living space.
20549 Sausalito Drive in Mission Bay sold for $439,000. It has 4 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms in 2677 sq. feet of living space.
10606 Cypress Bend in Cypress Bend sold for $399,000. It has 4 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms in 2378 sq. feet of living space.
Homes in the 33498 zip code are located north of Glades Road, and west of 441. Neighborhoods within this region include Mission Bay, The Shores, Boca Isles, Boca Greens, Saturnia, Lakes at Boca Raton, Boca Chase, and Stonebridge. The schools in this area have an excellent reputation and the area has one of the lowest crime rates in Palm Beach County. In addition, there are many unique attractions both nearby and within, such as South County Regional Park.