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.
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.
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.
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 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 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).
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 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.
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 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.
Dave Aronberg (above left), the State Attorney for Palm Beach County is stalling on a hit-and-run case involving alleged driver Brett Knowles (right, 30) of Boca Isles North. We spoke with Natalie Cruz and Mike Edmonson from Aronberg’s office. So far they have refused to provide any documents or answer any substantive questions about the case.
Back in September there was a serious car accident on 441 in front of West Boca Medical Center (across from Target) where three pedestrians were hit by a driver who then fled the scene. We reported on the accident at the time and followed up in October regarding the fact that the alleged driver had not been charged yet.
After 60 days the Sheriff sent us a copy of the crash report, which is at the bottom of this article. One brief excerpt from it is below:
The Sheriff also provided a narrative from one of deputies or investigators. The full narrative is at bottom, but here are some key excerpts:
Upon arrival to XXXXX Preserve Drive. I observed a Brown Nissan Murano with major front end damage baring FL tag XXXXXX to be properly parked in the driveway of the above listed residence. The vehicle damage appeared to be consistent with injuries sustained by the victims. The hood had sustained major damage in the center and had a direct impact point crack in the windshield that was consistent with the size of the victims head …
While at the residence, Brett began to make excited utterance statements to me stating that “he was going to come back, and he just wanted to tell his parents what he did.” He then made another statement to me stating that “he was driving the vehicle and he wants to know if everyone is alive and ok.” These statements were all made without any questions being asked. …
Based on the aforementioned to include the utterance and unprovoked admissions made by Brett Knowles, witness statements, severity of injuries and evidence left at the scene of the crash, probable cause exists that Knowles was the driver … at the time of the crash. Knowles is therefore being charged with three counts of leaving the scene of a traffic crash with injuries …. It should be noted that two of the pedestrians … had sustained serious bodily injuries each as a result of the collision. Knowles is also being charged with one count for driving with a suspended license with knowledge ….
This case will be forwarded to the Palm Beach County State’s Attorneys Office for further review.
In short it appears that the Sheriff provided sufficient evidence for the State Attorney to go forward with prosecution. But no charges have been filed yet well over two months later.
We previously pointed out that Mr. Knowles has a substantial history in the courts with over 40 cases including multiple charges for driving with a suspended license. The State Attorney and Sheriff have allowed his repeat offenses to be filed as first offenses, reducing the consequences Mr. Knowles would have faced. Aronberg’s spokesman, Edmonson, refused to comment on that.
Edmonson and Cruz refused to provide us with any documents from the case claiming that it’s “an active investigation”, which is an exception to Florida’s Sunshine Laws. This struck us as odd since it appears PBSO completed its investigation well over a month before our conversation, but they stood by that refusal.
We also previously covered Mr. Knowles joking about “leaving the scene” on Facebook:
That is something prosecutors could potentially use as a further admission.
Shortly after making that joke, Mr. Knowles was yet again ticketed on October 23rd for driving with a suspended license. Yet again it was not treated as a repeat offense. And as we see so frequently, the prosecutors dropped the charges.
It should be apparent to our readers that Mr. Knowles likely continues to drive on our roads. State Attorney Aronberg appears unconcerned about the threat that poses to the residents of West Boca and the rest of the county and South Florida.
We contacted the State Attorney again today to see if they have any further comment. So far we have received no response.
I responded to the residence of 19424 Preserve Drive in unincorporated Boca Raton, Palm Beach County, Florida in regards an investigation involving a hit and run traffic crash with injuries. I was notified by Palm Beach County Sheriffs Office dispatch that they received a 911 phone call from witness, later identified as XXXXXX stating a Nissan Murano baring Florida tag “941VJN” had hit three pedestrians on the side of the roadway. This incident occurred in the area of 21644 South State Road 7, which is located just south of Glades Road. It was discovered that the vehicle that was seen leaving the crash scene had a registration address of 19424 Preserve Drive. Boca Raton, FL. 33498.
Upon arrival to 19424 Preserve Drive. I observed a Brown Nissan Murano with major front end damage baring FL tag “941VJN” to be properly parked in the driveway of the above listed residence. The vehicle damage appeared to be consistent with injuries sustained by the victims. The hood had sustained major damage in the center and had a direct impact point crack in the windshield that was consistent with the size of the victims head, showing were the victim Victor Carneiro Brito’s head was struck. While outside the residence, I could hear three subjects arguing while walking exiting the front door of the residence. When I walked over to the front door, I observed a white male later identified as Brett Knowles to be wearing a white tee shirt with shorts and no shoes arguing with his mother. Knowles was identified verbally, and was not the registered owner of the vehicle.
While at the residence, Brett began to make excited utterance statements to me stating that “he was going to come back, and he just wanted to tell his parents what he did.” He then made another statement to me stating that “he was driving the vehicle and he wants to know if everyone is alive and ok.” These statements were all made without any questions being asked. I detained Brett by placing him into handcuffs which were checked for proper fitting and double locked. Photographs of the scene were taken by Investigator Robert Stephan (ID 7240) of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Vehicle Homicide Investigations Unit. The crash investigation report was conducted by Deputy Sheriff Terry Drake (ID 5310) of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.
I then read Brett his Miranda warnings which he understood but did not want to talk to me. After conducting my investigation at the residence Brett was taken out of hand cuffs and release on scene.
Sworn written statements were also provided by witnesses to include, XXXXXXXX. XXXXXXX had observed the traffic crash in front of her and observed the Nissan/ Morano leave the scene. XXXXXXXX called 911 and provided PBSO dispatch with pertinent information to include the vehicle make, model and tag. See sworn statement for further.
On September 30, 2014, Investigator Ken Noel (ID 7660) of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office DUI Enforcement Unit and I met with Marco Barreto, who was one of three victims from the hit and run traffic crash. While at Marco’s residence, with his mother present, a taped and a written statement were provided about what had happened on the night of September 19, 2014. Marco told me that he was skateboarding to the Shadowood Movie Plaza located at Glades Road and State Road 7 with two other friends Daniel Palmer and Victor Carneiro Brito. He said they were traveling from SW 3rd Street heading north on State Road 7, in unincorporated Boca Raton, Florida. He then said they were just about north of Palmetto Park Road when they decided to walk the rest of the way. Marco told me that while they were walking he heard tires screeching, and when he looked backwards he saw really bright headlights. He then stated that he was then struck by the vehicle and was impacted so hard he went flying in the air and landed on his back in about the middle lane of State Road 7. During the interview, Marco stated that as a result of the crash he had a broken right femur, broken nose, broken right ring finger, and multiple road rash injuries on his entire body. Finally Marco ended the interview by saying that due to this incident his dreams of joining the United States Army have been dismantled. Due to the traumatic injuries he sustained, Marco will no longer be able to join the military. Attempts to interview Brito and Palmer were made on several attempts; however, yielded with negative results.
Based on the aforementioned to include the utterance and unprovoked admissions made by Brett Knowles, witness statements, severity of injuries and evidence left at the scene of the crash, probable cause exists that Knowles was the driver of the Nissan/ Murano at the time of the crash. Knowles is therefore being charged with three counts of leaving the scene of a traffic crash with injuries F.S.S. 316.027(1)(A). It should be noted that two of the pedestrians, Barreto and Brito had sustained serious bodily injuries each as a result of the collision. Knowles is also being charged with one count for driving with a suspended license with knowledge F.S.S. 322.34(2). This case will be forwarded to the Palm Beach County State’s Attorneys Office for further review.