Sandalfoot Cove Home Sales 2018

Sandalfoot Cove is one of a few “census designated places” in West Boca, and has its own Wikipedia page.

Sandalfoot Cove; image and map data by Google.

Single Family Homes

Single family homes had the largest number of transactions and of course the highest prices. 77 houses sold in the first half of 2018 (through June 29th). Only one sold under $200,000 and it was listed as a “handyman special.”

Boca Rio Heights dominated the high end with the top five prices including two houses selling over $500K and three more over $400K, all on Martella.

22491 Martella Avenue sold for $560,000 in only 6 days with 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths and 2400 square feet on a cul de sac lot. Image by Google.

One other house, in Trends, broke the $400K line with 23131 Sunfield Drive selling for $415,000. Over $350K we see one more home in Trends, one in Boca Trace, and two in Crescent Lakes. There were a few other transactions in Crescent Lakes, which is a hidden gem.

Crescent Lakes entrance; image by Google.
23180 Bentley Place in Trends sold for $317,000 with only 1230 square feet.

There was a bunch of transactions right around $300,000 with 11 homes selling from $298K to $302K including Country Park, Boca Barwood and various sections of unspecified Sandalfoot Cove. Another 22 houses sold from $250K to $295K. 12 more sold under $250K with several of those in Country Park as well.

Call or text Warren at 518-225-3710 for help buying and selling homes in West Boca.

Townhomes and Villas

For homes listed in the MLS as townhomes or villas we see 61 transactions. On the map we see three clusters.

One large townhome in Addison Lakes sold for $320,000, the only one over $275K. Three sold in River Oaks and Royal Woods in the low 270s. Only 16 townhomes sold for less than $200,000. Four units sold for under $150K, three of them in Village Green.

The categorization of homes (condo, townhome, villa, and even single family) can be misleading. We see several homes in the data that are incorrectly listed in the wrong categories, and did our best to correct for those errors.

Condos

72 homes listed as condos in the MLS sold, all west of Lyons Road. Communities include Boca Barwood, Edgewood, Isle of Sandalfoot, Boca Cove and more. The highest prices were in Royal Woods selling as high as $250,000, but these look more like townhomes. The vast majority of sales were for prices below $180,000. Eleven condos sold for under $100K. The lowest prices were three condos in Sandalfoot South selling for under $80,000.

Mobile Homes

There’s a small section of mobile homes in Sandalfoot Cove near SW 18th and 441.

10 mobile homes sold in the first half of 2018. Five of them sold for prices above $150,000, while only one sold for less than $100K.

New Projects Coming: Clint Moore & 441; and Boca Rio

Thomas Produce viewed from 441; image by Google
Thomas Produce viewed from 441; image by Google

Two new projects appear to be coming to West Boca. First on the list is the Thomas Produce property on the northeast corner of 441 and Clint Moore. The original plan, for 300 townhomes and a large retail space, has been drastically changed.

The request for Multiple Land Use (MLU with CL, LR-2) would provide for a mix of commercial retail, storage, office, and congregate living facility uses which are consistent and compatible with the surrounding suburban land use pattern in the geographic area.

We previously reported that another congregate living facility is under way in Logger’s Run.
The Thomas property zoning change has been recommended to the Board of County Commissioners. In late October the BCC voted 6-1 to send it to a final vote on January 27th. Our commissioners, Mary Lou Berger (mostly west of the Turnpike) and Steven Abrams (east of the Turnpike) both voted in favor.

Tri-County Animal Shelter from Via Ancho and Boca Rio; image and map data by Google.
Tri-County Animal Shelter from Via Ancho and Boca Rio; image and map data by Google.

Next up is a proposal by the Tri-County Humane Society to expand their animal shelter on the west side of Boca Rio south of Via Ancho (south of Glades by the Post Office):

The Preliminary Site Plan for the 14.05-acre site indicates 40,000 square feet, in 9 buildings and 5 structures, which is a proposed increase of 23,997 square feet. The applicant proposes to remove and/or relocate trailers and structures; and, to construct 2 building additions and 5 new 1-story buildings in 3 phases with the 5-acre western portion reserved for future development. A total of 102 parking spaces will be provided. The existing access points from Boca Rio Road (1) and Via Ancho Road (1) will remain.

We believe this was approved in 2012 and a reader recently told us that construction has begun.
Some of the documents we have on these are below:
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Recent Homes Sold in Boca Grove, Encantada and Boca Rio Heights

Homes in the 33433 zip code are located east of Lyons Road and west of Military Trail, south of Glades Road down to the county line. Some neighborhoods in this zip code include: Boca Grove Plantation, Boca Lago, Boca Rio Golf Club, Via Verde, Boca Del Mar, Boca Pointe and Town Place Club Villas.
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Boca Grove Plantation is a gated community located on Glades Road, just east of the Florida Turnpike. Amenities include a large clubhouse, exercise room, golf course, tennis, pool and hot tub. There are basketball courts, and bike and jogging paths as well. Owners must purchase equity membership for $70,000. Students in this community go to Del Prado Elementary School, Omni Middle School and Spanish River Community High School.

20968 Certosa Terrace; image and map data by Google
20968 Certosa Terrace; image and map data by Google

The traditional home at 20968 Certosa Terrace in Estancia West sold for $950,000. It has 6 bedrooms and 6 full bathrooms in 3984 sq. feet of living space. The extra large kitchen features granite counter tops, stainless steel top end appliances including double ovens and a large center island. The master suit has a coiffered ceiling, crown molding, 2 closets and a master bath with 2 sinks. The living room has a working wood fireplace and french doors leading to the back. The home sits on a private cul de sac with a view of the golf course. There is also a private pool. Built in 1980, it was purchased in 1998 for $282,500.
Boca Pointe is a master planned community located on SW 18th Street west of Powerline Road. It includes the Club at Boca Pointe, Boardwalk at SW 18th Street and over 4000 residences within 29 diverse villages. Nine manned gated entrances serve the homes within the Villages of Boca Pointe. Residents may obtain golf, social and tennis memberships in the Club at Boca Pointe. Students attend Del Prado Elementary School, Omni Middle School and Spanish River Community High School.
The contemporary home at 7178 Montrico Drive in the Encantada section of Boca Pointe sold for $925,000. It has 5 bedrooms and 5 full bathrooms in 4217 sq. feet of living space. The circular drive leads up to a custom home with an open floor plan, high ceilings, skylights and impact sliding doors. The kitchen and all baths have been remodeled and there is marble and wood flooring throughout the home. The rear of the property overlooks the Hillsboro Canal.  The home was built in 1986 and was last sold for $749,000 in 2013.
Boca Rio Heights 2 is a small community located off Palmetto Park Road just past Lyons Road. Many of the homes overlook Boca Rio Golf Club, a private member-owned luxury golf club. Students attend Hammock Pointe Elementary School, Omni Middle School and Spanish River High School.
22227 Martella Avenue; image by Google
22227 Martella Avenue; image by Google

This designer home at 22227 Martella Avenue sold for $569,900. It has 4 bedrooms and 2.1 bathrooms in 3039 sq. feet of living space. The kitchen features subzero and wolf appliances and a large cook island. There are marble floors and custom built-ins throughout the house. The private backyard has a salt water heated pool, an outdoor kitchen and views of the golf course. Built in 1987, it was last purchased in 2002 for $285,000.
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Other homes sold:
7235 Promenade Drive in Boca Pointe sold for $699,000. This condo has 3 bedrooms and 2.1 bathrooms in 3165 sq. feet of living space.
6473 Via Rosa in Boca Pointe sold for $520,000. This villa has 4 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms in 3057 sq. feet of living space.
7641 La Corniche Circle in Boca Pointe sold for $520,000. This home has 3 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms in 3941 sq. feet of living space.
7743 La Corniche Circle in Boca Pointe sold for $495,000. This home has 3 bedrooms and 3.1 bathrooms in 2807 sq. feet of living space.
23335 N. Mirabella Circle N in Boca Pointe sold for $417,000. This home has 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms in 1936 sq. feet of living space.
22836 El Dorado Drive in Boca Pointe sold for $400,000. This townhome has 3 bedrooms and 2.1 bathrooms in 2714 sq. feet of living space.
5540 Wind Drift Lane in Wind Drift sold for $472,000. It has 3 bedrooms and 2.1 bathrooms in 2599 sq. feet of living space.
22366 Martella Avenue in Boca Rio Heights 2 sold for $465,000. It has 3 bedrooms and 2.1 bathrooms in 22175 sq. feet of living space.
7689 Cypress Crescent in Montoya Estates sold for $430,000. It has 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms in 1820 sq. feet of living space.

Now Open: Hotdog Opolis in West Boca

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For years we’ve heard about a hot dog place on Federal Highway in East Boca. Lucky for us Hotdog Opolis just opened a West Boca branch on the north side of Glades Road just west of the Turnpike.
It’s next to the former Grill Time, which closed recently. This is the same plaza as Bagelworks and Party City, and just east of our friends at the International Jewelry Exchange.
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The interior is nothing special. You walk up front, order your food, and sit down at some simple tables. This was a “soft opening” and the drinks machine on the left wasn’t working yet. There were cans and bottles in the cooler on the right.
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The menu has a lot of choices, with various kinds of hot dogs and sausages, as well as burgers, salads and more. If you click on the image below you should be able to see more detail.
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You can order your hot dogs boiled or grilled. We tried a few items, including a large hot dog with Korean toppings, a regular dog with mustard, and onion rings.
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The hot dogs themselves were good. We would not do the Korean style again. We just like to experiment and this one wasn’t right for us. The onion rings were nothing special and we wouldn’t order them again, especially not with a $5 price tag.
But that’s just us being picky. We’re glad they’re here and will definitely come back and try some other items.
Here’s a closer look at the Korean dog:
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Multi-Car Crash on Palmetto Park: Photos & Video

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Earlier today there was a major accident on Palmetto Park Road, between Lyons Road and Boca Rio, just west of the Turnpike bridge. Official reports on the 8000 block or near 8300 West Palmetto Park. Our best estimate of the time was sometime around 6:15 or 6:20 pm. It was definitely before 6:30 but we’re not sure how much earlier.

Several readers sent us photos from the scene and two sent us videos, which we have put together into one video, below:

We enhanced the lighting and color in most of the photos.
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We were told this was a four-car crash but as we look at the photos and video we think at least five cars were involved. We count four in the middle of the roadway and one on the side of the road (the first one visible in the video, and also below).
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Despite the tremendous damage we see to the vehicles it is our understanding at this moment that none of the occupants were killed.
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We did hear from a reliable source that 7 patients were transported to area hospitals.
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The accident was identified as a “Mass Casualty Incident Level 1” which is actually the lowest level of such incidents, with 5-10 patients. Level 2 MCIs involve 11-20 patients and it goes up from there.
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Of course this incident had a major impact on traffic on Palmetto Park Road and nearby roads as well including Lyons. We hope to update readers in the near future with details about what actually happened.

Austin Mahone Meets and Greets West Boca

Update: We have a new video with both Austin Mahone and interviews with local fans from West Boca High, Spanish River High, and Olympic Heights High as well.

Lexi Segal from West Boca High sent us this picture of her with Mahone:
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Copyright Warren Redlich  © 2015. Media welcome to use all images and video. Please credit @WestBocaNews or WestBocaNews.com
Copyright Warren Redlich © 2015. Media welcome to use all images and video. Please credit @WestBocaNews or WestBocaNews.com

Thanks to readers we were tipped off that pop superstar Austin Mahone would be appearing at the Mobil and 7/11 gas station and convenience store on the corner of Glades and Boca Rio. He showed up and we caught just a bit of him on video.

There were well over 100 fans waiting to see him, mostly teenage girls. We talked to a few from local high schools including West Boca, Spanish River and Olympic Heights and we will post a video with that later on.
It appears that Mahone has done some kind of endorsement deal with 7/11 related to Slurpees, which were handed out to the fans who were waiting and you can see them in the photo at the top of the article.
When Mahone arrived the crowd did cheer loudly for him. We caught his arrival in a series of photos:
Copyright Warren Redlich 2015.
Copyright Warren Redlich 2015.

Copyright Warren Redlich 2015
Copyright Warren Redlich 2015

Copyright Warren Redlich 2015
Copyright Warren Redlich 2015

Copyright Warren Redlich 2015
Copyright Warren Redlich 2015

As we understand it, Mahone’s fan club member received a tweet announcing this event, along with the following image:
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We will post a follow-up story with those interviews and more video later this evening or tomorrow.

West Boca Man Killed in Flaming Car Accident

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Hernando “Joe” Nieto (46) has been identified as the man who was killed in an early-morning pickup truck fire. The accident occurred on Powerline Road just south of the county line in Deerfield Beach.
Mr. Nieto’s reported address is in the Banyan Lake community off Boca Rio, only a couple miles from the accident location. The accident led police to block southbound travel on Powerline from SW 18th for several hours.

Image from Google
Image from Google

From Broward Sheriff’s Office:

An early morning crash in Deerfield Beach left one man dead after his car jumped the curb and struck a tree in the median, bursting into flames.
Broward Sheriff’s Office Communications received the call around 3 a.m. Hernando Nieto was heading north in the 600 block of Powerline Road when he somehow lost control of the vehicle causing the accident. A visual inspection of Nieto’s black pickup and the scene revealed no signs that any other vehicles were involved in the crash. Nieto was unable to escape the burning vehicle.
Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue extinguished the fire and pronounced him dead at the scene.
BSO Traffic Homicide detectives are investigating.

Photo from BSO
Photo from BSO

We see no meaningful criminal history for Mr. Nieto in the three counties.

Review: Four Seasons in Lakeside Centre

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Maybe it’s a bad idea to review a lesser restaurant after going to a great one the night before.
Sunday four of us went to the new Four Seasons in Lakeside Centre, on the south side of Glades Road just west of Boca Rio and the Turnpike. The menu focuses on a prix fixe three course meal for about $25. There’s an early bird option at $22 if you order before 6 pm and pay cash. We arrived at 6 and the place was more than half-full with an older crowd.
It feels small inside but not crowded overall. When you walk in the front door you’re practically on top of the first table. It also seemed a bit noisy due to the acoustics.
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For the first course we had the split pea soup (not pictured) and the Caesar Salad.
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For entrees the author had a seafood linguine dish with white sauce (oil and garlic). It was a lot of food.
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One companion had the Chicken Parmesan.
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Another had the Tilapia.
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For desserts we had chocolate cake and cheesecake.
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The food mostly photographed well. It’s a pretty good deal considering the amount of food you get for the price. However it’s not for foodies or anyone who just ate at a place that costs twice as much.

Armadillo Café now open in Piccadilly Square

Update: Armadillo Café closed and was replaced (in May of 2016) by Boca Italiana.
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Armadillo Café is now open for business, in the Piccadilly Square plaza on the north side of Glades Road near Boca Rio and the Turnpike. It’s on the right in the photo above. We went there Saturday night and enjoyed a wonderful meal.
The interior is pleasant with good spacing between the tables and nice artwork on the walls. As usual you can click on any photo for a larger image.
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Chef Kevin McCarthy has a long history with his Armadillo line of restaurants dating back over 15 years to the original location in Davie. When we first wrote that it was coming we heard from quite a few of his old fans.

Chef Kevin McCarthy
Chef Kevin McCarthy

We started with a Tequila Shrimp appetizer. It comes with three shrimp served on corncakes with pico de gallo. There was only one left for the photo by the time the camera was ready.
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Next up we had the outstanding Gorgonzola Salad. We liked everything but this was great, with fresh greens, a perfect dressing, and crunchy onion straws.
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For entrees this author had the Pan Seared Yellowtail Snapper. The fish was mild and served as a great base for the flavorful accompaniments including mushrooms, roasted peppers and more.
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My companion had the Skirt Steak which was served with asparagus and mashed potatoes. This was a great piece of meat, and it was also a lot of food. We had to take some home and the leftovers were great the next day as well.
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The owner sent us a better picture of the steak with different accompaniments, as my shot didn’t come out that well. [Note: On reading the review my companion made a point of saying how delicious the steak was.]
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We went crazy with dessert and had Crème brûlée (not pictured), Pecan Pie, and Mango Sorbet. Crème brûlée is one of my favorite desserts and this was really well done, both in taste and texture. The Pecan Pie was good, though we’d like to see them try it served warm with ice cream (or vanilla bean sorbet).
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The Mango Sorbet was also delicious, allowing the flavor of the fruit to come through.
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The owner sent us pictures of a few other dishes we hope to try next time, including Smoked Duck Quesadillas and the Black and White Soup (black bean and jalapeno cheese).
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We’re happy to have this new addition to the West Boca restaurant scene. Considering the quality, the pricing is quite reasonable with entrees mostly in the mid-$20 range.

Armadillo Cafe Coming to West Boca

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The former Red Lantern Chinese restaurant closed quietly several months ago. In its place we’ve learned Armadillo Cafe is coming soon to Piccadilly Square.
Piccadilly Square is on the north side of Glades Road just west of the Turnpike and the north end of Boca Rio Road.

We met with chef Kevin McCarthy and the plaza owners. They’re very excited. McCarthy previously ran the Armadillo Cafe in Davie, as well as Armadillo Beach in Dania Beach. They’re already hearing from past customers eager to visit the new place.
We saw a copy of the old menu from Armadillo Beach. Judging by that and our conversation we expect entree prices to start near or over $20 and possibly reach into $40 territory. Look for a southwest style with premium ingredients.
The plaza is also home to our long-time sponsor, International Jeweler’s Exchange.
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We don’t have a definite date yet but it may open in as little as two weeks. Get your taste buds ready!
More news will come soon from Piccadilly Square, but they weren’t ready to go into great detail on that yet.