Palmetto Pines, Boca Springs, Boca Trails and Tudor Woods Homes Sold 2017

In this report we look at the ungated single family home communities south of Palmetto Park Road, west of 441 and east of Loggers’ Run. This includes Palmetto Pines, Boca Springs, Boca Trails and Tudor Woods.
Palmetto Pines

10605 Ermine Ave sold for $315K; image by Google.

Palmetto Pines sold well in 2017. 42 homes sold in 2017 with prices averaging $310,000 and a healthy $205 per square foot. The average home sold after 40 days on the market. Typical of the middle of the range was 10605 Ermine Avenue, a 3 bedroom, 2 bath house with 1500 square feet that sold for $315,000.
At the high end 22540 Logwood Ave sold for $355K with 4 bedrooms and 2 baths in 1900 square feet. Right behind it at $350K was 4661 Bison St with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths in only 1350 square feet. That house had many upgrades and the price works out to a whopping $257/sq.ft.
The lowest price was $233K for the small 4883 Attaman St with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths in just over 1100 square feet – still over $200 per square foot.
Palmetto Pines shows up in property records as Holiday City.
Boca Trails
Nine homes sold in Boca Trails for the year, averaging $274,000 in a fairly tight range from $259K to $300K. 10249 Sleepy Brook Way was the top price with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths in 1600 square feet at $300,000. The homes sold quickly with most going in less than 10 days.
Boca Springs
Seven homes sold in Boca Springs, all in a month or less, with an average of $366K. The lowest price was 10315 Sunstream Lane at $300,000 with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths in 1750 square feet. Two homes broke the $400K mark. The 2800 square foot 5-bedroom at 11140 Sandpoint Terrace sold for $425K, while a 2200 square foot 4-bedroom at 10871 Fox Glen Drive went for $415K.
Tudor Woods
In Tudor Woods two bank-owned homes sold for under $200K, while the remaining seven transactions were between $220K and $240K. 22846 Sandalfoot Boulevard is a typical model that sold for $240K with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths in 1300 square feet. The average home took a month and a half to sell with a few selling in less than a month. The REO homes took closer to 3 months.
Tudor Woods appears in property records as Boca Heights. Most of the homes are 3 bedroom models with between 1100 and 1400 square feet.

A West Boca High Grad Succeeds at Ohio State

We received a wonderful press release from Ohio State about West Boca High graduate Samuel Yacinthe:
West Boca Native Re-engineers Chevrolet Camaro
Samuel Yacinthe, a graduate of West Boca Raton Community High School, is helping to redesign and re-engineer a Chevrolet Camaro as part of the Ohio State EcoCAR 3 team.
EcoCAR 3 is a four-year advanced vehicle technology competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors. Students from 16 universities across North America are challenged to redesign and re-engineer a Chevrolet Camaro to make it more fuel efficient and better for the environment, while still maintaining safety, performance and consumer acceptability.
Yacinthe serves as the Systems Engineering Lead for the Ohio State EcoCAR 3 team. In his role, he is responsible for design, control, and integration of vehicle systems. He had a large impact on the vehicle architecture selection process, since he helped develop models of the entire system, so the team could predict the behavior of the system for different design inputs.
“My position on the Ohio State EcoCAR 3 team during year one is extremely important,” Yacinthe said. “Since we currently don’t have a physical vehicle, we need to run simulations on computers to test our ideas for achieving design goals.”
So, what really sparked Yacinthe’s interest in automotive engineering? He instantly thought back to his first Lego set and how he enjoyed finding solutions to complex problems. But, in high school Yacinthe had an opportunity to experience engineering and design on a whole new level.
“At my school, I was on the drafting and design track,” Yacinthe said. “This meant that I took one class a year dedicated to those topics. In an early course, I was introduced to computer-aided design tools. By the end of the track, I was able to draft an entire house.”
He specifically mentioned math teacher Stacey Jacobowitz: “I don’t think I ever told her, but she was one of my most favorite teachers throughout high school. Though math can be challenging, she made it fun and easy to understand.”
Yacinthe is still considering where he hopes to be in the next few years. This summer he will be interning with the Ford Motor Company within their Research & Advanced Engineering group.
“I believe that many of the opportunities I have now are a product of a great foundational education and hometown,” Yacinthe said. “Whether I go on to become a Professor in engineering or to work at an automotive company, the skills I have learned from Boca Raton will stay with me forever.”
Yacinthe grew up in the Palmetto Pines community south of Palmetto Park Road and west of 441.
Read more about the project: Ohio State’s EcoCAR team

Robbery Arrest: Jonathan Larkin

At the young age of 29, Jonathan Larkin has managed to accumulate more than his share of cases in the South Florida courts. Most recently Mr. Larkin was arrested Sunday night on a robbery charge, and he remains in custody at this writing.
Larkin’s reported address is in the Holiday City subdivision of Palmetto Pines, north of Judge Winikoff near Keystone Street.
His court history is stunning, with a total of well over 40 cases between Palm Beach and Broward counties including both criminal and traffic. Leaving out the small stuff, this is what we found:
2003 – Felony drug charges
2005 – Misdemeanor drug case
2006 – Felony drug charges
2007 – Battery charge dropped by prosecutors
2008 – Felony drug charges dropped by prosecutors
2008 – Misdemeanor drug charges
2008 – Drug felony (Broward)
2009 – Felony driving with suspended license
2010 – Felony drug charges dropped by prosecutors
2010 – Felony drug charges dropped by prosecutors (again)
2010 – Misdemeanor drug charges
2010 – Battery charge dropped by prosecutors
2010 – Misdemeanor drug charge
2010 – Misdemeanor retail theft dropped by prosecutors
2010 – Misdemeanor theft (Broward)
2010 – Felony theft (Broward)
2010 – Misdemeanor driving without license (Broward)
2011 – Drug felony (Broward)
2011 – Drug misdemeanor (Broward)
2013 – Drug misdemeanor
July 2014 – Drug misdemeanor
And now we see a felony robbery charge. We can’t see all the sentencing details but despite his extensive record it appears that Mr. Larkin faced little or no jail time on any of these cases.
A quick browse of the friends list on Larkin’s Facebook page showed at least 10 people we’ve seen arrested in the past. This reflects a disturbing criminal subculture in Boca Raton. Our so-called criminal justice system is teaching them that they will get away with it.
West Boca News believes the drug war is a failure. Most of Mr. Larkin’s cases are for things that should not be subject to criminal prosecution. But battery, theft, robbery, and driving with a suspended license are real crimes that should be punished. If we stop wasting police, prosecutor, and judge time on things that shouldn’t be illegal, we would have the resources to hold criminals accountable when they commit real crimes.

Details Emerge on Palmetto Pines Accident

See update at bottom.
More details have emerged about last night’s accident in Palmetto Pines. Multiple readers have told us that the driver in the incident was Xavier Borgos, a 19-year-old and recent graduate of West Boca High. At this time we cannot verify that it was him.
There is a Xavier Borgos who is a dancer and MC with a local DJ company.
There is also a 19-year-old Xavier Raymond Borgos who had a 2013 traffic case marked as a crash and careless driving charge. The charges in that case were dismissed after a pre-trial diversion program.
One reader reports to us that the driver, whoever it was, appeared intoxicated but was not arrested and instead “released him to his mother.” Another reader reports the vehicle lost control on a curve at 75 mph, in a neighborhood with a much lower speed limit than that.
If true, deputies releasing an intoxicated driver after a crash without an arrest is something that may concern our readers. We have sent inquiries both to the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office seeking an incident report or other information, and to Mr. Borgos to see if he has any comment. PBSO told us that accident reports take a few days to get into their system. Mr. Borgos has not responded as of yet. We will update the story if we find out more.
As for Mr. Borgos, if it was him, he may be a better dancer than a driver. He may even dance around the law well.

However, we’re not as enamored of his rap skills.

Update: Borgos shared an emergency room picture on his Instagram account revealing a broken nose and an apology.