Recent Sales in Azura, Polo Club, Woodfield & Broken Sound

West Boca News founder Warren Redlich is a real estate agent. This report covers homes sold in zip code 33496. We previously reported on four multimillion dollar sales in the area.
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Homes in the 33496 zip code are located between 441 and Military Trail, north of Yamato Road to the Delray line. Neighborhoods in this area include Long Lake Estates, St. Andrews, The Oaks, Woodfield Country Club, Newport Bay Club, Boca Gardens, Broken Sound, Whisper Walk, The Polo Club, Lakeridge and Seasons.
Azura
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One of the newest communities is Azura by Toll Brothers, located on the east side of Jog Road between Clint Moore and Linton. Azura is a gated community with many amenities including a clubhouse, tennis courts, pool and sauna. The clubhouse has a business center, library, fitness room and billiards. Students here go to Calusa Elementary School, Omni Middle School and Spanish River Community High School.

6422 Montesito Street, located in Azura, sold for $1.148 million. Built in 2014, it has 3 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms in 3505 sq. feet of living space. The home has views of the lake and a master bedroom on the ground floor. The master bedroom has a sitting room and bathroom with separate shower and spa tub.  There is a built in grill and covered patio.
6405 Montesito Street sold for $1.173 million. It has 4 bedrooms and 4 and 1/2 bathrooms in 3764 sq. feet of living space.
Woodfield Country Club
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The gated community of Woodfield Country Club has a clubhouse, jogging and biking paths, a pool and tennis courts. It has been recognized as a 5 star Platinum Club of America since 2006. Owners must purchase membership equity in the club which features an 18 hole championship golf course and pro shop. Students go to Calusa Elementary School, Omni Middle School and Spanish River Community High School.

4161 Briarcliff; image by Google
4161 Briarcliff; image by Google

4161 Briarcliff Circle in Woodfield Country Club sold for $740,000.This Mediterranean style home has 3 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms in 2831 sq. feet of living space. Built in 1999, it has a new kitchen with custom wood cabinetry, granite counter tops and bosch stainless steel appliances including double ovens. The home has a view of the lake and an in ground pool.
Nearby 4081 Briarcliff Circle sold for $525,000. It has 3 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms in 2585 sq. feet of living space.
3565 NW Clubside; image by Google
3565 NW Clubside; image by Google

3565 NW Clubside Circle sold for  $862,500. It has 4 bedrooms and 4 1/2 bathrooms in 3449 sq. feet of living space. It is located in the Clubside subdivision. This ranch has a garden view and a saline, electric heated pool and spa. Recent upgrades include granite counters, cherry wood cabinets and stainless steel appliances as well as a remodeled master bedroom. It was last purchased in 2004 for $660,000 and built in 1996.
6453 Enclave Way; Images and map data by Google
6453 Enclave Way; Images and map data by Google

On the higher end, 6453 Enclave Way sold for $1.9 million. It has 4 bedrooms and 4 1/2 bathrooms in 5419 sq. feet of living space on a spectacular cul-de-sac lakefront lot.
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3218 Westminster Drive sold for $720,000. It has 4 bedrooms and 4 full bathrooms in 3632 sq. feet of living space.
5607 NW 38th St sold for $965,000. It has 6 bedrooms and 6 full bathrooms in 4203 sq. feet of living space.
6535 Somerset Circle sold for $625,000. It has 4 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms in 3087 sq. feet of living space.
3381 NW 53rd Circle 125 sold for $515,000.
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The Polo Club is a gated community and exclusive country club. Owners must purchase an equity interest in the club. The club features 2 championship golf courses, a new 145,000 square foot clubhouse, 29 tennis courts, spa and community pool. There are also multiple dining options, a fitness center and playground. The Polo Club is located on Military Trail north of Clint Moore.
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17875 Deauville Lane; Map and image data from Google

This beautiful courtyard home at 17875 Deauville Lane in Polo Club sold for $900,000. Located on a double lot, it has an expansive courtyard separating the main house and guest house. It has 6 bedrooms and 6.1 bathrooms in 6172 sq. feet of living space. The home features marble floors, a gourmet kitchen and a large master suite.   The home has views of the lake and an in ground pool. There is a 4 car garage. It was built in 1989 and last purchased in 2011 for $800,100, possibly by a bank.
5065 Suffolk Drive; Map and image data from Google
5065 Suffolk Drive; Map and image data from Google

A one story home at 5065 Suffolk Drive sold for $580,000. This is one of the smaller homes for sale in the neighborhood with 3 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms and 2906 sq. feet of living space. It has a screened in patio overlooking the golf course. The roof was replaced in 2010 and there are hurricane shutters. Built in 1989, it has a 2 car garage. It was originally purchased in 1989 for $410,000.
5803 Waterford  sold for $740,000. It has 3 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms in 3299 sq. feet.
17051 Grand Bay Drive sold for $680,000.
5252 Deauville Circle sold for $735,000. It has 4 bedrooms and 4 full bathrooms in 3393 sq. feet of living space.


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OTHER NEIGHBORHOODS
Broken Sound
5130 NW 24th Way sold for $805,000.
2378 NW 60th Street sold for $1.250 million.
6383 NW 23rd Way sold for $825,000.
2555 NW 59th Street sold for $862,500.
Seasons
3156 NW 61st St sold for $1.1 million.
3254 NW 62nd Lane sold for $870,000.
St. Andrews
7154 Ayrshire Lane sold for $1.3 million.
17254 Whitehaven Drive sold for $800,000.
7893 Ayr Court sold for $857,500.
7228 Queenferry Circle sold for  $650,000.
6932 Queenferry Circle sold for $925,000.
7155 Ayrshire Lane sold for $1.495 million.
6955 Queenferry Circle sold for $1.650 million.
17134 Ericarose Court sold for $1.4 million.
17104 Northway Circle sold for $1.8 million.
7116 Queenferry Circle sold for $750,000.
17152 Mandylynn Court sold for $1.5 million.
7219 Queenferry Circle sold for $589,900.
The Oaks
17922 Lake Azure sold for $813,536.
17650 Middlebrook Way sold for $1.250 million.
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Million Dollar Homes in The Oaks

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Recently we had the opportunity to visit new homes ready for quick move-in. The Oaks is a gated community on the north side of Clint Moore between US-441 and Lyons Road with new homes selling for $1 million and up. It’s a great location in many ways. For shopping and restaurants it’s across from The Reserve with a Publix, Villa Rosano, Fit Foodz Café, It’s All Greek, Tempura House, Ben’s Deli and more. Delray Marketplace is just north on Lyons at Atlantic. For commuting Clint Moore is one of the easiest east-west drives during rush hour and it’s close to two Turnpike exits – Atlantic to the north and Glades to the south.

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There are two builders selling homes in The Oaks. In our recent visit we saw models from Richmond American. Click on any picture to see a larger size.
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The first model we saw was large and loaded with features. The Kingsmill is over 5400 square feet with five bedrooms including guest suite on the ground floor. It starts at just over $1.1 million but the model we saw would be quite a bit more.
The kitchen is an example of the high-end features. It has a wraparound counter around a large island that includes a second sink.
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The gas range is extra wide and there are actually two dishwashers. The gas can also be extended to the dryer in the laundry room and the grill on the deck.
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Our favorite feature in the kitchen is the walk-in pantry closet that is hidden behind regular cabinet doors.
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The kitchen looks out on the backyard through something we hadn’t seen before – a sliding glass door that opens at a corner.
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From inside you see a pleasant lake view.
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The dining room is nicely done.
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The master bedroom and bathroom are gorgeous, again with the high-end features you’d expect at this price.
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After the Kingsmill we also saw the Westgate model, which is even larger at over 6500 square feet and starts just short of $1.3 million.
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Unlike the first model this one has been left wide open to let the buyer’s imagination go to work. It is, of course, spacious inside.
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The island in the kitchen is very large.
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The Westgate comes with a nice architectural feature – a curved staircase which produces the curvature on the front of the house.
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The size allows for a feature we have seen before and like, separate his-and-hers master bathrooms off the master bedroom.
We also saw another model, the Cheval. This is the master bath.
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One more feature we saw in the Cheval that goes beyond interior square footage is a large second-floor balcony off the master suite. This model was still under construction when we saw it.
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If any of our readers would like to see a home in The Oaks, please call Warren at 888-733-5299, or e-mail him at warren@westbocanews.com.
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Recent Home Sales in 33496 With Warren Redlich

West Boca News founder Warren Redlich is now a real estate agent, and he reports on homes sold since December 2014 in zip code 33496. Warren is a licensed sales associate working with the Signature International Real Estate brokerage.
Homes in the 33496 zip code are located between 441 and Military Trail, north of Yamato Road to the Delray line. Neighborhoods in this area include Long Lake Estates, St. Andrews, The Oaks, Woodfield Country Club, Newport Bay Club, Boca Gardens, Broken Sound, Whisper Walk, The Polo Club, Lakeridge and Seasons.


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Early January saw the sale of 7699 Fenwick Place in St. Andrews Country Club for just over $2.1 million. The house has 5 bedrooms, 6 full and 3 half baths in nearly 8000 square feet under air. The golf course view includes the tee area of one hole with a green a bit further away. That position means relatively few mishits will end up in this backyard.
The previous owner bought the lot in 2005 for $750K and then built the house in 2009. Showing the quirks of high-end real estate, Zillow estimates the house value at over $4.2 million and the county appraiser has it at 2.9 million. We suspected this was something other than an arms-length transaction but can’t find any obvious connection between the seller (a New Jersey oral surgeon) and the buyer (family trust of a local executive).


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The ranch home at 4184 Briarcliff Circle sold on December 18th for $802,000. It has 4 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms in a bit over 3000 sq. feet of living space. Located in Woodfield Country Club, it has a pool and lake views. It was built in 1997.
This is a substantial price increase from the 2013 purchase for just under $700K and a promising sign for sellers in the sub-million dollar range.
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Also in Woodfield, 6577 Landings Court sold for $1.08M on January 5th. It has 4 beds, 4 full and 2 half baths in over 4000 square feet and a cul de sac location with a golf course view.
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Just outside Woodfield, 5853 Hamilton Way in The Hamptons sold for $860K in late January. It has four bedrooms and three baths in under 3000 square feet. The price might be explained by its proximity to the highly rated Omni Middle and Spanish River High, as well as convenient shopping.


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This pleasant house at 6421 NW 31st Terrace sold for $959,000. Located on lakefront in The Seasons (southwest of Clint Moore and Jog Road), it has 4 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms and 2 half bathrooms. Previously sold in 1992 for $450,000 it has 3,617 sq. feet of living space and a 2 car garage. The designer kitchen has custom cabinets and stainless steel appliances.


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5047 Suffolk Dr, located in the Polo Club, sold for $582,5000. It has 4 bedrooms and 3.5 full bathrooms. Built in 1989 for $412,000, it has 2,905 sq. feet of living space. The property has an in ground pool and a sprinkler system.


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9397 Grand Estates Way in The Oaks sold on December 8th for $1.224 million. The house has 5 bedrooms, 6 full bathrooms and 5,940 sq. feet of living space. This is a substantial price drop from its original purchase price of $1.875 million in 2008. Features include a circular drive, 3 car garage and gourmet kitchen. In addition, it has a heated pool and spa, summer kitchen and guest house.
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Also in The Oaks, 17736 Vecino Way sold for $960K on December 10th. It has 5 bedrooms and 5 baths in just under 4000 square feet, and sits on a corner lot.


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Another house in The Seasons sold for $878,000 on December 1st. 6485 NW 32nd Way has 3 bedrooms and 3 full baths along with a guest house that has 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom. It has 3210 sq. feet of living space and was built in 1994. The upgraded kitchen has custom cabinets and state of the art appliances. This lakefront home has an in ground pool with screened in patios.


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Two pricey homes sold in Fieldbrook Estates in December. At nearly $2.8 million, 17837 Fieldbrook Circle has 6 beds, 7 full and 2 half baths, in over 8000 square feet. The appraiser shows this transaction as taking place in October but Realtor.com puts the sale on December 5th. The previous owner acquired the lot in 1999 for $800K and built the house in 2001.
The smaller 17735 Fieldbrook Circle, just a few doors down, sold for $1.425 million with 5 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, and over 4000 square feet. The appraiser has this sale in November and the house over 5000 square feet. The sale price is up from a 2010 transaction for under $1.2M, which appears to have followed a foreclosure.

Felony Battery: Knockout Takes Sean Downes Down

Update: We received a phone call from Mr. Downes’ grandmother (as well as a Facebook comment – see bottom of article). In the call she informed us that we have no right to publish such an article (First Amendment be damned) and that her grandson is a sweet kid. She also admitted that he was involved in the fight described in the affidavit, though she disputes some of the facts and had all kinds of negative things to say about the alleged victim and the witness. She then threatened to sue us, saying: “You’ll find out how much money you have.” Nice family.


Sean D. Downes (18)
Sean D. Downes (18)

Events at a West Palm Beach party in September has “Sean Downs” facing felony battery charges and his alleged victim left with permanent facial scarring and disfigurement. The Sheriff’s records indicate this Mr. Downs is a resident of The Oaks, a gated community on the north side of Clint Moore. As best we can tell this is actually Sean D. Downes. If we are correct (we’re pretty sure but you can never be positive), his father Sean P. Downes is CEO of Universal Holdings, Inc. who received an eye-popping $9.4 million last year in executive compensation according to BusinessWeek at only 44 years old.
Sean P. Downes' LinkedIn photo
Sean P. Downes’ LinkedIn photo


From the probable cause affidavit
From the probable cause affidavit

According to the probable cause affidavit (full document at bottom), the younger Downes was at a house party with a bunch of teens, running around looking for a fight. When the victim was leaving Downes confronted him to start a fight. The victim turned to leave and Downes then hit the victim in the left temple, knocking him out and to the ground. While the victim was unconscious on the ground, Downes continued punching him as many as ten times.
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Downes Facebook profile pic

The victim woke up in the ER, had suffered four large bruises on his face, multiple cuts on the left side of his mouth requiring sutures and likely to leave substantial and permanent scars, and an additional injury on the back of his head where it hit the pavement.
West Palm Beach police referred the matter to the State Attorney, who waited over 3 months before filing this case in court in early January. Mr. Downes was booked Wednesday morning, minutes before his “first appearance” court session began and released a few hours later on $3000 bond. The timing suggests that he may have been represented by an attorney who surrendered him at the right time to make sure things moved smoothly. Court records do not yet indicate any attorney appearance, nor how the bond was posted.
The home address for the younger Downs listed in the blotter is owned by Lori Downes, who is divorced from the father. The 7-bedroom, 7000 square-foot house was purchased for $1.4M in 2013. The date of birth for the arrested Sean Downs matches this Sun-Sentinel article showing his birth in 1996 to parents Sean and Lori Downes.
A couple years ago Downes was an avid basketball player with the St. Thomas Aquinas school in Fort Lauderdale.
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It’s unclear why but he’s no longer on the team roster. As always, anyone arrested is innocent until proven guilty.
Update: We found a highlight film from Downes’ freshman year on the St. Andrews varsity basketball team.

The full probable cause affidavit is below.
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The Facebook comment thread with the grandmother’s remarks is below:
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300 Townhouses Coming to Clint Moore and 441?

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There’s a plan in the works to convert the Thomas Produce facility at Clint Moore and 441 into townhomes and also commercial space. We heard from friends in The Oaks that they were invited to a meeting to hear more about it. Below is an image from the application, showing the location and indicating to some extent the proposed change.
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You can also see the location on Google Maps:

The Petition Summary document (pdf) indicates a potential for: “Commercial (407,286 sf max.) and Residential (299 dwelling units). That document and the “justification statement” are at the bottom of this article.
400,000 square feet of commercial space on 37 acres along with 300 townhouses would be huge and dense. The Reserve shopping center on the south side of Clint Moore has 140,000 square feet on 18 acres. Delray Marketplace has 260,000 square feet of commercial space on 32 acres. The documents indicate that Urban Design Kilday Studios is working on this project. They also worked on Delray Marketplace.
Based on past experience with zoning (this author has done some zoning work as an attorney and as clerk for a judge, and also voted on zoning issues as a town board member, all in upstate New York), we suspect that the numbers (299 residential units and 400,000 square feet of commercial space) are a bargaining position and the developers know it will ultimately be reduced to a smaller number.
In the justification statement, the developer argues that the plant is no longer economically sensible as farming nearby has declined dramatically. Most of their farmland is a long distance away and this leads to what they claim is heavy truck traffic on the roads. We’re generally skeptical of developer claims but this one does make sense to us.
Readers can check on the status of the application on the County Zoning active amendments page. As of now no hearing date has been set.
Petition Summary document:
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Justification Statement:
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For a related story from May see the Palm Beach Post.

Real Estate Sales in 33496 with Warren Redlich

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Homes in the 33496 zip code are located between 441 and Military Trail, north of Yamato Road to the Delray line. Neighborhoods in this area include Long Lake Estates, St. Andrews, The Oaks, Woodfield Country Club, Newport Bay Club, Boca Gardens, Broken Sound, Whisper Walk, The Polo Club, Lakeridge and Seasons of Boca Raton. Students attend Omni Military School and Spanish River High School.
Real estate agent Bonnie Shimel tells us that the market for the 33496 area as well as the rest of Boca remains strong. “We are seeing fast sale times and top prices for homes at all levels of the market.”
The following homes sold in July 2014:
6837queenferrycircleThis single family home at 6837 Queenferry Circle, St. Andrews Country Club, sold for $800,000. This ranch has 3 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms in 4429 sq. feet. Built in 1991, it has an open floor plan and a 2 car garage. Situated on the lake, it has an in ground pool with a screened in porch. It was originally purchased for $340,000.


5184suffolkdr5184 Suffolk Drive in the Manchester section of The Polo Club sold for $397,500. The ranch has 2 bedrooms plus a den and 2.5 bathrooms in 2702 sq. feet. It has an in ground pool and a large backyard. This 2 car garage home has a new roof and marble floors.
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4196briarcliffcirThis Mediterranean style home at 4196 Briarcliff Circle sold for $650,000. Located in Woodfield Country Club, it has 5 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms in 3977 sq. feet of living space. Built in 1998, it has a 3 car garage and stainless steel appliances.


6442nw31st6442 NW 31st Terrace, located in The Seasons, sold for $725,018. This one story home has 4 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms in 2897 square feet. Built in 1989, the kitchen has granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and a bombay island. This lakefront home is on the cul-de-sac and has an in ground pool. It was last purchased in 2000 for $452,500.


17705middlebrookwayThis beautiful two story home at 17705 Middlebrook Way sold for $1,050,000. Located in The Oaks, it was built in 2004. It has 5 bedrooms, 4 full baths and 2 half baths with over 5,600 sq. feet of living space. The house has a kitchen with top of the line appliances, a salt water pool and an outdoor kitchen. This home was purchased new in 2004 for $913,035. Wachovia Bank took it over in 2013 possibly from a foreclosure.


17200newportclubdriveBuilt in 1989, this home at 17200 Newport Club Drive sold for $430,000. It has 4 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms in 2670 sq. feet. Located on a lake, it has a screened wrap around porch. The kitchen has cherry wood cabinets, stainless steel appliances and a beautiful granite island.