Real Estate Mid-Year Report for Southwind Lakes, Boca Landings, Boca Fontana, Saddlebrook & Town Villas

For the east side of 441 between Spanish Isles (Saddlebrook) and Olympic Heights High (Boca Fontana), fifty-eight single family homes sold in the first half of 2018. There were also 14 villas sold in Town Villas and 2 townhomes sold in Boca Fontana. This is our first mid-year report and is based on data through June 26th.

Neighborhoods in this report. Image and map data by Google.

Boca Landings

At the high end two single family homes in Boca Landings North sold for just over $500,000.

9701 Enchanted Pointe Lane sold for $510,000. Image by Google.

Six more houses sold in Boca Landings North for prices of $420,000 or higher, mostly with 4-bedrooms and around 2400 square feet.

Seventeen more houses sold in the rest of Boca Landings (aka Weitzer). At the lower end six of them sold for under $300,000 including a 3-bedroom on Cloud Lake Circle for only $232,000. These are mostly smaller models with some as small as 1100 square feet. On the good news side for homeowners several sold higher with most going for over $300,000 and many over $350K. A particularly odd sale was 9590 Islamorada Terrace. This bank-owned home sold for $410,000 with 4 bedrooms in only 2000 square feet with some minor remodeling. The sale price was $25,000 higher than the list price. It’s a nice cul de sac lot with a lake view but it looks like the buyers overpaid on that one.

Are you thinking about putting your house up for sale? If so, you might want to take a look at some of the resources on the House Buyers of America website. There is a lot to think about when deciding to sell your property, and therefore it is vital that you do as much research as possible to ensure that your house is sold at the best possible price.

Southwind Lakes – American Homes

The largest number of transactions was in Southwind Lakes (American Homes) with a total of 23 closed sales. The highest price was $410,000 for 9539 Newport Road, a 4-bedroom house with 1900 square feet. That house was nicely remodeled and has a pool with a lake view and a tiki hut.

Some prices were much lower, as low as $245,000 for a smaller 1300 square foot house, and a bank-owned home (REO) selling for $242K. Eleven of the transactions were below $300K. But some smaller homes sold for fairly big prices. 19489 Colorado Circle is a 3-bedroom with under 1150 square feet and it sold for $334,000. Similarly the 1400 square foot 3-bedroom at 19095 Winslow Terrace sold for $354,000.


Eight houses old in Saddlebrook so far this year, all smaller homes from 1300 to 1600 square feet. Five of them sold for over $300K. The highest price was 9080 Saddlecreek Drive at $320,000 with 4 bedrooms and 2 baths in 1600 square feet, selling just 2 days after it was listed. At the bottom was 18428 Alydar Way for $235,000 with 3 bedrooms in 1300 square feet.

Town Villas

Fourteen villas sold in Town Villas, all of them 2-bedroom, 2-bath models with around 1200 square feet. Prices ranged from a low of $89,000 up to $222,000. At the top, five homes sold from $195K to $222K. The $89K low price was unusual, with the next lowest at $140,000 and everything else going for $150,000 or more.

Boca Fontana

Two townhomes sold in Boca Fontana (Casa Sul Lago), one for $275K and the other for $300K. Both have 3 bedroom and 2 1/2 baths.

There were also two single family home sales in Boca Fontana. 9304 Neptunes Basin Court sold for $410,000 with 3 bedrooms in 1800 square feet. The larger 9676 Triton Court sold for $345,000 with 4 bedrooms in 2000 square feet.

Recent Home Sales in Boca Fontana, Colonnade, New Floresta, and Woodfield Hunt Club

Boca Fontana is a community located on Lyons Road north of Glades Road. Amenities include two pools, tennis and basketball courts and great walking paths. Students attend Olympic Heights High School.

19867 Latona Place; image by Google

We don’t often see houses west of the Turnpike in zip code 33434 selling for $400K or more. The ranch home at 19867 Latona Place sold for $400,000. It has 5 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms in 2740 sq. feet of living space. Located on a cul de sac, it has beautiful lake views. A special feature is the in law quarters with a private kitchenette,  bathroom and front and rear entrances. The home has a kosher kitchen with stainless steel appliances, 2 dishwashers and 2 garbage disposals. There is a large formal dining room and family room. The bathrooms have been renovated. The outside area has an air conditioned patio/sunroom and a screened in pool.  Built in 1985, it was previously sold for $295,500 in 2012.
Colonnade at Glen Oaks is a community located just south of Yamato on St. Andrews. Amenities include sidewalks, bike and jogging paths, basketball and tennis courts. Students are zoned for Calusa Elementary School, Omni Middle School and Spanish River Community High School.
4350 NW 26th Avenue; image by Google

The patio home at 4350 NW 26th Avenue sold for $422,000. It has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in 2229 sq. feet of living space. Special features include high vaulted ceilings with beautiful pine wood and a large eat in kitchen that opens into the family room. There is a formal living room and dining room with a fire place. The master bathroom has been recently updated. The home is situated on a spacious lot with lush landscaping, a screened in patio and a pool. Built in 1979, it was previously purchased for $213,000 in 1997.
2669 NW 38th Street; image by Google

The traditional home at 2669 NW 38th Street sold for $530,000. It has 4 bedrooms and 2.1 bathrooms in 2311 sq. feet of living space. pool. There is a large family room with an open kitchen. The home boasts a formal dining room and sitting room with hard wood floors. The outdoor entertainment area features a screened in pool. Built in 1986, it sold for $485,000 in 2014.
New Floresta is a small community on Potomac Road between Jog Road and St. Andrews Blvd. There are sidewalks throughout the community and large lots. Students attend Omni Middle School and Spanish River Community High School.
2865 NW 29th Drive; image by Google

The Mediterranean style home at 2865 NW 29th Drive sold for $600,000. It has 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms in 2806 sq. feet of living space. This spacious two story home has a newly renovated kitchen with granite counter tops and wood cabinets. Two of the bathrooms have also been recently renovated. The spacious yard has a diamond bright pool. It was built in 1989 and sold for $280,000 in 1990.
Woodfield Hunt Club is a gated community located on Jog Road just south of Yamato Road. The community has two parks, 5 tennis courts and basketball courts. There is a large clubhouse as well. Non-equity memberships in Woodfield Country club are available to residents. Students attend Omni Middle School and Spanish River Community High School.
The two story home at 3880 St. James Way sold for $450,000. It has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms in 2579 sq. feet of living space. pool. The updated kitchen has wood cabinets and granite counter tops. The family room has a wood burning fireplace with a coral stone surround. The home sits on an oversized lot and has a screened in pool. Built in 1983 for $250,900.
3015 Equestrian Drive; image and map data by Google

The large estate home at 3015 Equestrian Drive sold for $830,000. It has 6 bedrooms and 4.1 bathrooms in 4285 sq. feet of living space. The foyer features an oak spiral staircase and beautiful wood floors. There is a dramatic fireplace in the main living area. The formal living room has a beautiful view of the lake. The gourmet kitchen has a one of a kind acid washed granite counter top, stainless steel appliances, custom wood cabinetry and an extra large island. The outdoor entertainment area has a summer kitchen and tropical pool with long lake views. Built in 1991, it was last sold for $570,000 in 2000. The house sits on a corner lot and appears to have one driveway on each street.

West Boca Shooting: Details and Photos

Sunday there were reports of a shooting in the Boca Fontana neighborhood, on the 7600 block of Majorca Place. This area is east of 441 on the south side of Kimberly (between Yamato and Glades), and not far from Boca Greens, Southwinds Golf Course and Olympic Heights High School.

Details from official sources are limited, and the people involved aren’t talking. The official story so far is that a resident was confronted by robbers and used a pistol in self defense, accidentally hitting a neighbor in the process. Oddly some of the reports identify the shooter as the “victim.”
We went to the scene Monday afternoon. As you can see in the picture on top, the media was there. This was well over 12 hours after the shooting, and nothing was going on.
One notable detail is a bullet hole in the neighbor’s house:
The following photo gives a better feel for the scene, with the shooter’s home to the right and the neighbor’s house across the street on the far left:
The two houses are mirror-image single floor models even with a similar color scheme. The bullet hole is in the vertical blue stripe between the garage and the front door, a few feet above the horizontal stripe and a few feet below the roof line.
Considering the height of the bullet hole, it would appear that the shooter fired at least two rounds, and not very accurately. It is possible that one of the rounds hit one of the robbers, though we haven’t heard anything further. Reports indicate the robbers got away.
We believe we have identified the shooter, a 72-year-old man who runs a business out of the home. We are not publishing his name yet because the Sheriff has expressed concerns that the robbers might target him. Similarly the shooting victim has not been named, though we understand he is in his 30s, married with a young child (note the toy near the front door). The property is owned by an investor group that acquired it in 2013 and owns at least one other house on the street. It was rented out in December of 2013, though one source tells us the shooting victim is a new tenant so the 2013 tenant may have been replaced.
The shooter’s house is owned by another 70+ woman who appears to have immigrated from Japan many years ago. Their relationship is unclear but they’ve both been in this house for a long time. We see no criminal history for the shooter, other than a few minor traffic tickets.
One story we’ve heard is that the shooter was coming home from some kind of event, perhaps a jewelry show. He does own a business that would fit with going to jewelry shows, though we can’t find any record of such an event that day. In this version of events, the “bad guys” followed him home to rob him, and he defended himself.
We can’t say this version of events is false of course. But we should also recognize that this area has some crime, as you can see in the crime map below (showing more than 10 burglaries, along with thefts, car break-ins and more reported from March 1 through April 6):
Also, the story does not seem consistent with how the Sheriff initially reported the story:
A later version we heard from the Sheriff was a little closer:

Victim was returning home from work when he was approached by unknown suspects. In an attempt to protect himself he armed himself with a handgun. During the course of the attempted robbery the victim discharged his firearm. Gunfire accidently struck a nearby neighbor.

The shooting is shown on the lower left of that image, marked in the assault category with the word shooting in the description. Note that the alleged robbery is not included in the crime map data. Zip code 33434 has a very low crime rate but that is mainly because it includes the gated and mostly senior communities of Century Village and Boca West.
A shooter in cases like this will often be prosecuted, at least for negligence in how he handled his firearm if not for something more serious. In firearms training one learns not only to be sure of your target but also to know what’s behind your target. Keep in mind that Palm Beach County voted heavily Democrat in the last four or five presidential elections, and our county prosecutor went after retired dentist Wayne Tover in a shooting incident on Glades Road where Tover actually hit his target. The fact that this shooter is being treated differently makes us wonder if he has connections to police or others in government.
The Boca Fontana shooter is also likely to face a civil suit from his neighbor, and that looks like a strong case for the shooting victim. It shouldn’t be too hard to find a lawyer to take that case.
Fortunately for all involved the shooting victim appears to be recovering well.