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Welcome to Boca Raton

by Michael Goldberg

Boca Raton isn’t your average place to live, but you knew that already. That’s why you moved here. You knew the first time you came here that there was something special about this place. Maybe it’s the way the warm breeze blows over the Boca Raton Beach after a long journey across the Atlantic, warming itself in the tropical sun; or the way the water flows through the city, curling lazily about the place bringing the sunny scent of salt water everywhere; or maybe it’s just the thunderstorms reminding you that yes, you do technically live in a Tropical Rainforest, but something about the city simply relaxes you. Yet there’s so much more behind the beautiful weather -- from the fascinating history behind the town to the numerous outdoor adventures that await you in this sunny little slice of paradise, you’ll be amazed by what’s behind Boca Raton. 

One of the most interesting things is that Boca Raton wasn’t always Boca Raton. What the Spanish called Boca De Ratones was originally Biscayne Bay -- it was named that because of the rocky bottom of the bay which scraped on the ships that came in. The area around what is now called the Boca Raton Lake was named that due to mistakes by 19th-century Map-Makers.

However, what is now Boca Raton was just a small farming community with a population of 100. However, much of that changed with the arrival of a man named Addison Mizner. Addison was an architect who dreamed of turning the town into a city-resort whose entirety would rival the splendor of Palm Beach. He designed and oversaw construction on many of the historical buildings that still stand today, including the old Town Hall, which is now the Boca Raton History Museum.

This began in 1924, though, and World War II was on the horizon. Much of the land that Addison had used to build his resort was confiscated and put to use towards the war effort. A massive Air Force base was constructed as a training facility for B-29 Bombers, and the only training facility for training radar operator’s in the country. The grounds ended up being donated after the war, and much of it became the grounds for Florida Atlantic University. You can still see where some of the old runways have been turned into parking lots.

Boca Raton was home to two amusement parks through the 50’s but really exploded when IBM announced their plans to build a huge production plant in the late 1960’s. While originally adjacent to Boca Raton proper, the site was annexed into the city by 1970. By this time, the population had grown from 6,951 to 28,506, launching Boca Raton from a small town to a full-blown city.

Being a full-blown city can come with its own set of problems, but transportation isn’t an issue. Cruising around the city is easy here. If you have a car, you’re always a smooth ride away from I-95 and can navigate easily around Florida. Don’t fret if automobiles aren’t for you. There are regular buses provided by both Broward County and Palm Tran. For longer journeys, the Tri-Rail system can quickly and cheaply get you up and down the coast all the way to Miami.

With a simple transportation system, all you really need are places to go, and those are plentiful in Boca Raton. If you have kids, Sugar Sands park is a must. It’s a beautifully-kept, safe, and huge place, measuring out to 137 acres with loads of things to do to keep your little ones entertained and happy. For you, however, Mizner Park is the place to go. Here, Mizner seems to have gotten pretty close his dream, as the park named after him is a fantastically luxurious shopping center of the city. Even if you don’t buy anything, walk through here in the afternoon or evening to take in the beautiful landmarks and architecture before catching dinner and a movie. Here you can bask in the culmination of a trend started by a man with a dream over 90 years ago.

However, if you’re looking for things to do, rather than places to go -- if you’re the adventurous sort, not sated by a mere day at the gorgeous golden beaches, Boca Raton has you covered. The numerous lakes, bays, and rivers make water skiing and wakeboarding an unofficial pastime. Paintball is also fairly popular, but if that doesn’t get your adrenaline up enough, then simply head back into the Everglades. Airboat rides are all over the place, and nothing gets the blood pumping like looking into the eyes of Florida’s apex predator in its natural habitat.

There’s just so much to Boca Raton hidden behind the veneer of a tropical paradise. While, in some ways, Addison Mizner’s dreams of a city-resort have come to fruition, there’s so much history embedded in the streets here that the city has really become something greater: it’s become a home for thousands of people. Hopefully, this has given you a taste of the amazing things you can find here.

Moving to South Florida? Here’s What You Should Know

by Michael Goldberg

Moving can be a stressful process for just about anyone and can be coupled with a lengthy malaise of time in which you haven’t met new friends to ease the transition into life elsewhere or just an unawareness of things to do in the area. You’re already dealing with the moving trucks, car journeys, and all the other wonderful tasks that accompany relocation. Luckily, you’ve decided to move to one of the premier locations in the country. Whether you’re moving from the frigid winters of the North or the dry heat of the southwest, southern Florida will wrap you up in its almost perpetual sun and beautiful coastal landscape. So, here is a list of miscellaneous facts and social options to ease your transition into a new life.

Housing Market

To begin, let’s cover the housing market for those who know they are moving, but perhaps have not decided which area they prefer. To start, single-family housing has seen a 7.5% growth in sales according to The South Florida Reporter, doubling the national average. While this means that prices are rising, buying sooner rather than later can ensure that your investment climbs steadily. However, Palm Beach has seen a decrease in sales prices due to the influx of high-end condos and single-family housing developments, which can be good for those who are not looking to break the bank. Prices have also seen an increase in Tampa, though they have stagnated as of recent. Be sure to conduct extensive research before buying, of course, and remember that these trends come and go.

Sporting Events

Once you’ve begun to settle into your new situation, you may be looking around for fun things to do in the area to begin to get a feel of the city life and culture you’ve become a part of. A sure-fire way to start is the entertainment industry, and sports head up the category in Southern Florida. With Tampa and only a couple hours away, Miami, and Orlando to the North, the options are almost limitless. Miami includes the Heat (NBA), The Marlins (MLB), the Panthers (NHL), and the Dolphins (NFL). That alone puts you in a four-sport city, which suits the taste of any sports aficionado. Going to games in Miami is not only a fun experience, but the social aspect around the events will help ease the transition to a new city. Tickets can always be purchased at the venue. Be sure to head down a couple hours before each game to get the true vibe of the scene!

Nightlife

Miami is world-renowned for its fun and vibrant nightlife and is frequented by locals, travelers, and celebrities alike. For a more popular spot, check out Nikki Beach Miami, one of South Beach’s premier venues for partying. Not only does the venue boast a top-tier nightclub on its second floor, it also has an oceanfront complex which includes a beach bar, award-winning restaurant, cabana bar, and a garden café. You can essentially spend the entire day there. For a different type of nighttime experience, check out Ball & Chain, an iconic nightclub from the 1930’s which has reemerged as a live music venue. The bar also serves Cuban style food if you’re looking to delve into local cuisine!

Beaches

No list of attractions in Florida would be complete without the inclusion of perhaps its most alluring factor: beaches. After all, you aren’t excited to move to this tropical paradise just because of the clubs and sports teams! Of course, Miami Beach is the best-known area for fun in the sun, but it is certainly not alone in this area. This is not to say you cannot enjoy a trip to the popular spot, but if you’re more inclined to head somewhere relatively quieter, there are many great options to choose from in the region. A quick jaunt up to Delray, a pleasant small town on the east coast, is perfect for a day-long excursion. The oceanfront restaurants and local shops will provide a relaxing couple of hours, and the beach remains a less populated area. Spend a couple hours sunbathing, maybe some surfing, and then cap it off at the bar only 200 yards from your beach towel. Another amazing location is Sanibel Island, a historic site of colonial America. Lighthouse beach has fishing directly off the pier, the 9th-century lighthouse itself, and a boardwalk that meanders its way through the scenic marshes of the island.

 

Moving can be a great hassle, but of all the location to endure that hassle for, south Florida has to be just about the most promising area. The weather and landscape alone are enough to satisfy any homebuyer, but the real estate upticks and entertainment perks are just icing on the cake. Good luck as you make the jump into a new city, and remember that your experience is only as good as you choose to make it, so be ready to fully embrace the buzzing tropical metropolitan area of Southern Florida!

 

Smith Farm Lake Worth FL Homes for Sale

by Michael Goldberg


Smith Farm Homes for Sale Lake Worth FL

Smith Farm Lake Worth Florida Homes for Sale

 

Welcome to Smith Farm homes for sale in Lake Worth!  Smith Farm is a family-oriented master-planned gated community located on Hypoluxo Road between Jog Road and State Road 441 in Lake Worth, FL. Developed by Minto Group, Inc. and the Centre Island Development Group, Smith Farm homes are known for their open and spacious floor plans and attractive design features. The community is a safe haven for families with children and includes a 24-hour manned and gated guard house. Smith Farm's impressive entrance welcomes you with mature oak trees, beautiful landscaping, and massive stone walls.

 

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The community is comprised of ten distinct subdivisions (villages) and includes over 1,200 single-family and estate homes. Buyers will find a large selection of spacious homes with three to six bedroom floor plans ranging in size from approximately 2,400 Sq.ft. to 4,500 sq.ft. of living space. Homes are situated on 80 acres of lakes and cypress preserves and many residences come with private swimming pools and generously-sized backyards. Smith Farm subdivisions include Bridlewood, Candlewood, Hampton Creek, Forest View, Kingsmill, Legacy, Legacy Chase, Legacy Reserve, Millwalk, and Timberwood.

 

The community features an 8-acre, residents-only, private park along with a wide array of exceptional amenities including a clubhouse, resort-style swimming pool, kiddie pool, spa, fully-appointed fitness center, a pavilion for birthday parties and special events, large children’s play areas, and walking/biking paths. Smith Farm’s low HOA fee includes premium cable, maintenance of the common areas and clubhouse, and the 24/7-manned security entry gate. Smith Farm Homes for sale in Lake Worth range in price from around $250, 000 - $750,000. The zip code for Smith Farm real estate in Lake Worth FL is 33467.

 

Smith Farm Lake Worth FL Real Estate & Subdivisions


The Bridlewood subdivision is smaller enclave comprised of 57 single-family homes offering a variety of three to five bedroom floor plans. Most homes were built in the late 1990s and come with a two car garage. The Candlewood village was developed between 1996 to 1999 and offers a variety of three to five bedroom floor plans along with a two car garage. Nearly half of the homes offer scenic lake views. The Forest View subdivision was developed in the mid-to-late 1990s and includes 160 single-family homes with views of the serene cypress preserve. The Kingsmill village was developed in the early 2000s.

 

The Legacy neighborhood offers three to five bedroom single-family homes that were built in the late 1990s to the early 2000s. Homes range in size from 2,400 Sq.ft .to 4,400 Sq.ft. and come with up to a three-car garage. The Legacy Chase subdivision was developed in 2001 and offers spacious single-family homes with up to six bedrooms ranging in size from 2,400 Sq.ft.to nearly 4,500 Sq.ft. of living space. Legacy Reserve includes single and two-story single-family homes with three to five-bedroom floor plans ranging in size from 2,400 Sq.ft. to 4,000 Sq.ft. of living space, and come with a three-car garage.

 

The Millwalk village was developed in the late 1990s and includes single and two-story single-family homes with three to five-bedroom floor plans and a two car garage. The Timberwood neighborhood was developed between 1998 and 1999 and offers single and two story single-family homes with three to five-bedroom floor plans and a two-car garage. The Hampton Creek village was developed in the late 1990s to early 2000s and offers single and two-story single family homes with three to six bedroom floor plans and up to a three-car garage.

 

Smith Farm Lake Worth Florida Homes for Sale

 

Smith Farm Lake Worth FL home for sales are served by the Palm Beach County School District. Students attend A-rated schools including Coral Reef Elementary School, Woodlands Middle School, and Park Vista High School. The community offers easy access to both I-95 and the Florida Turnpike, making the Palm Beach International Airport just a short car ride away. Florida beaches are within a 15-minute drive and CityPlace, Boynton Beach Mall and The Mall at Wellington Green shopping destinations are within an easy striking distance from the community. If you are looking for safe, family-friendly, gated community close to everything, Smith Farm is a great place to call home!  

 

The Goldberg Group - Serving Lake Worth FL Real Estate Buyers and Sellers - Call Today! 561-231-0021

 

With uncompromising standards of integrity honesty and service, our team will give you the assurance that your home sale or purchase with be completed promptly, professionally, an ethically. Please give us a call today and we will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have!

 
Michael Goldberg, Realtor®
The Goldberg Group
1035 S. State Rd. 7
West Palm Beach, FL 33414
561-231-0021
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guide to West Palm Beach: Entertainment, Outdoors, & More

by Michael Goldberg

West Palm Beach is one of the smaller South Florida cities, but it certainly doesn’t feel like it. There is a nightlife and entertainment district that’s buzzing year-round, top-rated restaurants and outdoor activities to keep the whole family occupied. The city is great for vacationers, or for those who want to stick around for a while. Round-up the family and the golf clubs and head out to the Palm Beaches this January.

 

This city has a tropical climate. There are two main seasons: wet and dry. The wet season lasts from May through October, with thunderstorms usually rolling in daily in the afternoon. Temperatures sit around 90 degrees during the wet season, and the air is very humid. The dry season takes place from November to April. It’s still warm, around 80 degrees at the highest, but some nights may experience frost.

 

Most people get around West Palm Beach by car. There are two options for public transportation: the Palm Tran and Molly’s Trolleys. The Palm Tran has more than 3,500 bus stops, and fares run $2 for a single trip. Molly’s Trolley is free and it circles the Downtown area. The flat terrain makes the city very bikeable, and there are several shops in the area that offer bicycle rentals.   

 

Places to see

 

Located about 10 minutes from downtown, the Flagler Museum is where visitors can go to learn about the history of Florida as a tourist destination. The museum was the home of Henry Flagler, who co-founded Standard Oil. It is housed in Whitehall mansion, which Flagler built for his third wife Mary Lily Kenan. Flagler is credited with making Florida more tourist-friendly through million-dollar construction projects such as the Ponce De Leon Hotel, the Florida East Coast Railway. He eventually gained the nickname as the “Father of Miami.”  

 

The Palm Beach Zoo is a fun family-friendly attraction in the city. The zoo takes up a total of 23-acres, and it houses more than 1,400 animals in a natural tropical habitat. There’s an aquarium, tiger exhibit, and reptile house. Visitors also have the option of getting up close and personal with sloths, tortoises or koalas. The zoo hosts many events during the week. It also has daily shows including one with more than 20 bird species.

 

Things to do

 

As the city’s name implies, there are nearly endless miles of beautiful beaches in the area. With the Gulf Stream nearby, the ocean water stays warm year-round. Pack a beach bag and head to R.G. Kreusler Park. Located about 20 minutes from downtown, this beach has lifeguards on duty, a boardwalk to a fishing pier and a park shaded by palm trees.

 

John D. MacArthur Beach State Park is a popular spot among kayakers. The park has a shallow reef which has many colorful fish, and it hosts live music on Sundays. Breaker’s Reef is a great snorkeling spot. It’s necessary to bring fins, as there is a strong current. But visitors may be able to spot stingrays, eels, and octopus.

 

Beach visitors should check the Cape Canaveral launch schedule. While people can see rocket launches from anywhere in Florida, the beaches and clear night sky often provide the best views.

 

Nightlife and entertainment

 

Those living in the surrounding Palm Beach County know West Palm Beach is the place to go for nightlife. A free trolley connects the hottest spots, CityPlace and Clematis Street. CityPlace has several restaurants, shops, and a 20 screen movie theater. A brand-new bowling alley opened in 2013, and the area has a popular karaoke bar called WannaB’s. The area has a dance club as well as a country western bar with an expansive beer menu.

 

Families head to Clematis Street during the day so their children can run through the dancing water fountain or grab a cone at Sloan’s Ice Cream. At night, the area is filled with 20-somethings who filter through the various nightclubs. There are many nightlife options to choose from, including a wine bar, rooftop bar and a hookah bar.

 

Where to eat

 

Many Florida cities have a wide variety of cuisines, and West Palm Beach is no exception. Head to Havana for traditional Cuban food. This restaurant has become a city landmark since it opened in 1993. The menu includes ropa vieja, vaca frita in mojo sauce and tres leches cake for dessert. The best part is their 24/7 take-out window.

Sushi Jo is the top sushi spot in the city. The restaurant has a chic design, and it serves classic dishes as well as their own creations. Try the Anaconda roll, with shrimp tempura, salmon skin, eel and avocado. Or the Jo’s Crunch, with tempura salmon and eel, asparagus and cream cheese fried in tempura batter.

Rhythm Cafe is a spot made for Instagram. The restaurant has a 1950s drugstore design complete with retro barstools and funky art. Its menu changes often, with past options including a spring roll crepe, onion crusted fish and key lime chicken.   

 

Long Lake Estates Boca Raton FL Homes for Sale

by Michael Goldberg


Long Lake Estate Boca Raton FL Homes for Sale

Long Lake Estates Boca Raton FL Homes for Sale

Welcome to Long Lake Estates Boca Raton FL Homes for Sale! The exclusive guard-gated community of Long Lake Estates is located on Clint Moore Road, just west of the Florida Turnpike in Boca Raton, Florida. Long Lake Estates is comprised of 177 luxury custom estate homes, generous in scale and situated on one-acre plus sized lots. These finely-crafted homes come with numerous high-end designer features and most all come with private swimming pools and impressive outdoor amenities for enjoying family and entertaining! 

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Long Lake Estates Boca FL homes for sale range in size from 3,000 Sq.ft. on up to 15,000 Sq.ft. of living space and are priced from just under $1 million to $7 million. Residents enjoy incredible views of Long Lake, waterfalls, lush tropically landscaped grounds, tennis courts, basketball courts, and shimmering blue water everywhere you turn. The Zip code for Long Lake Estates Boca Raton FL real estate is 33496. 

Long Lake Estates offers close proximately to a variety of convenient shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities, excellent schools, golf, The Reserve Shopping Center (Publix), Town Center Mall, Costco, Walmart Supercenter, and easy access to US-441 and Florida's Turnpike. 

Residents have several nearby restaurants and eateries to choose from including La Ferme, Casa L'Italien, Ben's Kosher Delicatessen, Bolay Restaurant, Rice And Spice, Chez Marie French Bistro, Fusilli's Italien Restaurant, The Sea South East Asian Kitchen, Bangkok Thai Cuisine, TooJay's Gourmet Deli, Offerdahl's Off-The-Grill, and Boston Market, just to name a few.

Long Lake Estates Boca Raton FL real estate is part of the Palm Beach County School District. Students attend Whispering Pines Elementary School, Omni Middle School, and Spanish River Community High School. Private schools including Pinecrest Preparatory School, American Heritage, Donna Klein Jewish Academy, St. Andrew’s Preparatory School, Boca Prep International, Saint Andrews School, Pine Crest School, Boca Raton Jewish Learning Center Private School, and several others are just moments away. Lynn University and Florida Atlantic University are also close by.  

Golf enthusiasts will enjoy the Southwinds Golf Course (open to the public), located nearby on Lyons Road. The par-70 18-hole championship course features lush foliage and water spanning nearly every hole. A sanctuary for golfers, birds, and wildlife, Southwinds Golf Course was voted “Best of Boca” in 2003 and 2004, and offers a driving range and full practice facilities including a bunker and putting green.

The closest hospitals/medical centers to Long Lake Estates Boca FL homes for sale include Boca Raton Regional Hospital and West Boca Medical Center. The nearest major airports include Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Palm Beach International Airport, both located approximately 28 miles away.  

Long Lake Estates Boca Raton FL Homes for Sale

The Goldberg Group - Serving Boca Raton FL Real Estate Buyers and Sellers - Call Today! 561-231-0021

With uncompromising standards of integrity, honesty, and service, we will give you the assurance that your home sale or purchase transaction will be completed promptly, professionally and ethically. Please give us a call today and we will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have!

Michael Goldberg, Realtor®
The Goldberg Group
1035 S. State Rd. 7
West Palm Beach, FL 33414
561-231-0021

 

The Oaks at Boca Raton FL Homes for Sale

by Michael Goldberg

 

(Image: courtesy of CalAtlantic Homes)

The Oaks at Boca Raton FL Homes for Sale

Welcome to The Oaks at Boca Raton FL Homes for Sale & lifestyle! One of Boca Raton's newer, upscale gated communities, The Oaks at Boca Raton is situated off Clint Moore Road between SR 441 and Lyons Road.The 282-acre resort-style community offers a relaxed and elegant, family-oriented, country club lifestyle and the ultimate in estate home living, without the high cost of membership fees and equity expense that is typically associated with this type of community. The Oaks at Boca Raton is comprised of finely-crafted, single-family, estate caliber homes featuring Old Spanish and Mediterranean-style architecture. 

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Residents enjoy numerous resort-style amenities including The Oaks Club & Clubhouse, a resort-style swimming pool, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a full-service spa, an award-winning tennis complex, children's activity area, full-size basketball court, semi-fine dining at The Oak Room, walking/biking paths, a myriad of social activities for the entire family, and much more. Conveniently located, The Oaks at Boca Raton Fl real estate offers close proximately to a variety of shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities, excellent schools, Southwinds Golf Course, Costco, Walmart Supercenter, and easy access to US-441 and Florida's Turnpike. 

The Oaks at Boca Raton FL Real Estate Options

The Oaks at Boca Raton is comprised of several distinct subdivisions including the Sanctuary, the Estates, and the Enclave East Collection. You'll find a stunning selection of open and spacious, estate homes featuring 3 - 7 bedroom floor plans along with numerous high-end designer finishes and upgrades; e.g., gourmet kitchens, top of the line appliances, marble and hardwood floors, luxurious master-suites, grand spiral staircases, elegant formal dining rooms, and much more! 

Many of the homes also come with private swimming pools and attractive outdoor lifestyle amenities such as extended covered patios, spas, water features, multiple seating areas, built-in barbecues, outdoor kitchens, private courtyards, and beautifully landscaped, oasis-style backyards. The Oaks at Boca Raton FL homes for sale range in size from around 3,000 Sq.ft. to 7,000 Sq.ft. of living space and are priced from $825,000 to over 2 million. The Zip code for The Oaks at Boca Raton FL real estate is 33496. 

The Oaks at Boca Raton Amenities

The award-winning tennis facility at The Oaks at Boca Raton features 12 courts (10 Har-Tru, 1 Red Clay, 1 Deco-Turf Hard Court), a full-service pro shop, a staff of tennis professionals, lessons, ladies and men's teams, and special events and tournaments planned throughout the year. 

The fitness facilities at The Oaks at Boca Raton include numerous amenities; e.g., group fitness classes and programs, personal fitness training with certified fitness professionals, a Pilates Studio, a Spin Studio, an Aerobics Room and more. The Spa at The Oaks offers an array of pampering services including massage, skin care, body treatments, nails, waxing, and other services. 

Residents of The Oaks at Boca Raton FL Real Estate enjoy the welcoming environment and delicious, house-made food at The Oak Room. The organic-to-table full-service restaurant features organic produce, certified Angus Beef, wild caught salmon, and daily and seasonal delicacies. The bar at The Oak Room features fresh, organic juiced specialty martinis, specialty liquors and craft beers.  

Nearby Amenities

Located nearby, at Lyons Road, is the Southwinds Golf Course (open to the public). Golf enthusiasts will enjoy the par-70, 18-hole championship course featuring lush foliage and water spanning nearly every hole. A sanctuary for golfers, birds, and wildlife, Southwinds Golf Course was voted “Best of Boca” in 2003 and 2004, and offers a driving range and full practice facilities including a bunker and putting green.

The Oaks at Boca Raton FL homes for sale are served by the Palm Beach County School District. Students attend Sunrise Park Elementary School, Eagles Landing Middle School, and Olympic Heights Community High School. There are also several private schools in the area to choose from. Click here for a list of colleges and universities in Boca Raton or in close proximity.

The Oaks at Boca Raton FL Homes for Sale

The nearest hospitals to The Oaks at Boca Raton FL real estate include Boca Raton Regional Hospital and West Boca Medical Center. The nearest major airports include Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Palm Beach International Airport, both located approximately 28 miles away.  

The Goldberg Group - Serving Boca Raton FL Real Estate Buyers and Sellers - Call Today! 561-231-0021

With uncompromising standards of integrity, honesty, and service, we will give you the assurance that your home sale or purchase transaction will be completed promptly, professionally and ethically. Please give us a call today and we will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have!

Michael Goldberg, Realtor®
The Goldberg Group
1035 S. State Rd. 7
West Palm Beach, FL 33414
561-231-0021

Should Canadians Still Buy a Home in South Florida?

by Michael Goldberg

Florida Still Very Popular for Canadian Home Buyers

For many decades now, Quebec and Ontario residents have flocked by the tens of thousands to South Florida to their winter hinterlands. Over the years the numbers have accumulated where there are now And as long as freezing cold in Canada, that trend likely won't end. 

Is Florida Still a Smart Choice?

Canadians love living in the US, so whether it's Florida, Arizona, California or Texas, the exchange will pose a challenge. Florida is Canadians favorite location and a lack of state and inheritance tax may be major positives.

86% of Canadians paid cash for their US properties and buying was brisk a few years back when the loonie was worth more than the greenback. In a 12 month period during 2013/14, Canadians purchased US$13.8 billion worth of property in the U.S.

48% of those Canadian buyers expected to use the property for only 3 to 6 months according to a report in the Canadian Business Journal.

Where Do Canadians Buy Property in Florida?

French Canadians have had a special liking for Hallandale and Hollywood Beach, where they find their fellow Quebecers in particular numbers.  Some prefer the more pricey and exclusive neighborhoods of Palm Beach and Jupiter Island.

French singer Celine Dion lived here but has put her mansion up for sale. She's cut the price drastically, so if you're still interested let me know. It's quite a place.

While New Yorkers had their favorite spots and French Canadian had theirs, the markets have changed along with currency valuations.

Ontario buyers can be found all over since language isn't much as issue in Naples, Tampa, St Petes or the Palm Beaches and the Treasure Coast. Now you'll find neighborhoods an eclectic mix of nationalities. And South Americans buying in Florida made it an even more interesting place to live or visito for the winter months.

CAD to US Exchange Hurt Sales

While the loonie has fallen drastically, it's reduced purchases from Canadians (and they are encouraged to cash in by selling their Florida homes in US dollars) Canadians still buy here.  Prices in Miami have risen steeply and its caused Canadians to look north more affordable property. Homes in Wellington, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, and Boca Raton are just a few of the spots they've been looking in.

Selling a home in Toronto at current prices could leave the seller with a lot of cash and Florida homes aren't that expensive, unless you're looking at waterfront in the Florida Palm Beaches or Miami. Many suddenly wealthy Torontonians could easily afford a winter property here.

Why Should Canadians Buy in Florida?

  • it's your favorite destination and it's paradise
  • home prices are rising
  • home prices still much lower than 2007 peak
  • economy strong and improving
  • buyer can get a Canadian lower rate mortgage
  • property could be rented at excellent rental rates
  • there's a million Canadians in Florida

 

 

Are South Florida Residents Evacuating?

A recent report on immigration in South Florida highlighted some key home buying and immigration trends here in Miami/Dade, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach County.  The author's conclusion: There are two trends: 1) Floridians are moving out with South Americans  moving in and 2) Miami residents are moving north because its too pricey.

It's kind of old news, yet while we might believe the South American immigrants (Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela) are non wealthy and won't buy expensive properties, they are buying still.  

It's a healthy housing market in Palm Beach, Miami, and Fort Lauderdale for sellers that it is. For buyers, it's tough which is why you'll appreciate having me assist you if you're buying a home in Palm Beach.


Pixaby pic - Miami Beach Florida

Will the Out Migration Stop in 2018?

Due to the cost of living, all but the very wealthy are being chased out westward and north to less costly cities. This creates new buying opportunities if you're in the market to buy here. 

Should you sell your Palm Beach home now?

It's actually a wonderful opportunity for those who want to cash out of a high price market. And for sales to take place in the resale market, someone has to move out of their house.  As home prices range higher, we could expect more Floridians to move away from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Palm Beach? But how long will the Latin American buying spree go on?

Have a look at this gem on La Puerta way in Palm Beach. 7 bedrooms, 7 baths at an affordable $6M.

Or this magnificent 8 bedroom, 8 bathroom home on the waterfront in Highland Beach for $15M which makes it an interesting investment property.


Photos courtesy of Beaches MLS

The fact that US buyers such as those from NY are declining in number due to prices, is a concern. 

As for who is buying the homes, it appears Hispanic speaking buyers from South America (Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela) are most interested in buying properties here. Are they immigrants? Are they having their kids educated here in our excellent private school system? Or are they real estate speculators?

Palm Beach

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia

Foreign Buyers

The reason they're buying could be due to currency exchange issues. However, once these fleeting currency and political issue pass, the interest may pass.  Once prices stabilize or fall, we could see  a rapid decline in S American buyers. And we still haven't seen the full extent of the Trump era trade and immigration policies take affect. Will President Trump liberalize immigration from Hispanic countries?

Fewer Americans Are Moving to South Florida

Besides the exodus of Americans moving out of their homes here, there are fewer US Citizens moving here. Since Palm Beach, Broward and Miami Dade counties have nearly the highest home prices in the US, we can be assured that home prices are the issue.

2016 was the 6th straight year of property value increases, rising more than 8% just last year. One expert noted that market values have jumped by 46% since 2012.  Despite high prices and Brexit in the UK, home prices keep rising.

The median sale price for single family homes in Palm Beach County increased 6.8% to $315,000 in February as pending inventory dropped 6.8% to 3,090 homes. 

Despite the fact homeowners are leaving, there still is not enough inventory to keep up with demand. Single detached homes in Palm Beach are in very high demand. And while many South American buyers are transfixed with the Miami metro area, they will venture northward into the Palm Beaches to find homes in a sellers market.

Have thought about buying a home Palm Beach Florida?   Have a good look at these beautiful luxury homes for sale in Boca Raton, and search my MLS listings.

If the US economy is revived and wages and wealth rise in America, we could see a resurgence of US buyers wanting to move to the premium communities of Wellington, Boca Raton, and Palm Beach. Lot's of speculation because we're living in interesting times.

 

I’m Michael Goldberg a Boca Raton Palm Beach Realtor with United Realty Group. I've been through the relocation process myself and I'd like to be your Florida Realtor. I'll ensure you discover the luxury home of your dreams in the beautiful cities of Boca Raton, Wellington and Palm Beach here in South Florida.

Please call or text me now.

Michael Goldberg
United Realty Group
1035 S. State Rd. 7
West Palm Beach FL 33414
561-231-0021

 

Exquisite, Dream Bathrooms of Palm Beach Florida

by Michael Goldberg

In Palm Beach County, Dreams do Come True

The luxurious, spacious homes of Palm Beach, Wellington and Boca Raton offer so many beautiful and inspiring rooms. Florida designer kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and living rooms are always unique.

The airy, open concept living areas of South Florida homes with their lofty ceilings provide cooling and incredible interior architecture.

And since Florida bedroom design is the dreamy kind you'd be starting off our days happy and rested. When you view the homes below and others in the Palm Beach MLS listings, you'll be wowed by the magnificent interior design, functionality and focus on pampering homeowners in bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchens, living areas and entertainment rooms.

Bathrooms are a Telling Feature of a Luxury Home

For many buyers, particularly women, bathrooms are an important, functional part of the home. So these homes shown below offer spa themed bathrooms create a special connection with women (and we all know the woman is the real home buyer).  

Palm Beach spa-like bathrooms are a respite from the world, so elegant, comforting, and soothing we might never want to leave them. If you're wondering what to expect from your master bathroom home spa, I'd like you to see some bathrooms in houses that are listed for sale at this time.

If you're not quite ready to move to Palm Beach, Wellington or Boca Raton, then perhaps these will inspire your remodeling and increase the value of your current home. You can follow the links and explore further as you like.

If you like the clean, unfettered and tasteful Mediterranean styles in many Palm beach bathrooms, you'll like the master bathroom at 2435 S Ocean Boulevard in Highland Beach FL. The whirlpool spa and sitting areas take relaxation all the way.

1438 N Ocean Boulevard, Palm Beach Florida

There's 9 full bathrooms at 1438 N Ocean Boulevard yet because it's an oceanfront home, you may find yourself preferring this particular bathroom.


2954 Hurlingham, Wellington FL

Wellington is know for its spacious equestrian estates, so this master bathroom's stately design should be no surprise. It's located in the Palm Beach Polo Golf and Country Club in the prestigious Bridle Path neighborhood. The cherrywood and limestone are used throughout the home.

The master bathroom at 299 NE Spanish Trail in Boca Raton Florida is nothing less than opulent. Capaccino marble, Santa Ceceilia gold granite, Emperador dark marble, and Onyx and rich expensive hardwoods are featured throughout the home.

 

1744 Thatch Palm Drive is an ultramodern master bath that celebrates light. The airy openness and light neutral colors give a mood uplift. The fact it's located in the Royal Palm Yacht and Country club seems fitting.

 

2405 Acorn Palm Rd is sleek, brand new ultramodern being built in the Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club.  a How does spotlessly clean look of this master bathroom grab you?  

8765 Horsehoe Lane in Boca Raton is a new build at Horseshoe Acres, next to a small lake. Thus ultra-contemporary design. As you can see these clean, light designs are a departure from the Mediterranean themes so typical of Palm Beach County homes. This could be because many of the buyers are younger now, and the Mediterranean might not be familiar to them.

I hope you've enjoyed this gallery of Palm Beach bathroom styles and designs. Hopefully your home here will have the bathroom spa features you like. 

I'm Michael, a Realtor in Wellington FL, serving the communities of Palm Beach, Wellington and Boca Raton. I help buy and sell luxury condos and luxury homes in Palm Beach County FL and help people like yourself make the transition to a life in South Florida. 

I understand how big the move to Florida is. It's exciting, once in a lifetime experience that should be memorable and stress free from the start. Work with me and I'll help you and your family adjust beautifully.

 

Please call or text me now.

Michael Goldberg
United Realty Group
1035 S. State Rd. 7
West Palm Beach FL 33414
561-231-0021

The Palm Beach FL Housing Market and Outlook 2017 2018

by Michael Goldberg

Update on the Palm Beach Real Estate Market and Forecast

What does the crystal ball tell us about the Palm Beach housing market in 2017 and 2018?  Some new housing and economic stats along with activity reports of Palm Beach Realtors are providing some excellent clues.

The rising valuation of the US dollar might be the current and ongoing influence for the rest of 2017 and 2018. The higher valued US dollar has dried up buyer interest from many countries including Canada, yet there are pockets of buyers from specific areas. With Palm Beach County home prices peaking, some sellers are beginning to consider selling. For buyers, that spells opportunity.

Let’s take a look at the housing data and the micro and macro factors including lifestyle, economic, and financial that could weigh in your decision to buy a home here in Palm Beach County or sell your current home.
 
The Palm Beach Housing market is dynamic, characterized by very high priced estate homes near the coast and more affordable properties to the west (for the most part). The range of home prices you’ll see below shows that each community has its own price level. Buyers are international and buying and selling trends follow political events. 

Providing a real estate forecast for Boca Raton, Wellington, and Palm Beach isn’t easy in 2017. There is some local and international turbulence yet after it settles, Florida’s growth will continue. Palm Beach is still one of the nicest places to live and invest and I’m the Palm Beach realtor who will introduce you to all that these beautiful communities have to offer.

What are the Top 13 Factors affecting the Housing Market in the Palm Beach area in 2017 and 2018? 

Here's some key factors that could push prices and availability one way or the other:

  1. Demographics: older homeowners maybe selling and new US millennials could soon be buying here
  2. Rising employment and new business development in Palm Beach County and whether Trumps economic plan will begin to work
  3. Moderately rising mortgage rates
  4. High end and lower end rentals may be down
  5. Home and condo availability - new construction
  6. Migration - number of people migrating to Florida overall
  7. Banks withdrawing financial support for new condo projects
  8. In-migration of wealthy people from outside the US
  9. Value of USD rising against all other currencies
  10. Advantage of no state tax or inheritance tax in Florida
  11. High prices in the Palm Beach area spreading interest to other communities in the county
  12. A limited amount of land for development
  13. Fast improving US economy generates new potential buyers in many other US states

Some housing data research providers have offered up their interpretation of the South Florida housing situation and outlook. So I thought you might like to look at their stats to as a helper to determine whether buying a condo or home down here in Palm Beach is a smart and timely move.

As this graphic depicts, home sales fell in 2016. Does that mean it’s a market in contraction? It turns it out sales were down due a lack of available single detached homes. And when supply falls, prices will rise. This basic equation won’t change for a while so we can expect rising prices this year in Palm Beach. Naples had a similar situation with a drop of 8.2% in sales.
 
 

 

"This past year was marked by tight housing inventory throughout Florida, particularly in the range of $200,000 and under," said 2017 Florida Realtors President Maria Wells.
 

The condo/townhouse market in South Florida had similar data with sales down 7.7% and prices up about 7%. Sales dropped overall in Florida, yet Orlando, Tampa and Jacksonville markets all saw increases in sales. More inventory is the likely reason.
 
In a report published in bizjournals.com, Florida Realtors Chief Economist Brad O’Connor. "Sales of non-distressed single-family homes, on the other hand, were up nearly 14 percent in 2016, and non-distressed condo and townhouse sales were up more than 5 percent. This increase in 'traditional' sales activity is a clear sign of good things to come for Florida's housing markets in 2017."
 
The state of normal housing sales in Florida, particularly south Florida is good. Demand is strong and sales are continuing where available.  It points to a competitive market and means you’ll need a realtor to get in on the action, if you intend to move here and buy (or even to rent). 
 
The latest realty news reports on a number of luxury home properties in Palm Beach selling at very high prices. One, an 18,300-square-foot oceanfront mansion in Palm Beach just sold for $40 Million.  The wealthy are definitely interested in the Palm Beach County area and they will enjoy more variety than the average working buyer will in lower price ranges.
 
Have a look at some Palm Beach County homes or Boca Raton condos for sale right now so you can get a feel for what’s available. Please remember that many upscale homes are not listed on the MLS for obvious reasons. People like their anonymity and privacy here. 
 
Here’s a beautiful home in Delray Beach for sale you might like to check out.

Low Inventory doesn’t last forever, and as home prices continue rising many homeowners here in Palm Beach County will want to cash out and sell their home. It’s a waiting game, and if you’re working with me, I can keep you aware of a potential sale coming up. Being connected is so important.
 

As I mentioned above, the distressed/foreclosures property list has all been dried up.  Foreclosures and short sales in Palm beach comprised just 10% of all closing last summer. So we’re back to a somewhat normal local market condition for 2017. And the shortage of homes is sure to extend into 2018.
 
Foreign Buyers have Been a Big Segment of the Palm Beach Market

One macroeconomic factor that might be temporarily affecting the housing market here is diminishing purchasers from outside the US. The US dollar has been so strong and other currencies so weak, that real estate here is beyond the resources of foreign buyers, who previously may have paid cash.

At this point, the Trump election promises and anti-Trump backlash is a very real distraction.  Yet if the US economy continues to roll, with upward growth in wages, it stands to reason that more buyers will come from across the US. It will be Americans buying homes here. 

If you’re from Illinois, New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, or Minnesota, you may find the weather, lifestyle, beautiful communities and improving employment/business market much to your liking.

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Let’s take a quick look at the Association of Florida Realtor’s report on housing sales in 2016.  These 6 chart graphics from PBCA Yearly Market Detail - 2016 for Palm Beach County, tells a compelling picture of a market of rising prices, growing availability, and more sales in the $250k to $600k price range.

Pending inventory is low however, so you may have to hunt hard to find a buy a home for yourself in one of the many desirable communities in Palm Beach, Boca Raton, and Wellington. Location is important, and I hope as you’re preferred Boca Raton Palm Beach Realtor, I’ll be able to assist you in purchasing your home.


You may want to get on this spring so you can lock into a lower mortgage rate over a longer term, thus protecting you from inflationary cost issues.

Economic Factors for Palm Beach and South Florida

Recent economic reports have been very favorable, with experts suggesting Florida's economy is one of the nation's best. 

According to Snaith's forecast, Florida is expected to break the $1 trillion mark in 2018 and climb to $1.074 trillion in 2019. That would make Florida's economy the 16th largest in the world, according to rankings by the World Bank - From a news story in the Sun Sentinel.

Palm Beach isn’t just for wealthy people. It’s for kids and families who want to enjoy life to the fullest. See this list of top 20 attractions in Palm Beach County. I hope you and your spouse are taking this possibility seriously and that you’ll work with me to find the best home for you here in Palm Beach, Wellington or Boca Raton.

Here are a few gorgeous communities you might investigate. As you can see, Palm Beach County home prices vary considerably. And while price doesn’t tell you everything about whether a particular city or community will work for you, it does give you an idea of how badly other people want to live there.
 
Home Prices in Palm Beach County

Community Median Household Income Average Home Price Population
Cloud Lake $55,046 $75,500 26000
Glen Ridge $55,046 $75,500 26907
Golf $50,783 $130,000 42898
Jupiter Inlet Colony $71,644 $208,900 14678
Manalapan $47,873 $96,500 32000
Briny Breezes $40,753 $74,350 32783
Gulf Stream $64,531 $340,000 12284
Palm Beach Shores $67,730 $340,000 37,940
South Palm Beach $99,132 $475,000 1,021
Ocean Ridge $40,500 $74,350 32,783
Haverhill $36,055 $56,367 75,410
Mangonia Park $40,753 $71,750 30,217
Atlantis $28,799 $130,000 32,000
Hypoluxo $47,873 $96,500 32,000
Juno Beach $62,143 $175,000 17,130
Loxahatchee Groves $83,200 $145,000 27,439
Lake Clarke Shores $55,046 $75,500 26,907
Highland Beach $63,627 $259,300 16,731
South Bay $29,863 $48,494 5,012
Tequesta $71,644 $208,900 14,678
Pahokee $28,001 $50,450 29,041
Lake Park $43,471 $80,600 12,416
Palm Beach $99,132 $475,000 10,017
Lantana $47,873 $96,500 32,018
North Palm Beach $62,143 $175,000 17,130
Belle Glade $28,799 $55,000 21,473
Palm Springs $39,592 41475 18,928
Riviera Beach $38,540 $79,474 58,140
Royal Palm Beach $64,982 $117,300 66,657
Lake Worth $57,199 $126,750 219,298
Greenacres $48,822 $92,374 114,765
Palm Beach Gardens $71,997 $221,750 69,925
Jupiter $77,308 $231,575 91,000
Wellington $54,985 $177,500 82,295
Delray Beach $48,802 $144,285 109,306
Boynton Beach $68,695 $169,041 158,703
Boca Raton $68,962 $207,891 214,419
West Palm Beach $49,535 $96,721 316,628

Learn more about the market here in Palm Beach County by getting in touch with me.  Register now so you can receive alerts and news about homes for sale in the our region. Get the jump on a hungry market for buyers in South Florida.

I'm Michael Goldberg of United Realty Group in Florida, and I'm looking forward to helping you with your home purchase and relocation to Florida.

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