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A Night in South Florida

by Michael Goldberg

You've done it. you've finally purchased your dream home in the perfect neighborhood in South Florida. You want to celebrate, no, you deserve to celebrate! With so many choices of wonderful and tantalizing nightlife in South Florida, where should you go?

There's something to be said for the convenient nightlife in South Florida. Whether you're hitting a high-class club in Miami, dinner on the water in The Keys, or getting cocktails in Fort Lauderdale, you'll be able to find amazing places but a stone's throw from your neighborhood. 

Miami

Bar - Blue Martini

Treat yourself to the top shelf at this upscale cocktail lounge. The martinis here are to die for, and their signature Blue Martini cannot be missed. As it's located in the Town and Country Mall, it's easy to get to both by car and public transportation, or even a nice walk. Wednesday is Ladies Night for those of you wanting to have a night out with your gal pals. A treat here is with six or more in your party, you will receive a complimentary flute of champagne. 

Nightclub - LIV

South Beach is undeniably the neighborhood with the hottest night life in Miami. Be prepared to rub shoulders with celebrities and the Who's Who of South Florida. Hotel bars and clubs have really come up in the city, and none more so than LIV, the opulent, trendy, and VIP inviting at the Fontainebleau Hotel. Dance the night away in style with great music.

Restaurant - Smith & Wollensky

Eating by the water, especially in Miami, is a treat and a half. So really go for it at this perfectly situated and chic steakhouse on the southernmost tip of Miami Beach in South Pointe Park. Not only will you be dining on some first-rate cuts of meat, you'll have gorgeous sunset views over the ocean.

Fort Lauderdale 

Bar - WILDER

Sophistication is the name of the game at this distinguished establishment mixing some of the very best libations out there. Choose from one of its three rooms: the cocktail bar, the terrace for stunning views, or the great room for parties and social hors d'oeuvres. This old-world establishment will whisk you away, the perfect recipe for a truly wondrous night out in South Florida.

Casino - Seminole Casino Coconut Creek

You could head out to the clubs in Fort Lauderdale, but we recommend spending a night at one of the many casinos in the city. This stylish and classy casino is filled to the brim with entertainment options for a true night out. It's home to 2,000 Las Vegas-style slots and over 70 live table games such as baccarat, poker, and blackjack. Check out these discounts available in the area if you’re traveling with friends or family.

Restaurant - Bistro Mezzaluna

One of the finest Italian restaurants in the city, you'll be wishing you could eat everything on the menu. Their cellar has a particularly good selection of wines and the new piano bar will make a classy accompaniment to your meal.  Nestled between Lauderdale Harbors and Port Everglades, Bistro Mezzaluna is a perfect choice for those with boats after a day at sea.

Key West

Bar - Sloppy Joe's

Ostensibly Key West's most famous bar, this isn't a super classy establishment, but is it undeniably Key West. E joy a beer and live music from their legendary stage. Everything gets played here, from country, to blues, to rock n' roll. And you'll have lively company, as everyone sings along at Sloppy Joe’s.

Sunset on the Beach - Sunset Pier

There's nothing quite like walking from your home in Key West to the beach to see the sunset. Tons of bars and restaurants hug the coastline with glamorous views but make your way to the famous Sunset Pier for the unequaled gaze at the colors that makes Key West what it is: paradise on earth. Grab a seat at one of the iconic pastel stools, order a lobster roll from the nearby Ocean Key Resort, and take it all in. You deserve it.

Restaurant - Alonzo's Oyster Bar

If you live in Key West, you have to come here, not only for the 50% off appetizers and drinks from 3:30 - 6:30 PM every day, but also just for the stunning views. We also recommend the oysters Rockefeller with a refreshing ginger mojito.

South Florida is home to amazing neighborhoods packed with everything to make a great night out. Regardless of where you live, you'll be able to find a way to celebrate in and around your neighborhood. For those who have recently moved to Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and The Keys, we welcome you to South Florida. You're going to love it here.

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

 

 

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.


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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

Vacationing in Palm Beach Florida

by Michael Goldberg



Screen Capture courtesy of JetBlue

The Palm Beaches Provide a Wonderful Change of Scenery

Millions of Brits, Canadians and Northeastern Americans flock to South Florida every winter to enjoy its fantastic weather, nature, scenery, recreation, beaches and dining experiences. And it's not just old people coming here now. The homebuyers stats shows newcomers are younger.

While huge numbers head to Orlando each year to enjoy Disneyworld, they may be forgetting that a unique experience, perhaps more genuine and relaxing getaway awaits them in Palm Beach. What makes Palm Beach a more pleasant alternative for your Florida vacation is the beautiful beaches, waterparks, zoos, shopping, scenic drives, spectacular golf clubs, and incredible selection of award winning restaurants.

A Change of Scenery in 2017

While not suggesting that Disneyworld and Miami aren't worthwhile experiences, it might be that those too familiar destinations might not deliver the relaxation and rejuvenation you need in the late winter months. Your spirit, energy, purpose, and health might be waning right about now. 

A short vacation to Palm Beach might bring some surprises including the novelty and new experiences you actually need.  Your travel consultant may suggest a change too. Change is good.

From visiting our classic world renowned hotel resorts steeped in Florida history or to venues such as the Lion Country Safari in Loxahatchee, and the 2 huge waterparks in Palm Beach County , your family won't miss out on too much of the usual Florida vacation excitement.

Even Lion Country Safari has a waterslide now, so if the kids want to stay cool and have a blast, a waterpark, beach or swimming pool facility is nearby.

 

 

Florida's economy is expected to accelerate at a faster pace than the nation's for the next four years, becoming a $1 trillion economy by 2018, said University of Central Florida economist Sean Snaith in his latest forecast -- from a report in the Sun Sentinel .

 

Is Moving To Palm Beach Florida the Right Decision?

Yes, this is where the possibilities get interesting. While I'm not doubting the quality of your life in your home town, change can be a very good experience for you and your family. Not only can you open your career to some exciting possibilities down here, your kids can participate in a different type of private school system that will give them untold advantages throughout their lives. Change by itself, has powerful positive effects on people's lives.

Excellent Private Schools Make a Big Difference

The advantages for your kids in terms of inspired living, high quality education and growth support may be the pivotal reason you'll choose living in Palm Beach County. You've worked hard to build an advantage for your kids, but sometimes geography plays a bigger role in the quality of their lives. And there's no telling where they'll move when they grow up (very likely South Florida, because population growth is strong here. 

There is a growing high tech and startup culture here that is driven by the large numbers of very wealthy residents in Boca Raton, Wellington, and Palm Beach. As you might expect, many of the nation's largest health care companies are located here.

Quality of Life in Palm Beach

Naples on the Gulf side of South Florida is rated as a higher quality of life, yet it's more for retirees rather than young families with a good future ahead of them. Being an hour away from Miami has economic advantages. And Florida as a whole is seeing its economy grow strongly lately.

If you weigh the quality of life factors against Orlando, Tampa, Miami, or Panama City, you'll see how Palm Beach County wants for very little. Admittedly, this area is for a wealthier home buyer. If you're an entrepreneur, it is the perfect spot for connecting with wealthy business partners, financiers like St. James's Place, and other influencers.  It is rich with people like CEO Brazos Minshew

If you'd like to rent a condo in Palm Beach, check out VRBO for available rental units and other vacation deals. This might be more functional for you if you're going down to check out homes and condos while you're here. And see JetBlue's Florida vacation packages.

South Florida: The In-Place to Be in 2017

Whether it's equestrian estates in Wellington, or Luxury homes in Boca Raton, or luxury condos in Palm Springs, we know the properties and communities here.  We have plenty of experienced agents assisting in buying and selling of Palm Beach County real estate. We've got the coast covered from Royal Palm Beach through Boca Raton and Palm Beach Island right down to Hollywood Fl. You can discover more about our Florida offices here

If you're considering buying property here in South Florida, or will be relocating all the way from Arizona to the Palm Beach, Wellington or Boca Raton area in future, I'd be happy to help you learn more about the real estate market here and how to get the best results.

Please call or text me now.

Michael Goldberg
United Realty Group
1035 S. State Rd. 7

West Palm Beach FL 33414

561-231-0021

 

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Make your first call to Mike about homes for sale in Palm Beach, homes for sale in Wellington, and homes for sale in Boca Raton. Mike's experience in these communities is great asset at a time when luxury homes in Palm Beach along with upscale condos are difficult to find. Work with Mike to find the ideal property for you and your family, and enjoy the lifestyle you want.