Archive for April, 2011

932 Augusta Pointe Drive | Augusta Pointe at PGA National

April 21st, 2011

Wonderfully bright & sunny home on a large corner lot in prestigious Augusta Pointe at PGA National. Volume ceilings, skylights, and lots of sliders let the light come in. Great floorplan is perfect for entertaining, with formal dining, living and family rooms. Updated kitchen with convenient breakfast nook with built-in window seat. Large master on the 1st floor with walk-in closet and two guests rooms and an expansive loft area on the 2nd level. Newer carpeting throughout. Spacious private screened patio with Jacuzzi tub is wonderful for enjoying the Florida sun. 2-car garage and easy maintenance make this the perfect spot to relax.

932 Augusta Pointe Drive

134 Monterey Pointe Drive | Monterey Pointe at PGA National

April 19th, 2011

Charming Monterey Pointe home with stunningly upgraded kitchen, granite countertop & backsplash, top-of-the-line with custom molding and pull-out drawers. A great floorplan with formal dining, powder room, open living area and master suite on the 1st floor. All overlooking a very private screened-in patio with electric remote-controlled awning to keep the afternoon sun out; gas BBQ hookup. 2 guest bedrooms, a full bathroom & large loft area make the 2nd floor a perfect place for company to relax. Accordion shutters featured throughout, decorative brick driveway, lush landscaping, and a 2-car garage with lots of extra storage.

134 Monterey Pointe Drive

11751 Elina Court | Old Palm

April 16th, 2011

In most minds, Palm Beach’s architecture is inextricably connected to Addison Mizner, who began designing there around the end of the First World War. By mixing sources from Moorish Spain, Renaissance Italy and 18th Century France, he created a style that was all his own.

For this house, both the architect and clients looked not so much to Mizner’s exuberant houses as to the more restrained work of Maurice Fatio, the Swiss-born American architect who designed numerous local houses in the 1920s and 1930s for such clients as Harold S. Vanderbilt and Joseph E. Widener.

The owners wanted it to be elegant but not opulent, with rooms that have both warmth and grand proportions. As is typical of Palm Beach houses, there are cast stone columns, balustrades and urns. They wanted to make sure they respected both authenticity and good design.

The Elina House was formerly owned by avid art collectors with fabulous taste. As you enter the two wooden entry doors, one glance to the left reveals their taste is art. This replica of  Charles Bell’s 16 Candles, renamed ‘Marbles’, is the prized possession of the father of ‘photo-realist art’, Louis Meisel.

The furnishings are done by an award-winning interior designer. They are all brand new and at retail would run in excess of $200,000. High-end manufacturers such as Hickory, Century by Larry Laslo, Swain, and Kravet adorn the interiors, and Brown Jordon the outdoor, pool and entertainment areas.

Entering the living room, one is immediately drawn to a wonderful clock sitting on the stone-clad fireplace. As your eyes move forward, the exquisite tropical landscaping and the pool and water features in the rear of the home become apparent. These water features cost the owners in excess of $150,000 when the home was built in 2006. One notices the perfect balance the furnishings add to this open floorplan.

The whimsical nature of the owners is evident in their library with matching desks, his with his passion for his mythical mistress, ‘Wonder Woman’, and her with her perfect husband, ‘The Man of Steel, Superman’.

Continuing into the master bedroom, overlooking the tropical pool and water features, the owner’s whimsical taste turns romantic, with a print of movie econ Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol directly above the headboard of this 4-poster bed. The elegantly-appointed marble master bathroom and closets make this master suite perfect.

As one exits the rear onto the loggia, you can see how grand the outdoor area truly is. The large pool, lounge areas, and rear water features truly make this a spectacular family/entertainment area.

Overall, this single-story Elina house has a footprint of 4,888 square feet, 4 bedrooms and 5½ baths. There is a covered loggia area immediately off of the family room, French doors throughout, impact glass, 3-car garage and a circular paver drive. All of the living spaces have Saturnia marble and each bath has both marble floors and countertops. The kitchen has granite countertops and a world of space for the gourmet chef of the house. There is an exterior kitchen as well for outdoor BBQs.

53 Edinburgh Drive | Marlwood Townhomes at PGA National

April 15th, 2011

This open 3 bedroom home is remodeled & situated on a cul-de-sac just minutes from the PGA Resort. The renovation takes advantage of light and opens up the main living area into a great room. Marble floors, brick fireplace, 2 skylights & wide-open pass-thru from the kitchen and foyer make this home inviting. Newer kitchen appliances & raised ceiling open it up to the family/great room. A centerpiece atrium is lush and pretty. The master is spacious with remodeled bathroom, Jacuzzi tub, and California walk-in. 2 guest rooms will keep company coming. Florida outdoor living is enjoyed on the oversized, screened lanai with southern exposure. A replaced roof, fixtures, and newer A/C keep costs low. 2-car garage and a short walk to the pool make 53 Edinburgh Drive in Marlwood Townhomes at PGA National just perfect.

53 Edinburgh Drive | Marlwood Townhomes at PGA National

Connecticut Snowbird Rules

April 14th, 2011

Connecticut Snowbird Rules

Before I was in real estate I used to travel to Connecticut when I worked in the textile industry. The city was beautiful and the people were awesome. However, I enjoyed visiting in the summer as winters were miserable. The highlight was the architecture which is much more traditional in nature than Florida. However, it was much more enjoyable visiting Florida between October – April!

It’s no wonder why we have such a huge Connecticut snowbird population in the Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens area. Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens are about 50,000 each in population; not too small and not too overpopulated make Connecticut residents feel right at home in our area. Jupiter has land directly on the Atlantic Ocean while Palm Beach Gardens is a few minutes away, with North Palm Beach and Juno Beach directly on the Atlantic. Downtown Palm Beach is 20 minutes away and Boca Raton is 40 minutes south. Tons of golf courses, boating, seafood restaurants, and fabulous beaches make this area paradise.

Atlantic Ocean at Jupiter Inlet Park beach

Golfing Heaven!

Here are 5 essential tips a Connecticutian needs to know if you are considering a move to Palm Beach County, Florida.

1. AS-IS Contracts Versus Traditional Residential Contract For Sale And Purchase
The definition of AS-IS in Florida means you have a negotiated period of time (usually 10 days) to cancel without penalty. A sales purchase contract means the Seller is responsible for certain repairs. However, you can’t cancel this contract at your sole discretion. Make sure you know which contract you are signing. Read more
2. Time is of the Essence
There are no binders. The closing day is the settlement day. We have no “On or About” clauses. If you don’t close on settlement day, be prepared to lose your deposit and be responsible to close anyway.
3. Taxes
Forget what the current owner is paying in taxes. Homestead owners (Florida resident who lives 6 months + 1 day per year) gets $50,000 off their tax base. Plus, their taxes can only go up 3% a year. What the current owner is paying now is irrelevant. As a rule of thumb, figure 2.0% to 2.1% of the assessed value. The taxes you see in the property records are usually based upon 85% of the assessed value.
4. Do’s & Don’ts
Mold, termites, hurricanes, and alligators. There are lots of things that will affect resale. All of these are items you need to be aware of that can affect the resale ability of your purchase. Mold is natural and usually can be dealt with. Termites are native to Florida and I’ve never seen more than $3,000 damage in over 450 sales. I recommend a separate inspection for each. Impact glass or accordion hurricane shutters give great peace of mind and will keep insurance costs low. I can help find vendors for installation or for insurance quotes if need be. Yes, alligators do live here. Don’t swim in lakes and don’t feed them. They are afraid of us and attacks are highly uncommon. There is a much better chance of Goldie hurting you on a roundabout than an alligator attack.
5. Mandatory Golf Membership Clubs
Many country clubs have mandatory club membership dues & fees. These can range from $4,000 to $275,000 for initiations. It’s important you know what the development’s rules are before you fall in a love with a home. Country Club Cost Comparison

If you’d like to learn more about the area, our city community pages have video tours of the city. Community pages have videos and write-ups about every development. Our Florida Real Estate Search page lets you put in your criteria. Look for an oceanfront condo, golf community home, or just a quiet home near the beach. If you have any questions, I’m just an email away at jeff@JeffRealty.com or directly at (561) 346-8383. While we don’t have those famous Connecticut Farmers Markets, our seafood cevices and frozen margaritas under the Florida sun will make you forget those miserable Connecticut January days!

Jeff Lichtenstein is originally from Chicago and has been a Realtor in Florida since 2001. Jeff’s wife, Veronica, Sam, his 13-year old son, and Jade, his 8-year-old daughter have resided in Jupiter ever since.