Archive for June, 2012

2003 Captains Way | Admirals Cove | Jupiter

June 27th, 2012

The present owner spent over $200,000 a few years ago renovating this upstairs unit at 2003 Captains Way in Admirals Cove in Jupiter. Fabulous soaring ceilings and views of both the navigable waterways and golf course. The dock (4A-A) and lift are situated so there are no fixed bridges between it and the Atlantic Ocean, a real plus for any boater. The kitchen has been totally redone with new cream-colored cabinets together with black granite, stainless steel sinks, and first-class ebony appliances. Both the master bedroom and guest room have new wood flooring. Both bathrooms have new cabinets and marble throughout. No detail was spared. The balcony overlooks the water leading to the Intracoastal just 2 minutes away. Admirals Marina and clubhouse are a short walk from the property.

2003 Captains Way

2003 Captains Way - Backyard View

116 Monterey Pointe Drive | Monterey Pointe at PGA National

June 17th, 2012

Sensational golf views bolster this charming & immaculate Monterey Pointe home situated on a quiet cul-de-sac in the gates of Eagleton at PGA National. The quaint paver-brick driveway and walkway lead you to your oasis. This home features a great, open, light & spacious floorplan with voluminous ceilings. The wood plantation shutters add a touch of elegance. The kitchen includes lots of storage space, an open bar, and desirable gas appliances. Relaxing golf views make the master bedroom the perfect place to unwind & recharge. Guest rooms and den are spacious and perfect for hosting family & friends. The den can be used as a 4th bedroom. The loft area is a nice touch. The screened patio is a perfect spot to watch the passing golfers & enjoy the outdoors. Includes a 2-car garage & desirable eastern exposure.

116 Monterey Pointe Drive

116 Monterey Pointe Drive - View from backyard

Christie´s International Real Estate Quick Facts

June 8th, 2012

When it comes to luxury real estate, Christie’s International Real Estate is far and away the most important network to be associated with. Only homes with values of over $1m can be included. With an average sales price of $3.8m and a network of over 31,000 associates, it is by far the “must exposure” for homeowners looking to achieve maximum selling results. Christie’s, in fact, has double the percentage of properties over $1m and almost three times the number of agents across the globe as Sotheby’s.

Extremely high net-worth clientele get introduced at the shared auction house at 20 Rockefeller Plaza. Salesrooms from all over the world (Amsterdam, Dubai, Geneva, Hong Kong, London – King Street, London – South Kensington, Milan, New York, Paris, and Zürich ) give Christie’s International Real Estate the reach to find the correct homeowner lifestyle profile that other pretend affiliates do not have access to.  Below are some quick facts on why this exclusive network that only Illustrated Properties in this region of Palm Beach County has access to is so critical to achieving top value in a sale.

Quick Facts
Impressive numbers illustrate a wide-reaching network of local experts

1st Quarter 2012
The Christie’s International Real Estate Networkƒƒ

  • 119 affiliated brokerages
  • 1,074 offices
  • 31,964 sales associates
  • 40 countries
  • Acquired by Christie’s in 1995
  • The only real estate network owned by a fine art auction house
  • Admittance to the network is by invitation-only to companies with proven records of success in high-value home sales
  • Affiliates must also exhibit a commitment to the auction house’s two-century-old tradition of exceptional client service

Web Statistics for

  • Average property price on US$3.8 million
  • Percentage of properties valued at US$1 million and above: 94%
  • Number of properties valued at more than US$10 million: 592
  • Number of countries with active listings: 40
  • Average number of monthly visits: 117,518
  • Unique visitors per month: 76,594
  • Monthly average of click-throughs from Christie’s site, 6,540

Top Real Estate Sales

15 Central Park West Penthouse
New York, New York
Closing Date: February 2012
Sale Price: US$88,000,000
Brown Harris Stevens Residential Sales
The Manor
Holmby Hills, California
Closing Date: July 2011
Sale Price: US$85,000,000
Hilton & Hyland Real Estate
Villa Cattaneo
Lugano, Switzerland
Closing Date: March 2011
List Price: CHF30,000,000
Wetag Consulting Immobiliare
top listings
Château El Masr
Cologny, Switzerland
An exquisite Neo-Tudor style Castle
Price Upon Request
Société Privée de Gérance
Historic Fifth Avenue Apartments
New York, New York
The Manhattan apartments of late copper heiress, Huguette Clark
Brown Harris Stevens Residential Sales
Palatial Residence on Place des Victoires
Paris, France
Magnificently restored 17th-Century mansion
Price Upon Request
Daniel Féau Conseil Immobilier
Playa Barrigona
Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Mel Gibson’s 500 Acre Tropical Retreat
Plantación Properties

What A Seller Needs To Do To Be Prepared For The Walk-Thru

June 7th, 2012

I was horrified the other day when a client selling his Mirabella home told me what he was planning to do for closing.  Not only did he plan to have the movers finish up on Friday at 5pm, but he had no cleaning crew on hand.  I said time out and gave him 3 essential pieces of advice…

1.      Time

Everything needs to be done EARLY. If all is in order with the buyer, pre-sign your closing papers and move out the day before.

Pre-signing prevents an unforeseen situation where you miss signing.  If an emergency happens and you can’t be there, it could let the buyer out of the contract.  Don’t laugh; I represented a Buyer once who wanted out of a contract.  The Seller was rushed and got there after 6 PM.  The deal ended up falling apart!  Pre-signing also is more comfortable because you don’t have to sit at a round table with the Buyer making small talk.

Closing dates are best set on a Tuesday-Thursday.  Papers tend to not be on time on Mondays and wires sometimes come too late on Friday.

Moving out the day before or early the day of closing lets the buyers do a walk-thru prior to the last minute.  If there is a problem, better to address it when there is time to solve it rather than at the last minute.  The last minute usually means a cancelled deal or you have to throw money on the fire to put it out.

2.      Clean

Spend $75-$100 and give the Buyer a nice presentation.  This was your home sweet home and the Buyers are paying a good deal of their money to make this their home.  Clean the counters, vacuum the floors, wash the windows.  Make them happy about their purchase.  No one wants to walk into a dirty hotel room, let alone a dirty house.

3.      Champagne

Spend $25 bucks and buy them a nice bottle of champagne with a little note wishing them the same happiness that you have had.  The gesture will be appreciated.  Also, if a problem arises or you need a favor from the Buyer down the road, it will be much easier to grant if you are on great terms.


Jeff Lichtenstein is a homeowner in Egret Landing and markets Palm Beach Gardens homes for sale and Jupiter real estate.