Posts Tagged ‘Admiral’s Cove homes’

How we sold 190 Commodore Drive…..Twice!

May 13th, 2011

Problem #1: This property, a Mustapik new construction just off the 11th tee and NOT on the water, was listed for 1214 days by another realtor.

Lichtenstein Solution #1: Find the buyer.

Result #1: We did, and a successful sale. 🙂

Problem #2: Shortly thereafter, the buyers missed their close friends in Vero Beach and felt they had made a mistake. They called us, told us they had already purchased another home in Vero Beach, and asked us to resell their home. What we were to learn shortly thereafter was that their interior decorator had moved out all of the valuable artwork, accessories, bedspreads, etc., and took them to Vero and left us with an unappealing shell.

Lichtenstein Solution #2: We were quite shaken when we discovered this, called the owner and told him that his interior designer had just reduced the value of his home by $500,000! We strongly recommended that we call in our interior designer and come up with a budget to make the home extremely attractive so that a buyer would have to do nothing more than bring their wardrobe and toothbrush.

The owner gave us the go-ahead and both Jeff and Cary were intimately involved in the process of staging this house for sale. Combined, we have over 40 years of experience in the fabrics business, attending furniture shows twice a year, designing for and selling to over 400 furniture manufactures annually. Decorating for us is a great change of pace and we know instinctively how to make a house have universal appeal.

We timed our open house for December 1st when most of the snowbirds were visiting to get maximum exposure.

Result #2: We received an offer within 11 days and closed 2 weeks later so the new owner could have it for the season. Not only did we sell it, but we achieved $500 per square foot for property NOT on the water. It was a high price for a home NOT on the water, but it was also new construction, fully furnished, so it was a fair price for both the buyer and seller.

Billions For Madoff Victims!

December 19th, 2010

The area from Palm Beach Gardens to Jupiter and Jupiter Island has long been known for big money and I post frequently about it. You can see it on display everywhere from the exotic cars to huge sport-fishing boats and the country clubs. In fact, the estate of an Admirals Cove resident recently made a gift of $10 million to the Jupiter Medical Center in the largest single gift ever. His son lives in a nearby waterfront estate where the tax bill is $50,000 per year.

And now with Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan moving into the area, we are getting big celebrity money. But the big money, the really big money is on the island of Palm Beach across from West Palm Beach. The yachts moored there run well over 150 feet and come from all over the world.

And the big money on Palm Beach lives along Ocean Boulevard.  Donald Trump has his Mar-a-Lago club there, John Lennon owned a home there, the old Vanderbilt estate, and Rush Limbaugh has his compound on the north end. The house Trump sold for $85 million was on Ocean Boulevard, too.

So when it was announced that the estate of one of Madoff’s victims was giving $7 BILLION to help other victims, it came as no surprise that Jeff Picower lived on Ocean Boulevard. The tax bill on his $24 million, 18,000 square foot home is over $200,000 per year. Picower drowned in 2009.

I’m glad that he did this, not because he had anything to do with the Ponzi scheme, but rather I ask what good will it do him now? As the accountant said to the reporters when they asked him how much money John D. Rockefeller left behind, he answered, “He left it all.

Cold Weather Is Good For Citrus!

December 8th, 2010

We have had some really cold weather here in the Palm Beach Gardens and Jupiter area for the last couple of days. Now, in all fairness, we are not dealing with lake effect snowfall that they get in Buffalo, or the mountains of snow that they have in Tahoe, but nevertheless, when you live in sunny, South Florida, temperatures plunging into the 30’s are a big deal. Although the skies are clear, playing golf and hitting the beach will have to wait. This cold weather never lasts more than a day or two.

We had a hard frost in Jupiter Farms for the last two nights and of course the farmers in the western part of Palm Beach County are really worried about their crops. Even the national news is reporting on the strawberry farmers covering their crops with a sheet of ice to keep the temperature from dipping below 32 degrees on the fruit.

Along the coast, though, we have some good effects from the cold weather. First, it makes the sailfish bite. And since we are a fishing capital, this is a good thing. In fact, Stuart, a town just to our north, calls itself the ‘Sailfish Capital of the World’. Pictures are being posted on Facebook this morning of fish being caught.

The other good thing is that the cold weather turns the citrus sweet. Until we get some really cold weather, they aren’t good to eat. Cold Weather Is Good For Citrus! So now we will have fresh citrus earlier than last year. And we have plenty of citrus. Take a look at this shot below.

This picture was taken at one of my listings in PGA National.  This tree is right in their backyard and is loaded with naval oranges.

So, tonight the temperature will only be in the 40’s before warming up some more tomorrow.  And once again golfers will be calling for tee times and the parking lots near the beach will be filling up.

Jupiter and Tequesta homeowners enjoy affordable family dining at Park Avenue BBQ Grill

November 6th, 2010

When I’m in the mood for BBQ ribs and/or chicken, Park Avenue Grill with its 11 locations throughout Palm Beach County is one of my favorites. Our home is in Admirals Cove and their Tequesta location at 236 US Highway 1 just north of the Jupiter Lighthouse past Jupiter Island is a 10-minute drive. I like my ribs (which are never frozen) and chicken charred, but not burnt. Charred brings out the best flavor. Service is outstanding. If they don’t get it perfect and I want it a bit more crispy, they put it on the grill until it’s right – no questions asked. They have 3 BBQ sauces, Mild, Hot and Stupid. You need a firehouse for the stupid sauce. My wife likes the salad, corn, and other veggies. They have a Sunday special of all you can eat chicken for $9.99 + 2 sides + cornbread/garlic bread. The prices are downright friendly and I can take my kids and grandkids for a real affordable meal, including tip. Plus everyone is happy! Park Avenue BBQ Grill can be reached at (561) 747-7427. Pickup and delivery are available. Happy eating!

144 West Village Way | Admirals Cove | Jupiter Homes For Sale

November 2nd, 2010

144 W Village Way - Front Aerial View

144 W Village Way - Aerial View

Panoramic expansive lake views with golf directly across makes for magnificent scenery at 144 West Village Way in Admirals Cove in Jupiter, Florida. This perfect 3BR, den and upstairs loft is wonderfully open & spacious because of the volume ceilings and being situated on a choice lot with the most desirable south, southwest and eastern exposures. The floorplan has great flow with each room having a spacious size, creating easy comfortable living. A great room with combined informal dining takes advantage of the lake and golf views. Volume ceilings, crown molding, and porcelain tile adorn and flow into the kitchen & extended family room. An open kitchen with tray ceiling, gas cooktop and pantry is sensational for social gatherings. Lots of counter space, island, and large breakfast area are great for buffet and open onto the family room and courtyard for entertaining. The master suite is a perfect oasis taking advantage of the views. The master bath has a bidet, His & Hers commodes, Jacuzzi, and a dream California closet. Pocket doors lead to an added study to gather your thoughts. A second master suite upstairs gives a separate domain with huge loft office complete with built-ins. The separate guest home is spacious and has kitchenette and fridge to keep company coming. The huge courtyard is private and has lots of covered loggia area and sun on the pool & spa. A back covered loggia lets you enjoy the best of Florida nature as you look upon the lake and fountain and watch the golfers from afar. Extras include hurricane film, added A/C storage in a 2-car plus golf cart garage, central vac, Nutone, circulating hot water, and plentiful parking at the end of this dead end street.  All for an unbelievable price! Jupiter homes for sale