January 2008
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Welcome to our January edition of Neighborhood News, your community forum for sharing valuable local information, Real Estate trends and other fun and useful tidbits.   Once again it is time for our Restaurant Survey and ContestWe invite you to send us your own restaurant review and tell us what you liked about the food, ambiance and service.  Be sure to include the restaurant address and phone number.  All participants will be entered in a drawing for a very special dining gift certificate.  This past year has seen an explosion of new restaurants in our area and we all need your input to find the best bets.  Click here to send it to us.  Good luck and be sure to read Vicki Slotnick's review of Suite 225 in this issue.  
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Real Estate Trends
BallenIsles Sales
102A Palm Point
In spite of dire newspaper articles and a lackluster market, BallenIsles continues to enjoy a healthy turnover of properties and a comparatively low inventory of 90 homes for sale.  Sales for the month of December number 6.*
BallenIsles - December Sales
ADDRESS                     BR              BA       SALE PRICE
393 Isle Court               3                3            525,000 
36 Laguna Terrace         3                3            500,000
121 Sunesta Cove Dr.    4                4.5         910,000
109 VintageIsle Lane      4                4.5         935,000
115 Windsor Pointe Dr.   3                3.5       1,070,000
107 Windsor Pointe Dr.   3                3.5       1,140,000       
*This representation is based in whole or in part on data supplied by the Realtors Association of the PalmBeaches or its Multiple Listing Services thru 12/31/07.  
To learn more about current Real Estate trends in BallenIsles, click on the link below.
Real Estate Trends      
Restaurant Review
Suite 225 by Vicki Slotnick 

Yeah, yeah, just what we need, another Asian restaurant.  This one's different.  It's been around quite a while and deservedly so!  We eat there quite often, and never get tired of the great food and great service.  And there is plenty of outside dining!  This visit was on another gorgeous night in December, very close to Christmas, when the folks up north were freezing their tootsies off.  We sat at one of the tables under the lighted awning.  We started out with crispy rock shrimp in a spicy citrus sauce, yummy as always.  We also shared a tataki tempura seared tuna with masago, wasabi cream and chili sauce.  It was beautifully presented and just as delicious.  My Dad, 97 years young, proclaimed this place as his all time favorite restaurant.  He ordered the Shrimp tempura dinner served with wonderful tender crisp baby green beans, shredded sautéed carrots, and wonderful mashed potatoes.  My husband and I had our favorite, the crispy whole snapper served with a slightly spicy ginger vinaigrette.  It comes accompanied by a spring roll or summer roll, either one is great.  We couldn't resist trying some of the wonderful side dishes that are offered, brown butter mashed sweet potatoes (easily the best mashed sweets I have ever had), and sautéed baby bok choy crisp yet tender, and wonderfully fresh.  This place has some great desserts.  My husband ordered one of them in secret since he knew I would object.  When the brownie came out, I caved.  Vanilla ice cream, a beautiful sweet strawberry, and some wonderful chocolate sauce accompanied the brownie.  The place has some great salads, lots of other wonderful pan Asian starters, some good looking noodle dishes, tempuras, a very unusual sushi and rolls menu, even some poultry, pork and beef items for the landlubbers.  Check it out... this restaurant is so worth the 1/2 hour drive.  Suite

225 is located at 225 East Ocean Avenue in Lantana.Their phone number is 582-2255. Reservations are recommended.

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