February 2008
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Real Estate Trends
Local Theatre
Laura & Tana
Laura Cole & Tana Gaskill
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Welcome to our February edition of Neighborhood News.   We continue to request your feedback on local restaurants.  We need your input to compile our 2008 Restaurant Best Bets.  All participants will be entered in a drawing for a very special dining gift certificate.   
Also, in this issue is an wonderful piece by Gayle Jacobs highlighting Palm Beach Dramaworks, a local theatre group of distinction. 
BallenIsles was the featured community in the Home Life Section of the Palm Beach Post on January 26th.  We include a link to this marvelous article below.
Real Estate Trends
102A Palm Point
January was an inactive month in BallenIsles with no recorded sales.  This is a good opportunity to summarize some interesting  statistics.
Number of Homes Sold                                56
Lowest Sold Price                            $   350,000
Highest Sold Price                           $2,875,000
Median Sold Price                           $   775,000
Average Days on Market                           195
Number of Homes Listed                             94        
Lowest List Price                            $   350,000           
Highest List Price                            $3,750,000
Median List Price                            $   899,000
Average Days on Market                           161
*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 2/7/08.  
To learn more about current Real Estate trends in BallenIsles, click on the link below.
Real Estate Trends      
Local Theatre
Palm Beach Dramaworks by Gayle Jacobs 
Started in 2000 with a budget of $20,000, this small company is a success story!  The present budget of close to $1 million is without debt and their current space of 5600 square feet is bursting at the seams.  Because the space seats only 84 theatergoers, the number of performances has been increased by 33% from last year alone.  The plays produced are so well received that there are now 2100 season subscribers and productions will be seen by 16,000 very fortunate theatergoers this season.  In seven short years, Dramaworks has been nominated for 35 Carbinell Awards (the "Tony" of South Florida) and has won numerous other awards.  Dramaworks is currently looking for a bigger and better facility to accommodate its patrons and improve its technical capabilities.  Almost all shows sell out.  "Agnes of God by John Pielmeier can be seen February 22 - April  6 and "Benefactors" by Michael Frayn from April 25 - June 15.

322 Banyan Avenue, West Palm Beach (561) 514-4042  

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Featured Property
24 St. Thomas
One of the most spectacular homes in BallenIsles was built by renown Turtle Beach Construction.  Outstanding craftsmanship and refined finishes abound.  Features include an exceptional outdoor living space with reflecting pools, free form pool with fountains, multi-level patio, gazebo with complete summer kitchen, bar and cabana bath and private gardens.  Inside, gracious living continues with a gourmet kitchen with top of the line appliances, light wood cabinetry and a large center island.  Sumptuous marble floors with inlays, elaborate ceiling details and grand master suite complete this extraordinary property.
Listed - Richard Halpern, Illustrated Properties
Sold - Laura Cole & Tana Gaskill, Illustrated Properties