October 2008
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Real Estate Trends
Restaurant Review
102A Palm Point 
Laura Cole & Tana Gaskill
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Welcome to the October edition of Neighborhood News, your community forum for sharing valuable local information, Real Estate trends and other fun and useful tidbits.   Autumn is here, temperatures are cooling and our snowbird friends are returning.
This month we feature another fabulous restaurant review by Vicki Slotnick.  Many of you are already fans of Zuccarelli's Restaurant in West Palm Beach.  Vicki reviews the newly arrived branch in the PGA Commons where Off the Vine used to be.
Please let us know if you have any ideas or suggestions for upcoming newsletters and of course don't forget to VOTE!
Laura & Tana
2-4 PM
226 Coral Cay Terrace                   
160 Sunset Bay Drive
Real Estate Trends
BallenIsles Sales
102A Palm Point
BallenIsles had a slightly quieter month than usual in September with 4 recorded sales.  Inventory remains stable with 92 properties currently on the market for sale.  This is proportionately lower (properties for sale as a percentage of total homes) than many of our neighboring country club communities.*
BallenIsles - September Sales
ADDRESS                     BR            BA       SALE PRICE
245 Coral Cay Terrace    3               2            300,000
112B Palm Bay Drive      2               2            480,000
115 Island Cove Way      4               4            580,000
18 St. George Place        4               4.5       1,450,000
*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 10/04/08.  
To learn more about current Real Estate trends in BallenIsles, click on the links below.
Restaurant Review
Zuccarelli's by Vicki Slotnick

PGA Commons West
We watched for the opening of the new Zuccarelli's for several weeks with patience and anticipation, and its here, at last!  We were greeted by Olympia, the "hostess with the mostest" from their West Palm location.  The atmosphere was inviting and seemed to be jumping with activity and conviviality.  There is a great bar and dining outside as well as inside.  The decorating reminds me of those comfy old South Philly Italian eateries of my earlier days up north, only with a bit more panache.  They still include a salad with all entrees, but the salads were a bit more updated than the salads at the original place.  They were the tri colore greens garnished with very sweet little grape tomatoes and sliced red onions.  A basket of crusty Italian bread was promptly put on the table as well.  So good for soaking up all the wonderful sauces!  Our busboy was young and inexperienced but he obviously was trying hard to be good at his job.  Our friends had baked lasagna (for him) which he declared as wonderful.  He left not a dab of anything and never offered me a taste.  She had a sole sautéed francese style which looked wonderful.  She, too, never offered me a bite.  But then, when it came to sharing, my husband and I took the prize!  I had chicken marsala which was, as always, amazing, tender and moist with Zuccarelli's chef's usual skill with sauces. Eddy ordered veal saltimbocca, his favorite.  This dish was the best; just the way its name implies, a bit of a salty treat for the mouth.  The entrees also came with a side of pasta, the portion a bit skimpy in size.  Meat sauce on your pasta is $8.00 extra and don't even think about substituting veggies for the pasta side.   That said, we will be back for sure!  Zuccarelli's has been around a long time and is just what our neighborhood needs, a welcoming unpretentious atmosphere, great Italian food, still a good value, and good service. Give them a try!
Featured Property
226 Coral Cay Terrace
226 Coral Cay 
This lovely 3 bedroom 3 full bath home is located on the BallenIsles North Golf Course.  Features include a large master bath with sunken tub, oak wood floors throughout the main living areas and a spacious, open floor plan.  The neighborhood pool is literally steps away.  Well priced at $399,000 unfurnished with furnishings negotiable.