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Real Service... Real Results                                            March 2010
  102A Palm Point
Laura Cole & Tana Gaskill
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Restaurant Review
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BallenIsles Sales
 102A Palm Point
Four properties closed during the month of February bringing the total to date for 2010 to 7.   Inventory is slightly up but remains at at a relatively low 108 properties for sale.  It's still all about pricing.  Buyers are very attuned to the marketplace and absolutely refuse to be taken in. They know they have choices and are prepared to move on to the next opportunity if the numbers do not make sense. 
ADDRESS                                            BR              BA       SALE PRICE
105D Palm Point Circle                            3               3          299,734
1146 Crystal Drive                                 4               4          475,000
220 Coconut Key Drive                           4               4.1        870,600
132 Grand Palm                                     5               5.2     1,320,000
*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 3/7/10.  
To learn more about current Real Estate trends in BallenIsles, click on the links below.
        207 Coral - LR              207 Coral - patio      
207 Coral Cay Terrace
This courtyard home is open and airy and would make an ideal vacation home.   Recently painted and with new carpets.  Features include a lovely golf course view, a large screen enclosed patio, great room, expanded kitchen with breakfast bar.  Any level of Club membership available, minimum social membership required.
Lola's Seafood Eatery 

Here's to another winner recently opened right in our own backyard!  Down at the other end of the small strip (housing Joseph's Classic market) is a really good place to grab lunch, fast if you want.  You can grab dinner too, but don't expect fine dining. Just expect great seafood and stuff.  We "grabbed" lunch one Saturday afternoon, vowing that we'd eat lightly since we had reservations for some fine dining that evening.  You may be able to eat lightly, but not me...I had to taste and finish everything (on my plate as well as on my friends' plates). walk in...the place is decorated in the "clean and functional" style.  You get on line.  You read the menu signs overhead just like in the fast food joints, you give someone your order, you sit down at a clean and comfortable table, and then that's where the similarity to a fast food joint ends.   In no time at all, you've been served this really good food!


L. and her daughter shared a couple of plates:  fried belly clams which they declared were wonderful.  If you order the basket, you get wonderful cole slaw, bottleneck fries, or salad and a dipping sauce.  You can have your fish or seafood in a cone if you prefer, with only the dipping sauce.  They also shared a LOLA'S salad with sweet sea scallops, baby mixed greens, Italian tomatoes, corn salsa, dried cranberries, "crispi" noodles, and topped with an orange basil vinaigrette (more about that vinaigrette later).  C. said the scallops were as good as any she's had anywhere: sautéed beautifully browned on the outside and soft, sweet, and moist on the inside.  J. had the lobster roll sandwich, one of four New England favorite roll sandwiches on the menu.  It was served on the traditional bun, grilled, with the bottleneck fries and coleslaw. It was loaded with large chunks of very fresh lobster meat and a delicately seasoned mayonnaise, so good in very traditional Cape Cod way...the best I've tasted in years.  I had the soft shell crab salad on arugula, with walnuts, feta, corn tomato salsa, "crispi" noodles.  Wherever the menu said "corn tomato salsa", that meant fresh corn kernels and fresh ripe tomatoes.  I asked for my salad with the orange basil vinaigrette.  What a good idea!  After having this delicious slightly sweet, green, slightly viscous dressing on my salad, I then proceeded to dip everyone's leftover bottleneck fries in said dressing/dipping sauce!  The fries were wonderfully crisp and well seasoned and they were absolutely divine dipped into the dressing.  


Needless to say, it's hard to get the flavor of the place with one lunch, but there is a nice selection of other stuff to try at another visit...a large selection of fried seafood, several sandwiches including fish tacos, a raw bar selection, the aforementioned rolls, a very nice variety of salads, even a few hot entrée of the sort you might want at dinner time, sweets such as beignets, crème brulee, and brownies.  To top it all off, they have imported and domestic beers, and wines by the glass, the bottle, and even champagne splits.  They even have a few different brands of bottled water for those of you who don't drink the 2010 Palm Beach brand of filtered tap water.  This one's a "we'll be back"! 

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