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Real Service... Real Results                                         September, 2010 
  102A Palm Point
Laura Cole & Tana Gaskill
  (561)        (561)
 776-4429    776-4444
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Real Estate Trends
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Great Escapes
Summer is coming to a close and it's still sizzling in Florida.  There is a lot happening at BallenIsles with the Clubhouse renovation (think blue and cream) well underway and the project to enlarge the Fitness aerobics classroom about to start.  Most everyone seems willing to put up with a bit of inconvenience to attain the most desirous country club community in South Florida!!!!
Laura & Tana
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BallenIsles Sales*
 102A Palm Point
You can see the doldrums of summer reflected in the number of properties sold (and closed) in the summer months.  This does not mean that there has been little activity.  We have  been busy taking new listings and getting ready for the return of Buyers in the Fall.  The economy looks more cheerful.  With prices and mortgage rates at record lows and pent up demmand for second homes, we could be looking at the most optimistic season in several years.  BallenIsles should shine with the new Sport Complex and renovated Clubhouse. 
ADDRESS                           BR   BA        SALE PRICE         MARKET TIME
115 VINTAGE ISLE LANE    5    5.5        $700,000                  366  
160 SUNSET BAY DRIVE    2    2.5        $230,000                  768
1144 CRYSTAL DRIVE       4    4.0        $515,000                  111
112 COCONUT KEY CT.     3    4.0        $453,500                  223
106 PEMBROKE DRIVE       3    3.0        $475,000                  614
*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 09/09/2010.  
To learn more about current Real Estate trends in BallenIsles, click on the links below. 
FEATURED PROPERTY                  

Lovely renovated courtyard home with sweeping golf course and lake views.  Stunning gourmet kitchen with "top of the line" cabintry, granity counter tops and stainless steel appliances.  Other features include extensive crown molding, gorgeous landscaping and paver stone drive, courtyard and patio. 
Call us, we can sell your property!

GREAT ESCAPES                      jupiter lighthouse
Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse
The Jupiter Lighthouse, our proud lady of the Inlet with her sweeping tower of red brick, visitors can take the Tower Trip climbing the winding 105 steps in the oldest structure in Palm Beach County. Although it doesn't stand on a rocky cliff by the edge of the sea, as the northern ladies of the coast, our Lighthouse does stand on a natural hill of shell and marine sand about 41k feet With submerged reefs and sandbars causing innumerable ship-wrecks over the years, Congress in 1853 finally appropriated approximately $35,000 to erect "a first-order lighthouse," to mark the reef lying off the Jupiter Inlet and act as an aide to navigation. The Indian war raging across Florida contributed to cost overruns as the final expenditure ran over $ 60,000 at the time of completion in 1859. Although construction began in 1855 a series of delays --Indian attacks and "Jupiter 'Fever" ran up the cost during the Third Seminole War.
It wasn't long however, before the light at the lighthouse was interrupted by the Civil War. In August of 1861, a "band of lawless persons visited the Jupiter Inlet" Lighthouse, and "removed there from the illuminating apparatus." Exactly what they took was never known, but the light remained unusable for the rest of the war. The lighthouse returned to operation on June 28th, 1866. In 1928 electricity was brought to the tower. 
In 1994 the Loxahatchee Historical Society started public tours of the lighthouse.
In 1999-2000 a $850,000 restoration of the tower was done and it made one of the oldest structures in Palm Beach County look as good as it had looked in the past. During this restoration covered shells and pottery fragments were discovered on the hill near the base of the tower which are believed to be all that remains of a Native American colony, dating back to around 700 AD. 

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum offers climbing tours of the landmark 1860 lighthouse. The waterfront Museum in the newly restored WWII Barracks building offers its local history exhibit, Five Thousand Years on the Loxahatchee. Outdoor exhibits include the Tindall Pioneer Homestead & Pennock Plantation Bell. Also available are a museum store and programs include a free history lecture series, sunset tours, children's programs, weddings and special events.
Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 10am-5pm, last lighthouse tour at 4pm.
Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum
500 Captain Armour's Way
(561) 747-8380