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Real Service... Real Results                                         October 2011 
  102A Palm Point
Laura Cole & Tana Gaskill
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Restaurant Review

A sure sign of Autumn in Florida: less humidity, car trailers and the return of absent friends!    

Once again we feature another mouth-watering review from our favorite resident gourmet critic, Vicki Slotnick.  Be sure to read her marvelous review of Russell's Blue Water Grill.

And of course, don't forget to keep up with Real Estate Trends and property news from BallenIsles.

Have fun!
Laura & Tana

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Time to Sell?


If you've strongly considered selling your home, only to recoil from the notion after hearing the constant drone of doom and gloom about the nation's housing market, it's important to remember this:  All real estate is local.  There's no such thing as a "national" housing market. Only thousands of individual markets-and sub-markets-each wholly dependent on its own unique set of circumstances and local economic drivers.


It goes without saying that the past few years have been a major challenge for would-be sellers in our market.  In a nutshell, there were too many properties for sale with too few buyers confident enough to step up and make a purchase; much less consent to the overly-inflated prices of a bygone boom.


So the market has spoken.  As a result of the corrective pricing measures it demanded-which got underway here much sooner than in other markets-SouthEast Florida appears to be a recovering market. 


In particular, BallenIsles has not only weathered the economic storm with its inherent desirability in tact, but dollar-for-dollar has broken through with some of the best buying opportunities around.  Now when you decide to sell, your outlook for success is vastly improved-provided the property is competitively priced and in reasonably good repair.  


With many distressed properties still in limbo while their paperwork is verified, it remains to be seen how their steady return to the market will affect overall prices.  In the meantime, thanks to the growing shortage of available properties, now is one of the most opportune times in recent memory to list your home with the reasonable expectation that it will immediately attract the scrutiny of buyers hungry for new listings.  Moreover, priced competitively, well located and conscientiously maitained, it has the potential to fetch an offer closer to its original asking price. 


Year to date we have participated in closing 13 properties in BallenIsles alone!  Talk to a us today.  Pricing is sensitive to many different factors so be sure to get a consultation on the RIGHT price for your home because these are the properties that are selling. With buyers now fully-infused with confidence there's no reason why you can't act just as confidently. 


                                      BALLENISLES SALES -SEPTEMBER
ADDRESS                                             BR     BA       SALE PRICE   MARKET TIME

111C Palm Point Circle                     3     3.0         $450,000            56

105 Windward Drive                        3     4.0         $340,000           196


*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 10/06/2010.  

To learn more about current Real Estate trends in BallenIsles, click on the links below.


FEATURED PROPERTY                  

127 Emerald Key127 Emerald Key view

127 Emerald Key Lane
Enjoy breathtaking sunset and water views from this 3 bedroom, 3 full bath home.  Amenities included extensive crown molding, exceptional floor plan, central vacuum, water filtration system, central surge protection, summer kitchen, and newer a/c, water heater and appliances. Centrally located and close to all BallenIsles luxurious facilities.  Call us, to view this desireable home!
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Russell's Blue Water Grill reviewed by Vicki Slotnick

Immediately upon entering Russell's Blue Water Grill, we were greeted by Russell and his cordial hospitality. The restaurant is quite a large space, but is unobtrusively inviting. It is divided into a large dining area on the right and an equally large area with a bar and booths on the left. Both offer a view of the trendy open kitchen so you can see and feel that energy. You should feel comfortable whether you are dressed to the nines or wearing jeans.


On our most recent visit we again had Alex as our waitperson. He has a great sense of humor (which one needs once our group starts the ordering process!) He's very efficient, asks all the right questions to have the best shot at "getting it right", and he is prompt! Blue cheese stuffed olives came out with my husband's martini and Alex remarked that they were stuffed with love! In addition to the aforementioned olives, a plate of cocktail accompaniments arrived with the drinks: a fresh summer salsa, truly fresh ingredients (not preserved), and crispy, crunchy, salty "thingies". No one could identify them but they were yummy. Maybe they were fried pastry????


With our appetizers we were served a nice variety of warm freshly baked rolls. Laura and I shared a roasted beet salad with watercress, Belgian endive, tomatoes, goat cheese, candied pecans in citrus-honey balsamic vinaigrette. It was well balanced, not "over the top" with any one particular ingredient. Eddy had a chopped wedge salad that he loved. Rodney had Cognac lobster bisque which I tasted. It was a tad salty, but sublime! Maybe the saltiness was the salinity of the ocean, the lobster's home.


On to the entrees. Both Eddy and Laura ordered sesame seared tuna, sushi grade, very rare, served on a bed of soba noodles, wasabi aioli and sweet soy on the side. Of course I tasted that and went to heaven on the spot. Rodney had pan seared duck breast, served medium-rare with a sour current glaze and asparagus on the side. He gave it 8 out of 10. I would have taken the sweet potato hash that was offered with it too! I had one of the specials that night, grouper francese, but I had it my way, more simply prepared. It was excellent...very fresh, moist and tender. I asked for 2 of their green veggies and got haricot vert and asparagus, both again very fresh and cooked al dente.


We shared one dessert for the 4 of us (more than enough, I might add). It was one of their well-known desserts: chocolate peanut butter pie. Since I'm not a fan of chocolate and peanut butter in my mouth at the same time, I let Laura be the judge of that one. She proclaimed it very good, smooth but fluffy, and not cloyingly sweet nor overly dense...just right and an 8.5 out of 10!


Russell's Blue Water Grill features live music on weekends, special events such as wine tastings, and very hospitable service from beginning to end. Even the partner/executive chef, Charles Coe, came out and chatted with us for quite a while. As the business card says at the bottom..."Great food, innovative prepared, affordably priced, efficiently served". It's all true! This place is very busy in season, and rightfully so. Try it soon!


2450 PGA BLVD. 

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410