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Real Service... Real Results                                         January 2012 
  102A Palm Point
Laura Cole & Tana Gaskill
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Dear ,
Mid-January already!  The holiday season just flies by in a flurry of festivity, parties, and family visits.  Time to slow down a bit and savor the good life. 
Once again we feature a mouth-watering review from our favorite resident gourmet critic, Vicki Slotnick of the eclectic, yummy Sunset Bar & Grill. 

And of course, keep up with Real Estate Trends and property news from BallenIsles with our 2011 sales overview.

Have fun you all!
Laura & Tana

JANUARY 15th, 2-4PM
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2011 BallenIsles Sales Summary
 102A Palm Point

BallenIsles is definitely holding its own in this less than stellar Real Estate environment.  Inventory has grown slightly to 113 properties currently on the market and 2011 ended with 62 properties sold.  Prices have come down substainially.  Buyers have taken notice and know that the best time to buy is NOW.  


Click here to See all 2011 Sold BallenIsles Properties  Want to learn even more about current Real Estate trends in BallenIsles, click on the links below.


                                      BALLENISLES SALES -DECEMBER
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*This representation is based in whole or in part on data supplied by the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches or its Multiple Listing Services thru 01/05/2012.  

FEATURED PROPERTY                  

305 SB - pool

305 Sunset Bay Lane
This home pack a lot of WOW with truly awesome lake views, 3 bedrooms and 3 full baths.   Immaculate and bright, features include open Great Room plan, a heated pool, private expansive lake views, clear plastic hurricane panels, designer appointments, and large kitchen with breakfast bar.  Great price, great views, great home!
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Sunset Bar & Grill reviewed by Vicki Slotnick

Walking into this place gave us a really good feeling right away. It's warm and woodsy, homey, quite funky, and very casual. There are loads of colorful oil paintings on the walls all by the same figure artist, Debra Kerly who once lived in the neighborhood. Had they been for sale, I would have been inclined to buy a few! We were shown right to our table...the only round table for six nestled in a cozy corner and away from the maddening crowd which was nowhere to be seen this quiet weekday night!  The place is very well kept and clean for an old building and you have to experience the ladies room!


They have a bar at which one can have a meal as well as an outdoor patio. The lunch menu has a nice variety of homemade soups, salads, and sandwiches, but we were there for dinner. The menu makes a point of telling you that all salad dressings are made in house and there are daily specials.  Each day brings another specially priced "come on" to get you in the door including live music on Saturday nights.

We shared a few appetizers, one standout being a special that evening of sacchetti in sage and brown butter sauce. The "pillows" of cheese stuffed pasta were sublime in texture...pillows is the only word I would use. It reminded me of a so, so, soft down pillow. The part that disappointed me was the brown butter and sage sauce...not enough of that nutty brown butter and crispy fried sage to taste like anything much. Oh well... Eddy had a very pretty and crispy fresh house salad and other Eddie had a grilled veggie gazpacho, which he pronounced a 9 out of 10. We had a hilarious ten-minute dissertation about the bread (after all, bread is the staff of life!) Then there was a revised rating on the gazpacho: "outstanding"! Other Ed kept refilling his martini with olives. They have served him about 12 olives already.


Eddy's red snapper arrived with a ginger cilantro sauce. Most entrees were served with a nice variety of vegetables; Laura had black and white sesame seed-crusted tuna, served in a big hunk. It was ordered very rare, but came over-cooked. There was a grilled mahi-mahi that Elaine did not love...she was eyeing Eddy's snapper. I had sunset crab cakes, tasty but very mushy, mostly filler. (I was searching hard for some jumbo lump crab, to no avail.) There was another 5-minute discussion on the vegetables and the bread. The baby green beans were tasty but too soft and more grey than green...was it from being roasted or over-cooked???? The carrots were "baby, cut by machine to look like baby carrots, but not really babies. You know, you've seen them in plastic bags in the super markets. Rodney's duck was beautifully crisp, lean, a tad dry, and a beautiful mahogany brown with a yummy sweet sauce on the side.


There was a nice variety of house made desserts. We shared a couple of excellent desserts. The chocolate bread pudding was awesome.  A gold brick sundae was unremarkable, however. Prices were reasonable. Service was very good. The consensus on the place averaged about an 8.5. You be the judge.


2500 Broadway

West Palm Beach, FL