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Newsletter                            November, 2014


Welcome back to all our snowbird and snow flake friends.  We so love greeting returning friends and neighbors.  Everyone seems to have had a good summer is ready to go for the Florida season!  

This month we feature in our special Things to Do, the fabulous turn of the century wonder, the Flagler Museum.  Learn all about this marvelous property and the man who brought the railroad to Florida.  Its a a perfect outing that will take you and visiting friends and family on a gracious, historical journey back in time!
Wishing you and your family a bountiful Thanksgiving.
Laura & Tana

Featured Property
142 Banyan Isle Drive

Awesome lake views from this truly spectacular property with remodeled kitchen and master bath. From the moment you enter through the leaded-glass double doors you know you are at home. Details such as saturnia floors with marble inlays, extensive crown molding, tray ceilings, elegant window treatments, sconces and light fixtures set the mood. The new kitchen has glazed alder wood cabinetry and top of the line appliances including Viking stove, Sub Zero refrigerator, microwave drawer and Fisher Paykel 2 drawer dishwasher. This former Kingston model has impressive features such as a separate powder room, heated pool and spa, summer kitchen, screen enclosed loggia, tiled 2.5 car garage with enormous storage, and accordion hurricane shutters. The gracious master suite has a sitting area, his and her baths, and 3 large custom outfitted closets. This tasteful, updated home has elegant furnishings negotiable. Golf membership purchase required.


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Things to Do
Flagler Museum 

When it was completed in 1902, the New York Herald proclaimed that Whitehall, Henry Flagler's Gilded Age estate in Palm Beach, was "more wonderful than any palace in Europe, grander and more magnificent than any other private dwelling in the world."   The 75-room, 100,000-square-foot Gilded Age mansion was a wedding present for his wife, Mary Lily Kenan Flagler. The couple used the home as a winter retreat from 1902 until Flagler's death in 1913, establishing the Palm Beach season for the wealthy of the Gilded Age.

Today, Whitehall is a National Historic Landmark and is open to the public as the Flagler Museum, featuring guided tours, changing exhibits, and special programs.  In addition to touring Whitehall, during the fall and winter months visitors may explore the Museum's changing exhibition gallery which features temporary exhibits on topics related to Florida history and America's Gilded Age. The current exhibition, Kiss the Ocean, about the building of the Panama Canal is of particular note and interest. There are also permanent exhibits on the history of Henry Flagler's life and career and the Museum's extensive lace collection. The Flagler Kenan Pavilion, designed in the style of a 19th century Beaux Arts railway palace, houses Henry Flagler's private railcar, No. 91, and is open to visitors year round.  Built in 1886 for Flagler's personal use, the railcar was acquired by the Museum in 1959 as an artifact of Florida history and an important part of Flagler's story.

Each afternoon the Flagler Museum offers a sumptous tea style lunch, which features an array of delicacies and refreshments reminiscent of the elegance of entertaining during the Gilded Age. Visitors will enjoy a selection of gourmet tea sandwiches, traditional scones, and sweets complemented by the Flagler Museum's own Whitehall Special Blend™ tea, and served on exquisite Whitehall Collection™ china.  Café des Beaux-Arts is located in the beautiful Flagler Kenan Pavilion and provides guests with spectacular panoramic views of Lake Worth.  Advance purchase is recommended for this very special treat.


Call or go online for daily schedule, rates and to purchase tickets.

Henry Morrison Flagler Museum 

One Whitehall Way

Palm Beach, FL  

(561) 655-2833

BallenIsles Sales

The stable and consistent trends in the Palm Beach Real Estate Market aided by low interest rates, consumer and builder confidence, home equity gains throughout the nation, and especially the promise of exciting new inventory entering our market in the next 12-24 months, gives us confidence that BallenIsles's Real Estate Market growth will continue.  The balance of this year should see steady increases in sales, prices and hopefully inventory, which will lead to impressive results during our peak winter and spring sales seasons.


With the tourism season expected to reach record levels and the volume of inquiries we are receiving already showing signs of surpassing last year's high-level of activity, for those property owners considering selling, this is the time for us to be discussing a listing.  The process of getting a property on the market can take a 1-2 weeks so the sooner you start the more chance we have of introducing your listing to the real estate community in time for season.  In addition to the adage "location, location, location," timing is everything!






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*This representation is based on data supplied by the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches or its Multiple Listing Services thru 1/06/14.     
Laura Cole & Tana Gaskill
561.758.8625      561.389.6838

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