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1,900 New Homes Planned In West Boca | Boca Raton Real Estate

new construction in west boca

In the midst of a red hot housing market and critically low home inventory, area developers are seeking to accommodate the influx of people moving to Boca Raton. Florida has always been a premier destination for retirees and semi-permanent vacationers, but in light of the recent global events, Florida has become more than a place to lay back between the swaying palms and avert the state income tax. 

As a response to the overwhelming quantity of new residents moving to Boca Raton, the vast swathes of open farmland strewn across the westernmost reaches of Boca Raton are rife for the picking.

clint moore road and 441 in west boca

Map View of the West Boca Corridor - North of Clint Moore Rd. and West of 441

From Farmland to Housing

“Bit by bit, acre by acre, [farmers] have sold their property to survive and that’s their property and their right. It’s how it goes." says Ellen Winikoff, Vice President of the West Boca Community Council.

With the value of land skyrocketing and the demand for space at an all time high, GL Homes has taken up the mantle as the first to land their bid, developing land north of Clint Moore Rd. and west of State Road 7 (US 441). GL Homes is noted for its luxury developments, such as the ultramodern and sleek Lotus, The Bridges and the noted 55+ active adult Valencia Communities. 

The initial plan is for 1,250 homes. 1,000 will be dedicated single family...

Boca Raton Vegetable Garden | 5 Fall And Winter Vegetables To Plant In Your Garden

fall and winter veggies to plant in boca raton

Boca Raton Real Estate may not be the first place you think of when choosing a place to plant fruits and vegetables. After all, under the bright lights of Mizner Park and amidst the salt spray that pleasantly wafts across the Intracoastal, it's easy to see why some may be confounded when imagining planting veggies in Boca Raton. However, with subtropical climates that yield a balmy, temperate winter season, the hour is almost always nigh to plant something of value here in Boca. During these cooler, more crowded months, it makes more sense to enjoy time outdoors, and away from the throngs of holiday vacationers. Without further ado, here are 5 fall and winter vegetables to consider planting in your Boca Raton garden this year!

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Carrots

These bright orange root vegetables are easier than they may seem! Great for elevated, deep container gardens, their growth ensures a low commitment of space in your garden. If there's anyone who values a square foot of Boca Raton real estate. While we have no issues with adequate sunlight and fresh air during our "wintry" months here in Boca Raton, we'd be remiss if we didn't remind our readers that carrots are very high in beta-carotene, a key component in producing Vitamin A in the body - which keeps the...

Where To Go In 2022 | Boca Raton Makes Bloomberg's Top 25 Travel Destinations

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With 2021 in the rearview mirror and the heaviest throes of the pandemic seemingly behind us, the world is looking to travel once more. While Florida and Boca Raton by extension have remained a beacon of light for those relocating to South Florida or seeking a more resilient community free of lockdowns, it hasn't been all sunshine and roses (ok, maybe it's been close). Bloomberg.com has done an excellent job with their travel blog, identifying 24 other destinations alongside Boca Raton real estate as the places to go in 2022. For our part, we've assembled a few more reasons to join us here in Boca Raton, whether for a quick jaunt, or a lifetime!

what bloomberg had to say about boca raton

We can't call them experts unless they've stayed a week (or three) in our beautiful sunny home, but we're eager to see what their travel team had to say about Boca Raton. Their claim: Boca Raton is suddenly more than a retirement hovel, offering more options for young people to "join their grandparents."

The outsider perspective maybe that Boca Raton is still a retiree-dominated landscape, but their claim that Boca Raton is slowly morphing into an extension of Miami's vibrancy is well-founded. More than just golf courses, country clubs, and high-end shopping, Boca Raton offers more budget-friendly gastropubs, youth attractions, and nightlife in districts like Mizner Park. Furthermore, the meteoric rise of FAU's student population to nearly 40,000 students has led more young people to seek housing closer to the water at spots...

January Events Near Boca Raton | Events Near Me

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Boca Raton is truly a centrifuge for all things, classy, festive, and exciting.  Beyond the borders of our beautiful oceanside city are a great many opportunities to enjoy the vibrancy of South Florida. From family-friendly events, concerts, nightlife, and charity drives, there are always things to do in Boca Raton (and nearby). Here are a few of the many ways our community will gather this January. Get out your calendar and read on! There might just be something special in store for you.

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Party Bus to Sway Nightclub

  • Thursday, January 6th - Friday, January 7th
  • 10:00 PM - 2:30 AM
  • Fifth Avenue Shops - 1954 NE Fifth Ave. Boca Raton, FL 33431

Morton Hospitality once again is ready to light the night for those with a little extra to give. This semi-regular meetup at the Fifth Avenue Shops allows VIP access and safe, vibrant transportation from Boca Raton to downtown Ft. Lauderdale, where one of Broward's preeminent nightlife destinations awaits. For a minuscule entry cost, skip the line, the gas pump, and the uber queue and get straight to the party!

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Think & Grow rich 2022 annual accountability meeting...

New Years Eve Events | Where To Go On New Years Eve In Boca Raton

New Years Eve Boca Raton

New Year's is here! With 2020 firmly in the review mirror and the reintegration of normalcy a constant effort through 2021, we're thrilled for the upcoming 2022 New Year! For Realtors, we expect a year of booming markets, a major movement, and continued prosperity. For the rest of us, there's plenty to be pumped for as well. Read on to find out where the best New Year's Eve events, parties, and exclusive reservations can be found throughout the area.

Boca Dunes Golf & Country Club

Boca Dunes New Year's Eve Celebration

  • Where: The Boca Dunes Golf & Country Club - 1400 SW 65th Avenue. Boca Raton, FL 33428
  • When: 7:30 PM - 12:30 AM 
  • Cost: $149.95/per person

The Boca Dunes Golf & Country Club is thrilled to unveil their special evening at their prestigious clubhouse, featuring live tunes from their in-house DJ to complement a 5-hour open bar replete with fine cocktails, wines, and on-the-rocks options. With your ticket comes a meal to remember, featuring a vast selection of small plates and hors d'oeuvres to complement the main course of filet and marinated shrimp skewers.

new years at the wick theatre

The Wick Theatre 2022 New...

Boca Raton Holiday Boat Parade | Know Before You Go

boca raton holiday parade

What's better than the holidays? For family, we come together and share our love for one another. For singles, it's cuffing season. For charities, it's giving season. We simply can't get enough of the joy, cheer, and goodwill that this time of year seems to bring. Perhaps the only thing better than the holidays, are the holidays planned properly. We all have memories of the holiday cliches: missed flights, dad's standing with their arms crossed and an open trash bag ready for gift wrap, the neurotic planning that goes around dinner, and even the ridiculous Black Friday bonanza. Simply put, Santa makes a list, checks it twice, and so should you before you come.

The 47th Annual Boca Raton Holiday Boat Parade is on! Here's what you need to know.

When?

Saturday, December 18th. 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Where? 

The parade begins at the Delray/Boynton Intracoastal. Boca Raton viewers will be attending the parade at Red Reef ParkSpace is LIMITED! Plan accordingly.

parking

Parking opens at 4:00 PM sharp. Arrive early for choice parking. Ridesharing/carpooling is highly encouraged. Space will be limited and open to first come first serve. Bike racks will be provided for the many incoming cyclists we expect to attend the parade as well.

Seating

Limited bleacher seating will be available. Feel free to bring your own chairs and blankets for a closer view of the water. Click HERE for a map of the seating and...

Where To See Christmas Lights | Christmas Lights Near Me

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Without further ado, we're happy to share the many beautiful displays of Christmas lights & holiday cheer found around town and nearby! Read on and click the links to see where your family should consider attending this holiday season. 

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Holiday Fantasy Of Lights

  • Tradewinds Park & Stables - 3600 W. Sample Rd. Coconut Creek, FL 33073 
  • Monday, December 6th - Sunday, January 2nd. 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Tradewinds Park, renowned for its versatility in our community, has served children and families of all ages for decades. From its numerous athletic pitches, 5K pathways and the impressive Butterly World, Tradewinds in nearby Coconut Creek has been a boon to our community for years. Each December, ending in early January, the Holiday Fantasy of Lights displays over 3.5 miles of Christmas lights and animated displays.

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Christmas With...

December Events In Boca Raton | Holiday Events In Boca

Boca Raton Events In December

Boca Raton can't claim to fit the traditional holiday vibe: peppermint candies, snow-swept meadows and towering coniferous forests. However, what our city lacks in North Pole energy, we make up for in every which way. It's days like these that the weather politely reminds us of the many reasons people move to Boca Raton. Learn more about the upcoming December events as we turn our calendar and ready ourselves for a riveting holiday season!

palm beach vegfest

PALM BEACH VEGFEST

  • Saturday, December 4th. 11 AM - 5 PM
  • Mizner Park Ampitheater - 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL 

The Palm Beach Vegfest saw its nascent stages take place further north in Palm Beach proper, with today's iteration perfectly suited for the vaunted Mizner Park Ampitheater space. The VegFest is part trade show, part food festival, with vegan food trucks, product presentations, and even live games and performances. Far from exclusionary, the founders of the event encourage all to attend, especially non-vegans. The exposure means the world to these small, cruelty free businesses, and the event if FREE to attend!

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5 Delicious Fruits Grown In Florida | Florida Rare And Exotic Fruits

5 rare and exotic fruits grown in Florida

As America's only subtropical climate, Florida has the lone benefit of growing some of the most exotic fruits & vegetables found anywhere in the world. Much like our state plays host to some of the most extreme and distant equitorial invasive species, we also enjoy the upside of such a unique clime - fresh fruits and vegetables! Florida is fortunate to grow fruits with origins in East Asia, The Middle East, Caribbean, Africa, and Latin America. Warm weather climates often play a role in increased biodiversity, so while you're searching for your new Boynton Beach home, be sure to consider venturing out and trying these 5 exotic fruits found almost exclusively in Florida!

ripe jackfruit on the tree

Jackfruit

For those who've never seen them, Jackfruit is one of the most alien looking fruits one could imagine, and they might be the heaviest. These harshly spiked dinosaur eggs often far exceed the size and weight of watermelons, and look more like they would be flung from a catapult than eaten at home. Jackfruits are harvested at both young and ripe stages, with the unripe flesh serving as a go-to meat substitute in vegan dishes such as "pulled jackfruit," giving the perfect consistency to match tender shredded meat. When ripe, these goopy yellow pods are the direct source of flavor for Juicy Fruit gum! Be wary when prepping on your own, however, as these delightfully...

Thanksgiving In Boca Raton | Giving Thanks From Champagne & Parisi

Champagne & Parisi Thanksgiving Gratitude list

We'd be lying if we weren't a little excited for the end of this work day and the moments ahead with our friends and family. Thanksgiving is the ultimate opportunity to take a much needed break while the holidays ramp up, and the antecedent to when the holidays truly begin. We think its a sin to watch our local craft store skip straight from pumpkins to peppermint. In honor of Thanksgiving and the many special people we have to thank, the Champagne & Parisi Team has assembled our official (way too short) gratitute list. We wish we had the words to thank everyone, but we'll start with these amazing contributors to our tremendous 2021. THANK YOU!

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Our Champagne & Parisi Agents

We wouldn't be a real estate brokerage without our team of 100 agents - all of whom are family to us. In our years of service to our community, we've seen our fair share of Realtors come and go. We couldn't be more thrilled with this team of hardworking, intelligent, and perhaps most importantly, compassionate Realtors we've assembled through the years. Our team looks out for each other as much as they do for our clients, and the success we've built upon...

Thanksgiving Dinner In Boca Raton | Where To Go On Thanksgiving

thanksgiving dinner in boca raton

What an interesting couple of years it's been, especially for holiday logistics. Not everyone will have their family pile in this year, and not everyone wants to be saddled with three days of cooking and cleaning. Fear not! These incredible Boca Raton restaurants offer pre-fixe, a la carte, dine-in, and take-out options to keep the labor off your plate and the good food on it!

thanksgiving turkey

Farmer's Table

Once again, Farmer's Table finds its way into our Boca real estate blog. In the past, it's been for their fastidious attention to detail when developing their menu. Their food is delicious and reflects their mantra of "feel-good food" through their selection of ingredients and standard of quality. For a place that deals in only the crispest, freshest, and cleanest - you're sure to win big by choosing Farmer's Table for your Thanksgiving restaurant.

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Veterans Day 2021 | A Tribute To South Florida's Veterans

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This Veterans Day, like all others, we give thanks and honor the incredible sacrifice these brave men and women made to secure our freedom and protect our homeland. We all have family or friends we can turn to and show our support, but today the Champagne & Parisi team looks to honor 5 notable South Florida veterans and shed light on their incredible stories. The Florida Veterans' Hall of Fame was established in 2011 by the State of Florida to recognize Floridians who have shown the values that reflect our greatest veterans during their service and in their communities afterward. Their website is a wonderful resource into the tales of valor and commitment to service that may not have made our textbooks. Today we give thanks - here are 5 members of The Florida Veterans Hall of Fame that we are humbly grateful for!
Robert White, Florida Veterans' Hall of Fame member

ROBERT WHITE

Sergeant Robert White served the United States Army during the Vietnam War. His motto "keeping the promise" kept him (literally) on track as he's carved out a remarkable career as both a serviceman and civilian. Sergeant White has spent over 40 years counseling veterans on their mental health, as a licensed counselor with an M.S. in Psychology, among other academic plaudits. His unyielding advocacy for veterans, particularly in the area of mental health has seen...

Boca Raton Rental Homes | A Boca Real Estate Investors Guide

tips for boca raton rental investors

Whether looking to live full time, seasonally or simply invest in our explosive Boca Raton housing market, there are significant factors to consider when making your investment - especially as a landlord. Our rising prices, prime real estate, and a seemingly unyielding quantity of new candidates flocking to rent your home are substantial contributors to our overall buyers' boom. Still, there are many unique challenges that we face in our Boca Raton real estate market. Here are 5 of those challenges, as part of our rental home investor's guide, learn and adapt - as we've done over the years in South Florida.

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Consider Flood Insurance

Hurricane Andrew was our (no pun intended) watershed moment. Building codes were updated, new preparedness measures were adopted, and the entire real estate market was forced to adapt from breaking ground to final sale. A plurality of South Florida real estate from Homestead to the Palm Beaches is less than 30 years old, with much of it post-dating Hurricane Andrew's landfall in 1992. With wind damage largely mitigated, we now turn our attention to some of the most deleterious elements of hurricanes, and our summer storms in general - flooding. Whether it be a massive storm or days of ongoing subtropical downpours, did you know most homeowners insurance doesn't come with flood coverage? This simple, specialized insurance could save...

5 Avoidable Factors That Devalue Your Home | Boca Raton Real Estate

5 things that devalue your home

Compared to other investment opportunities like the stock market or cryptocurrency, real estate is the most reliable, dependable, and longstanding. Despite the still substantial risks and high upfront cost, the physical backing of a manmade structure provides you with all the collateral you'd need to back your initial and ongoing investment. It's important to know what factors increase or devalue the price of your home. Some seemingly innocuous choices can have longstanding ramifications. These are 5 avoidable things that can devalue your Boca Raton home if you're not careful.

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Neglected Exterior

We're sure that much like your dating profile, the home you've listed on the market has more than meets the eye. However, that first glance, that initial impression, is a massive determinant of action or inaction. As Realtors, we put a major emphasis on our headshots, clothing, and general disposition. Much like ourselves, our homes are a reflection of who we are. If we choose to neglect the exterior and detract from the curb appeal, we are only harming ourselves, and forcing otherwise interested parties into a hard pass.

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Outdated Kitchens

The kitchen is one of the most significant...

November Events In Boca Raton | Things To Do In Boca

November Events in Boca Raton

It may have been a sweltering summer, but on this fresh, beautiful November 1st morning we're all reminded of why so many choose to spend their lives in Boca Raton. Whether spending a weekend, a season, or a lifetime, Boca Raton is certain to provide a vibrant slate of family-friendly and adult events alike. For our part, we've put together a list of some of the many November events in Boca Raton to check out. See below for the details!

Boca Police Athletic League | kids playing baseball

Boca Raton Police Athletic League 30th anniversary celebration

  • Where: The Addison of Boca Raton, 2 East. Camino Real. Boca Raton, FL 33432
  • When: Wednesday, November 3rd. 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

The Police Athletic League is a renowned nationwide organization known for its congealing effect on communities. The PAL uses the community-building impact of sport to uplift families, prevent juvenile crime, and develop stronger ties between the police offers who patrol our neighborhoods and the people who live amongst them. Join the Boca Raton Police Athletic League to celebrate 30 years of community bonding and athletic endeavor!

Allie's Rally | men playing rec tennis on blue court...

The Top 4 Cost Estimator Tools | Boca Raton Real Estate

4 of the best online cost estimator tools

You'll never truly know the value of your home until an in-person appraisal is undergone. A full walkthrough and boots on the ground with an appraiser that knows the area is the surest way to know you're getting a solid valuation of your Boca Raton home, townhome, or condo. However, without an appointment, time allotted, and often a hefty fee, you won't know much without finding an easier way to track your home value.  We often weigh ourselves without knowing our exact body fat percentage, so in applying this same logic, get an educated guess on your home's current value through these powerful home cost estimator tools!

Eppraisal

eppraisal logoEppraisal offers some of the most user-friendly data aggrandizement found anywhere online. Without entering so much as an email, you can freely obtain powerfully pertinent information that'll give you a solid estimate of your home value - without the deluge of marketing emails. Eppraisal offers prices on homes, details on homes solid nearby, refinancing rates, and more. For no commitment and no hassle, you can learn a great deal about your home value, or the true value of the home you're seeking to buy.

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5 Cons Of Homeowner Associations In Boca Raton

HOA's seem to be a mainstay in many of the upscale Boca luxury homes and condos found in every zip code through town. While they hold many merits, maintaining the civility and presentation of your neighborhood, HOA's can often be overbearing and expensive, requesting fees for services you may not agree with or want at all. We shared the 5 reasons to consider a Boca HOA neighborhood. In this article, we'll discuss the many drawbacks of the HOA system in Boca and abroad.

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The Fees

HOA's keep so many things in line, you'd often think it was worth the cost of the sometimes high fees to live in an HOA regulated development. HOA's often employ landscaping, pest control, and security, among other key upkeep personnel as part of your fees. For many the value of an HOA sits in the prospect of paying a monthly stipend and watching these otherwise individual responsibilities go away. For others, however, the lack of choices, independence, or simply the desire to cut costs and handle their own labor is taken away and replaced with an uncomfortable fee.

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Restrictive Regulations

Much like the above, HOA's tend to have strict regulations that can often border on the ridiculous. Many homeowners find that the height of your hedges...

Pet Friendly Home Guide | 4 Tips To Make Your Boca Home Pet Friendly

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Having pets can be the greatest joy, but sometimes our daily lives don’t necessarily mesh with our little friend’s needs. Boca Raton homeownership offers the best of everything for pet owners. From pet-friendly condos to Spanish  Being a pet parent requires some research if you truly want your pet to be able to enjoy their home as you do. With some little tips and information, you won’t need to worry about their well-being, giving you the peace of mind you deserve. Unfortunately, sometimes mistakes happen, and going outside or to work is when trouble strikes. These 4 pet-friendly tips can make your home the ideal living situation for both you, and your little sidekick.

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Pets Need Help As We Do

Pets, like human beings, are privy to all sorts of physical complications. The older your pet gets, the worse things get. Providing your fur child with special furniture to snuggle on the couch with you will make your baby happy. With the aging process, many four-legged variants struggle to leap onto the couch, or simply leap down. Spines, hips, arms, and legs can suffer some aging blows, but with the right set of pet stairs or ottoman, your animal can move to and from with ease. Aged pets aside, younger pets become overzealous and want the attention of their owner, prompting them to make dangerous leaps. With this simple solution, your pet won’t run...

Halloween Events In Boca Raton | Boca Raton Halloween Fun

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It's mid-October and Boca Raton is ready to celebrate the welcome breeze and cooler days ahead. With no leaves to watch fall and plenty of heat through the winter months, Boca Raton's real estate landscape doesn't carry the same autumnal gravitas that many communities up north naturally benefit from. For that reason, our fall festivals, Halloween events, and haunted houses are a celebration of our community. With the people, not the foliage, setting the tone for fall - here are a handful of the best and most popular Halloween events in Boca Raton.

Halloween at the Addison Boca Raton

Halloween At The Addison Presents "Raising Spirits"

  • October 31, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • 2 Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432

The Addison is one of Boca Raton's premier venues for weddings, private parties, and events such as the Halloween "Raising Spirits" brunch planned for the midmorning and early afternoon of the day itself. This family-friendly brunch has become a mainstay of the Addison, often coinciding these special events with holidays such as Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas among others. There will be plenty of exciting activities to keep the kids busy, and for the adults, their five-star cuisine and unlimited bloody marys should keep the fun going from end to end!

pumpkin patch festival | various pumpkins and gourds...

The Best Pho and Ramen In Boca Raton | Where To Get Pho In Boca

the best pho and ramen in boca raton

Boca Raton has long been renowned for its trendy cocktail bars and exquisite cuisine. Thanks to South Florida's position as one of the biggest trending real estate markets in the country, people from around the world venture to visit and take residence in our beautiful beachfront community. Thankfully, their flavors tend to follow! Asian noodle bowls like the Japanese ramen and Vietnamese Pho have taken root in our hearts and carved their place in our local cuisine. Check out 5 of the best places to get pho and ramen in Boca Raton today!

Kapow Noodle Bar

pho in black bowl topped with greens

This trendy pan-Asian restaurant sits at the heart of Mizner Park, and seems to always be full of happy customers. Formed from a triumvirate of South Florida restauranteurs, this comic-themed contemporary Asian restaurant brings the vibrancy of South Florida to the modern twist of pan-Asian cuisine. Specializing in small plates, noodles, and shareables - Kapow is one of the most fun places to enjoy pho and ramen in Boca Raton.

Basilic Vietnamese Grill

ramen with corn and soy base

Perhaps the most purely Vietnamese place to get pho in Boca Raton, Basilic has a longstanding tradition of being one of the foremost East Asian restaurants in Boca Raton. Situated off U.S. 1 in the Mizner Park area, this unassuming tan-painted corner restaurant has...