Posted by Anthony Carriuolo on Wednesday, August 3, 2022 at 8:00 AMBy Anthony Carriuolo / August 3, 2022Comment
As Boca Raton's most data-driven Realtors, we use our on-the-ground experience and the top-down data we aggrandize to influence our decisions further when aiding our clientele. It's our job to ensure what we see online and what we hear from your guides our hands and helps us lead you to the promised land. Read along for 5 of the most sought-after (and most searched) Boca Raton neighborhoods and find out why!
Boca Pointe is an extremely popular resort-style country club that offers broader access to the community than some of the more exclusive clubs in the area. They feature a year-round social calendar, NO assessments, and an 18-hole championship golf course open to non-residents as well. Their commitment to personal health & wellness continues through their ultra-modern gym, 16 Har-Tru tennis courts, and a recently redesigned clubhouse. Beyond their Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, Boca Pointe is a popular destination for private events such as bar/bat mitzvahs, weddings, and corporate events.
Posted by Anthony Carriuolo on Monday, August 1, 2022 at 8:00 AMBy Anthony Carriuolo / August 1, 2022Comment
It's August! The dog days of Summer are winding down, and the last days of the hottest weather are soon-to-be in the rearview mirror. With most Summer visitors leaving between now and the busy season, it's your time to shine with less traffic and more room to run! Here are some of our favorite event ideas in the Boca Raton area for August.
Where: Above & Beyond Community Church - 7500 E. Country Club Blvd. Boca Raton, FL 33487
When: Monday, August 8, 9 AM - Friday, August 12, 3 PM
The aquatic life is forever intertwined with our coastal, peninsular community. Campers ages 5-15 can enjoy a full week of aquatic enrichment via a variety of boarding mediums - such as kneeboarding, skiing, tubing, wakeboarding, and fishing. For an active way to soak up the sun and learn some riveting new skills, look no further than this clinic on good times and fun on the water!
Posted by Anthony Carriuolo on Sunday, July 31, 2022 at 8:00 AMBy Anthony Carriuolo / July 31, 2022Comment
Florida is a true hotbed of culture, vivacity, and generally high-achieving, energetic people. This is evidenced by our many successful business people, artists, musicians, and yes... athletes. Something about the year-round sun and our place in the world has made the state of Florida one of the best states for young athletes to ascend to stardom. Whether it's simply a question of the population to select from or the lack of a semiannual slog through snow, Florida is responsible for thrusting some of the best athletes the world has ever seen into the limelight. For ten of our favorite legendary Florida-born athletes, read our intriguing list below!
Deion Sanders - Ft. Myers
Primetime! Nobody was louder, prouder, and more electrifying than a prime Deion Sanders. Born in Ft. Myers, Sanders attended college at Florida State University, where he would later be drafted fifth overall in the legendary 1989 NFL draft. In addition to serving as an NFL cornerback, kick returner, and even wide receiver, Deion played part-time as a left and center field for 5 MLB teams across 641 games. To this day, perhaps only Sanders' draftmate, Detroit Lions Running Back Barry Sanders, could claim the title of the most riveting player to ever put on shoulder pads. Today, Deion has wielded his presence as Head Coach of Jackson State University to increase the profile, competitiveness, and ultimately, the funding for both Jackson State...
Posted by Anthony Carriuolo on Monday, July 25, 2022 at 8:00 AMBy Anthony Carriuolo / July 25, 2022Comment
We've enjoyed writing about the many sights, sounds, flavors, and experiences modern Boca Raton has to offer. Lately, we've had the itch to delve into our past and remind ourselves why we live in such a special place - and how we got here. We live in a young country in an even younger state, but we're proud of how far we've come and the outsize impact America has had on global events near and far. These 5 Floridians might not all be war heroes or pro athletes. You may not even know all of their names, but their impact on our state's history, and the world abroad in some cases cannot be understated. Today we honor 5 significant and historical Floridians, their lives, contributions, and the impact we still feel today.
Mary Macleod Bethune (1875 - 1955)
You may have heard of Bethune-Cookman College, one of 4 HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges & Universities) in Florida. This important institution is partly named for the legacy of Mary MacLeod Bethune, a key contributor to education reform, civil rights, and philanthropy in the United States. Born during the Post-Civil War Reconstruction and raised in the Jim Crow South, Bethune never knew the rights and freedoms that her descendants came to realize, but played a pivotal role in setting a new standard for African-Americans, namely through her contributions...
Posted by Anthony Carriuolo on Saturday, July 2, 2022 at 8:00 AMBy Anthony Carriuolo / July 2, 2022Comment
Nobody can deny the strong metropolitan influence that has invigorated Boca Raton in recent years. Much of this new traffic comes from places like New York, New Jersey, and New England - and the shared adoration for musical theater in its many forms. The tri-county area has long served as a bastion for musical theater big and small, with Tony Award-winning plays such as Hamilton gracing our stages in recent years. From Broadway to Boca Raton, here are some of the best places to catch your favorite musical theater acts in the Boca Raton area!
The Showtime Performing Arts center is a two-story, 125-seat theater that specializes in the enrichment and growth of the arts in Boca Raton. They feature 5 instructional studios including both private and group lessons in dance, vocals, musical instruments, and acting. The hard work and dedication from its wonderful instructional staff are put on display through its Fall-Spring season, with live showings during its September - May season. They offer to perform arts camps every season, even including audition preparation lessons.
Posted by Anthony Carriuolo on Friday, July 1, 2022 at 8:00 AMBy Anthony Carriuolo / July 1, 2022Comment
It's (hopefully) as hot as it'll come this year! With temperatures soaring into the mid 90's on an almost daily basis, some of us will run for cover, while others will run to the beach. Besides the events surrounding the upcoming holiday, which you can find in the link at the bottom, what else is there to do during this spicy hot July in the Boca Raton area. For everything not July 4th, read on and set your calendars! Here are the July Events in Boca Raton worth a gander.
Electronic Dance Music, or EDM for short, is one of the most popular genres of music in today's world, especially amongst young people in The U.S. and Western Europe, where techno, house music, dubstep, and heavy bass gained traction. Attendees to this unique take on an EDM festival will enjoy the expected glitter and pageantry shown by the concertgoers with a folkloric twist. Thematic elements will draw inspiration from fantasy, folklore, ancient history, cultural anthropology, and much more.
Posted by Anthony Carriuolo on Friday, July 1, 2022 at 8:00 AMBy Anthony Carriuolo / July 1, 2022Comment
It's that time of year! From Martin to Monroe, here are some of the best July 4th fireworks celebrations planned in the Boca Raton area and beyond. Read our ultimate guide to get your plans set! Each event has varying times covering charges, parking situations, and policies regarding alcohol and outside food.
4th of July Fireworks Cruise - Boca Raton
Where: The Waterstone Resort & Marina - 999 E. Camino Real. Boca Raton, FL 33432
When: Monday, July 4th, 2022. 4:00 PM
Fabulous Fourth Celebration - Boca Raton
Where: Countess De Hoernle Park -1000 Spanish River Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33431
Posted by Anthony Carriuolo on Friday, July 1, 2022 at 8:00 AMBy Anthony Carriuolo / July 1, 2022Comment
Update: AJ has been adopted! Albert still remains. Images have been changed to reflect this development. Albert is ready and as loving as ever. Let's get this guy home!
The "Dog Days of Summer" are truly upon us, and we braved the heat to spend a little time with these wonderful brothers - AJ & Albert! These border collie pups are full of vitality, curiosity, and love. Whether together as a pair or on their own, these boys are ready as ever to meet their new family and find their forever backyard. Even with the energy they possess and under the din of nearby traffic, we were able to follow these boys around and capture the special vibe that each of them possesses. We can't wait to hear the good news. Will you be the one to bring them home?
Posted by Anthony Carriuolo on Thursday, June 30, 2022 at 8:00 PMBy Anthony Carriuolo / June 30, 2022Comment
As the Summer months are fast approaching, the presence of our local flora and fauna will teem in comparison to the more temperate days behind us. New residents and longtime locals alike should exercise caution on behalf of themselves, but most of all for our beautiful wildlife, much of which has become critically endangered via the habitat destruction and poor environmental practices exhibited by several industries in recent years. Read on to learn about 5 endangered species in Florida, and what you can do to care for these beautiful creatures, whether that means doing something different or doing nothing at all.
The Florida Manatee is one of the gentlest, most beloved icons of South Florida. This docile herbivore is often mistaken for a lumbering, slow, creature but in reality, is quite deft at acceleration, capable of reaching 20mph in short bursts, and is only one of two marine mammals without blubber! Contrary to what many think, the greatest killers of manatees are not boats, although it is fundamental to be mindful of your speed in boating channels. Cold water and algal blooms are responsible for the majority of manatee kills, so be wary of how you care for your lawn, and how you dispose of organic materials that may otherwise lead to an excess of nutrients in the water supply.
Posted by Anthony Carriuolo on Monday, June 20, 2022 at 8:00 AMBy Anthony Carriuolo / June 20, 2022Comment
When people think of American Cuisine, many will claim the only real contribution to global cuisine found outside of a ballpark menu can be found in a smoker. Yet, despite the omnipresence of this somewhat condescending opinion, America has taken her "melting pot" approach to cuisine, hybridizing a myriad of influences to form regional fare that is both inspired by its immigrants and wholly its own. Aside from BBQ, Americans can claim Soul Food, Cajun Cuisine, Pizza, and the California Mediterranean Diet as only a small example of our adaptation to global flavors. It is in Florida where our 3-sided access and superb Real Estate have attracted some of the most unique flavors in the country, with several distinct Florida foods found here and little elsewhere. Today we take a moment to answer the question: what are the most iconic Florida Foods? Read on to learn what you should try the next time you order up!
Fried Gator Tail
Fried gator tail isn't as widespread and available as one may think. Even some of the prominent fish houses and seafood restaurants in Boca Raton don't carry this Floridian classic. Known for tasting similarly to chicken with a more chewy, less fibrous texture, alligator meat is high in protein, low...
Posted by Anthony Carriuolo on Saturday, June 18, 2022 at 8:00 AMBy Anthony Carriuolo / June 18, 2022Comment
It's beach season in Boca Raton! With May more than halfway over, we're expecting balmy nights and sunkissed mornings. Even with a splash of rain here and there, the summer heat brings the best out of South Florida's communitywide commitment to health & fitness. When you live in the shadow of Mizner Park, it's easy to lose track of what we order and the relationship it has with our waistline. After all, we have dozens of incredible restaurants and classy establishments to wine & dine with your favorite people. Did you know you can decode a restaurant menu by understanding the basic implications of menu terminology? Not every menu is likely to have calories cited, especially in more fine-dining settings. With our menu decoder, learn what you need to know before you order, and watch your positive decisions transform your physical outlook!
The following terms are related to the removal or omission of certain ingredients that may be linked to allergies or lifestyle choices.
All products are completely free of animal-based ingredients, including eggs, dairy, broths, and gelatin, among the more obvious inclusions (or exclusions).
Vegetarian foods include the use of dairy and eggs but omit meats based on their immediate proximity to animal slaughter. No-kill byproducts do not count.
Posted by Anthony Carriuolo on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at 8:00 AMBy Anthony Carriuolo / June 15, 2022Comment
Compared to most of the world, the United States of America has a very young history. Almost every major event has been chronicled since the initial foundation of the American Colonies. Without the nebulous origins of ancient civilizations, our foundational tales are not shrouded in myth & legend, do not contain religious underpinnings, and can be found in any major public library. Florida, namely South Florida, is an even younger vestige of this otherwise juvenile country. With nary a century of real development under our belts, the historic sites of Boca Raton are a rare glimpse into a time not too long ago. It was a time when our beautiful Tuscan architecture and signature luxury lifestyle were merely ideas coalesced around the vision of community forbear Addison Mizner. Without further ado, learn more of our Boca Raton history as we review 5 of the oldest sites in Boca Raton!
Spanish Village sits in an area just a few blocks north of City Hall on Boca Raton Boulevard. Originally built in the 1920s by the Mizner Development Corporation, the company was named for its founder, Addison Mizner once Boca Raton became more of a city than a dream, these modest homes were among the earliest residences in the area. Today, eleven still stand, and despite efforts from the residents, only one is currently protected by historic designation.
Posted by Anthony Carriuolo on Monday, June 13, 2022 at 8:00 AMBy Anthony Carriuolo / June 13, 2022Comment
Father's Day is around the corner! Here are some of our favorite ways to celebrate our dad's in the Boca Raton area, from lunch to art, to full-fledged festivals, get ready to spend some quality time with the main man! These 5 events are only a smidge of what's been offered across the tri-county area. Read our Boca Raton Real Estate blog to learn more about where to go and who to see in Boca. Here are 5 Boca area events and experiences to celebrate Dad this upcoming Father's Day!
Mizner Park - 327 Plaza Real. Boca Raton, FL 33432
Mizner Park is always a great place to bring the family. The shopping, restaurants, and activities are a year-round attraction. This Father's Day, enjoy a midmorning soiree with the whole family as you saunter through beautiful Mizner Park under the cooling shade of the swaying palms. This is the one time this year where vintage American muscle (no, we're not talking about Dad) is on full display in the heart of downtown Boca Raton - a city known for its affinity with German vehicles and electric cars. There will be plenty of giveaways, awards, and a wide range of outstanding achievements in human engineering. We know the whole family will love it!
Posted by Anthony Carriuolo on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 at 8:00 AMBy Anthony Carriuolo / June 7, 20221 Comment
Welcome to our next entry in our young but exciting Boca Raton Pet Rescue efforts! As part of our ongoing support to Tri-County Animal Rescue, we've chosen the dogs and cats that have the biggest hurdles to adoption or are at a more advanced age than puppies or kittens. For this June, we've chosen to feature Hubert, a golden brown American Staffordshire Terrier mix with a contagious smile and love for the outdoors. We had such an easy time filming and speaking around Hubert, it was clear to us he's ready and willing to be a part of your family. Do you have a home that fits his needs?
Hubert is vaccinated, neutered, healthy, and strong. All his vitals are in great shape, and this dog is only getting healthier since his time on the streets of Georgia. Hubert is a lover, well-behaved and housebroken. It'll be bittersweet to see him go to a home he so deserves!
Posted by Anthony Carriuolo on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 9:02 AMBy Anthony Carriuolo / June 1, 2022Comment
Alright! Here we go. It's hot as the 9th ring outside and the city is just getting started for Summer! Without further ado, here are some of the most exciting and diverse Boca Raton June Events. As always, we've included the city proper and the surrounding area. The highway is never far. Enjoy your month!
Boca chamber's 52nd annual golf classic
When: Friday, June 3rd, 2022 7:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Where: 501 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432
For the 52nd year, The Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce will host its annual golf classic. In a community renowned for its golf & country club real estate, the chamber of commerce spares no expense in providing one of the most enjoyable golf events of the year. The event will include cash prizes, awards, raffles, breakfast, lunch, and even a long drive competition! Polish your clubs and lace-up for what's sure to be a searingly good time on the links.
Posted by Anthony Carriuolo on Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at 8:00 PMBy Anthony Carriuolo / May 31, 2022Comment
If one were to look at a map of the planet and find the equator, they'd find the dividing line that splits not only our hemispheres, but sets the bar for wildlife diversity. It is a known fact that the further from the poles and closer to the equator we reach, the more biodiversity we experience. The frigid climes of the northern and southernmost reaches of our planet don't provided cold-blooded denizens a survivable climate, nor is it optimal for lush plant life. Biologists refer to this concept as the LDG, or Latitudinal Diversity Gradient, and it is the broadest indicator of noted biodiversity patterns on earth. As the southernmost state in the U.S. and a major attractor of foreign business, visitors, and exotic pet owners, Florida is a perfect place to harbor invasive species from Burma to Belize and almost anywhere in between. Learn about 10 of these invasive species and what you should look out for if you encounter one in the wild, or on your doorstep.
Outside of the now-notorious Green Iguana, the Cane Toad is one of the most common invasive species in the world. The South & Central American native has long been a commonality at our doorsteps, driveways, front yards, and... everywhere else too.
Caution: Keep your pets away, as when bitten they secrete a poison that is often fatal to animals. They are not dangerous to humans.
Posted by Anthony Carriuolo on Monday, May 16, 2022 at 8:00 AMBy Anthony Carriuolo / May 16, 2022Comment
The Real Estate profession has long been erroneously maligned as a pure "dog-eat-dog" world with everyone out for themselves. While Realty does afford a greater opportunity than most professions for one to indulge in their... Machiavellian tendencies, it is the way infrastructure of the profession that opens the door for such behavior, rather than a black hole attracting bad actors and unethical professionals. We write this because we are entering an era of unprecedented cooperation, even amongst bitter rivals in premier Real Estate markets. With the abundance of data, the speed of information, and the prominence of social media, it's easy to see why so many otherwise independent Realtors have now found new ways to expand their practice and involve new methods, ideas, and key players for the benefit of all. Yet, even with this newfangled positivity, there are significant challenges our team faces that are as relevant today as ever. Without further ado, here are 5 challenges facing Realtors today!
Realtors are expected to communicate, advocate, and fight for the best deal on behalf of their clients. It's what you do outside of these basic expectations that set you apart. It could be your origin, place of birth, the properties you specialize...
Posted by Anthony Carriuolo on Monday, May 9, 2022 at 8:00 AMBy Anthony Carriuolo / May 9, 2022Comment
South Florida is the natural attractant to healthy, fit people. The hot sun and year-round beach weather permit the less-than-shy to spend a remarkable amount of time in bikinis, board shorts, and workout gear. Nowhere (except maybe California) is there a greater presence of athleisure wear than in South Florida, and with its celebrity population, bustling fashion districts, and fitness subculture it's easy to see why. For those of you who struggle to eat breakfast, need a bigger boost in the morning, or simply want to enjoy the decadence of dessert without the guilt, look to the best smoothie and juice bars in Boca Raton for that healthy fix!
Purlife Cafe (formerly known as PurGreens) sits on one of the busiest corners of Mizner Park. The long-serving juice, wrap, and healthy bites cafe has been a staple of Mizner Park's bustle for more than 3 years, with its own high-end, trainer-focused gym on the premises as well. Alongside its terrific food, smoothie, and juice offerings, PurLife has hosted health-focused events and been a place for those living the lifestyle to gather.
Posted by Anthony Carriuolo on Friday, May 6, 2022 at 2:33 PMBy Anthony Carriuolo / May 6, 2022Comment
Happy Mother's Day Weekend! Today, we take a moment to share some of our favorite events and local hotspots to enjoy some special downtime with mom. From natural immersion to white-glove dining, we've lined up some of the best events for all ages to celebrate the most special woman in our lives. Read on to learn more!
Mother's Day In Mother Nature - Boca Raton
Where: Gumbo Limbo Nature Center - 1801 N. Ocean Blvd. Boca Raton, FL 33432
When: Sunday, May 8th. 11 AM - 12 PM
Celebrate Mother's Day at one of the most beautiful natural destinations in Boca Raton. The Gumbo Limbo Nature Center is less than a mile from our Boca Raton Beach Office and has long served as a major source of education, enrichment, and natural connection for Boca Raton residents and visitors alike. This event will include natural crafts, a special outdoor program, and the opportunity to immerse oneself in the splendor of South Florida's beauty.
Posted by Anthony Carriuolo on Sunday, May 1, 2022 at 8:00 AMBy Anthony Carriuolo / May 1, 2022Comment
Feliz Cinco De Mayo! It's America's favorite internationally borrowed party holiday. Although St. Patrick's Day would take umbrage at such an assertion, our hot, humid environment and sizable Latin population make the aura of Cinco De Mayo that much more conducive to our South Florida bar & restaurant scene. With the theme set, the calendar turning and the heat on the rise, let's not waste any more time. Read on for some ideas on where to enjoy the Cinco De Mayo Parties & Events near you!
Crazy Uncle MIke's, the popular bar, music venue, and in-house brewery at the heart of Boca Raton is always an opportunity for a great time - especially on a night like Cinco De Mayo. The staff is always eager to bring the fun, with music, vibrant cocktails, and specialty menus catered to the day. The event features a free shot of tequila with admission, including margarita pitcher specials, DJs, pinatas, and a constant deluge of delicious tacos.