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Boca Raton Solar Power Pros and Cons | Is It Time To Invest In Solar?

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With the sometimes not-so-subtle push of green policies from our national politicians and our innate desire to do better and save money, it's no wonder the Sunshine State has been a hotbed (no pun intended) for a flurry of solar panels to adorn our open fields and rooftops. With tax incentives and nascent businesses across the board looking to put a dent in the demand for solar technology, we were eager to do our research and learn what experiences our agents and their past clients have had with this young but key technology. While solar panels have existed for a long time, we are still very much in the advent-phase for solar, as the current assemblage and efficiency of the technology is limited. Most famously, the German Energiewende stands as one of the remarkable calamities of green energy policy, showing the difference between well-meaning politicians and actual scientists grounded in the reality of solar's current state.Today's Boca Raton Real Estate blog gives a general and unbiased overview of the state of solar, its pros, cons, and whether your rooftop is apt for adding more power to your home with our galaxy's most significant commodity.

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Pro: Makes Use Of Our Largest Source of Power

We can't exist without the sun! While colder climes and more temperate regions may suffer from droughts of overcast weather, the...

A List Of Helipads And Private Airfields In Boca Raton

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Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, and Miami Beach are three waterfront cities renowned for their concentration of wealth. Both for vacationers and residents, this luxurious triumvirate represents some of the most sought after real estate in the world. With wealthy businesspeople, upcoming entrepreneurs, and retired millionaires dotting the landscape, it's no wonder there are numerous opportunities for the aviation-enthused to live their best in the skies. In today's Boca Raton Real Estate blog, we shed light on the majority if not all local airstrips, hangars, helipads, and service stations for your helicopter or airplane. 

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The following is a list of known airplane hangars, maintenance bays, landing strips, and fuel depots for private aviation.

Boca Raton Executive Airport (BCT)

The largest and closest to our offices, the Boca Raton Executive Airport services the majority of inbound private flights. Built on a portion of the former Boca Raton Army Air Force Base, BCT is now the main hub for private aviation in Boca Raton.

FORT LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (FLL)

The 4-terminal midpoint between Palm Beach International and Miami, Fort Lauderdale International (FLL) includes rentable hangar space via the Fort Lauderdale Executive...

5 Hot Boca Raton Nightlife Spots To Visit This Weekend | Boca Raton Lifestyle

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Boca Raton may not have the raucous club scene found in Ft. Lauderdale or Miami, but that doesn't mean the city doesn't have numerous locales for late-night fun. From swanky cocktail bars to seeing your favorite jam band and sipping a cold one, Boca Raton has many hotspots to hit with new visitors and locals alike. For our blog, we list 5 of our favorite spots to experience, with an emphasis on versatility. We don't want all 5 entries to represent one bracket, one style, and one type of night out. Worry not! Our list, and these clubs, represent the spice of life we're looking for on a late-night soiree. Here are 5 hot nightlife spots in Boca Raton to suit just about everyone.

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Crazy Uncle Mike's is located in East-Central Boca along US-1, in a convenient and easily noticable location. Catering to fans of all ages and a variety of musical styles, Crazy Uncle Mike's also includes its own microbrewery, two bars, and an outdoor deck for the smokers among us. A spot popular among Blues fans, Jam bands, and avant-garde styles, Crazy Uncle Mike's may not be the hard-hitting club experience like some, but it is now a staple of Boca Raton nightlife, and a stage worth enjoying.

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The Impact Of Neighborhood Amenities On Boca Home Value

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When searching for new homes for sale in Boca Raton, amenities are certainly tertiary compared to major concerns such as safety and the home itself. However, beyond your home, the first thing a development will advertise are its list of amenities, common areas, and shared experiences. These luxurious additions are even more magnified in the Boca Raton condo market, where there is less individuality to sell per unit, and often many more amenities within a smaller space. While there may be larger determinants for valuing a Boca home, amenities play a major role in the decisions of who are often big money buyers. Buyers with more liquid capital can not only choose from a wider range of Boca Raton communities, they can also make changes to their homes as needed. With more necessities accounted for and less concern for the basics, amenities play a bigger role in higher-income communities. In today's blog, we'll shed light and share what we know about the role amenities play in the value of your Boca home, and community as a whole.

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Upscale Amenities Are Part of An All-Inclusive Lifestyle

Many Boca Raton communities are renowned for their all-inclusive lifestyle, featuring the basics like cable and lawn care to upscale frills like ...

The Best Shopping In Boca Raton | Shops And Stores In Boca Raton

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Boca Raton is a city renowned for its inclusive yet glamorous lifestyle. Whether retiring to one of the illustrious 55+ communities throughout the city, raising a beautiful family in the likes of Boca Chase, or hitting the fast lane at a Downtown condo, there are so many ways to live your best life in Boca Raton. Besides the numerous city beaches that attract locals and tourists from across the world, the elegant retail options and incredible shopping experiences are sure to coax tourists from their beachfront hotels and locals from their living rooms to enjoy a little soiree downtown. For today's Boca Raton Real Estate blog, we show newcomers where the best shopping in Boca Raton can be found and remind the locals that a lovely day of retail therapy is at their fingertips.

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The Boca Town Center Mall

The Boca Town Center Mall is the largest indoor mall in the Boca Raton area. Despite brick-and-mortar stores experiencing a significant downturn following the advent and expansion of online retail, the Boca Town Center Mall has held firm as one of the premier attractions in Boca Raton. The mall features numerous high-end luxury shops selling everything from fine wines and culinary goods to jewelry, watches, and textiles. In addition...

The Ultimate Guide To Home Tile Types | Boca Raton Real Estate

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When combined with the wear and tear of the heat and humidity, Boca Raton's Mediterranean Revivalist architecture has given us the preeminent canvas for tile work. Flooring options like hardwood are often poor long-term solutions thanks to our subtropical climate. Beginning with Addison Mizner, tilework has long been infused as part of our cultural expression and nowhere is that truer than the many works of interior and exterior mastery in Boca Raton. For our Ultimate Guide to Home Tile, we researched every kind of tile we could find, listed them all out below, and describe the good and bad behind each. While we don't claim to be contractors, we know a thing or two about homes and are confident in delivering you the best information in The Ultimate Guide to Home Tile Types.

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Ceramic

Ceramic Tiles are an affordable and durable solution for residences in the Boca Raton area. These often grouted tiles are easy to clean, come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and finishes, and are relatively low-cost and easy to acquire. On the negative side, ceramic has a higher potential to sustain cracks, and is generally more difficult to self-install as an untrained professional. In addition, the hardness and insulation can leave ceramic tiles cold to the touch and wear down the feet if standing too long. However, these remain among the most popular...

Boca Raton Staycation 101 | How To Prepare Your Home For The Best Staycation Ever

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When you live in a resort that people spend thousands to visit, a "staycation" is nearly a daily occurrence. tongue-in-cheek jokes aside, the key to a successful staycation is understanding this is more than a mere "day off," and can be a way to not only enjoy the refreshment that true time off can bring, but reinvigorate your home life all at once! We asked our Realtors, clients, and... maybe took a few days to ourselves to learn what tips we should share on how to get the most from your Boca home staycation. Read on to learn more!

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Weigh Your Budget Against Past Out Of Town Vacations

Look at the past few vacations you've taken and where you've spent the money. Even for extreme foodies, the likelihood that most of your funds were spent on transit and lodging is extremely high. Luxury hotels can cost thousands over a weekend, and airfare, while fluctuating often, is never cheaper than a robust trip to the grocery store. While we're not suggesting you have a staycation that spends your budget the same as an out-of-town trip, the added flexibility (and savings) will allow you to do much more in your space than you could abroad.

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Boca Raton Home Architecture | A Guide To Boca Home Styles

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Boca Raton is privy to a wide number of South Floridian home styles, yet nothing is more synonymous with the beauty of our beachfront city than the name Mizner, and the style he brought to our community. Starting with the landmark year of 1926, Mizner's vision was carried out and influenced the construction of everything from hotels to public buildings, condos, and waterfront mansions. However, Mediterranean Revival isn't the only visage worth noting in Boca Raton. For design and architecture aficionados, we've organized the complete list of prevalent home design styles found around town. Read on and enrich yourself!

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Mediterranean Revival

The most prominent of all Boca Raton architectural styles, the Mediterranean Revivalism was spurred by community forerunner Addison Mizner, whose surname is attached to the center of Downtown Boca Raton. Mizner's early designs borrowed more from the sand-swept and balmy tones of the Spanish Renaissance, with more Tuscan and Venetian features, later installed following Mizner's inspiration. Mediterranean Revival architecture is noted for symmetrical front-facing facades, red or auburn tile roofs, arched or circular windows, and open rectangular floorplans. 

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5 Ultra Luxury Gated Communities In Boca Raton | Boca Raton Real Estate

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Boca Raton is synonymous with sunny beaches and high-end luxury. Beyond the numerous, illustrious Boca condos and beach clubs, we've reviewed some of the most sought-after Boca Raton real estate in these 5 ultra-luxury gated communities, representing some of the finest homes in the country. 

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Sanctuary

Sanctuary is a highly exclusive enclave of luxuriant waterfront homes located along the Intracoastal. This quiet, private Boca Raton neighborhood is tucked behind an outcropping of protected mangroves, offering unprecedented privacy to its high-profile residents. Many of The Sanctuary's residents are counted among the global elite, including celebrities, executives, and the ultra-wealthy. Between its geographic location, the mysterious nature of its big-name residents, and the breathtaking homes that dwell within, it's no wonder The Sanctuary is among the most sought-after developments in all of Boca Raton.

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Pickleball In Boca Raton | Get To Know America's Fastest Growing Sport

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We're sure at this point more than a few readers are saying to themselves: "it's about time!" We have observed the mercurial and meteoric rise of this ever-popular racquet sport over the years, from a niche amongst retirees to the fastest growing sport in the united states. Pickleball has grown from a fun pastime to a near-necessity in new condo and country club construction, and we're here for it! We delved into the history, the development, and the trajectory of this growing game - and asked why it appeals to so many of all ages. Learn more, as we ask... what's the deal with pickleball anyway?

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What Is Pickleball?

For many reasons, Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in America, more and more a crucial amenity desired by thousands moving to Boca Raton. Pickleball is the middle ground between tennis, badminton, and ping pong. The sport is played on a modified tennis court or badminton court and follows very similar rules to tennis. Unlike tennis, the game is played with a wooden paddle and often, a whiffle ball - although as the sport has grown so has the dedication to pickleball-specific equipment. Learn more about this sporting phenomenon below, and why it holds the spot as one of the fastest risers in the athletic world.

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The Origins Of The Game

Pickleball was invented in...

The Top 5 Most Popular Neighborhoods In Boca Raton | 5 Of The Most Searched Homes In Boca

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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! 

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Boca Pointe

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.

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Boca West Country Club

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The Top 10 Legendary Florida Athletes | South Florida Sports and Recreation

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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 and other HBCUs in their conference. 

Boca Raton Musical Theater | Where To Enjoy Broadway Musicals Near Me

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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!

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Showtime Performing Arts Center

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.

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What Food Is Florida Known For? | Iconic Florida Foods

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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!

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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,...

Boca Raton International Market | Where To Find Global Food In Boca Raton

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Boca Raton and South Florida as a whole are renowned for their intercontinental diversity. There are few places in the world where you can find such a blend of communities. From Latin America to Eastern Europe, we're blessed to live in a place that magnetizes so many global flavors, cultures, and perspectives. Thanks to the many influences we've imported over the years, Boca Raton has become a renowned market for international foods. When the endcap at Publix just won't do, and you're looking for something truly extraordinary, try these Boca Raton international markets for the best of the world abroad!

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Boca Raton Russian & International Market

West Boca's Somerset Shops sits just a few blocks west of the turnpike exit on Glades Rd. Within the interior of the shop is this quaint, but well-stocked Russian and Pan-Slavic market. Enjoy the very best of Russian, Polish, Czech, Ukrainian, and even Kosher foods at this longstanding nexus of Eastern European influence. These include canned and preserved goods such as pickles, sauerkraut, and deli meats - in addition to their hot bar offering many favorites for lunch.

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

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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 equatorial 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, the Caribbean, Africa, and Latin America. Warm weather climates often play a role in increased biodiversity, so while you're searching for your new Boca Raton home, be sure to consider venturing out and trying these 5 exotic fruits found almost exclusively in Florida!

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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...

The Best Italian Fine Dining In Boca Raton

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Casa D'Angelo

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Casa D'Angelo  is the flagship brainchild of renowned Chef Angelo Elia's restaurant group, which also includes Angelo Elia's Bakery Bar, and Angelo's Pizza Bar & Tapas. Casa D'Angelo features locations in Boca Raton and Ft. Lauderdale, bringing an old-world flavor to our modern Boca home. Casa D'Angelo's dedication to quality and carefully sourced ingredients begins with the chef's upbringing in Salerno, learning from his mother while watching his father, the local butcher. Enjoy a truly authentic tour of Italy's most spectacular flavors and curated wines at Casa D'Angelo.

Trattoria Romana

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Through its flavors and decor, Trattoria Romana brings a truly rustic Italian aesthetic to your dining experience. Trattoria Romana opened its doors in 1993, and has been here to stay as one of Boca Raton's longest-running Italian fine dining establishments. Their prices are surprisingly accommodating considering the quality of the cuisine they provide, with their antipasti bar in particular lending to a wonderful atmosphere for group gatherings and birthdays. Like the romanesque atmosphere they've crafted for their guests, their menu is a fine dining crash course on classic Italian fare.

Frank & Dino's

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Best Steak In Boca Raton | Finest Steakhouses In Boca

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Perhaps no trio says "fine dining" quite like steak, lobster, and red wine. In Boca Raton, where so many of the finer things in life are cultivated, we're blessed to host some of the finest dining and entertainment options anywhere in the world. When you think date night, corporate dinner, swanky party, or simply a night of decadent living, look no further than our very own Caesar Parisi's Top 5 Steakhouses in Boca Raton.

Updated (01/16/2024): Eddie V's, a new addition to Mizner Park's restaurant options, has been added to the blog.

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Eddie V's steakhouse

The latest addition to Boca Raton's fine dining roster, Eddie V's Steakhouse is a renowned national steakhouse chain known for its outstanding surf and turf menu, premium cocktails and a relaxing lounge featuring live Jazz music. With so many competitors in an upscale, crowded market, Eddie V's had to do more than rest on the laurels of its good name to win the admiration of its discerning clientele. Today, Eddie V's is firmly entrenched in the landscape of fine steakhouses, perfect for date nights, business dinners, and more. Early reviews recommend the steamed sea bass, crab cakes, and bananas foster, and applaud the service from end-to-end as exemplary. 

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In Ground Swimming Pools In Boca Raton | A Quick Guide

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We are very lucky to have miles and miles of public beaches here in Boca Raton. Many of us spend every weekend soaking up the rays and swimming with friends and family. However, there are the annoyances of going to the beach like faraway bathrooms, burning the soles of your feet on hot sand, and a general lack of privacy. That’s why many Boca residents enjoy the added luxury of an in-ground pool in their backyards. With all the comforts of your home only steps away, a restful staycation is always within literal reach. Do you have a big patch of grass that looks like it could be your next private grotto? Here are 4 things to consider when buying a pool in Boca Raton!

The Price

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We might as well get this out of the way as soon as possible! You may think you can afford a pool, but exactly what kind of pool will it be? You have more to choose from than a simple concrete hole in the ground. On top of the purchase price, you’ll have to factor in the ongoing costs of maintaining your pool, lest your private lagoon turns into the community swamp. Swimming pool builders will be quick to point out that you can choose from fiberglass ($$$$$), concrete ($$$), or vinyl liner ($$). Don’t forget, you’ll also have to take into account the cost of rebuilding your landscape around it!

The Role Of Inclement Weather

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For a myriad of reasons, severe weather in Florida can heavily impact your in-ground swimming...

The Best Fine Dining In Boca Raton | Fine Dining In Boca

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We’ve got the beaches, the golf courses, the shopping, but our little leisurely slice of paradise would not be complete without fine dining in Boca Raton. Whether you are looking for the romantic or the Zagat rated, we have the perfect place for your extra special night.

Abe & Louie’s (Steak)

2200 Glades Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33431

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Abe & Louie have often fought and won for the crown of the best steakhouse in Boca. One of two restaurants (the other can be found in Boston), our Zagat-rated Abe & Louie’s offers the classic steak and seafood presented on white linens against a dark backdrop of mahogany paneling. Dinner there will set the scene for a serious meeting, or a romantic evening.

Lucca (Modern Italian)

501 E Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432

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From its dramatic cathedral-esque arched windows to its art-deco-inspired chandeliers, few restaurants have such flair as Lucca. Located in the Boca Raton Resort & Club, reservations are required if you intend to dine as a non-hotel guest (and shorts are not permitted at dinner). Its menu is modern Italian, presenting to the diner a blending of traditional and progressive fare. If only measured by its décor,...