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4 Of the Best Golf Courses in Boca Raton | A Golfer's Paradise

Whether you’re looking to jumpstart your weekend with a 7:00 am tee-time, or want to make the most of a lazy Tuesday afternoon, our Boca Raton golf courses will help you make the most of your valuable leisure time. 

Osprey Point Golf Course

 Located in the westernmost point of the Boca area and nestled next to the legendary Everglades, Osprey Point Golf Course is considered to be one of the best public courses in Palm Beach County. The course boasts 3 immaculate 9-hole courses: The Raven, The Falcon, and The Hawk, and those looking for a challenge can expect longer links and tricky bunkers. When it comes to golfing in Boca, Osprey Point's scenic fairways and the occasional wildlife sighting make it a true Floridian experience.

Red Reef Family Golf Course

 No other golf courses in Boca Raton can offer 9-holes and a sea breeze. The Red Reef Family Golf Course can be found on Boca Raton’s barrier island, between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean. Need to cool off after a mid-day round? The beach awaits you just across the street. Please note that tee times are required and walk-ins are not permitted at this time.

Boca Greens Country Club

Boca Raton Best Wine Bars | Best Places to Enjoy a Glass

Did you know some of the best wine bars can be found right here in Boca Raton? But what makes a great wine bar? Wine of course! But it is more than that. It is about sharing the enjoyment of sipping a glass of wine with friends and family. It is about the atmosphere, the overall experience from the moment you set foot inside to the moment you leave. It is about taking your palate on an adventure of new taste and flavor. Check out some of our favorite choices we recommend for new people visiting or moving to Boca Raton.

PAT’S WINE BAR

Featuring over 50 wines by the glass, bottle, or case, Pat’s Wine Bar in Boca Raton is your neighborhood gourmet bistro and wine bar. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or looking to expand your palate, you will be able to discover some pretty unique and uncommon international fine wines from the small-batch vintner. There is something here for everyone from reds, whites, even a bit of bubbly, you can enjoy your grape journey in this laid back and relaxed atmosphere.

VINO’S WINE BAR

Just next to Mizner Park, the moment you enter Vino’s Wine Bar, you are transported to an intimate and personal experience that is every wine lover’s dream. With flavors brought to you from the countryside of Italy, Vino’s is committed to delivering quality and only the finest wines that are sure to delight. Offering something for everyone, you can find an array of choices from reds, whites, roses, and bubbly. A great gathering place for friends and family alike and intimate seating both inside and outside, Vino’s is all about quality and experience.

LE SORELLE RESTAURANT

“A meal without wine is like a day without sunshine.”...

The Best Summer Camps In Boca Raton | Summer Camps In Boca

Summer is just around the corner, school is letting out, and we know parents are wondering where their kids should be this summer. Boca Raton has many incredible summer camps for all activities and hobbies. We asked a few new families moving to Boca Raton where they chose this year. Here are their selections for the best Summer camps in Boca Raton.

WOODMONT SUMMER PROGRAM

For over 20 years, Woodmont is one of Boca’s favorite and most loved summer camps. Welcoming campers from ages 4-15, Woodmont is a wonderful summer experience provided with amazing activities and fabulous facilities. Campers can enjoy sports, art, music, theater, dance – there truly is something for everyone here and always new things to try! Woodmont blends both an indoor and outdoor curriculum to keep the campers active and entertained. Field trips, special events, guest appearances, and talent shows that parents are invited to are some of the things campers look forward to the most. With everything they have to offer, Woodmont Summer Program is easily one of the best choices around.

DAY & SPORTS CAMPS AT SAINT ANDREW’S

Summer camp may look a little different this year, but COVID-19 won’t stop the campers from having the best summer experience at Day & Sports Camps at Saint Andrew’s. Keeping on top of all of the camper’s health and safety, Saint Andrew’s will be complying with the CDC guidelines as well as having limited enrollment capacity, so be sure to sign up today! But the fun is not limited by any means! Campers ages 3-13 will enjoy many opportunities to learn and develop specific skill sets, have fun with their fellow campers, and gain greater self-confidence by participating in the wide range of activities. Saint Andrew’s has a mix of both indoor and outdoor activities including tennis,...

The Ultimate Guide to Boca Raton Beaches

beautiful boca raton beach condos

Boca Raton is home to some of the most beautiful beach strands found anywhere in the world. With so much to do in every corner of the map, Boca Raton beaches still encompass a significant piece of your recreational puzzle. We've written about Boca Raton beaches before, but we've never put a guide together as wholly complete as what's written below. The Champagne & Parisi team loves to make life easier for families moving to Boca Raton. Our growing resource page and blog are some of the best ways to give access to the key information you need. Read on below to learn what you need to know before visiting one of Boca Raton's best beaches.

South beach park

South Beach Park is one of the premier central beaches in Boca Raton. This park offers more in the basics - a beautiful strand of swimming space, open sand, and picturesque walkways. For those looking for more of a traditional beach day, South Beach Park is one of the best beaches in Boca Raton to do just that.

  • Location: 400 N State Road A1A Boca Raton, FL 33432
  • Hours: 8 AM - Sundown, 7 days a week
  • Pets: No pets are allowed at South Beach Park.
  • Lifeguards: Lifeguards are on duty from 9 AM - 5 PM year round. 
  • Nature: The plurality of South Beach Park's plant life is populated by entrenched, salt-resistant species like sea oats and mangroves. These plants are protected by designated walkways, as these plants are essential to protect against beach erosion. South Beach Park is noted for its wide display of small birds, but also for its larger...

The Best Coffee Shops in Boca Raton | A Coffee Lover's Companion

Coffee shops have grown to be a staple of a thriving community. Whether you love a warm morning brew before work, or enjoy burning the midnight oil at one of Boca Raton's local coffee shops, there's a place for you to study, cozy up, and enjoy the environment. We asked the Champagne & Parisi office team to tell us their favorite choices. Check out our list of some of the best coffee shops in Boca Raton.

Mane Coffee

Mane Coffee was founded by Boca Native and coffee enthusiast Daniel Karram. As a teenager, he baked and sold bread throughout his neighborhood, showing an entrepreneurial spirit at a young age. This passion is shown through his brainchild: Mane Coffee - a 1,500 square foot indoor/outdoor cafe that's been very popular with local businesses. The long tables and open indoor space affords lots of opportunities for meetings and important rendezvous. 

The Seed

The Seed is another blending of passions - fresh pressed juice and locally roasted coffee. The two ladies who began the established meshed these ideas together to form what has been seen as an increasingly popular business model for coffee shops. First it was the coffee & tea houses, now juice has entered the fray. The Seed doesn't claimto reinvent the wheel, but hones in on a young, upstart clientele who is increasingly reticent of the benefits of juice alongside the need to keep moving. Get the micronutrients you need and the caffeine to keep going all under one roof at The Seed.

Saquella Café

Nestled just off of Federal Highway in beautiful Royal Palm Place, Saquella Café is one of Boca’s best places to enjoy an authentic cup of coffee. But not just any cup of coffee. At Saquella, they believe “if...

The Best Happy Hour In Boca Raton | Happy Hour Near Me

Whether you’ve had a long day at the office or you’re on vacation with your friends, happy hour is the time to relax, unwind, and catch great deals on your favorite drinks and small bites. After a long day working with new families moving to Boca Raton, our agents tipped us off about where they love to go. We have compiled a list of the best happy hour restaurants in Boca Raton that are all worth a visit!

THE YARD HOUSE

A hidden gem in Mizner Park, The Yard House is great for those looking for the ultimate beer selection. A casual and down-to-earth environment with great outdoor seating, this might be the perfect place to unwind after a hard day at work. Happy hour specials include the half price on all pizza, select appetizers, and $2 off all draft beer, spirits & cocktails.

HOURS:

  • Monday – Friday: 3pm-6pm
  • Sunday – Wednesday: 10m-close

ADDRESS:

  • 201 Plaza Real Suite 1201
  • Boca Raton, FL 33432
  • (561) 417-6124

PATIO TAPAS & BEER

One of the most relaxed atmospheres you’ll find in Boca Raton is at Patio Tapas & Beer. Serving a unique blend of modern and traditional Spanish tapas and amazingly fresh sangrias, you’ll feel like you traveled straight to Spain, but no passport is required for this fiesta.

HOURS:

  • Tuesday - Friday: 3pm-7pm

ADDRESS:

  • 205 SE 1st Avenue
  • Boca Raton, FL 33432
  • (561) 419-7239

WATERSTONE RUM BAR & GRILLE

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Best Dry Cleaners in Boca Raton | Our Top 4 Boca Dry Cleaners

woman ironing garment in dry cleaners

If there's one thing we wish we could change on our own, it's the need to wear tailored suits to important business events in Boca Raton. Facing down the undeniable heat & humidity are part of living in Boca Raton, and if you're not prepared, your entire look will suffer.

We've gathered a handful of our favorite places to get our suits and blouses pressed. Support Boca Raton's best dry cleaners today!

Joy's Dry Cleaners

Situated off N Federal Highway, Joy's Dry Cleaners carries a sterling reputation as one of the best dry cleaners in Boca Raton. Joy's dry cleaning has a reputation for going the extra mile, restoring shirts and putting genuine effort into preserving and cleansing your best garments beyond the expected scope of work. For a personal touch, look no further!

Simple Dry Cleaners

Simple Dry Cleaners is locally owned and operated, having spent 35 years in business. They offer dry cleaning, alteration, and shoe repair services. They cover all the bases - from eco-friendly materials to commercial cleaning and even alteration emergencies. If you're in a bind and need that special garment for that event coming up, step into Simple Dry Cleaners and take it easy!

VIP Dry Cleaners

VIP Dry Cleaners says it all in the name. Owner/Operator Anthony has developed a tremendous reputation for quick, affordable, and personalized service. With a sizable facility, VIP Dry Cleaners does all their work in-house, ensuring the most...

4 Top Sushi Restaurants in Boca Raton | Where to Get Sushi in Boca

salmon sushi arrangedon table

Date night, a work lunch, or for something light yet decadent - sushi does it all. What began in Japan is among the complement of Boca Raton's best restaurants. Sushi in Boca Raton is an institution, despite there being limited Japanese influence, the community has not shied away from our love for sushi restaurants. There are so many more to list, so don't just take our word for it! Here are OUR Top 4 Sushi Restaurants in Boca Raton.

KANPAI

Located right off Palmetto Park Road in the heart of Mizner Park, Kanpai was founded by the ownership behind the Yakitori Sake House and features an innovative array of Japanese favorites. Their unique offerings include a specialty sake menu, Japanese BBQ tables, craft cocktails, and a revolving sushi bar. 

YAKITORI SAKE HOUSE

The Yakitori Sake House is located just south of Kanpai in the Royal Palm Plaza. They've been one of the premier destinations for date night, with a smooth backlit bar and interior creating a relaxing atmosphere. Yakitori Sake House specializes in its full sake bar but also features a lunch, dinner, catering, and promotional menu.

SUSHI YAMA

Voted as "the best Japanese Restaurant in town three times in Boca Raton Magazine, Sushi Yama has two locations in Boca Raton and Palm Beach Gardens. Established in 1996, Sushi Yama specializes in sizzling teriyaki dishes, fresh sashimi, and bistro-style appetizers.

ICHIYAMI BUFFET & SUSHI

Ichiyami sushi buffet in Boca...

5 Must See No HOA Homes For Sale in Boca Raton, FL

Looking for a truly freeing homeownership experience? Save on costs and do it yourself, live outside the realm of an hoa with these 5 MUST See NO HOA homes for sale in Boca Raton!

3298 N Dixie Hwy Highway Boca Raton, fl 33431 - $399,900

This classic bungalow-style home features an expansive open area with lots of design options for outdoor entertainment. New windows, French doors, and A/C was installed in 2019. Set back from the main road, this home affords all the privacy and intimacy one would want, with great access to the community around it.

1500 SW 5th ave. Boca Raton, fl 33432 - $1,500,000

This delightful, moderately priced home sits on a wide strand of waterfront at the beautiful Boca Islands neighborhood. Built in 2015, this home grants all the trappings of a modern, sleek waterfront property without the expected concerns with HOA's that many families moving to Boca Raton are seeking to avoid.

1461 SW 16th st. Boca Raton, fl 33486 - $885,000

Priced at well under our median price for no hoa homes, this home features marbled patios and beautiful interior tiling, hurricane impact windows, a large set back pool and a beautiful fenced in yard.

1501 SW 21st st. Boca Raton, fl 33486 - $1,050,000

This 4,000+ square foot 5 bedroom home is one of the best hosting and entertaining properties listed on our no HOA homes for sale list....

4 Dog Friendly Restaurants in Boca Raton | Where to Eat with your Dog in Boca

dogs at the table

Boca Raton is one of the best cities in America for dog owners. With its open spaces, spectacular dog park and beaches, and extensive footpaths, Boca Raton is a dog owners paradise. With areas like Mizner Park and the Royal Palm Plaza open to foot traffic, outdoor dining is a hot topic in Boca Raton - no pun intended. Check out these 4 dog friendly restaurants we recommend to visit!

tucker dukes

With a dog in its logo, Tucker Duke's is one of the most popular fast casual restaurants in Boca Raton. Tucker Duke's specializes in burgers and American pub fare, with gourmet inflections of flavor and modern gastropub innovations adding an exciting twist. 

luff's fish house

Luff's Fish House brings the Key West vibe to Boca Raton. With a wide array of classic fried fish house favorites, gourmet filets, and sandwiches for all tastes, Luff's Fish House offers an open-air, Keys style dog friendly dining option.

tap 42

Tap 42 is a name synonymous with its Sunday Brunch and open air outdoor dining. As one of the preeminent dog friendly restaurants in Boca Raton, they've carved a reputation as the place to be on Sunday morning. Tap 42 features 6 locations spanning from Coral Gables to Boca Raton.

Max's Grille

For 3 decades, Max's Grille has been one of the finest Modern American Bistro's featuring California inspired dishes in the signature style - grilled over mesquite with a light sauce or reduction. The result is the comfort of American cuisine with a light twist, food that sits right, and an...

Easter Events In Boca Raton | What to Do With Your Family in Boca

toddlers smiling on an outdoor easter egg hunt

The Easter weekend features something for everyone. A weekend and a season synonymous with growth, rebirth, and new beginnings, Easter weekend is one of the last weekends to enjoy the mild South Florida Spring weather. For new families in Boca Raton, or for those looking for something different this year, here are a few Easter events in Boca Raton to spend time with your family.

Easter bash

Easter Bash is hosted by the Oceanside Church on the grounds of Boca Raton High School. The event is free to attend but must be registered for by clicking the link above. The event will feature family activities, an egg hunt, a raffle, food trucks, and much more.p

photos with the easter bunny

Hosted by the AARP, the Easter Bunny photo op will take place at the Boca Town Center Mall throughout the weekend. What better way to add a little something extra to your shopping & dining trip this weekend than a photo with the magical rabbit himself?!

Easter brunch at the waterstone resort & marina

The Waterstone Resort & Marina is a Hilton Resort off Camino Real featuring 3 signature restaurants. On Easter Sunday from 11 AM to 3 PM, the Waterstone Resort is offering a waterfront Easter brunch with decadent mouthwatering favorites and unique fusion dishes.

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Buying a Home in Boca Raton | 4 Big Mistakes Home Buyers Make

Not Setting Financial Boundaries

Right now, with so many incentives for people to move to Boca Raton, it's easy to throw caution to the wind and let our emotions get the best of us. Having a rigid set of financial boundaries based upon a well-researched set of parameters will keep your emotions in check during the home buying process. An agreed-upon number will put a ceiling on the potential to make irresponsible decisions that are unrealistic to your financial circumstances.

Not Using An Agent

Buying a house is one of the most significant commitments you'll ever make in life. Not using a real estate agent is like going to court without a lawyer, or out to sea without a captain. A real estate agent is constantly in the thick of the home buying market. Real estate agents, especially our Champagne & Parisi Team, are proud to advocate for their clients. They use the latest knowledge and a network of committed professionals who know how to get the best value for you. 

Ignoring the Natural Elements

Families moving to South Florida simply cannot ignore the role our natural environment plays in our home buying process. South Florida is profoundly affected by our surrounding climate. The potential of a cataclysmic hurricane, when coupled with natural wear and tear due to our subtropical environs affects everything from insurance expenses to building materials. Moving to Boca Raton, or anywhere in South Florida, requires an awareness of the immediate and enduring impact our warm & humid environment has on us. 

forgetting ancillary expenses

Home Buying can't be boiled down to a single expense. There are several other line items in addition to buying a house that need to be factored in when discussing your budget flexibility. These include but aren't limited to: moving, packaging, overnight stay, car transport, insurance, closings...