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“The Toscana Real Estate Market Report”, October 30, 2020 is ready to view here!

Read “The Toscana Real Estate Market Report”, October 30, 2020 issue here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3dEZlAciRciT3dBMld5emNEdUk/view?usp=sharing
We hope that you find this information interesting and enjoy reading it to keep track of the Toscana real estate market!  Our Toscana Real Estate  Newsletter includes: information about the current real estate market in Toscana, such as Toscana condos for sale, condos sold, condos under contract, Toscana condos for rent, condos rented, statistics, Highland Beach real estate market information, Palm Beach County real estate market indicators, current real estate articles, and more! 

Toscana South Condos Virtual Tour 2020 – 3740 S. Ocean Blvd. Highland Beach Florida 33487

Toscana South also known as Toscana Tower III, is located at 3740 S. Ocean Blvd. Highland Beach, Florida 33487. Toscana South was the third Toscana Tower and it was built in 2004. Toscana South has 159 condos and 18 floors. Toscana South has the following floor plans: the Cortona model, the Riva model, the Riva B model, the Arezzo model, the Arezzo Grand model, the Savona model, and the Savona B model. Come see what the NEW and improved Toscana South is all about! The MODERN Toscana South lobby was completed in 2018. There was NO assessment to residents for this renovation. Toscana South has beautiful DIRECT ocean views, Intracoastal views, city views, and gorgeous views to the Toscana resort-style grounds.

Watch our Toscana South Condos Virtual Tour 2020 HERE:

For more information about Toscana South condos, go to our Toscana website: https://sites.google.com/site/toscanarealestate/home/toscana-south-condos—toscana-south-highland-beach-florida-condos?authuser=0

Toscana is a three building full service luxury oceanfront community located just south of Delray Beach and North of Boca Raton, on the west side of A1A between the Intracoastal & the Atlantic Ocean. Toscana North, located at 3700 S. Ocean Blvd. Highland Beach Florida 33487, has 17 floors and 143 condos. Toscana West, located at 3720 S. Ocean Blvd. Highland Beach Florida 33487, has 16 floors and 118 condos. Toscana South, located at 3740 S. Ocean Blvd. Highland Beach Florida 33487, has 18 floors and 159 condos. In total, there are 422 condos in Toscana Highland Beach Florida. Toscana condos have 2, 3, 4 & 5 bedrooms. Most condos in Toscana Highland Beach Florida 33487 have 2 huge balconies, and some condos have 3+ balconies. Toscana condos have ocean views, Intracoastal views, city views, and gorgeous views to the Toscana resort-style grounds. Toscana Highland Beach has a private beach club and beach for residents to enjoy year round. The elegant & recently remodeled Toscana Beach Club has beautiful ocean views. The Toscana Beach Club has a social room with ocean views, lockers, a kitchen, showers, and a BBQ area with gorgeous ocean views. The Toscana private beach has lounge beach chairs with canopy, and Toscana attendants that provide residents and their guests with towels and water. Toscana Highland Beach Florida is a 24-hour manned gated community with 2 tennis courts, a bocce ball court, and a shuffleboard court. Toscana Towers has 3 heated pools and 2 hot tubs with attendant and cabana baths. Each Toscana Tower has a fitness center, sauna, steam room, locker room, billiard’s room, social room, TV room, business center, kitchen, private coded elevator access to each apartment, underground parking, valet parking from 8 am to midnight, 24-hour concierge service & staff, private air conditioned storage, bicycle storage, and on-site maintenance & management. Each Toscana Tower has 2 electric car charging stations! Pets of all sizes welcome, but tenants cannot have pets. Toscana Condos can be rented right after they are bought, twice a year for 90 days minimum each time. This is great for investors! Year round social events for Toscana residents! Toscana is a VERY social community. The Toscana Condo Association Social Committees and the Toscana HOA Social Committees organize events such as: holiday parties, bagel brunches, game nights, trivia nights, Valentine’s Day party, Halloween party, & much more. In addition, residents organize card groups, a Toscana Book Club, and more. There is so much to do when you live in Toscana! Toscana residents are required to have a parking space for each car they own or lease. Parking spaces in Toscana Highland Beach Florida 33487 can be purchased (for about $50,000+) or rented (for about $150-$250 per month). The public schools for Toscana Highland Beach Florida 33487 are: J. C. Mitchell Elementary School, Boca Raton Community Middle School, and Boca Raton Community High School. There are also very good private schools close by such as: Pine Crest Preparatory School Boca Raton Campus and St. Andrews School. Florida Atlantic University is just 5 minutes away from Toscana Highland Beach Florida 33487.

The price range of Toscana condos is $635,000 to about $5,000,000. The price range of Toscana rentals is about $4,000 to $12,000 per month. Interested in buying or renting in Toscana? Ben and Mayra Stern, Realtors with Stern Realty and Toscana residents, can show you any Toscana condos for sale or rent. Text us at 561-715-0314 to schedule your FREE Toscana tour!

Interested in selling your Toscana Highland Beach Florida condo? Watch our Toscana Virtual Listing Presentation on our website: www.ToscanaRealEstate.info or click on the following link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VIVJqT5hyN_6Sbn2Len5nMLPcSXlrsyx/view?usp=sharing

Toscana West Condos – 3720 S. Ocean Blvd. Highland Beach Florida 33487: The NEW Lobby, the Views, the Floor Plans, the Amenities, and MORE!

Toscana West also known as Toscana Tower II, is located at 3720 S. Ocean Blvd. Highland Beach, Florida 33487Toscana West was the second Toscana Tower and it was built in 2002. Toscana West has 118 condos and 16 floors. Toscana West floor plans are: the Cortona model, the Siena model, the Grand Siena model, the Trevi model, the Firenze model, and the Grand Firenze model. Come see what the NEW and improved Toscana West is all about! The MODERN Toscana West lobby was completed in 2019! There was NO assessment to residents for the lobby renovation. Toscana West has beautiful DIRECT Intracoastal views, ocean views, city views, and gorgeous views to the Toscana resort-style grounds. 

Click on the links below to view the Toscana West floor plans:

Toscana West Cortona Model Floor Plan

Toscana West Siena Model Floor Plan

Toscana West Grand Siena Model Floor Plan

Toscana West Trevi Model Floor Plan

Toscana West Firenze Model Floor Plan

Toscana West Grand Firenze Model Floor Plan

Watch the Toscana West Condos Virtual Tour 2020 Movie here:

For more information about Toscana West condos, visit our Toscana website. Click on the following link: https://sites.google.com/site/toscanarealestate/home/toscana-west-condos—toscana-west-highland-beach-florida-condos?authuser=0

Toscana is a three building full service luxury oceanfront community located just south of Delray Beach and North of Boca Raton, on the west side of A1A between the Intracoastal & the Atlantic Ocean. Toscana North,located at 3700 S. Ocean Blvd. Highland Beach Florida 33487has 17 floors and 143 condos. Toscana West, located at 3720 S. Ocean Blvd. Highland Beach Florida 33487,has 16 floors and 118 condos. Toscana South, located at 3740 S. Ocean Blvd. Highland Beach Florida 33487,has 18 floors and 159 condos. In total, there are 422 condos in Toscana Highland Beach Florida.  Toscana condos have 2, 3, 4 & 5 bedrooms. Most condos in Toscana Highland Beach Florida 33487 have 2 huge balconies, and some condos have 3+ balconies. Toscana condos have ocean views, Intracoastal views, city views, and gorgeous views to the Toscana resort-style grounds. Toscana Highland Beach has a private beach club and beach for residents to enjoy year round. The elegant & recently remodeled Toscana Beach Club has beautiful ocean views. The Toscana Beach Club has a social room with ocean views, lockers, a kitchen, showers, and a BBQ area with gorgeous ocean views. The Toscana private beach has lounge beach chairs with canopy, and Toscana attendants that provide residents and their guests with towels and water. ToscanaHighland Beach Florida is a 24-hour manned gated community with 2 tennis courts, a bocce ball court, and a shuffleboard court.  Toscana Towers has 3 heated pools and 2 hot tubs with attendant and cabana baths. Each Toscana Tower has a fitness center, sauna, steam room, locker room, billiard’s room, social room, TV room, business center, kitchen, private coded elevator access to each apartment, underground parking, valet parking from 8 am to midnight, 24-hour concierge service & staff, private air conditioned storage, bicycle storage, and on-site maintenance & management. Each ToscanaTower has 2 electric car charging stations! Pets of all sizes welcome, but tenants cannot have pets. Toscana Condos can be rented right after they are bought, twice a year for 90 days minimum each time. This is great for investors! Year round social events for Toscana residents! Toscana is a VERY social community. The Toscana Condo Association Social Committees and the Toscana HOA Social Committees organize events such as: holiday parties, bagel brunches, game nights, trivia nights, Valentine’s Day party, Halloween party, & much more. In addition, residents organize card groups, a Toscana Book Club, and more. There is so much to do when you live in ToscanaToscana residents are required to have a parking space for each car they own or lease. Parking spaces in Toscana Highland Beach Florida 33487 can be purchased (for about $50,000+) or rented (for about $150-$250 per month). The public schools for Toscana Highland Beach Florida 33487 are: J. C. Mitchell Elementary School, Boca Raton Community Middle School, and Boca Raton Community High School. There are also very good private schools close by such as: Pine Crest Preparatory School Boca Raton Campus and St. Andrews School. Florida Atlantic University is just 5 minutes away from Toscana Highland Beach Florida 33487.

The price range of Toscana condos is $635,000 to about $3,000,000. The price range of Toscana rentals is about $4,000  to $12,500 per month.  Interested in buying or renting in Toscana? Ben and Mayra Stern, Realtors with Stern Realty and Toscana residents, can show you any Toscana condos for sale or rent. Text us at 561-715-0314 to schedule your FREE Toscana tour!

Interested in selling your Toscana Highland Beach Florida condo? Watch our Toscana Virtual Listing Presentation here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VIVJqT5hyN_6Sbn2Len5nMLPcSXlrsyx/view?usp=sharing

The Most Gorgeous Toscana Seasonal Rental EVER! DIRECT Intracoastal Views & Ocean Views! Private Beach Club & Resort-Style Amenities!

About this condo located at 3720 S. Ocean Blvd. #1004. Highland Beach, Florida 33487:

  • $11,500 per month for 4 months minimum.
  • NO PETS!
  • COMPLETELY REMODELED 3 bedroom + den, 3 full baths condo with spectacular Intracoastal & ocean views!
  • New kitchen cabinets & counter tops, kitchen island, new light fixtures, a double fridge, new appliances, and more! Intracoastal views from the kitchen and dining area!
  • Modern, elegant, & neutral design.  Open floorplan with new high hats, light fixtures and new flooring.
  • Furnished condo with elegant accents, furniture, and decor! Bring your toothbrush!
  • Magnificent DIRECT Intracoastal views from one balcony! The other balcony has beautiful views to the ocean and the Toscana grounds.
  • Spacious master bedroom with Intracoastal views. Custom built master bedroom closet.
  • The second bedroom has beautiful ocean views and 2 Twin/Single beds!
  • Totally remodeled second bathroom. MODERN, sleek design.
  • The third bedroom has a Queen size bed and magnificent Intracoastal views! Watch the boats pass by!
  • The third bathroom was also remodeled.
  • The laundry room has cabinets, a laundry tub, and a full size washer & dryer. 
  • Private elevator to the condo
  • 2 parking spaces!
  • Watch our Toscana West Highland Beach Condos video here:
  • About Toscana:
  • Toscana is a three building full service luxury oceanfront community located just south of Delray Beach and North of Boca Raton, on the west side of A1A between the Intracoastal & the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Toscana is a 24-hour manned gated community with 3 pools, 2 hot tubs, 2 tennis courts, bocce ball court, shuffleboard, and private beach with beach club. The Toscana Beach Club has a social room, lockers, kitchen, showers, BBQ area, and lounge beach chairs with canopy. Toscana West has a new MODERN lobby, a fitness center, sauna & steam room, a locker room, billiard’s room, social room, TV room, business center, kitchen, private coded elevator access to the apartment, underground parking, valet parking, 24/7 security, & more. Each Toscana Tower has 2 electric car charging stations!

About Highland Beach Florida: What is so special about Highland Beach?

  • Highland Beach is a very quiet little coastal town (The 10 Safest And Most Peaceful Places to Live in Florida). To view detailed information about Highland Beach, please go to City-data.com . Voted one of the most Livable Cities in Florida and the USA by AreaVibes.com and one of the best cities to live in Palm Beach County by Livability.com .
  • Highland Beach is one of the most exclusive coastal towns in the US. It is also one of the highest income per capita towns in the USA. Highland Beach’s zip code 33487 ranked #24 on the list of the wealthiest zip codes in Florida by the South Florida Business Journal .
  • Location, location, location : Highland Beach is a small exclusive beach town that is located close to major cities: the hip City of Delray Beach, the exclusive city of Boca Raton, the quaint town of Deerfield Beach, the lively city of Ft. Lauderdale, and the iconic town of Palm Beach. There are lots of attractions nearby. Highland Beach is just 5 minutes away from famed Atlantic Ave. in Delray Beach, and Boca Raton’s Downtown. The coastal town of Deerfield Beach is located just 10 minutes away, and the exclusive city of Palm Beach is just about 20 minutes away. There are lots of things to do and attractions nearby, such as: the Town Center at Boca Raton, Mizner Park, the shops at Royal Palm Place, and Worth Avenue. Residents and visitors can rent a boat for the day, or go on a cruise through the Intracoastal Waterway. They can go surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, or just take a relaxing walk by the beach! A brewery tour is always a great choice too! There are many beautiful local parks and museums nearby, and the restaurant choices are endless! Golf is extremely popular among Highland Beach residents since there are so many public and private golf courses around the area. For tennis players, the Delray Tennis Center is only about 5 minutes away from Highland Beach. It is an awesome tennis center! The possibilities are endless when it is sunny outside and you live in Highland Beach! Highland Beach is 30 minutes away from 2 major airports and 5 minutes away from the Boca Raton Airport which makes this location even more desirable. Highland Beach has warm weather 10 months out of the year. It’s always beach season in Highland Beach! Escape the COLD WINTERS! Reading a book on the beach, having happy hour on the sand with your loved ones and friends, walks by the beach, fishing, and shell collecting, are all part of the Highland Beach lifestyle. We also love walking on the beach to the nearby restaurant, Latitudes, located in the Delray Sands Resort. They have an awesome brunch and good happy hours!
  • Highland Beach is ALL PRIVATE BEACH. There is no public access to the beach, which means, a less crowded beach compared to the very touristy public beaches in Boca Raton and Delray Beach. The Toscana beach is the PERFECT place to practice social distancing!
  • Although there are many things to do nearby in the cities surrounding Highland Beach, when you live in Highland Beach, the town is VERY quiet. It is nice to know that you can go for dinner to a trendy nearby restaurant in a busy street such as Atlantic Avenue, where you can walk that street to see the nightlife, cute stores, and bars, but then, when you get home, you can enjoy the peace and serenity that Highland Beach offers. No restaurant noise and no noise from the tourism and traffic that other bigger cities get. Ditch the congested cities and come spend a few months in paradise!

Interested in this Toscana Seasonal Rental? Text Ben & Mayra Stern, Realtors with Stern Realty and Toscana residents at 561-715-0314.

The Toscana Real Estate Market Report – September 24, 2020 edition is ready to view!

Our Toscana Real Estate Market Report includes information about the current real estate market in Toscana Highland Beach Florida 33487, such as Toscana Highland Beach Florida 33487 condos for sale, Toscana Highland Beach Florida 33487 condos sold, Toscana Highland Beach Florida 33487 condos under contract, Toscana Highland Beach Florida 33487 condos for rent, Toscana Highland Beach Florida 33487 condos rented, Toscana Highland Beach Florida 33487 statistics, Highland Beach Florida 33487 real estate market information, interesting real estate articles, and more!

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If you want to get our Toscana Real Estate News monthly by email, or if you want to sign up  to get automatic alerts when there is a new Toscana Highland Beach Florida 33487 listing for sale, for rent, under contract, or sold, please email us at: BenAndMayraStern@hotmail.com . 

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Lets Talk About The Elephant in the Room: Why Do Real Estate Agents Have Such a Bad Reputation?

It is not a secret that the real estate profession is not well respected. We understand why.  We have been in the real estate business for over 25 years. We have met good agents with high integrity and professionalism throughout the years. However, we have also met many agents that lack training, integrity, and honesty. Even more sad, is that many of the agents that do not follow the rules and common ethical practices, are the ones that are, in many cases, more successful than the ones that honor our profession, follow the Realtor’s Code of Ethics, and the law.  In other words, the saying is true: good people finish last. For example…

It is easier to get a listing when agents tell the seller what they want to hear. Many agents tell prospective sellers a price that is unrealistic, so that the property owner is more willing to list with them than with another real estate agent interviewing for the same listing. As nice as it sounds to hear that a seller can get a higher price for their home, not listening to the agents that are being more honest & giving the seller a more realistic selling price, based on the price of actual sold properties, will probably not do the seller any good. The property will sit for months or even years on the market without selling, while it helps other comparable properties sell. Buyers are very savvy these days. With all the information out there, they will know which properties are a better value, and the properties that are priced right, will be the ones that sell. Many overpriced homes will never sell and their listing expires. It has been proven, that if a seller prices their property right from the beginning, it will be sold faster, and in many cases, even for more money than they would have gotten if they overpriced their home. A property that has been on the market for so long makes buyers think that there is something wrong with it, or they will think that the owner is just not realistic, so they will pass and not even bother with that property. A seller might know, that they will be flexible & negotiable once they get an offer, but all those buyers and agents out there do not know that. Standard of Practice 1-3, of The Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of the National Association of Realtors, states: “Realtors, in attempting to secure a listing, shall not deliberately mislead the owner as of market value.” It is up to the seller whether or not they want to list with an honest agent that told them the truth from the beginning, or with the agent that did not. Unfortunately, most sellers listen to the agent that tells them what they WANT to hear and not what they should hear.

The manipulation of the MLS information is another thing that we see in the industry, meaning the statistics of certain real estate agents look more favorable. When agents overprice a listing just to “get the listing”, it is very common that the property sits on the market for many months and even several years. The excuse given to the sellers when they are asked to reduce the listing price again and again, is that the real estate market has changed. In many cases, the problem with the listing is that it was overpriced from day one and the sellers were helping sell their competition, the properties that were priced correctly.  Therefore, in an attempt for the real estate agent to overcome their terrible statistics of 450+ days on the market, and most likely a terrible Listed Price to Sold Price ratio (if the property ends up selling, it might be 20% – 40% below original asking price), many manipulate the MLS information by removing the listing from the MLS and then inputting the same property in the MLS with a new MLS number and a new price. Because of this, prospective buyers might think that the property is a new listing when in reality, it has been on the market for an extended period of time. If the property ends up selling, the days on the market and lower new listing price will give the agents better statistics. However, prospective buyers these days are very resourceful, and they can find out very easily how many times a property was on the market previously and for how long. This misleading tactic only helps improve the statistics of the agent that plays that game rather than the seller. Manipulating the MLS tactics may “work against the duty of honesty in Article 1, and the ‘true picture’ mandate for all advertising, marketing, and other representations in Article 12,” says Rodney Gansho, NAR’s director of engagement and staff executive to the Multiple Listing Issues and Policies Committee. Read more here:

MLS Games People Play – Realtor Magazine, March – April 2020 issue

Some agents unfortunately, do not give a copy of the listing agreement to the sellers as required by the Code of Ethics, article 9. Make sure your Realtor gives you a signed copy of the totally executed Listing Agreement right away. We immediately email a signed copy to our sellers. In Florida, you are required to provide your client with a copy of the Listing Agreement signed by all parties. We would be very concerned if an agent did not take the time to go over the listing contract with their client, and give a copy of the Listing Agreement. Clients need to make sure they write the expiration date of the contract on their calendar. This will help keep track of the listing period. If clients are happy with the service this agent is giving, then they could sign a listing extension, if not, the client has the right to find an agent that will give better service and results.

Who represents the client? We represent the seller when we take a listing as “single agents,” unless we bring our own buyer – then we become “transaction brokers” to be fair to both parties involved in the transaction. Sellers should keep in mind, that we reduce our commission if we procure the buyer of the property. Most other real estate agents are transaction brokers from the beginning, even if the buyer comes with a different agent that represents them. The duties of single agency include: loyalty, confidentiality, obedience, and full disclosure, which are not included as transaction broker duties. A transaction broker provides you with a limited form of representation. Why would a seller pay an attorney a high fee to NOT fully represent them? Unfortunately, some agents just “want to make the deal.” While doing that, the agent forgets about their duties to their clients and even tries to make the honest agents on the other side of the transaction, feel bad because making the deal is what drives them, even if what they are doing or saying might be unethical and not in the best interest of their client.

Sellers should be aware of kickbacks so they are not stuck with bad service! We have received so many calls from people throughout the years that are stuck with a real estate agent that gives them bad service, and they can not wait to get out of the contract. We tell these people that unfortunately, until that contract is either cancelled or expired, there is nothing that we can do to help them sell or rent their property. Before choosing a real estate agent, sellers should do their homework. Maybe who someone calls “THE BEST” real estate agent is not really so, but it is just the one that “greases their palms.” They don’t care that the seller will be stuck with bad service and results for years and that the seller will be paying the costly vacant property expenses. Sellers should know that for a real estate agent to give back a kickback to someone unlicensed as a real estate agent for referring them a customer, is not legal in the state of Florida. See Florida Statutes 475.25.

Florida Statutes 475.25 Discipline.—
(1) The commission may deny an application for licensure, registration, or permit, or renewal thereof; may place a licensee, registrant, or permittee on probation; may suspend a license, registration, or permit for a period not exceeding 10 years; may revoke a license, registration, or permit; may impose an administrative fine not to exceed $5,000 for each count or separate offense; and may issue a reprimand, and any or all of the foregoing, if it finds that the licensee, registrant, permittee, or applicant:
h. Has shared a commission with, or paid a fee or other compensation to, a person not properly licensed as a broker, broker associate, or sales associate under the laws of this state, for the referral of real estate business, clients, prospects, or customers, or for any one or more of the services set forth in s. 475.01(1)(a).

For example, in an article that we recently read online, Why you should ignore the hotel concierge’s recommendations, the article states:

But one travel expert has suggested that there are plenty of circumstances where you’re probably better off taking the concierge’s recommendations with a grain of salt. “When you’re asking around for sightseeing or dining advice, avoid hotel staffers. They’re often on the take,” says Time Magazine’s travel expert Brad Tuttle. 

When someone refers an agent to a seller, the seller should make sure that the referral comes from the heart, because that agent gives exceptional service, not because they are getting a kickback for the referral. The best referrals come from an agent’s past customers and people that sellers truly know and trust. To read our customer reviews, please click the following link:  Stern Realty Reviews

While there are some agents that make all other real estate agents look bad, sellers should know that there are many out there that are trying really hard to walk a straight line, be honest, have integrity, and truly care. According to NAR (the National Association of Realtors) research, 76% of the sellers only interview 1 agent. Why is that? Most consumers read reviews online and shop around for at least 3 bids if they want to purchase a car or a dishwasher, but yet, when it comes to their BIGGEST investment, their HOME, they do not shop around. It becomes clear to us, that if more consumers would do their research, they would hire a better agent, and they would not just go with the agent that someone says is “THE BEST,” when they are not, nor the one that tells the seller what they want to hear, without actually having good statistics and multiple stellar reviews. So, if consumers would be more careful with their choosing of an agent, there would be less real estate agents in this business that do not follow The Code of Ethics and the law.  They would not be able to make it in this business and they would have no choice but to go try a different business. If we want to make the real estate profession a more respected profession, not only do agents have to do their part to show they have more professionalism, but in addition, consumers should not enable the bad behavior of the agents, that are less than stellar, by hiring them over the ones that are honest and follow the rules that are in place to protect the consumer.

We hope that you find this read meaningful. We also hope that consumers looking to buy or sell real estate will take the time to do their homework and give a chance to the good real estate agents out there. To all my colleagues that play by the rules, thank you for your professionalism. We can all improve the quality of the real estate professionals together.

Thanks to all our past clients and customers that gave us the chance throughout the years. Your awesome reviews give us the fuel we need to keep going, one customer at a time, with integrity.

Mayra & Ben Stern, Stern Realty

http://www.BenAndMayraStern.com

New Luxury Condos in Prestigious Private Golf Community in the Exclusive City of Boca Raton Florida!

New luxury condominium located in a private Country Club in the center of Boca Raton Florida. Elegant and modern building with spectacular golf and lake views. 2 and 3 bedroom residences with den or office options and 2.5 to 4.5 bathrooms, floor plans ranging from 2,676 to 4,780 square feet, spa-style master bathrooms with luxurious tubs, custom vanities and European cabinetry, designer kitchens, 9’6” ceilings for most condos and 10’10” ceilings in all penthouse residences, expansive outdoor terraces, full-size laundry rooms with premium washers and dryers, privacy-controlled elevator system with secured access into each residence, all residences are prewired to accommodate state-of-the-art technology, and private/enclosed parking includes two spaces assigned to each condo. Residents will enjoy a highly-serviced lifestyle complete with valet and concierge services as well as enjoy the world-class amenities of the prestigious private club.  These luxury new condos range from $1,300,000 to $3,000,000.

About the private club:

  • The nation’s #1 private residential country club with resort-style living and more than 300,000 sq. ft. of club facilities including 30 tennis courts, 6 distinguished restaurants, aquatic and fitness center, world class spa, 4 championship golf courses designed by Pete Dye, Arnold Palmer and Jim Fazio, and more!
  • Gated community with spectacular well kept grounds. The country club membership equity amount is $70,000.

About the City of Boca Raton:

If you are interested in buying or selling a luxury property in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, or Highland Beach, please contact Ben & Mayra Stern with Stern Realty Co. at 561-715-0314.

Referrals

When in Highland Beach, do as the locals do: go play golf with your neighbors!

Golf is extremely popular among Highland Beach Florida residents since there are so many public and private golf courses around the Boca Raton and Delray Beach area. The weather in Florida is also perfect for golf players that want to play all year long. There are so many things that Highland Beach residents can do around the area and golf is certainly one of the favorite hobbies for Highland Beach residents.

There are 18 golf courses in Delray Beach, Florida and 2 are municipal courses. There are also another 82 golf courses within 20 miles of Delray Beach, including 13 public, 17 municipal and 52 private courses.

Many of our neighbors in Highland Beach are members of private clubs such as the Boca Resort or the Seagate Club. Both very nice choices! However, for Highland Beach residents that don’t want to join a club and pay a membership (since many of our residents are not permanent Florida residents), a public golf course is a very versatile option. We have so many beautiful and well kept public golf courses close by. We mention a few of the most popular golf courses amongst Highland Beach residents below:

Private:
Boca Resort Course Golf Course:
18 hole regulation length course
Private golf course
https://www.bocaresort.com/

Seagate Country Club Golf Course:
18 hole regulation length course
Private golf course
https://www.seagategolf.com/golf/

The Old Course at Broken Sound Club
18 hole regulation length course
Private golf course
https://www.brokensoundclub.org/

Municipal:
Red Reef Executive Golf Course:
9 hole executive length course
Municipal golf course
https://www.myboca.us/538/Alan-C-Alford-Red-Reef-Family-Golf-Cours

Boca Raton Municipal Course:
18 hole regulation length course
Municipal golf course
https://www.myboca.us/479/Golf

Delray Beach Golf Course:
18 hole regulation length course
Municipal golf course
www.delraybeachgolfclub.com

Lakeview Golf Club:
Palm Beach County’s Premier Executive Golf
18 hole regulation length course
Municipal golf course
https://www.lakeviewgcdelray.com/

Thinking about moving to sunny Florida? Contact us! We can help you find a great luxury oceanfront property in the Highland Beach, Boca Raton, and Delray Beach areas. Text Ben & Mayra Stern with Stern Realty, and Highland Beach residents, at 561-715-0314.

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Pennsylvanians LOVE the exclusive town of Highland Beach in Florida, and we do too!

With so much time on our hands during quarantine, and being unable to travel this summer, we have been looking at old photos of our trips. When I saw the photos we took of our trip to Pennsylvania, I could not stop smiling. What a beautiful vacation. We made memories that will last a lifetime. For a girl that grew up in sunny Venezuela, seeing and touching the snow was a joy. Our son had never seen snow before. He was so happy that he made a mini snowman that he kept in the hotel window sill until we had to go back home. We went to the U.S. Mint, the Philadelphia Museum of Art (known as the “Rocky Steps” as a result of a scene from the film Rocky), the Hershey’s factory, and other touristy places. We loved seeing the horse carriages pass by, and walking through the city. The only thing that put a damper on our vacation was the weather. I guess Pennsylvanians know what I mean. We were stuck in the airport for 2 days due to a winter storm…which brings me to the point I wanted to make…

Many of our Highland Beach Florida neighbors are from Pennsylvania. They either have a second home here in Highland Beach, or have permanently moved to Florida to take advantage of the lower taxes, the lower cost of living, and the MUCH warmer Florida weather.  Florida is reeling in new residents, and their wealth, while other states like Pennsylvania are experiencing an exodus of residents.

There’s new evidence to help show that many Northerners are packing their belongings — and bank accounts — and heading to Florida and other zero income tax states. South Florida saw a more than 60% increase in net personal income over 2017, and Palm Beach County alone saw a 20% increase, according to the IRS, which tracks changes in personal income through address changes on annual tax returns. Americans are taking a closer look at how much they’re paying in taxes. Moving to a lower-tax state such as Florida can make a big difference come Tax Day. Business owners also are driving moves to Florida. Companies can move their management or headquarters to Florida while still operating in other states. In South Florida, the largest increase in new personal income has been in Palm Beach County, where President Donald J. Trump, a lifelong New Yorker, recently applied for the Mar-a-Lago resort on Palm Beach to be his permanent residence. He’s not the only billionaire to do so. Read more in this article from The Philadelphia Inquirer:

Pennsylvania and N.J. residents flee high taxes by relocating to South Florida

Why do Pennsylvanians LOVE the exclusive coastal town of Highland Beach in Florida so much?  What is so special about Highland Beach?

  • Highland Beach is a very quiet little coastal town (The 10 Safest And Most Peaceful Places to Live in Florida). To view detailed information about Highland Beach, please go to City-data.com .
  • Highland Beach has lower crime rates compared to other cities in Florida and the USA. Ranked #2 in the 2015 Safest Cities in Florida Study prepared by ValuePenguin.com . Other websites such as CityRating.com  also provide data about the low crime rates in this quaint coastal town.
  • Voted one of the most Livable Cities in Florida and the USA  by AreaVibes.com and one of the best cities to live in Palm Beach County by Livability.com  .
  • Highland Beach is one of the most exclusive coastal towns in the US. It is also one of the highest income per capita towns in the USA.  Highland Beach’s zip code 33487 ranked #24 on the list of the wealthiest zip codes in Florida by the South Florida Business Journal .
  • Famous football (TheRealDeal.com), hockey (Wikipedia ,  TheRealDeal.com), and tennis players (Wikipedia), have lived in Highland Beach throughout the years. CEOs (TheRealDeal.com), Nascar Drivers (TheRealDeal.com), actors (The Parker), and other wealthy people have called Highland Beach their permanent home, or their home away from home, for years.
  • Location, location, location : Highland Beach is a small exclusive beach town that is located close to major cities: the hip City of Delray Beach, the exclusive city of Boca Raton, the quaint town of Deerfield Beach, the lively city of Ft. Lauderdale, and the iconic town of Palm Beach. There are lots of attractions nearby. Highland Beach is just 5 minutes away from famed Atlantic Ave. in Delray Beach, and Boca Raton’s Downtown. The coastal town of Deerfield Beach is located just 10 minutes away, and the exclusive city of Palm Beach is just about 20 minutes away. There are lots of things to do and attractions nearby, such as: the Town Center at Boca Raton, Mizner Park, the shops at Royal Palm Place, and Worth Avenue. Residents and visitors can rent a boat for the day, or go on a cruise through the Intracoastal Waterway. They can go surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, or just take a relaxing walk by the beach! A brewery tour is always a great choice too! There are many beautiful local parks and museums nearby, and the restaurant choices are endless! Golf is extremely popular among Highland Beach residents since there are so many public and private golf courses around the area. For tennis players, the Delray Tennis Center is only about 5 minutes away from Highland Beach. It is an awesome tennis center! The cities nearby organize many street festivals throughout the year and they are a fun activity for residents of all ages. The possibilities are endless when it is sunny outside and you live in Highland Beach! Highland Beach is 30 minutes away from 2 major airports and 5 minutes away from the Boca Raton Airport which makes this location even more desirable.
  • Highland Beach has warm weather 10 months out of the year. It’s always beach season in Highland Beach! Reading a book on the beach, having happy hour on the sand with your loved ones and friends, walks by the beach, fishing, and shell collecting, are all part of the Highland Beach lifestyle. We also love walking on the beach to the nearby restaurant, Latitudes, located in the Delray Sands Resort. They have an awesome brunch and good happy hours!
  • Among the many things that made us fall in love with Highland Beach was the fact that Highland Beach is ALL PRIVATE BEACH. There is no public access to the beach, which means, a less crowded beach compared to the very touristy public beaches in Boca Raton and Delray Beach.
  • When you are home in Highland Beach, it is quiet…no, really…very quiet! Although there are many things to do nearby in the cities surrounding Highland Beach, when you live in Highland Beach, the town is VERY quiet. It is nice to know that you can go for dinner to a trendy nearby restaurant in a busy street such as Atlantic Avenue, where you can walk that street to see the nightlife, cute stores, and bars, but then, when you get home, you can enjoy the peace and serenity that Highland Beach offers. No restaurant noise or smells, and no noise from the tourism and traffic that other bigger cities get.
  • Compared to other States, you really do get more for your money in Highland Beach Florida, while still being able to enjoy a high quality of life and exclusivity.
  • There are great communities to live in Highland Beach: single family homes, townhomes, villas, and condos are available to purchase. Many properties have ocean and Intracoastal views, and most have beach access. Property prices in Highland Beach range from $300,000 – $25,000,000. Many Pennsylvanians like the community called the Highland Beach Club where condo prices range from $350,000 – $750,000. The Highland Beach Club offers beach access and a deck on the Intracoastal for their residents to enjoy. Another community that Pennsylvanian’s love is Highland Beach’s most exclusive condominium development: Toscana Towers. Toscana Towers has three exclusive towers: Toscana North, Toscana West, and Toscana South. It also features a private beach club, 3 pools, 2 hot tubs, 2 tennis courts, a bocce ball court, a shuffleboard court, valet parking, concierge service, and other amenities of a luxury resort style community.  The price of condos in Toscana range from $650,000 – $6,000,000. Watch the sunset and sunrise EVERDAY from your own condo! Both communities are pet friendly for property owners.
  • Nearby cities like Boca Raton and Ft. Lauderdale have been attracting many companies that are relocating from other States with higher taxes. So, there are plenty of jobs in the area for residents that are still working.
  • There are very good public and private schools nearby such as Pine Crest, Saint. Andrews, FAU University, and Lynn University. This is a major selling point for families relocating to this area.

Interested in a condo in Toscana Highland Beach? Got a few minutes? Watch this movie we made so that you can get a glimpse of what the “Toscana Lifestyle” is like: https://youtu.be/aVTncuVgBdg

Visit our Toscana Real Estate website to learn more about the Toscana community:  floor plans, amenities, lifestyle, videos, condos for sale, condos sold, market statistics, and more! Go to: www.ToscanaRealEstate.info

If you are interested in buying or selling a luxury property in Highland Beach Florida, or the surrounding coastal cities, please, contact us at 561.715.0314

Visit our Highland Beach Real Estate website for more information about Highland Beach: http://www.HighlandBeachRealEstate.info

Missing your Philly cheese steak sandwiches? Boca and Delray have restaurants that have good ones! No need to go back to Pennsylvania for that! 🙂

Much health to all,

Mayra & Ben Stern, Stern Realty

 

 

The “Toscana Lifestyle” through Instagram Posts!

Got a few minutes? Watch this movie we made so that you can get a glimpse of what the “Toscana Lifestyle” is like.
 
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