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Happy Thanksgiving from Ben & Mayra Stern!

Can’t wait until Thanksgiving, our favorite holiday! Thinking of fostering a dog? Watch this YouTube video: Happy Thanksgiving from the Stern Family Fostering is such a rewarding experience!
Also, please, read this Coastal Star article about fostering dogs. Ben & Mayra Stern from Highland Beach, Florida have fostered dogs 30 times so far!
Coastal Stars: Dogs Find Forever Love Through Temporary Home

Please, don’t shop, adopt a pet instead: All For One Pet Rescue

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Seasonal rental in luxury oceanfront community near Boca Raton and Delray Beach, Florida!

The Toscana Lifestyle !!

Do you know anyone interested in renting in Toscana Highland Beach, Florida during season? If so, please, let us know and let them know about unit 907 in Toscana West. $10,000 per month, 3 months minimum. No pets.

View more pictures of this Toscana listing here: Toscana West Seasonal Rental

For more information contact Ben & Mayra Stern, Realtors with Stern Realty, and Toscana residents, at 561-715-0314 or BenAndMayraStern@hotmail.com .
http://www.ToscanaRealEstate.info

This is your opportunity to enjoy a life of luxury here in Toscana at an affordable price! Oceanfront Community near Boca Raton & Delray Beach!

  

Toscana is a three building luxury community located on the west side of A1A between the Intracoastal & the Atlantic Ocean. Toscana is a 24-hour manned gated community with 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 beach chairs with umbrellas. The Toscana attendant will provide you with towels and water! Each Toscana building has a heated pool and hot tub with attendant, cabana baths, fitness center, sauna, steam room, locker room, billiard’s room, social room, TV room, business center, kitchen, underground parking, valet parking, 24-hour concierge service & staff, private air conditioned storage, bicycle storage, and on-site maintenance & management. Pets of all sizes welcome!

Model perfect 2 bedroom + den/office/or formal dining room, 2.1 baths, almost 2,000 sq. ft. of living area, and 3 balconies! Pool, fountain & garden views. Custom marble floors & painting throughout, crown molding, custom wood bar area w/ granite counters, kitchen with granite counter tops & more. Priced at $650,000.

Highland Beach is just minutes to DELRAY’S famed Atlantic Ave. with its world class shopping and dining establishments, and close to Boca’s downtown. The quaint coastal town of Deerfield Beach is located just 10 minutes away, and the exclusive city of Palm Beach is just about 20 minutes away. Highland Beach is 30 minutes away from 2 major airports and 10 minutes away from the Boca Raton Airport. Highland Beach is a very quiet little coastal town ( http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/florida/safest-places-fl/ ) and it 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 http://ValuePenguin.com . Other websites such as http://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 http://AreaVibes.com and one of the best cities to live in Palm Beach County by http://Livability.com  . Highland Beach is ALSO 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 . Many wealthy people from New York, California, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Canada, France, Russia, Germany, Turkey, China, England, Belgium, Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Chile, and other countries, have bought second homes in Highland Beach, Florida. Foreign buyers come to the area looking for more stable investments and a good value. Here in Highland Beach, it is sunny most of the year! Escape the cold during the winter months!

For more info about Toscana, and a private tour of this condo and the community, please, contact Ben & Mayra Stern, Realtors with Stern Realty, and Toscana Residents, at 561-715-0314 or by email at BenAndMayraStern@hotmail.com

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Buy a Second Home in Florida and Escape the Cold Winters While You Enjoy the Toscana Lifestyle! Luxury condo with direct ocean views!

Spectacular condo for sale in luxury, full service oceanfront community in Highland Beach! Just Listed! Asking Price: $1,000,000. MLS: # RX-10321546. 2 bedrooms + office, 2.1 baths, 2,339 sq. ft. of living area, 2 huge patios, and 2 deeded parking spaces. Direct ocean views, and in pristine condition! Upgrades galore! Custom marble floors & entry door, crown molding, LED lighting, high hats, SONOS sound system, & enclosed den/office w direct ocean views & custom wood built-in cabinets. Spacious kitchen with granite countertops & backsplash, upgraded faucet, and pantry w wood shelving. The dining room wall was removed to open up the kitchen area, and was replaced with useful wood cabinets for extra storage. Elegant design with granite countertop & high hats make this area perfect for entertaining! Huge master w direct ocean views, hurricane glass sliding doors w screens, custom window treatments, & 2 finished walk-in closets. Toscana North Condo fee: $3,230 per qtr. Toscana HOA fee: $1,513.76 per qtr. The property taxes in 2016 were: $16,725. Full service resort style oceanfront community w/ beach club. Pets of all sizes welcome!

   Toscana, also known as Toscana Towers, is a three building luxury community located on the west side of A1A between the Intracoastal & the Atlantic Ocean. Toscana has spectacular Intracoastal, ocean and city views. Toscana North has 17 floors and 143 units, Toscana West has 16 floors and 118 units, and Toscana South has 18 floors and 159 units. There are 422 units in Toscana. Toscana is a 24-hour manned gated community with 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 beach chairs with umbrellas. The Toscana attendant will provide you with towels and water! Each Toscana building has a heated pool and hot tub with attendant, cabana baths, 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, 24-hour concierge service & staff, private air conditioned storage, bicycle storage, and on-site maintenance & management.
   Highland Beach is located in the southern portion of eastern Palm Beach County, which is in the southeastern part of the State of Florida. The Town is 1.1 total square miles and is bounded on the north and northwest by the City of Delray Beach and on the south and southwest by the City of Boca Raton. The Atlantic Ocean lies adjacent to the Town on the east and the Intracoastal Waterway lies to the west. Highland Beach is a residential community with a year-round population of 4,150 which increases to approximately 8,500 during the winter months. The roughly three mile stretch of beach in the Town of Highland Beach provides our residents with a place to relax and recreate. Our beaches also serve as critical nesting grounds for endangered sea turtles. The Town of Highland Beach has a Post Office, Fire Department, Police Station & a brand new Public Library overlooking the Intracoastal. Highland Beach was voted 18th Best City to Live In by Forbes. Highland Beach is just minutes to DELRAY’S famed Atlantic Ave. with its world class shopping and dining establishments, and close to Boca’s downtown. Highland Beach is within 30 minutes of 2 major airports and 15 minutes from the Boca Raton Executive Airport. Highland Beach was voted second safest city in Florida by http://ValuePenguin.com .
   View more pictures and information about this Toscana North listing here: https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3700-S-Ocean-Blvd-APT-505-Highland-Beach-FL-33487/58193879_zpid/?view=public
Watch the YouTube video here: https://youtu.be/KAcJW6hyz20

 TN 505 The Toscana Lifestyle

For more information about this condo, or for a full tour of the Toscana community, please contact Ben & Mayra Stern, Toscana residents and Realtors with Stern Realty, at 561-715-0314 or BenAndMayraStern@hotmail.com .
http://www.ToscanaRealEstate.info

 

 

 

Enjoy the Toscana Lifestyle in Highland Beach, Florida for a Fraction of the Price!

   There has never been a better time to buy a second home in Florida! Because the dollar is so strong now, and the exchange rate is affecting foreign buyers, prices of condos by the beach are more affordable now, and there is more inventory to chose from. Florida is no longer just a place where grandparents retire ( There has never been a better time to live la vida Boca ). There are many benefits of buying a condo in this  beautiful state: no state personal income tax, no corporate income tax on limited partnerships, no estate tax, no income tax on trusts, no generation skipping transfer tax, and more.

   Highland Beach is a small exclusive beach town located just south of the City of Delray Beach and north of Boca Raton. Famous football (TheRealDeal.com), hockey (Wikipedia , TheRealDeal.com), and tennis players (Wikipedia), have lived in Highland Beach throughout the years. CEOs, 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. A few things make Highland Beach so special:

   Highland Beach is a very quiet little coastal town (The 10 Safest And Most Peaceful Places to Live in Florida), voted 18th best place to live in by Forbes Magazine. 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 .

   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 quaint coastal town of Deerfield Beach is located just 10 minutes away, and the exclusive city of Palm Beach is just about 20 minutes away. Highland Beach is 30 minutes away from 2 major airports and 10 minutes away from the Boca Raton Airport.

   Compared to other exclusive cities in the US, in Highland Beach, wealthy buyers get more bang for their buck! As per the Forbes list: “America’s Most Expensive Zip Codes 2015”, the most expensive zip code in the US is in Atherton, California where the median price of the properties is $10,564,038. Sagaphonack in New York, was ranked second most expensive zip code in the US with a median home price of $7,416, 538. In Highland Beach, Florida, wealthy buyers can purchase spectacular condos in a luxury, full service oceanfront community with a private beach club, magnificent ocean & Intracoastal views,  and resort style amenities for somewhere between $1,000.000 – $3,000,000. A bargain, if you take into consideration that to be in an exclusive community in most other zip codes will cost wealthy buyers a median price of between $5,000,000 and $10,500,000. The condo fees are also way more affordable than the condo fees in other luxury buildings.

   Many wealthy people from New York, California, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Canada, France, Russia, Germany, Turkey, China, England, Belgium, Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Chile, and other countries, have bought second homes in Highland Beach, Florida. Wealthy buyers from the northeast coast of the US, that buy properties in Highland Beach, come here looking for a warm place to call home during the winter months, and also to diversify their portfolio. Foreign buyers usually come to the area looking for more stable investments and a good value, although currently, with the dollar exchange rate, we have not seen as many foreign buyers in the area as we saw in the past.

Now you can live a life of luxury at an affordable price in the exclusive oceanfront community of Toscana Towers. Toscana has it all:
– Private Beach Club
– Gated community
– 3 resort style pools                                                                                                                                                                         – 2 tennis courts
– Bocce ball court
– Gym
– Steam room
– Sauna
– Valet services 24/7
– Security 24/7
– Pet friendly luxury community. No size restrictions!
– Just 5 minutes away from Boca Raton & Delray Beach

For Sale in Toscana!

   2 bedroom, 2.1 bath condo with almost 2,000 sq. ft. of living area and 3 patios with pool, garden, and fountain views for $650,000. A very good value considering you get to live in an exclusive community by the beach.  Please, watch the YouTube video of our newest Toscana condo here: https://youtu.be/RcM_AXlyEAs

 

 

Zillow.com:  3720 S. Ocean Blvd. #201A. Highland Beach, FL 33487

   For a full tour of the Toscana grounds or more information about Toscana, please contact Ben & Mayra Stern, Realtors with Stern Realty, and Toscana residents at 561-715-0314.
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Looking to diversify your portfolio? Do you want to also buy a second home in Florida?

This is your chance to do both! Florida’s best kept secret to the elite is Highland Beach! Compared to other exclusive zip codes in the US, wealthy buyers get more for their money in Highland Beach, Florida, find out why when you watch this YouTube video .

Watch a YouTube video of this featured listing here: Toscana North Unit 601 YouTube video

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Toscana South Condo for Sale! Magnificent Ocean & Intracoastal Views!

Just listed in Toscana South by Ben & Mayra Stern with Stern Realty Co.! Impeccable Arezzo model on the 16th floor! 2be + den, 2.1 baths, and stunning views of the Intracoastal, ocean, and the Toscana Grounds from every window of this spectacular condo! Shows like a model with about $100,000 in recent upgrades! Custom marble floors & painting throughout, crown molding, recently built custom bar area, beautiful built-in cabinet in the den (could become a 3rd bedroom very easily), custom lighting, kitchen with granite counter tops & backsplash, finished huge walk in closets, master bath with hot tub, double sinks, a separate shower & more. Toscana is a full service luxury building by the beach in Highland Beach, FL . Pets of all sizes are allowed! Priced to sell at $1,500,000. Contact Ben & Mayra at 561-715-0314 or by email at BenAndMayraStern@hotmail.com for more info or for a private showing! http://www.ToscanaRealEstate.info

View more pictures of this condo and the Toscana community here: https://goo.gl/photos/nc9TSjZaVyuaoTut9

3740 S. Ocean Blvd. #1609. Highland Beach, FL 33487 – MLS # RX-10242890

Zillow Zestimates Are Usually Not Accurate

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For years we had people tell us that Zillow estimates, made their home be worth this or that. The problem with the estimates that Zillow gives, is that they do not take into consideration many things that a Realtor would know to take into consideration when giving an estimate of value.

  • Is the home a foreclosure?
  • What is the condition of the home?
  • What are the upgrades of the property?
  • Does the home back to a main road?
  • Does the home have a huge lot?
  • Is that floor plan typically more desirable than another in the same community?
  • What kind of views does the property have? Does it have a lake or a garden view? By the beach area, a condo on the 15th floor will not sell or rent for the same price as one on the 2nd floor. Does the property have an ocean view or an Intracoastal view, or both? They are stacks of a building that have better views than others.
  • Is the property rental price for an annual rental or a seasonal rental? The same property can rent annually for just $6,000 per month, but when it comes to a short term rental during season, the same property can go for $12,000 per month.

So, next time you want an accurate estimate of value, please, contact us! We will tell you what your home is worth based on accurate data and your property specific characteristics.

Thinking of selling?

We know that it is easier to get a listing when you tell the seller what he/she wants to hear. Many agents tell prospective sellers a sales price that is not that realistic 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 you can get a higher price for your home, not listening to the agents that are being more honest & giving you a more realistic selling price based on the price of actual sold properties, will probably not do you any good. Your property will sit for months on the market without selling, while you help other comparable properties sell. Buyers in this market are very knowledgeable and computer savvy. Many overpriced homes will never sell, they become expireds. It has been proven, that if you price your property right from the beginning, you will sell it faster, and in many cases, even for more money than you would have gotten if you overprice your 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. As a seller, you might know that you will be flexible & negotiable once you get an offer, but all those buyers and agents out there do not know that. So, do you want to list with an honest agent that told you the truth from the beginning, or the one that did not?

If you want two honest, full time Realtors, with 20+ years of experience to represent you when selling your property in Palm Beach or Broward County, please, contact Ben & Mayra Stern with Stern Realty Co at 561-715-0314.

      

 

Spectacular Penthouse for rent with ocean & Intracoastal views!

Beautiful 2 bedroom, 2 bath, fully furnished condo available for rent short term from May to November 30, 2016. 3 months minimum. Listed at $2,500 per month. No pets. The Highland Beach Club is a luxury community located in Highland Beach, Florida, on the west side of A1A between the Intracoastal & the Atlantic Ocean. Highland Beach Club amenities include: pool, hot tub & BBQ area overlooking the Intracoastal, beach access, dock on the Intracoastal, 24-hour manned gate, tennis courts, clubhouse with social room, billiard’s room, business center, gym, sauna, and steam room. Walk to the beach! If you are interested in Highland Beach Club condos & townhomes, please contact Ben & Mayra Stern with Stern Realty Co. at 561-715-0314.
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Ben & Mayra Stern Sold More Condos in Toscana North Than Any Other Agent in 2015!

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We had a great year and we are very thankful that our Toscana clients gave us the opportunity to assist them in selling, or buying a condo here in Toscana. We could not have made it without them! Thanks so much for trusting us with the sale or purchase of your condo!

  • We sold more condos in Toscana North than any other real estate agent or company in 2015!
  • We sold almost 50% of all condos in Toscana North!
  • We sold 20% of the condos in ALL of Toscana in 2015!

We saved our Toscana owners almost $75,000 in commissions (compared to a 6% commission), and it took us an average of only 35 days to sell the condos (vs. the average days on the market of 121 days for all 25 condos sold in 2015). We sold our listings 4 times faster than the average. The average sold price vs. listing price for all 25 condos sold was 90%. Our average was 94% (As an average, our listings sell only 6% below listing price which means much more money in the sellers’ pockets).

    For those who don’t know Toscana, here is more info about it:

   Toscana, also known as Toscana Towers, is a three building luxury community located on the west side of A1A between the Intracoastal & the Atlantic Ocean. Toscana has spectacular Intracoastal, ocean and city views. Toscana North has 17 floors and 143 units, Toscana West has 16 floors and 118 units, and Toscana South has 18 floors and 159 units. There are 422 units in Toscana. Toscana is a 24-hour manned gated community with 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 beach chairs with umbrellas. The Toscana attendant will provide you with towels and water! Each Toscana building has a heated pool and hot tub with attendant, cabana baths, 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, 24-hour concierge service & staff, private air conditioned storage, bicycle storage, and on-site maintenance & management. 2, 3, 4 & 5 bedroom units. 2 Huge Balconies! Residents must have a parking space for each car they own or lease. They can purchase ($50,000+) or rent ($150-$250 per month) a parking space, if needed. Public schools are: J. C. Mitchell Elementary School, Boca Raton Community Middle School, and Boca Raton Community High School. A few pets (no size restriction) are allowed in Toscana, except for tenants renting a unit. Toscana has lots of social gatherings. The price range of condos for sale in Toscana is $550,000 – $5,500,000. The price range of units for rent in Toscana is $4,000 -$12,000 per month. Highland Beach was voted second safest city in Florida by ValuePenguin.com . Come to beautiful & exclusive Highland Beach, Florida to escape from the cold, the noise, and the crime! Call Ben & Mayra Stern with Stern Realty Co. at 561-715-0314 to see any properties in Highland Beach. Visit our Toscana Real Estate Website here! 

Thinking of selling your Toscana condo? Do not list with anyone else until you watch our Toscana Listing Presentation!