Palm Beach Travel owner Annie Davis and her son Jack use a golf cart to move furniture and decorations
from the agency’s current location to another in Manalapan’s Plaza del Mar. The move makes way
for a Publix grocery that is planned for the mall in 2017.
Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star
By Christine Davis
Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2016 named Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa in Manalapan No. 1 among the top resorts on Florida’s Atlantic Coast. The news was not unexpected, but good nonetheless, for Eau Palm Beach.
Readers of Condé Nast Traveler for the second straight year ranked it the best resort on Florida’s east coast. The news is good for a variety of reasons: First of all, more than 300,000 readers voted, twice that in 2015, an indicator that more people are taking vacations and many will visit the Palm Beaches, which boast six additional resorts in the top 20.
Less than two years ago, Palm Beach’s new uber-developer Jeff Greene brought in Kimpton Hotels to shake up the Omphoy. Rebranded as Tideline, it made its first appearance on the list at No. 4, as Condé Nast voters noted it was “radically free of the area’s renowned pretensions, yet suitably sophisticated.”
Another new addition is the Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa (8). The venerable Breakers, however, slipped from fifth to 14th and The Four Seasons from eighth to 18th.
Farther south, the Boca Beach Club jumped from 20 to 13. Its older sibling, the Boca Raton Resort & Club, squeaked back onto the list at 19.
Palm Beach’s Chesterfield and Brazilian Court ranked ninth and 13th on the list of Florida’s best hotels. The Alfond Inn in Winter Park was No. 1.
And more good news: Palm Beach was ranked 11th in best places to retire — if you have deep pockets — and Palm Beach International ranked fifth among the best U.S. airports for waiting out winter storms.
Crane’s Beach House Boutique Hotel & Luxury Villas celebrates its 15th anniversary at a party from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 15. The cost to attend is $15 per person. Money raised will go to the HOW Foundation of South Florida and Project Holiday.
As part of its celebration, hotel guests can receive a 15 percent discount during November when they make their reservations through CranesBeachHouse.com. For information, call 278-1700.
Kogan Estate Homes, a boutique luxury real estate company that opened in December, closed $4.69 million in sales in one week in August. Broker Adam Kogan and his wife, agent Angela Kogan, listed and sold the home of their client in The Oaks, Boca Raton, for $1.39 million and then found her a home at 955 Emerald Row, Gulf Stream, which she purchased for $3.3 million.
Previously with Lang Realty, the Kogans have a combined 23 years in real estate. Since 2013, they have sold more than $80 million in area residential sales. Kogan Estate Homes has an office at 12358 Pleasant Green Way, Boynton Beach. For information, call 271-3799.
In October, Christel Silver, owner of Silver International Realty in Delray Beach, welcomed Annette Klein, new consul general for Germany, on behalf of the German American Business Chamber of South Florida at its recent meeting. Previously, Klein was consul general in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and Gdansk, Poland.
and visitors around town without having to worry about parking.
After joining the Downtowner Network Oct. 1, The Corcoran Group in Delray Beach offers a free shuttle service around town to area residents and visitors. Shuttle drivers act as Corcoran brand ambassadors, and the shuttle will carry iPads displaying videos and information about Corcoran in Delray Beach.
“Corcoran’s shuttle allows those in Delray Beach the flexibility to travel the town free of charge while eliminating the burden of parking in the busy retail areas,” said Corcoran’s regional senior vice president, Bill Yahn. “It is a tangible expression of our ‘Live Who You Are’ philosophy.”
To order a ride, go to ridedowntowner.com/cities/delray-beach/ from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
Two single-family housing patterns appear to be emerging in Palm Beach County. Concerning median sale price, the county’s lowest price year-to-date was in January at $284,500; its highest price year-to-date was in June at $320,000; September ended at $316,000. This pattern suggests that the median home price could moderately decrease in the coming months.
Concerning supply of inventory, the county’s highest level year-to-date was in March at 5.1 months; its lowest level year-to-date was in August at 4.6 months; September ended at 4.8 months. This pattern suggests that supply of homes could moderately increase in the coming months.
“With the potential for more inventory at lower prices, I could see home buyers continuing to keep Realtors quite busy this fall,” said Judy Ramella, president of the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches.
In September, Pineapple Grove Associates, managed by Robert J. Dockerty, bought the 40,025-square-foot retail center at 5859 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, from Lincoln Park Delray LLC, owned and managed by Michael Janoura, for $12.85 million. The deal included the assumption of a $7.88 million mortgage from Centerstate Bank of Florida. Lincoln Park, built on the 5-acre site in 1985, was last traded for $2.9 million in 1999.
On a lot at 550 SE Fifth Ave. in Boca Raton, two 6,500-square-foot buildings soon will be built. One of the buildings is already leased, and the second building, which can be subdivided, is still available. Construction by Delray Beach-based Azure Development, the owner/builder, broke ground in September with an anticipated completion date of June.
The price is negotiable. For information, call Roxanne Register, vice president of leasing and sales for Katz & Associates, at 869-4346.
Small Business Saturday on Nov. 26 in Delray Beach with 450 other boutiques, salons, spas, galleries
and restaurants downtown. The event, complete with promotions, is sponsored by
the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority.
The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority suggests marking your calendars for Small Business Saturday in Downtown Delray Beach on Nov. 26. More than 450 boutiques, salons, spas, galleries and restaurants are scheduled to participate, and recent retail additions include Aqua Swimwear, Bolufe, Mar Blu, VT Studios and 21 Drops.
They join Vince Canning Shoes, Avalon Gallery, Murder on the Beach Bookstore, Petite Connection, Hands, Delray Camera Shop, Richwagen’s Delray Bike & Sport, Periwinkle, Morley, Love Rich Boutique, Oh My Bod, Margaux Riviera, Just Hearts, The Wine Wave, From Roehm With Love, Monogram Closet, the Spy Store and many more.
For a complete list of participating merchants and to learn about November promotions, visit www.facebook.com/DelrayDDA.
A board member of Symphonia Boca Raton chamber orchestra since 2007, Carole Boucard, of Boca Raton, recently was elected as board president. Over the years, she created the organization’s Lunch and Learn fundraising events at the Boca Raton Resort & Club and was involved in the Meet the Orchestra program that enables families to attend a Symphonia dress rehearsal and meet orchestra members at an “instrument petting zoo.” Boucard is an agent at Coldwell Banker and previously was the director of public relations at the Boca Raton Resort & Club.
The family-owned Josie’s Ristorante now features an Italian-inspired brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The restaurant is at 1602 S. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach.
In September, at the International Festivals & Events Association/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Ceremony’s annual convention in Boise, Idaho, Garlic Fest, Bacon & Bourbon Fest and Delray Beach Wine & Seafood Fest, produced by the Festival Management Group, received nine awards. Among them, the Garlic Fest took a first place for the best social media site and first and second places for the best newspaper insert in the budget category.
Photo by Kenneth Bridgett/Kenneth Lamor Signature Photography
The West Atlantic Redevelopment Coalition celebrated its 20th anniversary Sept. 9-11. Weekend events included a social at Arts Garage, Gentlemen of The Set Gala and Awards Dinner at the Fieldhouse at Old School Square, and a golf tournament at the Delray Beach Golf Club.
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