Thursday, January 28, 2016

Grand Opening in Delray Beach at Seven Bridges this weekend - $700's to $2MM - 250 sold! 2450-7500+ sq ft!

Come and see the newest GL Homes Luxury Community with prices ranging from the $700,000s to more than $2 million.  Two hundred fifty homes have already been sold!  Tour 13 different models, gorgeously appointed with luxurious furnishings and way updated kitchens.  Properties range from 2,450 to more than 7,500 square feet, the residences offer three to six bedrooms, three to 8½ baths and, depending on the floor plan, lavish wet bars, in-home fitness and other specialty rooms.


Part of the Pacific Collection, the magnificent Sydney offers four bedrooms, five baths, a media room, library, second-floor computer/sitting area retreat, two-car garage, and a total of 3,839 square feet under air.

Seven Bridges offers 27 innovative floor plans designed with flexible spaces including club rooms, media centers, libraries and summer kitchens. The homes are designed with unprecedented standard features, with most featuring spectacular water views. Ranging in size from 2,450 to more than 7,500 square feet, the residences offer three to six bedrooms, three to 8½ baths and, depending on the floor plan, lavish wet bars, in-home fitness and other specialty rooms.  Impact-resistant windows and doors are included.  Coastal Collection features Sub-Zero and Wolf stainless steel appliances, you can choose granite or quartz countertops and splashbacks.  Atlantic and Pacific collections feature KitchenAid stainless steel appliances, granite or quartz countertops and upgraded cabinets.  All main areas have porcelain flooring and there is MORE… so come and see these beautiful model homes.

The “Platinum Package” includes a swimming pool, outdoor summer kitchen and grill, Sub-Zero and Wolf stainless-steel appliances, natural marble flooring, designer wood cabinetry, granite or quartz countertops with specialty tile backsplash, crown molding and master bath upgrades such as a Jacuzzi drop-in tub and beautiful marble flooring.

The Tennis Center is under construction and will open this spring with 12 Har-Tru tennis courts and one hard, lighted tennis court, shade pavilions and stadium seating, pro shop, locker rooms and showers.  The 30,000 sq ft Clubhouse is also under construction and will feature a lounge, indoor sport court, group fitness studio, multi-purpose room, fitness center, locker rooms, facial/massage rooms, a card room, poker room, catering kitchen, full-service restaurant featuring indoor and poolside service, kid-centric room and game room.  Other features include a lap pool and children’s aqua lot and wading pool. Full-court basketball, a fenced playground, an open playing field and a party pavilion

There is something for everyone and much to enjoy in this upscale Florida lifestyle community.  Located in the heart of Delray Beach, Seven Bridges is surrounded by some of the most prestigious neighborhoods in Palm Beach County.

Located near the newer Delray Marketplace, not far to downtown Boca or the beach at the end of Atlantic Avenue, museums, tropical gardens, houses of worship, public golf courses, and the turnpike entrance is just a bit north.  L-95 is to the east.  You can get anywhere from here, including PBI or FLL.

Keep in mind that somebody gets a commission.  If you want to use your own agent, you must go with them the first time you go to a GL Community.  Your agent is the best one to look out for your interests.  [Realtor Marilyn Jacobs will be happy to go there with you.  Call or text 561-302-3388].  GL  has a top reputation as a Palm Beach County Builder!

Thursday, January 21, 2016


Five West Palm Beach historic homes said to be built in the early 1900’s burned down this week.  Cause of fire could not be determined because the property in which the fire started burned to the ground and left no clues.  Home was leveled.  The structure was dug down to the dirt, finding nothing to investigate.

Local Architects and Historians went by the properties the following day and were upset that these historic homes are now lost.  Preservation of homes built in this period is a major interest of many in the area.  A project was intended to restore the area and create a place where residents could reconnect with their history.  It will be interesting to learn what will be done in due time. It was referred to as “important ground… important land.”
One home had a 27 year old sleeping inside and a WPB police office broke in to get the man out.  Four of the five homes were abandoned.  Location is near Division and 4th Street.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016


One of the central themes explored by Downton Abbey, the British period drama currently in its sixth and final season, has been the preservation of a grand estate.

It’s a subject that resonates with residents, including about 50 Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach members who attended a screening of the season’s first two episodes Sunday. During an introduction to the event, foundation President Alexander Ives shared images from Highclere Castle in north Hampshire, England, which serves as the show’s titular estate for exterior and interior filming.
A few event attendees gasped at images depicting rusted gates and discolored interiors with torn wallpaper and filthy floors. “It was in a very disastrous state at the time of the show starting,” Ives said.
Now several years later — thanks to interest and tourism from the show — Highclere Castle has been restored, Ives said. And more broadly, the show has boosted interest in preserving large estates in the United States and United Kingdom.

The show features a large ensemble cast portraying characters in the rich and servant classes of post-Edwardian Britain. Though mostly a drama with heavy themes, it features its share of comedic moments.

Attendees laughed out loud when Mrs. Patmore, the cook, struggled to navigate a conversation about sex with the estate’s uptight butler, Mr. Carson. They also enjoyed scenes featuring Academy Award-winning actress Maggie Smith, who plays the Crawley family matriarch.

The loudest applause of the night was reserved for the servants, however, after Mr. Carson embraced his fiancée, Mrs. Hughes, the housekeeper, with a kiss.In themes that reflect the present day, the elite families of 1925 are struggling to maintain traditions in the face of change. A large portion of the plot of both episodes involves characters discussing state vs. local control of health care. An auction sale at a neighboring estate signals the declining fortunes of large estates, and Downton Abbey faces staffing reductions in order to cut costs.

Godoff also acknowledged the universal nature of the show’s plot, despite its setting at the dawn of the 20th century. - “People of privilege have problems, too,” he said. “And I think that’s something that some people assume about those of us who live in Palm Beach, too, that if you are privileged you don’t have problems.”
The organization has screened the season premiere of Downton Abbey since 2012.
Review from the Palm Beach Post