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Boca Raton has something for everyone

From luxurious country club estates and waterfront homes to chic downtown town houses, Boca Raton has homes in every conceivable price range and style. The average price of a home in Boca Raton in 2002 was $251,666, according to data from the Realtor Association of South Palm County’s multiple listing service, and most neighborhoods are enjoying a healthy escalation in value.

A trademark of Boca Raton’s residential character is its well-landscaped, garden-like ambiance—a tradition that stems from the late 1970s, when the Arvida company stressed lush landscaping for Boca Raton’s earliest planned developments. Now all growth—both in the city and past its perimeters—follows Arvida’s original lead, whether it’s a flowered median on Palmetto Park Road or the elaborately designed gateways to some of the city’s more elegant communities. Here’s a random sampling:

Old Floresta is Boca Raton’s best-known historic district, achieving its designation from the city’s Historic Preservation Board in 1990 based on its 29 original Addison Mizner homes dating from the 1920s. Although homes are small by modem standards, they sell for $1 million and more for totally renovated properties. The northern and western sections have many later homes dating from the 1950s and 1960s.

Boca Bath & Tennis, on Military Trail north of Glades Road. is a gated community with 350 luxury single-family homes on half- to three-quarter-acre lots. There are eight park areas with three lakes, a clubhouse, tennis courts and swimming pool available to all residents. Homes sell from $500,000 to $2 million.

On the north side of Yamato Road, west of Jog (Powerline) Road, Woodfield Country Club has 1,297 single-family, patio, courtyard and custom homes in 20 lake and golf villages, some dating from 1985 and others from the mid-1990s. The vast tropical-style Cascades aquatic and fitness center has a lagoon and fountain pool, restaurant and lounge. An 18-hole Joe Lee golf course, 20 tennis courts and a clubhouse with dining, meeting and social rooms complete the amenities. Prices range from $254,000 to $305,000 for attached homes to up to $3.2 million for single-family homes.

The older coastal neighborhoods, many of them featuring spectacular views of the ocean or Intracoastal, tend to be more expensive, particularly around the Boca Raton Resort & Club, where condominium units at a building like The Addison can start at $500,000. The Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club is one of the area’s most prestigious addresses, with houses between $675,000 and $29 million.

Developed in the early 1980s, Logger’s Run, west of U.S. 441 between Glades and Oriole Country roads, features 15 neighborhoods with 1,842 homes in a wide range of styles and prices. Timberwalk’s three-bedroom villas and town homes nm from $120,000 to $140,000. Winding Lakes’ large single-family homes reach $1.3 million. Logger’s Run is noted for its parks and 1,600 acres of water, including Big Bass Lake. Within city limits, there are charming middle- and upper-middle-class neighborhoods. Mid-priced communities include Boca Square, Lake Floresta, Boca Pointe and Boca del Mar. In the newer, unincorporated areas west of the city, you’ll find beautifully constructed planned urban developments, town houses and duplexes, as well as all-amenities-included country dub living. The Arvida community of Broken Sound, for instance, features several home styles in an array of neighborhoods.

For the budget-minded, good buys in everything from country club living to starter homes are available close to the Boca/Delray Beach line. Homes, town homes, apartments and condominiums also are available to rent by the month, year or season. There also is a wide range of retirement facilities in Boca Raton. These seniors-only communities offer varying degrees of medical care, planned activities and other amenities.

There are more than 2,000 real estate professionals in Boca Baton capable of assisting you in your real estate needs.

For more information on Boca Raton real estate. including homestead exemption, taxes and other relevant data, visit the Chamber’s Web site at www.bocaratonchamber.com.


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