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Old 09-21-2008, 07:29 AM
 
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Can anyone tell me about Isla del Sol in Plantation Isles, Florida? Is it an upscale community. Why are the homes on the water priced so moderately compared to other waterfront homes. Are there alligators in that water. Is this a great buying opportunity for a community that's just been affected by the housing market or will the prices remain below $1Mil. Is this community one that is looked at in high regard. Is the closeness to I595 the problem with how people regard this community against some of the other upscale communities? Is bying a home here now a good investment for the future? Is this a community of professional people from all ethnic backgrounds? What's the 411 on Isla del Sol and the Plantation Isles area overall? Just moved to South Florida. Want to be in an upscale area, preferably on the water, with a mix of great, friendly and sophisticated homeowners who take pride in their communities. Thanks.

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Old 08-28-2011, 09:47 AM
 
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I'm looking at relocating to this area. Do you know anything about it? We have 3 school age children. Also, how many mins to get out to ocean by boat?
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Old 08-29-2011, 11:03 AM
 
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It is a decent community.... Quite far from the ocean by boat (2 hrs or so?). I doubt anyone will be able to give answers to all your questions unless they really live there, my best advice would be drive around and if you see someone out in the yard say hello and ask them for more input. About the price, we are certainly closer to the bottom then the top and remember the old rule 'buy low, sell high'.

PS: I personally love the area and almost bought a house in Plantation Isles a few months ago.
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Old 08-29-2011, 11:04 AM
 
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Both Seminole Middle and South Plantation rank middle of the pack in Florida as does pretty much the entirety of Broward County as a district. Although, if you can afford tuition, St. Thomas is state class.

It takes me 40 minutes to go from the boatworks at I-95 to the ocean at the required no wake speed. I suspect yet getting to the other side of the turnpike would be double that.

And to the first poster, yes, I suspect having two turnpikes within eye and ear shot probably hurts its valuation as does some continuing bank inventory.
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Old 08-31-2011, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Ft Lauderdale
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It is a decent community.... Quite far from the ocean by boat (2 hrs or so?). I doubt anyone will be able to give answers to all your questions unless they really live there, my best advice would be drive around and if you see someone out in the yard say hello and ask them for more input. About the price, we are certainly closer to the bottom then the top and remember the old rule 'buy low, sell high'.

PS: I personally love the area and almost bought a house in Plantation Isles a few months ago.
It is about 1.5 to 2 hours all the way out to the ocean. However, you can get to the intercoastal in slightly less time, and these numbers will clearly vary depending on the day, season and business of the waterways.

I live in Plantation Isles. Isla del Sol is an HOA community, and not all of the homes are on canals. I really like my area and recommend it highly! Isla del Sol has newer and larger homes than the rest of the Isles, and is gated so it is priced higher. But the more northern streets of the Isles (where I live, closer to Peters) are further away from 595 and the turnpike which is a benefit.

The Plantation Isles housing stock, with the exception of some teardowns and the Isla del Sol homes which are newer, tends to date from the 60s and 1970s. Our house is from 1978. Many of the homes have been upgraded and renovated, but some have not and those tend to be inhabitated by old-timers. Since we moved in I have noticed more younger folks and families moving in, and renovating and improving the homes. The homes can be a challenge for the typical family that wants an HGTV-perfect newer home with granite and all the bells and whistles, but you can find that in any bland and typical HOA community in South Florida.

The parks here are wonderful too, and convenience to both highways and shopping is unbeatable (Whole Foods and the new "green" Publix next door, only 5 minutes away)!

The elementary schools are A schools, and so is South Plantation, though I am not sure about Seminole Middle (may be a B school?)

I asked my neighbors about gators and they reported none have been seen in the ocean access canals (too salty). There are some manatees which is cool.

Feel free to PM me for more info.

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