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Old 02-18-2011, 08:55 PM
 
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flying down on 24th to start to look for something for the DEC/JAN/FEB months. We were told Mirasol, but my husband wants a something nearer the water that he can have a small boat to putter around in, and I think Mirasol is too pricey for our needs. We have a 36ft sailboat, but will not bring that down. Would like to be with like minded people, as we don't golf or play tennis, but we are not clubby drinker types either! No kids but will always have a dog. High rises don't appeal. Know about Chinese drywall, bad windows, and subterra termites. Anything else we should ask? Are there areas to stay away from? Would go as far south as Boca if a good deal presented itself. Would really like to be near a great library and the beach!

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Old 02-18-2011, 09:52 PM
 
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Toll Brothers is building a new community on the intra-coastal in Juno. They have Carriage Homes which are 3 story buildings where each floor is it's own unit and they each have private elevators and their own docks. (they allow most dogs) They start in the 6's and go into the 8's.
The single family homes start in the 1.5 range.
I have a bunch of info it, looks like it's going to be really nice. It's about a mile or so from Juno Beach which is one of the only dog friendly beaches.
There are other townhome/lowrise condo communities in the area that offer boat slips as well.
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Old 02-18-2011, 10:06 PM
 
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Default Thanks so much

Toll Brothers puts out a good product. More than we want to spend, but thank you for your quick reply!
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Old 02-18-2011, 10:33 PM
 
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Figured it was in a similar price range to some of Mirasol. Just curious, why'd your friends recommend Mirasol if you don't golf?
If you like going to the beach a lot something like the Bluffs are nice. A little older but most units have been well maintained/updated.
If you are just planning on a smaller boat a nice option is a boat club like freedomboatclub.com or Boat Fleet - Florida Boat Yacht Club, Boating Memberships, Sea Ray Boats, Boating Club.
You can get a seasonal membership for pretty reasonable, or at least a lot cheaper than keeping a boat here year round.
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Old 02-18-2011, 11:40 PM
 
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Default Mirasol question answered

They recommended it because it is a beautiful development---just not for us. The Bluffs looks like it might be more in our price range--and we've always redone every house we've bought. As long as the buildings are well maintained and well built---so we will definitely check it out. Thanks again for the info. Is there any area we should definitely stay away from?
We actually own a condo in Lauderhill that was left to us, and as soon as the tenant dies (he has a life estate) we will sell it. The building is exquisite, but the area is going downhill fast...................so we are particularly wary of buying in an area going down rather than up!!!
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Old 02-21-2011, 12:47 PM
 
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Toll Brothers is building a new community on the intra-coastal in Juno. They have Carriage Homes which are 3 story buildings where each floor is it's own unit and they each have private elevators and their own docks. (they allow most dogs) They start in the 6's and go into the 8's.
The single family homes start in the 1.5 range.
I have a bunch of info it, looks like it's going to be really nice. It's about a mile or so from Juno Beach which is one of the only dog friendly beaches.
There are other townhome/lowrise condo communities in the area that offer boat slips as well.
I wonder what the HOA fees are in condos on/near the water and how much Hurricane Insurance costs? Are they usually included in the HOA fees or is that a separate fee?

Lots of beautiful condos on the market in WPB on the ocean but $25k a year in HOA fees? Seriously?
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Old 02-21-2011, 06:37 PM
 
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Oceanfront condos definitely have higher condo dues, and usually they do include your exterior insurance. Most of the dues are under 1000 a month but it's still pretty steep.
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Old 02-23-2011, 01:19 PM
 
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Default Toll Bros

they do not make a good product, they just tell you that they do
watch houses being built by Toll, no different than any other mass builder
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Old 02-23-2011, 01:28 PM
 
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I have lived in the bluffs for about 8 months now. Highly recommended. The HOA fees run 160 a month so it wont nickel and dime you when you are away. Some homes are remodeled and some are as they were when built in 1987 so you might have a blank palette to work with. Prices are excellent right now.

Most of the houses had the roofs replaced in 2005 through 2007 so insurance shouldnt be that bad. Most houses I looked at have had the air replaced, hot water heater etc. I replaced the pocorn cieling with knockdown and painted of course. The only structural change you might consider is adding impact windows/sliders which will add both security and not having to worry about putting up shutters while you are away.
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