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i . o'.tl ' 14 THE PALM BEACH POST RESIDENCES ADVERTISING SECTION n SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 1998 i t Busy people seek smaller lots that still offer privacy GREAT (SOUTHERN REALTY Serving the Palm Beaches "Since 1972" presents OLD PORT COVE Smart Moves ELLEN JAMES MARTIN v 5'v tws- 1 . LAKE POINT TOWER - APT. 1 1 57 6. COVE TOWER EAST - APT. 847 Beautiful Southeast Corner 3 Br, 214 Ba Spectacular Intracoastal & Ocean Views Totally Customized 2 Br, Den, 214 Ba Spectacular Southeast Intracoastal Views They were a family of three who moved from a distant state after the mother landed a vice president's job at a pharmaceutical firm. Back home, they lived on a 2-acre lot, which demanded hundreds of hours a year in yard work. But with the new promotion, the family deliberately sought a smaller yard. They wanted freedom from foliage that required regular clipping and grass that needed watering and cutting. So they settled happily in a high-density town house in a community where their postage-stamp lot was manicured by landscapers working for the local homeowners' association. Still, they didn't feel cramped, because the property featured a sweeping waterfront view. "You can feel alone in the middle of a crowd," said Sue Boehmler, the Coldwell Banker agent who sold the waterfront townhouse to the family two years ago. There are still many Americans who want the elbow room that comes with having a traditional stand-alone abode set on private grounds large enough to play volleyball. Meanwhile, many other busy people are tiring of the need to devote their precious free time to yard work or to supervising landscapers who do the same. "People's lives move a lot faster today," said Alan Fields, co-author with Denise Fields of Your New House (Windsor Peak Press, 1997). Higher densities are a fact of life in many new-home communities, given the rising cost of land, Fields points out. This is true even where the overall area is not highly populated, yet building lots are becoming pricier. Obviously, accepting a home in a higher density area often costs less. Yet even those who dream of one day becoming part Wrap Balcony, Storm Shutters, Covered Pkg Marble Floors, Built-Ins, Many Extras! 24 Hr. Doorman, Garage Pkg. $445,000 2. LAKE POINT TOWER - APT. 856 Built-ins, WD, Marble Moors $349,000 7. COVE TOWER WEST - APT. 1 545 15th Floor Waterfront 2 Br, 2Ba Spectacular Ocean, Lake & Marina Mews Large Luxury 2 Bedroom, 2'$ Bath Lovelv Ocean, Lake & Marina Views Wrap Balcony, Storm Shutters, Covered Pkg Tiled Balcony, Wet Bar, WD, Garage Pkg Small Pet OK, Immed. Occup. - $295,000 $189,900 unfurnished$199,900 Furnished. 3. LAKE POINT TOWER - APT 752 Stunning NE 3 Bedroom, 314 Bath Beautifully Decorated, Brand New Kitchen Lovelv White Tile, Storm Shutters, WD 8. COVE TOWER WEST PENTHOUSE 43 Choice Southeast Corner 3 Br, 2!4 Ba Spectacular Ocean & Intracoastal Views WD, Wet Bar, Covered Pkg. 10' Ceilings REDUCED $70,000! Fantastic Buy! $329,000 Tiled Balcony, Garage Parking $555,000 4. HARBOR VILLAGE - TOWNHOUSE - I-TH 9. QUAY NORTH - APT 323 Spacious 4 Br, 414 Ba, Lots of Closets Lovelv Private Corner 2 Br, 2 Ba Wide Marina Views Florida Rm, Family Rm Fireplace, Eat-in Kitchen, Lush Patio Boat Dockage Avail. Covered Pkg $375,000 square donut. No matter what the climate, an open courtyard gives you an extra degree of privacy, sunlight and the potential for more rooms to look out upon year-round greenery. But again, as Boehmler stresses, there are trade-offs involved. Given the same lot size, a home with an courtyard has less regular living space than one without the same feature. That means you may have to accept a smaller kitchen or master suite, for instance. Check out window views . in a tightly packed community. If you're living in close proximity to your next-door neighbor, do you want him able to peer into your master suite every time your blinds are lifted? Likewise, would you like your neighbors to have an intimate look at the living activities going on in your family room, especially when company comes over and your neighbor is not invited? Most builders are very sensitive to the need to position rooms so that residents aren't constantly peering into each others' living spaces, particularly their bedrooms and family rooms. But don't count on your builder. If you're buying in a high-density neighborhood of stand-alone homes, be sure to consider the floor plan you're choosing in relation to the houses on either side of you. If you must give up some privacy to live in the neighborhood of your choice, you may well want to give it up in a more utilitarian room, such as your kitchen, or in a less used room, such as a formal dining room or living room, said Boehmler, who is affiliated with the Residential Sales Council, an educational organization of top-selling real estate agents. Remember the trade-off between home size and free ground space. In many new-home communities, yards are shrinking because homes are gaining living space, said Fields, the author. That's because many buyers are clamoring for more internal space, especially larger kitchens, family rooms and master suites. "People are also coming up with new uses for their rooms," he said. Buyers are seeking houses with extra bedrooms that can be converted to home offices, exercise rooms or hobby rooms. They also want more square footage for traditional bedrooms, such as a school-age child's room, where they can install a computer station for the child to do his homework. That means they need, say, a 144-square-foot child's room, rather than the more traditional 100-square-foot space. The choice of floor space vs. land space is a personal one. But the trade-off is worth noting, especially if you're on a limited budget or plan to buy in a high-priced neighborhood. EiVn James Martin m coiumntst and spuor Beautiful Lake Worth & Marina Mews Covered Parking, Split Bedroom Plan 37 Waterfront Balcony $129,900 10. COVE TOWER WEST - APT. 242 NE (Corner 2Br, 2Ba, Wrap Balcony Washer Dryer, Wet Bar, Entry Foyer Split Bedroom Plan, Covered Parking 21 10 Sq. Ft Total Area - $139,900 5. LAKE POINT TOWER - APT. 853 Beautiful SE Water Views - 2865 SqFt AC Marble Entry & Hall, Custom Floor Plan Breakfast Rm, Formal Dining Room 2 Garage Parking Spaces. $495,000 of the landed gentry often must settle for a condo-apartment, a town house or a "zero lot line" home, which virtually adjoins another on one or both sides. This reality is especially true for many who are entering the home-buying market for the first time. RENTALS AVAILABLE SEASONAL OR YEARLY FURNISHED OR UNFURNISHED CALL YOUR OLD PORT COVE SPECIALIST Art Godi, former president of the Na tional Association of Realtors, tells the story of his 30-year-old son, a management consultant, who chose to live in a high-priced city neighborhood, but could afford only a townhouse there. Godi s son compromised by selecting BEFORE YOU BUY OR SELL QN-SITE RESIDENT AGENTS Over 26 Years As Top Producers Lifetime Million Dollar Club Members an end unit town house, so that he could at 79m 7 . frZ least have windows on three sides of his property. He would have preferred to live in a home with no common walls and a larger yard, but not at the expense of a long commute. By selecting well, you can move to a tightly woven community yet still get a light, bright and private home, real estate specialists say. Here are some pointers: KEITH GREENSIDE UCESSFJ) RIAL ESTATE BROKER (561) 622-3007, EVES. JUDY KAYE LKX.VSQ) RLU ESTATE BROKER (561) 626-0330, EVES. Consider a home with an inner 1201 U.S. HWY. ONE CRYSTAL TREE PLAZA NORTH PALM BEACH, FL 33438 courtyard. Southern Europeans, Latin Americans and those in other cultures NEXT TO THE ICE CREAM CLUB, DIRECTLY ACROSS FROM OLD PORT COVE have long relished homes built around open-air courtyards. 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