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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 131

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THE PALM BEACH POST SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1997 3H AREA HOT PROPERTIES JUST SOLD highlights homes that recently sold throughout Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties. Realtors are invited to send photos and information to Just Sold, Home & Garden section, The Palm Beach Post, P.O. Box 24700, West Palm Beach, Fla. 33416-4700. Gene Joyner Landscaping adds beauty Just Sold tof l-t Vt -fc-m ck The three-dimensional ornaments featuring the Seaboard Railway III" 1 lUIIl C Station sell for $ 1 2, with proceeds used for garden club projects' , J w Railway station on garden club ornament . IT vim M mM m 1 IBJLI S mi Mi A kr: m? It still serves as the station for the Tri-Rail and Amtrak, and as of Nov. 1, the Greyhound Bus Terminal. The three-dimensional ornaments sell for $12. Proceeds are used for scholarships, floral design and horticulture courses, to establish butterfly gardens at local elementary schools and to make donations of flowering trees to cities and schools. For more information about the garden club, call Charlotte at 622-3317, or to purchase an ornament, call Carol at 626-6535. JANIS FONTAINE All aboard! The Seaboard Railway Station is the subject of the West Palm Beach Garden Club's fourth annual historic places ornament. Each year the non-profit club chooses a local building to reproduce for the ornaments, which are sold to raise money for the club's projects. The Seaboard Railway Station, 201 S. Tamarind Ave., opened on Jan. 25, 1925, with the arrival of the Orange Blossom Special. Designed by architect William Man-ley King, the station was renovated in 1991 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. What It sold for: $191,500 Street address: 152 E. Tall Oaks Circle City: Palm Beach Gardens County: Palm Beach Number bedroomsbaths: 32 Square footage: 1,859 Amenities: screened pool, lakefront Year built: 1992 Type home: single family Sold by: Loretta Morelli, Illustrated Properties Real Estate Inc. Listed by: Loretta Morelli, Illustrated Properties Real Estate Inc. What it sold for: $228,000 Street address: 2901 Washington Road Neighborhood or subdivision name: El Cid City: West Palm Beach County: Palm Beach Number bedroomsbaths: 32li Square footage: 2,441 Amenities: water views Year built: 1930 Type home: single family Sold by: Jackie Jones and Mardee Reilly, Coldwell Banker Listed by: Jackie Jones and Mardee Reilly, Coldwell Banker Roof angle keeps house in context; room, she says. The house was i popular gathering place for children at the end of a cul-de-sac, and it was important to the family not, to disturb that. Goldfarb let that context drive her solution. '. Rather than change the lines of the original roof, she sloped the new roof so as not to show a gable.! "The solution was to join the roofs so that all you read is roof and not wall," she says. The design "hides the additional height by simply showing you roof, which' is dark. . . . And it makes a front porch where one had not previously existed." The Washington Post WASHINGTON The search for more space usually begins at the back of a house, where ah addition can be accommodated without altering the all-important front facade. But careful attention to what the eye sees as it greets the house can make expansion on the street side an option as well. Joanne Goldfarb, an architect in Alexandria, Va., designed a bedroom addition at the front of a house that had been extended to the maximum in back. With the arrival of a third child, the family wanted one more bed Large or expensive plants are often best installed by professionals. Many people are relandscaping entryways or focal points in the front of their homes to enhance the beauty of their property for holiday visitors. Often just a few of your favorite bedding plants, appropriately placed near entranceways, can add a lot of color and put everyone in a holiday mood. Lights strung in trees, hedges and other shrubbery can add color to the landscape after dark. But remember when putting out landscape lighting, make sure it is approved for outside use and that any bulbs coming in contact with plants are low wattage so that they don't injure leaves. In South Florida, there's virtually no outdoors chore that can't be done this time of year. Most people have completed their fertilizing, or should have. If you're just returning for the season, that is the first thing to make sure you do. Some pruning can still be done, particularly on shrubs and small plants, but don't do drastic pruning since plants are slower to respond this time of year. If you want to add some large plants to your landscape such as flowering shrubs or flowering trees they are available at most landscape nurseries in a wide array of colors and sizes. Unless you have a lot of gardening experience, it may be more appropriate to have the installation of large or expensive plants done by professionals. Many landscape companies are very busy this time of year, so don't put it off for very long before contacting one, especially if you want it done before the end of the year. Vhen choosing landscape , installers, make sure you deal with firms with good track records. If you have questions about a company's reputation, ask for references. If you are doing the landscaping yourself, remember to choose plants carefully, place them in the right location to allow for adequate growth without overcrowding, and try to choose plants that are low water-users and have few insect or disease problems. This time of year, you still have to be watchful for problems in the landscape by inspecting your lawn and plants on a weekly basis. Chewing insects, in particular, can do a lot of damage to plants at this time of year. Beetles and caterpillars are the chief culprits. For more information on choosing plants for your landscape, call the Extension Service Master Gardener Line at 233-1750 in the north and central county area (9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday) or 276-1260 in the south county area (9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Wednesday). Open to professional landscapes, a landscape management course is being offered by the Extension Service. It runs all day on Thursdays for 15 weeks beginning Jan. 8. The cost is $275. B Gene Joyner is an urban horticulturist with the Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension What It sold for: $206,000 Street address: 1250 Gulfstream Way Neighborhood: Palm Beach Isles, Singer Island City: Riviera Beach County: Palm Beach Number bedroomsbaths: 32 Square footage: 1,781 (living); 2,766 (total) Amenities: split-floor plan, pool, ceramic tile floors Year built: 1978 Type home: single family Sold by: Lee Ann Stierwalt, Prudential Florida Realty Listed by: Emmy Buckman, Illustrated Properties ; What It sold for: $170,900 ! Street address: 2571 S.W. Estella Terrace ! Neighborhood or subdivision name: Isleworth ; City: Palm City County: Martin ! Number bedroomsbaths: 43 ; Square footage: 3,251 Amenities: formal dining room, three-car garage I Year built: 1996 ; Type home: single family ; Sold by: Jean Drescher, Prudential Geisinger Realty ! Inc. ; Listed by: Jan Goodman and Dee Studer, Prudential ; Geisinger Realty Inc. Jupiter Hills "GOLF COURSE COMMUNITY" :ri sf -ail: Jt". fit l.ilf 3 New homes available on the golf course 2 New homes available on the lakes with opportunity for membership 2800-6700 sq. ft. under AIC from $595,00041,850,000 Two Fazio Golf Courses Rated In The Top 100 GATED COMMUNITY C i Jupiter Hills Village Realty, Inc. (561) 746-1000 What it sold for: $120,000 -Street address: 137 Meadowlark Neighborhood or subdivision name: The Willows City: Royal Palm Beach County: Palm Beach Number bedroomsbaths: 32 Square footage: 2,025 Amenities: Screened pool, fireplace, cement tile roof Year built: 1973 Type home: single family Sold by: Lisa Timm, Prudential Florida Realty Listed by: Cheri Knottnerus, REMAX 100. f What it sold for: $128,000 Street address: 5263 Helene Circle Neighborhood or subdivision name: Rainbow Lakes City: Boynton Beach County: Palm Beach Number bedroomsbaths: 32 Square footage: 1 ,448 (living); 1,744 (total) Amenities: screened pool, community clubhouse, pool and tennis Year built: 1987 Type home: single family Sold by: Frank McManus, Al Brown Coldwell Banker Listed by: Jackie Ellis, Prudential Florida Realty Avoid assessed value in setting price I T3 jtf Bob Brass Cracked, peeling, warped garage doors make a bad impression on neighbors and guests. New Wayne-Dalton garage doors come in styles to complement any home, and at prices to please any homeowner. If you want to make a better impression on everyone, you want a Wayne-Dalton garage door. posit is not required. Perhaps there was a misunderstanding. There is no law requiring any earnest money deposit with a home purchase offer. However, I don't think any home seller would accept your offer without at least a $1,000 deposit. Q: My home is listed for sale with an excellent Realtor. In early November, a buyer made a purchase offer that I accepted, which was contingent on a satisfactory professional inspection. The only problem the inspector found was that the roof will need to be replaced soon (it's not leaking now). The buyer wanted me to put on a new roof, at a cost of about $3,500. I agreed to credit her $1,750, but she insisted on a new roof, so the sale fell apart. My Realtor thought this was the fair way to handle this. Were we wrong? A: No. You were very fair with that buyer, who was probably testing you or looking for a way to get out of the sale. When a repair isn't needed immediately, but can be expected to be necessary soon, splitting the cost between buyer and seller is very reasonable. However, if you can afford to put on a new roof, that will make your home much more saleable to a prospective buyer (especially if the roof looks bad). You can probably raise the asking price a bit to compensate for the expense. Question: We're thinking of selling our home after Jan. 1, but we're unsure of its market I value. Should we use the tax as-; sessor's value? Should we hire a ; professional appraiser? We need ' to know because we will probably ' sell it ourselves, without an agent. Answer: Don't use the local tax assessor's valuation of your home.. It's often badly out of date ! and rarely the true market value. ; : You could hire a professional ; appraiser at a cost of around $300. But in a rising or falling market, an ! appraiser's information is often I months behind, so you might be ; overpricing or underpricing your ; home. If you want to get your ' home sold quickly, it should be ! priced competitively right at mar-! ket value. ; The best way to evaluate your ; home's current market value ' when you are ready to sell is to I interview at least three successful ; local Realtors who sell homes in ' ; your vicinity. These agents should be up-to-date with the most.recent ! comparable home sale prices. ! Each agent you interview ; should give you a written CMA (comparative market analysis). This form shows recent sales ! prices of similar nearby homes, ! asking prices of neighborhood ; homes currently for sale (your competition), and asking prices of '. recently expired listings that '-didn't sell. The form also includes Gardening calendar MEETINGS The following meetings will be held this week in the Mounts Building Auditorium, 531 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach: B Begonia Society of the Palm Beaches meets Monday at 8 p.m. for their annual covered dish Christmas party and begonia bingo. Call 498-3723. B Day Herb Society of Palm Beach meets Tuesday at 10 a.m. Call 640-7943. EVENTS R Third Wednesday Lecture: Craig Morrell, self-proclaimed orchid-oholic, will speak on growing orchids and share discoveries of his recent travels to Costa Rica at 7 p.m., in the Hut-cheson Exhibit Hall, Mounts Botanical Garden, 559 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach. Admission is free for members, $3 for non-members. Call 233-1730. Mail gardening events tojanis Fontaine, Garden Calendar, Home & Garden Section, The Palm Beach Post, P.O. Box 24700, West Palm Beach, Fla. 33416-4700, or fax them to her at: 820-4445. the agent's opinion of your home's market value. Even if you are considering selling your home without a professional agent, agents won't mind giving you their listing presentations. There are several reasons: (1) Agents know most "for sale by owners" eventually list with a professional; (2) the agents want the opportunity to convince you to list with them; and (3) if you are willing to pay half a sales commission (called co-brokering), the agent might have a buyer for your home. Q: How large an earnest money deposit does the law require when I make an offer to buy a house? I ask because in October I wanted to buy at a Sunday open house, but the Realtor said I must make a 10 percent deposit with my bid. I didn't have, that much in my checking or savings accounts. I was planning on making a 10 percent down payment after cashing in some mutual funds. A: That Realtor gave you very bad information. A 10 percent de- You want a 2879 S.W. 42" Ave. PALM CITY 561-283-4166 LIC SP02459 124352nd St. '4 WEST PALM BEACH 561-863-8911 LIC. 1118162 LICENSED a INSURED 1-800-273-2928

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