Scot Karp's Boca Raton Luxury Real Estate Blog

Mizner Grand Condominiums, Named for Addison MiznerIt isn't often that you come across an individual whose influence on a city is so significant that over 80 years after their death, they are still one of the most well-known names in the area. However, that is the case with renowned Boca Raton architect, Addison Mizner, a man whose unique architecture single handedly changed the style of South Florida and shaped Boca Raton real estate into what it is today.

Addison Mizner Early Life

Addison Mizner was born in Benicia, California in 1872. His father's career as a lawyer and U.S. Minister to Guatemala meant that Addison traveled a lot as a child. It is this traveling that is largely credited for inspiring his unique interpretations of the Spanish Colonial and Mediterranean Revival architecture style

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Best Restaurants in Boca Raton

Whether you’re new in town, just visiting, or simply looking for a new restaurant in Boca Raton to try out, the Scot Karp Team has got you covered. Read on to learn more about the best eats in town; Scot Karp- Approved!

Casa D’Angelo, Sophisticated Northern-Italian Kitchen

The reviews speak for themselves—this is one of the best-loved Italian restaurants in Boca Raton. This restaurant features Northern Italian dishes in an elegant modern space; the wine list is extensive, and there is a patio for those who prefer to dine al fresco.

Known for its great service and attentive staff, do not be surprised if the chef, Angelo Elia himself, makes an appearance at your table to be sure everything is just right. The menu features family recipes from

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Boca Raton Luxury CondosLocated in the heart of Boca Raton's beautiful waterfront, the prestigious maintenance-free lifestyle provided by these ultraluxury condos for sale is next to none. The picturesque Lake Boca Raton, long sandy beaches and numerous upscale amenities ensure that residents enjoy the very best that Boca has to offer. If you are considering purchasing a luxury condo in Boca Raton, be sure to learn more about these three highly sought after waterfront luxury condos.

Mizner Grand Condominium for Sale: 500 SE 5th Av #702-S, Boca Raton

The Mizner Grand condominiums are located on the grounds of the exclusive Boca Raton Resort & Club. The residence enjoys breathtaking views of Lake Boca Raton, the Atlantic Ocean, and downtown. The building is set amongst lush

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The Karp Report is prepared with buyers, sellers and homeowners of ultraluxury condominiums in Boca Raton and neighboring South Florida communities in mind. The numbers for 2012 and 2013 have been released, and I’ve analyzed them to track significant trends and make market predictions for 2014 to help you navigate the local real estate market.

My 35 years of experience in real estate, coupled with 10 years as the Undisputed Sales Leader in the ultraluxury condominium market allows me to offer stakeholders the information and interpretation they need to make informed decisions.

Condominium Stats from The Scot Karp ReportTo summarize The Karp Report’s findings, the ultraluxury condominium market in Boca Raton and beyond has been demonstrating an upswing—though overall sales activity was down,

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Internet search tips to help you find your dream home in South FloridaGoogle really is your friend when doing real estate research on the internet (or research for anything, for that matter). Here are a few small “hacks” that will make it easier to find information and histories on properties, neighborhoods, and even Realtors® in South Florida and beyond. As in any transaction, information is key to making an informed real estate purchase.

Explore Google Maps

Google’s maps are a hugely valuable resource for real estate buyers. Many agents (like us!) already include maps and even street views in their listings, but it can be handy to open up Google Maps to view the neighborhood at large. Take a look at a community from a birds’ eye view and note where green space is, the location of schools, major roads, shopping etc. in

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Luxuria: 2500 S Ocean Boulevard, Boca Raton2500 S. Ocean Boulevard is one of the most coveted addresses in Boca Raton. It's the location of the ultraluxury condominium building Luxuria, home to only 26 units over 10 floors. These condos are highly sought-after and the unit 301 is no exception.

Built in 2009, the Luxuria is a modern building featuring gorgeous architecture, the most-wanted amenities, and a truly spectacular oceanfront location. Listed at $6,990,000, Luxuria’s unit 301 promises perspective homebuyers an exceptional lifestyle— this condominium includes its own private heated pool and spa, a wrap-around terrace and covered loggia. With these amenities, it is possible to live everyday soaking up the Florida sun, while enjoying maximum tranquility and privacy. There is 4,424 square

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Festival of the Arts Boca will delight music loversBoca Raton’s famous festival, Festival of the Arts BOCA, is just around the corner – from March 6th – 15th. It’s a young, but flourishing annual event that has earned Boca’s place on the map for arts and culture, and is a highlight each year for local residents and visitors alike. The festival regularly gets rave reviews from national critics and attracts world-class artists from around the world. If you’re new to Boca Raton, it is well worth checking out, especially since performances take place in Mizner Park, a development which was named one of the ten best places urban places in the United States. Take a walk around, enjoy the buzz, and try to see a couple of the events!

What to See at the 2014 Festival of the Arts BOCA

There are several

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Sea Ranch Club, Boca RatonIt's not often a custom penthouse comes on the market and this one is extra special. This unit, located in the beautiful Sea Ranch Club condominium development, was made-to-order when the building was being constructed, and the result is a property that would be ideal for a multi-generational family. The setup, which has separate entrances and 5 suite-style bedrooms, is ideal for ensuring parents, kids and grandparents all get the privacy and independence they are looking for, while still being able to share the multiple living spaces.

Incomparable Views In Every Direction

This Sea Ranch Club penthouse is almost 6,500 square feet and every room has a spacious feel. There are both formal and informal living spaces, as well as a formal dining area. The

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Luxury Waterfront Condos in Boca RatonThe old adage of, “you get what you pay for” isn’t always true, especially in luxury real estate. If you’re in the market for a new high-end condominium it’s important to understand where the value lies over the long term (besides quality design and craftsmanship), and which features can be red-herrings in condo marketing.

Location, Location, Location…and Zoning

Few things contribute as much value to real estate (and are as impossible to change) as location. Look for neighborhoods with good reputations and which have intrinsic value because of their location. For example, condos in downtown districts or near the ocean tend to hold long-term value well as they're always in demand.

Find out how the neighborhood might change over time. Inquiring about

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Palm Beach County Home Prices Increased in 2013The numbers are in and Palm Beach County saw another increase in home prices over last year, with a 14.3% increase from 2012. Home prices have been on the rise since 2012, due to the investor market being hot, hot, hot, and there being an acute lack of inventory to meet the demand, particularly for condominium properties. Currently the inventory for Boca Raton luxury single-family homes for sale exceeds 400 different properties, while the luxury market for condos accounts for just a fraction of the total inventory, at just over 50 condominiums for sale priced at over $1,000,000.

It is estimated that the growth rate for home prices in Palm Beach County will slow in 2014, rising only slightly, closer to the average of 4%. This stabilization is a good

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