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The Best Kept Secret in Palm Beach Gardens

The Best Kept Secret in Palm Beach Gardens

The Best Kept Secret in Palm Beach Gardens

Anyone that knows me, knows I have a passion for food.  Although not a professional by any means, I love to cook.  In fact, I like everything about food.  I enjoy cooking classes and love to experiment in the kitchen (thankfully, my husband and children are quite forgiving!).  My bookshelves are filled with cooking magazines, books and recipes.  With that said, it is safe to say that dining out is undoubtedly something I thoroughly enjoy.

So, when a sister agent told me about the Marble Slab Creamery, I had no problem making the drive to the Shoppes at Midtown in Palm Beach Gardens for an ice cream treat.  Midtown is such a great place to be.  We have done quite a bit of business there and continue to see it as a great place to live and/or invest.  The local retail shops, eateries and restaurants attract the business professionals during the day and the trendy, hip crowd in the evening.

You’ll find the Marble Slab Creamery next to Pizza Fusion.  I have to admit, I had never heard of it before.  I’ve been to Coldstone Creamery and without a doubt, I was hooked at first bite.  But, I have to say that after my visit, The Marble Slab has become my number one choice.  I met the owner, Harsha and she definitely made the experience a great one.  In talking, we found our favorite ice cream to be the strawberry shortcake sundae.  I told her I was turned onto it at Coldstone Creamery.  She diplomatically shook her head in agreement, smiled and explained that she can make it even better and asked if she could make the sundae the way she likes it.  Not a problem, run with it!

And that she did.  She added her special touch, packaged it a little differently, and added the best tasting ice cream (it tasted just like birthday cake…yummmeee!).  It was a home run.  Mostly, I appreciated Harsha’s sincere customer service and making the trip enjoyable.  When you get a chance, stop in, say hello to Harsha and ask her to whip up a Strawberry Shortcake Sundae.  We like hearing about everyone’s experience.  Feel free to rate your experience by commenting below.

Susanne Quirk is a Realtor® with Cobblestone Realty specializing in residential homes in Jupiter, Juno Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Contact Susanne at (561) 386-0350, e-mail, or visit our website www.TheJunoBeachRealtor.com to learn more.

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Easter Fun in Palm Beach County

Updated Saturday, April 11

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Time to celebrate Easter and we have compiled a list of Easter activities in Palm Beach County scheduled for this weekend.  Have a wonderful Easter and go easy on the Peeps!

Abacoa:

Saturday, April 11, 2009
10:00 a.m.
Abacoa Town Center in front of Amphitheater

Roger Dean Stadium:

Saturday, April 11
Easter Egg Hunt 4:00 p.m.
Game 6:05 p.m.

Jupiter Hammerheads
vs.
Palm Beach Cardinals

Jupiter:

Saturday, April 11th
9:30 – 11:00 am
Jupiter Community Center

210 Military Trail
Jupiter, FL 33458

For More Information
(561) 741-2400

Hunt begins promptly at 9:30am. Kids- Bring your own basket to collect eggs & candy. There will be egg hunt areas for ages 3 & under, 4-6, and 7-10. Immediately following the hunt until 11am, there will be additional activities including visits with the Easter Bunny, inflatables, face painting, and arts & crafts. Beginning at 10:30 am there will be a ballet performance of “Alice in Wonderland” by the Jupiter Community Center ballet classes. Be sure to be on time for the Easter Egg Hunts as they do not last long. REMINDER: Please bring a bag to put candy in and get there on time.

Palm Beach Gardens:

Egg Extravaganza at Gardens Park
9:30 – 11:00 am
Gardens Park
4301 Burns Road
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
For More Information
Call (561) 630-1100

Age Groups:  3 years & under, 4-6 years, 7-10 years.  Bring your own Easter Basket

9:00 a.m. – Face Painting

9:30 a.m. – Egg Hunt
9:45 a.m. – The Easter Bunny Arrives

West Palm Beach:

April 11, 2009

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Event begins promptly at 10:00 a.m.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, please contact the Flagler Museum at:
(561) 655-2833 or via e-mail at mail@flaglermuseum.us

Each year the Flagler Museum’s Whitehall Society hosts an Easter Egg Hunt and Egg Roll on the South Lawn of Whitehall the Saturday morning before Easter.  Children are encouraged to bring their own Easter Egg Basket for the Easter Egg Hunt on the Museum’s South Lawn. General admission for the Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Egg Roll is $5 for children and $15 for adults. There will be no admission charge for children and grandchildren of Museum Members at the Sustaining Level and above.

John Favole, News Anchor for WPTV News Channel 5, will be the Master of Ceremonies. Museum gates open at 9:00 a.m. for a visit by the Easter Bunny and Easter arts and crafts. The Easter Egg Hunt begins promptly at 10:00 a.m. Light morning refreshments will be available on the South Porch.

Proceeds of the event will help to underwrite the Museum’s Newspapers in Education program. Published in conjunction with The Palm Beach Post, the Newspapers in Education tabloid will be geared toward 4th and 5th grade students and will be made available statewide. It will help students understand the development of Florida and Henry Flagler’s essential role in that process.


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Cielo Town Homes in Palm Beach Gardens

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Cielo Townhomes - Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Kitchen

Stainless Steel Appliances

One of the sought after communities in Palm Beach Gardens has been homes for sale and rent in Cielo.  Located in a gated community of over 150 –  two and three level town homes. Each town home is elegantly designed with granite throughout the kitchen and baths, stainless steel appliances, tile and carpet and much more.   Amenities include a clubhouse, pool and secured pedestrian path to the shops and restaurants at Donald Ross Village.  Shops include, but not limited to, a Gold’s Gym, CVS, MedExpress, Hurricane Cafe, Grande’s Bella Cucina.

Two – two level town homes are available for rent starting at $1,950/month.  Prices for town homes for sale begin at $264,000.

Call Susanne Quirk at (561) 386-0350 for more information

or

E-mail me to request to see properties available for rent or sale

Complete Specifications:

  • Hurricane impact windows
  • Raised panel wood cabinets
  • Granite kitchen countertops
  • 20′ porcelain tile on diagonal
  • Large master bedroom with large walk-in closet
  • Granite countertops in master bath with dual sinks
  • Roman tub
  • Two level town homes include a large loft area on second floor
  • Covered patio with pavers
  • Gated community with resort style heated pool and spa
  • Secured pedestrian walkway to shopping and dining at Donald Ross Village

Susanne Quirk is a Realtor® with Cobblestone Realty specializing in residential homes in Jupiter, Juno Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Contact Susanne at (561) 386-0350, e-mail, or visit our website www.CobblestoneFL.com to learn more.

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Open House in PGA Commons

exterior1When:  Sunday, December 14, 2008
Time:   1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Where:  606 Commons Lane, Palm Beach Gardens
Price:  $324,000
Cobblestone Realty is proud to host an Open House for this beautiful townhome at the PGA Commons in Palm Beach Gardens.  Professionally designed with a serene lake view.  Strategically priced to move quickly.  Owner will sell furnished or unfurnished.  Call Joe Quirk for more information (561) 427-9326.
 
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Tracking A Real Estate Investor

Not too long ago, I would have many friends, neighbors and coworkers calling me and following me to see where I would buy next. As an investor, I was always looking to see where the best “preconstruction” deals were and how I could be the first in line to get the best picks. Sometimes I would pay people to stand in line. On at least one occasion I hired someone to sleep overnight while waiting in line for the games to begin the next morning.

We began this journey at Tuscany, a subdivision in Abacoa. That was a lark. In the beginning, all I wanted was one piece of investment property. The next thing I know we had close to 50 properties. After Tuscany, the list goes something like this…Botanica, Harbour Oaks, Antigua, Traditions, Harborage, the Edge, Midtown, Martinique, Mallory Creek, Canterbury, Astor, Boca Rio and on and on we went.

I became friendly with the sales people from most of the developers and that gave me an extra advantage from time to time. At the peak of the buying frenzy, I remember going to one “lottery” and there were 4,000 people lined up at 8:00am, each holding a cashiers check for $40,000.00. We were there to get one of 120 units. Everyone was going crazy. They picked names out of a hat and I got picked early. Everyone was told that if they got picked, they would only be allowed to purchase one unit. Our sales person allowed us to buy four units without a hitch. It’s good to have contacts!

I have learned more about buying investment property in the last 5 years than what most people learn in a lifetime. I haven’t stopped buying. As a matter of fact, I’m aggressively looking for great deals today. I recently picked up three units in Jupiter, preconstruction that will not be completed until the end of this year. The great thing about these units are this…they won’t be done until the end of the year and they may be the best deals I ever made…so far.

The phone  has stopped ringing and the knocks stopped knocking. Where are all of my friends now? It’s funny how quick things change. But, investing in real estate is something only for those who have the stomach for it and in the case of the current market…deep pockets. If you believe in long term investing, you have to believe in real estate.  I’m not sure if we have hit bottom yet, but I’m not waiting to find out before I buy my next few units.

I was on the phone today negotiating with a developer for four more units. I may get lucky and pick these up to add to the portfolio, I may not. One thing is for sure, it’s a buyer’s market and I’M A BUYER!

You may not be ready to buy and that’s understandable. If you would like to follow me on my searches and purchases, let me know. I will be more than happy to let you in on my purchases. You can decide for yourself if you think I’m doing well and whether or not you would follow. Give me a call or send a quick e-mail and I will fill you in on my latest buys.

Whether you decide to rent or buy, always consult the advice of a Realtor®.  You will want a Realtor with strong negotiating skills backed with a long history of buying experience.  A Realtor® who can put his money where his mouth is.

Happy hunting and e-mail me to hear about my investment picks.

Joe Quirk
 (561) 427-9326
 
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Palm Beach Gardens Restaurants Win Florida Trend’s Golden Spoon Award

gold-crown.jpgTwo of our local restaurants were crowned winners of Florida Trend’s Top 20 Best New Restaurants. Both located in Palm Beach Gardens, III Forks at Midtown PGA and Amazonia Brazillian Grill in Legacy Place were both listed as restaurants worth checking out. See our review of III Forks. We haven’t returned there, but we have heard nothing but great reviews from friends and acquaintances. Check out Palm Beach Post critic, Charles Passey’s review of Amazonia.

We haven’t visited Amazonia yet, but feel free to leave your own review in our comments section. We’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Black Friday In Jupiter, Florida

400493_low.jpgBy Susanne Quirk

My sister and I would kick off our holiday shopping on Black Friday. It was a tradition that lived on for years until I moved to Florida in 2001. This year we will be reinstating our shopping tradition in Jupiter, Florida. This will be the first year that we celebrate Thanksgiving with my mother, sister and her husband here in sunny Florida.

Black Friday is the Friday after Thanksgiving. The retail industry claims it is the biggest shopping day of the year. It is the day that can bring many retailers out of the red and into the black in terms of revenue. Also, a big indicator of what retailers can expect for the remainder of the holiday shopping season.

So, I wanted to do my homework to be prepared for our big shopping day. I went online to search for the latest information on Black Friday. Whoa! I couldn’t believe what my eyes were seeing. I came across websites established for the sole purpose of providing information for Black Friday.

Here’s what I found…

  1. Black Friday 2007 – Claims to be the Official Black Friday 2007 Website. This site is pretty loaded. You can subscribe to their mailing list. Categories include Adscans, Online Deals, Message Boards, Store Hours, create a shopping list and more. Click on the Features category and you will get a list of the Best and Worst Deals and Most Popular Deals.
  2. Black Friday@ Gotta Deal.com – Lots of information including the latest news about Black Friday. The Black Friday FAQs are helpful. Most Wanted Items was not available when I checked.
  3. BlackFriday.info – Pretty straightforward stuff here.
  4. BlackFriday.net – Simplified here with ads and codes.

Each site had a long list of stores that provided adscans and coupons/deals. Some sites list more than others so you may need to view a few of them.

Check out the Palm Beach Post. They are providing helpful tips each day in the paper and Thursday’s Accent section will have a complete list of store hours and events. The Palm Beach Gardens Mall will text message deals at the mall. Text 97904 and receive messages about giveaways and deals! Text “Save” to WMart (96278) for Wal-Mart shoppers and “GO” to sams1 (72671) for Sam’s Club.

Happy shopping! Know of another website not listed here? Let us know.

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