Palm Beach Summer Beer Fest

As the weather gets warmer, there is nothing like a cold glass of beer to cool things down. Needless to say, there is no better place to let loose for the summer than the beautiful Palm Beaches.  If you are craving a cool glass of beer on a hot summer day, The Palm Beach Summer Beer Fest is the place to be on the 25th of July.

The Palm Beach Summer Beer Fest features participants with a chance to indulge in a diverse selection of South Florida’s local beers. The event is an indoor summer time party event, held inside the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center. The Palm Beach Summer Beer Fest is the perfect opportunity for local craft beer breweries to get their products seen by visitors who appreciate a quality brew. As for visitors, the beer doesn’t come alone!

Held indoors in the air conditioned Expo Center, the Palm Beach Summer Beer Fest is all about creating a memorable day for fans of local craft beer. Whether you are a visitor, passing by the Palm Beaches or a resident hoping to take part in the local festivities, the event is the perfect opportunity to get to know the local beer manufacturers. The event is not only going to feature over 150 types of craft beer, but also some great entertainment to go with each sip. The entertainment acts lined up for 2015’s Beer Fest include Better than Ezra from New Orleans, Ryan Kinder and Country Line Road, performing live on the main stage. Of course, a nice tall glass of beer goes well with a great snack and the Palm Beach Summer Beer Fest will feature delicious offerings from some of Palm Beach’s favorite food trucks. If you are a fan of curbside dining, the event features a great selection of pizza, gourmet dishes, tacos and many more options to choose from. The vendors include Best French Fries, Box of Chacos, La Nostra Pizza, Legends BBQ, Food Junkies, Parabas Grill, Taco Fresh, Veggie Love, PAC Pastries and Right On Que Smokin BBQ among many others.

If the chance to get to know the local brews while enjoying some great music isn’t enough, the Beer Fest takes things up a notch with the “King of the Home Brew” competition. This is a chance for local brewers to compete against each other to become the King of the Home Brew.

If you are hoping to find a great way to chill out this Summer and enjoy an afternoon of music, food and the best local beers, then be sure to get your tickets to the Palm Beach Summer Beer Fest!

Things To Remember When Renovating Your Living Room

Your living room is one of the most heavily-used spaces in your house. If you have plans on making an investment to renovate or remodel your living room, then you will have to think about a few important things before getting started.

Get inspired!

Finding the right inspiration is the key to a beautifully renovated or remodeled living room. The trends of interior design change just as frequently as the average fashion trend and therefore, you will have to figure out a design that will not appear outdated a few months later. A newly renovated living room is definitely a great way to add value to your home if you plan on selling it in the future. A design with timeless elements such as a neutral color palette, natural textures and simple lines won’t become outdated anytime soon.

Think of the existing elements

Take a good look around your living room and see whether you can make use of any of the existing elements. For instance, you may have a beautiful fireplace, a large set of French windows or a great view and natural light coming out from one side. These can be used to your benefit when creating a new look for your living room and may even make things easier and less expensive. Making use of the existing elements is always a more economic option in comparison to removing them or building new things.

Settle on a budget and the work that needs to be done

When it comes to a living room renovation, things are a little different from a bathroom or a kitchen. A living room is mostly used for entertaining, sitting and perhaps watching television with the family. Therefore, the room itself doesn’t have many built-in functional elements. Therefore, most renovations are always about creating a new look rather than fixing a problem. However, if your living room does have structural problems, then you will have to decide on a budget that allows you to fix them before decorating. In any case, if you have had termite problems, mold or if your house is older, then it is best if you can get a contractor to take a look. Any problems with the structure can be easily repaired before moving on to the décor.

Don’t forget about real estate value

If you have plans on selling the house within the next few years, then you will need to think of adding more value to your property. You will need to do some research to find out what you can add to your living room to increase the value of your home before you start your designing process. If you are employing an interior designer, they will be able to shed some light on modern styles and what you can do to add more value to your home.

The Jupiter Florida Lighthouse: The History & the Mystery

Jupiter, Florida is a beautiful destination that has long been a favorite residential destination for the rich and famous. Featuring a unique selection of attractions, activities and landmarks, Jupiter is definitely a picturesque destination with plenty of history to boast about. One of the most celebrated landmarks and historical attractions in the town is the Jupiter Lighthouse.

The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse was once a beautiful fire-engine red and an iconic landmark in Jupiter. As of today, after a large scale restoration in 1999 – 2000, the lighthouse emerged a more subdued brick-red color to continue its role as an integral part of Jupiter’s history. The beginnings of the beautiful lighthouse go back to 1853 when the Congress allocated $35,000 to build it near the Jupiter Inlet to provide guidance for vessels to safely navigate along the dangerous coastal area. The design was created by the Lieutenant George Meade of the Bureau of Topographical Engineers.

The structure was proposed to be built on top of a hill at an elevation of 46 feet. The surrounding flat terrain was flat for miles with the hill being a bit of an odd protrusion. The lighthouse underwent some considerable renovations from 1999 to 2000. During this time, several archaeologists made interesting discoveries at the site which was located in the Fort Jupiter Reservation. The most prominent discoveries were made near the base of the lighthouse tower. The findings include fragments of ancient pottery and shells that were believed to have been the remains of a Native American colony that dated all the way back to 700 AD.

The construction of the lighthouse was a process laced with many difficulties. For starters, about 500 tons of material to be shipped to the Inlet and then transported across the narrow, crooked and shallow channel to reach the site of the lighthouse. Each scow was only able to carry a maximum load of 10 tons and therefore, 50 trips had to be made to transport all the materials needed. This was one of the most complex unforeseen problems that the engineers faced during construction. Things didn’t go smoothly after, as they did in 1855, and the construction of the lighthouse had to be suspended due to Native Indian hostility situations. These issues were resolved by 1858 and construction was back on track. The construction required the Inlet to be stilted close and this resulted in an increased population of mosquitoes and the workers managed to catch various diseases, including the famous ‘Jupiter Fever’, a combination of yellow fever and malaria.

The beautiful tower is 108 feet high and contains a spiral staircase with 105 treads. The staircase connects the base of the tower with the lantern room which houses an installation of a Fresnel Lens from Paris. The lens has 4 bull’s eyes which are responsible for creating a cycle of two flashes and darkness that repeats. At the end of the construction, the lighthouse cost about twice the originally allocated sum and was ready for operation on the 10th of July, 1850.

 

Concerts in May at Coral Sky Amphitheatre

Formerly known as the Cruzan Amphitheatre, the Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach has plenty of excitement in store for the month of May. Here are some fun concerts to check out.

ZZ Top & Jeff Beck – May 8th

Two of the biggest names in rock music are going to be performing at the Coral Sky Amphiteatre on the 8th of March. This is the perfect opportunity for rock lovers to become enthralled by the amazing sounds of rock legends, ZZ Top and Jeff Beck. The two veterans had long been admirers of eachother’s work and are on tour for 5 weeks. The live shows will feature a full set of ZZ Top, as well as a full set of Jeff Beck to keep fans of both singers satisfied and entertained. Tickets are available right now so be sure to make plans right away for an unforgettable night of live classic rock performances.

John Fogerty – May 17th 

Save the 17th of May 2015 for an evening of the legendary John Fogerty. The singer is considered to be one of the greatest rock and rollers in the country, as well as one of the most gifted songwriters. You will be given an unmatched opportunity to enjoy an evening of classic guitar riffs and the amazing skills of this talented singer-songwriter at the Coral Sky Amphitheater. Be sure to get your tickets early as no rock & roll lover should miss this fantastic concert.

Darius Rucker, Brett Eldredge, Brothers Osborne and A Thousand Horses – May 23rd

For those with a love for country music, the 23rd of May is the perfect day to head down to the Coral Sky Amphitheatre to enjoy Daruys Rucker and his signature style. The country singer will perform together with Brett Eldredge, Brothers Osborne & a Thousand Horses to create an unforgettable night of country music. Darius Rucker climbed to fame as the rhythm guitarist and lead singer of the rockers Hootie & the Blowfish. His bold transition from rock to country has served him well in his solo career. Some of his most beloved solo tracks include “Alright”, “It Won’t Be Like this For Long” and “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It”. Brett Eldredge reached the no.1 spot on the Country Airplay Chart with his single “Don’t Ya” in 2013 and is one of the most promising newcomers in the country music scene.

Top Golf Courses in North Palm Beach

Palm Beach is a beautiful destination with many outdoor activities to keep residents and visitors entertained. Golf is one of the most popular pastimes in the area and there are plenty of beautiful golf courses that offer all the facilities you could need. Here are some of our favorite picks!

The North Palm Beach Country Club

This beautiful Jack Nicklaus signature course is one of the most popular golf courses in North Palm Beach. The link style course is one of the only two Jack Nicklaus signature courses in the country. Nowadays, the North Palm Beach Country Club is one of the premier golf courses in the state of Florida. Set on the Intracoastal Waterway with it’s perfectly manicured greens, the course is one of the greatest attractions in the area. The layout is carefully designed to be in perfect harmony with the natural flow of the terrain. Located on top of the Seminole Ridge, the beautiful golf course features changes in elevation, rolling fairways and gorgeous views as far as the eye can see. Despite its specific construction, the course is suitable for players at any level and presents a unique challenge with each time.

The Lost Tree Club

The Lost Tree Club is a private sports club that features a beautiful Jack Nicklaus signature course. This 18 hole golf course opened in 1961 and has been one of the most prestigious golf destinations in the region. The Lost Tree Club is a design of Mark Mahannah and measures at 1813 yards from the longest trees. The slope has a 131 rating as well as s 72.9 USGA rating. Featuring beautiful Bermuda grass lawns and 4 sets of tee for players at varied skill levels, the Lost Tree Club is definitely a worthy destination for the golf enthusiast.

Seminole Golf Club

Designed by Donald Ross, the Seminole Golf Club is a private 18 hole golf course. Ranking at #22 in the world, the course is designed to look like a Scottish links course. While there are not many trees, players will come across quite a few water hazards. Most of the holes are designed to allow the player to play alongside the beautiful ocean. The tees and greens are slightly elevated on the mostly flat terrains. However, the course does have a ridge of mounding located in the middle of the course. This is the perfect destination for exclusive golf enthusiasts.

Family Entertainment in Palm Beach

With it’s golden beaches and warm breezes, Palm Beach features a wide variety of family-friendly activities. Whether you are a resident, passing through or visiting for a family vacation, you can find plenty of great activities that everyone can enjoy. Here are some of our favorites.

Visit Boynton Beach

Boynton Beach is one of the best places to give your family a full holiday experience full of fantastic attractions, fun activities and plenty of places to grab a delicious meal as well as to shop. To celebrate the abundant tropical wildlife in the area, you can visit the Green Cay Nature Center & Wetlands that span across 100 acres. With safe, elevated boardwalks featuring information on the species of animals that can be spotted as well as a nature center where kids can learn about their favorite creatures the Green Cay Nature Center & Wetlands is definitely a great option for families to enjoy a day. Boynton Beach also features Jet Ski and boat rides on the Intracoastal for those with a love for adventure.

Shop at CityPlace

If you are planning to do some shopping with the whole family, CityPlace is the place to go. This is a great place to shop, enjoy a meal as well as to enjoy some entertainment. Featuring a diverse selection of clothing stores, a movie theater and great restaurants, the entire family can have a good time at CityPlace. The establishment also features a bowling alley and an open-air plaza.

Visit the South Florida Fairgrounds

Located at the center of Palm Beach County, the South Florida Fairgrounds is definitely worth a visit as the best family entertainment destination in the community. Spreading across about 130 acres, the Fairgrounds attracts over one million visitors each year. Featuring about 100 events, shows, exhibits and various permanent attractions, the Fairgrounds has something for everyone. The main event at Fairgrounds is the South Florida Fair that lasts for 17 days in January and is held every year. This is the oldest and largest outdoor event in Palm Beach County. Additionally, the Fairgrounds also features the Agriplex, the Expo center, the Cruzan Amphitheater and the Yesteryear Village.

Enjoy the Lion Country Safari

The Lion Country Safari allows visitors of all shapes and sizes to explore the wild side of Palm Beach. With over 900 animals including zebras, lions, rhinos, ostrich and giraffes, the Lion Country Safari is a chance to enjoy animals as they roam free. The animals hail from all over the world. Visitors can take enjoy the unique opportunity to see them from enclosed vehicles. This is a fantastic adventure that the whole family can enjoy.

Enjoy the Thrill at Rapids Water Park

Water parks are a staple of family-friendly entertainment. Being the largest water park in South Florida, the Rapids is one of the most popular family entertainment spots in Palm Beach County. Featuring 30 attractions and 35 water slides spanning across acres, the water park is a must-visit destination if you have kids.

Green Cleaning Products for Spring Cleaning

It is no secret that household cleaning products are loaded with harmful chemicals. Some of these chemicals are harmful not only when they are being used, but also in the long run.

With about 1 in 3 people suffering from various allergies and respiratory conditions, opting for greener, less harmful options for cleaning is a great way to stay safe and to keep the environment safe.

Going green is not expensive when it comes to cleaning products. There is a wide range of readily available environmentally safe products that can be used alone or combined in various cleaning situations.

For instance, baking soda is great for deodorizing while lemon is a natural anti-bacterial. White vinegar cuts through grease, cleans mildew, stains and removes odors in the process. Borax or Sodium Borate is a great choice for cleaning wall paper, floors, painted walls, disinfecting and deodorizing. Cornstarch is another popular choice for cleaning windows, polishing furniture and as a shampoo for rugs and carpets.

You can also combine various household ingredients to create effective cleaning products with little or no impact on the environment. For instance, you can create a great all-purpose cleaner by mixing half a cup of vinegar, a quarter cup of baking soda and about 2 gallons of water. This mixture can be stored to use when you need and can effectively remove water deposit stains often found on shower stall panels, bathroom fixtures and mirrors.

Mold loves to grow on damp places such as bathroom tile grout. This is not only unsightly, but also a health hazard. By mixing one part hydrogen peroxide and two parts water and spraying on moldy areas, you can get them sparkling clean again. Be sure to wait about one hour before rinsing off the liquid.

Carpet stains can be a nightmare and may require professional aid in some cases. If you want an eco-friendly solution, try mixing water and white vinegar in a spray bottle and spray directly on to the stain. Then, let it sit for a few minutes and scrub away with warm soapy water. Even fresh grease stains can be removed by sprinkling corn starch about 30 minutes before vacuuming. If you require something with more power, you can mix salt, vinegar and borax in equal amounts to create a paste. Rub this paste on to the carpet and vacuum after a few hours.

Aside from mold and stains, you can also create good furniture polish with water and lemon oil to create a fragrant wood polish.

An all-natural window cleaner can be made with two teaspoons of white vinegar diluted in 1 liter of warm water. You can use crumpled up newspaper or a cotton cloth to clean the windows.

Facts to Consider Before Buying a Home with a Pool

With South Florida’s beautiful climate, buying a house with a pool may be a great choice. However, if you have not owned a pool home before, it is very important that you consider these facts before you make an offer.

Consider the home’s value with and without the swimming pool

Swimming pools do add a certain amount of value in a home especially if they are ideally located. For instance, if the property you like is located in a neighborhood where pool homes are considered the standard, then a pool would add plenty of value to a home and won’t be too difficult to resell. However, if the neighborhood in question features regular sized houses with no luxury features, then your pool home might not be carrying extra value in the swimming pool.

Consider the maintenance costs

A swimming pool is not a one-time-only cost. In reality, you have to maintain the pool in great condition to make sure that it doesn’t lose it’s value with time. A pool will have to be cleaned once a week and the water kept in check for the ideal chemical balance. Chlorination is also a part of the regular maintenance routine. You can always hire a pool maintenance company to save the time and effort but you will need to decide whether you are willing to pay the monthly expense that may accumulate to a considerable amount each year.

Get the pool inspected carefully

If you are planning to make an offer on a house with a pool, make sure to tell your inspector to be especially strict on the swimming pool. Better yet, you can hire an inspector with experience in swimming pools for even better results. A visual inspection would include the pool, heater, pumps, ladders, liner, railing and diving boards (if any). The pool will have to be thoroughly examined for any leaks or cracks that may be expensive to fix. If the pool is older, check whether it has a ground-fault-circuit-interrupter device to prevent possible electrocution.

Proper fencing is essential

Aside from the pool itself, a pool fence is a must to ensure privacy and safety. You may need to look up the proper maintenance of fencing as well.

Do you really want the pool?

This is an important question to ask. Unless you started your search, specifically with a pool in mind, you will need to take a moment to decide whether you want the house for the pool or the pool for the house. There may be some cases where an otherwise perfect house is made more expensive because of the pool. If you do not need the pool, filling it up and landscaping over it is an option. However, this is an expensive option and the price may increase with the size of the pool. The pool can also be removed if filling is not an option. If you do need the pool, make sure to check everything mentioned above before you decide to say ‘yes’.

Azure of the Palm Beaches

Palm Beach is famous for luxurious homes and multimillion dollar properties. Azure is the newest addition to Palm Beach’s waterfront property selection. Azure is a luxurious boutique waterfront condominium, overlooking the Loggerhead Marina. The beautiful condominium is located just one mile from Juno Beach and is gaining popularity among luxury waterfront property seekers. Azure is located inside a private gated community on the Intracoastal Waterway and will allow residents to enjoy resort-style facilities and concierge services.

Palm Beach is considered a dream come true for boating enthusiasts. Azure provides docking facilities for boats and yachts up to 120 feet. Azure is a creation of Glidden Spina Partners, West Palm Beach. With over 100 condominiums on their design portfolio, Azure is on the path to becoming one of the most desired properties in Palm Beach. The kitchens feature a design created by Decorator’s Unlimited and Frankel Enterprises, along with Thermador Appliances. The condominium will also feature Kohler and Grohe’s latest range of luxury fixtures.

The residential units come in several varieties categorized according to the square footage and number of bedrooms/bathrooms. Each unit features a stunning panoramic view of the marina and walk in closets. The master bathrooms feature Glass enclosed showers with Grohe spray showers, dual sinks, oversized soaking tubs and private water closets. The kitchens feature islands with quartz style counter tops and the latest open design. The high ceilings, the luxurious fixtures and spacious interior all spell undeniable resort-style indulgence.

Azure also features a concierge desk in the lobby, club room, a party staging kitchen, card rooms and a Private Reserve wine cellar for the residents. Aside from an outdoor resort-style swimming pool, residents can also enjoy an outdoor heated lap pool located amid beautifully landscaped surroundings. The health center features the latest equipment, massage rooms, lockers, and separate steam rooms for ladies and gents.

Located within a private gated community spanning across 14 acres, the site contains palm lined driveways and walking paths to create a laid back and relaxed atmosphere. To add to the summer-holiday feel, Azure also features fully equipped fitness centers and beautiful swimming pools with a view of the water. As mentioned earlier, the boating enthusiast would find Azure to be a fantastic place to live with its ideal location on the Intracoastal Waterway. The semi-private harbor is considered to be one of the best yacht harbors in all of the Palm Beaches. Residents can enjoy easy and fast access to Juno Beach, Abacoa Downtown, The Gardens Mall and Donald Ross Plaza, along with the shopping outlets and restaurants on PGA Boulevard.

Summer Adventures at DuBois Park

DuBois Park is a beautiful and unique swimming beach in Jupiter, Florida. Located in the North County area, DuBois Park is also considered to have great historical value. The park features a beach that spans for 1,200 feet, picnic areas offering grilling facilities, a guarded swimming area, outdoor showers, a playground and restroom facilities. DuBois Park is also home to the National Register of Historical Places, the DuBois Pioneer Home and an Indian Mound considered an archaeological treasure. If you are thinking about enjoying some summertime adventures with the kids, there is no better location that DuBois Park.

Beachside Activities

DuBois Park is a great place for families to enjoy a wide range of beachside activities. With swimming being the most popular, the park offers a very safe beach, perfect for a dip at almost any time of the day. The beach is safe, even for small children, and rarely features massive waves. Aside from swimming, the kids have the opportunity to wander the beach, exploring the interesting selection of crabs and other crustaceans. If your kids are up for a bit of adventure, the DuBois Park beach is a great place to enjoy some snorkeling. Under the sea, there is a diverse selection of colorful fish and crustaceans. Even if you plan to enjoy a simple game of Frisbee, the beach at DuBois park is a great place for families of all sizes.

Fishing for Kids

If your kids enjoy reeling in a good catch, consider Jupiter Fishing Academy this summer. This is a fishing adventure trip with great educational value, designed by Captain Matt Budd. The program is created with the intention of providing kids with a fun-filled adventure while teaching them about weather, waterways, navigation, boating safety and, of course, fishing. Jupiter Fishing Academy runs all through the summer break.

Outdoor Summer Camps

Outdoor summer camps are one of the most popular summertime activities for kids who live in the Palm Beaches. The Jupiter Outdoor Center Spring Break Camp is a great option if you have kids between the ages of 6 and 14. Fully accredited by the American Camp Association, the program is designed to provide kids with a selection of fun outdoor and aquatic activities to celebrate the beautiful summer. The activities include snorkeling, stand-up paddleboarding, skim boarding, kayaking and surfing. Starting off at the DuBois Park, the Jupiter Outdoor Center Spring Break Camp takes advantage of Jupiter’s magnificent weather and waterways to provide kids with an adventure that they won’t forget.

 

Frankel Realty Group follows the letter and spirit of the Equal Housing Act, and is a member of the Northern Palm Beach County Board of Realtors, the Florida Multiple Listing Service, and National Board of Realtors.  Thomas Frankel is Broker of Record.   Frankel Realty Group and all of its affiliated agents are licensed as either brokers or salespersons by the Florida Real Estate Commission.  Copyright © 2013 Frankel Realty Group, All Rights Reserved. The name Frankel Realty Group and its logo and design are trademarks of Frankel Enterprises or its affiliates.

 

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