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.

 

Beautiful Beaches in Palm Beach

The Palm Beach region is home to a delightful selection of beautiful beaches and parks full of activities that the whole family can enjoy. Here are some of our favorite beaches in the area.

DuBois Park

DuBois Park is one of the most popular beaches in the Palm Beach region. Featuring a beach area stretching up to 1,200 feet, DuBois Park is full of activities and adventures that the whole family can enjoy. Offering activities such as snorkeling, swimming, surfing, boating and fishing, there is definitely something for everyone at DuBois Park. Aside from water activities, DuBois Park also offers all the amenities you need for a day out with the family. The facilities include a picnic pavilion, grills, tables, a playground and restroom facilities. The park also contains great historical value as the home of the DuBois Pioneer Home and the Indian mound archaeological site.

Juno Beach

Juno Beach is another widely popular beach in Palm Beach and continues to draw visitors by the thousands throughout the year. Juno Beach features the guarded Juno Beach Park that stretches for 300 feet and provides visitors with all the necessary amenities for beachside activities and relaxing in the sun. Visitors can swim in guarded swimming areas within the park, while surfers can choose a designated surfing spot depending on the day. The park also offers picnic shelters, tables, a snack bar and bait shop along with restroom facilities so that visitors can enjoy a full day on the beach.

Ocean Cay Park

Ocean Cay Park is an unguarded beach park featuring a range of amenities for families to enjoy some fun, relaxation and a beautiful view. The park is a perfect place for saltwater fishing, picnics and beachfront activities with children. The park is especially friendly for children as it features two play structures for kids between 5-12 years of age. The park also features facilities for beach volleyball. Visitors may even bring their dogs to the designated pet-friendly areas in Ocean Cay Park.

Ocean Inlet Park

Ocean Inlet Park is a great place to enjoy all the water sports that Palm Beach is famous for, along with the occasional wildlife sightings. Visitors can enjoy saltwater fishing, long walks on the beach, boating and picnics. The park also offers an ocean overlook, playground and play structure for children between the ages of 5- 12. The beach is ideal for swimming and a wide range of other family-friendly and pet-friendly activities.

 

Golf Programs For Kids This Summer

There is no denying that Palm Beach County is a great place for golf enthusiasts to holiday and reside. If your kids are showing an early interest in golf, Palm Beach is fully equipped with summer programs, classes and facilities to help them develop their skills. Here are some great options to consider!

The Breakers Junior Golf and Tennis Camp

When it comes to summer camps for the kids, The Breakers is one of the best programs. Whether your kids are interested in adventure, nature, sports or creativity, The Breakers offers a variety of special camps to hone your children’s skills and interests. For those with young golf enthusiasts, The Breakers offers a Junior Golf and Tennis Camp for kids between ages 6 – 13. The summer camp is a great opportunity for kids to learn from certified professional golf and tennis players. The Breakers Junior Golf and Tennis Camp also focuses on creating a positive learning environment full of fun activities. The camp features a 6 : 1 student to teacher ratio, a chance to learn at a state-of-the-art learning center, competitions, evaluations of fitness as well as instructions on rules and etiquette.

Southwinds Junior Golf Camp

The Southwinds Junior Golf Camp is another great opportunity for kids of ages 7 – 17 to learn the game of golf or to focus on their skills. The camp is conducted in sessions, where the children are provided with instructions on all areas of the game. Kids can also enjoy games, skill contests, prizes as well as opportunities to play on the golf courses. The Southwinds Junior Golf Camp also offers instructions on the rules and etiquette of the game.

The Breakers West Summer Sports Camp

This is another great summer camp, hosted by Breakers West Country Club. Targeted at the 5 – 14 age group, The Breakers West Summer Sports Camp focuses on providing participants with daily instruction on golf, swimming and tennis. In addition to hands-on sports training, the children will also be given a chance to try out arts and crafts, science projects and magic shows for a well-rounded experience. The Breakers West Summer Sports Camp also features demonstrations on wildlife and cookouts that the entire family can enjoy.

Osprey Point Junior Golf Camp

The Osprey Point Junior Golf Camp is an opportunity for kids as young as 4 years of age, to start playing golf. This camp is also conducted in sessions and provides instructions on how to play the game while also conducting contests, games and playing sessions on golf courses. The camp is a great option for kids at any skill level.

Little League Golf Program

The Little League Golf Program, hosted by the Palm Beach Gardens Golf Course, is held all year round. The program drafts junior golfers within the 5 – 16 age group into four teams and provides them with a coach to train with. The training program lasts for 6 weeks, including one weekday practice with the coach assigned to them, and one league practice with the other teams. At the end of the 6 weeks, the teams will compete with each other for another 6 weeks.

 

April Events 2015

April is a great month for the residents of Palm Beach, as well as those who choose to visit. The beautiful weather is best enjoyed at one of the many outdoor events held in various parts of Palm Beach County.

Pompano Beach Seafood Festival – April 24th

The Pompano Beach Seafood Festival has been celebrated for over 30 years. The event is a true celebration of all the wonderful things that Florida has to offer. Needless to say, if you are a fan of seafood, Pompano Beach Boulevard is the place to be on the 24th of April.

The Pompano Beach Seafood Festival is being held with a whole new layout, stretching for 2,000 feet on the Pompano Beach Boulevard. Visitors will have a wonderful time walking along the boulevard and enjoying a sea breeze, a lovely view and a delightful array of seafood options. The seafood booths will be featured at the Pompano Fishing Pier.

With over 30 seafood booths to choose from, the options will range from fish to lobster, clams, shrimp, clams, oysters, conch and mussels that are prepared every way that you can imagine. From salads and fried options all the way to Cajun style, jerk and even a couple of raw selections, the choices are truly endless. If you feel like trying out something different, there are plenty of other options along with a few exotic dishes to try out.

Aside from the delectable array of food options, the Pompano Beach Seafood Festival will also feature live music on three stages and over 140 arts and crafts vendors with their proudest creations. The event is family friendly and offers free access for kids under 12.

Downtown Fort Pierce Farmers’ Market – April 25th

What better way to enjoy the beautiful April Weather in Palm Beach than to head to Downtown Fort Pierce to visit your favorite local farmers. The event will be held every Saturday until August and will feature a fantastic selection of fresh produce, food and even some live music.

Starting at 8am and held until noon, Downtown Fort Pierce Farmer’s Market is definitely a good reason to get up early on a weekend. The market is family and pet friendly.

Featuring over 70 local vendors, the market definitely has something for everyone!

Royal Palm Beach Green Market and Bazaar – April 26th

Held every Sunday at Common’s Park, the Royal Palm Beach Green Market & Bazaar is especially enjoyable in the month of April. Having started out on the 2nd November 2014, the market is a great place to find a wide range of fresh produce including vegetables, fruits, plants and beautiful flowers.

The market is also a great place to try out some delicious artisan treats and steamed baked goods. The event also offers an unmatched selection of local crafters and artists.

The market offers free admission, free parking and anyone, including your pets, can come in for great time.

 

7 Restaurants That Locals Keep Secret

There are plenty of fantastic places to eat all over Palm Beach. Then, there are the places that are so great that the locals don’t want to share them. Here are our picks for the top 7 Palm Beach restaurants that the locals don’t want to share!

HiWay Burger

Located in downtown Delray Beach, HiWay Burger is the place to go if you are in the mood for a burger and shake at an affordable price. The establishment is a mix between a fast food outlet and a burger shack and offers a simple menu with incredibly low priced options. In fact, nothing on the menu is priced over $5.50.Some of the most popular items include the “Triple Hi Cheeseburger” and the hand-cut fries.

Sheila’s

If you are up for a Bahamian treat, Sheila’s Famous BBQ, Conch & More is the place to visit. Conch is a particular specialty at this establishment and is served in the authentic Bahamian way. Located in Lake Worth, Sheila’s is a fantastic place to enjoy conch and other delightful seafood options at affordable prices. The family run joint is famous in Palm Beach for its authenticity.

Bangkok Jam

Bangkok Jam is a much loved establishment featuring stylish décor and delicious Thai staples such as spring rolls, steamed dumplings and Pad Thai. Located in Royal Palm Beach, the establishment is adored by the locals for the great service and delicious food. Located in a hidden spot, the restaurant features a large menu with reasonable prized offerings. Fun fact – the local Thai monks have been seen at Bangkok Jam.

Taco’s Al Carbon

Once, a food truck, Tac’s Al Carbon is now a late night eating spot located in Lake Worth. Featuring an affordable menu, this is where you should come if you are craving authentic tacos. At about $5.00 for a meal, this is a great place for tortas, tamales, tacos and burritos.

Hidden Treasure Rum Bar & Grill

This aptly named establishment is the place for those who love the Palm Beach lifestyle. Being boat and pet friendly, the Hidden Treasure Rum Bar & Grill is a great spot to grab a drink and to enjoy a delightful meal right from your boat. Some of the favorites include the fried shrimp and the peanut butter pie. You can also enjoy a fresh catch with a gorgeous view.

Seaside Deli

Located in Boynton Beach, Seaside Deli has been a favorite spot for sandwiches for about 20 years. The tiny deli features a selection of over 35 sandwich varieties along with delicious sides and salads. Seaside Deli also offers about 150 varieties of beers, sodas and drinks to suit just about any craving. One of the top sellers at the deli is turkey, roast beef, cheese and bacon sandwich with coleslaw and potato salad.

HotDog-Opolis

HotDog-Opolis is a great place to grab a hot dog that is definitely not boring! The restaurant is located in Boca Raton and features a selection of specialty hotdogs such as Asian mustard, gyro and Korean. The sausage selection is as diverse as the hotdog selection. With wildboar, elk, pheasant, buffalo and duck among the options, you will have plenty to choose from. As with many of Boca Raton’s affordable eateries, HotDog-Opolis is also easy on the pocketbook!

 

Simplify Moving With These Easy Steps

Most people associate relocation with stress, drama and complications. In reality, with a little bit of planning and a lot of consideration to organizing, relocation can be simple and stress-free. Here are some great ideas to simplify your move.

Start planning as early on as possible

A mistake that most people make is waiting until the last moment to plan a move. In reality, there is a lot to be done when you have to move and starting early can save you from a great deal of trouble.

Set up a realistic budget

Before you settle on one mover, obtain quotes from three or more moving companies and then compare them. Don’t settle for the lowest quote as that might not be the best choice. If you are simply setting up the budget, add the highest quote amount to allow plenty of room for changes later on. Be sure to consider the costs of packaging materials, additional services from movers, as well as storage and disposal during the budgeting stage.

Choose a reliable mover

While renting a moving truck and DIY moving is definitely an option, you will have to consider whether you can actually handle all the packing and the heavy lifting. Even with the help of friends and family, you may have trouble with large and bulky items. The best option if you are dealing with large pieces of furniture, small openings and valuable items, is to hire a professional mover. A mover will be able to guide you on the right track and ensure safety of your belongings during transportation.

Sort out your belongings

In reality, you don’t have to take everything to your new home. You may have to give up some of your clothing, personal belongings and even furniture depending on the size and layout of your new home. Be sure to take plenty of time to go through your belongings and to sort out everything that you need, as well as anything that can be sold and anything that can be given away. It is quite normal that you may have things that don’t fit into any of these categories. In this case, you may want to consider responsible disposal or recycling. Remember, the more belongings you take with you, the higher your moving cost will be.

Pay attention to proper packing

A great cause of stress for homeowners is whether their belongings are going to reach their new home safely. The best solution for this problem is to make sure that everything is packed with care. Invest in proper packing materials, such as cardboard boxes, tape, bubble wrap, newsprint and packing peanuts. Your movers will be able to help you with large items and valuables. Make sure that you label everything that you pack yourself so that the movers know how to stack everything to prevent damage during the drive. Moving insurance would also help, especially if you have valuables such as antiques, art and expensive items.

Celebrity Homes in Palm Beach County

Palm Beach County is home to many socialites, billionaires and Hollywood stars. The beautiful weather, laid back lifestyle and gorgeous homes are no less attractive to the rich and famous. Here are some famous celebrities and their multi-million dollar properties in beautiful Palm Beach County.

Adam Sandler – $910,000 Condo at Ocean Boulevard

Famous comedy actor Adam Sandler bought a luxurious 8th floor condo for his mother. Located in Highland Beach, the beautiful condo is worth just under a million dollars. The condo offers a gorgeous view of the ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, as well as direct beach access.

Bill Gates – $8.7 million house in Wellington

Bill Gates, the Microsoft tycoon and the second richest man in the world, owns a beautiful Mediterranean style equestarian residence at a price of $8.7 million. Located in Wellington, the home is occupied by Bill Gates’ daughter, Jennifer Gates. Spread across over 7,000 square feet and featuring a 20 stall barn as well as a show jumping arena, this is the perfect home for Jennifer who aspires to be a jumping rider.

Ariana Grande – $2 million house in Boca Raton

The lovely Ariana Grande was also a resident in Palm Beach County. Her 7,590 square foot property had five bedrooms along with a music studio, sauna, observatory, swimming pool and an outside gazebo. Located in Les Jardins, a highly sought after gated community in Boca Raton, the property went up for sale in 2013 at a little over $2.3 million.

Celine Dion – $20 million mansion in Jupiter Island

Celine Dion’s $20 million mansion spans across over 9,500 square feet and is built on a 5.7 acre land. Containing an underground garage, eight bedrooms, 460 square foot wardrobe and a gym, the mansion is famous for its water features. The property features a lavish pool system that takes up to 500,000 gallons of water. The pool system includes two swimming pools, a river with a slow current and two water slides. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the property is located in Jupiter Island, one of the wealthiest communities in the country.

Venus and Serena Williams- $2 million home in the Ballen Isles Community

Venus and Serena Williams, both professional tennis players, live in the prestigious Ballen Isles community in West Palm Beach. The home prices in this stylish community range from $275,000 up to $3 million. Located in a plot that is just less than one acre, the Williams’ property includes four bedrooms, five bathrooms, and a swimming pool, spanning across 11,000 square feet. The house was originally purchased for $525,000 in 1998 and then completed in 2000.

Donald Trump – $10 million Mar-A-Lago mansion

The historic Mar-A-Lago mansion, constructed in 1924, was willed to the government as a historic site. The property was then sold to the business mogul at $10 million in 1985. Donald Trump lived in this lavish mansion for a decade before converting it into an exclusive club. Featuring 58 bedrooms, 12 fireplaces, 33 bathrooms and three bomb shelters, the mansion is a luxurious property that is now available for members to spend the holiday season.

 

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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