Category Archives: Harbor Islands

Report: Fewer Homes for Sale Available on the South Florida Real Estate Market

South Florida real estate for saleAvailable homes for sale on the South Florida real estate market have decreased significantly year-over-year, according to a recent article I read.

The Palm Beach Post reported that the available inventory of homes for sale was down 34 percent in September when compared to September 2011.

This is fantastic news for South Florida home sellers in such communities as Golden Beach and Sunny Isles who are hoping to get a great price on their property.

South Florida Homes for Sale

Here’s an overview of recent activity on the South Florida real estate market, according to the real estate analysis firm Zillow:

  • High-priced homes for sale in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties were down 34.4 percent year-over-year.
  • Meanwhile, inventory of homes in the lower-priced tiers were down 33 percent.
  • In that same period, the national inventory of homes for sale has decreased by 19 percent.
  • In Palm Beach County, the inventory of single-family homes had fallen to less than five months in August.
  • When compared to August 2011, Palm Beach County’s home inventory has fallen 57 percent.

On the same day that Zillow released its report, the company RealtyTrac reported that Florida saw the most foreclosure activity in September.

Although some are concerned this may cause a drop in home prices as these foreclosed homes are sold, experts say that it’s more likely that these homes will more than likely be short-sold, which will help preserve prices.

List Your South Florida Home for Sale Today!

As I noted earlier, a drop in available homes for sale is a great sign for interested South Florida home sellers.

That’s because the low supply of available homes will spur even greater home buyer demand, which will ultimately drive up prices.

Thus, if you’re thinking about listing your South Florida property anytime soon, now is a great time to do so!

For expert tips on navigating the market as a South Florida home seller, please contact me, Scott Patterson.

I have years of experiencing helping home owners sell their properties in a number of local communities, including:

Until next time,


South Florida Home Owners to Learn Their Proposed Property Taxes for 2012 Soon

South Florida home owners recently found out what their proposed property taxes will be for 2012, according to a recent article in the Miami Herald.

The Miami-Dade Property Appraiser sent out more than one million TRIM notices to property owners recently.

These notices lay out how much the county believes a South Florida property is worth, which is quite important to home owners, home buyers and home sellers.

South Florida Real Estate for Sale

No matter whether you’re buying or selling a piece of South Florida real estate – TRIM notices are important.

For home sellers, the county’s valuation of a piece of real estate is ultimately factored in to how much they will pay for taxes.

Property owners will have until September 18 to file an appeal of the valuation with the Value Adjustment Board.

Tax bills connected with the new valuation will be sent out by Nov. 1.

Here’s an overview of what the TRIM notices revealed:

  • In Miami-Dade, the tax roll increased by 1.98 percent, after 3 years of declines.
  • In Broward County, the tax roll increased by 1.5 percent on average.
  • Broken down further, about 24 cities saw increases and seven saw declines.

Buying and Selling South Florida Real Estate

Whether you’re thinking about buying or selling South Florida real estate, you’ll want to have the latest information about TRIM notices in the area.

So contact me, Scott Patterson, for expert advice and helpful information on any one of the following real estate markets in South Florida:

Until next time,


New to the Market in Harbor Islands, Florida

Harbor Islands, Florida is perhaps one of the most desirable communities to live in within Hollywood, Florida.  This South Florida community is well known for its lavish homes, beautiful neighborhood and great public and private schools.

Right now, you can invest in your own piece of paradise in Hollywood, Florida.  Two homes in this elite community were recently listed on the market.

Continue reading to learn more about these two Hollywood Florida homes for sale.

Hollywood, Florida Real Estate

I recently listed two luxury homes on the Hollywood, Florida real estate market.

Here’s a breakdown of what these two Harbor Islands homes have to offer interested South Florida home buyers:

1061 Harbor Court

  • Waterfront
  • Located in “The Estates” section of Harbor Islands
  • Year Built: 2001
  • Single Family
  • List Price: $1,999,000
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 5 1/2  Bathrooms
  • 5,219  Sq Ft.
  • 50ft. private boat dock with 14K lb boat lift

Learn more about this South Florida home by visiting our 1061 Harbor Court page.

1535 Windjammer Way

  • Waterfront (Direct Intracoastal)
  • Year Built: 2004
  • Single Family
  • List Price: $1,989,000
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 4 1/2 Bathrooms
  • 4,870 square feet
  • Private boat dock with 14K lb boatlift

Check out our community page for 1535 Windjammer Way!

Hollywood, Florida  offers its residents plenty of amenities in its own right.  But if you wanted to explore another community, you’ll find that Hollywood Florida is conveniently located within just a short driving distance to many other cities:

  • 25 minutes from Miami
  • 5 minutes from Aventura
  • 5 minutes from Golden Beach
  • 15 minutes from Fort Lauderdale

To learn more about living in Hollywood Florida – or about the two homes currently listed in Harbor Islands – contact me, Scott Patterson, your South Florida real estate expert.

While you’re at it, feel free to check out my other listings in such area South Florida communities as:

Until next time,


South Florida Real Estate Summer 2011 Market Update

The median sales price for South Florida homes has steadily increased since the start of the year , according to Ron Shuffield, president of our company, Esslinger-Wooten-Maxwell, Inc. Realtors

Here’s some of the recent news that Ron shared with us about the South Florida real estate market:

  • Between January and May of this year, the median sales price in Miami-Dade County rose from $150,000 to $180,000.
  • Between January and May of this year, the median sales price in Broward County rose from $165,000 to $190,000
  • 61 percent of our company’s sales are for either a short sale or a foreclosure.  However, that is down from 67 percent just four months ago.

Ron said he is “cautiously optimistic” about the most recent trends on the South Florida real estate market.

As the inventory of South Florida homes for sale continues to dwindle, prices are expected to increase, he said.

Learn more about the current state of the South Florida real estate market by watching the below video from our company’s president.

Navigating the South Florida Real Estate Market


If you’re interested in entering the South Florida real estate market as a home buyer or home seller, contact me, Scott Patterson, your South Florida real estate expert, today.

Whether you’re an interested South Florida home buyer or a South Florida home seller, I’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have as well as provide you with a number of helpful South Florida real estate resources to help make navigating the market easier.

Until next time,


New South Florida Real Estate Website Unveiled to Help South Florida Home Buyers and Sellers

I  have some exciting news for interested South Florida home buyers and home sellers. We recently redesigned our website to make it easier for you to navigate the South Florida real estate market!

Here’s a look at some of the features we recently added or improved:

Personalized South Florida Real Estate Service

I strive to give every interested South Florida home buyer and home seller the best service possible.   That’s why we also added some of these social features to our website that helps us stay connected to you:

Thinking About Entering the South Florida Real Estate Market?

With our newly designed website, it’s never been easier to navigate the South Florida Real Estate market!

Contact me, Scott Patterson, your Aventura area real estate expert today, to learn more about what we can do for you.

Until next time,


Explore Harbor Islands in Hollywood Florida from the Convenience of Home

The advent of the Internet has made it a whole lot easier to be a South Florida home buyer. Why? Because it allows you to have a wealth of information right at your fingertips, from available listings in Hollywood, Florida to virtual tours of some of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the area.

My goal is to make navigating the South Florida real estate market as easy as possible. So I’ve made videos of some of the most coveted, luxurious residential communities in the area.

This month, I’d like to tell you about a community that has become well known for its tranquil vistas and friendly neighbors: Harbor Islands in Hollywood, Florida.

Dream Homes for Every Lifestyle in Harbor Islands Community in Hollywood, Florida

Situated on a cluster of islands along the Intracoastal Waterway, the 192-acre gated community of Harbor Islands is a paradise within the city of Hollywood.  Many of the homes in this amenity rich community are waterfront and feature  views of the Intracoastal and canals as well as have private swimming pools.

From waterfront estates to impressive town homes, there is something for every lifestyle at Harbor Islands, with prices ranging from $450,000 to $5 million.  Homes were built between 1996 and 2006 and range in size from 1,500 to 10,0000 square feet.

Although the neighborhood itself is expansive, you’ll feel right at home in one of Harbor Island’s distinctive communities: Edgewater, Harborside, Harborview, Grand Harbor Estates, The Estates, Harbor Pointe, Commodore Estates and Admiral’s Cove.

No matter which community within Harbor Islands you ultimately settle in, rest assured that you’ll have access to such world class amenities as:

  • the Grand Clubhouse Recreation Center
  • The 20-acre Joe Dimaggio Park, which includes paths for biking and jogging
  • A Championship Tennis Center
  • State-of-the-art Fitness Center and Spa
  • The Loggerhead Club and Marina
  • And more!

Ready to Enter the Hollywood, Florida Real Estate Market?

If you would like to learn more about what Harbor Islands has to offer its residents, check out my Harbor Islands community page, which will tell you even more about what it’s like to live in this amazing Hollywood, Florida neighborhood.

As your South Florida real estate expert, I’m constantly looking for ways to make your South Florida home buying experience easy and pleasant. Contact me, Scott Patterson, today to learn about featured listings in South Florida’s many beautiful communities, including Aventura, Golden Beach, Hallandale and Hollywood.

I’d also suggest you browse some of my other community pages to learn about other featured neighborhoods in Hollywood, including Hollywood Lakes as well as the condominium communities of  Ocean Palms and Villas of Positano

8 Year Snapshot Of Single Family Real Estate Inventory in Broward County

A picture is worth a thousand words, in this case it’s an 8 year snapshot of the Broward County real estate market….the peak of the market was March 2005 when we had the lowest supply of inventory of single family homes in Broward County including the cities of: Fort Lauderdale, Davie, Plantation,Weston, Hollywood and Hallandale Beach.  It was a extreme Seller’s market, inventory steadily increased and peaked in April of 2008 and has since been declining and we now have the lowest amount of inventory we have seen in sometime.  It’s now challenging to find “Good Inventory”and it’s all about “Supply & Demand”, especially in the key communities and developments like: Las Olas, Rio Vista, Harbor Beach, Weston, Windmill Ranches, Hollywood Lakes, Harbor Islands and Golden Isles.

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Closed Sales This Week In Harbor Islands Hollywood Florida

There were 2 closed sales this week on the same day in Harbor Islands.  The first was my listing located in Grand Harbor Estates 1490 Windjammer Way that closed for $1,370,000.  The other was 1016 Sanibel Drive in Harborside for $1,750,000.  Sales are picking up in Harbor Islands, year to date there have been 23 closed sales and there are currently 3 pending sales and 2 more about to go pending.  Harbor Islands appeals to a broad range of Buyers as price points range from the high 400’s to 5MM.  There are approx. 480 homes in the Harbor Islands Community and there are currently a total of 37 homes on the market.

1490 Windjammer Way

1490 Windjammer Way-8100

Dry Lot, 5 Bedrooms, 5.5 Baths, 4,674 sq.ft. under air.  Sold $1,370,000 (10/15/2009)

1016 Sanibel Drive


Waterfront, 5 Bedrooms, 4.5 Baths, 7,269 sq.ft. under air. Sold $1,750,000 (10/15/2009)

New To The Market Harbor Islands In “Harbor Pointe” Hollywood Florida

For those of you who might be unfamiliar with Harbor Islands, it is a 192-acre private gated waterfront community in Hollywood Florida composed of eight sub-communities.  You can select a home to fit your own personal budget with prices ranging from $450,000 up to $5,000,000.  Amenities in the community include a deep water Marina with 196 boat slips that can accommodate boats from 20-120 feet, Joe DiMaggio Park, Tennis and Fitness Center/Spa.  One of the unique things about  Harbor Islands is that it’s one of the only waterfront gated communities with private streets east of I-95 & US1.
Hollywood Florida Harbor Islands
New Listing Featured below is located in “Harbor Pointe” , the newest community in Harbor Islands located next to the Marina with Intracoastal Waterfront Homes as well as Non-Waterfront homes.

1320 Hatteras Court

Harbor Islands 1320 Hatteras Court

Quick Facts:
5 Bedrooms
6.5 Baths
Living Area Sq.ft.: 4,950
3 car garage

List Price: $1,550,000

There are currently 5 Active properties in Harbor Pointe, the featured listing above (non-waterfront) and 4 others on the Intracoastal waterfront.  See all the Active Listings in Harbor Pointe.  There has been 1 closed sale this year in Harbor Pointe and it was a Bank Owned Foreclosure that sold 2 days ago on September 14, 2009 for $3,200,000 it was a 6BR, 9.5BA 8,519 sq.ft. waterfront home which included the only 100 foot deeded dock at the marina, all the rest of the docks at the marina are only available for lease.

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Harbor Islands Real Estate Inventory


There are currently 28 single family homes and 16 townhomes on the market in the private gated waterfront community of Harbor Islands.

Breakdown Harbor Islands single family homes

The most expensive single family home in Harbor Islands is actually a foreclosure in Harbor Pointe, the home is currently listed for $4,200,000 and it is a 6 Bedroom, 9.5 Bath waterfront home with over 8,500 sq.ft., it was previously listed for $6,750,00 and was reduced in price last week to the current $4,200,000.  The least expensive single family home is a 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath 1,570 sq.ft. home going for $449,000 (dry lot).

Breakdown Harbor Islands Townhomes

The most expensive townhome in Harbor Islands is selling for $910,000 it is a 4 Bedroom, 4 Bath with 3,287 sq.ft..  The least expensive townhome is $499,500, 3 Bedroom, 2 bath and 2,129 sq.ft. (both dry lots)

2009 Harbor Islands single family home sales

There have been a total of 5 closed sales so far this year and there are currently 2 pending sales.  The highest sales price so far this year was 1449 Commodore Way in Commodore Estates for $1,520,000 (dry lot) and closed 6-22-2009, a 6 Bedroom, 4.5 Bath, 4,747 sq.ft. home.   The lowest sales price so far is $625,000 (dry lot) and closed 1-30-2009, a 4 Bedroom, 3 Bath, 2,659 sq.ft.

How does this compare to last year (2008)?

*At this same time last year there were only 2 single family closed sales

2009 Harbor Islands Townhome sales

There has been a total of 3 townhomes that closed this year.

938 S Harbor View: Sold: $440,000, 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, 2,749 sq.ft. (dry lot)
989 N. Harbor View: Sold: $530,000, 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath, 2,749 sq.ft. (waterfront)
808 E. Spinnaker Drive: $660,000, 3 Bedroom, 3 Bath, 2,648 sq.ft. (dry lot)

How does this compare to last year (2008)?

*At this same time last year there were 4 closed townhome sales

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