March Boca Observer Article

Summer’s nearly here and life is especially sweet at the new luxury condominium residences cropping up in and near Boca Raton, where you’ll find every amenity under the sun. From dog-walking and grocery services to private elevators and built-in balcony grills, savvy developers are constructing world-class buildings and sparing no extravagant detail.

“(Consumers) come from New York and other prestigious areas up north where the service is second to none,” says Nita Summers, managing broker of Douglas Elliman Real Estate’s Boca Raton office. “When they buy in Boca Raton, they want the same top-notch service they’re used to. They want someone to park their car, bring up the groceries, make restaurant reservations, walk their dogs and stock the fridge when they come down for the season.”
Summers, a 30-year old real estate veteran, views her sales staff as matchmakers. “I advise them to use their listening skills to find out exactly what the client wants and find a marriage made in heaven!”

If you’re into the good life, the following four properties, which are currently in pre-construction, are superb finds.

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Located in the award-winning community of Boca West, Akoya will offer country club living- minus the hassle of maintaining a single-family home. The unique nine story building will have 140 condominiums ranging from 1,800 to more than 3,000 square feet. The self-contained property will be gated with its own pool and Jacuzzi, and feature sleek and modern decorations – perfect for people looking to update their lifestyles.

Boca West consistently has been voted the number one private residential country club community in America by the Platinum Club of America, and Akoya residents will have access to all its exclusive amenities. This includes a Sports Center featuring a sprawling free form pool with cascading waterfalls, a casual pool bar, lush tropical foliage and a world-class tennis facility featuring 31 HarTru courts. There are also four 18-hole championship golf courses designed by link legends Arnold Palmer, Jim Fazio and the newest member of the Hall of Fame, Pete Dye.

And did we mention the incredible spa? “The European-inspired spa is absolutely breathtaking,” boasts Rob Siemens, director of marketing of Siemens Group Realty and Akoya. “Everyone who walks in is blown away by the beauty of this place, which offers 23 themed treatment rooms, salon services and relaxation areas.”

Daytime valet services will also be available. “If you come home tired from a game of gold or tennis, our valet will go to the clubhouse and bring you dinner!” Siemens says. “We’ll also have a fitness center, 24-hour, state-of-the-art security and on-site maintenance to make sure that our residents can relax and enjoy all that Boca West and South Florida has to offer.” And you won’t have to fight traffic or crowds to dine out in style. Boca West offers six restaurants ranging from casual dining to gourmet, as well as banquet halls for special functions. Rounding out the lavish amenities are social and card rooms and a spectacular space with a catering kitchen.

“Akoya is unique because nowhere else can you find a nine-story building in a country club community with all we have to offer,” says Siemens, whose family has been in the real estate business since 1984 and was responsible for The Polo Club of Boca Raton. The property will be ready for occupancy at the end of 2016 or early 2017. Prices range from $800,000 to more than $2 million.

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