On July 10, the Zoning Board of Appeals will meet to discuss Dunkin' Donut's request to demolish an 83-year old Spanish style historic house to make room for a parking lot for their store which is adjacent.
The request is to expand the lot for parking spaces and raze the house at 412 Avenida Alegre.
Area homeowners are quoted as saying, “From 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., it’s a treacherous situation, I think a parking lot will make a big improvement as far as safety on the street goes.” With a lack of parking spaces, Dunkin' customers sometimes use residential driveways to turn around in, creating a traffic hazard.


This 1932 historic Spanish Mission style home has many wonderful features.  Pecky cypress ceilings, mosaic tile floors, fireplace, arched entry door, and private garden visible from most windows.

With 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths, living sq ft is a generous 2615.  Located near beach and ocean and Atlantic Avenue with its famed restaurants, boutiques and cultural venues.

Front bedroom features marble floors, loft with 18' ceiling.  Gourmet kitchen has gas cook top and triple built-in wall ovens and overlooks family room with Saltillo tile floors and impact glass doors.

Formal living and dining room with period fireplace parquet flooring and arch-topped stained glass period windows.

Master bedroom is on 2nd floor and has rich wood flooring.  Three separate a/c zones create a great comfort level.

Gardens are lush and there are two separate one car garages.

List price is $369,000.

Questions?  Call Marilyn at 561-638-9818.

NEW LISTING: 1925 Prospect Park, West Palm Beach 3 bedroom 2 1/2 bath home for sale

EL CID updated 2272 living sq ft designer-owned Mediterranean home with cottage features 10' ceilings, interior arches, stone columns and an ornately mantled fireplace.
Kitchen features Meile appliances, custom cabinetry. Multiple windows in all major rooms creates a light, bright sun-filled interior environment.
Guest cottage has kitchen, full bath, washer/dryer and private entrance.  Two car garage is a carpeted office, but could easily convert back to a garage.
LIST PRICE: $799,000.
Marilyn would LOVE to show you this beautiful home.


The similarity of the cobblestone street with row houses to the Philadelphia posting below was in an article containing interesting information about Boston, 7th most expensive city to live in, in the USA.

Population: 636,479; Cost of LIving: 39.7% above US average
Median household income: $53,136; median home value: $374,700

Offering a healthy local job market, big-city benefits, renowned universities, art collections and historic sites might make Boston worth the high costs of living there.  Research found over 6500 job postings per 10,000 people in the area; overall for US has been 470 job postings per 10,000 people.

Home values and housing expenses as well as most affordable housing combine to make Boston quite desirable as a place to reside.  Groceries are about 25% above the national average and healthcare costs over 26% , utilities over 44% higher.  Median household income is similar to national level.


Landmark designated Elfreth's Alley in Philadelphia has luxury homes featuring early American architecture, with renovated interiors and impeccably restored exteriors.  Architecture ranges from 18th C. colonials to federation-style row houses.  These properties were once owned by bankers, shipwrights, glassblowers and other tradesmen.

This street is the oldest continuously occupied residential street in America, the Liberty Bell is around the corner and there is a museum and gift shop.  The street dates to 1702.  As of 2012 there are 32 houses on the street, built between 1728 and 1836.  Tours often go down the cobblestone street.

123 Elfreth's Alley
For sale: $795,000

Featuring an A-typical parking spot and roof-top deck, the home has a "museum-quality" feeling.  The Baker's House was once a 2-story brick kitchen, and the federation-style home has been expanded and renovated over the years. The original oven, now not functional, can be seen in the basement.

Fa├žade is historically certified.  New renovations include a roof, finished basement and highly efficient HVAC system.  The property keeps its character with a mix of the old and new.

133-135 Elfreth's Alley
For sale: $850,000
Once a storefront, the first floor is quite spacious, 2290 sq ft, with 3 bedrooms, 3 baths.
One of the largest financiers of the Revolutionary War, Haym Solomon, is said to have lived there.
With a new kitchen, living room and dining room, the home boats a beautiful old-brick design and an adjacent lot serves as a garden, unusual for the area to have that outdoor space.

125 Elfreth's Alley
For sale: $649,900

With 3,122 sq ft, this property is the newest and tallest house on the street, built in 1836.  It is divided into two units, one rented out.  Lower unit has 2 bedrooms,  2 1/2 baths, top unit has 2 bedrooms and 1 bath.

No interior photos available of this "vintage Philadelphia home," because a tenant still lives in the house.

109 Elfreth's Alley
Coming on the market soon: $650,000

In 2008 while a rear addition was being constructed, the home was abandoned. 

Vacant, problems arose including water infiltration, mold infestation and vandalism; it was foreclosed in 2010.  Renovations will soon be done and then it will be listed.