World-class tennis, excellent parks, good schools and roomy homes all in west Boca Raton. These are just some of the attractions for families looking to put down roots in a place with all the options.
Some choose this sprawling 10-village, 500-acre development for its access to the highly regarded Evert Tennis Academy, set within its boundaries and frequently graced with the presence of co-founder and former No. 1 player Chris Evert.
Others simply like it for the family feel and A-rated public schools: Sandpiper Shores Elementary and Loggers Run Middle, along with B-rated West Boca High.
“It’s perfect for young families,” says Vincent Spadea, a real estate agent with Regency Realty Services who also knows the area’s junior tennis scene well after raising three kids in the sport, including son Vince who spent 15 years on the pro circuit.
Spadea speaks regularly with families hoping to tap into Boca’s tennis opportunities, whether at the Evert academy, the USTA Training Center Headquarters (also at Mission Bay) or any one of the two dozen or more academies in southern Palm Beach County. Parents and kids often move to South Florida seeking instruction that will help them receive college scholarships, if not pursue professional dreams.
“You can do it from here,” Spadea Sr. says. “You really can’t do it from a lot of other places.”
He’s referring to the warm, sunny weather, of course, but also the walking — or biking-distance convenience of the Evert academy and its top-notch coaching. Students at the academy can attend the academy’s private on-site school or private Boca Preparatory School across the street.
And with more than 1,200 homes in a variety of gated and ungated communities all with access to the Mission Bay amenities, it’s easy to make the whole family happy, agents say.
Developed starting in 1986, the community’s villages have mostly single-family homes, along with some rental villas and townhomes. The primarily three- to five-bedroom homes range in size from about 1,600 square feet to 3,200 square feet of living space and in listing price from the low $200,000s to $599,000, agents say.
The Mission Bay Community Association oversees the community, which also includes the academy, school, two child-care facilities and some commercial space. Amenities include the large fitness center, heated pool and 12 tennis courts.
“Mission Bay is a beautiful community that focuses on family and quality of life,” says Pamela Starusta of Waypoint Realty Group.
All residents pay monthly dues to the umbrella community association. Depending on the village they live in, they also pay monthly maintenance dues to their individual village associations. Total dues range from about $125-$350 per month.
Aside from the tennis, Mission Bay’s location and affordable prices are its top selling points, Spadea says.
His real estate partner, Jesse Barrass, agrees, saying that the tennis academy gives the community a little something extra in the area.
“This is a little niche over here,” she says. “The schools are good, the shopping, and, it’s the Boca address.”
Monika Muller of Coldwell Banker expected to close last week on a house in the Regatta village, after a flurry of showings in the days it was on the market. With limited inventory in the low-turnover community, homes are selling quickly, she says.
Says Paul Cairo, an agent with Laguna Realty and Sales, “Mission Bay’s asset is it’s in a premier west Boca area with great school districts.”
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