Jupiter: Is it too hot for Christmas?

Here in Jupiter, it's hard to tell it's Christmas.  My wife can tell when its Christmas by the "cooler" weather we are supposed to have this time of year.  So when it's near 80, she doesn't think it feels "Christmas-y".

One thing about the lack of cooler weather is that it keeps the citrus from getting sweet.  They need the cooler weather to make them really come alive and we just haven't had it yet.  Last year, we had the coldest winter on record.  But this year...well take a look at the picture below.  It was taken from Burt Reynold's dock and is facing north up the Intracoastal Waterway near Jupiter Island.

Right now, there are about 3,800  homes on the market in the Jupiter to Palm Beach Gardens area priced from  $ 37,000 to near $ 19 million.  If you are looking for great opportunities, there are plenty of them out there.  I have lived here 21 years and can show you the best values and locations.  You can contact me at 561-762-4073.  Or see all homes for sale at http://www.coastalflrealestate.com/.  Got a question?  For a quick answer use coastalflrealestate@gmail.com.

Richard Sites, Realtor

Tiger Woods, Jupiter Island resident, visits a local school

Jupiter Island has long been home to some of the biggest, if not the most quiet, names in the country.  The list of notables that call the Island home will fill the social register anywhere.  No perhaps no better known than Tiger Woods.  Woods capped a week when he won his first tournament in more than two years by checking in on another success: the Tiger Woods Learning Center at Murray Middle School.

Woods made an unpublicized visit to the program visiting with students, teachers and administrators and taking part in a forensics class as sixth- and seventh-graders in the program demonstrated fingerprinting to an eighth-grade science class.

"At first none of the students knew who he was," Principal Kit Weir said, "and then one kid recognized him and shouted, 'That's Tiger Woods!' Then they all started screaming."

Tiger bought the old Chuck Curcio mansion on Jupiter Island, then 4 other surrounding parcels, moved trees around and built a massive compound complete with golf hole for practicing.  He also assembled a couple of large properties in Jupiter and built another massive, walled compound for his mom.

Thinking about homes for sale on Jupiter Island?  I can show you any home listed by any broker and unlike many agents have lived here 22 years and can show you the best values and locations.  Or reach me at 561-762-4073.  You can search the MLS using the fastest results available at Coastal Florida Real Estate.

Hungryland Trail Day is this Saturday

One of the really great things about living in Jupiter Farms is the access to so much undeveloped land and recreational areas.  Of course, the best known is Riverbend Park but that's not all there is.  Recently Cypress Creek was opened and although not completed, will eventually connect Riverbend with Hungryland to the west.

I don't know how the John C. and Mariana Jones Hungryland Wildlife and  Environmental Area got it's name but it is 16,645 acres of some of the highest quality, undisturbed pine flatwoods remaining in South Florida.  You can hike, camp or bike along the Old Jupiter-Indiantown Road, hunt for deer, hog and other small game and fish.  This Saturday, NETA, the Northeast Everglades Trails Association, is sponsoring Hungryland Trail Day.

The organization will be hosting this event for hikers, bikers and equestrians to help encourage the public to come enjoy our great outdoors.  The event is open to the public and is free and there will be burgers and dogs on the grill at noon.  Enter the park at Gate 9.  How do you get to gate 9?

Indiantown Road west from Jupiter until you reach the flashing light at Mellen.  For those of you using GPS devices, the machine may call this 125th.  Turn right, (north if you are using GPS) and go about a mile until you see Old Indiantown Road.  Make a left and continue until you hit the big yellow gate.  This is gate 9.  Park outside the gate and then hike or bike down Old Indiantown Road into the Park. Or contact Florida Eco Tours and let them take you:  floridaecotours@gmail.com.

Looking at homes for sale in Jupiter Farms?  We enjoy a lifestyle unlike any other in this area and yet we are still only 15 minutes from the ocean. Let me show you the best values and opportunities.  Unlike many agents I live in the Farms.  Contact me at 561-762-4073 or coastalflrealestate@gmail.com.  Like to search yourself?  You can see all homes listed for sale at http://www.coastalflrealestate.com/.

Toll Brothers posts financial results

Toll Brothers, builders of Jupiter Country ClubFrenchman's Reserve and the new Frenchman's Harbor in Juno Beach reported it's fiscal fourth-quarter net income slid 70 percent, partly because last year's quarter was helped by a large tax benefit and fewer cancellations this year.

Frenchman's Harbor Toll Brothers
Yacht at Frenchman's Harbor
Executive Chairman Robert Toll said that the company believes its prospective customers have the ability to buy but that a lack of confidence in the U.S. economy is holding people back from making purchases.
Fourth-quarter home deliveries climbed 8 percent to 757 units. Signed contracts increased 15 percent to 644 units with the average price of its quarterly signed contracts was $606,000, up from $565,000 a year ago.
There is still time for you to pick up a great waterfront location at Frenchman's Harbor in Juno Beach. Or if you are looking for an oceanfront condo, Juno is the place for them since unlike Jupiter they sit right on the ocean.  You can contact me at 561-762-4073 to see any home for sale listed by any broker unless you want to search yourself.  You can do that at http://www.coastalflrealestate.com/.   Or email me at coastalflrealestate@gmail.com.

Richard Sites, Realtor

Jupiter Christian School hosts "Christmas in the Courtyard" tonight

Jupiter Christian School in Jupiter is hosting it's annual "Christmas in the Courtyard" tonight.  According to Fine Arts Director Claire Sites, this is one of the school's major outreach efforts in the community.   The design of the campus features an outdoor courtyard which is perfect for such an event while our weather is perfect.

Christmas in the Courtyard features all facets of the Fine Arts Department including chorus, drama, art and band.  They will be performing starting at 6 pm and the event is open to the public.

Jupiter Christian School opened in September of 1963. For three and one-half years, classes were held in the educational building at Grace Immanuel Bible Church, which was then named First Southern Methodist Church. In July of 1966, construction of the present facility was started on land donated in memory of Mr. And Mrs. Henry S. Pennock, Sr. On January 2, 1967, classes were held for the first time at the present facility.

Looking for a home in the Jupiter area?  Unlike many agents I have lived here 21 years and can show you the best values and locations.  Contact me at 561-762-4073 or at rsites@bellsouth.net.
Richard Sites, Realtor

Time again for the Holiday Boat Parade in Jupiter

Jupiter is a great place to live and certainly all of our waterfront exposure contributes to this.  We have miles of beautiful, expansive, clean and free beaches stretching all the way to Juno Beach just to our south.  South of Jupiter lie the towns of North Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens.  And, like a necklace, the Intracoastal Waterway connects them all.

Each holiday season, these town orchestrate a Holiday Boat Parade where boat owners can decorate their boats with holiday lights and slowly parade them from the south to the north.

So here in Jupiter, we can gather at Riverwalk, Sawfish Bay Park and Lighthouse Park to watch the boats as they pass by.  The weather is glorious this time of year and it's hard to resist the opportunity to sit out under the stars for a couple of hours and watch the boats.  If you happen to station yourself near the Jupiter Lighthouse, you will be treated to the sweeping beams of light as it turns.  The parade takes place Dec. 3 and can be viewed as it passes Jupiter between 5-10 pm.

Does this sound like a great place to live?  You bet it is!  Looking for a home in this area?  Unlike many agents, I have lived here 21 years and can show you the best values and locations.   You can contact me at rsites@bellsouth.net or on Skype at rsites.  My phone number is 561-762-4073.  If you want to search yourself, you can see all Jupiter homes for sale at http://www.coastalflrealestate.com/.

Richard Sites, Realtor