Hurricane season 2015, newest predictions for little activity

June is the beginning of hurricane season which runs until November 1.  Hurricanes are a part of the tropical ecosystem and occur in all warm waters.  In the Pacific they are called Typhoons but they are the same thing as our hurricanes.  Basically, they are very low pressure systems with counter clockwise winds spiraling into the center or “eye”.

Before the freak of nature seasons of 2004 & 2005 we had not had a hurricane in Palm Beach County since 1928.  This fact is never mentioned and many newcomers to this area think they are an annual occurrence.  The picture below was taken from my front porch as hurricane Wilma swept over us in 2005.


 Every year, the University of Oklahoma issues a hurricane prediction for the season.  Here is what they say about 2015.

“We anticipate that the 2015 Atlantic basin hurricane season will be one of the least active seasons since the middle of the 20th century. It appears quite likely that an El Niño of at least moderate strength will develop this summer and fall. The tropical and subtropical Atlantic are also quite cool at present. We anticipate a below-average probability for major hurricanes making landfall along the United States coastline and in the Caribbean.”  Further, they believe there will only be one major storm.

So what does this mean?  If you are moving to the area, don’t sweat the storms.  If you had been born in 1928 in Palm Beach County you might have gone your entire life without seeing one.  Now, insurers have figured out there is profit in storm preparedness so they factor this into your rates.

As for home construction many people believe wooden structures are not a strong as CBS construction.  The truth is all homes are built to the same code…period!  Wood just requires more upkeep and maintenance.

And down here the line of demarcation is I-95.  If you live east of it your homeowners insurance rate will be higher than if you live west of it.  Which doesn’t make any sense since the road is running on a NW-SE angle.  But that’s the way it is.

If you are considering a home in this area, unlike many agents I grew up in South Florida and have lived in Jupiter for 25 years so I can show you the best locations and some great deals.  You can reach me at 561-762-4073.

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Is Tequesta part of Jupiter?

Many buyers are searching the Internet, logging in to lots of different sites, and are still wondering what in the world is Tequesta?  And where in the world is Tequesta?

Tequesta is Jupiter’s sister city to the north.  The Jupiter Inlet, complete with famous lighthouse, separates the two small areas.  Jupiter calls itself a Town and Tequesta calls itself a Village.

Technically, Tequesta is a peninsula since it juts into the Loxahatchee River and separates the North Fork from the Northwest Fork.  A peninsula, like the state of Florida, is surrounded by water on 3 sides.  Tequesta fits this description.

It is surrounded by the river on two sides and the Intracoastal Waterway on the third.  On the north side it is bounded by Jonathan Dickinson State Park.  The park runs north about 8 miles until it hits Hobe Sound.

So between the river and the park, Tequesta is very quiet.

It has great public amenities with a post office (which is never crowded) and a branch of the Palm Beach Public Library system.  So the area is undergoing a revitalization.

Housing here ranges from small 2/2 condos of about 1,100 square feet to massive, riverfront estates along the river running to several million in price.  These waterfront properties have easy ocean access out the Jupiter Inlet.

A small part of Tequesta is in Martin County but for the residents in the Palm Beach County portion all schools are Jupiter’s “A” rated schools.

You can see all Tequesta homes for sale here or for personal service contact me directly at 561-762-4073.



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Jonathan’s Landing Golf Club has it all

Jonathan’s Landing is one of the oldest and most diverse clubs in the Jupiter area.  While not the most ostentatious, the quiet elegance underlies a truly unique environment.

Located just north of Admirals Cove on the Intracoastal Waterway, the “Village” is a collection of 27 small villages.  Those with single family homes have about 2 dozen homes in each.  In addition to single family homes there are condos and townhouses.JL Clbhse 2 7x5

Waterfront property is the name of the game in JL, with nearly half the homes for sale being located either on lakes or salt water.   Condos start around $ 300,000 and waterfront estate homes run to about $ 2.5 million.

The tallest building on the mainland in Jupiter, Southporte, is located in JL.  Southporte has commanding views with only 4 units per floor.

JL has three golf courses.  The Village, located in-town, and two out west in Old Trail.  The Village course features a one of a kind ferry boat ride on the 17th hole.  This course was designed by Tom Fazio and is the course most commonly used by members on a daily basis.


West of town you will find courses designed by Arthur Hills and Tom Fazio.  Old Trail has a local reputation as a special golf course and any invitation to play these courses will quickly be accepted.

As a former, on-site real estate agent, I know JL thoroughly and can show you the best deals.  Use the contact form below or contact me directly at 561-762-4073 to find out if this is the right club for you.

A peek behind the gates at Trump National Jupiter

When Jack Nicklaus began developing his Bears Club parcel on the border between Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens, he also designed and built the golf course on the adjacent parcel which became the centerpiece of the Ritz Carlton complex.  Here estate homes line the quiet fairways and the natural environment is also home to lots of native wildlife including a nesting pair of bald eagles.

Even though these homes were built during the building boom of the early 2000’s they lack the heavy Mediterranean influence found in any number of other luxury communities in the area like Mirasol.

And while these estate homes certainly have Tuscany inspired designs they are styled more like those you might find in the wine regions of northern California.  In addition to the estate homes, the Ritz also offered fractional ownership properties.  While conceptually they are similar to time shares, these speak to your personal needs and desires on a whole different level.

Donald Trump recently completed his purchase of the Ritz property and it is now called Trump National Jupiter.  

You can see all homes listed for sale in any of our exclusive clubs by visiting me on the web at: Coastal Florida Real Estate. Or try my You Tube channel where I have posted about 350 videos on the real estate market and our great lifestyle.

Have a thought?  I’d love to hear your comments below.


Wonderful winter weather comes to Jupiter one more time!

Jupiter and the surrounding areas are known for spectacular winter weather.  With low humidity, cool breezes and high temperatures in the low 70’s, it is more like the coast of California than sub-tropical South Florida.

Over the past couple of winters, this weather has passed us by and it has been unusually warm.  This makes the orange trees bloom early and the flowers bloom early as well.  This year was no exception.  We only had one really cold spell, but it broke a couple of records for low temps.

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And this area is known as the golf capital of the world since this is great golfing weather.  The Honda Classic was played here just a couple of weeks ago.

If you are looking for a respite from the cold, take a close look at the Jupiter to Palm Beach Gardens area.  It is without a doubt the finest coastal Florida living along the S.E. coast.  I have called Florida my home all my life and have lived in Jupiter, along with my family, for 25 years.  If you are interested in Jupiter real estate you can contact me at 561-762-4073. Or if you have a comment, please enter it below.  Need more information?  Try my You Tube channel.


Bay Colony brings new construction to Juno area

Jupiter, and it’s smaller neighbor to the south, Juno Beach, offer some of the finest waterfront properties along the S.E. coast of Florida.  Here, in club communities like Admirals Cove, the mostly seasonal residents enjoy the protected atmosphere of luxurious country club living.

Club memberships in most of these communities run well over $ 100,000 and joining is mandatory. Only Jonathan’s Landing retains the feature of optional membership to residents.

Another issue facing those longing to live on or with a view of the water is that many of these homes were built over 20 years ago and have the architectural features popular at the time.  Even if upgraded sometime in the past, new owners could well be faced with the task of updating again.

That is unless you consider Bay Colony in Juno Beach.

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Heading south from Jupiter right along the coast you come to Juno Beach, just before North Palm Beach.  Juno is the true beach lovers paradise since some of the condos are located right on the ocean, which is not allowed in Jupiter.  But most of the condo units here are older so Bay Colony offers something not found in too many other places, new construction.
And on the 14 acre compound there is a clubhouse next to the pool with a very cool fire pit. On the fabulous winter nights this is certainly the place to be.
Inside the units, you will not find the outdated Mediterranean features or the really outdated, original features found in some of the condos along Celestial Drive.  All the furnishings are light and tropical with a distinct West Indies feel.
Some of the units are being sold with docks which can be leased or sold to other Bay Colony residents.  Ocean access is about 15 minutes away via Jupiter Inlet to the north or slightly further via the Palm Beach Inlet to the south.
If you are looking for some of the limited new construction in the area, let me show you Bay Colony. And if you are looking for the best deals, unlike many agents I grew up in this area and have lived in Jupiter for 25 years so I know the lifestyle here since I live it.  You can reach me at 561-762-4073.  Or visit my You Tube channel where I have around 350 videos on our lifestyle and real estate.