Jupiter Real Estate

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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Incorporated only in 1925, the town of Jupiter has nonetheless been on the map of what is now Palm Beach County, Florida for considerably longer than that. In the 1500s, the Spanish had named a local river the Rio Jobe, presumably for the local Jobe Indians. By 1742 maps showed Rio Jove. The British, on taking over the territory and settling the town in the 1700s, anglicized this--as always their wont--to Jupiter.

Living in Jupiter Today

Today Jupiter has a moderately wealthy and well-educated population of nearly 40,000 and a strong sense of both neighborhood and community as well as a strong school system. Nearly 90 miles due north of Miami on Interstate 95 and 190 miles southeast across state from Tampa, Jupiter lies 25 miles due east of Lake Okeechobee on the Atlantic. Two major airports are conveniently nearby--Palm Beach at 18 miles and Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood at about 60 miles.

If you're thinking about relocating to Florida to enjoy its delightfully balmy climate year-round, Palm Beach County in general and Jupiter in particular have much to offer. For a start, temperatures bottom out at a mild 55°F in January and peak in August at perhaps 90°F. Humidity is admittedly a factor--highest in the mornings but dropping significantly in the afternoon. Sunshine in this stretch of the Sunshine State runs to an average of 69 percent month in and month out.

New home construction is strong, with an average 2003 cost per single-family dwelling at about $265,000. While the median house value at the last census came to nearly $150,000, the strength of the market since then has changed the range upwards. Selling prices under $1 million run from about $200,000 and up, with the majority at less than $700,000. That is, properties are affordable. Your best bet, however, is to shop first for a local realtor, and only then--reaping the benefits of his or her expertise--for a house to call home.

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