This is a bit off topic to Trulia, but I volunteer with Justin Bartlett Animal Rescue. They are great. We are a foster based organization so no "shelter." Please let me know if you would be interested in joining our team. Feel free to check out our website www.justinbartlettanimalrescue.org
We handle sales throughout Palm Beach County and know the differences in communities very well. While we live in Jupiter, and my daughter has attended public schools there, we tell everyone there is a reason why Baskin Robbins makes 31 flavors.
If you have children and public schools are important you will find that both Jupiter and Wellington take the quality of education very, very seriously. Both are typically found in the top 3, along with Boca Raton, on most ratings of schools systems in Palm Beach County. There are some great schools in Palm Beach Gardens as well but you want to do more research into individual school zoning in some areas. I love great schools.org as a source of wonderful information on schools and if this is important to your location decision well worth spending some time on the site.
I do a lot of business in both Wellington and Jupiter and have clients in both locations who love where they live. Again Baskin Robbins! Generally speaking you will get a seaside location with Jupiter and in Wellington you will find yourself 15 miles from the ocean. You sound like a bit of a foodie as am I and I find better quality dining options in the Gardens/Jupiter area as to me Wellington has more chain type restaurants but still some good local options. Just not as many as you will find in the northern county area.
Prices per square foot for similar homes will be lower in Wellington. I find people who are most driven by a larger home on a lake will tend to pick Wellington while those who would rather give a bit on the size and age of the house if they can live by the sea will be attracted to Jupiter. It of tens comes down to price as I have clients who simply couldn't afford what they wanted to Jupiter, opted for Wellington and love it. I have clients in both areas that you can call if you want for more information on why they made their decision on location.
For sites go to the beach in Jupiter and enjoy what to me is one of the best sandy playgrounds in the state. Undeveloped, unspoiled, dog friendly......the best there is. For a drink stop by both Guanabanas and The Square Grouper. For a meal hit the Food Shack; go with the sweet potato crusted fish. I also love Too Bizarre; their tuna sashimi appetizer is amazing as are their coconut shrimp. There are so many options but not knowing what you like hard to pick.
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The Palm Beach County School system is very accommodating for children with special needs.
It is handled by The Department of Exceptional Student Education, a division of The School District of Palm Beach County.
Their direct website is:
please let me know if you have further questions about the schools and local properties.
Sorry, but it is unclear to me whether you are an investor looking to maximize your yield on cash invested or a home buyer looking for the best valued property under $200K.
If you are an investor looking to purchase rental property, I would focus on properties valued under $70K per unit. Your yield on cash invested will gradually drop for every dollar you spend above this, since market rental rates will not keep up proportionally to property values. You must also consider, if the federal government seriously entertains their latest scheme of becoming the largest slumlord in history, rental rates will likely be negatively impacted a bit.
If you are simply looking for a home for yourself, and are just curious what the current rental market rate may be, I would estimate it at around $1100-$1400 per month for a property valued at roughly $200K, depending upon neighborhood supply/demand factors and overall condition.
If you would like further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Jack Liebsch II
Home Run Real Estate
Actually, you can count the number distressed properties in The Shores on your fingers (under 10). While the neighborhood has experienced some of the "boom-bust" Florida cycle, it has been less affected than other areas of Jupiter such as Abacoa and it's definitely been less affected than places like Wellington or Port St. Lucie that experienced rampant overbuilding during the boom.
Some of the sales that have appeared on the books at "below market" went to family members of the sellers that left the area because of a job change in one case, or where the owner passed away in another instance. Home prices in the neighboorhood have begun to climb over the summer, although we recently had a house where both the husband and wife had lost their jobs and the house sold for about $325K (3BR on main road, not on a cul de sac, maintenance was below avg. for neighborhood). That was by far the lowest price in the past 90 days.
The most recent sale was for $350K and that house actually would have gone for $400K if it had been able to appraise. As of 9/10/2009, you should expect to pay at least $345K for a well-maintained, smaller home in The Shores.
Also, unlike most neighborhoods in the area, different builders built homes in The Shores. You'll probably notice that all of the homes don't look the same and that there are no zero-lot line homes. You should expect to pay more for a Divosta-built CBS home than for a frame home, although you may find the two homes next to each other in the Shores. Just be aware of this when you look what may seem to be a wide range of prices. Many realtors unfamiliar with the area think that the neighborhood is like a typical Florida development where all the homes are built by the same builder using the same designs and construction materials. You can't really compare homes in this neighboorhood unless you see the homes first-hand and not through an MLS listing.
I would say that it's a good time to buy, as it seems appraisers have been particularly conservative, which is favoring buyers. Prices are well off their highs of a couple of years ago when there was little to no availability in the neighborhood and there were bidding wars for homes.... more
Forget the Palm Coast, come on down a little south to Jupiter and the Palm Beachs. Much nicer, better lifestyle, classier people, more to do, no frost, better weather.
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Abacoa is an excellent section in Jupiter, but there are many other areas in Jupiter that you may enjoy.
I work mainly in Jupiter and know the area like the back of my hand and have been buying and selling real estate for over 25 years, not just the good times.
EMail me if you have a specific question or need and agent, best -- Pauline.... more