First Day Of Summer 2016

 

Hi y’all! I know it’s been at least 90 degrees every day for several weeks now, but actually, today is the official First Day Of Summer.

 

Hello Sumer Jupiter LocalSummer.

Hair Gets Lighter. Skin Gets Darker.

Water Gets Warmer. Drinks Get Colder.

Music Gets Louder. Nights Get Longer.

Life Gets Better.

 

Here are a few handy tips for the summer, from a local:

  1. Always check the webcam before heading to the beach. This is Florida, sometimes it’s sunny at your house and raining at the beach! Jupiter Inlet Webcam
  2. Just assume it’s going to rain EVERY afternoon. Seriously! Plan accordingly and always have an umbrella handy. Local Radar
  3. The sand at the beach is LAVA. Do NOT attempt walking on it without shoes!
  4. Sunscreen. Sunscreen. Sunscreen.
  5. Stay hydrated. This one will sneak up on you! Helpful tips on how to stay hydrated.
  6. Now that the Snow Birds are gone, enjoy eating at all you favorite restaurants, without the 2 hour wait! A few of my local favorites are: Leftover’s Cafe, The Square Grouper, Hog Snappers and Guanabanas.
  7. Home Owners: Get your A/C serviced. The worst thing is to have it go out in the summer! Airco in Jupiter is a great company. Ask for Shawn!
  8. Make sure you and your family have a Hurricane Plan. If you’re ready, Hurricane Season can go quite smoothly! Local Storm Info

Summer is our busy season around here when it comes to Real Estate. If you or someone you know are thinking of buying, selling or moving in the Northern Palm Beach County area, it’s a GREAT time to do so! I’m here to help, so please reach out!

contact me  – Cheers, Nicole

 

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Two Open Houses Today In Jupiter Florida

I’m excited to let you know, the Sean Underwood Real Estate Team has two open houses today, Saturday, May 21, 2016! Come see us at 6334 Pompano Street, in Jupiter, Florida and 3056 W Community Drive in Martinique At Abacoa, from 1:00pm to 3:30pm. You can contact us at (561) 312-7790 for more details or just stop on by!

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View more details of each property on our site:

6334 Pompano Street – Heights of Jupiter 

3056 W Community Drive – Martinique At Abacoa

Are you thinking of buying, selling or moving in the Northern Palm Beach County area? Interested in how much your current home is worth? Just let me know, I’m happy to help, just contact me! Myself and the rest of the Sean Underwood Real Estate Team would LOVE to help you!

Cheers, Nicole

 

Happy Earth Day From The Jupiter Local

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Hi friends! It’s Friday and it’s Earth Day! Double Happy!!

There are several Earth Day events going on around town this weekend.

Friday, April 22nd: Earth Day Clean-up & Celebration at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center. 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Friday, April 22nd: Lighthouse Moonrise Tour, at the Jupiter Lighthouse. 7:15 pm  (Time varies by moonrise).

Saturday, April 23rd: Earth Day & Wellness Fair at Harbourside Place. 9:00am – 5:00pm

Saturday, April 23rd: The Great American Cleanup at Coral Cove Park. 8:00am – 11:00am

What are you planning for the weekend? Whatever it is I hope you enjoy and if you get a chance do something to help preserve our little slice of paradise! Can’t make it out this weekend? Check out this handy list of things you can do all year long.

Wish you lived in Jupiter, Florida? Our team has a gorgeous new listing! This spacious townhome is set inside the elite community known as Martinique at Abacoa, and offers almost 1700 living square feet for you to enjoy! Contact me for more info.

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Are you thinking of buying, selling or moving in the Northern Palm Beach County area? Interested in how much your current home is worth? Just let me know, I’m happy to help. Contact me for more info. Myself and the rest of the Sean Underwood Real Estate Team would LOVE to help you!

Cheers, Nicole

 

Impeccable 3 Bedroom 2 Bath Rental Home In Jupiter

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Another Phenomenal Listing from the Sean Underwood Real Estate Team:  This beautiful home features 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a 2-car garage, and ample luxurious features. One of the most desired models in the community, this CBS constructed single family home has been immaculately maintained. The 11 ft. high volume ceilings, gorgeous wood flooring, large ceramic tile, and abundant natural lighting throughout invite you inside. This floor plan provides an extended open ambiance all the way through the home. From the interior foyer, the formal living room is open to your left, and the formal dining area to your right. As you walk beyond the foyer, living room, and formal dining area, you enter into the main living area of the home. This living area is very large. To the right side is the open gourmet kitchen. This beautiful kitchen has been updated with stainless appliances, new plumbing features, new LED light fixtures, and stunning granite counter tops. Divided by a large granite breakfast bar, the kitchen is open to the breakfast nook and the large family room. On the right left of the main family room is the entrance to the master suite. The vaulted ceilings help provide an open feeling, and the gorgeous flooring provides the beauty to this private sector of the home. His and her closets, and a luxurious master bathroom accompany this master suite. This master bathroom is designed with a large roman tub, a separate glass shower, a twin sink vanity, a large linen closet, and plenty of extra comfort space to spare. On the opposite side of the family room, there is a hallway that leads to this home’s two large guest bedrooms and the laundry room. Each of these guest bedrooms is designed with full size closets and beautiful flooring. Separating the two guest bedrooms is a large guest bathroom and a separate laundry room. The guest bathroom has been tastefully designed with a double sink vanity, newer plumbing features, and a beautifully tiled tub/shower. The laundry room provides a full sized washer and dryer, and plenty of shelf space for the essentials to be stored. The master bedroom and main family room each provide separate sliding glass doors that lead onto the huge screened lanai. This screened lanai is a perfect area to sit on your comfortable patio furniture and enjoy the outdoors without the worry of the sun, weather, or bugs. Enjoy the fully fenced back yard, and the landscaping that decorates this home. Just steps from this home, there are tons of local amenities to choose from. Enjoy the park inside the community, as well as multiple public parks and recreational facilities that are scattered throughout the area. Take a short walk to the tennis courts, basketball courts, racquetball courts, skateboard park, baseball park, restaurants, boutique shopping, and many other luxuries and amenities. Less than a mile away, you can take on a game of golf at Abacoa’s renowned public course. This home and community has it all. Amazing Schools and Amazing Neighbors will keep you always wondering why other people live where they do! Want more info? Contact Me!

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Easter Weekend in Jupiter Florida

Happy Friday, y’all! The jelly bean consumption is off the charts! What? That’s only at my house? Oh, well then, never mind.

Here’s a list of some of the Local Events going on around Jupiter and beyond. Hope you can make it out to at least one.

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Saturday, March 26th: Town of Jupiter Easter Egg Hunt | Hunts begin at 9:30am | Ages: 10 & Under | Free | Community Center

Saturday, March 26th: Downtown Abacoa Easter Egg Hunt | Starts at 11:00AM | Collect eggs from downtown merchants for a chance to win prizes!

Saturday, March 26th: One of our favorite locals, Ink Letter Love, will be at the West Elm Downtown at The Gardens location, for a Pop Up Shop | 12:00 – 4:00PM

Saturday, March 26th: The Jupiter Farms Outdoor Market’s Last Event Of The Season | 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Farms Marketplace

Sunday, March 27th: Easter at Roger Dean Stadium | Game Starts 1:05 p.m., the St. Louis Cardinals take on the home team Miami Marlins for an Easter game! Stay for a helicopter candy drop and Easter egg hunt after the game.

PGA Cinema 6 In Palm Beach Gardens Is Now Open | They offer select movies at a great price | Check the schedule and bring cash

 

I’m excited about our New Listing in the Heights Of Jupiter: 6334 Pompano Street. Come enjoy this newly renovated 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 car garage, concrete construction, single family home. This superb home has a strong backbone structure and an amazing layout and design. The new roof, new upgrades, and new renovations make this a “Turn-Key” home that is ready today. Set inside The Heights of Jupiter, which is known as one of Jupiter’s most desired Single Family Home communities without HOA Fees. (See it before it hits the MLS) Contact me today, for more info.

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Are you thinking of buying, selling or moving in the Northern Palm Beach County area? Interested in how much your current home is worth? Just let me know, I’m happy to help. Contact me for more info. Myself and the rest of the Sean Underwood Real Estate Team would LOVE to help you!

Cheers, Nicole

Spring Break Has Sprung In Palm Beach County

Well, hellooooooo Friday!! It’s the first day of Spring Break for all the Palm Beach County kiddos and there plenty of fun, local events this weekend!

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March 17 – 20, 2016 | The 31st Annual Palm Beach International Boat Show – The finest pre-owned yachts, tents full of the latest electronics and accessories, seminars and kids fishing clinics. Exotic cars, live music and fun for all.

Saturday, March 19th: TurtleFest 2016, 10AM-6PM | A free-admission event which focuses on promoting conservation through up close interactions with threatened and endangered sea turtles, as well as music, art, shopping, educational presentations, games, and other activities.

Saturday, March 19th: Free Farm Tour at Kai-Kai Farm | Want to know more about where your food comes from? Or perhaps you want your children to learn about vegetables and how we grow them. This is a mini-course on gardening the Kai-Kai way. Get to know all about Kai-Kai Farm

Saturday, March 19th: 1:05PM | The Miami Marlins play the Detroit Tigers at Roger Dean Stadium

Sunday, March 20th: 1:05PM | The St. Louis Cardinal play the Boston Red Sox at Roger Dean Stadium

What are your weekend plans? Know anything good going on that I missed? Let me know in the comments.

Also, check out the gorgeous views from our newest, seasonal rental on the beach in Jupiter! Live where the sunrise will be your alarm clock every morning! From this beautifully appointed 2 bedroom, 2 bath penthouse condo, you can watch ships sail across the horizon of the Atlantic Ocean. Uniquely positioned, this condo enables you to see the entire coastline of Jupiter’s beautiful beach, from the historical Jupiter Inlet and south to the Juno Beach Pier. Don’t you just LOVE the color of our water? Click Here for more photos and details.

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Are you thinking of buying, selling or moving in the Northern Palm Beach County area? Interested in how much your current home is worth? Just let me know, I’m happy to help. Contact me for more info. Myself and the rest of the Sean Underwood Real Estate Team would LOVE to help you!

Cheers, Nicole

 

Merry Christmas From The Jupiter Local

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Merry Christmas Everyone!
I just wanted to take a moment to say Thank You for helping make 2015 a wonderful year for The Jupiter Local. I so appreciate all the comments, interviews, events and referrals that have come from this year of blogging. I feel like I’ve made some great friends and l have really loved meeting all of you! I’m signing off for the rest of the year but already have a ton of wonderful things planned for 2016.
I hope you all have a Festive and Merry Christmas and the most wonderful New Year.

With Sincere Appreciation,
Nicole Underwood Gonzalez

Meet Susie Bettenhausen – Local Artist

Today’s blog interview is with Susie Bettenhausen, a local artist in our area. I met Susie several years ago when I worked at a local Fine Art Printer. She paints gorgeous pieces with delightful colors! She was always one of our sweetest clients and so easy to work with. Luckily, I ran into her again and she agreed to do a blog interview! So, meet Susie!

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Photography Credit Shelley Megathlin

Tell us a little about yourself.
I grew up in Alabama and headed out to Texas for college.  After college, we moved around the South a number of times and spent a few years in the UK as well.  In 2006, we settled in Jupiter full-time.

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When did you first have an interest in art?  How did you get started in the “Art for a living” field? How long have you been in the biz?
I’ve had an interest in art ever since childhood but I never really thought I could make a career out of it.  I was the kid with the little art station in the corner of my bedroom all neatly organized.  I drew houses, fashions, etc.  My creativity is always finding an outlet and I love to experiment with new mediums all the time.  After college, I pursued art on the side initially.  I began by illustrating sketches, invitations, notecards and other stationery products.  I later branched out into giftware related items.  I love the aspect of “handmade” and the uniqueness that comes with each product.  I made the transition to fine art and have never looked back.  Each piece takes more time and had more meaning behind it.

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What do you find most challenging about running your own business?
Balancing everything – especially the aspects of the business that are not my strength areas.  As a wife and mom I have to keep everything in check and make sure my priorities stay in the right order.  Even a God given gift or talent can become and idol when it takes over your life.

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Pool On Peruvian

What is the most rewarding thing about running your company?
Hands down, the ability to work for myself under my own guidelines and timelines.

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What do you do on your days off?
Because my work schedule is so flexible, I may take time off at any given moment on a whim.  When I am feeling extra creative I work – a lot! If I’m not feeling it, I don’t stress over it! I adore spending time with my husband and kids and we usually make our way to the water somewhere.  We love to get up on Saturday mornings before the weekend crowds are out and go snorkeling in the Inlet or bike around Palm Beach Island.

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How do you juggle work & family?
With a lot of help from my husband for sure!  I make an effort to start the day with a prayer and devotional time which I absolutely need in order to keep myself on track with my eyes in the right direction.  If you don’t constantly remind yourself where you’re going, it’s too easy to get lost!

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Where can we find You and your artwork online?
I have a website, www.susiebettenhausen.com which I try hard to keep relevant and up to date but the best way to keep up with what I’m working on is through my Instagram @susiebettenhausen.

Is there anything else you would like us to know? 
My art has been taking me all over the South recently but I do have some local events on the horizon this spring.  In February, I’m looking forward to participating in an artists event at Social House Lake Worth and in March, I will be taking part in an art event on Jupiter Island.  I am currently working on a Palm Beach series of works that will be available in the spring as well.

Thank you Susie, for sharing your story! Your work is so lovely!!

Thanks for reading the blog, friends! Please support our local business owners & entrepreneurs. They are a very important part of our little slice of South Florida. Northern Palm Beach County has many small businesses that make living here great! Know a business owner you would like to see featured. Contact me and they just may end up on the blog! – ❤️ Nicole

Are you thinking of buying, selling or moving in the Northern Palm Beach County area? Interested in how much your current home is worth? Just let me know, I’m happy to help, just contact me! Myself and the rest of the Sean Underwood Real Estate Team would LOVE to help you!

Happy Clients Are The Best Clients!

Congratulations Kevin & Ellenie!! They closed on a beautiful house in Jupiter on Friday!

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Thank you for letting myself & the Sean Underwood Real Estate Team assist you with this purchase. It’s been wonderful getting to know you and we can’t wait to see how you make this house your home! We are so happy for you!!

Jupiter Local Gift Giving Guide

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It’s that time of year again. Thanksgiving is officially over and it’s straight on to Hanukkah & Christmas! It’s been really fun doing the blog interviews this year. I’ve met so many incredibly talented locals! I want to do all I can to help our local entrepreneurs and thought a Local Gift Giving Guide was just the thing. So I made one for all of you, my lovely blog readers & supporters! It’s so important for all of us to help our Local Economy and support our fabulous local business owners. Lucky for us we have some really amazing shopping choices in our area! I’ve put together a list of some of my favorites. Here you go!!

 

LocalGiftGivingGuide_AGSouth Florida based designer, Alexandra Gioia, pronounced joy-a, began designing jewelry for friends and family and launched her line in 2012. Alexandra Gioia features a variety of natural elements to create unique jewelry and gifts. From bold to dainty, each handcrafted piece is designed by Alexandra with the everyday woman in mind. Visit http://www.alexandragioia.com/ and see her whole collection of beautiful things designed & crafted in Jupiter, Florida! Follow this link if you’d like to meet her in person at one of these local events:  http://www.alexandragioia.com/blogs/news

 

LocalGiftGivingGuide_BinkaInspired by growing up on the beaches of Jupiter, Florida with her shelter dog, Binki, Jessica created the simple yet versatile in wear style of binka. Binka’s mission is to support the rescue efforts of homeless and abused animals and to inspire people to adopt animals from local shelters and rescue groups. Jessica is offering 30% off of all orders/items with code BINKALOVESHOLIDAYS at checkout. www.binkagirl.com The discount applies for all items.

 

LocalGiftGivingGuide_FFHalle Frey’s passion for flowers flourished while working at her aunt’s flower shop as a young girl. Ever since then she had envisioned herself having her very own floral business. Fast forward to the present and she is making those dreams into a reality. Infusing her background in marketing with her love of art, style, design and traveling to inspire and create floral designs. For Halle it is more then just the flowers, its creating a memory and a lasting relationship with her clients. Visit http://www.flowerandfringe.com/ to order one of Halle’s gorgeous Holiday Floral Arrangement. You can also find her at Uptown Art’s Pop & Shop Event, Dec. 6th and at The ileen boutique in Jupiter on December 10th for an exclusive shopping event.

 

LocalGiftGivingGuide_KCThe Family Secrets Cookbook was written by Jupiter local Katie Choy. With the help of her husband & children she brought to life all of her Mother In Law’s family recipes. Lucky Us! If you haven’t tried Peruvian food yet, you don’t know what you are missing! With an unexpected blend of Incan and Cantonese flavors, Peruvian food hits your tastebuds full force, and once you try it, you’ll be hooked. The spices will wake you up, and the preparation methods are both startling and amazingly simple in most cases. Think you know how to stir-fry? Think again! Katie will take you step-by-step through more than 50 authentic recipes, from easy, everyday meals to elaborate dinners. Family Secrets is far more than a cookbook; it is a celebration of family mealtime. These meals are not only meant to be eaten together, but created together. Start your own amazing mealtime moments by taking your family and friends on a culinary journey to Peru! Visit http://katiechoy.com/ to order a book for yourself and everyone else on your list too!

 

LocalGiftGivingGuide_MMM&M Studios has been a Jupiter Local business for over 30 years! Experts in Custom Picture Framing & Fine Art Printing, they also have an entire gallery full of locally made artisan gifts, local art and other unique items for everyone on your gift giving lists! Their friendly staff can help you with all your gift giving needs. They are offering free gift wrapping too! Stop in today and tell them Nicole sent you!

 

LocalGiftGivingGuide_BBBAll of the taste none of the Junk! Bianca’s Brazilian Bites are all natural gourmet cookies and treats. Made with no flour, no refined sugar added, no eggs, no butter or unhealthy oils added. Our scrumptious all natural, gluten-free, no-GMO bites are baked fresh daily with no preservatives or additives. A promise to win your heart and your taste buds. Your body says thank you: finally a healthy cookie that tastes amazing. Send some to everyone on your list!

 

LocalGiftGivingGuide_IGIleenGirl is a new boutique in Jupiter. Located in Downtown Abacoa. The owner, Ashely Lee, designs all the clothing in the shop! The outfit pictured above is her latest design: a see through loose sweater. Available in black and cream and one size fits all. It’s very soft material and stylish. Also pictured:  Ankle banded loose silk pants and hand bags, available in the shop too. The pants are one of their best selling items. Available in black, navy and brown. It’s a stretch waist banded design so also one size fits all. They always offer a free gift bag and wrapping. Ashley’s event list for December includes: The Barefoot Princess (Local online accessories shop) Pop Up Shop on Dec 3th from 4pm to 7pm. Also, Festive Fashion and Flower (wreath class and shopping) will be on Dec 10th from 7pm to 9pm. They will offer special sales during those events, so be sure and follow ILEENgirl’s updates.

 

LocalGiftGivingGuide_SGSporty Girl Apparel offers a large range of apparel and gifts for the outdoorsy ladies. Sporty Girl is a line of clothing that is centered to express a women’s passion for what she loves. There are many women in the world that love the ocean and the woods and the beautiful wildlife that inhabits these environments. Those women would love to have a piece of clothing that symbolizes their passion for the outdoors and looks fashionable. Whether in a tree stand or a turkey blind, out at hunting camp, fishing on a boat, hanging out at a marina or just out on the town you’ll always be DRESSED TO KILL when wearing Sporty Girl. Follow their updates for 12 Days of Holiday Savings. Also, their NEW, 2nd location, will be located in the Jupiter Dive Bar restaurant in the Jupiter Yacht Club, the south part of Riverwalk. Opens Black Friday!

Check out some past blog posts for even more of my favorite local businesses. They all have so many lovely things to offer!

As a Jupiter local myself I understand the importance of supporting our little community. Don’t forget, for every $100 spent at local businesses, $68 gets back to the community! That’s an amazing number! So PLEASE shop local and shop small this Holiday Season. It’s good for ALL of us!

As always, thanks for reading the blog, friends! I hope your Holidays are Merry & Bright! Are you or someone you know thinking of buying or selling a home in the Jupiter area? Have questions on how to even begin? I’d LOVE for you to Contact Me! Let me help you have an enjoyable real estate experience! ❤️ Nicole