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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In the Face of Ambiguity

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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Right of Center

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

 

 

A Meticulously Maintained Townhouse For Sale In Jupiter

This meticulously maintained townhouse sits in the heart of Jupiter. Come take a peek at this 3 Bedroom, 2 Full Bath, and 1 Half Bath unit, which has been recently enhanced with great interior and exterior features. Enjoy the new exterior maintenance free Hardi-siding, new landscaping, new wood deck, and new backyard privacy fence that surrounds the brick paver deck. When you get inside, you’ll notice the new interior paint throughout, high baseboard molding, new light fixtures and ceiling fans, new plumbing features, and so much more. The kitchen is open to a large breakfast nook area and provides a pass-through window to the main dining area. Also, the kitchen was recently renovated with newer appliances. The great room offers ample space for large family room furnishings and a large dining table. Also, from the great room this floor plan provides under stairwell storage, a hallway with a washer and dryer laundry closet, and access to a half bathroom. With an open ambiance and multiple sliding glass doors that lead to the large screened lanai, the first level of this town home is great for entertaining. As you take a walk upstairs, a long loft-style hallway greets you. This hallway separates the master suite from the guest bedrooms, and provides access to the full guest bathroom. The master bedroom has a large walk-in closet, and a large bathroom with a separate vanity area. There is plenty of parking in this community with 2 assigned spaces at the front door of this unit. The Jupiter Village subdivision offers a community pool, sidewalks throughout, street lighting, basketball courts, racquetball courts, a fitness trail, and a playground. All of these amazing recreational amenities are walking distance from your front door. On top of all these splendors, this community is noted as the urban/suburban wonder. Only walking distance to the grocery store, great restaurants, wonderful shopping, and so much more. This community is a perfect gem. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity at such an amazing price. This home will not last. For further details, contact me!

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V_Private-Fenced-Rear-DeckSee more photos & details on the Sean Underwood Real Estate team website, HERE.

First Fall Friday

Fall is in the air! I know, it’s still 80+ degrees outside here in Jupiter, Florida, but that’s OK. Us Floridians know Fall is really just a mind set until late October. So for now, we’ll drink our Pumpkin Spice Lattes, decorate our homes in warm seasonal colors and start planning our Halloween and Thanksgiving gatherings!

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Looking for something Fall-ish to do this weekend? Check out these fun, local events!

Every Saturday, from 9am-2pm, The Garden Market at El Sol in Jupiter offers plants for sale. All proceeds benefit El Sol.

Sunday, Sept. 27: How Big Is Your Brave Family 5k Run/Walk in Abacoa. Plenty of things to do for the whole family, all supporting the non-profit, Pediatric Oncology Support Team (POST).

Save The Date for Jupiter’s Harvest Fest: Saturday, October 3rd, from 1-6PM at the Riverwalk.

Save The Date, Starting Oct. 25, Every Sunday, from 10am-3pm, The Farmer’s Market at Harbourside Place, for fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers, artisan baked goods, local seafood and more.

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Gorgeous velvet pumpkins by LoveFeast Shop

Looking for decor inspiration? Here are some of my favorites: It’s Finally Fall on Pinterest. I started decorating this week. Everything is slowly coming together.

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I couldn’t resist this little grey, glass pumpkin.
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My new velvet pumpkins as a centerpiece.
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My new Fall door wreath – I love it!
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This candle smells amazing!

What kind of decor do you like? I’d love to hear your comments & see your photos! Share them with us!

Thanks for reading the blog, friends. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend ❤️ Nicole

Feeling Official

So, I’ve been at this whole Real Estate thing for awhile now. I finally got my realtor.com​ profile set up and have a few recommendations coming in from past clients. Yea!! 🎉🎉🎉🎉

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Check it out here: Nicole Underwood, Agent Jupiter, FL

I have loved all the people I’ve helped so far. Real Estate really is a very rewarding profession.

Seeing happy clients at the end of a transaction is THE best feeling!!

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I am excited about the coming year and all the awesome people I’m going to help! Maybe you or one of your friends/family will be one of them! 😀

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

For Sale: Jupiter Florida Home With A Gorgeous Outdoor Space

Can we all pause for a moment to appreciate how amazing this back yard is?!

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I really love our new listing. The backyard is so amazing I’m thinking about including terms in the contract that whomever buys this home has to invite me over for parties!

The Deets: Come live in a tropical oasis home, without the high costs of an HOA. This 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, 2 Car Garage single family pool home is set in a great neighborhood with plenty of perks. Inside this home you will enjoy the enhanced open feeling from the high vaulted ceilings throughout. Since there is no carpet within this home, the tile and engineered wood flooring look great and are easy to care for. As you walk through the front door, a large interior foyer hallway greets you. Just to the left is a perpendicular hallway that leads to both large guest bedrooms, and to the large updated full guest bathroom. As you proceed to the main living room area, you will immediately notice the large windows, sliding glass doors, and high ceilings that allow for ample natural light. Enjoy the kitchen, which has been recently enhanced with custom lighting, stainless appliances, and renovated cabinetry. Attached to the kitchen, and open to the entire living room, is the dining area. Looking out into the living area, this open ambiance makes this home a great place to entertain family and friends. With the master suite towards the rear of this home, you can separate yourself from your guests. The master suite is large and perfectly designed to accommodate large furnishings. The master bedroom offers a huge walk-in closet, a separate vanity area, and a water closet that accommodates the toilet and shower. If you love to spend time outdoors, this is the home for you. As you enter the backyard from the sliding glass doors of the family room, you step outside into your very own tropical retreat. Running the full length of the backyard, a new custom designed heated pool and deck make this backyard one of a kind. The custom pool provides a shallow lounge area, and a raised spa with a waterfall into the pool. The custom paver deck covers the majority of the privately fenced backyard, and is wrapped with gorgeous landscaping and landscape lighting. Also, a custom fire pit is built in the corner of the pool deck. This fire pit offers the perfect place to relax and make s’mores in the evening. This home was updated with a brand new roof in 2013, and is provided with hurricane shutters. This home is set inside a very desired, and absolutely spectacular community known as the Heights of Jupiter. 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! On top of all these great bonuses, this community is one of the very few that does not have the extra monthly or quarterly fee from an HOA. Interested in viewing this beautiful, Jupiter Florida home? Let me know!

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Meet The Ladies Of Chelley Co.

I can’t believe I’m still posting blog interviews about totally awesome, local business owners! You guys!! Our area is full of so many talented folks!! The ladies at Chelley Co. are a very dynamic duo!! I’ve been following them on instagram for awhile and am super excited that their company has just launched! Check out the interview and then go check out their site!

1. Tell us a little about yourselves:
Danielle Casey (Jupiter, Florida) Danni Mitchell (West Palm Beach, Florida)

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The Chelley Co. Team

We both grew up in South Florida and aside from a few years spent here and there in other cities, states and countries we have always called South Florida home. No human babies yet, haha .. but Danielle has 1 cat and Danni has 4 cats! …and we absolutely adore each and every one of them! :))

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Danni in the studio

2. When did you start the Chelley Co. brand and what are the services you offer?
Chelley Co. was established in 2014 as a stationery company. We have recently transitioned into a lifestyle brand & our carefully curated online shop (jewelry, home decor, paper goods, kids & woman apparel, accessories and gifts) will be launching in August 2015! The items in the shop have all been hand selected from artists/makers near and far that we have scouted out through social media and other online avenues.

Our philosophy is all about creating through collaboration within the community.

There are three components to Chelley Co.:

-#MadebyChelley (stationery and other paper goods that we create)

-Artists & Makers (we hand select talented artisans from near & far to feature on our website … and sell their products!)

-#ChelleyCollabs (we collaborate with artists and makers to create one of a kind products exclusively sold on ChelleyCo.com)

3. Who makes up the Chelley Co. crew?
Danielle Casey & Danni Mitchell

4. What do you find most challenging about running your own business?
For us, it’s distance! Danielle currently resides in Miami and New York while Danni in WPB — thankfully, technology allows us to work virtually pretty efficiently but it’s amazing what we accomplish together when we’re in the same room!

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Nevada Landscape Clutch by Lee Coren For Sale at chelleyco.com

5. What is the most rewarding thing about running your company?
Two things.

1.) Giving opportunity to Artists & Makers. We have an internship program and have been able to have a handful of students from Palm Beach State College work side by side with us. Watching them learn and grow with us is not only rewarding but so inspiring!

2.) Getting the chance to collaborate with those we’ve always looked up to creatively! Nothing is cooler than checking your inbox on a Monday morning and receiving an email from someone you have adored on Instagram for what seems like ages wanting to work with you!

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‘Zodiac Flora’ Stationery Line Collaborated On With Melissa Deckert (a designer out of Brooklyn, NY) #ChelleyCollabs

6. What do you do on your days off?
Unfortunately, there is no rest for the wicked. But on the off chance we get to squeeze in a few hours we usually spend them outdoors with our boyfriends, family and a bottle (or two) of wine.

7. How do you juggle work & family?
It can definitely be tough but we do the best we can to maintain a healthy balance. Letting the phone completely die in order to sit through a family dinner works great We definitely look forward to the day where we feel comfortable enough to take an entire weekend off!

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‘Little Swimmers’ Dress by Noémiah For Sale at chelleyco.com

8. Who is your favorite Superhero and why?
Catwoman! because…CATS!

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9. Where can we find Chelley Co. online? (Website/Social Media)
@chelley_co

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10. Is there anything else you would like is to know?

We launched August 15th and if you’re local to Florida we would love to hear from you!

 

Thanks for reading the blog, friends! Please support our local entrepreneurs. They are a very important part of our little slice of South Florida.  Palm Beach County has many small businesses that make living here great!

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

For Sale: Gorgeous Jupiter, Florida Home Without An HOA

New Listing: This gorgeous 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, 2-Car Garage, Single Family Home sits inside a Non-HOA community, known as the Heights of Jupiter. As you approach the front door, a covered front porch greets you. Once inside, you will be impressed by a full view of the open floor plan that flows seamlessly throughout the home. The high vaulted ceilings also provide a smooth connection with the entire main living areas, and the large windows offer an abundance of natural light. From the front door, you enter the formal living room and dining area. The dining area is connected with the kitchen by a large arched pass through window that can be used as a breakfast bar. As you walk beyond the dining area, and into the open kitchen, you will enjoy the upgraded kitchen. This renovated kitchen includes granite-tiled countertops, updated cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, high-hat lighting, a granite-tiled island, a large pantry, and a quant breakfast nook. Open to the kitchen is the family room. This is the absolute perfect spot to watch TV and cook at the same time. A perfectly designed home for entertaining family and friends. Separate yourself from your guests with the split bedroom floor plan. The large master suite is to the rear of the home. The master bedroom provides high vaulted ceilings, a large walk-in closet, and plenty of natural lighting. The master bedroom space will easily accompany any of your oversized furnishings. The attached master bathroom offers an oversized dual sink vanity, separate roman tub, and large glass enclosed walk in shower. On the opposite side of the family room are the two large guest bedrooms. Separated by a hallway, these large guest bedrooms share a full guest bathroom with a common tub/shower. Need a little fresh air, without the Florida heat? If so, step onto the extra large screened lanai at the rear of the home. You can access the lanai from the sliding glass doors in the breakfast nook area or master bedroom. The view from the lanai is looking out towards the backyard, which is surrounded by six-foot fencing for your privacy. This home is set inside a very desired, and absolutely spectacular community known as the Heights of Jupiter. 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! On top of all these great bonuses, this community is one of the very few that does not have the extra monthly or quarterly fee from an HOA. For further details, please feel free to contact me.

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DCIM105GOPROFor more photos and details, visit the Sean Underwood Real Estate Team