Taking Brightline In South Florida

Brightline Station West Palm Beach

It seems like it took me forever, but I F I N A L L Y got around to taking Brightline in South Florida. All the way down to Miami actually! In case you don’t know what Brightline is, let me explain. (This is not a paid advertisement. All opinions are my own.)

Taking Brightline In South Florida

has just recently become an option for those of us living in Palm Beach County. Brightline is a privately owned and operated passenger rail system currently running from West Palm Beach to Miami, with one stop in Fort Lauderdale.

I’ve now been to Miami twice via the Brightline, and both trips were just wonderful. The first time, my husband and I headed to Miami, just the two of us. We love doing “Day Dates” in Miami, but I really, really don’t like the part of driving to Miami. (I’m secretly a small child that hates car rides!!). So, being able to utilize Brightline in South Florida is HUGE for me. The second time we took our daughters and we had such a blast!

Choose Your Seating

Brightline offers three types of seating choices when purchasing tickets. Smart, Smart Plus and Select. Our first ride down, we chose Smart Plus. Just a little higher priced than the Smart seating option, Smart Plus offers you a complimentary beverage (including beer & wine) and snack on your trip. Smart seating offers snacks and beverages to purchase. Their recently added Select seating offers unlimited beverages and snacks for the duration of your ride, use of their select lounge and you get to board first with pre-boarding.

Brightline Stations

The Stations

Both the West Palm Beach and Miami Brightline Stations are beautiful! Both stations have a ton of super friendly, helpful staff members. As your train pulls in you will notice them all on the platform waving hello. I love that! They also answered all our questions and were very polite.

The West Palm Beach station has a large lounge and a select lounge. Lots of food and beverages to purchase, comfy chairs to wait in and plenty of chargers for all your devices. The select lounge offers clients a separate waiting area with complimentary food and beverages.

The Miami station is a lot bigger! The same services are available as in the West Palm station, but there is also a large downstairs area with unique food vendors like Joe & The Juice, and many more coming soon. The Miami station is actually located inside Miami Central, a hub for many things coming soon to the Miami area!

Once You’re There

Brightline in South Florida is a partner with Lyft. You can grab any ride sharing right outside the station. Our family opted for an Uber ride, straight to the Salty Donut! Best. Dang. Donuts. Ever.

Salty Donut Miami

After stuffing our faces we chose a walk around the Wynwood area, to fill our eyes with some of the greatest wall murals in the US! (That’s another one of my own, unpaid for opinions). If you’re there, be sure to visit the Wynwood Walls. There is so much to do and see, it really is a wonderful spot.

Miami Things To Do Collage

Other cool spots we visited that day were, Lincoln Road Mall, Miami Design District, Brickell City Center.

Two cool locations that are closer to the Miami station are: The Frost Science Museum, and the Pérez Art Museum.

My next trip on the Brightline in South Florida will be to the Fort Lauderdale station! And I’m super pumped for the Orlando extension!! Have you taken the Brightline? If so, what did you see? What did you do? Did you enjoy the experience? Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts!

More Cool Things About Brightline In South Florida

  • All the lounges and the trains have free wifi that works great!
  • All the lounges and the trains have ample chargers to keep your devices running all day long.
  • We were super early for the train on our way back, and really tired. We were able to chill in the lounge for over an hour before the train arrived.
  • The seats are super comfy and the trains are really clean.
  • I suggest pre-buying your tickets. I tried to book at the last minute one time and everything was sold out.
  • Brightline is constantly adding new time slots to their schedule. Traveling in South Florida keeps getting easier!
  • The best part about our trip was, after being in Miami all day, walking and shopping, we were able to relax the whole train ride home (which is super quick by the way) and arrived at our car feeling refreshed and ready for a great evening at home. So much better than waiting in traffic!!

Thank you so much for reading the South Florida Local blog! I hope the contents are helpful to you and you can enjoy South Florida like I do! – ❤️ Nicole

If you’re looking to make South Florida your home, contact me! I’d love to be your South Florida Local Realtor.

 

Should You Move To Tequesta Florida?

Tequesta Florida

Are you considering a move? There are lots of wonderful places to choose from in our area.

Should you move to Tequesta Florida?

Off the top of my head, I’m going to say YES! However, if you need a little more persuasion than just me, here are some wonderful things about The Village of Tequesta.

Tequesta, Florida is the most northern town of Palm Beach County. Some parts of Tequesta spill over into Martin County. It’s actually a Village, due to it’s population size of approximately 5,600 people.

There are three types of homes in Tequesta, condos, townhomes and single family homes. There are are large number of homes without an HOA.

Throughout Tequesta there is a variety of community types: Waterfront, Golf Course Views, Wildlife Reserve Views, Cul-de-Sac, Country Club, Gated, Non-Gated and so many more!

Search current homes for sale in Tequesta Florida here.

The Village offers many sponsored events throughout the year, that are free to it’s residents. There is a sense of community here that only comes from small town living. The quiet, palm lined streets, unique small businesses, and friendly neighbors give Tequesta, Florida a real beach town vibe.

From the centrally located Lighthouse Center for the Arts, it’s a quick 3 mile drive to the beautiful Jupiter Inlet.

Grab a coffee at one of the two fantastic coffee houses, located in Tequesta. Oceana Coffee and Perk Coffee House. As well as serving local roasted coffee, both companies offer endless community events and a great way to meet your neighbors!

A great way to see Tequesta is from the waterways. Make your way up the scenic Intracoastal or see the iconic Loxahatchee River. You can rent paddleboards or a boat from Jupiter Pointe Club & Marina. Many homes throughout Tequesta are located on the water and have easy access for many types & sizes of boating and water crafts.

Families love Tequesta Florida, for all of the above things, as well as some very cool amenities available to Village residents.

One of the big favorites for the younger kiddo crowd is Constitution Park. There are 2 playgrounds (separated by age groups), a rock climbing wall,  tree house, walking trail, basketball courts, bicycle parking and so much more. Check out the other parks and facilities located in Tequesta Florida, including a skate park and putting green, here.

Great Schools

Homes in Tequesta on the Palm Beach County side are zoned for Jupiter Schools:

Jupiter Elementary or Limestone Creek Elementary, Jupiter Middle & Jupiter Community High School.

On the Martin County side of Tequesta, students are zoned for Hobe Sound Elementary, Murray Middle & South Fork High School.

New communities are being built all the time, and school information is always changing. If you have specific questions, I’m happy to help. Email me.

Make Your Inner Foodie Happy

I’ve already mentioned two fantastic coffee houses located in Tequesta. There are so many great places to eat and drink, you may never leave!

Here are a few of my personal favorites:

  • Tequesta Brewing Company – The original Craft Brewery in this area. My favorite is Der Chancellor.
  • The Crafty Crust – Brick Oven Pizza & Craft Brews.
  • Hog Snappers – They have a wide variety of sushi, fresh seafood and my favorite Fish Dip! Plenty of Delicious wine & craft beer too.
  • 3 Natives – The original location started here, before they franchised. Wraps, smoothies, cold press juice and more!
  • Lynora’s – Modern Italian Food, and gorgeous venue.

 

What Tequesta Florida Residents Are Saying

-Milka Gordillo owner of DreamallowsSo many things that I ❤️ about our tiny village… I love our Tequesta Park & the events they are constantly creating for residents. It is quiet, small & you easily run into your doctor at the supermarket. It is away from Jupiter yet you can still smell the beach! ❤️

-Jonathan Albert: I love the small town feel. Tequesta is a big as It is ever going to get, and it seems like everyone knows each other and looks out for one another. This was really apparent the day before Hurricane Irma. All day, neighbors were helping each other put up shutters, find gas and load up on ice. That evening, it felt like the whole village was at TBC, blowing off steam. It just felt like a great community.

-Anna Bordner, Blogger at AnnaBordner.com: What I love about living in Tequesta, is that I have this bubble of friends, family, and my favorite places all in one area – our gym, our church, the beach, breweries, good food and good coffee is all close by! I grew up boating, so having easy access to the water is key for our family and is where you’ll find us most weekends!

Do you have questions about Tequesta Florida? Let me know in the comments!

If you are looking to buy or sell in Tequesta Florida, I’d love to help you!

Contact me today, and let’s make your Real Estate experience a great one!

 

Nicole Underwood
South Florida Local
(561) 339- 5347
nicole@seanunderwood.com
Sean Underwood Real Estate Team

 

 

 

 

Newly Listed Palm Beach Gardens Townhome

This gorgeous Palm Beach Gardens townhome is a real gem!

Centrally located and loaded with tons of luxurious features, this post is going to make you want to contact me to schedule a showing of this Palm Beach Gardens townhome today.

Marina Gardens Aerial

Location, Location, Location

The gated community of Marina Gardens is minutes from everything that Palm Beach Gardens has to offer. Get your “foodie” on with tons of delicious dining options. Shop till you drop at the Gardens Mall, and Downtown at The Gardens. Enjoy the beautiful Intracoastal Waterway with boating, paddle boarding and so much more. Also, this home is only minutes from the beautiful beaches of Jupiter, Juno Beach, and Singer Island.

Great Room

So Much Space

With volume ceilings, a ton of natural lighting, huge great room, and open floor plan this home is lovely from the second you walk in.

Gourmet Kitchen

Be The Chef

Utilize the gourmet kitchen to entertain friends and family. Kitchen features include granite counter tops, stainless appliances, custom cabinetry, high hat and pendant lighting, and a sizeable breakfast bar.

Master Bedroom

Your Private Escape

The large master bedroom, located upstairs, is an luxurious oasis. With a high tray ceiling, walk-in master closet, en-suite bathroom, and private balcony, this bedroom will become your sanctuary.

Rear Exterior View

Start And End Your Day In Peace

Enjoy your morning coffee or evening cocktails outside with in the large courtyard.

See more details and photos of this Palm Beach Gardens townhome HERE.

If you would like more information on this wonderful, Palm Beach Gardens Townhome or any others in the North County area, please contact me today.

Are you or someone you know thinking of buying or selling a home in the North County area? Have questions on how to even begin? I’d LOVE for you to Contact Me! Let me be your Jupiter Local Realtor and help you have an enjoyable real estate experience! ❤️ Nicole

 

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Hurricane Season Funtimes

Wow, Irma was intense!

As we enjoy our first week of normalcy, after that whole Irma incident, we’ve got Jose, Maria and Lee hanging out in the Atlantic Ocean. You guys remember 2004, right? Do the names Charlie, Francis, Ivan and Jean ring any bells? Let’s hope 2017 isn’t a repeat of 2004! So many hurricane Season funtimes to remember! (queue major eyeroll)

2017 Hurricane Names List

There’s really no need to panic. If you’re from Florida, you realize that even though the Official Hurricane Season is from June 1st – November 1st, it doesn’t really get interesting until September-ish. With that said, I’d like to give you guys a list of things you may want to consider.

Features you want to look for when shopping for a new home/ or updating your current home:

  1. Does the home have impact glass windows and garage door and/or a full set of hurricane shutters? Not only is this an investment that will keep you safe, you can also get discounts on your homeowners insurance! Win, win!
  2. Is there lots of big trees on the property? Are you prepared to keep up the landscaping on your own or will you hire a landscaping company? It’s important to keep your landscape safe by having your trees pruned regularly and keep dead branches cut.
  3. Does the home have Gutters and Downspouts? They should always be clean, especially during a storm. Blockages in these drainage systems can cause the water to back up onto your roof and into your attic, causing a lot of damage.
  4. I need to say something about the roofs here. Miami Dade building codes and what to do if the home was built before 1997.
  5. Is the home located in an evacuation area? Most homes on waterways and in low lying areas are. Be prepared to leave, and have to stay gone until the area is deemed safe again, by county officials.

Things to keep stocked, during hurricane season and year round:

  1. Water. I can’t stress enough about having water on hand during and after a bad hurricane. The suggested amount is a gallon per person, per day, for seven days. If you accumulate this over the winter months, you won’t have to worry about the stress that comes with trying to find water right before the storm hits.
  2. It is suggested that you keep at least a three-day supply of items such as candles, batteries, and foods that don’t require refrigeration. (Also, try not to eat all your hurricane snacks before the storm, like my family did. Ha!)
  3. You may be out of power for days or even weeks after a hurricane. Owning a generator can be very comforting when the power is out. There are all different types, from a whole house generator to a small generator that can run the fridge and a few fans. This is another purchase that would be better made before hurricane season. Once everyone knows a large storm is coming, generators sell out quickly! Be sure to do your homework, and get the one that’s best for you.
  4. A battery powered or hand crank radio is also a good item to have on hand, if the power goes out. It can help you stay up to date on whats happening throughout the storm.

Important Links To Help Keep You Up To Date During Hurricane Season:

  1. NOAA – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  2. FEMA – Federal Emergency Management Agency
  3. American Red Cross – Hurricane Prep & Safety
  4. Town Of Jupiter Website
  5. City of Palm Beach Gardens Website
  6. Village of Tequesta Website
  7. Palm Beach County Hurricane Survival Guide
  8. Palm Beach County – Public Safety & Emergency Management
  9. Mike’s Weather Page – My Personal Fave Storm Season Facebook Page

Please let me know what your favorite information resources are as well. I’d love to keep this list current & updated.

Myself and the entire Sean Underwood Real Estate Team would love to answer any questions you may have about purchasing or selling a home in Palm Beach County. We have all lived here our whole lives and are proud to call ourselves locals. We’ve weathered many hurricanes and are happy to share what we’ve learned over the years with you. Please reach out to us, we are here to help!

As always, thanks for reading the blog, friends! I hope you have a wonderful week! ❤ Nicole

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Newly Listed Jupiter Florida Home

Happy Tuesday, friends!

I’ve got a gorgeous, newly listed Jupiter Florida home to show you guys! Just listed by myself and the Sean Underwood Real Estate Team, this home is not to be missed!

You Will Love The Curb Appeal

This immaculately maintained Jupiter Florida home offers 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2-car garage, and an outstanding designed floor plan. Most noteworthy, from the front yard to the back, this home has been exquisitely landscaped.

Beautiful Interior Features

Impressive high volume ceilings, designer wood flooring, upgraded bathrooms, a large interior laundry room, new interior paint, and a stunning gourmet kitchen are just some of the impressive interior features.

Perfect For Entertaining Family and Friends

Relax in the adjoined family room, with abundant space for your large furnishings and media components. With the split floor plan, the family room provides a separation of the master suite and the guest bedrooms.

Plenty of Space

A large master bedroom offers plenty of space for your furnishings. The en-suite master bathroom has beautiful travertine porcelain tile floors, brilliant high hat light fixtures, a luxury height granite vanity, a separate roman tub, and a separate seamless glass and tiled shower.

The Outdoor Features In This Home Are Amazing

This lanai is big enough to lounge on a hammock, and still have extra space available for your other large patio furnishings. For additional privacy, a botanical garden wraps the backyard.

Location, Location, Location

Enjoy the non-HOA community in Jupiter, Florida, known as the Heights of Jupiter. With grade “A” schools and multiple amenities to choose from, this location is awesome. You’ll be close to the community park, as well as multiple public parks and recreational facilities.

If you would like more information on this newly listed Jupiter Florida Home or any others in the North County area, please contact me.

As always, thanks for reading the blog, friends! I hope you all have some amazing, South Florida week!

❤️ Nicole