MacArthur Beach State Park is not only one of the best state parks in Florida, it is one of my favorite places on the planet. Located on the the northern end of Singer Island, the easiest access is from I95 to PGA Blvd east to the park. This park is one of the more unique parks around it spans a number of completely different ecosystems. You park on the western side of the park, and if you head towards the beach you will pass by the Nature Center and amphitheater through the woods and out onto a long wooden bridge that takes you over the northern end of the Lake Worth Lagoon. From the bridge not only will you see fish jumping out of the water but you are likely to see a very wide variety bird life, and a number of kayakers. Once you arrive at the eastern end of the bridge you are in the mangroves, and you are free to explore them along designated trails, expect to see butterflies of all sorts of sizes and colors, also expect to see amazing spider webs. If you choose to skip the trails and head to the beach, you have an expansive beach, and a protected dune, with sea-grapes stabilizing the dunes. Once you enter the water, you will be amazed to see the reef, it is mainly fossilized coral, but that does not mean there is no life. Swimming along the reef is like swimming in a giant aquarium, the fish are everywhere. Unfortunately, today the surf was up and I was unable to take photos of the reef, but that only means I will have to come back and add a part two.
Before you leave make sure you take time to stop by the Nature Center, it is designed for kids but informative for all ages. It is full of live examples of what is living in the mangroves, lagoon and reef. The center also has a theater with educational videos, and an amphitheater for summer camp. The center also contains a gift shop and kayak outfitter. If you are going kayaking, you will have miles of mangrove coastline to explore as well as Munyon Island which is only accessible by boat. This once famous island housed the Hotel Hygeia, that was destroyed by fire almost a hundred years ago. So please come by for a day, you wont be disappointed, this is one of the truly great parks in Florida.
Nature Center Loggerhead Turtle
- Mangrove tank
Egret Landing of Jupiter is an extremely desirable community lying in western Jupiter off of Central Blvd. It is a large community made up of 654 single family homes, the home come in a number of floor plans and are both single and two story homes. The current price point is from the mid 300’s to the upper 600’s. It was developed in the mid to late 90’s through the early 2000’s. Egret Landing is in a prime location bordering Abacoa to the south, Jupiter Golf Club to the north, Indian Creek the east and I95 to the west. It has easy access to both I95 and the Turnpike off of Indiantown Rd. Egret Landing of Jupiter features over 30 acres of lakes on its nearly 250 acre site, along with a very large club house complex. At the clubhouse you have on site management, a pool, a fitness center, a child’s play area, soccer field, basketball court, seven tennis courts, including one that looks directly over a lake. The community has plenty of room for walking or running with tree lined sidewalks throughout.
Individual homes start at about 2000 square feet under air up to the largest models around 4000 sq ft under air. Homes are a more modern Florida styled, with concrete tiles roofs and cbs construction. The homes are on lots that vary from about 1/4 acre to approximately an 1/2 acre.
If you like a good steak, you will love Kodi’s. We went there this weekend towards the end of the dinner rush. I will say this if you go there early you can expect to wait to be seated, it is a very popular restaurant and it does not have enough seating to accommodate all the patrons. It would be my guess that in the near future they will be looking for a slightly larger space. The restaurant is divided into two spaces, small tables in the bar area and larger tables in the main dining area. Outside they have tiki torches and a large seating area for waiting. Kodi’s Steakhouse is located on US 1 in Hobe Sound on the west side of the street about a half mile north of Bridge Road, and it is easily worth the trip. Kodi’s Steakhouse does not take reservations and does not really do take dining, so you will have to go there to experience the tasty food.
We sat down about 9pm on a Friday night after a five to ten minute wait, we were greeted immediately by a smiling waitress, she was super friendly and answered all our questions about what was good on the menu. She gave us a few minutes to look over the wine list and menu before returning with water and piping hot bread. Pictured above is a ribeye with melted blue cheese which was excellent, the 12 ounce Filet Mignon cooked to perfection and melt in your mouth good. We also had the 8 ounce filet, that was also perfectly prepared. Each steak comes with two sides, and there are about ten or so to choose from, between three of us we had the baked potato, mashed potatoes, mushrooms and onion rings. All were excellent. Amazingly enough, we had a little bit of room left for dessert, no pictured because I was not fast enough to take the photo before we devoured the chocolate cake with scoop of vanilla ice cream drizzled with a fudge sauce and a carmel sauce. Outstanding, I can not wait until the next time I am there.
The other day I asked Michele Caldwell from WCS Lending to put together some answers to the most frequently asked mortgage questions.
Can I get Pre-Approved? Yes, you can. Your information is reviewed and a decision is made as to whether you qualify. As a potential buyer, being pre-approved will give you the best chance of getting the offer accepted. Getting pre-approved means that a mortgage lender has verified that you are approved for a mortgage of a certain amount over a fixed period of time. Pre-approval letters remove the uncertainty in the home-buying process. It is best to obtain a pre-approval letter prior to beginning your real estate search. Real Estate Agents and Sellers see pre-approved buyers as more serious (and more valuable) because they have taken the proactive steps to secure preapproval. Can I get a mortgage after a bankruptcy or with bad credit? Yes, you can still qualify for a home loan however the duration after the bankruptcy has been filed is a factor. Usually, the lower the credit score the higher the rate will be, however a mortgage professional can provide you with a mortgage loan at maybe a higher rate now, along with a plan on how to improve your credit so that within a couple of years you can qualify for the best rates available and the rates you deserve.
How much money do I need in hand to buy a house? Usually, the purchase of a home requires a minimum down payment of 3% to 5% plus funds to cover closing costs. In the case of a FHA Loan, the down payment must be the borrowers own money. Closing costs can be a gift or loan from a relative. What is the difference between interest rate and APR? The interest rate, commonly called the note or base rate, is the rate used to calculate your monthly payments and is the cost to borrow the money disbursed in the loan. The APR is the total cost of the loan over its life, including costs and fees.
What is PMI? Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) protects lenders against losses that can occur when a borrower defaults on a mortgage. PMI is required on first mortgage purchase transactions when the borrower has less than 20% down payment. Likewise, it is required on first mortgage refinance transactions when the borrower has less than 20% equity in the property being refinanced. The cost of the mortgage insurance is typically added to the monthly mortgage payment. What is the difference between principle and interest? Principle is the amount you actually borrow on your loan. Interest is the fee the lender charges for borrowing. When you make your mortgage payment, a portion goes to paying interest and a portion goes to paying principle.
What is sellers concession? A sellers concession is an agreement in a purchase contract whereby the seller agrees to pay (from the proceeds of the sale) some or even all of the buyers closing costs to purchase the home. This allows the buyer to purchase with less out of pocket expense.
For additional mortgage questions or getting pre-approved for your new home purchase please contact Michele Caldwell at 561-864-5061 or email her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Old Port Cove is located between US 1 and the Lake Worth Lagoon just south of US 1. Many of the units offer spectacular views of Lake Worth, the marina, out to the ocean, and up the intracoastal to the West. Old Port Cove is made up of six minor communities, Quay North and South, Cove Towers East and West, Admiralty, Harbor Village and Lake Point Tower. These are spread out over the sixty acre parcel of land and tied together by a 2 mile walking path the takes advantage of the community’s over 8000 feet of shoreline. Old Port Cove also features two marinas which are even capable of handling mega yachts up to 200 feet. The restaurant has reopened after a long absence, and Sandpipers’s Cove did not disappoint. The food was excellent and very reasonable, especially considering the view.
Each of of the communities offers something to appeal to almost all tastes. The Harbor Village feels more like town-homes, as surrounds its own canal off the Intracoastal and a number of the units have deeded dock slips. Admiralty is two buildings more of a mid-rise towers no age restriction and allows small pets, it over looks the northern marina and Lake Worth out to Singer Island. Cove Towers East and West share a pool, are age and pet restricted and offer some spectacular views off Lake Worth over to the Ocean and west up the Intracoastal.
The Quay North and South are also mid-rise buildings, but curved to give more units views of the marina and Lake Worth, no pets and no age restrictions.
Quay North and South
The Marina Tower has clear views of both marinas, Lake Worth, Little Lake Worth and over Singer Island to the Ocean. It is not age restricted and pet friendly. Finally, Lake Point Tower is the newest and most luxurious property in Old Port Cove. Featuring completely unobstructed views to the north, east and south. Sorry was not in that building on this trip to showcase some of the fabulous views. It is age restricted, but pet friendly.
Old Port Cove is a magnificently maintained gated community, with seemingly limitless shoreline that caters to affluent buyers and boaters. A true gem in North Palm Beach.
This past Saturday I participated in the Spring Sprint 5K for the benefit of Good Shepherd School in Tequesta with a few of my co-workers. It could not have been a nicer day, started a bit cool but warmed up quickly under the clear blue sky. The race started and ended in front of Constitution Park and wound its way through many of the original neighborhoods of the Village of Tequesta. These are just great established neighborhoods, always in high demand, and just nice to run through. I am a big fan of variety in these race courses, and this one was a joy.
After the race completed they had an obstacle course for the kids set up in Constitution Park as well as the awards ceremony. While I did not take home any hardware Michele did, she earned a second in her age group. Constitution Park, is a great little park in the heart of Tequesta that is highly utilized for all sorts of events and even a green market twice a month on Sunday afternoons.
A spectacular setting to host a 5K, Riverbend park in Jupiter is just beautiful. I wish they would host more races here. The setting is unlike any other, you start on the entrance road and quickly make your way onto well maintained trails winding back and forth over the Loxahatchee River through the forest and along ponds. South Florida’s wildlife on full display. At one point I was running in a pack of people and there was a small deer 3 feet off the trail content eating some grass and watching all of us run by. Most races are held on street courses, so getting a chances to run through the wild spaces of Riverbend is much more than a breath of fresh air, it is a fantastic experience.
Riverbend Park is located on Indiantown Road in Jupiter just to the west of Jupiter County Club and to the east of Jupiter Farms. Riverbend is probably the least known and utilized park in the area, and is most likely the most spectacular and historic parks in the area. It has river access for canoeing and kayaking into completely undisturbed Old Florida forests, as well as historic battlefields. It has miles and miles of trails for walking, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. A true treasure.