Why Jupiter Island Is the Dream Residential Destination

Jupiter Island is located on a barrier island on the Southern end of Martin County. The Town of Jupiter Island is a small community, spanning across 1643 acres and bordered by nine miles of gorgeous coastline on the East and the stunning Intracoastal Waterway on the West. The town features a permanent population of 820 and a seasonal population of about 2000. Jupiter Island is considered to be a luxurious and highly covered residential destination for many reasons.

According to Worth Magazine, Jupiter is ranked at the #1 position in the U.S for highest median home sale.

Jupiter Island is also the home of some of the wealthiest people in the country. As a result, the town features the highest per-capita income in the U.S.

The beautiful community of Jupiter Island is a unique one, featuring unmatched facilities, exceptional neighbors and beautiful surroundings.

For those with a dream of being a part of a prestigious community, you are in great company in Jupiter Island. Some of the town’s famous residents include Celine Dion, Tiger Woods, Alan Jackson, Nick Price and Steve Biscotti. Jupiter Island is not only famous for being a luxurious destination but also a peaceful place where you can enjoy your days. Needless to say, South Florida’s beautiful weather can definitely be experienced at its best at Jupiter Island.

South Florida, in general, is a fantastic place for those who lead an active life complete with outdoor activities.

As for Jupiter Island, the beautiful houses offer plenty of space and even direct access to the beach or the Intracoastal Waterway to enjoy a range of outdoor activities in the privacy of your own property. Golf and boating are two of the most prominent sports in Jupiter Island. Golf, in particular has a long history in the town dates back all the way to the 1890’s. The Jupiter Island Golf Club features a nine-hole course constructed in 1922. A design of renowned landscape architect, Dick Webel, the Golf Club is a beautiful club featuring exclusive amenities and an even more exclusive clientele.

Whether you are planning to raise a family or thinking of retiring in Jupiter Island, there is a wide range of beautiful properties to choose from.

As mentioned earlier, the community is small and elite with homes that match the description. You can choose from gorgeous waterfront residencies, sprawling mansions and stylish condos featuring modern amenities, exquisite views and easy access to great activities and attractions in Jupiter. If you are yearning for a luxurious lifestyle or a serene and peaceful retirement, then Jupiter Island just might be the ideal choice.

The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach

There are many activities to do in South Florida. However, for most women, nothing beats a fun day of shopping.  When it comes to shopping in Palm Beach Gardens, there is no better place to go than The Gardens Mall.

Originally known as ‘The Gardens of The Palm Beaches’, The Gardens Mall is a luxurious establishment that spans across 1.4 million square feet. Offering a range of fantastic stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Sears, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom and Macy’s, the shopping center is a one-stop-shop for pretty much anything you could want.

The Gardens Mall also offers great promotions. The Education Foundation Gift Card Promotion is a neat offer where The Gardens Mall gives 5% of all gift card sales back to the Education Foundation. In order to be eligible for this offer, the gift cards have to be used by parents of children in the Palm Beach County School District. To claim the offer, the parents are required to bring the Education Foundation flyers from their kids’ schools to the Information guest. Held from May 18th until May 31st, this promotion is a great opportunity to give back while shopping for the perfect Mother’s Day gift.

Aside from the mall’s events, the shopping center also features several great events hosted by their stores. Discounts and sales are frequently offered at Chico’s, Bose, Brooks Brothers and Haagen-Dazs. Other promotions include, “Live. Love. Eat! Health and Wellness Cooking Series” at Williams-Sonoma, a fresh new menu at Sbarro, and the Soft Fringe Scarf promotion at Vera Bradley.

The Gardens Mall is conveniently located on PGA Boulevard, one mile to the East from I-95. Since it first opened in 1988, The Gardens Mall has been the premier shopping destination in Palm Beach Gardens. Featuring beautiful, award-winning architecture, fascinating natural landscaping, fine art and all the best amenities, The Gardens Mall is a great place to spend an entire day. Featuring not only high-end merchandise such as Jimmy Choo, Boston Proper and Kate Spade, The Gardens Mall also offers an excellent selection of dining options. Restaurants include P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, California Pizza Kitchen and Brio Tuscan Grille.

The Best Cooking Classes in Palm Beach County

Hoping to up your kitchen game this year? If you live in The Palm Beaches, then you are in luck as there are plenty of great opportunities coming up. Here are some of our top picks for great upcoming cooking classes in Palm Beach County.

Cooking classes at Roho Kitchen

Cooking with friends, family and co-workers is not only good fun but it is also a great bonding experience. If you are planning on learning how to cook, then be sure to check out the options at Roho Kitchen. The great thing about Roho Kitchen is the fact that they don’t only offer public classes but also private sessions for individuals and groups. Additionally, cooking classes are also a great way to entertain. Roho Kitchen offers cooking lessons for bridal showers, birthdays, custom theme events, bachelorette parties and even corporate team building events. If you are planning on learning different cuisines such as Italian, French, Indian, Thai or Japanese, you can register at Roho Kitchen to get started.

Sur La Table cooking lessons

Sur La Table is another great place to get cooking classes. Hosting lessons in an array of locations, Sur La Table offers students of the culinary arts a great opportunity to learn something new every time. If you are a lover of French pastries, then you are in luck as Sur La Table is offering a hands-on opportunity to learn some of the most fascinating French pastry techniques. For those who are looking for a way to spend date night enjoying a whole new experience, Sur La Table presents a chance to learn about preparing authentic Italian dishes with fresh ingredients. Aside from the basic techniques, you and your special someone can learn some great tips and secrets to get your kitchen game on like a pro. Sur La Table classes are held at Boca Raton and Naples and will have to be reserved in advance to guarantee a spot.

Home Away from Home summer program

Who says you have to be a grown up to start cooking? Home Away from Home is a great opportunity for 5 – 10 year old kids to spend summer, learning valuable new skills. Aside from fun activities such as themed parties, nature walks, bouncy houses, field trips and visits to the park; the program also features cooking activities for the kids to get a well-rounded experience this summer. The program is held at Wellington, West Palm Beach, Palm Springs, Royal Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens.

In the Kitchen classes

In the Kitchen not only offers delicious meals and catering for all sorts of events but also a chance to learn some great cooking tricks as well. For all you seafood lovers, the upcoming Fish ‘on is a great opportunity to enjoy a delicious meal while learning more about how it was prepared. Featuring delicious dishes such as seared sea scallop, Florida fresh greens, heirloom tomato and sweet plantains, the event is a cooking class with a different. Be sure to check out In the Kitchen for future updates.

This Month at the Mizner Park Amphitheater

If you are craving great entertainment, the Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton is a great place to visit during the month of May. The popular venue features some great events this month to allow residents and visitors to have a memorable time.

Memorial Day Concert – May 25, 2015

Celebrate Memorial Day in style at the Mizner Park Amphitheater with “An America Tribute”. Presented by the City of Boca Raton, “An America Tribute” is a New Gardens band that performs patriotic music. Directed by Owen Seward, the Memorial Day Concert is a free community event that can be enjoyed on blankets and chairs as per your wish.

Legends of The Old School Concert – May 29, 2015

Featuring some of the most popular old school favorites, The Legends of The Old School Concert will be an event to remember. The performers include Salt-N-Pepa, Stevie B, Gucci Crew 2, Vanilla Ice, Color Me Badd, 2 Live Crew and DJ Lazz. This is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy some of your favorite hits from the past on a live stage. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster and more information on the event is available at their website.

Summer Movies Under The Stars – May 30, 2015

What better way to celebrate the lovely weather in May than to watch a movie under the stars? If you are a fan of The Hunger Games, be sure to head down to The Mizner Park Amphitheater at 8:00pm on Saturday, May 30th, to enjoy the third installment of the movie series, Mockingjay Part 1 for free. The venue offers food and beverages along with chairs and blankets to make the experience a memorable one.

Upcoming Classes and Camps at the Maltz Theatre in Jupiter

Maltz Theatre is the largest, professional award winning, non-profit regional theater in Florida. The theatre is committed to producing, performing and educating as well as collaborating with artists both local and national. Featuring top-notch facilities, the theatre offers various after-school, summer and weekend educational programs.

Vacation Camps

Maltz Theatre offers one week camps for students to further their studies in theater after the completion of grades Pre-K and K-5. The camp will offer fascinating themes such as Dr. Seuss, Once Upon a Time, Water World and Spy Theme. The vacation camps will be conducted with the class rooms broken into groups. Enrollment into the groups depends on the current completed grade or the attained grade. The two week camps are targeted at students who have completed grades 6 – 12. These programs are focused on training students in various forms of dance such as tap, ballet and jazz. The sessions will be carried on under the guidance of Mr. Brian Andrews with each session consisting of various combinations. For those who have completed the grades from 3 – 5 and from 6 – 12, there is the option of trying out for three week camps. These programs provide students with an amazing opportunity to rehearse popular productions such as Peter Pan or Hairspray right on the stage at the Maltz Theatre.

Dance Lessons

If your kids are showing an interest in dancing at a young age, the Maltz Theatre features a great selection of dance classes, targeted at the 3 – 12 grades. The students will be able to learn the fundamental ballet concepts and ballet vocabulary. Students will also get a chance to take part in the Cecchetti Ballet Exams, held annually. New members will be placed at an appropriate level upon evaluation by the faculty.

Adult Tap Dance Classes

Not all lessons offered at the Maltz Theatre are for kids and teenagers. Adult tap dance classes are a great opportunity for adults to learn tap dancing basics. The lessons are for everyone and even those with no experience are welcome to join.

Private Voice Lessons

If you wish to develop your vocal skills, then you can definitely take advantage of the private voice lessons offered at the Maltz Theatre. The lessons are held all throughout the week and are priced at $37 for half an hour, $45 for 45 minutes and $60 per hour.

Green Markets in Palm Beach County Open in May

There is no better way to take advantage of the beautiful weather of Palm Beach than to head down to a green market to get your weekly food supplies. Here are some of the most popular green markets in Palm Beach that are open in May.

Farmers’ Market Oceanside

Located in Vero Beach, the Farmers’ Market Oceanside is held weekly, every Saturday. The market is focused on providing a selection of horticultural products along with healthy, fresh produce. Ideally located close to some great restaurants in Vero Beach, you can make your weekly groceries trip a little more interesting at the Farmers Market Oceanside. The selection of produce includes fresh baked goods, botanicals, honey, healthy drinks, locally grown plants for landscaping and so much more. In addition, the Farmers Market Oceanside also features local musicians to provide a bit of entertainment as you shop. The market is pet friendly and is open all throughout the year.

Main Street Friday Market

Founded in 1993, the Main Street Friday Market is open all year round and features the produce of 10 selected vendors. Located at The Heritage Center in Vero Beach, the market is a great place to enjoy a lazy Friday.

Downtown Fort Pierce Farmers’ Market

The Downtown Fort Pierce Farmer’s Market is a great place to choose a selection of grocery and food items. The market features produce from over 70 local vendors and a range of items including exotic plants, delicious food items, savory spices and more. This market is a great place to spend a Saturday morning with the whole family. Open from 8:00am to noon, the market also features great local bands while you shop.

Stuart Green Market

The Stuart Green Market has been in business since the late 1990’s. The Stuart Green Market was first held in Memorial Park on Sunday mornings, bringing a few local vendors together. Today, the market is held next to City Hall with a gorgeous view of the St. Lucie River waterfront. If you wish to buy fresh baked goods, honey, fresh cut flowers, fresh produce, spices, poultry, meat items, eggs and handcrafted bath products, the Stuart Green Market is the place to be. Visitors can also find handmade jewelry, organic blended spices, cheeses as well as many artisan crafts. The market also features a delectable range of gourmet food items for breakfast and lunch.

The Acreage Green Market

The Acreage Green Market is open all year round at the Acreage Community Park. This is a great place to purchase local produce that is fresh from the farms. The most popular items include locally produced honey, fruits and vegetables, plants, fruit preserves and delicious food items. The majority of the Acreage Green Market vendors are from local communities and it is run by a team of volunteers with all proceeds returned to the community.

 

Summer Camps at the Palm Beach Zoo

The Palm Beach Zoo is one of the most beloved attractions in the city. If you are on the lookout for great summer camps for your kids this summer, then be sure to consider the programs offered at the Palm Beach Zoo. As of today, the Palm Beach Zoo is home to over 700 animals from various parts of the country as well as the rest of the world. Seeing visits from over 300,000 people each year and with memberships from almost 6000 households, the Palm Beach Zoo is definitely one of the top rated attractions in the state.

The Palm Beach Zoo, had its name changed to the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society in October, 2013. True to their new name, the Zoo is taking many steps on raising awareness on wildlife conservation and the state of the natural world. The summer camps offered by the institution are also a part of those efforts.

2015 Zoo Camp

If you have kids with a love for wildlife, the 2015 Zoo Camp is the ideal summer camp for them. The camp features a unique range of fun filled activities with a wildlife theme. The activities include zoo keeping duty, scavenger hunts, interactive fountain time, behind the scenes tours and wildlife conservation educational activities. Participants will have a fascinating opportunity to get up close and personal with the animals at the zoo, try out crafts, play games and to enjoy animal exhibits of all kinds. The program is available for kids between the ages 5 – 17. The Zoo Camps of 2011 and 2012 were voted by the South Florida Parenting Magazine readers as the winner of the “Kids Crown Award” for being the Best Summer Camp in Palm Beach County. The camp is open to enroll for a one week program or for the entire summer as your child prefers. The camp features an unmatched opportunity to learn about wildlife, animals and other parts of the world.

The Wildlife Conservation Academy

The Wildlife Conservation Academy is targeted at kids between 15 – 17 years of age. This is a week-long camp for high school students with an interest in veterinary studies, zoology, wildlife conservation and various other careers related to animals and animal care. The camp features hands- on activities that are directly related to these careers to start developing the youngsters’ skills from a young age.  If your teens are showing interest and potential in careers in the zoology field, then The Wildlife Conservation Academy is a great learning opportunity and stepping stone into a bright future.

Kravis Center Events In May

Kravis Center, or Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, is one of the most well-known performing arts centers in West Palm Beach. If you are looking for some great performance entertainment options, Kravis Center has a busy line-up for the month of May.

Spotlight on Young Musicians – May 15, 2015

Presented by The Palm Beach County Music Educators’ Association, The School District of Palm Beach County and the Youth Orchestra of Palm Beach County, Spotlight on Young Musicians is the annual event where the talented young musicians of Palm Beach showcase their skills and turn their dreams of performing on a stage into reality. The event is sponsored by The Meshberg Family in memory of Julia and Phillip Meshberg. Featuring hundreds of talented, local youngsters, the Kravis Center is the place to be on May 15th. Tickets are priced at $10.00.

Singspiration 2015 – May 17, 2015

Singspiration is the spring concert of the young singers of the Palm Beaches. The event was a great success last year. If you are a fan of great music, fascinating talent and inspiring performances, then be sure to head down to Kravis Center at 7:00pm on the 17th of May. Tickets for Singspiration start at $15.00.

Life in Color – May 23, 2015

Life in Color is a creation of Mrs. Wickham and her talented students. After leaving the stage, Mrs. Wickham combined her skills acquired from a long career in Theater and her sense of innovation to create Life in Color, a production where her students are assigned with specific colors to write their own monologues. This is a fantastic opportunity to witness creativity and how Mrs. Wickham’s students’ minds come to life with the unique challenge. The audience will be entertained with a combination of acting and dance. The performances are not only pure works of fiction; some of them carry the students’ memories and their emotional journeys. The event starts at 3:00pm on Saturday, May 23rd with tickets starting at $18.00.

 You Must Remember This – May 30, 2015

Presented by the Countess de Hoernle Singers, You Must Remember This is definitely a treat for those who love classic songs from the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s. The event features hits from beloved artists such as Billie Holiday, the Andrews Sisters, the Gershwins, Cole Porter and many others. The event is held at 3:00pm and at 7:00pm on May 30th with tickets starting at $15.00.

Signs of a Pest Infestation in Your Home

Pests can be a problem during the house-hunting process, house selling process and especially while you are comfortably living in your home. Pest infestations can be easily fixed if they are identified in their early stages. Here are some warning signs to watch out for.

Termites

Termite infestations are particularly problematic,especially if they are left alone for a long time. The more the infestation progresses, the more damage they can do to the structure and integrity of your home. Termites feed on wood and are much more prone to choose damp areas, as well as around fireplaces or heaters. Therefore, if you are suspecting a termite infestation, be sure to look at the foundation of your home for any signs. The windowsills and floors also display signs of termite infestations in the early stages. The affected wooden areas will appear to have a blistered surface and deposits of sawdust like substances next to studs or the beams. If you break off a piece of infested wood, you will find small tunnels underneath. This signifies considerable damage and will need immediate attention.

Ants, cockroaches and silverfish

Cockroaches can come out of nowhere as their infestations are a bit difficult to spot. The regular spots include behind heavy pieces of furniture, cupboards, cracks, door frames and water heaters. Cockroaches are nocturnal and notorious for contaminating food and utensils. If you tend to leave food out in the open for prolonged periods of time, you may attract cockroaches and ants. Ants are organized and can find food in any part of the house. They often thrive in garbage bins, small cracks and other moist areas. As for silverfish, they thrive in bookcases, closets and drawers. They feed on paper and cloth. If you have silverfish in your home, you will be able to see tiny holes in books and fabrics.

Rodents

Rodents such as mice are most likely to set up nest in a home during the colder months. They may build their nests in cupboards, walls and even on the roof. They may also come up with a way to access your food storage. Since they breed about 6 – 10 times a year, carry various diseases and cause damage to the structure, they are best removed as early on as possible. Random rummaging and scurrying sounds through the walls, tiny bites taken out of food left outside and droppings are some of the earliest signs of rodent infestations.

Bed bugs and fleas

Fleas and bedbugs feed on the blood of mammals such as humans, cats and dogs. They thrive during the warmer months as higher humidity levels are the ideal conditions for their larvae to develop. Adult fleas can jump long distances from host to host and will bite and feed immediately. An infestation is not too difficult to identify as you will start itching immediately after a flea or bed bug bite. It is always best to keep your pets in check for fleas at all times and to regularly check your sofas, cushions and mattresses for fleas.

 

 

 

Real Estate Marketing: A Comparison of the Modern and Traditional Methods

Thanks to the advancements in technology, communications and evolving consumer needs, real estate too has seen some new improvements to it’s marketing methods. There has been some considerable change in the way that buyers approach properties, as well as the way real estate professionals market them. For instance, in 2012, almost 80% of buyers started their search for the perfect property on the internet, while traditional methods were only employed by about 6%. In order to understand how the changes have affected the real estate market today, we will need to look into both traditional and modern methods.

Placing a “For Sale” sign in front of a home was one of the most popular real estate marketing methods in the past. The sign would advertise that the property is for sale and attracted potential buyers who passed by. With print media, brokers were able to advertise the properties to a wider audience than those who happened to be in the neighborhood. Some real estate companies employed mail with information on listed properties to attract potential buyers while hosting open houses was another popular method. As it is evident, these marketing methods were rather passive and reliant on an interested party noticing the ads and paying a visit.

As of today, real estate marketing methods are considered to be much more active. With the increasing numbers of buyers turning to the internet to find property information, there has been a small decline in the buyers who employed a realtor. Nowadays, with people being able to access the internet from pretty much anywhere on a range of handheld devices, real estate websites are the new way to get property information across to the right audience. Instead of simply waiting for buyers to notice the listings, real estate companies are now more interested in acquiring databases of buyers, sellers, investors and interested parties. With greater emphasis on pursuing potential customers via social media, blogging and web advertising, realtors are now opting for a more active approach.

Nevertheless, traditional marketing methods are still in use. Open houses, “For Sale” signs and printed media advertisements are still used to great effect. Due to people being more reliant on technology to receive new information, traditional methods work better when combined with the latest digital marketing approaches. For instance, a buyer who has taken a video walkthrough of a property on the realtor’s website will want to pay a visit to get a closer look. Technology simply makes it easier for real estate agents to widen the reach of a “For Sale” advertisement and makes it more convenient for house hunters to narrow down their options. In other words, modern methods are more efficient at connecting potential buyers with the available properties while traditional methods can be employed to ‘seal the deal’.

Frankel Realty Group follows the letter and spirit of the Equal Housing Act, and is a member of the Northern Palm Beach County Board of Realtors, the Florida Multiple Listing Service, and National Board of Realtors.  Thomas Frankel is Broker of Record.   Frankel Realty Group and all of its affiliated agents are licensed as either brokers or salespersons by the Florida Real Estate Commission.  Copyright © 2013 Frankel Realty Group, All Rights Reserved. The name Frankel Realty Group and its logo and design are trademarks of Frankel Enterprises or its affiliates.

 

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