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The Town of Jupiter Island is situated on a barrier island on the south end of Martin County. The Town consists of approximately 1,643 acres of land bound on the east by nine miles of ocean frontage and on the west by the Intracoastal Waterway. The Town’s permanent population is 820 with a seasonal population of approximately 2,000.
On the mainland, the 105-foot-high red brick Jupiter Lighthouse, built in 1855, and a guiding light to passing ships for over a hundred years, remains as a landmark which now shows the way to the luxurious Jupiter Island lifestyle that has attracted elite families of America for the past 50 years.
The Town was established by the Florida Legislature in 1953. Hedges and heavy vegetation hide many of the 400 homes scattered around the nine-mile-long island. Only a few deluxe condominiums exist at the southern end of the island – all virtually sold out except for the new Seawatch of Jupiter Island.
In fact, there are no bars, no shopping centers, no neon, no delicatessens – stirring up fond memories of Florida as it used to be.
The island, east of the Intracoastal in the Jupiter-Tequesta area, was developed slowly for the reclusive rich by the Hobe Sound Co., owned by Joseph Verner Reed, who took control in 1931. Subsequent exclusivity was strongly influenced by septuagenarian Mrs. Permelia Reed, although that dominance has been on the wane in recent years.
Actually, the southern end of Jupiter Island is in Palm Beach County while the northern portion lies within Martin County. Land at both ends of the island is controlled by the Fish and Wildlife Service and the Nature Conservancy.
Roads are canyoned by trees, and the area`s million-dollar homes are not ostentatious, flashy castles, but expensive and well-appointed residences where good taste prevails.