It’s one of those special places from the 1980s, small and sweet and very well-tended. “It’s a really, really cute community,” says Michelle DeAngelis, who manages Sea Colony for Campbell Property Management. “It’s almost got a resort-type feel.”
And residents and Realtors say that’s what makes Sea Colony in Jupiter the best in beachfront living.
Built in the late 1980s, the development is located between Dixie Highway and Alternate A1A, south of Indiantown Road and north of Donald Ross Road. There are 86 homes — many of them on the lake — and 171 condominiums are scattered across 19 buildings. The majority of the construction is concrete block.
In Jupiter, town rules prohibit anything taller than five stories, but the tallest building at Sea Colony is two stories.
Here, where residents have their own gate to the beach, there’s also a swimming pool complex, tennis courts and a 24-hour manned security gate. Of course, the homeowner’s fees reflect all that great service. Single-family homeowners pay $1,104 a quarter; condo owners pay $1919 a quarter. That also includes basic cable, pool and spa upkeep, general landscaping and the front gate.
Realtor Kim Price, who’s been selling in this area for decades, said the development is special for a couple of reasons: It’s not only pet friendly, but homeowners can have whatever size dog they want. “That’s a very rare find,” said Price, who’s with Golden Bear Realty International. “It’s often a problem for homeowners if their pet weighs more than 25 pounds.”
Prices are also great, she says, especially for waterfront living. Currently there are 10 homes for sale, and the listing prices range from $299,000 to $595,000.
With its great location and amenities, Sea Colony is also a good choice for investors, Price said. The homeowner’s association rules allow sub-rentals, and some of the rules are pretty flexible. For the single-family homes, owners can rent out the home 12 times a year. The condo rules are different, depending on what year the unit was built.
“There’s a high demand for seasonal rentals in this area,” said Price, who said that during season places at Sea Colony can go for as much as $4,500 a month.
The nearby dog-friendly beach and the fact that Jupiter beaches along this stretch are known as popular sea-turtle hatching areas are two other reasons that potential buyers like Sea Colony, she said.
“There are very few single-family homes along that stretch of unspoiled beach,” she said.
For families with children who decide to live here year-round, the schools are: Lighthouse Elementary School, Independence Middle School and William T. Dwyer High School. All those schools are rated A by the state.
DeAngelis, who recently took over the management of the property and has seen a lot of different communities in the county, says Sea Colony has that special resort feel that makes every day feel like a Florida vacation.
“There’s a big lake with turtles and fish,” she said. “It’s really nice, and they’re not as strict here about their dogs. People love that.”
BY THE NUMBERS
The real estate market at Sea Colony.
86 homes; 171 condos
Total number of units
Homes for sale (houses and condos)
11 sold in past year, closing pricers range from $270,000 to $415,000