THEIR HOME: A 4-bedroom, 2-bath house on a quiet street with a 2-car garage and inter-locking royal wall construction.
WHAT THEY PAID: $162,000
WHEN THEY MOVED IN: September 2001.
CURRENT VALUE: (from Zillow.com): $245,000. (Note: Zillow estimates do not always reflect true market value.)
WHY THEY LOVE IT: Richard Valuntas — yes, Royal Palm Beach Village Councilman Richard Valuntas — loved both this town and this neighborhood when he and his wife, Lori, first began exploring it a dozen years ago.
“Royal Palm Beach just seemed to have good amenities and was family friendly, and this neighborhood in particular,” he said.
In 2001, the couple was still nurturing along their careers, and the Royal Palm housing market was priced right for their growing family. He’s an attorney with the U.S. Attorney General’s Office, working on criminal appellate cases. She also works at the AG office, as a legal secretary in the civil division.
“I liked the fact that this was definitely cheaper than what we’d been looking at in the Estates (of Royal Palm Beach),” he said, referring to a nearby gated neighborhood built around the same time. “And there was no homeowner’s association.”
The couple moved into their home just a few weeks after America’s Sept. 11 tragedies. “I remember watching it on TV that night and our stuff wasn’t even up yet,” he said. But since then, they’ve created plenty of good memories, helped mostly by the birth of their three children. They like the schools and the shopping and the proximity to major highways and attractions.
And that bright lime green house at the end of their street? Well, Valuntas also likes that the lack of HOA in Cypress Head allows people to be unique and creative.
“Hey, that might not have been the color I would have picked,” he said. “But I have no problem with it. We live in America.”