THEIR HOME: A fully-remodeled 4-bedroom, 3-bath house that they remodeled to family perfection.
WHAT THEY PAID: $440,000
WHEN THEY MOVED IN: 2006, almost a year after closing.
CURRENT VALUE: (from Zillow.com): $460,000. (Note: Zillow estimates do not always reflect true market value.)
WHY THEY LOVE IT: It’s good to have a healthy addiction and Susan Denes and her family have one. Boating.
“We’re boaters,” says Denes, who says the family also has property in central Florida where they can enjoy a different kind of Florida boating.
“We’re on our boat a lot. And the next best thing to living on the water is living in Eagles Nest.”
Greg and Susan Denes moved north from Miami in 2002, settling in Jupiter but also taking a while to decide what neighborhood would be good for them long-term. “We took our time figuring it out,” she says now. And when they did figure it out, it was Eagles Nest.
Eagles Nest is open and woodsy and it’s right on the Loxahatchee River. There’s a neighborhood deep-water dock where residents can easily put their boat in the water. Susan Denes said she spotted the neighborhood fairly soon after moving up from Miami, but there was one problem.
“A house hadn’t been for sale in here for five years,” she said.
So when an owner put his house on the market in the fall of ’05 — the year of all the hurricanes in South Florida — Denes was right there, vowing not to leave his doorstep until she’d struck a deal. And that’s what happened.
“There was literally a list of people who were interested in this house and I didn’t leave until I negotiated the deal,” she said. “I bought the house that day.”
The couple knew what they wanted for their family. Their third child, Lance, is a 20-year-old college kid now. But he was home at the time. They added on, remodeled to their liking — with a new kitchen and family room and pool. And although the couple bought their home at the height of the real estate boom, Susan Denes is still one happy boater.
“I know we probably over-paid, but I don’t care,” she said. “We’re not going anywhere.”