Jim Ribar


HIS HOME: Will be about 3,000 square feet with a three-car garage

WHEN HE MOVED IN: Hopes to move in this fall

WHAT HE PAID: $100,000 for the 2-acre lot in October 2012

CURRENT VALUE (from Zillow.com): $124,000 (Note: Zillow numbers are estimates and do not always represent true market value.)

WHY HE LOVES IT: Ribar has been looking to get into Square Lake for several years and finally found the perfect lot at the right price late last year.

He likes feeling that he’s out in the country, even those he’s just three minutes from his office and close to everything in Palm Beach Gardens.

“That’s a hard place to get into,” Ribar says of Square Lake. “The stars aligned for me, that’s all. It’s 2 miles from my office. It’s just an absolute no-brainer for me.”

Ribar, who owns Certified Auto Broker, especially likes the absence of a homeowners’ association. Between a bad experience with an HOA and an abundance of motorcycles and other toys, not having rules fits his lifestyle well.

His new garage and an existing barn provide lots of space for his choppers, Harleys, boats and other vehicles.

Vista Builders broke ground on Ribar’s home recently and he expects them to finish by the end of the year, if not earlier.

Says Ribar: “If you want that country feel and yet be in town, it’s perfect.”


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