Best neighborhood in the Palm Beaches - Tequesta
OK, so Tequesta isn’t officially a neighborhood. It’s a Village that was incorporated in 1957 and those of us who live here know just how lucky we are. The public schools are among the best in the area, the beaches are pristine, the water is blue and there is a genuine warmth to almost everyone you encounter. It’s a slice of old Florida that isn’t easy to find. This quiet enclave sits at the northernmost tip of Palm Beach County or the southernmost tip of Martin County. In Tequesta, your home may be in Palm Beach County and an adjacent property may sit in Martin County. This fact adds to the mystique and diversity of what might just be the best small town in either county.
Almost anyone looking for a home can hit their price point in Tequesta. There may not be a lot of property listings to select from so buyers need to be prepared with a game plan and understand the current market conditions. At this moment, the inventory of available homes in Tequesta, based on 12 month sales volume, sits at 3.3 months. This is considerably lower than the overall Palm Beach County inventory that sits at 4.9 months. To find the right home in Tequesta is not an easy undertaking.
Prices of homes in Tequesta, sold through the real estate community over the past year, have ranged from $60,500 to well over five million dollars. Like I said, almost anyone looking for a home can find their slice of paradise in Tequesta. Part of what makes Tequesta special is the backyard. You see, last year well over half of the properties sold in Tequesta were built prior to 1980. Only about 11% of sales were of properties built after 2000. Many of those sit on lots where older homes were demolished. Almost everything was developed well before developers learned how to squeeze more onto less.
To me, being outdoors is what Florida living is all about and Tequesta’s backyards invite one to get outside. Even though my childhood years are well in the rear view mirror, I can still hear my mom informing me I wasn’t going to be a “hot house tomato”. She chased me outdoors and that’s were I stayed. Tequesta’s back yards are as varied as the real estate prices. That $60,500 condo sits in a community that borders on Jonathan Dickinson State Park whose 18 square miles has the amazing North Fork of the Loxahatchee River run through it and 16 different natural communities with a vast array of plant and animal life. Talk about a back yard. That $5,200,000 residence has a backyard perched above the Intracoastal Waterway with amazing views over to Jupiter Island. Turquoise waters rush by twice each day, the boat is ready to go and the inlet to deep water is exceptionally close. That’s a back yard to spoil anyone with no hot afternoon sun beating down on you.
As if the backyard wasn’t enough, there is an abundance of walking neighborhoods with sidewalks that aren’t just for looks. They get used. A lot. People don’t come to Tequesta to get locked up inside a giant house. It’s an active bunch who prefer to be outdoors. The walkable streets with neighbors meeting neighbors remind me of a simpler time. It’s about as close to Mayberry as one can find in South Florida.
Tequesta is upscale but laid back. The median single family home price, so far in 2018, sits at $475,000 but the median list price is currently $895,000. Education and a complete understanding of current market conditions is the key. Many 1970 era structures are just begging to be brought back to life. There is a unique charm about the Village of Tequesta. From one of the most historic golf courses in Palm Beach County to the amazing rock formations on the beach at Coral Cove, it truly is about the great outdoors. Tequesta style.
We have lived in the area for many years and run a boutique real estate brokerage servicing all of Palm Beach and Martin Counties. Paradise Sharks takes great pride in ensuring our clients are educated and make informed decisions whether they are buying, or selling. Whenever doing anything real estate, it is in your best interest to interview at least 3 real estate brokers and ask a lot of questions. Paradise Sharks loves to be interviewed and you can schedule yours anytime by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 561.308.0175. We promise to save you money, a high level of customer service and to ensure you make educated decisions.