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Community Introduction

Hobe Sound has a small-town feel while offering breathtaking natural amenities.

It is home to gorgeous beaches, an award-winning state park that welcomes visitors with a wide array of activities, and world-famous golf courses. Top-rated schools serve students here, as well.

When it comes to beaches, Hobe Sound has a lot to offer. It was recently dubbed the “best beach town housing market” in the country, according to RealtyTrac, a real estate data company in California. It earned the accolade based on its low crime rate, ideal weather and affordable housing market.

Neighboring city, Stuart, was named Happiest Seaside Town of 2016 by Coastal Living Magazine. The award cited the area’s accessibility to water attractions, such as sea life including abundant appearances from turtles, dolphins and sailfish, and to water sports including paddle boarding, boating, surfing and snorkeling, as main attractions. Another big draw for Stuart is the Riverwalk, a scenic respite that hosts free weekly concerts.

Hobe Sound has a quaint, relaxed vibe, thanks in part to its history, which dates all the way back to the late 1600s. The area was discovered when a British merchant ship sank off the coast near the Jupiter Inlet, where the crew had to abandon ship on shore. There they met two local Native American tribes, which would eventually influence the naming of the town. Hobe Sound is an adaptation of the Jove/Jobe Indians name.

As the town evolved, it became known as “Picture City” in the 1920s when the Olympia Improvement Corporation bought a huge tract of land and billed it to be a mini-Hollywood. The project was billed to be a Greek-style motion picture studio and planned housing development. But a devastating hurricane in 1928 halted the project, and the village ended up reverting to its original name. Today, there is little evidence of the plans except for several Greek and Roman street names and a few cement lamp posts that still dot Dixie Highway.

But Hobe Sound still has plenty to give it distinction. It is immersed in natural beauty: Jonathan Dickinson State Park is to the west; Blowing Rocks Preserve is to the south; and the National Wildlife Refuge and Jupiter Island are to the east.

In addition, Hobe Sound is the picturesque gateway connecting Jupiter to the south with Stuart to the north. Traveling on U.S. Highway One or Interstate 95, visitors have a short and scenic drive to several major cities, including West Palm Beach.

No matter your getaway goal, Hobe Sound is the perfect place to stop, rest and reconnect with nature. It’s an ideal blend of a small-town charm with stunning natural amenities, carefully planned communities and a convenient location between major metropolitan areas.

With its quirky shops, eclectic art galleries and the Hobe Sound Mural art project, Hobe Sound is a must-see destination noted for its variety in beauty, relaxation and recreation.

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