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Hobe Sound’s beachy beauty and stress-free atmosphere make it an easy destination – and a difficult place to leave behind.

Those looking to make their stay more permanent are drawn to the area by the community’s charm, sunny weather, quality schools, thriving business climate and a reputation of safety. Conveniently located between Jupiter and Stuart, Hobe Sound is admired for its ficus-lined streets and postcard-like views. And the locale offers enough diversity that it appeals to both young families and retirees alike.

Real estate offerings are plentiful and, in many cases, affordable considering the location. Here you’ll find a mix of first-time home buyers as well as those who have purchased second, seasonal homes in the area. The population of Hobe Sound is about 11,521, recent census data shows. But that number jumps up by about 30 percent during winter months as the “snowbirds” appear from the north, according to local Realtor and Keyes Company Manager Tom Whitehouse.

Hobe Sound is home to some of the country’s wealthiest families, who live on Jupiter Island. Originally a pineapple plantation, the island is known for gorgeous oceanfront homes, and it has many waterfront homes on the Intracoastal Waterway. And with its numerous public and private boat docks along the waterway, the community is a hub for many boating enthusiasts. It also boasts some of the area’s finer golf courses.

Those looking to purchase real estate near Hobe Sound will find every variety of housing available – from large single-family homes to condos, townhouses and some attractive manufactured home communities. It also has some quirky residences, such as one standout known as the yellow “Bubble House.” Short-term guests visiting or just passing through have their pick of a host of vacation rentals, as well.

Known for its pristine beaches, a wildlife refuge and a state park, most Hobe Sounders have a connection with and an appreciation for nature. The small-town values and attitudes of the residents contribute to the warm, friendly reputation. In other words, Hobe Sound has something for everyone.

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