Incorporated as a town in 1953, Jupiter Island is less than 11 miles long, and in places yards wide, bounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Indian River to the west. North of the town line is the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge, and the Nature Conservancy's Blowing Rock Preserve is to the south.Hidden behind tall hedges, in seafront villas at the end of long driveways, quietly live some of the nation's wealthiest families. Some names are found on discreet markers outside the gates. Those of other current and recent residents come straight from the pages of American history: Mellon, DuPont, Ford, Whitney, Field, Bush, Duke, Doubleday. take a look at Tiger Woods house in Jupiter Island
Sure, there is new money here too. Singer Celine Dion just sold her house and pro golfers Tiger Woods, Greg Norman and Nick Price have estates on this narrow barrier island, located about 50 miles north of Palm Beach. But most who have homes here made their money the old-fashioned way: They inherited it.
Jupiter Island is so genteel here that most residents prefer not to talk about it at all. That reticence has made Jupiter Island one of the nation's best-kept secrets. People are here for the privacy.
Each year about this time, however, Jupiter Island's understated cover gets blown with the publication of annual lists that rank U.S. cities by wealth. Jupiter Island of about 1,000 residents--during the winter high season, that is--comes out on top in Worth magazine's rankings of richest cities based on home prices. A median sale price of $3 million puts Jupiter Island ahead of Aspen, Colo., and six California communities, including Rancho Santa Fe, Belvedere and Los Altos Hills.
Jupiter Island is no Palm Beach. There are no shops or restaurants here, no hotels and guest houses, and thus no reason for outsiders to drop in. There is a highway running through town--the coastal road A1A--but the locals are more likely to travel from home to the golf course, tennis courts or the club by electric cart than luxury car.
The club is the Jupiter Island Club, a former hotel that Permelia and Joseph Reed bought in 1933 and turned into the epicenter of one of the most exclusive social scenes south of Manhattan. Its restaurant, bar and guest suites are private.