The property located at 16133 Jupiter Farms Road in Jupiter has a long history. It is rumored to have been a gangster hideout in the 1920’s and was owned by legendary actor Burt Reynolds in the 1980’s. Notorious gangster Al Capone built the original home on the property in 1923. Reynolds owned the ranch for years and shot scenes from the immensely successful “Smokey and the Bandit” movie, as well as scenes from the television series “B.L. Stryker” there. He also married television actress Loni Anderson at the chapel on the grounds in 1988. In addition to the movie studio, the ranch also had a petting zoo!
The Palm Beach County School District bought the land for $3.8 million in 1999. For the past ten years, the property has been a “much hoped for public middle school for Jupiter Farms”. Palm Beach County School District hopes to shore up district budget woes by selling the all or part of the 153-acre ranch to K. Hovnanian Homes. Local residents feel they may run into problems however, as they vow to fight plans for a development they feel is too big for their community. The District is now saying population growth does not warrant a new middle school any time soon.
K. Hovnanian Homes is offering $5 million for the property. They would like to build 62 equestrian themed “ranchette” homes at a density of about one home every 2.5 acres. They would plan to preserve most of the existing lakes, hills and equestrian trails.
The school board will vote on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 on the proposal to sell the land to K. Hovnanian Homes. For more information on Jupiter Farms Properties, please contact us at WesternCommunities.us.
Photos Courtesy of The Palm Beach Post: Lannis Waters