A day late, actually, many years too late, but back in 1821 land in Jupiter was sold for just $1.00 an acre! The same year, in which the great land of Florida became a formal state of the colonies, a landowner named Don Eusebio Gomez considered releasing acreage he owned. In 1815, the King and Queen of Spain awarded him 12,000 acres in an area surrounding the Indian and Loxahatchee Rivers as well as a barrier island between the Jupiter Inlet and the St. Lucie Inlet. The name given to this area was a word for the Roman mythology god “Jobe”.
The land was given to Gomez for his “services to the crown”. He was a merchant/shipper and a defender of St. Augustine. When Florida became a U.S. territory all of the Spanish Land Grants, and this was one of them, were challenged by the U.S. Government. The “Gomez Grant” was challenged and was granted clear title by the U.S. Supreme Court. Don Eusebio Grant later sold 8,000 acres to Joseph Delespine. In 1822, Mr. Delespine sold 4,000 acres to Michael Lazarus for $4,000. In 1824, Mr. Lazarus sold his 4,000 acres for $50,000. Much of the land was used for pineapple and cocoanut plantations.
Mr. Gomez moved to Cuba and left his remaining 4,000 acres, which included what would be Jupiter Island, unsold until 1892. Then Henry Flagler brought the railroad through the area and that meant the land boom was eminent. A group of English investors, known as the Indian River Association, bought all the unsold portions of the “Gomez Grant” and land from the pineapple growers and cocoanut growers. They built infrastructure including water plant, an electric plant and the first Hobe Sound Bridge. Jupiter Island was then completed.
During the land boom of the 1920’s, Hobe Sound was renamed “Picture City” in the hopes of becoming the new “Hollywood”! Unfortunately, after the catastrophic hurricane of 1928, all hopes of “Picture City” were demolished and the quiet town of Hobe Sound was restored.
The beauty and tranquility of Hobe Sound is supreme. The Banyan trees on Bridge Road, Blowing Rocks Preserve, Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge, the public beach on Bridge Road, the residents and their generosity, the list is endless.
To discuss some of the finer points of living in Hobe Sound or Jupiter Island, please contact the specialists at Waterfront Properties and Club Communities and let them share their keen insight and local resources with you by sending an email to INFO@wfpcc.com or by calling 561-746-7272.