What’s it like to live in Hobe Sound Florida?

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What is it like to live in Hobe Sound Florida?

Hobe Sound is a small coastal community, tucked in between Jupiter and Stuart on the Atlantic ocean.  Most people have never heard of it, which is what makes it special. (We like it that way!) If you have ever wondered what it’s like to live in a small coastal Florida town, keep reading!

Hobe Sound has a small-town village atmosphere, and there are no buildings over 2 stories high. The correct pronunciation is “Hobe” (sounds like “globe”). Its population is between 13,000 to 14,000 people. It has a great quality of living. “Move to Hobe Sound, you’ll live longer”, is the motto.

You won’t find any high-rise condos here, not on the beach, which is rare for coastal Florida. You won’t find traffic jams or long lines for restaurants. If you are looking to buy a home, they sell quickly, and it’s important you find a knowledgeable realtor to work with. Dana O’Hara Smith has over 22 years in the real estate industry as both a realtor and an appraiser.

Hobe Sound’s motto is slow growth and is surrounded by natural green areas, with an endless supply of fresh air, nature parks, bird watching, bike trails, and waves to surf. If you need a bigger city, Jupiter is 20 minutes to the south and Stuart is located 20 minutes to the north.

Hobe Sound is that quiet spot located between Jupiter and Stuart Florida.

Top 4 things to look for when buying a home in Hobe Sound

Railroad Tracks in Hobe Sound
  • #1 Noise – There are two railroad tracks that run through Hobe Sound. The railroad tracks are owned by a private firm called the Florida East Coast Railway, (FEC). The older track was built by Henry Flagler in 1912. Currently, a new track is being completed that will stretch up the coast to Orlando for a high-speed train. Basically, if you love trains or not, know where the tracks are before you buy a home.
  • #2 Flood zones – Is your home in a flood zone? Florida’s flood maps are constantly changing as well as insurance rates. Know before you owe.
  • #3 Insurance options and age of roof: Know what your insurance costs will be prior to going to the closing table, and know the age of the roof of the house you are buying. Roof age can affect the bottom line and may cost you lots of money, depending on the size and material of your roof. Insurance companies will charge higher fees for older roofs, and in many instances, they will make you replace the roof within 90 days post-closing. It’s never a dull moment shopping for insurance in Florida! Or, if you choose, going without insurance is always an option if you do not have a loan on the property
  • #4 Wells and septic tanks The water and sewer infrastructure in Hobe Sound is behind the times. Many homes have wells and/or septic tanks. The good news is you have no water or sewer bill, but realize you will have to maintain a well and the septic tank at your own cost.

Airports near Hobe Sound

Airport accessibility: If you plan to travel or have your family visit, the closest international airport is Palm Beach International.

Palm Beach International Airport is a 45-minute drive from Hobe Sound.

Fort Lauderdale- Hollywood International airport is just under 1.5 hour drive time to the airport.

Miami International Airport is a solid 2 hour drive from Hobe Sound.

Hospitals near Hobe Sound

If you are staying in Hobe Sound, and require medical care, there are two options:

Jupiter Medical is a private hospital located in Jupiter and is a 20-minute drive from Hobe Sound.

The newer Cleveland Clinic at Martin Health is located in Stuart and is a 20-minute drive north.

If you are looking for a non-emergency clinic, Martin Health at Hobe Sound is located just to the north of the Publix shopping center. This is a local clinic run by the Cleveland Clinic.

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Food lovers guide to Hobe Sound

Hobe Sound has had several new restaurants open within the past 2 years! it’s really an “up and coming” foodie destination.

The Marketplace

A new boutique gourmet take-out store “The Marketplace”, recently opened last year, and has homemade gourmet pizzas, European-style loaves of bread, sandwiches, cookies, premium olive oils, and chocolates. They also have small-batch gourmet take-out foods and REAL Italian espresso. This is more of a quick pick-up dining experience, but there are a few tables inside.

The Grille at Martins Landing

Next door to The Marketplace, is the new white linen tablecloth restaurant called The Grille at Martins Landing. They specialize in aged steaks, lamb chops, locally sourced produce, and handmade desserts. They also have a full-fledged bar for top-notch cocktails.

Taylor Beach House Cafe

Taylor Beach House Cafe has “New American” cuisine, with seafood, fresh soups, and salads with micro-greens. They also have happy hour with live music. You can sit inside, or outside under the Tiki Hut.

Kork Restaurant, Hobe Sound FL

Kork is located in Hobe Sounds original post office building, and has both indoor and outdoor dining, as well as comfy bar seating and serves up fresh seafood, sushi, and has an ever-changing menu to choose from.


Dana O'Hara Smith
Reed Real Estate

Hobe Sound, FL 33455

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