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Jupiter Island mansion sold for a drastically reduced price after nearly four years on the market.  International icon, Céline Dion, has finally found the perfect buyer for her multimillion-dollar home.  After trying to sell her Florida estate for $72.5 million for years it will now finally close for $38.5 million.

Dion and her husband, René Angélil, built the stunning oceanfront mansion in 2010.  Sadly, Angélil, died of cancer last year.

A Canadian real estate broker helped sell the property, along with a real estate broker in Florida. The identify the new owner has not been disclosed but said the American buyer wanted the property as a vacation home. The $38.5 million transaction finalized last week.

For more information on other homes

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When I grew up, Saturday entailed us mowing and weeding.  Not quite my American dream, or that of my brothers as young teens, but we had a lush green lawn and it was every suburbanites dream. To some, a lawn is the crowning glory of their South Florida home. Yet to others it is a tremendous hit on their checkbook.

Everyone loves the appearance of an impeccable lawn.  Don’t you enjoy the smell of fresh cut grass and the feel of it under bare feet.  The cost to maintain it, mowing, edger’s, mowers, aerators, chemicals and fertilizers.  This is the bare minimum to achieve a beautiful lawn or hiring a lawn service.

Lawn service can be a tremendous hit on the checkbook. Studies show that well maintained landscaping can add 15% to the value of a home. 

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Every Thursday enjoy a sunset walk along the docks to see local artists, merchants and their products overlooking scenic Peanut Island. You’ll be able to find silver and gold jewelry, unique blown glass, wooden sculptures and pottery

Enjoy live music at the Sunset Celebration at the Sailfish Marina.  Clark Rodriguez, a well-known local musician, plays Jimmy Buffet style music.  Jimmy Buffet tunes and/or steel drums playing on the boardwalk is a regular Thursday occurrence as the sun sets vividly in the sky. Spot lazy pelicans bobbing around in the water hopping to catch a scrap of fish food. You can buy fish food from the ship’s store and toss it to the fish eagerly waiting at the docks. On any Thursday evening, you may find wood sculpture, pottery,

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A healthy lifestyle is crucial to a long and healthy life. Developing healthy eating habits is not as baffling or as restrictive as many people imagine. The essential steps are to eat mostly foods derived from plants such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes and limit highly processed food. Most people in Palm Beach County strive to have a healthy lifestyle.

Vegetarian diets are low in cholesterol, saturated fats, high in fiber and folate, with zero animal protein.  It has been studied that in western countries most vegetarians live longer than most non-vegetarians live. They have substantially reduced risks for heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure and reduced risks for such cancers, particularly lung cancer and colon cancer.

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Enjoy springtime in Palm Beach County by attending one of the area’s Easter Egg Hunts from Jupiter to Delray Beach.  April is an exciting and fun month to celebrate with spring festivals and egg hunts for the entire family.  Easter bunnies, colorful baskets and running around for decorated eggs are not the only things planned, there are many other fun family-friendly events to engage in.

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JUPITER EASTER EGG HUNT

When: Saturday, April 15, 2017

Where: Jupiter Community Park, 3377 Church Street, Jupiter

Details: 9:30 a.m. The hunts are for children 10 and younger, who will be divided into the following age groups: 1 & younger, 2-3, 4-6, 7-10. The family event will have

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Gardens are beautiful and butterflies seemingly bring the garden to “life” with fluttery movement from plant to plant. South Florida is a great area to have a butterfly garden. Butterfly gardens come in all shapes and sizes. It can begin in a single pot or a plot of land. It is possible to add a few plants to a couple of beds or a window box or transform an existing garden.

A garden full of butterflies requires a good mix of butterfly nectar and select plants so that butterflies will not only be attracted to your shrubbery for a drink, but they will also lay eggs. This provides a place for the entire butterfly life cycle to ensue.

The butterfly life cycle includes various stages: eggs, caterpillars, chrysalis and finally, butterflies. All the

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The Keep America Beautiful “Great American Cleanup” is the nation’s largest community improvement program where every community is a clean, green and beautiful place to live.  It is a national network of affiliates and partners that work with over 5 million volunteers throughout the country that act every day to advance and beautify their community environment. 

Keep America Beautiful is a nonprofit organization that imagines a country munity improvement program, appealing to more than 5 million volunteers every year to create positive change and lasting impact in local communities.

Palm Beach County participates in this initiative annually.  Here, in the Town of Jupiter, is a nonprofit group “Friends of Jupiter Beach” which also participates

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When staging your Palm Beach County home for sale, your furniture placement will be adjusted to invite buyers into the property and allow them to walk freely in the room and then pass to the next.  It may not be the layout you prefer or use, but it is to facilitate the sale of your house.

 Ideally, a home stager can be your ace in the hole to sell quickly. The home stager will suggest to you what stays and goes, what to put away and what needs to be upgraded.  According to the National Association of Realtors, home stagers start with an “evaluation in which they’ll review your home from curbside to back fence offering a list of instructions and suggested enhancements, changes and upgrades for you to get done.”

The goal of staging is to showcase

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Frenchman’s Reserve is a prestigious golfing community situated in Palm Beach Gardens. Homes are influenced by the Mediterranean Revival, as well as the Addison Mizner-designed Palm Beach mansions. Toll Brothers, Frenchman's Reserve, combines unbelievable golf with exceptionally built homes by top builders.  The gated community consists of 392 single-family homes plus 56 coach homes on 424 acres.

An Arnold Palmer Signature designed golf course is on the Frenchman’s Reserve premises. The signature course has the decisive look of an Arnold Palmer guarantee of uncompromising ideals in golf course design. Described as “large, subtle greens and fairways lined with tall Florida pines and colorful wildflowers, the course enhances the beauty of the lush

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One of the many reasons to reside in South Florida or live seasonally is the beauty and abundance of waterways.  Nothing is more serene than gazing out your backyard and see the sunshine glistening on the water behind the house knowing it is at your beck and call.

The climate in South Florida is almost always conducive to fishing, leisure boating, swimming or watersport activity.  To keep Palm Beach County waterways safe the Florida Wildlife Commission encourages boating safety courses. 

The U.S. Coast Guard's Boating Safety Division also supports this concept.  The Coast Guard's Boating Safety Division is dedicated to “reducing loss of life, injuries, and property damage that occur on U.S. waterways by improving the knowledge, skills, and

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