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Friday, December 30, 2005
Woods eying $40 million property on Jupiter Island

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It looks like Tiger Woods may have found himself an appropriate gift to celebrate his 30th birthday: a 10-acre oceanfront property on Jupiter Island, Fla. with a price tag of an estimated $40 million, the Palm Beach Post reported Friday.

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Woods, who turned 30 on Friday, reportedly has agreed to purchase the property, which runs from the Intracoastal Waterway to the Atlantic Ocean, and currently includes four houses -- the main house, two guest houses and a beach house -- as well as two boat docks, the newspaper reported.

"It's a really high price and everyone's blown away," said Chappy Adams, president of Illustrated Properties in Palm Beach Gardens, which is not involved in the transaction.

Real estate agents familiar with the deal said that Woods, who earned $89.4 million in 2004 in endorsements and tournament winnings, intends to tear down the 13-year-old main house in the 400 block of South Beach Road.

"The main house is in very good condition, but I'd think that someone who paid that much would want to put their own stamp on it," Jupiter area real estate agent Dolly Peters said. "I'd be surprised if he didn't tear it down."

According to the report, it's a record sale for a community described by Forbes magazine as America's "Most Expensive ZIP Code."

Woods reportedly has been looking for a home on the water all year. According to the report, Woods and his wife, the former Elin Nordegren, have been especially interested in northern Palm Beach County and southern Martin County, because golfer Jesper Parnevik and his wife, Mia, live in Jupiter's Indian Hills.

Elin Woods was the Parneviks' nanny when she met her future husband in 2003, the Post reported. They married last year.