Tiger Woods’ House on Jupiter Island, Florida
Tiger Woods’ house on Jupiter Island, Fla., makes his previous house in Windermere, Fla., seem small and cheap.
Woods and his then-wife Elin Nordegren purchased the Jupiter Island property in 2006, paying a reported $40 million for the 12-acre grounds and the 9,000-square-foot-plus beachfront home that stood on the property.
And then they tore the existing house down. While remaining in their Isleworth house in Windermere, the Woodses tore down the Jupiter Island house in order to build a new home and reshape the property.
Divorce and the Jupiter Island House Nears Completion
The Woods’ relationship ended in divorce in 2010, which happened to be the same year that the remaking of the Jupiter Island house, and the addition of a “backyard” practice facility, finally approached completion. The result can be seen in the photo: The house sits back a bit from Intracoastal Waterway, with much of the “yard” given over to a golf practice area, and the Atlantic Ocean on the other side. Woods moved into the Jupiter Island house in 2011, after Nordegren also left the Isleworth home for her new (and different) house.
The golf practice facility was first described by Florida luxury realtor and golf property expert Cary Lichtenstein, in the blog on JeffRealty.com, and his interpretation of the image above was pretty good.
The Practice Facility
But in March 2011, Tiger Woods himself described the practice facility in a blog post on his Web site. Woods, writing that he was moving into the Jupiter Island home “pretty soon,” described the practice facility as a project of Tiger Woods Design. Woods wrote:
“Working with my team, I designed the short-game facility and oversaw its construction. It features four greens, six bunkers with different depths and kinds of sand, a video center and a putting studio. If no wind is blowing, the longest club I can hit is a 7-iron. It’s also set up so I can hit shots out of my second-story studio.”
Other details revealed on TigerWoods.com include:
- The four greens are all differently contoured with turfgrass management systems in place that allows fine-tuning of green speeds
- Different types of turf are used around the facility to replicate different playing conditions
- The turf is kept at both fairway and rough heights in different locations
- It includes a “wedge range” and allows the practicing of every conceivable shot of 150 yards or less
Where Tiger Lives: More Amazing Factoids
Tiger Woods’ Jupiter Island house, for which Woods, in late 2010, took out a $50 million-plus mortgage, is one of the more expensive homes on the barrier island. Its 2006 sale price of $40 million was the highest to that point in Jupiter Island, according to Forbes.
Jupiter Island homes include some of the most expensive estates in the United States, according to Jeff Lichtenstein of JeffRealty.com, who commissioned these photos of Woods’ estate.
“Jupiter Island is home to some of the most famous and wealthiest people in the world,” said Lichtenstein. “Price ranges run from the low $2 million for an inexpensive, tear-down lot, to $65 million.” Others with properties near Woods’ Jupiter Island house include Bill Gates, Celine Dion and Greg Norman.
According to the AOL Real Estate blog, the Woods estate on Jupiter Island includes a tennis court, oxygen therapy room, a fitness center, and multiple pools. The long, slender pool in the photo above is a lap pool.
After purchasing the property for the reported $40 million, Woods (and, until their divorce, Elin Nordegren) invested another $15 million in the estate, according to the AOL Real Estate, which reported that the main house has his-and-her master baths, three bedroom suites in addition to the master, a gym, media room, basement wine cellar, and its own elevator.
A separate guest house and a detached garage are also on the property. According to some reports, Tiger Woods’ yacht, the Privacy, can be docked on the Intracoastal side of the house, if Woods so chooses.
Woods moved into the home in 2011. But in 2013, trouble with the home arose; multiple news accounts reported that the Jupiter Island house was sinking. Yes, sinking.
Foundation problems are not uncommon with Florida’s soil conditions, and they affect even the super-wealthy. Woods reportedly started noticing cracks in walls, and doors that became “sticky” as door frames shifted. He called in engineers, who recommending driving deep pilings beneath the house to stabilize it. Yep, even the super-rich have to deal with home repair problems.
Tiger Woods’ First House in Isleworth
Nearly 10 years before purchasing the Jupiter Island estate, Tiger bought his first house. In 1996, Woods purchased a home in the exclusive Isleworth community in Windermere, Fla., a suburb of Orlando.
Woods lived there alone until his relationship with Nordegren. The two married in 2004, and Woods and Nordegren lived in the Isleworth house through the end of their marriage in 2010. Woods kept the house when he and Nordegren divorced, although by that time Woods’ new home in Jupiter Island was nearing completion, and he moved out shortly after.
Woods’ Isleworth house is across the street from the driving range at Isleworth Country Club and backs up to a waterway where, in the photo above, Woods kept a couple personal watercraft docked. A swimming pool is visible in the backyard.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, in 2009 Tiger Woods’ Isleworth house in Windermere had a value of $2.4 million.
The Isleworth house became big news late in 2009 when it was the location of Woods’ car accident. Woods crashed his SUV into a fire hydrant and a tree on neighbors’ property.
Also, note that there are photos out there on the Web purporting to be of Tiger Woods’ “beachfront house”; these images show interior shots, including photos looking out large windows onto sand and surf. These photos are not of any Tiger Woods house, but of a Hawaiian vacation home that has no connection to Woods.
Woods no longer owns the Isleworth property, but another golfer does. In Summer 2012 Bubba Watson and his wife Angie purchased Tiger’s Isleworth house. The Watsons moved in March of 2013 after doing extensive renovations to the house around the needs of their young son. It is unknown what Watson’s purchase price was.