The Clegg Family Real Estate History
From the day back in 1962 when Elizabeth Nash Clegg sold her first house in Marlborough Ct., followed by the opening of her and her husband’s real estate company, The Howard B. Clegg Agency, the Clegg name has been synonymous with professional and innovative real estate service. The area’s first Realtor agency prospered and soon moved from its converted garage at the Clegg family home on School Drive to the in-town landmark 4 corners location where daughter Robin started selling houses in 1970 with son Rick began his real estate career at age 18 in 1975.
After working with his family in CT. between semesters at the University of Miami and receiving a bachelor's degree in finance and a Florida broker’s license, Rick moved from Miami to Jupiter in 1979. In 1980, Rick started working under the leadership of Chad Ragland with Illustrated Properties at The Jupiter Beach Resort. There Rick specialized in resort vacation rentals and waterfront properties.
In 1982, sensing an opportunity and having fallen in love with Jupiter, Rick, with the help of a snowbird friend turned investor founded Sherlock Home Finders.
That same year the Clegg family winter home in Tequesta, FL. (since 1976) became their permanent home as Rick’s father sold Clegg Realty in Connecticut to join forces with his son Rick in Jupiter.
Since its inception as Jupiter Florida’s first real estate company specializing in rentals and property management, Sherlock Home Finders prospered and evolved. In 1985 Holiday Homes and Investment Properties was created to assist tenants wanting to buy as well as landlords that wanted to sell. Rick continued his education by obtaining the coveted C.P.M or Certified Property Manager Designation from The Institute of Real Estate Management and served on its National faculty from 1990-94.
Rick became inspired while hiking and whitewater kayaking in The Smoky Mountains with a life long buddy began longing to spend more time outdoors on the water in 1997 he launched Jupiter's first modern day coastal ecotourism business on a riverfront property he purchased with the help of friends and family located in what is now called “The Inlet Village“. In addition to starting The Jupiter Outdoor Center, Rick moved Sherlock Home Finders from its original location on US-1 in The Shoppes of Jupiter to share the property with the JOC.
With national brands changing the real estate landscape through mergers, acquisitions and franchising; Rick knew that in order to provide his clients with one stop service he had to join forces with a National brand.
Disinterested in any National Franchises that were run as impersonal conglomerates, owned by Wall Street and beholding to shareholders, Rick turned to the one company he knew that was owned and run by a highly respected individual that was only beholding to his agents and customers.
Better yet, this company dominated the Tri-State area real estate market and where most of Sherlock's clients were from namely, CT, NY and NJ.
Rick acquired the Weichert Realtors franchise for Jupiter in 2001 and in 2002, on its 20th anniversary, Sherlock Home Finders officially became the proud owner of the first Weichert Realtors franchise in the Country.
Today there are over 500 Weichert offices in 40 states and over 50 offices throughout Florida alone.
Today Weichert Realtors Sunshine Properties not only services the buying and selling needs of Sherlock’s tenants and landlords but thanks to Sherlock's dominance and 35 years of experience in the local real estate, rental market now offers Weichert second home buyers, investors and sellers unique incentives not offered anywhere else.
In 2003, Sherlock Home Finders & Weichert Sunshine moved across the street to its present location to make way for the evolution of The kayak Cafe which since has turned into Guanabanas, a outdoor island themed restaurant open for breakfast and lunch.
In spite 3 hurricanes and daunting challenges, Ricks effort to convert Guanabanas into a one of a kind destination bar and restaurant led to unanimous Jupiter Town Council approval, the building of the parking lot on Love St., the reopening of Guanabanas in its present stage in 2009 and the spark that lit the match for the renaissance of The Inlet Village.
In 2012 Rick sold the land and his ownership in Guanabanas to his partners and moved The Jupiter Outdoor Center across the street to Charles Modica’s property on the Jupiter Inlet at 1116 Love st.
Never one to sit idle long and bored by cookie cutter homes and condos while staying true to his commitment to sustainability and innovation, Rick, in 2012 obtained a building permit for Palm Beach Counties first dwelling assembled from 40’ shipping containers on the Loxahatchee riverfront property he acquired in 1997.
Headwaters Jupiter opened in December 2014 as South Florida’s premier glamping destination.
Today, the Clegg family is proud of its rich heritage and is committed to having its nearly 70 years of innovation and experience bringing thousands of peoples and homes together; benefit your rental, property management and real estate experience.