Originally established to house servants working on the grand hotels in Palm Beach, the city of West Palm Beach, Florida has come a long way since its humble roots. Developed by Standard Oil tycoon and Florida East Coast Railway developer Henry Flagler, the real estate quickly developed into a “winter haven” as well as an ideal year-round place to live.
With its lovely scenery, hip downtown atmosphere, perfect year-round weather, and convenient location, it is no surprise why West Palm Beach is a popular choice for those looking for an urban lifestyle near the beach. Situated on the Atlantic coast in southeast Florida, West Palm Beach is the most populous city in Palm Beach County with approximately 100,000 residents.
Real estate in West Palm Beach includes waterfront condos, villas and townhomes, golf course homes, and single family residences. Many of the luxurious condo structures are located in the downtown district on historic Clematis Street, along the Intracoastal Waterway on Flagler, or near iconic City Place, an open-air venue that features high end retail stores and restaurants. Read More
City Place is also home to the Harriet Himmel Theater, a cultural center that presents plays and hosts personal and corporate events; the AMC CityPlace 20, a luxurious cinema that serves food and spirits at its own MacGuffins Bar; and the Palm Beach Improv, a popular place for the nation’s most notorious comedians such as Marlon Wayans, David Spade, and Sinbad. Condos within City Place include The Prado, Two City Plaza, and City Place South Tower. With a similar urbanscape, condos along Clematis Street and downtown West Palm Beach include 610 Clematis, 101 Lofts, and the Metropolitan. These communities are popular for young adults and for college students who attend nearby Palm Beach Atlantic University. Boasting beautiful views of the Intracoastal Waterway and Palm Beach Yacht Club and Marina, waterfront condos in West Palm Beach include Waterview Towers, Trump Plaza, and The Slade.
Single family homes near downtown include the prestigious and historic Bel Air Historic District, Central Park, Flamingo Park and El Cid neighborhoods. These communities commonly feature Mediterranean-inspired estates or Spanish-style mission homes. Crafted in the mid 1920s, the unique architecture is timeless design and the renovated interior space reflects South Florida sophistication. Other established neighborhoods, which are located west of I-95, include Andros Isle, the Estates of Pioneer Lakes, and Briar Bay to name a few. Golf and tennis enthusiasts have numerous choices for country club communities including Bear Lakes, Bayhill Estates, Banyan Cay, Breakers West, Ibis Golf and Country Club, and Ironhorse. Not only do golf homes in these communities feature well-manicured, championship courses, but they also boast tennis courts, grand clubhouses, and resort-style swimming pools.
Not surprising, recreation in West Palm Beach centers around its two main attractions: the crystal blue saltwater and the bright green golf courses. West Palm Beach, and the surrounding towns, are well-known for its plentiful fishing holes, watercraft sports, and white sand beaches. On the weekend, locals enjoy hanging out the sandbar near Peanut Island, snorkeling under the Blue Heron Bridge, or exploring the tidal canals. Because West Palm is close to the gulf stream, anglers can catch prize-worthy fish just a few miles offshore. For beachgoers, popular spots include nearby Palm Beach, Riviera Beach, or Singer Island. In addition to its pristine waterways, West Palm Beach is also widely known as a golf mecca. Public courses here include Lone Pine Golf Course, West Palm Beach Golf Course, and Banyan Cay Golf Resort, which features a newly designed Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course. Private courses in West Palm Beach include Bear Lakes, Emerald Dunes, Trump International, and Ibis Golf Club to name a few.
Apart from water and golf, West Palm Beach has several entertainment venues including the Meyer Amphitheater, a 10,000 square foot facility with waterfront views; the Raymond Kravis Center for Performing Arts, a cultural complex that presents numerous broadway shows, local plays, ballets, musicians, and operas each year; and the Perfect Vodka Amphitheater, an open-air venue located at the South Florida Fairgrounds that is used for well-known bands and musicians. Other family-friendly attractions in West Palm Beach include the Palm Beach Zoo, Lion Country Safari, and the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium.
Not surprisingly, West Palm Beach has a vibrant nightlife. Clematis Street has a host of hip dives including Roxy’s, O’Shea’s Irish Pub, Grease Burger Bar, and Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar. Of course, City Place has numerous restaurants and bars as well, including the Blue Martini, City Cellar Wine Bar, City Tap House, Copper Blues Rock Pub, and Cabo Flats Cantina to name a few. City Place frequently features live music in the courtyard and plenty of outdoor seating for patrons to enjoy the warm evenings with a refreshing drink.
Schools in West Palm Beach include several highly ranked public institutions and unique charter schools such as the Palm Beach Maritime Academy, Renaissance Charter school, Florida Futures Academy, and Seagull Academy. Private school options in West Palm Beach include King’s Academy, Palm Beach Day Academy, Summit Christian School, Berean Christian School, Rosarian School, and Cardinal Newman High School.
Though West Palm Beach continues to experience steady growth, its amenities, parks, and recreation remain top notch. For this reason and many others, West Palm Beach is an attractive area for families of all ages.
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