Palm Beach County of South Florida is rich with various lifestyle choices, eclectic communities, and a wide selection of real estate. Depending on your preference, the discerning home-buyer can find any type of living or livelihood in any of the communities in Palm Beach County – they just need to know where to look.
West Palm Beach
West Palm Beach is the city center of Palm Beach County in Southern Florida. It’s home to several of Southern Florida’s historic neighborhoods, including Bel-Air, Central Park, El Cid, Flamingo Park, Grandview Heights, Mango Promenade, Old Northwood, Prospect Park and many more. The city is bordered to the north by State Highway 710, to the west by Highway 7 and I-95, and extends east towards the Atlantic Coast. With a healthy population and numerous centers of commerce, West Palm Beach has made itself the commercial epicenter of the Palm Beach coast. Complete with a venerable skyline, West Palm Beach is a sprawling metropolis with a population of over 100,000. There is a wealth of shopping, activities, dining and real estate in West Palm Beach. All you have to do is look.
Palm Beach Gardens
Palm Beach gardens is one of the premiere cities in South Florida. Known for its luxury communities, golf courses, great shopping and dining, Palm Beach Gardens is home to both locals who enjoy the laid-back, luxury lifestyle and seasonal transplants. (We call them snowbirds!) Developed in the 1950s, Palm Beach Gardens was mapped out by wealthy landowner John D. MacArthur as a “garden city” oasis in a beautiful section of Southern Florida. The city, which occupies a total of 53 square miles, sits just north of West Palm Beach and is home to the PGA National Golf Course, one of its most famous communities.
Palm Beach Island
This is the real Palm Beach. Palm Beach Island is a sliver of land along the Atlantic coast and was founded in the early 1900s by oil magnates. Originally anchored as a vacation spot by the existence to two hotels, The Royal Poinciana and The Breakers, the Island of Palm Beach was predominately a getaway spot for the wealthy of the Gilded Age. The island has since been developed, and today the overall year-round population is around 15,000 people. During the colder months, the city’s population balloons to more than double its original number. Palm Beach Island remains a vacation and retirement destination with beautiful real estate, historical attractions, and pristine beaches.
Royal Palm Beach
Royal Palm Beach is a village located due west of West Palm Beach. One of the smaller communities in Palm Beach County, Royal Palm Beach was largely an uninhabited swampland until the 1950s. Today, the population of over 30,000 lives within 10 square miles located 15 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean. Royal Palm Beach is know for its many parks as well as its preservation of open, green spaces. The local government is centered around providing services to their residents. As such, Royal Palm Beach is known as a great place to live for families and those who prefer community-centered activities over urban entertainments.
Palm Beach Shores
Palm Beach Shores is one of the smallest communities in Palm Beach County. Located north of Palm Beach Island on the souther tip of Singer Island, Palm Beach Shores is a town of nearly 2,000 people. It is separated from the larger Palm Beach Island (to the south) by the Palm Beach Inlet. The Palm Beach Shores community is dotted with homes, resorts, and country clubs. Containing Palm Beach County’s easternmost point, the Palm Beach Shores occupies an area of less than half a mile and has a tight-knit neighborhood feel.
North Palm Beach
North Palm Beach is a village in northern Palm Beach County. Located east of Palm Beach Gardens, North Palm Beach runs right up to the Atlantic coast. Developed alongside Palm Beach Gardens, North Palm Beach is known today as a golfer’s haven. In 2006, longtime resident, Jack Nicklaus opened up a personally-designed public course for the residents of North Palm Beach. It is also home to the John D. MacArthur Beach State Park which is a 225 acre natural preserve. It has been a true real estate destination since its inception, winning an award from the National Association of Homebuilders in 1956.
South Palm Beach
South Palm Beach is a small island town located on the southern end of Palm Beach County, east of Boynton Beach and Lake Worth. It’s nearly 2,000 residents are scattered across a land area of 0.3 square miles, surrounded by water to the west and east by Lake Worth and the Atlantic Ocean, respectively. Ocean Blvd. and State Highway A1A both run through South Palm Beach, making it the ideal place to cruise up and down with views on either side of the dash. Comprised of mostly local businesses, the only commercial business was the Palm Beach Oceanfront Inn until it was recently foreclosed. Real estate in South Palm Beach is predominately known for a wide selection of apartments and condos that line Ocean Blvd., however luxury homes and estates are also in high demand.