West Palm Beach home sales (and its population) have grown very steadily in recent years (see our recent blog post about the market). But what has gone down is the average age of its residents. The average age has fallen to 39! West Palm Beach is no longer just a resort town. It is a vibrant year-round community that has exploded in popularity. Palm Beach County itself has become a center for national and international business and commerce with three main corporate hubs, located in Palm Beach Gardens, Boca Raton, and Downtown West Palm Beach. Companies continue to relocate their offices and headquarters here at a rapid pace.
Homes prices range from about $500,000 to several million dollars. Condos range from about $300,000 also to several million dollars.
Some of its most well-known neighborhoods are El Cid, Southend (better known as So So – for “south of Southern Bridge”), Prospect Park, Flamingo Park, Old Northwood, Grandview Heights, and many others. It is also home to some of the best gated communities and top tier golf clubs in the United States.
West Palm Beach has become a magnet for people relocating from all over the country, and the world. They come for career opportunities, the lack of state income tax, the consistent beautiful weather, year-round outdoor sports and healthy lifestyle, glistening beaches, exciting nightlife, and world class restaurants.
While West Palm Beach has fabulous access to nearby beaches and breathtaking views of the ocean, it is not actually on the ocean. It is on the magnificent Intracoastal Waterway which separates it from Palm Beach —the barrier island situated directly on the Atlantic coastline. West Palm Beach is connected to Palm Beach by three short bridges. So shopping and dining on the world-famous Worth Ave, or swimming in its cerulean waters, are just a stone’s throw away.
The famous Clematis Street district has long been the center of Downtown West Palm Beach with fabulous restaurants, shops, parks, and condominiums overlooking the yachts that dot the Intracoastal Waterway. Then came City Place (since re-named Rosemary Square) with arts & entertainment venues including the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. In 2018, the Grandview Public Market opened —a former warehouse district in Grandview Heights that was converted to a hip open air market with dining and music in the evenings. Next up —coming in 2024, is the new NORA District which will be an upscale walkable mixed-use area offering valet parking and golf cart transport for shoppers, diners, and night-time club-goers.
There is access to world-class museums including The Norton Museum and the Flagler Museum. The Norton Museum features over 8200 works in American, European, and Chinese Art, as well as the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens. The Flagler Museum on Palm Beach is a 75 room, 100,000 square foot museum located in the breathtaking, gilded-age former residence of Henry Flagler. Flagler Drive, which runs along West Palm Beach’s waterfront, is named after him.
The choice of schools in West Palm beach is very wide and varied with public, private, and alternative choices depending on your child’s needs.
West Palm Beach is an angler’s paradise with some of the best fishing in the world. Sailfish, tuna, tarpon, snook, snapper, and dolphin are some of the popular catches. And there are plenty of charters to nearby Bahamas and Florida Keys.
The New York Times and Architectural Digest have heralded Antique Row Art & Design District in West Palm Beach as one of the East Coasts’ premier design centers. It features over 40 antique shops, cutting edge modern furnishings, fine arts, art galleries, great restaurants and so much more. Designers come to Antique Row from all over the country. It is located between Belvedere Road and Southern Boulevard.