We All Dream in Gold ®
We All Dream in Gold ®
Town of Palm Beach Proper
Palm Beach is the center of the universe. The Town of Palm Beach, a long and narrow stretch of real estate with several distinct areas, was incorporated on April 17, 1911.
The posh sliver of land known as the tony Town of Palm Beach is synonymous with wealth, power, privilege. Captains of industry, celebrities, blue bloods, royals, rock stars, tycoons, banking and Wall Street elite, the noble and ignoble alike, populate the tiny cloistered community. The sandbar island of swaying palm trees and cloistered mansions hits the mark as an exclusive “status symbol” place to call home. Single-family-home residents feel the sequestered safety and ultimate shelter of a set-apart guard-gate community, an island, without HOA governing board intrusions and restrictions, and no “approval” needed.
Some call the Town a refuge from prying eyes, a cloistered place of respite from the troubles of the world.
The storied Town is home to some of the world’s priciest real estate. The sparkling blue Atlantic Ocean and yacht-trafficked Intracoastal Waterway frame the narrow sliver of land, making it a world unto itself. The ultra-high-net-worth 33480 zip code is “one of the most successful urban places that Americans have created in the 20th Century.”
The cultured town of millionaires and billionaires is home to a many Forbes 400 notables.
So how did the town get its name? On January 9, 1878, the Spanish brig Providencia bound from Mexico to Spain with a cargo of 20,000 coconuts ran aground just off-shore of a sparsely populated barrier island in the Lake Worth region. Local settlers from the pioneer era planted the coconuts and within a decade the area was filled with coconut palm trees. not native to Florida. Voila! The island soon had a new name — Palm Beach.
When one imagines postcard-picturesque Palm Beach real estate, images of coconut palms, gated properties, lush landscaping, historic estates, Spanish-style shops, sandy beaches and famed Worth Avenue emerge. The warm blue waters of the shimmering Atlantic Ocean also come to mind.
Palm Beach is a slice of paradise; it is a privileged Eden for those whom can afford the cost to buy a piece of utopia.
Here the most prized and sought-after real estate in the country ranges from cozy cottages to ultimate palatial splendor, all with a unique and hard-to-find small-town feel and charm. The Town’s great Old World estates, exquisite homes, waterfront condominiums and choice townhomes are second to none.
The luxury community standing apart from the mainland offers the best in world-class living…there is only one Palm Beach.
Palm Beach’s generation after generation of celebrated beauty, idyllic lifestyle, rich history, grand residents and renowned amenities are known the world over. The diverse community attracts full-time and part-time residents, most dedicated to philanthropy and the arts, and those who relish ocean activities, golf, tennis, world-class shopping, dining, entertainment and the camaraderie of private social and sporting Clubs, for the most discerning.
Indeed, the oceanfront enclave is recognized for its lively social scene and host of diverse philanthropic events throughout the “Season,” and nowadays even Off-Season. A nonstop calendar of High Society swirls and soirees and charitable events exist for those who seek it. Those who are antisocial and even colorfully eccentric also feel quite at ease, at home and happy in Palm Beach.
Distinctive Palm Beach was developed in the early 1880s by Henry M. Flagler. The wealthy Northern industrialist founded the Town of Palm Beach with the extension of Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railway ("FEC"). Enchanted by the warm balmy weather and tropical environment, he envisioned Palm Beach as a playground for wealthy Northerners during the cold winter months. Flagler thought an elegant and lavish hotel would entice his Northern guests to spend the winter. He completed the Royal Poinciana Hotel in 1894 and the Breakers Hotel in 1901. The Town became the winter retreat for a new kind of American royalty with tremendous newfound wealth and the desire to display it to the world. The estates were inspired by Europe’s grand, stately palaces.
The resort Town with lavish hotels and opulent residences attracted winter residents who commissioned some of the grandest homes from the most well-known architects of the time to showcase their wealth. Today, affluent home buyers whose wealth is steadily increasingly view the island as a picture-perfect tax haven.
Residents of Palm Beach donate more money per capita to charities than any other community in America.
Early architects with a direct influence the Town’s current-day character include the legendary Addison Mizner, Maurice Fatio, John Volk, Howard Major, among others. They created a luxury resort Town set amid the magnificent tropical-climate destination, nestled amid a soothing backdrop of green foliage and magnificent gardens. Joseph Urban, Marion Sims Wyeth, Clarence Mack and Bob Gottfried all left their signature mark on the Town.
The island, an international small-town mecca, may be best known for its landmark Mizner mansions and renown “Mizner-esque” look of Spanish Colonial Revival and Mediterranean Revival. Recognizable masterpiece homes called “castles in the air” are gorgeous pink stucco palaces with arcades, wrought-iron balconies, and terra-cotta-tile roofs, with a special charm to these dwellings, in a land of Florida-style tropical beauty. Classic Bermuda, British Colonial, Georgian, Italianate, Monterey, Modernist and Regency architecture also populate the island.
The Sunshine State; South Florida; the Gold Coast.
With a changing of the guards, Palm Beach has also entered a new era of demolishing old structures versus historical preservation, in favor of new construction.
With its acclaimed graceful elegance, lavish cosmopolitan culture and lively social climate, Palm Beach lifestyle is considered to be the best of the best, the supreme place to live and play. Nothing quite like it.
Palm Beach is a 16-mile-long barrier island and three blocks wide. Yes, less than a mile across. Three bridges connect it to West Palm Beach, Lake Worth and Manalapan mainland.
West Palm Beach International Airport is just 10 minutes way. Beyond commercial flights, the airport is ringed by a variety of FBOs that serve private aircraft. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Miami International Airport and are a short drive away.
Every destination is near to Palm Beach.
All roads lead to Palm Beach.
Yes, the sun shines, palms sway in the breeze and big fish bite in the Atlantic—welcome to another glorious day Palm Beaches. From sea captains to captains of industry, the history, the glamor, the important landmarks and the centers of power, are all here, the ease of an affluent life in the tropics, where the wealth of the world rub elbows.
The ultimate seaside luxury resort Town of palm-lined streets is home to full-time and part-time residents. The year-round community is approximately 10,000 with the population swelling to nearly 30,000 in-season. Prize Palm Beach trophy homes can sell for upwards of $100 million.
Palm Beachers divide the Town into four sections. The North End (Wells Road and North to the Inlet), In-Town/Mid-Town (Worth Avenue to Wells Road), the Estate Section (South of Worth Avenue to Sloan’s Curve) and South of Sloan’s Curve (South to the end of South Palm Beach). Each particular area offers a distinctive feel, a diverse environment and appeals to different buyers. Manalapan oceanfront estates are located South of the Town of Palm Beach proper (“Out of Town”).
North End (Town of Palm Beach)
The North End is a particularly family-friendly and favorite residential neighborhood, known for its single-family-home suburban feel and relaxed, beach lifestyle. The area is purely residential, without commercial development. Palatial estates and Old-World Palm Beach mansions line the Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway, while the beloved manicured side streets contain a generous mix of all sizes, styles and circa homes.
The North section of the island offers a variety of one- and two-story homes from classic Bermuda to French Normandy, British West Indies to Regency, Contemporary to Colonial, and everything in between, ranging in size from 1,200 to more than 35,000 square feet. The locale is noted to have the best and widest beaches in Town.
The waterfront Bike Trail is a popular gathering spot for locals to walk, bike and rollerblade, and most North End homes have private deeded beach rights. Nearly every street also has erected a private beach cabana, exclusively for the use of residents, for neighborhood get-togethers, parties, grilling and picnics.
Zoning in this area of Palm Beach Island prohibits condominiums, multi-family homes, townhomes and commercial properties/businesses, other than the area’s private Clubs, offering tennis, croquet and golf. Noteworthy places include the Beach Club, Palm Beach Country Club and Sailfish Club.
In-Town/Midtown Homes (Town of Palm Beach)
Many consider Midtown to be the heart of Palm Beach proper. Residents enjoy the pleasant urban feel of being able to walk and bike to nearby restaurants, shops and multiple houses of worship.
This close-in neighborhood offers the benefits of city living while retaining Palm Beach’s unique character and enchanting island atmosphere. From lavishly large homes to elegant low-rise condos and townhomes, from five-star restaurants to storybook beaches and beach bungalows, Midtown has something for everyone.
This part of town is also home to the historic Henry Flagler museum, in addition to a distinguished array of beautiful shops and lively events.
In-Town/Midtown is more of a “Hamptons-type” lifestyle near Main Street, with an illustrious mixture of historic and new homes, multi-family dwellings and cottages. Many homes have stand-alone guest houses and/or garage apartments.
The centerpiece section of this resort town features an array of breathtaking landmark properties largely built in the 20’s built by Palm Beach master architects. Residences in this area of Time boast a sense of a close-knit neighborhood, convenience, true walkability and a sense of place.
Characteristic architectural types of the area span wood-frame beach houses, Beaux Art, Arts and Crafts, Mission style, Art Deco, Mediterranean, and more, understated elegance, with Gatsby-esque pools and gardens.
Midtown also lays claim to the Palm-frond lined commercial district of Worth Avenue, with its charming and architecturally significant “vias” and timeless plazas, the perfect spot for world-renown shopping and dining in a host of outstanding restaurants; all within walking distance: the Everglades Club, Chesterfield Hotel, Brazilian Court and Worth Avenue.
Worth Avenue is one of the most beautiful shopping venues in the country, with its European sophistication and inimitable style and grace.
The Royal Poinciana Plaza’s renaissance is now complete, revealing a jewel-box oasis and global destination for true luxury, delicious food, and pure fun, and an eclectic tenant mix of hand-selected brands.
Noteworthy places include Bethesda by the Sea Episcopal, Flagler Museum (Whitehall), St. Edward Catholic Church, Temple Emmanuel, Society of the Four Arts, The Breakers Hotel & Ocean Golf Course, the Everglades Club.
Estate Section (Town of Palm Beach)
Located just south of Worth Avenue, the Estate Section is home to some of Palm Beach’s grandest, most romantic and opulent homes. It is so named as many of the town's earliest large estates, trophy homes built here in the 1920s for some of the world's wealthiest families. It is the most exclusive section of the island. Today, few of the major ocean-to-Intracoastal estates remain intact. Most were subdivided over the past century into smaller parcels, yet the Estate Section still retains a certain cachet, as it maintains the Island’s lowest density zoning. Some properties still grace and spread across multiple acres, whereas Estate Section real estate parcels here comprise one-half acre or more.
The Estate Section of Palm Beach is best known for its extravagant estates, homes with names, many built in the 20s as palatial winter retreats. All of Palm Beach is home to a long list of famous names, Old Money and New Money alike, but this area in particular is well-known for its breathtaking ocean-side-paradise residences and A-Listers.
Many Estate Section properties feature Golden-Era drama, lavish estates sprung from the Gilded age, homes replete with one-of-a-kind architecture splendor, formal gardens, artfully manicured hedges, walls, wrought iron, fountainsand gated entries. The historic homes in this area have architectural pedigrees with such names as Mizner, Wyeth, Fatio and Volk.This exclusive section of Town lends itself to a private elegant lifestyle.
This area of town has no commercial development, save for the Everglades Club golf course, and record-breaking sale prices. The Estate section is the place to hunt for a grand historic landmark Addison Mizner or a stunning newly-built estate.
Noteworthy places include the Colony Hotel and the Everglades Golf Course.
Sloan’s Curve South to Manalapan (Town of Palm Beach)
Just South of the Estate Section, along South Ocean Boulevard, is an exclusive 3-mile strip of land where posh condominiums line the Atlantic and the Intracoastal Waterway. Most of the apartments afford fabulous views of the ocean or the Intracoastal. This distinctive community offers a swanky to casual lifestyle. You can wear your bathing suit most days of the year. Miles of sandy beaches are wonderful for walking, swimming and enjoying the ocean breezes in this luxe winter playground, with year-around amenities.
Noteworthy places include the Four Seasons Resort and Palm Beach Par-3 Golf Course.
Manalapan is a small beachside community in Palm Beach County, Florida. Consisting of only 2.4 square miles, it is divided into two separate areas linked only by water. This quiet Town is one of unparalleled beauty and $100-million-dollar estates. Manalapan is bordered to the Intracoastal Waterway (known locally as Lake Worth Lagoon), South Lake Worth Inlet (known locally as Boynton Inlet) and the Atlantic Ocean.