We All Dream in Gold ®
We All Dream in Gold ®
West Palm Beach Mainland
Downtown West Palm Beach
Live, work and play in paradise. West Palm Beach is the oldest and one of the most historically rich cities in South Florida. In fact, it was incorporated before Miami. West Palm Beach is one of the hottest “It” spots in the country, to live and work. Hip and chic, it is the hub of dynamic dining, glittering gatherings, world-class shopping, performing arts, nightlife and a unique art scene.
Residents enjoy a diversity of music venues, cultural offerings and museums with intriguing collections, just outside the front-door. The district is filled with restaurants, shops, professional offices, bars and clubs. The exciting downtown surround draws residents from across the globe.
Downtown West Palm Beach living has everything any great city needs. Food, Culture, Arts, all sitting on the water with almost perfect year-round weather. While single-family homes are few, Apartment living is king Downtown. Leave the car in the garage, you can pretty much walk everywhere you need to go.
The vibrant “small cityscape within a city” offers the distinct cultural advantages and benefit of a much larger metropolitan city but with five-star livability and compactness. A home can be found to fit every size pocketbook and wallet. Penthouse condos with a $10-$40 million price-tag and a $13 million waterfront spec home are true game-changers, vaulting the chic and much-sought locale into a whole new era and arena of prominence.
The sister town to the across-the-bridge-and-Intracoastal-Waterway Island of Palm Beach proper, West Palm boasts its own share of prominent socialites and moguls, black-tie parties and cocktails, diamonds and big money. The lively urbanscape neighborhood appeals to a mix of millennials, young families and former CEOs, starting new life adventures.
Downtown living provides convenient access to everything, whether by foot, bike, car or rail. West Palm Beach is one of the oldest cities in South Florida. The adjacent and interspersed historic areas have a distinctive tropical ambiance, combining historic Spanish Colonial Revival influence with the updated sleek beauty of contemporary buildings and a distinctive skyline.
Known to be a pet-friendly downtown, the location offers the ultimate in luxury high-rise condo living. A variety of chic buildings, the hippest addresses, feature dramatic waterfront views. Valet parking is as commonplace as rooftop panoramic views of the city, Intracoastal Waterway and ocean.
The setting’s “New Urbanism” also spans townhomes, rental apartments and true lofts, located smack in the center of town. Clematis Street, City Place and the reimagined waterfront are points of interest.
The loose-boundary area grid spans the Intracoastal to the either side of Okeechobee Boulevard, to Australian Boulevard, and over to North Flagler Drive.
Flamingo Park is a living, breathing, historical West Palm Beach neighborhooddesignated a U.S. Historic District. Most of the single-family homes were built in the 1920’s in the style of Addison Mizner and his protégés. The historic homes of Flamingo Park are recognized by their architecture – with 20s-boom-era Spanish Mission, Mediterranean Revival and Ranch-style layouts being the predominant style of the early 20th century.
The historic neighborhoods are something to marvel at, Flamingo Park being one. These neighborhoods began as industrial magnates such as Flagler settled into the Town of Palm Beach proper. Their servants and related business owners needed homes, of course, and thus, West Palm Beach was founded. Today, many of those homes from the 1900s and 1920s remain in stunningly pristine condition. Many of Mediterranean houses are situated along the high ridge line.
The Historic Residential District of tree-lined streets offers an eclectic array of Spanish Mission and Mediterranean styles and taste homes, many properties reflecting the vibe of a manicured “mini-Palm Beach estate.” The close-knit neighborhood’s visual aesthetics are nothing short of magazine- and film-worthy.
Flamingo Park is big in character, with its neighborly vibe and eclectic mix of historic homes. Namesake Flamingo signs and imagery abounds. A variety of Flamingo Park homes feature guest cottages, and garage apartments, and higher density zoning allows for some multi-family properties. Howard Park, Dog Park and the Armory Art Community Center, with its many classes and activities, are popular spots. The area is close to Downtown West Palm Beach and the historic Dixie Highway Arts and Antiques shopping district.
The district is bounded by Park Place, Parker Avenue, Belvedere Road and Florida Avenue.
If there weren’t signs to mark where Flamingo Park ends and Grandview Heights begins, one would be hard pressed to figure it out. Located just to the north of Flamingo park, Grandview heights is a small enclave of historic single- and multi-family homes with unique style and characteristics, an historic area with the same charm as its neighboring historic districts. It is a U.S. Historic District.
In addition to a collection of Mediterranean revival-style homes, Craftsman-style bungalows abound. Several small hotels and bed and breakfast establishments exist. Chic South Beach-style new modern townhomes have also been introduced to the landscape.
Grandview Heights is within walking and biking distance to City Place and downtown West Palm Beach. The neighborhood stretches from South Dixie Highway to Parker Avenue, making up a long swatch.
Notably, Grandview Heights is a great neighborhood if you have children in school K-12, as in the Island of Palm Beach’s Public-School District (ranked among Florida’s top performing public schools) includes this zone.
These old in-tact historic neighborhoods were once 1920s “home” to ministers, downtown shopkeepers and the craftsmen who built Palm Beach’s luxury hotels of Palm Beach.
Park Place, Alabama Avenue, M Street, and Lake Avenue are the District’s boundary streets.
Mango Park Promenade is a tiny Historic District adjacent to El Cid. Eye-fetching historic cottages and bungalows enfolded into an urban downtown setting exude a distinctive Key West vibe. Restored properties can sell for upwards of half a million to more than a million. Notable residents include artists, musicians and writers.
The district is bounded by South Dixie Highway, Austin Lane, Coconut Land and Cranesnest Way.
The district is bounded by South Dixie Highway, Austin Lane, Coconut Land and Cranesnest Way.
El Cid is one of West Palm Beach’s most coveted neighborhoods. It is the most closely linked to the Town of Palm Beach proper. In fact, a variety of residents move back and forth to and from the Island. The U.S. Historic District hugs the Intracoastal and South Flagler Drive and is bordered by Dixie Highway.
Many homes were built between 1920 and 1940, whereas the El Cid Neighborhood was primarily a product of the 1920’s Land Boom. When Pittsburgh socialite Jay Phipps began to develop the once-time pineapple fields, affluent political and social leaders dominated the community’s development.
Exquisite timeless restoration and preservation of historic properties continues to be the most popular approach with buyers and owners, newcomers and old-timers alike. Numerous properties feature detached guest quarters and/or over-the-garage living spaces, which was popular in West Palm Beach’s early 20th-century homes.
The majority of El Cid homes are in the Mediterranean Revival and Mission architectural styles. However, Monterey, Art Moderne, American Foursquare, Frame and Masonry Vernacular styles can be found. With a concentration of outstanding period architecture combined with the community’s dedication to preserving its historical authenticity, the neighborhood attracts an upper echelon of wealthy, worldly and sophisticated international residents.
The district is bounded by Flamingo Drive, South Flagler Drive, Dyer Road and South Dixie Highway.
One of the city’s oldest and most historic neighborhoods, Prospect Park exudes old world charm combined with modern amenities. Prospect Park is a U.S. Historic District adjacent to El Cid. Established in 1920, many of the homes in Prospect Park were built between 1922 and 1945.
These iconic Florida homes offer home buyers the opportunity to acquire homes with a history. Mediterranean homes of varying square-footage sizes with spacious grounds, many with separate guest cottages, just off the Intracoastal, can be found in this history-rich neighborhood. This area originally consisted of mostly smaller estates for prominent businesspeople and northern investors.
Thanks to a high level of homeownership pride in Prospect Park, most of the homes in this iconic neighborhood boast have already had renovation, if not multiple restorations.
Monroe Drive, South Flagler Drive, South Dixie Highway and Monceaux Road are the Prospect Park boundary streets.
Southland Park is an extension of Prospect Park. The area is a U.S. Historic District. Early 20th-century charm is abundant as you drive through Southland Park, one of West Palm Beach’s most appealing historic neighborhoods. The area is reminiscent of a 1920’s era Palm Beach, in which steel and railroad magnets claimed land and called this quiet serene land by the water home.
Most Southland Park homes were built before 1941, and dominant architectural stylings from this period are everywhere you look, but 50s ranch homes are also evident. Mediterranean Revival-style homes can be found from South Dixie to Flagler. These historic homes feature signature elements such as Terracotta roofs, elegant and spacious courtyards, surrounded by arcade patios, and custom tile and iron work. Spanish Mission-style homes dot also the neighborhood, with their flat roofs, barrel tiles and stucco textures.
As is the case in close-in historic neighborhoods, locales where land value and the lot density is at a premium, some properties are torn down in favor of new construction.
South Dixie Highway, Monceaux Road and Monroe Drive are Southland Park boundary streets.
South the Central Park U.S. Historic District is similar is feel to the adjoining Southland Park however, with a diversity of homes and architectural styles, however some streets have a higher density, with a wide range of multi-family homes and apartments, smaller structures and smaller lots. As is true with all the historic neighborhoods, commercial areas, business establishments and eateries are located nearby, within a several-block walking district. Single family homes run the gambit, from Old Florida cottages to pricey real estate selling at more than $2 million.
The Central Park boundaries are Monroe Drive to Southern Boulevard.
South of Southern
South of Southern or “SoSo” is a popular area, highly varied in every way. The architecture, streetscaping and historic character is diverse, ranging from sweeping Intracoastal-front estates to Spanish Mission Mid-Century, to everything else in the middle.
You can drive down every street and see a multitude of builders and styles and classic structures and Old Florida and Spanish. Just as in style, SoSo also is wildly varied in price tag. With the Intracoastal Waterway on one side and a heavy contingent of concrete-block homes situated farther from the water, variety is the spice here.
The 1.5 miles stretch shares a spine along South Dixie Highway. The South End also includes the Belair Historic District.
The Old Northwood U.S. Historic District continues to undergo a revival. The combination of beautiful historic homes and lush Florida hammock feel, its proximity to Northwood Village, West Palm Beach and the Town of Palm Beach proper make it particularly desirable.
The area’s distinguished architecture—Mediterranean Revival and Mission—is reminiscent of the historic development era of the mid-1920s made famous by Addison Mizner throughout South Florida. Builders associated with the famed architect carried his vision of design and scale from Palm Beach to Old Northwood. Many of these historic homes have been completely restored in recent decades.
The district is bounded by Broadway, North Dixie Highway and 26th and 35th Streets.
Historic neighborhood photos were snapshotted during TJ's bike-rides through the various neighborhoods.