Boca Raton

Shopping for apartments, condos or houses for sale in Boca Raton? This lovely city has a lot to offer the right homeowner. Located in the southern portion of Palm Beach County, Boca Raton was first settled in 1895 and was incorporated in May of 1925. Around this time, Addison Mizner gifted Boca Raton with many of his signature Spanish-Moorish style buildings. The most notable of these, The Ritz-Carlton Cloister Inn, is still operating today as a luxurious beach club for affluent locals and visitors. Today’s houses in Boca Raton for sale – and even the city’s commercial buildings – reflect Mizner’s architectural styling and design elements, giving the city its unique and distinguished flair.

Life in Boca Raton | Boca Raton Luxury Real Estate | Boca Raton Schools | Boca Raton Map | History of Boca Raton

 

Life in Boca Raton

Life in Boca RatonKnown for having a sophisticated social community with a high income demographic, Boca Raton draws residents because of economic and business opportunities as well as abundant recreational, dining and shopping options. IBM started the business boom in Boca Raton; since then it has become home to many major corporations’ headquarters, including office Depot, Hollander Home Fashions, MDVIP, Boston Proper, 1st United Bank, Tyco, NCCI Holdings Inc. and many more.

Bring home wonderful finds from the Boca Town Center mall, or take a stroll through picturesque Mizner Park and then catch a movie at upscale full-service restaurant/movie theater iPic. Enjoy impressive pieces at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, or learn about our unique indigenous wildlife at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. There are endless ways to enjoy Boca Raton, whether your interest is gorgeous beach days, interesting cultural experiences, a vibrant dining scene or unparalleled upscale shopping.

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Boca Raton Luxury Real Estate

Apartments, condos and houses for sale in Boca Raton reflect the city’s signature flair and distinctive style. With over 50 communities boasting condos for sale or homes for sale, Boca Raton offers everything from affordable entry-level living to the luxurious lifestyle of a high-end community.

Boca Raton condos offer a great way to take advantage of living in this distinctive city in a low-maintenance lifestyle. A community like Broken Sound, for example, is within a short drive of beautiful beaches, restaurants and shopping, and this award-winning club features an array of five-star amenities. Boca Grove Plantation is another great option if you are looking for Boca Raton condos for sale, with several onsite dining establishments, a poolside bar and an 18-hole golf course designed by Jim Fazio.

Are you shopping for townhomes for sale in Boca Raton? Something like The Polo Club may be a great option for you. This community features riveting golf options, with a Tim Freeland course that’s sure to impress. Bask in the luxury of the 35,000 square foot spa and fitness center. If country club living is not your dream life, I can help you find the right community for you.

No matter what type of Boca Raton luxury homes you are looking for, this unique city has a lot to offer – and I can help you find Boca Raton apartments, Boca Raton condos, Boca Raton waterfront real estate – whatever your real estate needs dictate.

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Boca Raton Schools

Mece Inc
Type: Private, Early Childhood/Day Care
Level: Preschool, Elementary

Children's House of Boca Raton
Type: Private, Montessori
Level: Preschool, Elementary

Boca Raton Christian School
Type: Private
Level: Preschool, High, Elementary, Middle

Grandview Preparatory School
Type: Private
Level: Preschool, High, Elementary, Middle

Boca Raton Elementary School
Type: Public
Level: Elementary, Preschool

J. C. Mitchell Elementary School
Type: Public
Level: Elementary, Preschool

Potentials South Elementary School
Type: Charter
Level: Elementary, Preschool
The Seal Academy
Type: Private, Alternative
Level: Middle

Boca Raton Community Middle School
Type: Public
Level: Middle

St Joan of Arc School
Type: Private
Level: Preschool, Middle, Elementary

St Paul Lutheran School
Type: Private
Level: Preschool, Middle, Elementary

Garden of the Sahaba Academy
Type: Private
Level: Preschool, Middle, Elementary

Summit Private School
Type: Private, Montessori
Level: Preschool, Middle, Elementary

Solomon Schechter Day School of Palm Beach County
Type: Private, Special Program Emphasis
Level: Elementary
Boca Raton Charter School
Type: Charter
Level: Elementary

Addison Mizner Elementary School
Type: Public
Level: Elementary

Claremont Montessori School
Type: Private, Montessori
Level: Elementary, Middle

Advent Lutheran School
Type: Private
Level: Elementary, Middle

Florida Atlantic University Schools
Type: Public
Level: Elementary, Middle, High

Torah Academy of Boca Raton
Type: Private
Level: Preschool, Elementary, Middle

Boca Raton Community High School
Type: Public
Level: High

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Boca Raton Map

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History of Boca Raton

The name of Boca Raton has always aroused curiosity. Many people assume the name is simply translated in Spanish as Rat's Mouth. The Spanish word Boca, or mouth, often describes an inlet, while Raton literally means mouse. The term Boca Ratones, was a navigational saying, referring to a rocky or jagged inlet, but the original location of Boca Raton was near present day Miami Beach, according to eighteenth century maps. In the beginning of the nineteenth century, the term was mistakenly applied to the current Lake Boca Raton.

Earliest known habitants of the Boca Raton area were Tequesta Indians, who lived in several communities by the ocean as long ago as a thousand years up until the eighteenth century. The construction of the Florida East Coast Canal, which is today's inter-coastal and the Florida East Coast Railway in the early 1890s made the region accessible to a group of resourceful pioneers. By the 1900s Boca Raton was a tiny agricultural community.

History of Boca RatonDuring May of 1925, the Town of Boca Raton was incorporated at the start of the Florida land boom. Town council of Boca Raton commissioned a noted architect Addison Mizner to plan and build a world-class resort community. This exclusive hotel, the Cloister Inn, was completed in 1926 and continues on as a city landmark as the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Although many of Addison Mizner's plans for the young community were halted by the demise of the land boom in 1926, a few survive today—and his architectural style continues to influence the city in a big way.

One of Mizner's projects was to design a city hall for the city of Boca Raton. Completed by the Delray architect William Alsmeyer in 1927, Boca Town Hall at 71 North Federal Highway still bears the original footprint of the Mizner design, and was constructed using ironwork, tile, and woodwork supplied by Mizner Industries. Today, the restored Town Hall is the home of the Boca Raton Historical Society.

Early In the 1950s, the still small town of Boca Raton played host to a safari park called Africa USA which opened where the Camino Gardens development stands now.

In the early 1960s, South Florida, particularly the county of West Palm Beach, experienced another huge land boom, with many developments pushing the Everglades increasingly westward. The population of Boca Raton grew to almost 30,000 residents by 1970, continuing to increase well outside city limits even today. In 1962, Boca Raton attracted the newest state university with-in it's community, Florida Atlantic, to the site of an old army airbase. In Boca Raton, history took place when IBM moved one of its computer facilities to Boca Raton in 1967, and in 1981, it was there the first IBM PC, or personal computer, was developed.

Reluctantly, During the time between the 1980s and 1990s, Boca Raton focused much of its attention on downtown development, and a several of important historical properties, such as Boca Raton's original Town Hall and historical F.E.C. Railway Station were restored and re-opened to the public. Many exquisite cultural facilities, such as the Boca Raton Museum of Art, have grown to meet the needs of its' growing population.

Today the city of Boca Raton, in 1903, was a farming village of eighteen souls and is today home to 80,000 residents and another 120,000 in "West Boca". Boca Raton is by far the core of the south Palm Beach County metropolitan community by offering beautiful parks and facilities, economic opportunities, and a unique quality of life that is the envy of many cities.

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