West Palm Beach

City PlaceWest Palm Beach real estate boasts a rich history of success, overcoming challenges and having a lot to offer to potential buyers. Originally the brainchild of Florida railroad tycoon and Standard Oil partner Henry M. Flagler, West Palm Beach started as The Royal Poinciana Hotel and the Palm Beach Inn (now known as The Breakers Hotel). Flagler built a residential and commercial community to support the hotel, and the city took off! Two devastating hurricanes in the 1920s brought growth to a grinding halt, and the city struggled until WWII brought a new era of development. Today, though, West Palm Beach is a major metropolitan city, with a host of recreation, dining and shopping opportunities to offer its residents.

 

Living in West Palm Beach | West Palm Beach Homes for Sale | West Palm Beach Schools
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Living in West Palm Beach

Downton West Palm Beach FountainsIn the 1960s, the Palm Beach Mall was built as the first enclosed shopping area in the county. Further developments in the 1990s such as the construction of CityPlace and the development of the Clematis Street district have helped to create resurgence in entertainment, dining and shopping in the downtown West Palm Beach area. With a population today of around 99,919 people, it is the most populous city in Palm Beach County with a lot to offer to both residents and visitors. Shoppers delight in perusing their favorite shops at CityPlace, finding unique treasures on Antique Row or scouring the luxurious boutiques dotting beautiful Worth Avenue.

Plenty of venues are available for entertainment, whether it's the Kravis Center for a Broadway play, the Cruzan Amphitheater for an outdoor concert, or the Flagler Waterfront and City commons area for SunFest in the spring. West Palm Beach is also filled with historical landmarks and cultural spots, making it easy to visit museums and landmarks to learn about art, science, or the vibrant history of the city. Boaters, golfers, equestrian enthusiasts, tennis and croquet players all have a number of public and private spots to practice their favorite outdoor activity, and with sunshine and gorgeous weather all year round, it's always the perfect time to play.

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West Palm Beach Homes for Sale: What You Need to Know

With over 60 unique communities, West Palm Beach properties offer a huge range of home types and community amenities to potential buyers.

West Palm Beach luxury homes, for example, are a huge draw for home buyers in the city. Some of the premium communities for home shoppers who are seeking West Palm Beach luxury real estate are:

Buyers who are looking for West Palm Beach estate homes and luxury amenities are happy to call these high-end communities home. Whether you're looking for a country club lifestyle, resort-style amenities or simply West Palm Beach luxury real estate in a beautiful setting, you can't go wrong with one of these options.

Home shoppers who are looking for West Palm Beach waterfront real estate have some great options, too. Communities like Mezzano, Jonathan's Cove and Palisades feature beautiful water views and home styles that put the 'luxury' in 'luxury homes.'

West Palm Beach waterfront homes for sale are not confined to lake views. Home buyers who are interested in West Palm Beach condominiums can take advantage of communities like Horizon West and Horizon East, a luxury condo building nestled against the Intracoastal Waterway. Concordia West and Concordia East offer some more great options for buyers who are searching for West Palm Beach condos for sale.

One thing you'll learn if you are searching for West Palm Beach properties for sale: you have got a ton of great options. I can help you narrow down your choices and focus on the communities that best meet your home shopping needs.

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West Palm Beach Schools

St Ann Catholic School
Type: Private
Level: Preschool, Middle, Elementary

Rosarian Academy
Type: Private
Level: Preschool, Middle, Elementary

Alexander W Dreyfoos Junior School of the Arts
Type: Magnet
Level: High

Roosevelt Full Service Center
Type: Alt.
Level: High

U.B. Kinsey/Palmview Elementary School
Type: Magnet
Level: Elementary, Preschool

Roosevelt Elementary School
Type: Public
Level: Elementary, Preschool

Pleasant City Elementary School
Type: Public
Level: Elementary, Preschool

Redemptive Life Academy & Preschool
Type: Private
Level: Elementary, Preschool

Westward Elementary School
Type: Magnet
Level: Elementary, Preschool

Summit Christian School
Type: Private
Level: Preschool, High, Elementary, Middle

Northmore Elementary School
Type: Public
Level: Elementary, Preschool

Palm Beach Public School
Type: Public
Level: Elementary

Belvedere Elementary School
Type: Public
Level: Elementary

Palm Beach Day Academy - Upper Campus
Type: Private
Level: Elementary, Middle, High

Hope Christian School
Type: Private
Level: Elementary, Middle, High

Palm Beach Day Academy
Type: Private
Level: Preschool, High, Elementary, Middle

Poinciana Day School
Type: Private
Level: Elementary, Middle

Northboro Elementary School
Type: Magnet
Level: Elementary, Middle, Preschool

The King's Academy
Type: Private
Level: Preschool, High, Elementary, Middle

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West Palm Beach Map

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History of West Palm Beach

Henry Morrison FlaglerWhen Henry Morrison Flagler first came here in 1893, he called the Lake Worth region "a veritable paradise" and decided upon a dual plan for the area. He would turn Palm Beach into a resort and he would build a commercial city across the lake for his workers. That "worker city" would become beautiful West Palm Beach.

Flagler had his city laid out in November 1893, naming the streets for native plants. Running east and west were Althea, Banyan, Clematis, Datura, Evernia and Fern streets. North-South avenues were Lantana, Myrtle, Narcissus, Olive, Poinsettia (now Dixie Highway), Rosemary, Sapodilla and Tamarind. On Nov. 5, 1894, by a vote of 77 to 1, residents of the little town decided to incorporate the city of West Palm Beach. It soon became a bustling frontier town with storefronts along Clematis and Narcissus streets, and saloons lining Banyan Street. Banyan Street became as wild and well-known as any raucous town in the Wild West. It was so notorious that famed anti-alcohol crusader Carry Nation visited in 1904, wielding her Bible.

From 1920 to 1927, the city's population quadrupled, and everything grew including the schools, the farming and sugar businesses in the Glades, the hotels and theaters. A 1925 New York Times article noted that "Ten minutes to half an hour in any spot in the state would convince the most skeptical eyes and ears that something is taking place in Florida to which the history of developments, booms, inrushes, speculation, investments, yields no parallel." Unfortunately, tthe meteoric rise brought a terrible fall. Nervous speculators, in a bit of self-fulfilling prophecy, began to take the money and run. Then came the killer hurricanes of 1926 and 1928. From 1929 to 1930, the Depression dropped West Palm Beach's total property value by more than half. By 1935 property value was down to a little more than its pre-boom 1920 value. West Palm Beach would come back, but it took a world war to do it.

Strengthened by military dollars during World War II and an influx of veterans moving south after 1945, West Palm Beach exploded into a new era of progress. The city's total property value rose from a rock-bottom $18 million in 1935 to $72 million in 1949 and continued to surge year by year until it was $147.5 million by 1962 - an 800% increase in less than 30 years. The West Palm Beach metropolitan area was the fourth fastest growing area in the United States between 1950 and 1960. Development spread west past Military Trail and south to Lake Clarke Shores. Ads in the Palm Beach Post touted "new prestige neighborhoods" of concrete block homes in "suburban community villages." What could be finer than a three-bedroom, swimming pool home with central air - for just $14,950? The first TV station WIRK (Channel 21) came to town in 1953, and channels 5 and 12 followed a few years later.

On October 29, 1966, the main terminal at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach was dedicated (today over six million passengers a year pass through PBIA). Between 1990 and 2000, the population of West Palm Beach grew 22.8%. There are now over 100,000 permanent residents making West Palm Beach the largest community in Palm Beach County as well as the seat of its county government, judicial complex and boasting a newly renovated, vibrant downtown business district. West Palm Beach continues to grow into the 21st Century.

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