Singer Island

Singer Island real estate, well-known for its premier Singer Island condominiums, has a lot to offer potential home-buyers. Singer Island is a paradise of luxury island living, with close proximity to all the amenities you want in life via nearby Palm Beach. Why are Singer Island properties some of the most sought after luxury homes in the South Florida metropolitan area?

A Tropical Paradise with Humble Origins | Singer Island Homes and Condos for Sale
Singer Island Schools | Singer Island Map | History of Singer Island

 

Singer Island: A Tropical Paradise with Humble Origins

Singer Island; which is actually a peninsula, not an island; is located on the Atlantic Coast of Palm Beach County. It is part of the South Florida metropolitan area, located just 3 miles from North Palm Beach, 5.5 miles from West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens, a little over 6 miles from Juno Beach, and 10 miles from Jupiter. Its location gives it access to a wide range of metropolitan amenities including fine dining, luxurious shopping, five-star hotels and lifestyles ranging from active and outdoorsy to upscale and sophisticated.

Singer Island itself was named for the Palm Beach developer Paris Singer, son of the Singer Sewing Machine magnate Isaac Singer. Rumor says that Paris Singer purchased Singer Island as a gift for a special lady in his life, but she reportedly did not like it. Fortunately for home buyers, Singer Island has evolved into the epitome of upscale living, with picturesque landscaping and a host of upscale Singer Island luxury condominiums and estate homes for sale.

If you love an outdoor lifestyle, Singer Island properties for sale boast some of the best outdoor opportunities in this part of South Florida. With parks, marinas, bike paths, hiking paths, and 47 miles of glorious white sand beaches, Singer Island luxury real estate offers easy access to everything you could want in an active lifestyle.

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Singer Island Homes for Sale: Luxury Condominiums, Single Family and Estate Homes

Singer Island properties for sale are best known for luxury condominiums. Singer Island boasts 29 unique communities, most of which are home to luxurious Singer Island condos for sale. If you are looking for Singer Island luxury homes in condo form, some of the premier condominium communities to consider are:

These fabulous Singer Island FL condos for sale feature premier amenities, including oceanfront and waterfront real estate with views that are sure to impress.

If you are looking for something more than condominiums, peruse the Singer Island estate homes and luxury single family homes for sale. The west side of the island offers some of the best-kept secrets in Singer Island luxury homes: single family and estate homes that offer direct water access, boat dockage and a wide variety of home styles. Some of the communities that feature this premier Singer Island waterfront real estate include:

These communities feature Singer Island waterfront homes for sale with dry lots, or navigable waterways with boat slips and boat dockage.

Come check out what Singer Island luxury homes have to offer; browse our selection of Singer Island luxury apartments, condominiums, single family homes and estate homes.

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Singer Island Schools

Hope Learning Community of Riviera Beach, Inc. dba Elementary School
Type: Charter
Level: Elementary

Lake Park Elementary School
Type: Public
Level: Elementary

North Palm Beach Elementary School
Type: Public
Level: Elementary

Lincoln Elementary School
Type: Public
Level: Elementary

Palm Beach Sda Bilingual School
Type: Private
Level: Preschool, Middle, Elementary, High

Lake Park Baptist School
Type: Private
Level: Preschool, Middle, Elementary, High
Baldwin Prep School
Type: Private
Level: Elementary, High, Middle

Riviera Beach Maritime Academy
Type: Charter
Level: High

Suncoast Community High School
Type: Magnet
Level: High

Coastal Middle & Sr High School
Type: Private
Level: Middle, High

Driftwood Academy
Type: Private
Level: High, Middle

Roosevelt Middle School
Type: Public
Level: Middle

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Singer Island Map

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History of Singer Island

The first record of a settlement on Singer Island dates back to 1906 with Inlet City. Inlet City was a spontaneous community of fishermen and squatters, most of whom came from nearby Riviera Beach and the Bahamas. Fishermen were attracted to the island as a place to dry the cotton nets that they used in those days, and for its proximity to the fertile Gulf Stream (the waters of the Gulf Stream are closer to land on Singer Island than any other place in North America!).

Singer Island was named for Paris Eugene Singer, the famous developer of Palm Beach and 23rd child of Isaac Singer, the sewing machine magnate. In 1920, he visited Palm Beach and met Addison Mizner. He agreed to pay the architect a $6,000 a year retainer for life if his work was confined exclusively to the Palm Beach area. With Mizner, he created the Palm Beach we know today with its Spanish architecture, picturesque streets and exclusive shops. Singer often took his friends on picnics to the beautiful island directly north of Palm Beach. In anticipation of the Florida real estate boom, he and Mizner planned to develop a luxurious resort (the Paris Singer Hotel) on the south end of the island and a modest hotel (the Blue Heron) on the north end with a 36 hole golf course between the two structures.

The estimated price was four million dollars - a fantastic amount in those years. Mizner was to design the hotels, but it is said Singer was so eager to start, construction of the Blue Heron was begun before the drawings were started. The opening date was set for 1926. The hotel's service wing was the first and the last to be completed. Singer's original plan was to finance the building from the sale of lots throughout the island. The Florida land boom was already slowing down in 1925, and the combination of 1928 hurricane and 1929 stock market crash dealt a mortal blow to Singer's finances. The shell of the Blue Heron remained for 14 years, until Paris Singer's dream finally came to an end when the the abandoned, incomplete hotel was razed in 1940 (the Hilton Hotel stands there now).

In 1940, the City of Riviera purchased 1,000 feet of beach on the Island for $40,000. This led to the growth of tourism in Riviera and eventual incorporation of the island north of Palm Beach Shores. In 1941, the city of Riviera changed its name to Riviera Beach. The Town of Palm Beach Shores was developed in 1947 when A. O. Edwards, a railroad and hotel tycoon, bought 240 acres on Singer Island for $240,000 and invested $500,000 in improvements. He laid out a city plan with parks, walkways and roadways (Palm Beach Shores' northern boundary originally extended 300 ft. north of Blue Heron Boulevard). In 1948 Edwards built the Inlet Court Hotel which was later renamed The Colonnades. A year later the wooden Sherman's Point Bridge was replaced with a steel and concrete two lane structure with a drawbridge which permitted passage through the Intracoastal Waterway. The first Sebring style race was held on the island in 1950 and ended at the Colonnades. Edwards became the Singer Island's first mayor in 1952. When he died in 1960, his estate sold the Colonnades Hotel to John D. MacArthur in 1963.

John D. MacArthur, born in poverty as the son of a preacher, became one of the greatest financiers of his day through the building of Chicago's Banker's Life and Casualty Insurance Company. By purchasing over 100,000 acres in this part of Palm Beach County, MacArthur became the largest landowner in the area. MacArthur ran his billion dollar empire from a booth in the Colonnades Hotel's coffee shop. In 1976 he suffered a stroke and died 14 months later in the hotel. The hotel was razed in 1990 and the Marriott Corporation began construction of its time share resort, Marriott's Ocean Pointe Resort, on the land.

MacArthur also owned many acres on the north end of Singer Island and he donated a large section of that land for a state park. The MacArthur Beach State Park opened in 1989 and his foundation provides funds to improve the facilities.

In the 1950's Palm Beach County enjoyed tremendous growth and Singer Island evolved into a resort area of hotels and condominiums for winter residents. In 1952, Phil Foster Park was opened, named after one of Riviera Beach's pioneer citizens. In 1976, to accommodate this growth and ease the access to the island, the two lane draw bridge was replaced with the current four lane Blue Heron Bridge.

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