Palm Beach Relocation Guide

SPR-SUM 2016

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92 P A L M B E A C H R E L O C A T I O N G U I D E – S P R I N G | S U M M E R 2 0 1 6 H O U S I N G & N E I G H B O R H O O D S night. Clematis Street is the place to go for food and just a short walk will bring you within range of nearly every cuisine in the world, including local landmarks as Roxy's Pub, where more than 60 beers are available on draft, or the latest trend, Polynesian kava drinks at the Te Mana Kava Bar. Or head to the intersection of Dixie Highway and Forest Hill Boulevard to find Havana, likely the best Cuban restaurant in Florida. Life in West Palm Beach is all about the water, and the city has amenities that no other place can offer. With the Intracoastal and Atlantic Ocean to the east and Clear Lake and Magnolia Lake to the west, this is a water activities paradise. Head down to the Waterfront to rent a kayak or Jet Ski, take a snorkeling cruise, or go for a sunset sail on a 50' catamaran. While you're at the Water- front, on Saturdays from October through May you can walk down to the Waterfront for the West Palm Beach Green Market, a pet-friendly event where you can buy farm fresh produce or artisanal prepared foods. In March the Palm Beach International Boat Show draws thousands of boats from around the world. The Waterfront is also the home of SunFest, Florida's largest water- front Music and Arts festival, attracting more than 275,000 visitors every April for a five-day celebration of sun, music, food and fine arts. At Halloween, MoonFest will close out the summer season with a costumed street party. WHO'S MOVING TO WEST PALM BEACH? While most people think of Florida as idea for retirees, that concept is long outdated. West Palm Beach is inhabited by a young and vibrant community, with the median age of 38, 46 percent of the population is age 25-64 and a full 78 percent are over the age of 18. Within the city itself the population is a shade under 100,000 – small enough to be cozy, and large enough to provide the diver- sity and variety loved by urban dwellers. The median household income is $69,500. As a vibrant and growing waterfront city, West Palm Beach is highly attractive to busi- nesses. Nearly 350,000 people live within a 15 minute drive of downtown, offering a large workforce and a strong consumer market that is an ideal climate for starting a business, or joining a thriving company. While South Florida's major road- ways can move slowly during rush hour traffic, Florida's Tri-Rail commuter train makes downtown easily accessible from surrounding communities. The major thoroughfares like I-95 and the Florida Turnpike connect West Palm Beach to other major cities like Miami and Orlando in only a few hours' drive. The city offers a wide range of housing options, from historic Art Deco style free- standing homes nestled throughout the area to luxury high-rise condominium living and beautiful new apartment buildings. It's no wonder that a population of young and upcoming businesspeople and families is gravitating downtown. For those with fur families, West Palm Beach promotes itself as having a pet-friendly downtown. WHERE TO LIVE? Geographically West Palm Beach is bounded on both east and west by water, so the central part of the city has a long narrow profile. South of downtown, Flamingo Park is an artistic and historic neighborhood of Deco homes and stucco Mission style bunga- lows built in the 1920s. Once neglected, this neighborhood has become revitalized and fashionable. CityPlace, mentioned above, is West Palm Beach's highly successful New URBAN LIVING RESOURCES City of West Palm Beach www.wpb.org Downtown & Clematis Street www.westpalmbeach.com/clematis Downtown Development Authority www.downtownwpb.com Downtown Neighborhood Association www.wpbdna.co Photos courtesy of The West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority

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