Palm Beach Relocation Guide

SPR-SUM 2016

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P A L M B E A C H R E L O C A T I O N G U I D E . C O M 11 The city of Boca Raton, south of West Palm Beach, is known for its two-mile stretch of beaches that are protected by lifeguards, offering a safe and serene environment for leisure, sports and enjoying nature. The beautiful beaches that line Boca Raton are connected by city parks that offer play- grounds, grills and picnic tables, making a day at the beach a true experience. The Mizner Park Amphitheater features music festivals, expos, special events and is situated in the heart of Downtown Boca, where the dining, nightlife, arts and culture are sure to entertain. Town Center at Boca Raton, a Simon Mall, offers an endless array of high fashion stores to complement the boutiques and specialty stores downtown. Jupiter, north of West Palm Beach, has multiple parks where eco-tourism booms. Kayaking, fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving and more are available. Jupiters' Riverwalk, an Intercoastal Waterway path, is in the works and will provide approximately 2.5 miles of trails for bike riding, walking and observing animals in their natural habitats. Boating is a favorite pastime at the parks in Jupiter, where waterways and beaches offer a chance to soak in the Florida sunshine while enjoying an active adventure. River tours, bird watching, camping and more are available at the state parks. AFFORDABLE LIVING, POSSIBLY The cost of living varies in Palm Beach County, however, according to, the median home value is $224,200 in the county. Late last year, concluded that Palm Beach County is the second-highest priced metro area in the state, and the 15th in the U.S. Data shows that 50.6 percent of a resident's monthly income is spent on housing, utilities and commuting, with the average listing price of a home, as of January 2016, was $309,840 in West Palm Beach. Prices increase as demand decreases, making West Palm Beach, and Palm Beach County, a solid investment, if funds are available. Sale prices in Wellington are up from 2000 but down from mid-2006, where they reached their most recent high. Sales are down in Wellington from mid-2015, but historically decrease at the beginning and end of the year. The average listing price for a home, as of January 2016, was $890,816. In comparison, San Francisco, where in August of 2015 Trulia determined 77 percent of monthly income was spent on housing, was deemed the least affordable U.S. Metropolitan city. In West Palm Beach, 38.3 percent of monthly income is spent on housing. New York is higher, with 42 percent of monthly income spent on housing. Housing in Kansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Arkansas and Ohio all came in with less than 20 percent of monthly income spent on housing. Keep in mind, however, that though the aver- ages are high, the numbers are dramatically skewed due to the multi-million dollar estates in many of these communities. Reason- ably-priced communities are abundant. ACTIVE CITIZENS Palm Beach County offers endless recre- ational choices for active citizens and residents. Boasting more than 8,000 acres of land, divided between 79 parks – two water parks are included in the count – there are beaches, trails, camping, grill sites and explorations a plenty. Entrance to many parks is free, with nominal fees attached to the rest. Peanut Island Park, accessible by boat in Riviera Beach, offers camping, beaches, a lagoon, camping, flatwater fishing and plenty of fun with historical twist. On the island there is the Palm Beach Maritime Museum, and the John F. Kennedy Bunker. Loggerhead Park, in Juno Beach offers a nature trail, picnic areas, the beach, and is home to the Logger- head Marinelife Center, which serves as an educational location where more than 200,000 visitors a year come to learn about sea turtles. The Morikami Park, in Delray Beach, offers an immersive experience into Japanese history and culture, featuring the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, with bonsai, Japanese Gardens, special shows, events and a theater. Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach features baseball fields, bicycle paths, water ski lakes, disk golf, a dog park, fishing, golf, BMX biking and more, encouraging an active lifestyle in a sprawling 1,702.01 acres. Golf is also readily available in the county, which is often called "The Golf Capital of the World." Palm Beach County features more than 150 public and private golf courses, with rolling green hills, pristine sand traps and elegant lakes. Polo and equestrian sports offer an up-close-and-personal experience. Profes- sional and Olympic equestrians offer classes, compete often and are acces- sible. There aren't many places where it is common to see a world-famous athlete in the super market. In Wellington, however, it is. The equestrian community hosts many special events in addition to games and competitions, including the Great Charity Challenge, a show jumping event where charities are paired with horse and rider teams. The Great Charity Challenge takes place at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, and has distributed more than $7.5 million to 150 nonprofit organizations within Palm Beach County in the last six years. Boasting more than 8,000 acres of land, divided between 79 parks – two water parks are included in the count – there are beaches, trails, camping, grill sites and explorations a plenty. " "

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