18 May 21 Great Neighborhoods in West Palm Beach
With hundreds of beaches, trails, retailers, art galleries, fine dining restaurants, and other activities, West Palm Beach is a beautiful place to live.
However, it’s a pretty vast area. Where to live? What neighborhood? To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of twenty-one of the best neighborhoods in West Palm Beach.
1. Boca Raton
Boca Raton is the second-largest city in the Palm Beaches area. Although tourism is a strong part of the neighborhoods economy, it doesn’t depend on tourism like some other places in the county.
Instead, there is a strong focus on business and entrepreneurship. It even boasts an international executive airport. There are also three universities in Boca Raton: Lynn University, Palm Beach State College, and Florida Atlantic University.
A New Urbanism Project in downtown West Palm Beach, this city neighborhood has a lot of townhomes, rental apartments, studio lofts, and condo towers. CityPlace replaced a rundown section of the city in the 1990s.
The Harriet Himmel Gilman Theater, which used to be the Spanish Colonial Revival Church, still stands in the city. Right in the middle of the city, residents are minutes from retailers, specialty shops, restaurants, bars, clubs, cinema, and much more. The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts and Ballet Florida are in the neighborhood, as well as the highly regarded high school Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts.
3. Delray Beach
Known as the “Village by the Sea,” Delray Beach is another redeveloped neighborhood in West Palm Beach. Since it is an older neighborhood, the houses are older, but still luxurious. There are also newer and more luxurious condos and townhomes available. Coffee shops are prevalent, as well as lounges. Many cultural activities happen at Old School Square, a National Historic Site. Delray Beach also has an Art District.
4. Fort Pierce
An older neighborhood of West Palm Beach County, Fort Pierce was constructed during the Second Seminole Indian War in the 1830s. Rather than a suburban or urban feel like most of the neighborhoods in the county, Fort Pierce is more rural with ranching and citrus farming.
Even with its old town feel, there is still a lot of contemporary activity, such as the Jazz Market, Bike Night, Friday Fest, and the Sunrise Theatre for the Performing Arts. Fort Pierce also has many places that are part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
5. Jensen Beach
Living right on the water is a reality in Jensen Beach. A quaint neighborhood with a small town feel, Jensen Beach also boasts many merchants, musicians, and artists.
Real estate is more expensive, especially along the Skyline Drive where the Atlantic Coastal Ridge reaches a height of 83 feet above sea level and residents have amazing views in their Key West-style homes. Many waterfront properties have their own docks.
Jupiter is an artsy neighborhood of West Palm Beach. Wine and cheese festivals are prevalent, as well as many art exhibitions. Jupiter also boasts of a lighthouse, a popular tourist attraction. Considered the “Miami” of Palm Beach County, the population in Jupiter has doubled between 2000 and 2010 and is the fastest growing neighborhood of the county.
7. Lake Worth
If you are an artist, Lake Worth is the neighborhood for you. Not as sophisticated or luxurious as other West Palm Beach areas, Lake Worth is very eclectic and known for artists who “color outside the lines.”
Dozens of studios line the streets, including Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery. The sidewalks are covered in street chalk art, especially during the annual Street Painting Festival. Lake Worth even has an organization dedicated to the research, sponsoring, and exhibitions of art.
8. Palm Beach Gardens
Copious green space is the mark of Palm Beach Gardens. Not only are there a lot of parks, but trees and gardens line the streets and surround the homes and businesses. Palm Beach Gardens is known as “The Golf Capital”, boasting 14 golf courses, including the PGA National Resort and Spa. So, if you are a golfer, or love following the PGA, Palm Beach Gardens is the neighborhood for you.
9. Royal Palm Beach
This neighborhood is centrally located between Wellington and West Palm Beach. It is very close to the beach and there is a lot of green space and open areas. There are many parks, including a driving range and paved bike trails. Calypso Bay Water Park is even located in the Royal Palm Beach area. The average sales price of houses in this neighborhood is $260,000.
10. Flamingo Park
Flamingo Park came into being during the 1920s West Palm Beach Boom. Many houses have a Mediterranean or Mission style built with stucco or a vernacular frame. Just downtown of the city, this neighborhood is great for commuters who want the suburban feel.
Many streets are lined with trees and have direct paths to stores, highways, and even Palm Beach International Airport. Many of the homes in Flamingo Park are old, but restored, making it affordable to young professionals starting families. Holidays come with decorating contests.
Indiantown began to grow in the 1920s when railroad executive, Solomon Davies, had the railroad extend into the area. He had a vision of it becoming a huge hub. However, with his death, and a huge hurricane, it didn’t happen.
But, it is still a very quaint place to live. Still in West Palm Beach County, it has more of a laid-back, small-town feel to it. Indiantown also has the Seminole Inn as one of its famous historic landmarks.
12. Mango Promenade
A mix of young professionals and college students live in this neighborhood south of downtown West Palm Beach. This neighborhood boasts the Norton Museum of Arts and has become a cultural hotspot. It is near Palm Beach Atlantic University and I-95 access.
13. Echo Lake
With inexpensive housing, Echo Lake is a very popular neighborhood. Very suburban, with grocery stores, shops, and restaurants, the majority of residents are budding professionals and beginning families.
14. North Shore
This neighborhood has a very stylish feel—Mediterranean and Villa-style, which complements its proximity to the beach. There is immediate Waterway access and deep water docks.
North Shore is home to Clematis Street which is famous for its nightlife. There are also many water activities available, such as snorkeling, and fishing.
15. Grand View Heights
Near many of the tourist attractions of West Palm Beach, Grand View Heights is perfect for families. It is relatively upscale for young professionals and is one of West Palm Beach’s 13 historic districts.
The traffic typically stays pretty clear, which is one of its top selling points. There is even a community web page for newcomers to check out before moving in.
16. Northboro Park
Known as one of the “heart of West Palm Beach” locations, this is a very private neighborhood. With a rich culture and easy access to popular locations, Northboro Park is a luxurious neighborhood. Many apartments are here, and are next to large pools, athletic courses, and lakes.
17. Singer Island
Singer Island is an oceanfront neighborhood on a seven-mile-long island full of pristine beaches and upscale hotels. Snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, hiking, and biking are popular past times of residents of the island.
Full of upscale and pristine condos and apartments, Singer Island is the perfect beachfront place to live.
Stuart is known for sports fishing, especially sail fishing. Strategically placed, this neighborhood offers ocean fishing, river and bay fishing, even fresh water fishing. With plenty of retail and tourist attractions, Stuart is a great winter destination for people who live in Florida during the winters.
If you are an equestrian, Wellington is the best neighborhood in West Palm Beach for you. This neighborhood has 57 miles of equestrian trails that can be used not only for horseback riding, but also for walking, running, biking, and inline skating.
Country Clubs and museums are prevalent in this area, as well as equestrian events such as the International Horse Show and the Winter Equestrian Festival. It is even located adjacent to the world’s largest strawberry patch, The Flying Cow Ranche.
20. Downtown West Palm Beach
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One of the three main cities, downtown West Palm Beach is the center of arts, culture, dining, and entertainment in the county. Full of restaurants, shopping, arts, bars, festivals, and concerts, you will never be bored living in downtown West Palm Beach.
21. Northwood Village
Looking for a vibrant art scene? Northwood Village is the perfect neighborhood for you. There are monthly art walks interspersed with retailers. Northwood Village is Florida’s own Bohemia, with an eclectic feel to it. There are also some amazing restaurants in this neighborhood.