Palm Beach is renowned for its gracious lifestyle, magnificent single family homes, impressive condominiums and townhouses, elegant hotels, shopping on famous Worth Avenue, fine dining in its many acclaimed restaurants, and browsing in its little stores and shops. World class golf, tennis, yachting and deep-sea fishing is widely available for the more active type. Palm Beach is a narrow barrier island, about 14 Miles long and one to four blocks wide, from sea to lake, which in Spanish is “Mar-a-Lago”, the moniker of the winter White house of our current President, Donald Trump. It is located only 65 Miles North of Miami Beach. Palm Beach Island has about 10.000 year-round residents which triples in “the season” to about 30.000.
Mid-town Palm Beach
Set in the middle of Palm Beach Island, its real estate is highly coveted due to its urban, yet charming small-town setting. It is in walking distance to the beach, town docks on the Intracoastal, recreation and cultural centers, exquisite restaurants, shops, schools and houses of worship for all faiths. Worth Avenue has a lively atmosphere, especially during the winter main season, which hosts many prestigious events and fundraisers. This area has a flair of luxury which has a long tradition in this part of town. For commercial tenants, Royal Palm Way, aka “Banker’s Row”, houses many national and international financial-, and professional firms.
The Estate Section
Stunning homes and winter estates of the seasonal residents, for which Palm Beach is famous for, can be found in this section which is just south of Worth Avenue. Some of the world’s wealthiest families have built their estates, often comprising entire city blocks, in the 1920s’. Today, few of the main estates still exist due to the subdivision into smaller parcels over the years. However, The Estate Section has still the lowest density zoning on the Island. Many estates have architectural pedigrees with names such as Mizner, Volk, Wyeth, and Fatio. Opulent and beautifully manicured landscaping gives this area a sophisticated look.
The North End is renowned for being a strictly residential and family-oriented neighborhood. Neither commercial structures nor condos are allowed to be built, ensuring that the North End retains its friendly and tranquil atmosphere. Many of its Palm Beach luxury homes come with private docks, a dream for yachting and fishing enthusiasts. This area is a blend of vast oceanfront estates and smaller homes with a variety of price points. It ends at the Palm Beach Inlet and is less travelled which gives it an almost suburban feel in comparison of the southern part of the Island. The North End has some beautiful beaches, many of them have elaborate, tropical beach cabanas, perfect for oceanfront entertaining and a bike trail for the athletic population which stretches from the middle of the Island to its most northern tip.
South Ocean Boulevard
Real Estate along this stretch, which deserves its own designation as a grand address, ranges from majestic oceanfront estates to ocean-, or lake view condominiums south of Sloan’s Curve, as well as an in-town condominium 6 blocks between Worth Avenue and Royal Palm Way. In-town condos are immensely desirable due to its convenient proximity to the beach, world class restaurants and shopping, or a picturesque walk around town or along Lake trail along the Inner-coastal. Condos south of Sloans Curve are often newer buildings with larger units and more amenities and only a short drive a from downtown Palm Beach.
Worth Avenue is an upscale shopping district which stretches four blocks from Lake Trail to South Ocean Boulevard. Its special charm comes from smaller, architecturally significant “Vias” off the main avenue. These walking areas distinguish Worth Avenue from other shopping streets. The first steps to become fashionable started with the construction of the Everglades Club in 1918 towards the west end of Worth Avenue. The first stores were built near this Club on Via Mizner and Via Parigi, named for Worth Avenue’s original developers, architect Addison Mizner and Paris Singer. The avenue’s oldest store, Kassatly’s, has been in business since 1923. Reflecting the lifestyle of Palm Beach market, the street has approximately 250 high-end shops, boutiques, restaurants, and art galleries, including Trillion, Neiman Marcus, Cartier, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Tiffany, Tourneau, Hermes, Ralph Lauren, Salvatore Ferragamo, Pucci, Christophle, Vinyard Vines, Brooks Brothers, Loro Piana, St. John, Island Company, Stubb and Wotten, and many more. An open-air mall, the Esplanade or 150 Worth, lies at the eastern end of Worth Avenue. It offers a variety of upscale shops anchored by the upscale department store Saks Fifth Avenue. A 25-foot (8m) Clock tower on the beach side at the end of Worth is a popular spot to watch the sun come up over the vast Atlantic ocean.