Laid-back yet lively community with coastal real estate
Mix of residential calm and urban amenities
Dynamic real estate
West Palm Beach is where the laid-back Floridian pace of life meets the big-city buzz of a lively business, arts, and entertainment scene. It’s thriving and urban, yet also replete with quiet, palm tree-lined streets and breathtaking natural beauty. The glamour of the city’s Roaring Twenties heyday is still palpable, even in its ultramodern downtown area. West Palm Beach truly offers the best of both worlds.
With 16 designated historic districts, the delightful neighborhoods of West Palm Beach exude an Old Florida ambiance with contemporary amenities. In bustling City Place, you’ll find a hub for shopping, dining, and culture centered on the imposing Harriet Himmel Theater—one of the city’s finest architectural examples of the Spanish Colonial Revival, with its terra-cotta roof, sandy-colored stucco, and grand, arcade-like entrance.
There is also a calendar of wonderful outdoor festivals. One local favorite is the annual Halloween Moonfest, which transforms downtown into a carnivalesque party attracting around 70,000 people. After dark, the city comes to life with live music, local art vendors, and a fleet of food trucks. You can even walk among zombies and try your hand at winning the costume contest’s cash prize.
Colorful Craftsman-style bungalows. Spanish Mission-style homes. Well-preserved period properties dating to the early 20th century. The eclectic nature of this city’s real estate gives it its distinctive charm. Prospective buyers are particularly drawn to West Palm Beach homes for sale in the vibrant district known as “SoSo,” or South of Southern Boulevard. Here, 1920s properties sit alongside chic mid-century homes and newly built Mediterranean-style mansions. You’ll also find jaw-dropping high-rises featuring West Palm Beach luxury apartments and spacious condos for sale, many with sweeping waterfront views.
Just how much variety there is, both in the real estate and activities offered. Enjoy a day exploring nature and a night out experiencing the culture. The city’s major attractions highlight the area’s rich biodiversity, as nature lovers can take an eco-tour into the Everglades or visit McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary to catch a glimpse of native species, from statuesque sandhill cranes to elusive bobcats. Don’t miss the Norton Museum of Art’s Art After Dark series on Thursday nights. Here, you’ll find a curated program of events merging art, music, film, and food. Likewise, the world-class Kravis Center for the Performing Arts provides a full calendar of theater and musical events to enjoy.
Of course, if you’re seeking the postcard-perfect Floridian lifestyle, West Palm Beach doesn’t disappoint. You can bask in the salty air and sunshine on a chartered fishing boat or enjoy a leisurely 18 holes on the perfectly manicured West Palm Beach Golf Course.
Retail therapy can take many forms when it comes to shopping in West Palm Beach. The palatial CityPlace features some of the area’s finest upscale retail options, while the colorful boutiques in Northwood Village may appeal to more casual browsers. Antique Row, an inviting district featuring more than 40 specialty shops and art galleries, is a far cry from your average flea market. Here, you can discover one-of-a-kind treasures ranging from 19th-century bric-a-brac to fine art and statement vintage furnishings. During the winter, don’t miss the waterfront GreenMarket every Saturday, with over 70 vendors selling everything from fragrant tropical flowers to freshly baked bread and ripe local produce.
Besides the market, there are a plethora of delicious places to grab a bite year-round. The city has dozens of down-to-earth dining options, with the recently remodeled Okeechobee Steakhouse an area favorite for decades. Upscale ethnic cuisine is popular, too, from global comfort food at Table 26, Italian locales like Grato, Cafe Sapori, and La Sirena, modern sushi bars such as Sushi Jo, and quaint French bistros. The region’s close proximity to Mexico and Cuba means that tacos, tequila, and to-die-for Cuban fare are also easy to come by, like at Cholo Soy Cocina.
If you’re seeking South Florida comfort cuisine, including fresh-off-the-boat seafood, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better city to fit the bill. West Palm’s 234 days of sunshine annually means you’ll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy your fish alfresco.
For a taste of real West Palm Beach, try E.R. Bradley’s Saloon on the waterfront. Family-owned for more than 30 years, this open-air tavern regularly features foot-stomping live music to accompany its vast menu of mouthwatering modern American fare. Flanigan’s and kitchen are two other can’t-miss spots for delicious American cuisine
West Palm Beach nightlife is as varied and dynamic as the city itself. Once the sun goes down, seek out the inviting lights of Clematis Street or CityPlace. You’ll find everything from trendy cocktail bars and comedy clubs to spirited, Irish-themed pubs and sports bars.
Respectable Street on Clematis has long been a mainstay for locals and visitors looking to let their hair down. Depending on the night, you might find DJs filling the floor with pumping dance music or raucous big-name bands playing guitar-driven rock.
The schools are another highlight of West Palm Beach, with a variety of excellent educational options. From public and private choices to college prep and performing arts schools, no matter your child’s interests or learning style, they’re sure to find a place they will thrive. Highlights include Palm Beach Day Academy, Rosarian Academy, Oxbridge Academy, Suncoast, Dreyfoos School of the Arts, St. Andrews, Discovery Day Preschool, and South Olive Elementary.