I often get asked by people looking to move to West Palm Beach what my favorite neighborhoods are. When I first came to West Palm Beach over a decade ago, we spent months going through each of the areas before settling on a neighborhood to move into.
That’s one of the things I love about West Palm Beach – it’s not all about downtown or gated communities. There’s a good variety of small neighborhoods which are very accessible price-wise for small families and first-time homeowners.
Now the market is on fire again and you see “For Sale” signs popping up everywhere as homeowners take advantage of the market. But even though prices are high, there are still deals to be had. Let’s take a look at a few of my favorite eastern West Palm Beach neighborhoods which still offer great deals on homes.
The South End
The South End is my neighborhood, which stretches from Southern Boulevard to Lake Worth. This is a cool and varied neighborhood, with prices ranging from a low of $200,000 to a high of million-dollar homes on the Intracoastal. No two streets are alike. Some have bigger homes, others have smaller homes. The jewel of the neighborhood is South Olive Elementary School, which has drawn many young families to the neighborhood.
The City of West Palm Beach is on the cusp of a major improvement project of the West Palm Beach municipal golf course. This will spur more development and interest in the surrounding neighborhood, which is between I-95 and Dixie Highway, south of Forest Hill Boulevard.
Mark this neighborhood down as “up & coming.”
Just south of Downtown
Heading a little closer to Downtown between Belvedere Road and Okeechobee Boulevard, we go through some very cute smaller neighborhoods such as Sunshine Park, Pineapple Park, Flamingo Park and Grandview Heights.
These neighborhoods are less pricey than the El Cid neighborhood, which is to the east between Dixie Highway and Flagler Drive. The close proximity to Downtown makes these neighborhoods extremely walkable with easy access to both the Dixie corridor and the new Warehouse District and CityPlace.
These neighborhoods offer a mix of smaller historic single-family homes, larger Spanish mission-style homes and townhouses. Opening soon is Park Slope town and courtyard homes which will offer 14 luxury homes built in classic Art Deco style overlooking Howard Park in the Grandview Heights Historic District.
Howard Park is one of the more underrated parks in the city, located directly to the west of the Grandview Heights neighborhood. The park is complete with soccer and baseball fields, basketball and tennis courts, a playground for kids and the “City Paws” dog park.
Stretching past Downtown to the north, we reach the Northwood neighborhoods, consisting of North Shore, Northwood Hills, Historic Old Northwood and Pinewood Park, to name a few. These neighborhoods stretch from the shores of Lake Mangonia to the Intracoastal waterway.
They are often overlooked due to their proximity to some of the “rougher” areas of the city, but they are great neighborhoods to live in and have beautiful homes and residents that include the Mayor of West Palm Beach and many more.
A lot of work has gone into the development of Northwood Village over the last decade, and the upcoming reconstruction and development of Currie Park is putting even more focus on this area. Additional apartments and condos are planned, so look forward to seeing even more interest in this area as it continues to develop.
I had the opportunity to talk to Stephanie Carles, a “concierge Realtor” who works with many clients who are moving to West Palm Beach from both around the country as well as from her native France.
“The smaller West Palm Beach neighborhoods are charming and offer benefits that may not be obvious to the locals,” said Carles. “I talk to a lot of people who start looking in high-priced areas like Palm Beach Gardens or Jupiter, but end up moving into West Palm Beach. Even though they can afford big homes in the suburbs, they are more interested in homes with a style and character in a strong neighborhood.”
Carles added that many home buyers don’t want to deal with HOA rules but still want access to city amenities. “These are things that the West Palm Beach neighborhoods offer that are quite rare in many cities,” she said.
These are a few of the neighborhoods in West Palm Beach, but there’s lots more to explore and discover. A great way to get to know a neighborhood is to take part in one of their home and garden tours or progressive dinners. They usually occur around the holidays and cost about $100.