When it comes to choosing your Delray Beach real estate, the most popular options will be within walking distance of downtown. It’s time to take a stroll down Atlantic Avenue and end your walk down at the city’s sandy beaches.
The unique approach that Delray Beach has taken, in terms of separating business and beaches, started decades ago. It all began when the city denied the construction of high-rises on the oceanfront because they didn’t want the iconic view to be blocked from within the city. Instead, businesses were channeled towards Atlantic Avenue.
This has created a transition from businesses to beaches that crosses the Intracoastal Waterway and runs a dozen blocks west from there. Over the last decade, the downtown section of the city has evolved into a living, breathing hub where people flock to the local real estate so they can be within walking distance.
Two local residents, Kim and Kevin Radisewitz, moved here from Chicago to escape the Midwest winters and plan for their retirement. They chose a three-bedroom townhome in Latitude, a newer condominium and townhome development in the city. Since they work from home, they were able to convert the other two bedrooms into offices.
“We’re big runners and bikers and we compete in triathlons,” Kim says, “Delray is a good area for us to spend the winter, and we’re only a mile and a half from the ocean.” The Intracoastal Waterway separates the mainland from the beachfront. At night, the beaches are quiet and serene. In the mornings you’ll find runners, power walkers, pedestrians, and people walking their dogs.
West of the Intracoastal Waterway, Atlantic Avenue’s nightlife goes through the night and into the early morning hours. The restaurants and bars that line the streets have an open-air design to let the energy out into the open. Vic & Angelo’s is a favorite destination for their charred-crust pizzas. Linda Bean’s Perfect Maine Lobster Cafe is known for their lobster rolls.
In all, there are over 80 restaurants in the city that can cater to any palate. During the day you can also take advantage of golf courses, art galleries, museums, and cultural tours. Local parks also offer baseball diamonds, soccer fields, tennis courts, and swimming pools.
Miller Park, for example, has all of these sports facilities. Pompey Park is home to a $1 million dollar pool. Veteran’s Park overlooks the scenic Intracoastal Waterway as well. Richwagen’s Cycle Center on Atlantic Avenue offers bicycle rentals for those who want to ride down the street towards the beach and back.
Residents here enjoy a tropical rainforest climate classification. Summers are hot and humid, making the beach a necessity. Winters are warm and dry compared to other parts of the world. While everything here is amazing, it’s the beaches that make people stay for the long-haul. Travel Holiday magazine even named Delray Municipal Beach as the top beach in the southeastern United States.
The sheer variety in the types of real estate in Delray Beach is incredible. Here you will find oceanfront estates that sell for millions of dollars, along with 1950’s bungalows that have been perfectly preserved. In addition to this, you can also find Intracoastal condos placed on either side of Atlantic Avenue. Your choices are truly limitless.
One of the most popular mid-rise condo options is the Meridian where you can find two-bedroom, 1,200 square foot properties for roughly $350,000. Over in Pineapple Grove you can find artsy and modern styles. You will also find condos and townhomes that are adjacent to, and above the restaurants and boutiques of Atlantic Avenue. Some examples are:
These condos are a mere walk from the new DU20 holistic spa, the home furnishing store Beached Boat Co., and Chef Dennis Max’s farm-to-fork restaurant called Max’s Harvest.
Yet another neighborhood is the nearby Banker’s Row, which is located on the shores of Lake Ida. This is a massively popular area with homes ranging from pastel-colored cottages, to Mediterranean Revival mansions. Prices here range from $300,000 to over $1 million depending on the home’s proximity to the lake.
Come for the beaches, stay for the wide variety of Delray Beach real estate. This is the perfect place to call home, and a beautiful city that takes pride in maintaining the natural wonders of the South Florida coast. Whether you’re looking for seaside living, or a condo close to the nightlife, this city has everything you could want or need in one place!
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