Waterfront Homes in Palm Beach include estates on the Intracoastal, the ocean, and also Lake Worth Lagoon that spans the entire length of the island. For water lovers, Palm Beach is the pinnacle of living along some form of aquatic paradise, whether that be of the wave producing, or recreational variety.
Palm Beach has a long, and distinguished history, spanning back to the 1870s when settlers arrived to establish farms. A record from those days suggests Palm Beach received its name from a shipwreck called "Providencia" that was carrying coconuts from Cuba to Spain. It was this fortunate happening that brought palm trees to South Florida, as they are not a native plant.
Our first famous resident was Henry Flagler, the founder of Standard Oil. He described Palm Beach as a “veritable paradise," and went to great lengths to promote and develop the island.Mr. Flagler helped establish rail service to Palm Beach, and also built, and rebuilt a hotel that was to become "The Breakers."
Mr. Flagler set the tone for the future residents of Palm Beach. President Kennedy and family once vacationed here, at La Guardia, affectionately known as "The Winter White House." The home sold in 2015 for $31 million.
Society architect Addison Mizner designed La Guerida in 1923, for Rodman Wanamaker of Philadelphia, heir to the Wanamaker Department Store fortune. When the Great Depression sent resources scrambling, the Wanamakers sold the property in 1933 to Joseph Kennedy. Mr. Mizner was also a resident, a transplant from Solano County, California. Formally trained as a resort architect, he adapted the scale to suit single-family, one-of-a-kind designer homes. His personal house, built in 1925 at 720 S. Ocean Boulevard, sold to Harold Vanderbilt, and then to John Lennon.
The island is still a sought-after vacation destination, as well as an idyllic location to raise a family. Low crime rates combined with a network of highly astute educational opportunities encourages citizens of all ages to make Palm Beach their home. Waterfront homes are available all over the island, and you have the luxury of choice in deciding which one best suits your lifestyle.
On Palm Beach, you'll find distinct sections of the island: The North End, Midtown (in-land), South of Sloan's Curve, and the Estate Section. Most Midtown homes are land locked but offer proximity to the cultural activities Palm Beach has to offer.
South of Worth Avenue to Sloan’s Curve is the Estate Section of Palm Beach, with some homes dating back to the 1920s. For example, Mar-a-Lago, built as Marjorie Merriweather Post's winter home, now owned by Trump Corporation, is of the Estate Section's landmark properties.
Estate Section homes tend to reflect the lifestyle of the original inhabitants. Lavish details, formal gardens, a focus on privacy all tie in with living in this part of Palm Beach.
Everglades Island, connected to Palm Beach by Island Road is across from Everglades Golf Course. Abundant water frontage and views of both Palm Beach and West Palm Beach, plus privacy and very few neighbors attract prospective owners. With the location and the view from their balcony, plus a short commute to the conveniences of Midtown, Everglades Island is gaining notoriety for luxury Palm Beach living.
Palm Beach's North End is the epitome of relaxing lifestyle, as it is less traveled than areas like Midtown. You have the opportunity to acquire direct beachfront homes and property along the Palm Beach Bike Trail. Deepwater Intracoastal docks for large watercraft compliment the vacation mindset of the North End.
Midtown means in-town living and offers some of the most beautiful Palm Beach Island homes and condos, and the proximity of Worth Avenue, with events like Wine and Food Festival and the annual Pet Parade. The 1920s bungalows found in the Bungalow Park neighborhood of Midtown are the best of both worlds: quaint, and convenient.
The Henry Flagler Museum, the Royal Poinciana Chapel, Bethesda By the Sea, and The Society of the Four Arts are a sampling of the cultural selection available in Midtown. Royal Palm Way, or as it's affectionately known to Palm Beach residents, "Banker's Row" because of the financial institutions who have offices along the street.