Wednesday, August 9, 2017 / by Carl Gentile
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PALM BEACH COUNTY
Welcome to paradise, where the sun shines, rain storms come and go quickly, the skies are always blue and the grass is always green. There’s no need for snow shovels, ice picks or window scrapers here. This is, after all, Florida.
Imagine starting the day with a sunrise paddle boarding yoga session, followed by brunch somewhere glamorous on Palm Beach. After lunch, peruse the specialty shops on Worth Avenue, enjoy a sweet cooling treat at Sloan’s Ice Cream shop on Clematis Street. Then, enjoy a show at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. Head back into the heart of downtown West Palm Beach for dinner, watch the sun set over the ocean, and return to Clematis for its lively nightlife.
Palm Beach County is the quintessential land of perpetual sunshine. On average, summertime temperatures hit in the 90F range, while during the winter, temperatures drop to about 74°F during the day. For those who love the outdoors, sunshine and a rich cultural environment, with great shopping, impressive schools and magnificent homes, Palm Beach County is the place to be.
For those looking to escape the cold, frigid winters, never fear – the last time it snowed in Palm Beach County was in 1987. There is, however, enough rain – approximately 62 inches a year – making Palm Beach County wonderful for gardening and creating your own backyard tropical oasis.
Each year, more and more people are flocking to the county. Developers Minto, Avenir, GL Homes and more, are planning and breaking ground on inclusive communities with state-of-the-art homes, convenient living and stellar amenities. In short, Palm Beach County is the place to be, and the developers know it and are working to meet the demand.
Buildings and homes vary in architectural style throughout the county. Each year, homes are becoming increasingly more elaborate. Older homes, following more of the Florida-style, single level homes, are still available in some communities, whereas homeowner associations are extremely popular, as are gated developments.
Palm Beach County, with 38 villages, cities and incorporated towns, offers every kind of living imaginable. Whether you are looking for an active senior community, somewhere to raise a young family, or somewhere for singles to flourish, the county has a little bit of everything, providing the perfect niche for everyone, regardless of preferences. It is the largest county in the State of Florida, covering 2,268 square miles, including Lake Okeechobee and the Intracoastal Waterway, which account for 245 square miles, and 45 linear beach miles. It is so large, in fact, that is covers more land area than Rhode Island or Delaware. With 45 miles of shoreline, also known as Florida’s Gold Coast, lakes and ponds, and a strong canal system, water is never far away.
With a population of almost 1.4 million (as of 2015) and growing, Palm Beach County is the third largest in Florida, coming in behind Miami-Dade and Broward counties. West Palm Beach, with its shopping, nightlife and trendy atmosphere, is the largest city, covering 52 square miles with a population of approximately 106,525. Following West Palm Beach, or WPB, is Boca Raton (87,776 residents), Boynton Beach (72,784 residents), Delray Beach (63,175 residents) and Wellington, the “Winter Equestrian Capital of the World,” with 59,860 residents.
Jobs are available in many fields, including the top three industries in Palm Beach County: tourism, construction and agriculture. With the Scripps Research Institute and the Max Planck Florida Institute of Neuroscience located in Jupiter, at the northeast end of the county, there is a booming bioscience industry. Technology also has its place in Palm Beach County, where the startup life is prevalent, whether the focus be on algae, mechanics, apps or equine medical advances.
Palm Beach County offers many different options for living, be it a fast-paced, adventurous and exciting; calm, quiet and relaxing or somewhere in between. And only 55-75 miles from the Bahamas depending where you are! That is just a short boat trip or flight away! There is always a movie, concert or show to experience, shopping to be done or a museum or gallery to explore. Outdoors, there is an abundance of parks and recreational areas, perfect for leisurely strolls along the beach, a meandering walk through the trees or an aquatic adventure on water skis, a boat, jet skis, paddle boarding or surfing. Palm Beach County offers a little bit of everything and anything for everyone - this is a place you do not want to miss.