In artistic terms, Palm Beach portrays a colorful combination of realism and the abstract. The turquoise blue ocean, white sand beaches, bright green Sea Grape bushes, and lustrous sunshine present a paradisal backdrop for the exquisite estates, manicured lawns, and Mediterranean-inspired architecture.
The people of Palm Beach showcase a symbolic style that dates back to fashionista First Lady, Jackie O. Kennedy, and ionic designer Lilly Pulitzer. With traditional pink and green patterns and current blue and green attire, the clothes mimic the island’s energetic charm. Combined, these elements create a conceptual canopy that exists outside the realm of impressionism-style paintings. Defining Palm Beach is as difficult as describing fine art because the island encompasses both organic beauty and luxurious lifestyles, Casual, comfortable, and classic, Palm Beach is the pinnacle of paradise.
Not surprisingly, real estate in Palm Beach is a coveted commodity. Known as “snow birds,” part-time Palm Beachers spend the winter months here and the summer months in the Hamptons, Nantucket, or other well known northern towns. Historically, the island’s “high season” begins in October and concludes in May, with numerous galas, private parties, and societal events taking place in the winter months. During the summer, the quiet town remains operative, although many local restaurants and boutiques adjust their work schedules accordingly.
Palm Beach Island is divided into three primary sections: the estate section, in-town and the north end. These three primary areas are characterized by their location, aesthetics, and amenities.
The Estate Section
From Worth Avenue to Sloan’s Curve, the estate section of Palm Beach is well-known for its expansive home sites, which span from the Intracoastal to the Atlantic Ocean. Situated off South Ocean Boulevard, also known as “billionaire’s row,” several of the homes have private, gated pathways that lead directly to the white sand beach. Often, cabana-style pool homes are constructed closer to the beach so that residents have easy access to a bathroom, full kitchen, sitting area, and storage facility.
The front entrance of the homes are typically gated and lined with boxwood hedges, providing privacy from cars and passerbyers on the boulevard. The gated driveways lead to majestic front door entrances and into ornate foyers. From an interior perspective, many of the homes in the estate feature marble flooring, custom kitchens, wine cellars, game rooms, libraries, spacious bedrooms, and more than 10,000 square feet of indoor living space. Commonly, the backyard boasts a private swimming pool, dock, boat lift, and guest quarters. Homes in the estate section are priced upward of $30 million.
Condos in Palm Beach’s estate section include 2600 South Ocean, 330 South Ocean, 400 South Ocean, and 2770 South Ocean. Most of the condos feature open floor plans, private balconies, and views of the Atlantic Ocean. Amenities typically include a swimming pool, fitness facility, picnic area, and beach access. Oceanview condos for sale in Palm Beach’s estate section generally range from $1 million to more than $7 million.
This area of Palm Beach is home to one of the most exclusive golf club’s in the country, The Everglades. Working collaboratively, Paris Singer and Addison Mizner designed the structure as a hospital during World War I. After the war ended, the facility transitioned into a private club, featuring a yacht basin, tennis courts, social room, and golf course. Designed by Seth Raynor, the 18-hole championship golf course first opened in 1919. Today, the ultra-private club maintains its posh reputation, enforcing a strict no cell phone, no picture policy and restricting its internet presence with no website.
In-Town | Central Palm Beach
Abutting the Everglades Club is Worth Avenue, a swanky street well known for its high end shops such as Gucci, Neiman Marcus, Jimmy Choo, Milou, Esplanade, and Graff Jewelry. The area between Worth Avenue and Wells Road is known as in-town or center Palm Beach. Here, homes are nestled along tree-lined streets, giving it a true “neighborhood” vibe. Oceanfront homes are located along N. Ocean Boulevard and waterfront homes along the Intracoastal Waterway are situated on Northlake Trail, a scenic street that leads to the Palm Beach Country Club.
Interestingly, single family homes are a mix of either British Colonial, West Indies, or Mediterranean-inspired architecture. Homes feature privacy walls, backyard pools, courtyards, and stately front entrances. Designated neighborhoods include Erbs Daisy, Orange Grove, Poinciana Park, and Royal Park.
In-town condo communities are an attractive option for seasonal residents because they offer sensational views of the sparkling blue ocean or serene Intracoastal Waterway and feature an array of luxurious amenities such as garage parking, heated swimming pool, fitness facilities, rooftop decks, libraries, game rooms, and direct beach access. Additionally, in-town Palm Beach homes and condos are within walking distance to The Breakers, Worth Avenue, Pan Gardens, the Society of Four Arts, and acclaimed dining establishments.
The northern section of Palm Beach stretches from Wells Road to East Inlet Road. This posh property includes real estate around the Palm Beach Country Club, along the Intracoastal Waterway, around the Palm Beach Inlet, and down the Atlantic Ocean. Tucked away from the businesses and nightlife, the North End of Palm Beach is a tranquil, tropical oasis. The eclectic mix of architectural designs, which include Bungalow, Bermuda, West Indies, Spanish, and Classical models, cultivates an unparalleled charm that reflects the uniqueness of South Florida. Home prices vary depending on location and lot size; typically waterfront estates are priced upward of $20 million, while interior homes range in price from $3 to $8 million.
Many residents frequent the Palm Beach Country Club, a private golf club situated on 80 acres of waterfront real estate between the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway. Originally designed by Donald Ross, the golf course itself is the ideal balance of challenge and leisure. With an older, affluent clientele, the objective is to equally enjoy camaraderie with friends on the green while fine-tuning the golfer’s game. Off course, the club features well-appointed locker rooms, a grand social room, and notorious dining selections, including a sensational dessert bar. Following suit of Palm Beach’s philanthropic culture, members are required to showcase a heart for helping and contributing to causes to be eligible for membership.
Generous givers, vibrant personalities, opulent amenities, stately architecture, and a coastal setting colorfully blend together to create a beautiful, artistic masterpiece: the Palm Beach lifestyle. This luxurious lifestyle is tantalizingly timeless. For more information on Palm Beach real estate, Palm Beach oceanfront condos, or other properties in Palm Beach County, contact a specialist at NV Realty Group today.