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About Delray Beach, FL
Delray Beach is located approximately 52 miles north of Miami, along Florida’s Gold Coast. It has a population of approximately 69,000, and a land area of roughly 15.8 miles.
Located in Palm Beach County, it is nestled between Boynton Beach to the North, Boca Raton to the South, and a series of urbanized neighborhoods and gated communities often know as “West Delray”, as well as the boundary of the Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge portion of the Everglades.
Delray Beach lies within a tropical climate zone, with an average of 235 sunny days per year. The winters are short and very mild, and the summers are hotter and humid, with above-average rainfall. August is the hottest month of the year, with an average temperature of 90 degrees.
With 3 separate airports within 30 miles (Boca Raton, Palm Beach International, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International), and Miami International 54 miles away, Delray Beach is very accessible for travelers.
Delray Beach was awarded the “Happiest Seaside Town” designation by Coastal Living in 2015, and named “Most Fun Small Town in America” by Rand McNally and USA Today.
Delray Beach Real Estate
With its beautiful beaches, upscale arts and entertainment culture, accessibility, and relaxed charm, Delray Beach is one of the Gold Coast’s most sought-after real estate markets. It is a great place to experience coastal living, whether you are starting out, vacationing, or retiring.
Delray Beach offers a great variety of condo properties and single-family homes to suit your needs. The city’s layout means you are never far from amenities like shopping, recreation, or the beach. From large homes in gated golf course communities to beautifully maintained condo complexes along the Intracoastal Waterway, from single-family homes on large lots to exquisite ocean-front mansions, the city showcases the best in casually elegant South Florida living. Condo properties are bright and spacious, with well-appointed kitchens featuring stainless steel appliances, and walk-in closets for extra storage. There is a good balance of all ages and age-restricted complexes, but both often offer recreational facilities like pools, fitness centers, tennis, and pickleball courts.
Single-family homes are generally bungalows or 2-floors, with large kitchens and common areas. Discover beautifully renovated homes with contemporary decor, and kitchens updated with the latest appliances and premium finishes. Functional indoor-outdoor spaces are common for all seasons.
Luxury listings in Delray Beach often feature either Mediterranean or Caribbean stylings, with lushly landscaped properties. Stunning interiors feature vaulted ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, and premium tile, porcelain, or hardwood floors synonymous with tropical living. These versatile layouts are often geared towards entertaining or hosting overnight guests. Outdoor spaces are equally opulent, with beautifully designed pools, spas, outdoor bars, and gorgeous views.
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Delray Beach Attractions
Delray Beach is famous for its lively main street, inviting beach weather, beautiful scenery, a thriving arts scene, and interesting culture that stretches back centuries. Nestled amongst better-known areas like the Palm Beaches and Boca Raton, Delray Beach is a hidden gem with fewer crowds, lower price tags, and no shortage of fun things to see and do!
Atlantic Avenue is the center of action in Delray Beach, a pedestrian-friendly thoroughfare with brick sidewalks, gaslight-style street lamps, and an endless variety of restaurants, pubs, shops, galleries, and even a pinball museum. Many of the city’s best eateries are located along the promenade or within the downtown core. Be sure to check out top-rated local spots City Oyster and Sushi Bar, Cafe Luna Rosa, Cabana, Dada, Patio Delray, and Cut 432.
Keeping with its laid-back charm, Delray Beach does not have any indoor or outdoor shopping malls. Delray Marketplace is an assortment of boutiques, beauty stores, grocers, and restaurants. There are; however, many malls and outlets in nearby communities like Boca Raton and Palm Beach. The Winter Green Market is an open-air, weekly market in downtown Delray, with over 65 vendors selling farm-to-table produce, fruits and juices, dairy products, baked goods, and more, along with live entertainment.
Arts, history, and culture thrive in Delray Beach. There are two separate arts districts to explore- Pineapple Grove, located just off Atlantic Avenue, is a colorful mix of galleries, murals, public art, bistros, and wine bars, and Old School Square features live performances and the Cornell Art Museum. The Spady Cultural Heritage Museum showcases the heritage of African-Americans in Palm Beach County, and Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens feature lush gardens established over 100 years ago by Japanese émigrés.
The City of Delray Beach takes its beaches seriously. Delray Municipal Beach features chair and cabana rentals, white-sand shores, and warm crystal-clear waters. With the Bahamas islands off the coast blocking the major swell from across the Atlantic Ocean, the waters are calmer here, allowing for activities like snorkeling, paddle boarding, and ocean kayaking.
The Intercoastal Waterway separating Delray Beach from the coastline is a very popular boating spot, and offshore fishing is extremely popular, with sailfish, tuna, mahi-mahi, wahoo, grouper, snapper, and more all catchable within sight of land. One important note- there is no inlet in Delray Beach for ocean access, but this can be accessed via either the Boynton Beach or Boca Raton inlets.
Delray Beach is known as one of the top tennis towns in the United States, with several large tennis clubs and the ProWorld Tennis Academy. The Delray Beach Tennis Center features 20 clay and hard courts, and an 8,200 stadium that hosts the annual ATP Delray Beach Open, as well as various Fed Cup and Davis Cup events. For a relatively small coastal city, Delray Beach also features an impressive number of top-notch private golf and country clubs, including the Mizner Country Club, the Gleneagles Country Club, and the Addison Reserve Country Club, which is ranked as #7 of the top 150 clubs in the country. There are also 2 excellent public courses, the Lakeview Golf Club, and the Delray Beach Golf Club.
Delray Beach Education
Delray Beach schools are controlled by the School District of Palm Beach County. Niche.com gives the district a B+ rating. The top-ranked public schools are Morikami Park Elementary School and Banyan Creek Elementary School. There are several charter and private school options available in the area as well, including Western Academy Charter School, The American Academy, and American Heritage Schools.
Delray Beach Real Estate Stats
|Average Home Price||$430K|
|Lowest Priced Home||$0|
|Highest Listing Price||$4.3B|
|Total Property Listings||518,240|
|Avg. Days On Market||166|
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