Island of Palm Beach Florida: The Origins of South Florida Decadence
Henry Flagler began construction of the Florida East Coast Railroad in 1885 with the intention of transforming the rather undeveloped areas of Central and North Florida into winter playgrounds for the nation’s leisure class. As a young man Henry Flagler achieved a reputation as a dashing and genius visionary with his development of resort hotels on Florida’s Gulf Coast, most notably with the construction of the opulent Tampa Bay Hotel in 1891. Henry Flagler dedicated the latter portion of his life to developing the sub-tropical area of South Florida. From the late 19th to early 20th century he laid railroad tracks from Daytona Beach all the way down to Fort Pierce. In his exploration of South Florida he discovered a land with unlimited potential for development and transformation into a veritable resort-style paradise. And in a small island off of the South-East coast of Florida he found an untapped frontier that was flourishing with natural beauty and potential.
The Island of Palm Beach is a small island located just off of the Golf Coast of South Florida, separated from the cities of Lake Worth and West Palm Beach by the Intracoastal Waterway.
The history of Palm Beach Florida begins with Flagler’s Royal Poinciana Hotel, completed in 1894. The Royal Poinciana was Flagler’s first foray into the area now known as Palm Beach. Later he would open the world-famous Breaker’s Hotel in 1896, located on the beach front property of the Royal Poinciana Hotel. These early resorts represent the founding ideas for which the island of Palm Beach was developed on, and for what Palm Beach luxury estates embody in the modern age…. class, comfort, and luxury.
Island of Palm Beach Mansions and Intracoastal Estates
Palm Beach is divided into three different sections. The area located south of Worth Ave. is known as the Estate Section. During the 1920′s the Estate Section was home to some of the nations most dignified families. Today the Estate Section is a mix of old and new mansions. Some Palm Beach mansions for sale even span over an entire block.
The middle portion of Palm Beach is a mix of condominiums, townhomes, and luxury mansions. Mid-town is home to the islands shopping and dining district and mixes island privacy with urban amenities. The Northern portion of Palm Beach island is praised for being a residential, family-oriented neighborhood. Zoning restrictions prevent the construction of commercial structures and condominiums, ensuring that the North-End retain its friendly and warm atmosphere. Many Palm Beach luxury real estate properties enjoy the use of their own private dock space, making yachting and fishing some of the preferred recreational activities in Palm Beach. The waters off of Palm Beach are a deep, rich blue, providing Palm Beach mansions and Palm Beach intracoastal estates with a pristine background that is unmatched in South Florida.
Island of Palm Beach – An Unmatched Nightlife and Lifestyle
The neighboring area of West Palm Beach was originally developed as servants’ quarters for the employees of Flagler’s resort hotels, but since then West Palm Beach has become massively popular as a vibrant city and a cultural hub for the surrounding areas. West Palm Beach is where the nightlife thrives. The historical district of Clematis Street is world renowned for its high-end restaurants and stylish shops. Residents can find unique and haute couture clothing on Clematis Street that is not available in any other part of the country. The area of City Place is a Mediterranean and Venetian style promenade filled with elegant fountains, lavish clubs, gourmet restaurants, and exciting bars. Every weekend City Place is packed with South Florida’s most sophisticated and affluent who are looking for an exciting night out on the town.
Flagler’s luxurious Royal Poinciana Hotel eventually closed in 1934. The Breakers Hotel, after frequent re-buildings and renovations, still remains in Palm Beach to this day. What used to be the playground for the Vanderbilts and the Carnegies has been modernized into a state of the art tropical resort paradise for South Floridians. The Breakers offers nine different restaurants, five bars, ten tennis courts, and 36 scenic holes of golf. There are also many other exclusive country clubs in Palm Beach and the surrounding areas. On the island of Palm Beach there is the members only Palm Beach Country Club, famous for its famous private parties and impeccably lush grounds. The neighboring area of West Palm Beach is home to Bear Lakes Country Club and the President Country Club.
Words can only begin to describe the majesty and the magic of Palm Beach Real Estate generally and Palm Beach Luxury Real Estate in particular which represents some of the most gorgeous luxury real estate in Palm Beach County Florida. Palm Beach’s deep history, nostalgic architecture, and sheer natural beauty truly make it one of Florida’s greatest treasures notwithstanding its Palm Beach premier estate properties. It is something you must see for yourself.
Nowhere is opulence and extravagance greater exemplified and in abundance per square foot than on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach. Worth Avenue represents the winter playground for the rich and famous to both see and be seen. Designer stores, high fashion, exquisite jewelry shops such as Tiffany’s and beautifully manicured and maintained Palm-Tree lined streets and boulevards abound. A piece of the South of France located amongst some of the finest luxury real estate in Palm Beach County Florida.
Palm Beach Island real estate is not immune to the real estate price depreciation that many areas nationwide have experienced, and Palm Beach short sales and Palm Beach foreclosures and particularly luxury foreclosures in Palm Beach do exist which represent compelling investment and ownership opportunities. Luxury short sales in Palm Beach and Luxury foreclosures in Palm Beach area niche specialty at Palm Beach Premier Real Estate.
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