So you are looking for a place to move, but don’t really have an idea where. Well allow me to throw out a crazy idea, how about Florida? Not just Florida either, but Florida’s Delray Beach on the south-east coast. Believe it or not, once you get past the heat and humidity, Florida is a great place to live. Not only is there amazing scenery everywhere you look, but South Florida also has a rich culture and great food to offer among lots of other things. Now before you stop reading this altogether, let me give you a few more reasons why South Florida and Delray Beach should be your new home.
While the price of real estate in Delray Beach continues to rise as more people flood the area, the current median home price is still only $185,000 which is lower than the national average of $203,400. This means Delray Beach is a great place to live if you want access to some of Florida’s most famous cities without paying the premium that comes with living in one of them. Located in Palm Beach County nestled just south of West Palm Beach, just north of Fort Lauderdale, and only 90 minutes from Miami, you will struggle to decide where you want to go with your free time.
This proximity means if you get tired of the small beach town vibe that Delray Beach has, you can easily make it to a bigger city with even more to offer. I mean, who wouldn’t want to get down to experience the crazy nightlife Miami has to offer every once in awhile. Whatever you are looking for, if Delray Beach doesn’t have it, one of the bigger cities surrounding it will so don’t hesitate to cruise around in style and make the most of Florida’s weather.
If you are looking for a small town where people come to enjoy the sunshine by walking, riding bikes or hanging out on the beach just steps away from great shopping, look no further than Delray Beach and Atlantic Avenue. According to Florida Travel and Life, “Atlantic Avenue is Delray’s energy epicenter. The pedestrian traffic and overflowing alfresco cafes are what residents — full-time and seasonal — love about this city.” The avenue runs right through the middle of the city from the beach to the highway and offers the best shops and eateries in Delray Beach. Atlantic Avenue also happens to be the longest main street in all of Florida, according to Visit Florida.
Another great thing about Delray is how active everyone is. It will seem like a much bigger town than it is simply because most of its residents and visitors love to get out of the house and enjoy the sunshine. You will see lots of people walking or riding bikes around town and even more soaking up the sun on the beach. Furthermore, Florida Life and Travel says Delray’s beach-town-feel “is in part the result of progressive thinking decades ago, when the construction of view-blocking high-rises along the oceanfront was prevented.” Meaning for the foreseeable future, everyone living in Delray will be able to enjoy the picturesque sunrises that start most days.
As the city continues to flourish and grow, it also continues to become more youthful and fun. 85% of Delray’s 64,000 or so people are between the ages of 18 and 62 years old. Because of this more youthful population, restaurants and businesses are starting to stay open later to accommodate more people. “Palm Beach and Boca Raton may be quiet by 10 p.m., but in Delray, restaurants stay open until 2 a.m.,” says the New York Post.
As the day turns into night, Delray Beach is transformed into a bustling nighttime attraction. Beachgoers begin to leave the sand and make their way across the Intracoastal Waterway leaving the beach and coastal areas empty and making downtown the jumping and lively place everyone has come to know and love. I mean, after all, the New York Post did name Delray Beach as South Florida’s next “it” town and you can see why after just one night out.
Lastly, the weather in South Florida and Delray Beach specifically is absolutely amazing, you can expect sun and warm temperatures throughout the year. Delray’s lowest average temperatures come in the months of January and February and only drop as low as 71oF. So leave your snow shovels and heavy jackets at your old place because you will not be needing them in your new home.
Delray’s weather is also great to create your own little tropical oasis in your backyard. Those high average temperatures mean you will never really have to worry about your plants getting too cold and there’s enough rain, about 62 inches a year in Palm Beach County, to where you wouldn’t have to worry about them drying out either.
Simply put, Delray Beach is the place to live if you have ever wanted a nice tropical garden of your own, wonderful shopping and nightlife, or just an affordable beach town to call home. Forget about all of the things you have heard of about Florida and give this wonderful place a try, I am sure you will fall in love after you spend your first day here.
Jeremy is a online journalist who focuses on lifestyle and real estate trends locally. He is passionate about everything sports, as well as family, travel and outdoors. He can often be found splurging in episodes of Game of Thrones with his new puppy, Cooper.