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By Margie Casey | Broker in Florida

Is Delray Beach now the Best City in South Florida to Retire?

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One of the best small towns in South Florida, Delray Beach is an art lover and foodie's paradise. This retro downtown on Atlantic Avenue leading to the beaches is lined with Royal Palm trees, outdoor cafes, public art, bicycle stands and doggie bowls filled with water welcoming man's best friend. Each month, festivals draw Floridian's from both the north and south to enjoy live entertainment, great food and Village by the Sea.

The white sandy beaches of Delray Beach are Blue Wave certified clean beaches lined with rental cabanas and water sports. Pastel colored affordable Delray beach homes with white picket fences or Mediterranean style townhomes can be found within walking or bicycling distance to the beach. If you're searching for where to retire in Florida, here are reasons why to consider Delray Beach, the Village by the Sea:


No doubt one of Florida's coolest small art towns, Delray Beach has about a dozen art galleries to explore in downtown. The Pineapple Grove Arts District is where you will find art studios, sidewalk sales and frequent art festivals. In the spring, South Florida's largest art festival takes place called the Delray Affair. Traveling art exhibits are on display at the Cornell Museum of Art along Atlantic Avenue. The Artists' Guild in Delray Beach is a great place to meet new friends and has over 450 members. The Old School Square on Swinton Avenue is home to The School of Art & Photography. Whether you prefer drama, laughter or music, the Delray Beach Playhouse is the host of Broadway plays and musical concerts. The Crest Theatre is an intimate 323 seat theater providing the Broadway Cabaret Series, Lecture Series and Main Stage Series, performances year round at the theater.


At an elevation of 20 feet, the Delray Beach average winter temperatures range in the 60's from December through February. From May to September, the average temperatures are in the 80's. The closer you live to Delray Beach itself, the more you will enjoy the cooler ocean breezes and avoid the afternoon summer thunderstorms.


The Lifelong Learning Society ( LLS ) is located in Boca Raton Florida, 10 miles south of downtown Delray Beach. LLS has more than 10,000 active members. Courses geared towards mature adults are offered on the topics of science, philosophy, music, art, film, foreign policy and current events. Lectures run from four to eight weeks during the fall, winter and spring. LLS is a part of the Florida Atlantic University, Florida's 10th largest college. Palm Beach State College discontinued their Center for Lifetime Learning in March 2011.

Delray Medical Center, a 493 bed facility is on the list of America's 50 Best Hospitals. They specialize in Cardiovascular Care, Strokes, Hospice, Orthopedics, Surgery, Urology and is a nationally ranked Heart Center. Bethesda Memorial Hospital, a 401 bed facility is to the north in Boynton Beach. With 525 physicians and 2,300 employees, this large hospital group prides itself in providing quality health care in a caring manner. Their Cancer Center, Heart Hospital and Stroke Center provide more in depth comprehensive health care services. Hospice by the Sea in Boca Raton provides hospice care and palliative care whether it's in the home, at an extended care facility or hospital.

Palm Beach County is known as Florida's Golf Capital with more than 160 golf courses in the county. Delray Beach specifically is known for tennis. Although there are 1,100 tennis courts in the Palm Beach County, the Delray Beach Tennis Center has 14 clay courts, 7 hard courts and an 8,200 seat tennis stadium. The Delray Beach International Tennis Championships and Chris Evert Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic takes place at the Delray Beach Tennis Center. Downtown Delray Beach is a bicycle friendly area. Volleyball, sailing and scuba diving are popular water sports along the beach.


Unless you dine out every night, it could take you years to taste the cuisine at the restaurants in downtown Delray Beach. Just about every type of food is available. According to Yelp, there are more than 40 highly rated restaurants in Delray Beach. The sound of live entertainment from the restaurants and sidewalk cafes can easily be found walking along Atlantic Avenue. Along the sidewalks are one of kind boutiques and art galleries. Mega shopping malls can be found to the north in Palm Beach and to south in Boca Raton. The Atlantic Antique Merchant Mall in Delray Beach has over 100 antique exhibitors. From October through May, the Delray GreenMarket offers fresh produce, flowers and gourmet food on Saturdays. 


Delray Beach homes for sale average in the mid $200k's. The closer you get to the beach, the higher the home prices climb. People who understand Delray Beach like us, know it's all about living near the beach. Townhomes and condominiums can be found walking distance to downtown and the Pineapple Grove Arts District. Master planned gated communities are common west of Interstate 95. The Delray Beach 2012 property tax millage rate is 7.803. Visit our library to learn how to calculate property taxes in Florida.  

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By Nicole Marks Mason,  Sat Feb 18 2012, 18:16
Delray Beach is wonderful. Atlantic Avenue is such a treat to walk around and eat in one of the many great restaurants.
By Marc Jablon,  Sun Feb 19 2012, 06:40
Can't argue with you on this issue. Delray Beach is definitely a great place to live, work, and play.

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