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Scott Sherry, Real Estate Pro in Delray Beach, FL

what's the elevation in Delray Beach, and how does it compare to surounding towns?

Asked by Scott Sherry, Delray Beach, FL Tue Feb 18, 2014

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Dear Scott,
it's available on the FEMA site.

For information on any Delray Beach property, check out:

Jen Sommers

Jennifer Susanne Sommers
Luxury Real Estate Specialist/Top 5 Producer
Nestler Poletto Sotheby's International Realty
200 East Palmetto Park Road, Suite 104
Boca Raton, FL 33432
Direct – 561-235-7777
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 10, 2014
Dear Scott,
Yes, the elevation averages 7-10 feet in Delray Beach. It is fairly flat; however, you have natural ridges in the area that create in some neighborhoods a little differential in elevation. For example, Chapel Hill is a neighborhood that is located on the Boynton/Delray Beach border behind Bethesda Memorial Hospital. Of course it is named after a naturally occurring, albeit subtle hill, that the hospital and St. Joseph School had the advantage of sitting atop. And then there is Ocean Ridge just north of Delray Beach, also named after a natural ridge.

From a logistic standpoint as a home buyer, generally speaking if you buy property west of Federal Highway, you are not in an evacuation zone for hurricanes. When selling beachside properties, I tell my clients what they can expect in the event of a major storm, with evacuations and bridges up until all is well. The intracoastal is a natural buffer for the homes west of it from a water management standpoint. Flood insurance has been typically extremely affordable, under $500/year in most cases. New rulings are going to enforce some rate increases this spring.

If you have any other questions about the Delray Beach area, what it is like to live here, and what kind of neighborhoods there are, please feel free to contact me as someone who has lived here most of my life, as well as a luxury & waterfront specialist. www. jenkilpatrick.com is my website and best of luck in your Florida living plans.

Best Regards, Jennifer

Jennifer Kilpatrick/Corcoran
Luxury and Waterfront Specialist
901 George Bush Blvd.
Delray Beach, FL 33483

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Mar 1, 2014
I recently looked up the elevations in Delray, and it seems they can be as high has 20 feet above seal level - Lake Ida area. I was surprised to find such a difference between Delray downtown. It does seem very flat but according to the FEMA maps it actually is not so flat.
Flag Tue Apr 28, 2015

Depends where you are in Delray Beach but generally you will see an elevation of approximately 9 feet above sea level. Pretty much true of all of Palm Beach County; we are flat as a pancake. The highest point in Palm Beach County is all the way up there art 53 feet so not much change anywhere.

Fins up.........

Tom Priester
Principal Broker

Paradise Sharks Real Estate
Direct Line 561 308-0175

0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 26, 2014
Unless you are talking about the hills in Clermont, Space Mountain or the trash heaps off the turnpike, everything here is flat, flat, flat.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 18, 2014
I'm not sure your question, at the coast the elevation is sea level like any other coast city. West of I-95 it is hit and miss whether or not a community is in a flood zone. The maps are available on the FEMA website. Click on photo to the right if we need to conduct a home search for you.
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