Travel Spotlight: Downtown Delray Beach


Downtown Delray Beach: More Than Worth the Stay

Delray Beach is the perfect blend of lazy beach days and vibrant nightlife, with a dash of afternoon adventures on the side. Known as Florida’s “Village by the Sea”, this quaint city of 60,500 possesses an unparalleled magnetic quality that has attracted residents from around the world.

This is a lifestyle that sports Panama hats sold by individually and locally owned beachside shops, and where everything worth seeing is a charming walk away.

The Seaside Village With an Edge

While Florida boasts of several hip towns containing both urban centers and beaches, Delray Beach’s unique history and urban planning make this city stand far before the rest.

Florida experienced a huge land boom in the 1920s that set the stage for a massive influx of construction prospectors and homeowners hungry for a slice of Florida sun. This prompted undesirable suburban sprawl away from downtown amenities and the growth of view-blocking, oceanfront high-rises.

However, thanks to progressive thinking decades ago, Delray Beach never went down such a path. Mandates prevented the construction of aggressive high-rises and commerce was channeled to the famed Downtown Delray Beach Atlantic Avenue. This avenue sweeps from the beaches, across the Intracoastal Waterway, and pushes several blocks westward.

Lining its sidewalks is a living, breathing downtown, with an array of neighboring real estate. When it comes to selecting the most desirable properties, residents want to know where they can live near the water, while still be able to walk to Atlantic Avenue. After all, this defines a walker’s paradise town.

The variety of desirable walkable properties is staggering. Intracoastal condominiums and townhomes are tucked on either side of this water-thruway, and the beach itself is lined with multi-million dollar waterfront estates featuring Mediterranean Revival mansions neighboring classic 1950s beach bungalows. Many townhomes can be found above and adjacent to the classic restaurants and hip boutiques that line and surround Atlantic Avenue.

Today, Delray Beach is a decisive buyer’s market, with a steady inflow of affluent and mobile young professionals eager to cash in on the hot housing market and the booming South Florida economy.

Not Your Average American Beach Town

delray-beach-most-fun-small-town-badgeThe perfect blend of a booming economy and attractive amenities make the city an all-around “powerhouse” of American destinations. Delray Beach was named one of America’s best small towns by USA Today, claiming the title of “Most Fun”.

Residents and visitors can begin the day combing the shore for sea turtles beforesnorkeling around some of the East Coast’s most visible waters. In the afternoon, grab a bite at one of the city’s over one hundred premier restaurants and an evening martini at a funky local’s bar.

Here are some of our favorite Downtown Delray Beach places and activities:

  • Arts Garage: located at Atlantic and 1st Street. Called “a cultural powerhouse” by the Sun Sentinel and voted one of the top ten destinations by Palm Beach Cultural Council, Arts Garage is a fantastic multi-disciplinary entertainment hub. Enjoy an array of musicians, performers, film presenters, visual artists, and arts educators in a revolving events calendar that includes both local, national, and international talent.

  • Annual Tastemakers of Delray Beach: Delray Beach boasts over a hundred quality restaurants. Lining Atlantic Avenue and surrounding Downtown Delray Beach streets is a verifiable melting pot of international fare. The discerning foodie can choose from Asian, Cuban, Italian, Jamaican, or even the classic New York pizza, among many other tasty options. At the Annual Tastemakers of Delray Beach, the hungry patron can experience a collection of culinary delights in a two-night celebration of food, wine, and cocktails. This annual event features a set-price passport in which attendees can visit a multitude of participating restaurants to experience the best Delray Beach has to offer.

  • Delray GreenMarket in the Park: located at Old School Square Park at Atlantic Avenue and NE 2nd Avenue. Delray Beach has built its reputation on consistently offering something for everyone. This includes a weekly, family-friendly open-air marketplace featuring some of the best vendors throughout South Florida. GreenMarket has been a neighborhood staple since 1996, and remains an engaging community hub for thousands of Delray Beach residents. This Saturday morning destination offers everything from off-the-vine produce, fragrant baked goods, fresh cut flowers, unique artisan crafts, and so much more. A weekend visit to Downtown Delray Beach is not complete without a stop here!

There’s So Much More to Discover in Delray

The above is just a teaser of the city’s multitude of varied arts and entertainment avenues, food enterprises, and family-friendly events. Delray Beach is famed for its award-winning beaches, bustling downtown district, rich cultural heritage, and vibrant nightlife. Regardless of the time of year it is, or the block you wander down, this Village by the Sea has something for everyone. Visit Delray Beach and you will shortly find yourself unequivocally and irrevocably in love with Florida living.

For information about Downtown Delray Beach and it’s luxury properties, contact Nestler Poletto Sotheby’s International Realty at 561.997.7227 or complete our online contact form here:

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10 Reasons You Might Choose Delray Marketplace Over Mizner Park

10-reasons-you-might-choose-delray-marketplace-over-mizner-parkThere’s a new reason to love Delray Beach, Florida and it is Delray Marketplace. Construction of this shopping and entertainment complex on Atlantic Avenue was completed in 2013 and it’s the talk of the town.

There are ample opportunities for unique shopping, fine dining and entertainment including movies, bowling and live events at its amphitheater.

While Mizner Park is a top destination for shopping, dining and entertainment, Delray Marketplace brings in some friendly competition.

delray-theater1. Convenient location

Delray Marketplace’s location is easily accessed from West Delray and West Boca for those in the region who occasionally want a shorter trip than the jaunt to Mizner Park.

The traffic in the area isn’t as heavy as other downtown locations thanks to its more remote placement but it’s easy to reach and adjacent to a Florida Turnpike exit.

2. Village center feel

Said to be trendier than enclosed malls of the area, Delray Marketplace is an ideal place to park and stroll for a few hours.

There are benches and grassy areas to sit and rest feet tired from shopping and many of the restaurants offer exterior seating.

A majority of the shops are open into the later evening hours and it’s a great place to wander beneath the night-darkened Florida skies.

3. Amphitheater

The Marketplace has its own amphitheater with room for 200+ people on a landscaped, grassy area. Limited seating is provided but everyone is invited to bring a chair or blanket to relax on and listen to the sounds of live music under the stars.

There are cocktails available for purchase during the events. The amphitheater is hosting a music fest in February every Thursday night from 5-7 p.m.

4. Variety of restaurants

From fine Italian dining at Terra Fiamma to classic and contemporary American cuisine at Burt & Max’s Grille, there’s food for everyone’s particular tastes. Enjoying a sit-down dinner or grabbing a piece of pizza on the go are easy to do at Delray Marketplace.

5. Sweet treats

Shoppers indulge in sweet treats at Orange Leaf frozen yogurts and the candy store called It’s Sugar. It’s Sugar offers nearly every sweet concoction imaginable from decadent chocolates to nostalgic candy like Pop Rocks. Gift boxes are also available.

6. Movie theater experience

Frank Theaters Cinebowl and Grille is more than just a movie theater. Along with the IMAX Theater, there’s also bowling and great food available. Patrons reserve their seats and they receive the best personal experience possible.

7. Pampering for all

A selection of day spas and salons offer pampering for both men and women. Women indulge in the finest treatments while men polish up their masculine appeal at the aptly named Man Cave Salon.

8. Upscale Shopping

Chico’s and White House/Black Market are just two of the clothing boutique choices at Delray Marketplace. New stores are still being added and it promises to be an interesting shopping mix for the area.

9. Safe environment

Shop, buy groceries, eat, catch a movie and bowl all within the safe environment of Delray Marketplace.

10. Luxury living expanding

The growing population of luxury-living lovers in beautiful Delray Beach led to the prosperous development of Delray Marketplace. It’s a closer destination than Mizner Park with its own unique character.

Mizner Park is great destination but when there’s a need for a quieter area, the Marketplace is an ideal spot to visit.

For more information about the area’s finest luxury homes available near both Mizner Park and Delray Marketplace, click here: Nestler Poletto Sotheby’s International Realty Featured Homes or give us a call at 561.997.7227 and we will be happy to help you discover your South Florida dream home!

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