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.

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Elite Shopping & Dining at Boca Town Center


Premier Upscale Shopping of Boca Raton

Boca Town Center is the premier destination for residents and visitors in Boca Raton. It’s conveniently located near upscale communities like Boca Bath & Tennis.

This luxury shopping destination is the largest completely enclosed, conventional-style shopping mall within Palm Beach County according to Wikipedia.

There’s nothing ordinary about this shopping center that was originally designed with a New York City theme.

A High-Class Shopping Experience

Boca Town Center features indoor atriums with palm trees, planters filled with lush vegetation and blooming flowers, numerous beautifully-designed wishing fountains and glass skylights that provide ample natural light within the pristine center.

The stunning architecture and distinctive style of Boca Town Center is something to behold and keeps visitors gazing around them in a manner beyond window shopping.

There are over 220 sophisticated shops and restaurants beyond the grand entrances of the shopping center.

Ample parking is available in exterior lots and a three-story parking garage. Savvy shoppers take advantage of the valet parking service to save time and start their shopping adventures quickly.

Visitors can even have their car washed while they shop!

For additional convenience, the mall provides courtesy shuttles from the parking areas to the main stores and entrance during normal hours of operation.

The Finest in Speciality Shops & Boutiques

Boca Town Center is anchored by an impressive selection of six department stores including a three-story Bloomingdale’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom (with adjacent parking garage), Macy’s and Sears.

The mall layout is easy to navigate and the main hallways are all on one level without any escalators or stairs to navigate.

Owners of small, posh pooches are permitted to bring their four-legged friends into the mall as long as the dogs remain in a handheld or wheeled carrier at all times.

Shoppers with an eye for sparkle have multiple options to choose from in Boca Town Center:

Tiffany & Co. – Shoppers who step through the tall, glass, vaulted doors into Tiffany & Co. have an eye for the finer things. They can select a divine pair of earrings, intricate bracelet, shimmering necklace or all of the above as their fancy dictates.

Cartier - Men seeking a unique engagement ring, couples searching for the perfect weddings bands and anyone fascinated by the extraordinary beauty and craftsmanship of Cartier are all welcome within this store. Owning Cartier equals owning a piece of history and being ranked among royalty.

Delectable Dining Choices

Visitors hungry and tired from merchandise acquisitions enjoy ample comfortable seating and delicious food throughout Boca Town Center.

Sip coffee from a cafe or dine in the newly renovated food court area featuring Maoz and other delectable choices.

Ample fine dining is at shopper’s fingertips, including these popular favorites:

The Capital Grille – Diners can choose from great selections from smoked salmon for appetizer to filet mignon as a main course. Topping it all off with chocolate hazelnut cake and a cappuccino gives patrons pep for more shopping!

Legal Sea Foods – This restaurant is seafood central and serves 40 varieties of fish and shellfish served throughout the year. Dine inside or enjoy the tropical Florida weather out on their patio.

Grand Lux Cafe – Upscale casual dining is the order of the day at this restaurant. Thai, Malaysian, Caribbean, classic American and European are some of the flavor profiles available, all prepared fresh!

Visitors never walk away disappointed or empty-handed after a visit to the luxurious Boca Town Center.

Discover Boca Fine Living

From elite shopping and exquisite dining to pristine beaches and and umatched weather, Boca Raton has numerous options to match your taste and provide exactly what you’re looking for in ultra-luxury and leisure.  Let Nestler Poletto Sothebys International Realty help you find what you’ve been dreaming of by contacting us at 561.997.7227.

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