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Best Places to Live in Delray Beach, FL

Delray Beach, Florida is a coastal community with a small town feel perfectly situated between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. This highly walk-able city is a Designated Village by the Sea with picturesque views, gorgeous beaches, and a wide variety of activities and amenities from young professionals and families to retirees.

Overall the average price for a home in Delray Beach is $451,867, but that differs significantly based on the neighborhood you live in. There’s dedicated retiree communities like King’s Point available, as well as urban and suburban neighborhoods. Convenience and beauty is the name of the game in Delray Beach, and every neighborhood has access to amazing food, salons, spas, and outdoor activities.

So which neighborhood will you choose?

1. Downtown Delray Beach

Downtown is where everything is happening, especially as the area has been redeveloped recently and is bringing in more people and a family friendly atmosphere. With numerous parks and fields, you can stay active with your family and friends. Explore restaurants and some of the best nail salons and boutiques the city has to offer. Housing options downtown include apartments, single-family dwellings, luxurious beach front living, and historical homes. The schools are highly rated in the downtown area, especially Atlantic High School. You’ll be paying the most in this area, but the ease of access to the beach and downtown life more than makes up for it. Household median incomes of residents here is around $100,000.

2. Delray Shores

Married couples with children make up half of the population in Delray Shores, a bustling collegiate area. A two bedroom condo in this real estate market is around $150,000 and a single family home around $299,500, , making it one of the more affordable areas in Delray. Crosspointe Elementary School is a great choice for school with its high rating and standards. The median household income is $50,000 and most residents are highly educated.

3. Lake Ida

If you’re looking for that old Florida charm and canal living, the Lake Ida neighborhood may be the best choice. Older houses reside here, many of which are being flipped or renovated to add modern touches. However, there’s a lot of charm and history to be found here, as well as a slower pace of life feel despite not being too far from downtown. The lowest crime rate in the county can be found here, making it a safe place to live as well. A modern single family home runs around $500,000, but older homes can be found for less.

4. Tropic Isle

If waterfront living is what you’re in the market for, look no further. Here you’ll find luxury high rises as well as old school bungalows with blended multi-generational families and be part of Florida’s Intracoastal Waterways. There’s a lot of history in this suburban pocket on the water, with homes in the style of Old Florida, Key West, Mediterranean, Bermuda West Indies, and Coastal Modern. A three bedroom home will list for around $400,000 here, but smaller home and condos can be found for less, and gorgeous waterfront mansions will cost upwards of $3 million.

5. Pineapple Grove

Delray Beach, Fl. – Looking back at the entrance to The Pineapple Grove Arts District in downtown Delray Beach. Photo by Peter W. Cross

If you’re looking for an arty and eclectic neighborhood with wall murals, street fairs, galleries, and interesting boutiques, Pineapple Grove is the neighborhood for you! Just a stone’s throw from Downtown, Pineapple Grove is Delray Beach’s art district with a working artists alley filled with studios. A two-bedroom apartment will run you between $2000 and $3000 a month here and median incomes are pushing $65,000 a year. However, the area is exceptionally safe, welcoming, and bustling with new and exciting restaurants and bistros.

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