Boca Raton, Florida is an affluent city located in Southern Palm Beach County. Known as the "Beverly Hills of South Florida," the City of Boca Raton is 29 square miles of tropical splendor, with 5 miles along the white sand beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. Boca Raton real estate includes luxurious estate homes and mansions in gated communities, oceanfront condominiums, waterfront homes, and golf and country club communities ranging in price from $200,000 for a small condo to over $40 million.
Many Boca Raton homes are located within gated communities that offer residents privacy and security as well as resort-style community amenities like swimming pools and clubhouses.
Boca Raton homes have always tended to reflect the Mediterranean architecture, similar to Addison Mizner's design. However, in recent years a contemporary trend has become much more popular, and white and grey has become the latest design trend in new homes and renovations.
Boca Raton luxury homes feature custom swimming pools and spas, vaulted ceilings, marble and hardwood flooring, spacious backyards, and all of the modern finishes.
Boca Raton's History
From Addison Mizner to Mizner Park
Originally established in 1895, Boca Raton has a rich history that has become a staple in the development of South Florida's real estate market and population growth. Boca Raton has just under 90,000 residents within the city limits and is the 25th most populous city in the State of Florida. There are approximately over 200,000 residents located in the surrounding areas of unincorporated Boca Raton.
Renowned architect Addison Mizner was the visionary behind Boca Raton's development and architecture that is still evident throughout the city. Boca Raton is known for its extravagant Mediterranean-inspired architecture. Boca Raton's development dates back to 1920, when Addison Mizner was commissioned by the Boca Raton town council to design a world-class resort, the Cloister Inn, known today as the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Addison Mizner's influence remains today with Boca Raton's beautiful Mediterranean architecture with Spanish revival designs.
The New Boca Raton
While the city has seen many changes over the years, Boca Raton is undergoing a drastic makeover, especially in Downtown Boca. Just in the last couple of years, over 800 residential units have been built or are under construction and the Mandarin Oriental, pictured here, is one of the most controversial projects ever to come to town. The old Boca Raton is fading and a younger generation is taking residence here. A large student population from Florida Atlantic Univerisity and Lynn University, along with new companies taking homestead in Boca Raton have brought in young families and young professionals alike.
One neighborhood behind Mizner Park called Boca Villas has seen incredible changes with old Florida homes being torn down and contemporary mansions built in their place. The land value is booming in Downtown Boca. Several real estate developers have taken notice and are constructing condo buildings near Mizner Park including Tower 155, 327 Royal Palm, Alina Residences which is next door to Townsend Place, as well as rental buildings like 101 Via Mizner, Palmetto Promenade and The Mark which is adjacent to existing buildings Palmetto Place and Boca Grand.
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Things to Do in Boca Raton
Boca Raton has an endless amount of recreational activities and cultural attractions for residents and visitors alike to take advantage of. With over five miles of white sand beaches along the Atlantic Ocean, there are plenty of outdoor water activities such as fishing, boating, swimming, jet skiing, kayaking, paddle boarding, and surfing. With year-round sunshine, Boca Raton residents enjoy sports such as golf and tennis. In fact, Boca Raton has over twenty (20) golf courses! Residents and visitors enjoy cultural activities such as museums, outdoor amphitheaters to enjoy live music and entertainment, and luxurious movie theatres such as Cinemark Palace and iPic Theatres. For those who are looking to go shopping, Boca Raton offers the Boca Town Center Mall with over 220 stores including Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus, Mizner Park, Boca Center, Regency Court, and many other shopping plazas. Additionally, Boca Raton has numerous award-winning restaurants and hotels. The world-renowned Boca Raton Resort and Beach Club attract visitors from all over! Boca Raton has an excellent school system and is home to three colleges which are Florida Atlantic University, Lynn University, and Palm Beach State College.
Explore Downtown Boca Raton
Beautiful, exclusive, and sophisticated, Downtown Boca has become a destination for those who enjoy casual and fine dining, wine bars, nightlife, and the outdoors. Mizner Park offers restaurants, shopping, outdoor concerts, and is home to the Boca Raton Museum of Art.
Boca Raton Beaches and Boating
After you finish lunch in Mizner Park, take a stroll down East Palmetto Park Road and soak up the sun at the white sand beach! Walk down the beach to Red Reef Park, which is home to the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center and is just south of Palmetto Park Road.
Boca Raton Golf Courses
Boca Raton has over twenty private and public golf courses, from resident-only courses in communities like St. Andrews and Woodfield, public courses, to private clubs like Boca Rio, there is something for everyone in Boca Raton.
There is no shortage of shopping in Boca Raton. The Boca Town Center Mall has high-end stores like Neiman Marcus, Louis Vitton, and Saks Fifth Avenue, while Mizner Park and Royal Palm Plaza offer boutique shops in an outdoor atmosphere.
For more about these and other Boca Raton activities, visit our Local Guide page, with a full directory of Boca Raton's best attractions.
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Doing Business in Boca Raton
While Boca Raton has long been perceived as a vacation spot, the city has been a HUB for several corporations and is currently home to two companies on the Fortune 500 list, Office Depot and Jarden Corp., and has been the birthplace of major corporations including IBM, Campus Management, Lexis Nexis, Sun Beam, Tyco, ADT, and SBA Communications, to name a few.
Downtown Boca Raton real estate offers walkability and in-town living, steps from some of the area's most incredible shopping venues, world-class restaurants, museums, and art galleries. This convenience is what makes living in downtown Boca so desirable, and expensive. Convenience comes with a price and this is no exception. This convenience is also why many new construction condo buildings have been sprouting up in and around the Mizner Park and Downtown Boca area. Here are some of the most popular downtown Boca communities.
Boca Raton new homes and condos have been sprouting up all over the city, from Tower 155 condos, 327 Royal Palm condos, Alina Residences, and the highly anticipated Mandarin Oriental, there has been a condo boom in the Downtown Boca Raton. Boca Raton new homes for sale include Royal Palm Polo, Boca Bridges, Lotus, as well as several custom and spec homes in communities like Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club, Boca Harbour, Sun and Surf, and more along the waterfront. The last piece of waterfront land is currently being developed across from One Thousand Ocean on Lake Boca Raton. The luxury waterfront condos will be known as Boca Beach House.
Boca Raton Waterfront Homes, Intracoastal and Oceanfront Condos
Known for its spectacular beaches and crystal clear blue waters, Boca Raton has several waterfront communities and condominium buildings highlighting panoramic picturesque water views. Deepwater canals with direct ocean access, lake views,Intracoastal, and ocean views are just some of the variety of scenery available when purchasing a property in a waterfront neighborhood. With each neighborhood having its own distinct characteristics and amenities, please feel free to learn more about the luxury waterfront neighborhoods and homes for sale in Boca Raton by clicking on the links below. For spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and Lake Boca Raton, you may want to check out condominium high-rise buildings on the beach like Aragon, Addison On The Ocean, The Beresford, Excelsior, or Marbella. If living in a condo isn't for you, but you're interested in waterfront living, take a look in Boca Harbour, The Sanctuary, or Golden Harbour where homes are on deepwater canals with ocean access or directly on the Intracoastal Waterway.
Get to know prestigious gated communities in Boca Raton, FL such as The Oaks of Boca Raton, Boca Isles, Boca Falls, The Shores at Boca Raton, Seasons of Boca Raton, and many other gated homes and communities including single-family homes, equestrian estates, and family-oriented subdivisions and developments throughout East and West Boca Raton. This section was created for today's homebuyers who are seeking a quiet and private lifestyle with added security and the need for a safe and luxurious lifestyle. Gated communities attract many for their strong security measures as well as the country club-style amenities. Here is a sampling of the most popular Boca Raton gated communities.
Boca Raton has always been known for its luxury lifestyle, golf courses and country clubs dating back to the origins of the world-renowned Boca Raton Resort and Club. From that, Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club was born and the rest followed. From public golf courses like Red Reef to private exclusive country club communities like Woodfield Country Club, Broken Sound Country Club, and St. Andrews Country Club, each has its own distinct characteristics. The majority of Boca Raton Country Clubs require membership and an upfront equity buy-in or initiation fee that allows residents of these communities to contribute to the high costs of running a golf course, country club, restaurants, and full staff that come with the luxury lifestyle. Initiation and equity fees can range from $50,000 and exceed $130,000 in select neighborhoods. In addition, there are monthly or quarterly homeowner's association (HOA) fees that range from $400 to $750 per month, often covering expenses like landscaping, 24/7 security guards, gate-manned entrances, and the clubhouse facilities. If that's not enough, there are mandatory annual dues that are often required and can range from $12,000 to over $20,000 per year that cover the costs of maintaining the golf courses, tennis courts, restaurant staff, spa services, and professional golf and tennis instructors that are typically found in these country club communities. While these costs may deter some homebuyers, the lower housing prices are often attractive and can offset the upfront and annual dues. For example, a home in Broken Sound Country Club that's 2,500 square feet with a pool may cost $400,000. That same home outside of the country club in a similar location would be over $500,000. If a homebuyer adds the cost of equity, initiation fees, and annual dues, they may be able to justify such costs and utilize the country club as well. It all depends on what type of lifestyle you choose and if you love golf and tennis and enjoy the luxury of having on-site restaurants, state-of-the-art fitness facilities, privacy and security, all within the secure walls of your neighborhood, it could be the perfect option for you.
For those who don't need the seclusion and privacy of a gated community and desire a more established 'neighborhood' feeling, there are several upscale non-gated communities inBoca Raton that are maintained by the residents who live there as opposed to having a homeowners association dictate rules and regulations. Such communities are located in every section of Boca Raton and include their own unique characteristics and distinct atmosphere. New Floresta in central Boca Raton is an upscale non-gated community with beautiful Mediterranean-inspired single-family homes. Situated on the exclusive St. Andrews Boulevard lies Colonnade, Timbercreek, Millpond, and Strathmore, all of which are single-family home developments with non-gated entrances. In East Boca Raton, communities like Palm Beach Farms, Boca Square, and Royal Oak Hills are equally as desirable for their lovely home designs and close proximity to the beach and downtown Boca Raton. Below is a sampling of the most popular non-gated communities in Boca Raton. Click the name of the community to view more information, photos, descriptions, and current listings for sale and rent.
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Listing information last updated on March 27th, 2023 at 10:31am EDT.