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West Palm Beach, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida is a city in Palm Beach County offering a variety of real estate for sale including upscale condominiums, waterfront homes, oceanfront villas, and downtown lofts. Located between Boca Raton and Jupiter, West Palm Beach is one of the oldest and most populous cities in Palm Beach County. The city's scenic waterfront areas, shopping destinations, and year-round outdoor festivals and concerts all contribute to the opulent lifestyle that its residents and visitors enjoy. West Palm Beach is often confused with it's sister city, Palm Beach, which lies east of the Intracoastal Waterway along the ocean.

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West Palm Beach Statistics

Average Price $924K
Lowest Price $65K
Highest Price $39.5M
Total Listings 1,832
Avg. Price/SQFT $442

Property Types (active listings)

West Palm Beach, Florida Homes and Condos for Sale

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West Palm Beach History

Henry Flagler was an oil and railroad tycoon, who partnered with the famous John D. Rockefeller in Standard Oil. In addition, he was a major real estate developer, building two of the area's most luxurious hotels - The Breakers Hotel and Royal Poinciana Hotel on Palm Beach Island. He founded West Palm Beach as a community to house the employees who worked in his hotels.  Since then, West Palm Beach has changed quite a bit. The city's scenic waterfront areas, shopping destinations, sunny palm tree-lined streets, and year-round outdoor festivals all contribute to the opulent lifestyle that it's residents and visitors enjoy.

West Palm Beach homes for sale are popular because they tend to be spacious and well-maintained the average home here is 2,720 square feet! These properties range from quaint historic cottages in Northwood Hills and El Cid, to luxury estates in gated communities, the finest of which offer Intracoastal access or views of the local fairways.

Downtown West Palm Beach

Downtown West Palm Beach

Downtown West Palm Beach is a hub for some of South Florida's premier hot spots... Clematis Street.  The shopping, cafes, and entertainment of City Place are frequented by residents from all over and of all ages.  When you're in the mood for luxury, West Palm Beach is just a quick ride across the Intracoastal Waterway to Palm Beach where The Breakers and Worth Avenue are prepared to pamper you. West Palm Beach also offers a world-class cultural atmosphere with the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts and Ballet, as well as the Norton Museum of Art, both within the city limits.

The downtown area experienced massive growth and development during the real estate boom in the mid-2000s, with several new condominium buildings erected along the waterfront of Clear Lake and the Intracoastal Waterway. The Edge, One City PlazaTwo City PlazaThe SladeThe Prado, and The Whitney are just a few of the newly built residential condominium developments constructed during that time in West Palm Beach.

South of Southern (SoSo)

SoSo (South of Southern) is a fantastic neighborhood nestled South of Southern Boulevard in coastal West Palm Beach, Florida. With historic homes from the 20's, classics of the 60's, and new construction available, water access, great schools, close to the international airport... SoSo is HOT!  Residents are gravitating towards this district in West Palm Beach, where many newly constructed residential developments just minutes from the water meld with the older historic properties that give the area its unique charm.

Living in West Palm Beach

What's it like to live in West Palm Beach, Florida? Well, this is an urban city with a vibrant downtown area that's grown by leaps and bounds over the past few decades. Its population doubled between 2000 and 2010 but the local government has been careful to preserve its small-town feel by running farmer's markets, maintaining five family-friendly public parks, and helping small businesses to thrive. 

West Palm Beach offers several subdivisions within the large city, from western suburban communities to the downtown West Palm Beach area and waterfront homes along Flagler Drive, to historic homes in El Cid or Northwood Hills, there's really something for everyone in West Palm Beach. Downtown West Palm Beach has undergone a dramatic transformation in the last few years.  Clematis Street and City Place have both been revitalized and renovated, making it the vibrant and attractive place it once was.

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City Place in West Palm Beach, FL

Shopping and Restaurants

Downtown West Palm Beach is known for its walkability in areas like The Square (formerly Rosemary Square and City Place) and Clematis Street. The Square offers downtown living at its finest, just steps from LA Fitness, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, City Cellar Restaurant, Rocco's Tacos, luxury office buildings, shopping boutiques, and grocery stores. 

Retail therapy can take many forms when it comes to West Palm Beach shopping. The Square features some of the area’s finest upscale retail options, while the colorful boutiques in Northwood Village or SoSo may appeal to more casual browsers. Antique Row, an inviting district featuring more than 40 specialty shops and art galleries, is a far cry from your average flea market. Here, you can discover one-of-a-kind treasures ranging from 19th-century bric-a-brac to fine art and statement vintage furnishings. During the winter, don't miss Saturday's waterfront GreenMarket, with over 70 vendors selling everything from fragrant tropical flowers to fresh-baked bread and perfectly ripe local produce.

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West Palm Beach Frequently Asked Questions

How is the West Palm Beach, FL real estate market?

West Palm Beach, specifically Downtown West Palm Beach, is one of the hottest real estate markets in the nation right now. In January 2024, Downtown West Palm Beach home prices were up 23.8% compared to last year, selling for a median price of $585K. Considering there are several new construction projects and major companies moving their headquarters to Palm Beach County, the demand isn't likely to subside anytime soon.

What's the difference between West Palm Beach and Palm Beach?

The main difference between West Palm Beach and Palm Beach is the location; West Palm Beach is on the mainland and Palm Beach is a barrier island located between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean. West Palm Beach is more urban, lively, and down-to-earth. Palm Beach has a beach which is a huge attraction, but the cost of living in Palm Beach is much higher than in West Palm Beach.

Is West Palm Beach a popular place to live in South Florida?

Yes! In 2023, West Palm Beach, Florida ranked the 2nd fastest-growing city for millionaires according to CNBC. Downtown West Palm Beach is almost unrecognizable compared to just a few years ago, with new highrises, luxury homes, office buildings, and restaurants, the city is booming!

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