Saturday, September 7, 2019 / by Burt Horwitz
Delray Beach has become one of the hottest real estate markets in South Florida. There is a wide variety of homes available including condominiums and single family houses. “Delray” has experienced a boom in the renovation of older homes located near Atlantic Avenue. Home values have gone up 7.1% over the past year and value is predicted to rise 3.3% within the next year.
Known worldwide as a vibrant, intimate town with big city sophistication, Delray Beach is a gem of South Florida, directly on the Atlantic Ocean. The city has upscale shops, fine restaurants, nighttime entertainment and, of course, the incomparable beauty of nearly two miles of award-winning beaches.
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WHAT TO DO IN DELRAY BEACH
Atlantic Avenue - "The Avenue," the pedestrian-friendly epicenter of downtown Delray Beach, is most notably known for its shopping, dining, and small-town curb appeal. Here, brick-paved sidewalks lined with palm and oak trees create a charming ambiance which makes for a perfect day or evening walk. Explore stylish fashion boutiques, art galleries and dozens of gift shops to find one-of-a-kind treasures.
Delray Municipal Beach - Named as the top beach in the southeastern U.S. by Travel Holiday magazine, Delray Municipal Beach is popular by people of all ages. You'll see families on vacation, young people playing volleyball, and older folks basking in the warm sun. Visitors looking for excitement can rent equipment – from snorkeling gear to paddleboards – at the Delray Beach Watersports shack on the beach near Casurina Drive. Parking is also available nearby, as are several restaurants and eateries you can walk to when you’ve worked up your appetite, such as Boston’s on the Beach and Caffe Luna Rosa. Lifeguards are posted along the shore, and the beach itself is free, with metered parking nearby costing $1.50 an hour.
Pineapple Grove Arts District - Pineapple Grove is a colorful arts district featuring public art pieces, boutiques, fine art galleries, and custom furniture stores filled with local pieces – and the giant pineapple mural is the perfect backdrop for a Delray Beach selfie. Travel a few blocks down and discover Pineapple Grove’s “industrial” section known as Artist's Alley, where a thriving community of artists come together to display innovative works of art available to the public.
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens - Visitors of Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens have the opportunity to discover South Florida’s connection with Japan while exploring a series of six lush, authentic gardens. Each garden was inspired by a different period and style of Japanese gardening, and all were designed by Hoichi Kurisu. The museum showcases traditional and contemporary Japanese culture through engaging exhibits, a variety of educational events, a world-class bonsai display, Pan-Asian cuisine at the Cornell Cafe, and a distinctive museum store filled with one-of-a-kind items for all age groups. Admission is free for children 5 and younger.
The median home value in Delray Beach is $207,600. Delray Beach home values have gone up 7.1% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 3.3% within the next year. The median list price per square foot in Delray Beach is $179, which is lower than the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach Metro average of $221. The median price of homes currently listed in Delray Beach is $289,950