Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Real Estate and Community Information
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, is a city with about 50,000 residents in Palm Beach County. Almost one-third of the land mass is devoted to green space, which undoubtedly contributed to its TreeCity USA designation. A generous amount of world-class public art is displayed in the community. Palm Beach Gardens is known to some as "The Golf Capital of the World," in part because it is home to the national headquarters of the Professional Golfers of America (PGA). There are 12 golf courses within the city limits.
Interstate 95 and the Florida Turnpike offer Palm Beach Gardens residents easy access to points north and south, including Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Port St. Lucie. The North Palm Beach County Airport is just south of Route 710.
History of Palm Beach Gardens
The city is on land that was mostly pine forests and cattle ranches decades ago. In 1959, developers broke ground for a 4,000-acre community that would provide housing for as many as 55,000 people. John D. MacArthur's vision of a "garden city" is reflected in the city's name. The population reached 7,000 in 1970, and the opening of the 1.3 million sq-ft Gardens Mall in the late eighties spurred further growth.
Parks and Recreation
The Loxahatchee Slough Natural Area is a wetlands preserve that covers over 12,000 acres at the headwaters of the Loxahatchee River. Hike or bike along the Bluegill, Pantano and Ocean-to-Lake Trails. Horse owners will appreciate the equestrian trails. Enjoy the immense biodiversity that includes nine different Florida ecosystems. Sandhill cranes, wood ducks, bobolinks and striped mud turtles are among the wildlife species observed here.
The Sandhill Crane Golf Club is a municipal course carved out of the pristine Loxahatchee Nature Preserve. The par-72 layout plays at 6,504 yards from the back tees, although four other sets of tees accommodated golfers of every skill level. A 2013 renovation has added a new irrigation system, Celebration Bermuda fairways and TifEagle greens to the layout. State-of-the-art carts feature advanced GPS units that calculate distances to greens and hazards. At the 30-station driving range, it is possible to hit floating golf balls to a marked lake.
Activities and Attractions
The Gardens Mall is a great place to shop at over 160 retail shops, upscale boutiques and restaurants. The mall is anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom, Macy's and Sears. After browsing the many stores, relax in front of the fountains or grab a meal at the food court.
The Palm Beach Gardens GreenMarket is the place to go on Sundays for farm-fresh produce, fresh baked goods and cut flowers. Enjoy breakfast while live music pulses through the air. You'll also find various olive oils, flavored vinegars and fresh seafood as you peruse the stalls.
The carousel is a very popular local attraction at Downtown in the Gardens. People of all ages ride the painted horses and other animals, many of which are native to the area. There's also a train that travels around the outdoor mall.
Arts and Culture
The Borland Center for the Performing Arts features three different venues - the theater, rotunda and ballroom. The stylish theater on PGA Boulevard has high ceilings, stone walls, hardwood floors and state-of-the-art lighting. It hosts concerts, theatrical productions and corporate events.
The Eissey Campus Theatre is an intimate venue for plays, concerts and performances of the Palm Beach Ballet. The 750-seat facility is a part of Palm Beach State College.
Enjoy pristine lake views, pools and other valuable amenities among the stylish homes for sale in Palm Beach Gardens. Some estate-style residences offer more than 10,000 sq-ft of living space. Golf course communities often include fine homes on impeccably landscaped lots. Palm Beach Gardens offers prospective residents a variety of gated communities and other neighborhoods to consider. The area also offers a number of 55+ communities for those interested in an active retirement.
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