Ten Reasons Why Boca Raton Is A Great Place to Retire
Boca Raton has long been known as a classic retirement hotspot for upper class individuals and families from the northeast and nationwide. In fact, 21% of Boca Raton’s approximately 90,000 people are over the age of 65. This still leaves plenty of room for families, young professionals, and investors looking to grab their very own luxury condominium, single family home, or gated community residence. While Boca had grown considerably in recent decades to accomodate a more diverse clientele of full time residents and visitors, it has stayed true to its original sentiment of being a great little beach community to retire in. In fact, the influx of youth through Florida Atlantic University, as well as young professionals from all walks of life, has made Boca Raton and even more desirable place to retire, and has injected some energy into the community. Living in Boca Raton, there will be no shortage of fun things to do, activities, places to visit, and things to keep you busy in your golden years.
1. The Climate
One of the top reasons South Florida has such a robust community of retirees and the support system around them is the climate. The tropical climate of South Florida is ideal for those looking to spend a lot of time outdoors, as well as for old and aching joints. The warm temperatures and high humidities are great for soothing ailments as well as making it easy to go outside and get fresh air as needed. With the luxury properties available in Boca Raton with lushly landscaped gardens, beautiful marinas, or beachfront decks, you’ll have plenty of reason to get outside and enjoy the weather.
2. Mizner Park
For retirees, Mizner Park is one of the best places for shopping, dining, and nightlife in all of South Florida. These lushly landscaped grounds feature plenty of high-end stores for your refined taste and ample parking to make shopping and visiting easy. The entire campus is handicapped accessible, and the Park often hosts community gatherings for arts & crafts, or networking. By retiring to a luxury condominium, single family home, or gated community in Boca Raton, you’ll be able to enjoy Mizner Park and all that it has to offer, without all of the crowds and parking troubles of Fort Lauderdale or Downtown Miami. In addition to the events and people watching you can do at Mizner Park, there’s also dozens of high-end shops and restaurants available on weekends when events are not occuring.
3. Availability of Luxury Property
If you are looking to retire in Boca Raton, it doesn’t matter the type of lifestyle you are seeking, Boca Raton has luxury residences to meet all needs and budgets. If you are looking for a more suburban style of living, Boca Raton has dozens of gated communities to the west, off of Military Trail and Lyons Road. Additionally, Boca Raton has beachfront property available in high rise condominiums or in quaint and quiet villa-style apartments. Boca Raton also has hundreds of miles of canals and waterfront property along its back bays, enabling you to have a boat, a dock, or any type of water lifestyle you desire. Lastly, if you are looking for the best in luxury living, such as the Four Seasons or other high end luxury hotels, many of them located in Boca Raton have luxury condominiums for sale for year-round residents and investors. Also, if you are looking for something in-between, quiet but still in the center of town, Boca Raton has many distinct neighborhoods, and one will surely meet the needs of you and your family.
4. Medical Facilities
Boca Raton has some of the best hospitals and medical professionals in all of South Florida, maybe even the country. Boca Raton is home to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, as well as several award-winning hospitals and emergency care centers. In fact, many of the nation’s leading doctors and specialists seek a residency at Boca Raton facilities during the winter and return to top research hospitals and universities in the northeast during the summer months. Boca Raton Regional Hospital is often ranked as one of the best emergency facilities in the region, and there are plenty of other award-winning urgent care centers and specialists all over town. If you are choosing to retire in South Florida, Boca Raton is probably one of the safest locations in terms of always being within just a few miles of quality medical care for any ailment.
5. Arts & Culture
Boca Raton has the very best in music, art, and cultural activities in South Florida, on par with any event in Fort Lauderdale or Miami. Luxury condominiums in Boca Raton have embodied the latest and greatest designers in South Florida and the world for their interior and exterior building designs. Boca Raton is home to several Museums, including the Boca Raton Museum of Art, which features exhibits from classical artists as well as some of the world’s best modern artists. Exhibits range from paintings, drawings, sculptures, and even audio/visual art work. Mizner Park Ampitheatre often hosts classical music shows or opera productions and The Festival of the Arts BOCA is a yearly festival that attracts thousands of people to Mizner Park for a weekend of art, music, dancing, and food. Additionally, Boca Raton frequently holds festivals and block parties to celebrate seasonal events, local holidays, and local community groups.
Living in Boca Raton, you’ll be in the heart of the action in South Florida, as well as the heart of the development. Just 26 miles from West Palm Beach International Airport to the north, and 26 miles from Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport to the south, Boca is right in the middle. It is also not far from Miami International Airport, all three of these major international hubs with flights available to virtually any city in the world. Boca Raton is also accessible by all major Florida through ways, including I-95, Florida’s Turnpike, Military Trail, and A1A (Collins Ave.). By purchasing a luxury condominium in Boca Raton, you’ll not only be able to enjoy all that Boca Raton has to offer, but also all of the great surrounding beach communities.
Florida is one of the most tax favorable states in the country and is one of only three states that does not take out income taxes. If you are collecting social security or 401k income, this could end up saving you thousands over your retirement years. Additionally, Florida communities, including Boca Raton have pretty fair property taxes and are positioned for investment and continued growth in the area. This makes some of the luxury condominiums and properties available in Boca Raton even more attractive. Why spend all of your hard earned money on taxes and HOA fees? A luxury residence in Boca Raton will protect you from egregious tax policies and help preserve your quality of life indefinitely.
The beaches in Boca Raton are some of the best available in all of South Florida. Furthermore, they are very accessible for those with disabilities or the elderly. Boca Raton has largely not developed its beach block, and instead has several “parks” with convenient parking and direct access to the beach via a staircase over the dunes.Spanish River Park and South inlet Park Beach. Boca’s beaches are remarked as some of the cleanest in South Florida. Also, the beaches are guarded year round and always provide information on swimming conditions through a series of flags, or just go talk to them. It is important to be safe in the ocean in your golden years, and have the beaches guarded by these trained professionals is a great perk to owning luxury property in Boca Raton. Many community groups, gyms, and retirement centers host daily events on the beach, like yoga, or bird watching.
Boca Raton has dozens of community parks available for your enjoyment. Not like many cities across the USA, Boca Raton maintains all of its park properties at a very high level. Many parks feature walking tracks made of mulch or soft grasses, which are a little easier on the knees and back, making exercise more accessible for those with injuries. In addition to the parks for great outdoor activities, Boca Raton also has parks like the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, which provides education and information on all of the local flora and fauna. It’s a great place to bring the grandkids on a rainy day or when the summer heat kicks into full gear.
Boca Raton is emerging as one of the very best shopping destinations in all of South Florida. If you are looking for exclusive high end retail goods, then Boca Raton had the most options. Between Mizner Park, Royal Palm Plaza, and the 220-store Boca Town Center you’ll have access to every luxury brand outlet store. You’ll be able to browse among dozens of high end jewelers, clothing retailers, accessories, and home goods. While there may be more stores at some of the outlets in Fort Lauderdale, they are not high end stores, and often draw a lot of crowds. Shopping in Boca Raton is a much more efficient experience tailored for only those focused on high-end goods.