The No-Nonsense Guide to Moving to Boca Raton
Boca Raton has emerged over the past decade as one of the most luxurious and exciting new developing communities in South Florida. Traditionally known as a retirement community north of Miami, Boca Raton has seen an influx of new property development and attractions that has brought in a new generation of luxury condo and apartment buyers, as well as a newfound tourism industry. Often considered a “suburb” of the Miami metropolitan area, Boca Raton has emerged as its own destination for tourism and luxury living. Boca Raton has some of the best and most pristine beaches in all of South Florida as well as world class dining, shopping, and hotels.
Flying to Boca Raton is most accessible thorough Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International, about 25-35 minutes south on I-95, depending on traffic. Miami International Airport further to the south and West Palm Beach about 30 miles north are also options. All three of these airports provide a reasonable ground transportation to Boca Raton and is perhaps one of the reasons the community has grown in popularity in recent years. Fort Lauderdale / Hollywood International tends to be less congested than its larger counterpart, Miami International. Despite the travel experience being a bit easier at Fort Lauderdale / Hollywood International, Miami International offers the largest selection of destinations and international flights. West Palm Beach Airport also hosts a number of charter flights and private runways equipped to handle private aircraft or chartered flights.
If travelling to Boca Raton by car, it is easily accessible from all of South Florida’s major highways and thoroughfares. Situated right off of I-95 to the east as well as Florida’s Turnpike to the west, both roads provide access to the heart of Boca Raton. While these roadways can become congested during peak traffic times, traffic in and around Boca Raton is significantly better, as a whole, than some beach communities further south and closer to Miami. Federal Highway (US-1) and the A1A also run north-south through Boca Raton and provide a beautiful and scenic drive that is much quieter than other South Florida communities.
Moving Companies, Storage & Marina Facilities
Boca Raton and South Florida offer a host of moving companies and marina facilities to help move and store your belongings. With the high-end clientele moving to Boca Raton en masse, many moving and storage companies specialize in handling expensive and sensitive items, such as fine art, antiques, and exotic cars. America’s Family Moving and Storage is home to a large climate-controlled and hurricane proof storage facility with a great reputation in the area. Independent contractors that are vetted can also be found through Angie’s List and other online services. Always be sure to do your due diligence before hiring a moving company in Boca Raton, but there are plenty of safe and reliable options for transporting and storing your valuables.
It is also important to check with your condo or apartment superintendent to ensure you are moving on designated days/time. Many luxury condo and apartment complexes in Boca Raton have restrictions on when moving can take place in order to protect the privacy and condition of the building. Many luxury buildings in Boca Raton even have maintenance staff on hand that will help move and/or store your belongings safely.
For speciality valuables, I recommend Robo Vault. (www.robovault.com). This is one of the most secure and safe facilities in all of South Florida and is conveniently located just off of I-95.
Boca Raton has a rich history dating back to pineapple farms established by Japanese-Americans prior to World War II. The Boca Raton Historical Society is open to the public and is a great place to learn about the history of this vibrant beach community that is evolving everyday.
Waterfront Marinas – There are tons of waterfront marinas and nautical-themed communities in Boca Raton. Some yacht clubs are marinas in Boca Raton are regarded as some of the best in South Florida as well as the USA. The Boca Raton Resort & Marina has been around for over 50 years and is often the place where celebrities, politicians, and famous dignitaries park their vessels.
Private Residences – Boca Raton has miles and miles of waterfront properties in the back bay and canals of the Intercostal Waterway. Many homeowners will rent their dock space for small or large vessels upon request. Boat owners who frequently use their boat but do not necessarily want to take part in the yacht club community find this option the most appealing.
Dry Storage – Dry storage can be a great option for smaller vessels and for vessels only being used seasonally. While the weather in Boca Raton allows you to keep your boat docked in the water year round, dry storage is the best option to prevent the corrosive effects of salt water and potentially damaging conditions during hurricane season.
The Boca Raton Resort and Marina is regarded as one of the best boat clubs in all of South Florida and has a host of amenities available for you, your family, and your vessel. The facility is capable of docking and storing vessels of any size, from small family craft to large super yachts. In addition to top notch boat storage, maintenance, and service, the Boca Raton Resort and Marina has a host of amenities for members and guests, including a fine dining room, a pool, showers, outdoor storage, a fitness center, and a clubhouse known for hosting some of the most elegant parties in town.
What’s Boca Raton Like?
Boca Raton has long been known as a smaller community of upscale retirees. In recent years, the town has seen a huge influx of nightlife, shopping, cafes, and fine dining. The growth of Florida Atlantic University, located just off of Glades Road, has brought a youthful and exciting vibe to the city. New head football coach Lane Kiffin has brought exciting energy to the program and Florida Atlantic is looking to become a powerhouse of college football in the coming years. The home football stadium is located right on campus in Boca Raton and is attracting better and better competition every year, creating a vibrant a youthful atmosphere. For many upscale retirees and investors, Boca Raton is considered a great option that is less congested and competitive than the Miami real estate markets. The development of Mizner Park, a mixed-use property with high-end dining and shopping options, has attracted luxury brands and home buyers alike.
Mizner Park features high-end retail storefronts for some of the world’s most respected luxury brands and offers a wide range of food, products, and services. Visit the Blue Mercury Spa for a facial and a massage before doing some shopping at the Kendra Scott or Les Bijoux jewelry stores. If you’re looking for a new outfit for a social event, check out Marcello Sport or Tommy Bahama for some beachwear. Mizner Park features a wide range of cuisine ranging from casual dining to five star high end eateries. Grab a steak at Ruth’s Chris or a beer on tap at the Yard House. Mizner Park, with its beautifully landscaped garden and old-world style fountain at the complex’s center, often hosts live music outside on weekends. Parking is available in on-site garages as well as valet at almost all restaurants.
Perhaps the best part about Boca Raton is its beautiful white sand beaches South Florida is known for. Boca Raton limits development along the beach, so almost the entire coastline is uninterrupted by condos or limited access. Parking is available by permit or a fee and is abundant at all access areas. When you walk over the dunes in Boca Raton there are beautiful wooden boardwalks that open up to some of the cleanest and best beaches in South Florida. Plenty of spots for swimming, surfing, or sunbathing, and all beaches are guarded during peak seasons. The bike lane along A1A is sectioned off and is a popular outdoor attraction in Boca Raton for runners, bikers, walkers, and fitness enthusiasts.
While there are lots of options for luxury condos and single family homes in Boca Raton, it has grown to see an influx of visitors. Federal Highway in Boca Raton as well as some beach blocks are home to some of the world’s best hotel brands that attract high-end travelers from around the world. Boca Raton has so much to offer in the ways of the beautiful beaches, world class accommodations, shopping, dining, and cultural attractions. The amphitheater at Boca Raton also hosts some of music’s biggest names and is open to the community often for music events.
Boca Raton has attracted plenty of industry as South Florida has grown including corporate headquarters for OfficeMax, ADT, and Cancer Treatment Centers of America. The medical centers in Boca Raton are often regarded as some of the best in South Florida as well.
Who lives in Boca Raton?
Boca Raton has grown into an eclectic community of retirees, young professionals, college students, and high-end tourists. The safe and quiet neighborhoods are great for single family homes and has attracted an influx of commuters to Miami and West Palm beach.
Boca Raton has a diverse set of neighborhoods to choose your next luxury condo or single family home location.
The four best places for family living and single family homes in Boca Raton are:
- Blue Lakes
Oceanfront Homes & Condos
Boca Raton has two oceanfront or near-ocean neighborhoods:
- Spanish River
- Mizner Park
Boca Raton is home to a host of gated communities, especially west of I-95 near Military Trail and Florida’s Turnpike. These gated communities are home to both single family homes, apartments, and luxury condos.
- Gables Palma Vista
- The Preserve at Deer Creek
A Perfect Day in Boca Raton
To make the most of your life or visit in Boca Raton it is best to enjoy the variety of things the city has to offer.
You can start the day by taking a walk in one of Boca Raton’s many well-manicured city parks or along the beautiful beaches. After taking a dip in the ocean, head over to the spa for a relaxing massage. After relaxing, take a stroll over to the Boca Raton Art Museum or do a little shopping in Mizner Park or Royal Palm Plaza.
Grab lunch with friends at the Royal Palm Yacht Club and take the boat for a spin in South Florida’s clear blue waters.
In the evening, you can catch a concert at the amphitheatre or head to nearby Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, or Miami for an exciting sports or cultural event. Boca Raton really does off the very best in luxury living in South Florida, whether you choose to live in a condo or single family home.