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Old 04-26-2010, 10:19 AM
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Looks like I'm about to accept a job that will bring myself, my wife, and our 2 year old daughter down to the WPB area. We are fairly urban in nature, having lived in NYC and the inner suburbs of DC (Arlington) for the bulk of our adult lives. We realize that we are going to have to adjust to a different lifestyle in the WPB area, but is there any middle ground to be had? Are there areas with nice houses, good schools, but still within walking distance to shops and restaurants? I've heard some people rave about neighborhoods like Flamingo Park, but I've also heard horror stories about schools and crime.

I have family that lives in Wellington, and to them anything outside of Wellington is a non-starter, so they aren't ideal resources for my inquiry. Don't get me wrong, I love the idea of a gated community with nice schools, I just don't want to be 30 minutes west of everything to have that, nor do I necessarily want that cookie-cutter look where every house is identical.

Any and all help or advice is greatly appreciated.
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Old 04-26-2010, 11:05 AM
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Flamingo Park, and other neighborhoods in the Southend West Palm Beach area are not violent areas. As a rule, for the best neighborhoods, between Okeechobee Blvd. and Belvedere Road, stay East of Parker. Between Belvedere and the Lake Worth border, stay East of Dixie.

If you live in Flamingo Park, at the elementary level, your child will attend Palm Beach Public. If you live in the Southend (South of Southern) neighborhood, your child will attend South Olive. Both are very good schools. I think at the middle school level, the school is Conniston, and high school is Forest Hill. At the middle school and high school level, the populations of the school pull from larger areas. There is also Dreyfoos School of the Arts and Suncoast High, however, which are nationally ranked magnet high schools that you can look into sending your children to.

I do not have children yet, but once you move to an area, and get your child into an elementary school (Palm Beach Public or South Olive Elementary), you will have many years to decide what to do at the middle school level.

There is a very large Spanish speaking immigrant community in the area that may help explain lower test scores at Conniston and Forest Hill than, say, the suburbs like Jupiter and Wellington... but, at the high school level, if your child is at honors and AP level, they will get a fine education. These immigrant neighborhoods are very working class, not as nice as other neighbords, esthetically, but I never feel unsafe driving through them.
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