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Old 02-10-2007, 12:16 PM
 
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Hello everyone,

My husband is taking a job in Boca Raton, and I was hoping to gain some insight on great places to live in that area. We are currently considering Boca, West Palm Beach, and Delray, but haven't visited the areas personally.

What is important to us? Hmmm... always hard to sum up in a paragraph! We have very young children, we are looking at housing in the 600-700k range, and I think my husband wants to make sure his commute isn't too awful! Schools are very important to us, too. I like the idea of being in a community.

Thank you in advance for your time and advice!
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Old 02-10-2007, 12:23 PM
 
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Hi! We used to live in South Florida. We lived in Parkland. When we moved there 7 years ago, Parkland was the new up and coming area near Boca. The realtor said the commute would be easy. Ha! My husband used to commute to Boca from Parkland and the commute was not very good...about 45 minutes to go 10 miles or so...My advice would be to actually live in Boca if you are going to work there. Im not sure if you have children, but the most sought after school district in Boca is Addison Mizner...it is in East Boca...more charming than west boca, and in my opinion, I would rather live near Mizner Park, a cute downtown in Boca with shops etc...than in West Boca. However, you can get more for your $$ in WEst Boca. However, in the 600-700 range, you should be able to get a nice 4 bedroom with a pool in East Boca...email with any other ?s.
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Old 02-10-2007, 12:24 PM
 
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I see you have young children...I would definitely live in East Boca Raton in Addison Mizner School District.
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Old 02-10-2007, 12:50 PM
 
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At your price range, you will have no trouble finding good housing in a great area IN Boca Raton (which is what I suggest to avoid commuter troubles, ESPECIALLY while I-95 is in "perpetual construction mode"!)

Boca has world class shopping and dining, and your choice of Ft. Lauderdale or Palm Beach airports to escape. When you get a realtor to show you homes, ask to see those homes that are zoned for "A" rated schools.
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Old 02-11-2007, 06:31 AM
 
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Coconut Creek (Winston Park area).Great family neighborhoods,newer schools,lots of family activities,boarders Boca.
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Old 02-11-2007, 07:52 AM
 
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I have friends in the Boca Woods community off State Road 441 in west Boca Raton. It's lovely, with a golf course and clubhouse, sidewalks, lots of ponds. Guarded gate. I think every house had a screened lanai and pool. You should be able to find something nice there within your price range.
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Old 02-13-2007, 09:09 PM
 
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Default I love Boca Raton!

And would suggest living right in Boca or Highland Beach or Parkland. All nearby and great parts of the area.
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Old 02-15-2007, 10:54 AM
 
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Thanks for the info, everyone.

We are going to visit soon and we will check out Parkland, Highland and Boca itself.

No one mentioned Delray or Boynton - what are those areas like?

Is Wellington too far to commute? The houses are so nice there, but it seems like it might be far. Plus, we have family in Ft Lauderdale and Pompano Beach, so Wellington would be pretty far for them, I imagine.
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Old 02-15-2007, 11:27 AM
 
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The reason I asked about Boynton is there seems to be several newer homes there. In Boca most of the homes are older - built in the 80s or early 90s - and we prefer newer homes (but not at the expense of major commuting or bad schools).
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Old 02-16-2007, 06:50 AM
 
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RE: Boynton...

Boynton Beach is a great area as long as you keep your sights set on the western half. I live off of Lyons Rd. near Canyon and Cobblestone Creek....both very nice new developments still offering new construction within the price range you mentioned. That being said, I commute from there through Boca each day and (depending on what area of Boca your husband's job is) the drive will take roughly 20-25 minutes to West Boca and 30-35 minutes to East Boca. If this kind of commute is not too much for you, then take the area into consideration. The schools for this area are all "A" rated and they are building a brand new elementary school just within the Canyon area. Because the area of Boynton from about Jog Road and west is still pretty new (late 90's to brand new) you'll find not just the homes, but the restaurants, shopping, ect is all newer as well.

There are also many nice newer communities along Hagen Ranch Road starting a few miles north of Atlantic (in Delray) all the way through Boynton and into Lake Worth.

Best of luck in your upcoming move!
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