El Cid Neighborhood
One of the most popular neighborhoods in West Palm Beach, El Cid was designated a real estate historic district in 1993 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1995. Noted for its beautiful and expansive Mediterranean revival and Mission-style homes, El Cid was developed in the height of Florida’s real estate boom and also boasts Monterey, Art Deco and Colonial Revival styles with unique architectural features. Formerly pineapple fields, the El Cid subdivision was developed by socialite Jay Phipps from Pittsburgh in the 1920’s. Popular with Baby Boomers, this historic neighborhood boasts houses with well-manicured lawns, lush landscaping with palm trees swaying in the breeze, and an upper-middle class appeal. Each Spring, the El Cid Historic Home Tour features some of the most elegant homes in West Palm Beach, many of which have undergone extensive updating and renovation. This sought after neighborhood is located along pristine Flagler Drive just south of downtown and City Place.
South of Southern (SoSo)
Named SoSo in the 1990’s by a New York Times lifestyle reporter, this South of Southern Neighborhood boasts an eclectic housing vibe. From Mid-century Modern homes to Colonials to Mediterranean-styles, the SoSo neighborhood has real estate for all tastes. Developed in 1919, this tropical wilderness was transformed by an entrepreneur in the boating business, who created an exclusive neighborhood with curbed roads, sidewalks, and a pier. The neighborhood became part of West Palm Beach in 1926, and was named a city Historic District in December 1993. In 1999, the neighborhood was listed in the National Register of Historic Places. From the tony houses on the Intracoastal’s Flagler Drive overlooking the island of Palm Beach to the ethnic restaurants and pristine parks, this sought-after community has something for everyone, including sweeping Intracoastal views and water access for boating. A popular local diner landmark, Howley’s, has been serving food in this neighborhood since the 1950’s. The community boasts an active Southend Neighborhood Association.
Several mid- to upper-class neighborhoods in West Palm Beach offer housing along the Intracoastal Waterway. In SoSo, Intracoastal homes can be found within two-blocks of the water. Homes with front-facing water views often have large picture windows to watch the sunrise, and wooden docks to house the homeowner’s boat. The area along lovely Flagler Drive is a park-like setting, with neighbors taking advantage of the views as they enjoy nightly strolls, rollerblading, or taking the dog for a walk. Further south, in Lake Worth, the homes’ backyards expand into the Intracoastal waters themselves, and offer docks and wonderful views. Real estate directly on the water generally carries a $1M++ price tag.
Southland Park/Prospect Park Neighborhoods
Developed from 1920 to 1935, this neighborhood lies between El Cid and SoSo. Like El Cid, it has a high concentration of historic Mediterranean revival and Mission revival homes, and became a city Historic District in 1993. Promoted as a high-end neighborhood patterned after the prominent Prospect Park District in Brooklyn, this area housed real estate of prominent business people and northern investors when first developed. Today, it is a lovely curvilinear and quiet neighborhood with street names of an English origin. It has an active homeowner association, which can be accessed at www.pphhoa.org. Spot socialites and celebrities looking for bargains in the nationally known Antique Row shops that line Dixie Highway. A popular local diner landmark, Howley’s, has been serving food in this neighborhood since the 1950’s.
Originally a pineapple plantation, Flamingo Park was established by local contractors and developer who saw the potential in this area, which is one of the highest coastal ridge sections from downtown West Palm Beach to Miami. The district has been revitalized in the last 15 years, as the Mission and Mediterranean-revival homes have been lovingly restored by their owners. With easy access to downtown, and homes of historic significance, this middle to upper middle class neighborhood became an historic district in 1993 and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2000. Their active neighborhood association boasts year-round events, including the popular Flamingo Park Home Tour, which is held annually to highlight the significant historical real estate of the area.