Buying & Selling June 16, 2022

Considering moving to Delray Beach?


Move to Delray Beach

Considering moving to Delray Beach?

Village by the Sea

Under the twinkling lights that wrap tall palms along Atlantic Avenue, a band strikes up at a corner bar, inviting flip-flops- and board shorts–clad surfers in for a closer listen. The laughter of diners resonates from a nearby pub, while the hum of a boat motor on the Intracoastal Waterway approaches. In typical weekend fashion, Delray Beach is hopping with activity.

That’s a description the city—which has been nicknamed South Florida’s “Village by the Sea”—strives to maintain, with small, locally owned boutiques and cafés, a walkable downtown district, and well-preserved historic beachfront cottages. (There are no high-rise condos here, due to restrictions on building heights.) With a good range of housing options in town, Realtor and resident Brian Pearl says prices start at about $400,000 for a quaint cottage, and go upwards of $2.5 million for a new home with ocean views.


Adirondack chairs painted with tropical scenes line the brick sidewalk through town, inviting passersby to sit and chat. The camaraderie continues during Delray Beach’s frequent outdoor festivals—from farmers’ markets to craft fairs—in the up-and-coming arts district, Pineapple Grove. “Artists will often invite you into their studios to watch them work,” says Todd L’Herrou, managing director of the Delray Beach chamber of commerce.

In downtown Delray Beach you’ll find the historic Doc’s All American, a 1950s-style soda fountain that serves famously good root beer floats. Shops like Hands Office Supply (which began as a supply store in the 1930s) sell unique souvenirs and artwork.

The Beach

Two miles of pristine sand and turquoise water make up Delray Beach’s public, lifeguard-protected beach, where locals laze under cabanas (for rent on the shore), rally friends for a volleyball game, or watch the sands for nesting sea turtles.