Emblématique et immuableDerek Duncan
Renowned 20th century architect Addison Mizner never had the chance to finish his full concept of “Venice on the Atlantic” for the town of Boca Raton in the 1920’s, but the early projects he did complete continue to imbue the city with a distinctive Spanish/Mediterranean and cultural aesthetic.
Remainders of Mizner’s vision help define the historical old section of Boca Raton, from his shrouded tree-covered avenues with period signage to historic city buildings and numerous private residences. His world famous Cloister Inn, now the Boca Resort & Club, one of the state’s most elegant and decorated hotels, is Boca’s most enduring landmark and spiritual touchstone.
The most highly valued properties are typically single-family homes or condos in areas such as Gulf Stream, Highland Beach and Ocean Ridge that overlook the Atlantic or have views of the Intracoastal Waterway and various other channels of water. Some communities, like Manalapan or the Hillsboro Mile boast rare properties with frontage on both the ocean and the Intracoastal. Gated, upscale golf communities, meanwhile, drive the inland market.
One particularly exciting area is Delray Beach. The downtown walking area has come alive in recent years with fine dining, shopping and numerous music and entertainment venues. It’s also the site of Delray Affair, billed as the largest arts & craft festival in the Southeast.