About an hour north of Miami and east of Lake Okeechobee, West Palm Beach is a small but thriving city on Florida’s southeastern coast. Rich in history with a dynamic culture, West Palm Beach has an abundance of housing options. Ranging from one- to two-bedroom coastal condos to split-level, four-bedroom houses in one of several historic districts, it’s easy to find a niche for any taste.
West Palm Beach underwent multiple housing booms at different points in history, giving the city several distinct styles of architecture. Along the South Dixie Highway, the El Cid neighborhood is a designated U.S. historic district that many professionals and business owners now call home. Close to downtown, El Cid developed in the 1920s and 1930s with many Mediterranean revival and mission-style homes. Full of quaint, craftsman-style single-family homes and art deco municipal buildings, Grandview Heights historic district lies just south of the city center. Northwest was an historically segregated community that now holds architectural styles that are in danger of fading into history, such as shotgun and American Foursquare bungalows. From the coastline to the downtown financial district, West Palm Beach offers countless and varied homes, which reflect its diverse past.
Several big-name employers call West Palm Beach home. Florida Public Utilities operates out of the area, creating tens of thousands of jobs. Ion Media Networks, an American broadcasting company that owns dozens of television stations throughout the country, makes a sizable contribution to the local workforce. A handful of smaller aerospace companies are well-established in the West Palm Beach area as well. Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne, Sikorsky Aircraft and General Dynamics have all been an active part of the area’s job market for decades. Job seekers are not confined to one small market in West Palm Beach; the employment options are as diverse and established as the living spaces and continue to grow.