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Welcome to Boca Raton Florida

by Michael Goldberg

An Exquisite Community You'll Be Delighted to Be a Part of!

As South Florida’s economy improves, the region of Palm Beach FL is becoming more sought as a place to live rather than only an exotic vacation destination. Boca Raton is the most southerly community in Palm Beach county and is home to some of the most wealthy individuals in the world.
It may be a quiet haven for the most wealthy residents of Florida, but it's so much more.
Boca as it’s called by locals has an amazing history dating back to the days of its pioneering residents.  The Boca Raton Resort & Club is one of the most famous resorts in town, and it’s just one among so many. So yes, Boca Raton is an exceptional travel destination with its elegant hotels, restaurants, spas, beaches, and marinas filled with expensive yachts. And of course, some spectacular homes for sale.
Definitely, as a prestigious, upscale resort community, the rich and famous flock here to vacation in this Florida paradise. However, do you need a millionaire’s bank account to consider it?  This Boca Raton Realtor can help you find properties at a more reasonable price. 
Is Boca Raton Going to be Your Next Home? 

A quick search of Boca Raton homes for sale reveals plenty of condos from $50,000 and detached houses from $99,000.  At those prices, buying here makes sense, as your new home or even as a property investment. 

This home above located at 6688 NW 25th Court in Boca Raton was listed at $99k. It has 2 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms has a washer/dryers. It’s located in the Banyans subdivision which offers its own community swimming pool and spa overlooking a Private Lake. How does that sound? Your dream really is possible!
The population of Boca Raton is just under 100,000, however there an additional 200,000 residents living just outside the area.  A just right population provides more services and amenities, better schools, and more of the activities/interests that you enjoy.
You can compare and contrast the average incomes and property values on this page. Boca Raton is one of the wealthiest cities in Florida and in the US.  You’ll enjoy the unique designs and architecture of buildings here. And the pleasing aesthetics go further since no outdoor car dealerships or billboard advertising are allowed. It does make for a pleasant and relaxing atmosphere.
What Will Your Family Be Doing in Boca Raton?  
You’ll be enjoying many local venues and activities, and more is available in nearby communities within Palm Beach County. The eastern coast of Boca Raton has 2 miles of beaches and a wildlife/sealife center your kids will love to visit.  Sugar Sand Park is a municipal park that has won many awards for best beach experience.  Not only is relaxing, it’s also a grand place, like many in Boca Raton, where nothing is ordinary. If you’re hoping to elevate the life experience of your kids, Boca has plenty to elevate and captivate.
The Best Education for Your Children in Boca Raton FL
Photo courtesy of Peaceloveboca - Camera, CC0,

Boca Raton Community High School is rated one of the best in country. The school is a modern, state of the art, with a 4000 seat stadium, 7 lane track, and a brand new science building. Average student rating: A.  The school offers everything from ice hockey to tennis programs. 
There are 45 elementary schools and 24 high schools serving Boca Raton FL. If you’re hoping for a good private school for your teenagers, you have some of the very best here including the St Andrews School which ranked 4th best in the entire country.
The quality of daycare and preschool schools are very high too. Your kids will be enjoying education and teacher relationships, teacher/student ratios that are unparalleled.
The Food Experience in Boca - Exotic and Unforgettable
In upscale Boca Raton, you can expect restaurant experiences to be exceptional. Enjoy superb seafood, served fresh daily, along with everything from Greek to Chinese to authentic tropical Mexican. Being a touristy sort of place means you can take advantage of everything from world class cuisine from internationally renowned chefs to more affordably priced meals. The choice and variety in all of Palm Beach County will leave you speechless.

Boca Raton is home to some large corporations and so, the opportunity for you and your spouse career-wise is excellent. Unemployment is low. Florida’s economy is growing strong and we’re gaining a reputation as a startup community as well. Visit Palm Beach Startup for some ideas and entrepreneur networking connections.  And check out Florida Trends for best places to work. 

From Waterparks to sun drenched sandy beaches, and eclectic shopping centers to affordably priced homes, you’ve got some very good reasons to hire me as your Boca Raton Realtor, and to talk to me about moving your family. I’d like to see you enjoy the best life has to offer here in Boca Raton, and as a resident here in Palm Beach County, I can tell you it’s a wonderful place.

View some luxury homes for sale in Boca Raton. From detached waterfront luxury homes to ultrachic condos with million dollar views, you'll be amazed at what's possible here.

Where is Palm Beach Florida?

by Michael Goldberg

Photo courtesy of Michael Kagdis

The Best Part of the Florida Pan Handle

While Palm Beach is well known in the northeast US and eastern Canada, those of you in Vancouver, Calgary, Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, or Sioux City might never have taken the time to look it up. And those of you in Germany, UK, and Russia may have vague images of where we are here.
Now that it’s well known that President Trump’s weekend vacation getaway, Mar a Lago, is in Palm Beach County, interest in the area is growing. As President, he’s sure to provide Palm Beach with a good deal of visibility nationally.  People tend to buy homes in places they know about so please take some time to get to know these beautiful towns, villages and cities in PB County.
6,000 Square Miles of Paradise
Palm Beach County is a coastal area on the east Coast of southern Florida, not too far up the coast from Fort Lauderdale and Miami. The area is best known for its wealthy residents, expensive cars and yachts, ultra luxury homes, and people from everywhere who enjoy somewhat exotic lifestyles. Even residents who live in the more modestly price communities in the County are almost spoiled by the weather, beautiful beaches and recreational opportunities. I hope I can help you become one of them as your Palm Beach Realtor.

Most people know Florida as very hot place, yet the communities in Palm Beach County have it just a little nicer being close to the cooling waters of the Atlantic Ocean. That big red patch you see in the graphic at right is Palm Beach County near the south eastern tip of the Florida Panhandle.

It’s 6,000 square miles of land means it’s large enough to be home to more than 1.4 million residents. Palm Beach County is one of the very wealthiest counties in Florida, and its namesake community Palm Beach has the wealthiest residents. The ocean views from homes and condos on Palm Beach, Boca Raton or Delray Beach are spectacular.

Distances to Other Destinations:
Palm beach to Freeport Bahamas: 85 miles
Palm beach to Nassau, Bahamas: 200 miles
Palm beach to Miami: 65 miles
Palm beach to Orlando: 150 miles
Palm beach to Havana, Cuba: 286 miles
Palm beach to Lake OkeeChobee: 61 Miles
Palm Beach is Actually and Island
Just to be clear, Palm Beach is a city, and it's an island, and on a key which has a long beautiful beach, in Palm Beach County. Now you see why people get confused.
What makes it most interesting is the presence of a large waterway called the intracoastal waterway. This lengthy  separates the mainland from a number of keys and islands. The most well known is Palm Beach, which more like a long key. This creates opportunities for lavish waterfront condo and estate home properties with spectacular oceanviews and views of bays, inlets, coves and of course sunsets. 
The region of Palm Beach and West Palm Beach is rich in diversity. There are ranchlands to the west, marine culture to the east, and the beach and Spanish cultures that you'd expect in South Florida. This diversity draws more international tourists, and appeals to boaters, yachters, fisherman, tourists, and those who love watersports.  Of course there’s more things to do in Palm Beach.  Kayaking, canoeing, snorkelling, paddle boarding, and walking the beach are very popular sporting activities here. 
You’ll find all the restaurants and entertainment you could need in West Palm Beach.
As you’ll note from the pic on right above, Palm Beach County is not far from Miami and the Florida Keys. It’s actually considered part of the greater Miami metropolitan region, but you wouldn’t know it. And it’s not far from Disneyworld either. Since the gradual draining of the Florida swampland, much housing development has taken place inland. What remains is a number of lakes such as Lake Worth which provide a very peaceful and picturesque setting for homes.

What are some of the Leisure and Nightlife Activities like?

The New York Times offers some insight into the lifestyle here in Palm Beach. Visiting the hotels, seeing the architecture and enjoying the cuisine is an absolute necessity for your visit.
Palm Beach County is well known internationally by the world’s wealthy. They arrive here by jet, limousine, and some by yacht to play polo or watch it, to play tennis, and enjoy a peaceful existence on America’s south east shores.  It’s safe to say they’ll keep coming here. It’s a wonderful place.
If you’re excited about the possibility of moving to Palm Beach. Take a look at some Boca Raton homes for sale, Wellington FL homes for sale and some waterfront homes on the intracoastal waterway. Whatever price range or type of home you’re seeking, you’ll find one somewhere in Palm Beach County.

How To Prepare Yourself to Sell Your Home

by Michael Goldberg

Planning Can Help You Sell Better and Move Forward with a New Purpose
It’s a wonderful thought, a beautiful dream of your new life in a new home, but millions of people aged 45 to 65 are reluctant to let go of the old one.  Money isn’t the reason so many people are refusing to sell their homes. 
The real reason you and all those other owners haven’t sold yet, is because you’re not prepared to move onto a better life. People talk about feeling guilt about leaving friends and family behind. And they’ve heard the negative Nellie’s who talk about someone they heard about who is now miserable in Florida. All of that interferes with creating a positive vision of the new life you long for.


Yet, how can anyone feel good and confident of this transition if you don’t prepare for it? With preparation, the wisdom of this decision and what you’ll do will become apparent. With the help of an experienced Palm beach realtor, you can make a clear headed decision.

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Few Have Regrets about Moving to South Florida and That Should Tell You a Lot
Out of all of the people and clients I’ve known who have purchased a home and moved to Boca Raton, Palm Beach or Wellington, very few have complained that it was the wrong move. A lot of people haved down here. That means many Gen Xers and Babyboomers just like you somehow found a way to let go of their old home and welcome in a happier existence. Somehow, they found a better life to move to. And that’s the secret.


But what’s not appreciated fully is that you don’t have to give up all you have now (unless you want to:).  Your kids or grandkids and friends can visit, and you should encourage them to. You’re extending the great relationships you’ve built. You can still cheer on your favorite hockey, baseball or football team. You can watch them play down in Miami too. Everything changes when you move here. The pain, frustration, and misery of those cold, damp winters disappear. Palm trees, cooling breezes off the ocean, sandy beaches, and a mind boggling variety of restaurants await you. 
Whether it’s luxury homes in Boca Raton, waterfront luxury homes in Palm Beach, or large equestrian estate for sale in Wellington, I’d like to be your preferred Palm Beach Realtor.


Wait till you see how you feel when you’re so relaxed. And then there’s the golf, deep sea fishing, entertainment, restaurants, shopping, social events, waterparks, kayaking, snorkelling, walking paths, cycling, and tennis. As you become more active, you’ll find your emotional and physical health return. If that doesn’t excite you, you must be in a dark place right now.

The variety of apartments, condos, and homes here will amaze you!

"Life is Good in South Florida. This is where you Need to Be." 

But how to make the transition to stuck in an old house to launch into this beautiful life by the Florida coast?  Well, here’s 10 some tips to help you take stock, visualize, get organized, and follow through.

  1. Have a Palm Beach Realtor do a market assessment of your house and property. The estimate will probably delight you. Actually, the economy and real estate market in your area is likely very good.  This is the time to sell and move to Florida!
  2. Do a check of your health: consider how long you can sustain your current lifestyle and what the cost of bad health will be. Can you walk, jog, or ride your bike safely in your community? Does going to a park scare you? Do you socialize at all in the winter? How much is your health worth to you?
  3. Do a check of your cost of living: commuting, auto repairs, food, medical expenses, home heating and A/C.
  4. Do a check of your time spent in working and commuting
  5. Think about your neighbourhood and where it’s still the place you think it is. Has it lost its charm and culture? Is it still a fun place to be?
  6. Check out properties online in Boca Raton, Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Wellington, Delray Beach, and Deerfield. Buy in your price range. If you lack the funds and can’t take on a small mortgage, there are less expensive alternatives you might pursue.
  7. Plan a vacation here in Palm Beach County. You can check it out first hand. There are inexpensive hotels you can book a room, and I can show you some of the homes here.
  8. Check out Palm Beach online, but don’t get too caught up in the talk of shuffleboard, snobbiness and celebrity activity. These are cities with people who work, families who own homes, go to school and shop at stores, just like in your town.
  9. Think about a timeframe. If you sell really quick this spring or summer (very likely), could you stay with relatives for a while, or rent an apartment somewhere? Could you take a long vacation somewhere? This is a transition so you might have some logistical things to sort out.
  10. Visualize the exact type of home you want with the right layout, numbers of rooms and bathrooms, and what retail, schools, and leisure activities you need to be near.  Contact me so I can begin to match you up to the exact property for you in the right neighborhood. Your move to Palm Beach County won’t happen overnight. Be patient and let this happen naturally and you’ll make the transition nicely.

Take these ten steps to prepare for an exciting and meaningful new life in south Florida. Exciting new activities and friends to add to your collection. 

The biggest reason people stay stuck is because they don't have a vision of where they're going. Once your new life becomes more focused, you'll be surprised at the energy and optimism you'll have. You'll be filled with a new confidence. You may have felt it just before you moved to your current home. This time it could be really good. You never stop building a happy, successful life no matter how old you are. 

Have a good look at homes for sale in Palm Beach, and condos for sale in Boca Raton.  Could Wellington be your next home? Here's a favorite spot for equestrian sports enthusiasts.  Your kids will love South Florida. So many good schools and attractions for the youngsters! Learn more about United Realty Group here in Palm Beach County.

Top 20 Attractions in Palm Beach County Florida

by Michael Goldberg

Top 20 Venues for Kids to Experience in Palm Beach County Florida

After you’ve checked out the homes for sale in the updated home listings page, you may want to learn more about the exciting adventures, entertainment, and learning experiences your kids will enjoy here in Palm Beach County.

Waterpark in Palm Beach FL

When it comes to nature preserves, nothing beats South Florida. Flora, Fauna, and marine life galore. And you’re not far from Disneyworld to the north or the Everglade’s alligator farms to the south as well, so whether it’s nature or athletic fun, your children risk being spoiled. But isn’t that better than when they’re bored?

But hold on, your kids will be so busy with our exciting kids parks and venues here, they’ll be fully engaged with their new life in Palm Beach, Boca Raton or Wellington.  Here’s a quick look at 20 unique and exciting venues that will keep your kids happy and starry eyed for a long time.

  1. Calypso Bay Waterpark - South Florida is warm and you’ll find kids like to gather at one of two major waterparks to cool down and have fun. This park has two 4 story high waterslides with sharp curves and bold dips and the 900 foot lazy river is fun and relaxing for the whole family.
  2. Rapids Water Park - This is the largest waterpark in the region. Your kids will be surfing, sliding and floating until they collapse in a happy state of exhaustion. This video says more than words ever will:
  3. Loggerhead Marine Center - This marine life preservation and rehabiliation center in Juno was created 30 years ago by a real estate agent who had a fondness for loggerhead turtles. Juno Beach is the top spot for nesting for these turtles. You and your kids will find the educational exhibits, aquariums, live sea turtles, and other coastal creatures fascinating. They may get to touch and hold some baby turtles. 300,000 visitors come here every year so it is popular.
  4. Manatee Lagoon - Florida’s most memorable and friendly creatures are the Manatees. Enjoy the exhibits, take a tour, and see plenty of wild manatees.
  5. Busch Wildlife Sanctuary - A fascinating one of a kind wildlife adventure is waiting near the Loxahatchee River. Along the nature trails, there  trails are wildlife habitats exhibiting a variety of native animals from eagles to panthers, crocodiles, foxes, snakes, bears, and more. Vultures, foxes, falcons, and Florida black bears are just a few of the animals or birds on exhibit.
  6. Palm Beach Zoo - Not only can you and your kids get up close and personal with unique animals such as Capybaras, giant Tortoises, Sloths, Anteaters and more. There’s childrens workshops and camps. Children’s parties and school outings are held here.
  7. Sandoway House Nature Center - This center is on the beach in Del Ray. Is your child a future future botanists, biologists, oceanographers, marine biologists and researcher? They’ll enjoy the interactive educational exhibits and programs and the feeding of sharks, rays and alligators, along with other special events such as Sharkfrenzy. 
  8. John D MacArthur State Beach - A genuine engagement with nature in this secluded, 438-acre park that features wildlife, nature walks, snorkelling & kayaking tours.
  9. Palm Beach Ice Works - You may have thought you left all winter sports behind, however this Olympic sized rink lets your hockey players and figure skaters a chance play and skate and cool off. Palm Beach Ice Works offers hockey programs for all levels and ages. 
  10. South Florida Science Center and Aquarium - Located in West Palm Beach, the Science Center and Aquarium offers some fun programs such as Science on Tap, girl’s GEMS club, and Nights at the Museum will thrill the kids. Not to be outdone, the aquarium and planetarium are exceptional visual experiences.
  11. The Four Arts Children’s Library - Libraries have evolved and the Four Art’s offers offers free story time programs for preschool children, programs for school-aged children, Kindergarten and higher such as Pirate day, and even family programs.
  12. Lion Country Safari - located in West Palm Beach, this zoo was ranked 3rd in nation at one point, and is billed as the first drive through “cageless” zoo in the nation. As expected, your kids will be thrilled seeing and hearing 1,000 exotic animals including giraffes, rhinoceroses, zebras, lions and chimpanzees. 
  13. Diva Duck Tours - The Diva Duck is an amphibious vehicle that transports groups on a guided tour of the West Palm Beach area. You’ll be splashing in and out of the water and see amazing places such as Donald Trump’s Mar a Lago resort and J.F. Kennedy Bomb Shelter.
  14. Lighthouse Cove Adventure Golf - No state does mini-golf better than Florida. And at the Lighthouse Cove, just steps from Cocoa Beach, your family will enjoy some creative golf holes in the Florida coastal nautical theme.
  15. Joey’s Outback Adventure - This interactive, indoor playground offers plenty of activities and games to let your kids burn off some energy and get carried away with fun. Kids camps and parties are held here frequently and there is a cafe.
  16. PlayMobil Funpark - If your kids are familiar with the popular Playmobil characters, then this 13,000 square feet park will make their dreams of knights, pirates, farms, police, fire rescues, and doll houses come true. It’s located in Palm Beach Gardens. 
  17. McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary - This sanctuary in a beautiful Florida ranch like setting is home to more than 200 animals provides tours and hands-on programs for kids. Have a quick look at it in this video:
  18. Sugar Sand Park - This 132 acre nature park for kids is location in beautiful Boca Raton FL. It offers very creative and educational classes, programs and camps for kids. It includes the Children’s Science Explorium and the Willow Theatre.
  19. Trampolining at Rockin Jump - Kids over 45” tall can jump to their heart’s content at this unique 8,000 sq ft. Indoor Trampoline Park. Games are dodgeball and basketball.
  20. Coconut Cove Waterpark & Community Center - And to keep it interesting, one more cool waterpark with 2 four story waterslides and an easy river. Conveniently located right in Boca Raton.

South Florida is for Families

Now you know why living in Palm Beach, Wellington, or Boca Raton is going to the experience of your lives. Combine all of this with beautiful communities, job opportunities for teens, sports, nature and recreation, and some of the nation’s best schools, financial advisors like St. James's Place, and you’re giving your kids the best start in life possible. Other parents can only dream of having it this good.

Contact me now about homes for sale in Boca Raton and homes for sale in Palm Beach, along with listings in other communities. The sooner get into the mood of buying a home here in Palm Beach County, the closer you’ll be to giving your kids the best childhood possible.

I’m Michael Goldberg of United Realty Group here in Palm beach county. I've been through the relocation process myself and d like to be your Boca Raton Realtor helping you find the luxury home in the beautiful cities of Boca Raton and Palm Beach.

Why Your Kids Will Love Palm Beach Florida

by Michael Goldberg

How to Launch Your Child's Life in Florida

Kids love South Florida. And there’s far more here than Disneyland and Cape Canaveral to keep them enthralled. If childhood is the launchpad to a great life, Palm Beach will give your kids something extra special.


If you’re wondering how your kids might fare after a move to sunny, warm Palm Beach, you can rest assured they’ll be very happy here. Kids like to be busy all the time and they love new adventures, learning experiences, and enjoying new activities. Palm Beach County has these things aplenty.

It’s more than just activities though. Here in Palm Beach, you’ll find a higher quality of life and an optimism that colors kids lives. Life is different here. This unique environment can provide a new sense of freshness, imagination and great new friends to share a more creative and engaging lifestyle with. It can make them more interested in their community and society and foster stronger self-esteem.

It's been long believed that environment is very influential in childhood development, and Palm Beach is a place of imagination and possibilities. And if you have big dreams for your kids, then there's few places that could offer more to them.

At School and After School Activities Galore

If the beaches and backyard pools aren’t enough, there are plenty of community driven activities for them too.  And the private schools might be the deciding factor for you. If you’re disappointed with public schools in the north, you’re not alone. The quality of experience and education has dropped nationally in public schools while the reverse is true in South Florida’s private schools. Learn more about Palm Beach Schools at


A Big Bonus!

And your kids will be happier because you’ll be happier. Your sense of relaxation, new purpose, and the joy of your new adventure and lifestyle will rub off on them. Kids pick up on all that. They’ll be exploring new wildlife, enjoying new sports and leisure pastimes, and whether they’ll puttering around water building sandcastles, flying a kite, or doing a little fishing, they’re going to have eye opening experiences here.

It’s no secret that Palm Beach is a wealthy community and this generates many advantages for residents here. The collective effect is a greater sense of well being, shared purpose, endless opportunities and an unsurpassed quality of life. Your choice to upgrade your life will be an upgrade in opportunity and potential for your kids.

Get started searching for a new home for sale in Palm Beach, Wellington, and homes for sale in Boca Raton.

What are the top 20 attractions in Palm Beach County? 6 cities here offer tourists and residents alike an exciting, educational and memorable time. From top ranked Waterparks to eco-friendly nature preserves and animal rehabilitation compounds, your kids can learn and have fun from sun up to sun down. Oh, and by the way, Palm Beach gets perfect views of the sunrise and sunset. What you do in between is your business.

Should I Buy a Home Now?

by Michael Goldberg

I'm often asked if this is a good time to buy a home. Some clients are concerned that home prices may fall down the road, while others are convinced that home prices will go up.

Home prices are one factor in determining your cost of ownership, but so are interest rates and financing availability. Even though interest rates have fluctuated, they are still near historic lows. Since your monthly mortgage payment is a combination of paying down your principal and paying the interest owed, a one point rise in interest rates could cost tens of thousands of dollars over the life of your mortgage!

While a home is a major investment, it is also the center of your personal life. It's important to live in a home that reflects your taste and values, yet is within your financial "comfort zone." To that end, it may be more important to lock in today's relatively low interest rates while they are still available.

Please give me a call if I can be of any assistance in determining how much home you can afford in today's market.

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Make your first call to Mike about homes for sale in Palm Beach, homes for sale in Wellington, and homes for sale in Boca Raton. Mike's experience in these communities is great asset at a time when luxury homes in Palm Beach along with upscale condos are difficult to find. Work with Mike to find the ideal property for you and your family, and enjoy the lifestyle you want.