Lake Worth Real Estate

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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First owned by a former slave and named Jewell, what is now Lake Worth was sold in 1911 by his widow to developers. The next year, 1912, was--at minimum--eventful. Renamed Lucerne, the fledgling town laid its first street, founded Bryant Park, was flooded out, hired its first marshall (who used his shotgun to kill fish), built its first school, started its first church, founded its first library, and was renamed Lake Worth.

Living in Lake Worth

Since that eventful first year, and after the devastating hurricane of 1928, Lake Worth has grown considerably. It now covers 5.6 square miles and supports a diverse population of approximately 35,000. Among its obvious amenities are splendid Atlantic beaches, Florida's renowned tropical climate, and a renovated downtown and boardwalk.

Lake Worth is also especially convenient to the rest of Florida's central Atlantic coastline and the many cultural and recreational venues it affords. All three international airports--from Miami 60 miles south, to Palm Beach just 4 miles north, to Ft. Lauderdale 39 miles south--make the city readily accessible by air. Interstate 95 and Highway 1 carry north/south road traffic, with Highway 98 coming in from the west just under Lake Okeechobee and Interstate 75 coming into Ft. Lauderdale.

Good property values and a richly diverse and youthful population add to the attractiveness of Lake Worth. The median house value of $81,000 cited by the last federal census somewhat understates reality, but houses are still surprisingly affordable. For a single-family home with two bedrooms or more, the going sale prices begin at about $100,000 and tops out at about $6 million. Narrowing the field to homes for less than $1 million returns about 500 properties, the vast majority of which are less than $600,000. A savvy local realtor will help you make the most of this wide array of choices.

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