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6 Things to Consider Before Relocating to Boca Raton

If you’re considering a move to Boca Raton, you need to take into consideration the weather, housing, and how you’ll spend your outdoor recreation time

Are you tired of bad weather and being stuck indoors for months at a time and ready to make a change? When you relocate to Boca Raton, you can experience year-round warm temps as well as high-quality school systems and plenty of entertainment opportunities. This city in South Florida is not only an excellent place to retire, but it’s also an excellent location for growing families who want to experience the good life. If you’re considering relocating to Boca Raton, here are six things to consider.

How Country Clubs Work

If you search for property in Boca Raton, you will likely find an abundance of properties that appear to be very inexpensive. These are likely located inside country clubs, most of which have an initial one-time payment of $60,000 that is on top of the cost of the home. These payments need to be made up-front and cannot be rolled into mortgages. You’ll also pay annual fees that range from $15,000-$30,000 per year in addition to fees for golf and social opportunities. Some may find the cost well worth it, especially if they are seeking out a resort-style living arrangement. Others may be surprised when they actually see the property and realize the seemingly affordable home they saw on the Internet is actually far out of their price range.

The Beach Situation

Boca Raton has some of the best beaches in the country, but you need to know how they work. There are three public beaches in the city, but you need to possess a parking pass in order to go to them. The passes cost $62 per year, and you have to prove you’re a Boca Raton resident to get one. A lot of people who live in Boca Raton like this arrangement because it keeps the beaches free from tourists and gives them more of a private feel. If you don’t want to pay for the pass or you don’t choose a home inside the Boca Raton city limits, you still have options.  Many people choose to go to nearby Deerfield Beach, which has more of a public beach feel and is undergoing renovation to make it even more of a destination for residents and tourists alike.

It’s Family-Friendly

Everyone knows that Boca Raton is a great place to retire. It’s been named the second-best place to retire in Florida and is one of the top 10 U.S. retirement cities. However, what many people don’t know is that Boca Raton is also an excellent place to raise a family. Families are flocking to Boca Raton from New York and New Jersey because of the high-rated school systems, outstanding neighborhoods, and nearby colleges like the University of Miami, Florida Atlantic University, and Miami Dade College.
In addition to the excellent schools, Boca Raton also has an abundance of outdoor spaces and activities that are perfect for kids, top-notch pediatric care, and arts and culture opportunities, including the Annual Festival of the Arts at Mizner Park and the Boca Children’s Museum. If you want a safe, fun, and enriching city to raise your children, you simply can’t do any better than Boca Raton.

The Weather

You may think you know how warm it will be in Boca Raton, but you won’t understand just how warm until you move there. Temps tend to hover in the 90 to 100 range from June until September and have 100% humidity. A daily thunderstorm is the norm during the summer, though they tend to last less than an hour and clear up quickly.
Boca Raton is also in a hurricane danger zone, so you need to be prepared for those even though a major hurricane has not hit the city in years. If you can get through the oppressively hot summers, you’ll enjoy temps the rest of the year in the 70s and 80s, which means you can enjoy outdoor sports and other activities year-round and rarely need more than a light jacket.

Ease of Travel

Whether you want to take a drive to a nearby destination or you want to fly in friends and family for a visit, you’ll find it’s very easy to get to and from Boca Raton. The city is located near three international airports—Palm Beach International, Ft. Lauderdale International, and Miami International. Boca is also near other major cities in South Florida. West Palm Beach is only a 40-minute drive away, Ft. Lauderdale is a quick half-hour drive, and Miami is only around 45 minutes away, depending on traffic. If you want to go a bit further, the Florida Keys are within easy driving distance, as are numerous smaller destinations with fantastic beaches like Delray and Boynton Beach.

Outdoor Opportunities

With the abundance of outdoor-friendly weather, you’ll want to spend as much time as possible in nature when you relocate to Boca Raton. Fortunately, the city makes it easy to find activities to take part in outdoors. There are 46 parks covering more than 16,000 acres of trails and parkland. There are also two continuous north-south trail routes that connect Florida Atlantic University to the Tri-Rail system. In addition to these features, Boca also has four miles of beaches, including a dog beach for pet owners.
If you’d rather spend time outdoors engaging in shopping or cultural experiences, you can go to Mizner Park, Town Centre Mall, or the amphitheater near the Boca Raton Museum of Art. You can also check out the annual Allianz Championship senior PGA golf tournament or dine on the patio of one of Boca’s fantastic restaurants. If being outdoors is what makes you happy, you’ll find plenty to love when you relocate to Boca Raton.
Ready to ditch the winters and relocate to a land of sunshine? Work with an experienced realtor like those at the Jessica Gulick Group to learn more about the benefits of relocating to Boca Raton and start exploring the luxury housing options the city has to offer.

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