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What do you know about West Palm Beach FL?

I think it would be a nice place to retire to? What do you think?

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by Anonymousreply 6503/17/2019

West Palm Beach just has alot of retired New Yorkers. Who wants to live among their bitchiness?

by Anonymousreply 103/14/2019

There are people who live there but mainly it's full of government offices, parking lots and large court complex. Not a particularly attractive residential destination.

by Anonymousreply 203/14/2019

Fort Lauderdale has potential but has too many trashy parts

by Anonymousreply 303/14/2019

I liked this place when I visited, about 17 years ago.

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by Anonymousreply 403/14/2019

Seems like so much of Florida has potential. But the people are a major turn off. I feel like it has the brashness of NY/NJ with the blandness of the South. There is no denying a certain trashiness - even in places with million dollar condos. The real estate is strangely expensive - especially given quality of construction, insurance costs and risk of hurricanes. I can never quite put my finger on it but it just seems like someplace I wouldn’t be happy.

by Anonymousreply 503/14/2019

Property seems very affordable.

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by Anonymousreply 603/14/2019

It's nice because it's an actual city of all different types. You can be poor and work in Palm Beach and live in West Palm Beach. It's also old so it didn't develop the new suburban way most FL cities did, that came after 1960.

West Palm Beach to Fort Myers forms the "frost line" meaning if you draw a line between those two cities it usually doesn't go below freezing.

by Anonymousreply 703/14/2019

This place looks OK. Needs decoration. It has a pool!

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by Anonymousreply 803/14/2019

[quote]It's nice because it's an actual city of all different types.

That's what I was thinking.

by Anonymousreply 903/14/2019

It's a bunch of old people

by Anonymousreply 1003/14/2019

I'd rent to start off. This place has a pool too.

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by Anonymousreply 1103/14/2019

Don Burns land. Sean Cody boys galore.

by Anonymousreply 1203/14/2019

[quote]It's a bunch of old people

I'm 56 in a few weeks. Before I know it, I'll be 70.

by Anonymousreply 1303/14/2019

[quote]Sean Cody boys galore.


by Anonymousreply 1403/14/2019

My Gparents live there and its beautiful. I live in NY-but I love to visit and would consider moving there after college.

by Anonymousreply 1503/14/2019

R15 lucky you to still have your grandparents. My grandma died this day in 1996 RIP. I still miss her.

by Anonymousreply 1603/14/2019

R16, I am so sorry. That is really awful.

by Anonymousreply 1703/14/2019

Absolutely not! My sister and her family live there and hate it. It’s the rehab capital of the US abs there are hundreds of half-way houses everywhere, as a result a ton of drug addicts relapsing and causing all kinds of trouble. The downtown is depressing - no charm at all. There are some great old neighborhoods along the intercoastal looking across to the island of Palm Beach but just going to the grocery store or any shopping is a bad experience. Seriously look elsewhere.

by Anonymousreply 1803/14/2019

Curious how people would compare West Palm Beach to Wilton Manors/Fort Lauderdale. West Palm Beach seems cheaper.

by Anonymousreply 1903/14/2019

I parked my car in the WPB court center then walked (yes, walked) the half mile to the social security office. This teenager on a bicycle stopped me to beg for money. I was rather alarmed but calmly said I had no change. He said, "What about a dollar bill?" There is begging in that area and also at I-95 exit ramps (WPB and elsewhere) which can be rather intimidating and unpleasant.

Boynton captain: I-95 exit ramp panhandling issue a 'personal mission'

For residents who have grown just as frustrated as Commissioner Mack McCray has of panhandlers greeting them when exiting Interstate 95, Capt. John

by Anonymousreply 2003/14/2019

"Palm Beach" is nice, very rich, and VERY expensive. "West" Palm Beach is poor and black, that's why it's so cheap.

by Anonymousreply 2103/14/2019

"black". Thanks, R21, please be sure to apply for our special membership.

by Anonymousreply 2203/14/2019

Downtown West Palm Beach has a clean walkable downtown and a revitalized 'urban town center" called CityPlace with lots of shows, restaurants and street life. I could definitely retire there.

by Anonymousreply 2303/14/2019

lots of cranky Jews

by Anonymousreply 2403/14/2019

[quote]I parked my car in the WPB court center then walked (yes, walked) the half mile to the social security office. This teenager on a bicycle stopped me to beg for money. I was rather alarmed but calmly said I had no change. He said, "What about a dollar bill?" There is begging in that area and also at I-95 exit ramps (WPB and elsewhere) which can be rather intimidating and unpleasant.

You'll get over it. Better than a lot of cities.

by Anonymousreply 2503/14/2019

The nightlife.

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by Anonymousreply 2603/14/2019

"Palm Beach" has the Everglades Club. They have blacks there, but only on the outdoor staff. They also have Roman Catholics and Irish there but only on the staff (old Joe Kennedy was enough). No Jews, despite the rumour that the 'ban' is imaginary.

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by Anonymousreply 2703/14/2019

The harbor is so small there. What will you do with your yacht?

by Anonymousreply 2803/14/2019

R28 There appears to be ample mooring [bitch].

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by Anonymousreply 2903/14/2019

Traffic, impossibly hot and humid summers, traffic, poor social possibilities for gay men, traffic...

by Anonymousreply 3003/14/2019

WPB is the fastest growing urban area in the country, FTL can be manageable , however it is as well overcrowded, traffic mess, and losers from everywhere who flock there. Drug addicts, alcoholics , murderers just to name a few are plentiful .

by Anonymousreply 3103/14/2019

Not really r16 like any other place the gays discover and gentrify and pretty up , like Wilton Manors everything becomes expensive, 15 years ago you could buy a home in Wilton Manors for 40-50k , smart queens scooped them up. WPB is old and the gays there a soooo tacky, and yes overpriced as well. and yes full of bitchy , obnoxious , Jews and Italians who have that horrid LI accent and look all the same , eyes close together and big noses! UGH...

by Anonymousreply 3203/16/2019

It looks hideous and it's full of rude old NY jews.

by Anonymousreply 3303/16/2019

Overated.An i never understand why anybody gay wants to live in states that are heavily religious or homophobic.SMH

by Anonymousreply 3403/16/2019

It’s like watching paint dry to live in Florida The people have no education there. There is NO culture in Florida.

by Anonymousreply 3503/16/2019

It's going to be underwater in the near future.

by Anonymousreply 3603/16/2019

OP you should know better than to ask for opinions about Florida on DL. With a few exceptions all you'll get is the usual band of toxic queens who sit at their computers 16 hours a day just waiting for a thread about some place, something, or somebody they very likely know absolutely nothing about first hand, they can trash talk about.

by Anonymousreply 3703/16/2019

R33 = DJT

by Anonymousreply 3803/16/2019

On the positive side, WPB is better than Belle Glade.

by Anonymousreply 3903/16/2019

R38 = Michael Bloomberg

by Anonymousreply 4003/16/2019

I'll take the good ol' boys and rednecks on the NW Gulf coast any day over the crazy old northeast coots in south Florida. Everything south of Vero Beach should be walled off and treated as a foreign country.

by Anonymousreply 4103/16/2019

My sister and brother in law live there. They relocated from Connecticut about 15 years ago and love it.

They’re retired and live in a golf community - beautiful house with a pool. I love to visit but I’m not ready to leave New York just yet.

by Anonymousreply 4203/16/2019

You pretty much described every DL "tell me about" thread, either in the US or abroad.

So many posts based on a scene from a TV show they saw 25 years ago, or Perillo tour with mom and grandma back in the 90s.

I'm guessing that many of these posters are extrapolating out from Seinfeld episodes.

And to that point, yes there are lots of retired Northeast Jews and Italians in Palm Beach COUNTY--they live in Boca, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach and Jupiter. Not in the city of WPB.

by Anonymousreply 4303/16/2019

Sometimes I worry for people who have a job transfer and they're just about to move to some new city and they post here for encouragement.

by Anonymousreply 4403/16/2019

True r43 but those places are IN Palm Beach County, and the nasty spillover from WPB is evident.

by Anonymousreply 4503/16/2019

It's full of jews.

by Anonymousreply 4603/16/2019

R46 = Ivanka

by Anonymousreply 4703/16/2019

Bring a firearm!

Dad arrested for bringing AK-47 to school after son said teacher 'slammed' him, cops say

Christopher Freeman, 27, of West Palm Beach, was arrested after showing up at Bear Lakes Middle School armed with an AK-47, angry that his son had been "slammed" by a teacher, police said.

by Anonymousreply 4803/16/2019

yes r23 just be careful not to be mowed down by a drunk or addict on Clematis, or attacked by a crazy homeless person having lunch outside at a cafe, Then there is the nasty bat welding motorists on I95 ready for a road rage fight anytime, then consider retiring there. No Thanks!!!

by Anonymousreply 4903/16/2019

Humidity, insects, hurricanes, tornadoes, Republicans, snow birds, what's not to love?

by Anonymousreply 5003/16/2019

WPB has a really bad problem with halfway houses and homeless drug addicts as an earlier poster stated upthread. The west coast of FL is far more tolerable than the trashy east coast. St Pete is cool and has a really good gay scene. The weather is perfect and the housing is cheap.

by Anonymousreply 5103/16/2019

And the water on the west coast of Florida is crystal clear, unlike the brown murky water on most of the Atlantic side.

by Anonymousreply 5203/16/2019

PB county is a democratic stronghold in the state. (One of four.) If you move here and want to be involved with democratic politics, you'll have a grand time.

by Anonymousreply 5303/16/2019

Too close to Mar-A-Lago.

by Anonymousreply 5403/16/2019

R54, ever been there? Look up right after you go through the main entrance. What do you see? How about the tiles around the bathroom mirrors. What do they say? Didn’t think so.

by Anonymousreply 5503/16/2019

R55 What the hell are you talking about?

by Anonymousreply 5603/17/2019

I've heard Palm Beach itself is gated because it's so rich. So doesn't that mean WPB people wanting to go to the beach have to take a long way around it to the north or south? Seems like that would be kind of a pain.

by Anonymousreply 5703/17/2019

God's toilet. All of FL is.

by Anonymousreply 5803/17/2019

It's great. It will also be underwater in 15 years.

by Anonymousreply 5903/17/2019

There is almost zero gay public social life in all of Palm Beach County.

by Anonymousreply 6003/17/2019

What's public social life?

by Anonymousreply 6103/17/2019

East coaster here. Anticipating early retirement, we bought a second home in WPB a few years ago. Beautiful apartment with Intercostal and Atlantic views. Biked to the beach. Hung out at City Place. But that’s it.

Eventually realized, unless you want to drive to sinking Miami, most everything is geared to up and coming druggies or (really) old, people. The “better” restaurants water down food for the elderly clientele (“al dente” pasta, what’s that?).

by Anonymousreply 6203/17/2019

It’s no Boca.

by Anonymousreply 6303/17/2019

its where the palm beach day maids and landscapers live if they are not live-in.

by Anonymousreply 6403/17/2019

[quote]Affordable housing for residents with mental illnesses coming to West Palm Beach

More affordable housing coming to West Palm Beach

In an effort to address affordable housing options in West Palm Beach, the city has built or is in the process of building more than 500 affordable housing units over the last five years.

by Anonymousreply 6503/17/2019
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