Palm Beach Gardens is in the center of a rapidly-developing area north of West palm Beach. The city has an abundance of gated communities, but prior to the development the land was primarily cattle ranches and pine forests, as well as swampland. In 1959, a wealthy man by the name of John D. MacArthur announced plans to develop 4,000 acres and build homes for over 55,000 people. He chose the name Palm Beach Gardens after his initial choice of Palm Beach City was denied by the Florida Legislature, because of the similarity of the name to the nearby Palm Beach. The city only existed on paper in 1959, and it's first resident was a squatter that MacArthur allowed to stay on his property in 1960. As of 2006, the Unites States Census Bureau stated that the population for Palm Beach Gardens was 48,944. As a rapidly growing city, Palm Beach Gardens has wonderful living conditions, great schools, delicious restaurants, a variety of shops and very exciting events.
1. The living conditions- With an average temperature of 74 degrees fahrenheit, the city of Palm Beach Gardens offers a vibrant Florida lifestyle with a lush tropical ambiance. The crime index was reported at 217.1 in 2008 which is lower then the United States average at 320.9. The median household income is 59,776. Residence have local access to:
- Art and Cultural opportunities
- Shopping areas that include the finest stores
- Day spas, resorts and outstanding dining opportunities.
2. Schools- Public K-12 primary and secondary schools are administrated by the School District of Palm Beach County. Palm Beach Gardens Community High School and William T. Dwyer High School are the local public high schools which highly rated. The Edward M. Eissey Campus, a satellite campus of the Palm Beach State College, is located in Palm Beach Gardens as well.
3. Restaurants- Living in Palm Beach Gardens is great when it comes to exquisite dinning. Rated number one Restaurant out of fifty-one, is the contemporary dinning experience of Seasons 52. Seasons 52 is seasonally-inspired with the fresh appeal of the farmer's market. it represents a unique blend of art and science, with creative offerings designed to excite and surprise the palate. Coming in at number 5 out of 51 is the well-known Yard House restaurant. Yard House is a premium but casual eatery that is known for its expensive menu, classic rock music, and the worlds largest selection of draft beer. Brio, rated 8 out of 51, is an Italian restaurant with a family oriented atmosphere. Brio brings the pleasures of the Tuscan country villa to the American city.
4. Shops- Downtown at the Gardens is the main shopping district in Palm Beach Gardens, with exceptional services and guest amenities designed to enhance your shopping experience. Another place to shop that is popular with Palm Beach Gardens residents are the shops at Abacoa. Abacoa Town Center is a 91,000 square foot neighborhood town center with old main street charm. Abacoa Town Center offers more then just great shopping such as, night life, exciting cultural events and a multitude of culinary experiences.
5. Events- While shopping in Abacoa, check out some of the events that they have to offer. Some of the upcoming events are, Monday night kids eat free at Le Metro Bistro, Art summer camp for ages 5 and up, weekly morning and evening jazzercise sessions and ball games at Roger Dean Stadium. Living in the Gardens puts you right in the middle of the action, with lots of things to do.