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Boca Raton Real Estate Analysis

City of Boca Raton Website

Today Boca Raton is the product of a rich and fascinating history, a study in utter defeat and extraordinary success; of Japanese farmers, captains of industry, Hollywood stars – remarkable individuals with courage and vision. And the story is far from over.

The Boca story begins with its first residents, the Calusa Indians, for whom the Everglades and Boca Raton represented a bounty of natural resources. The name Boca Raton, although first associated with a Biscayne Bay inlet, was attached to the present site by 1838. In 1895, in stark contrast to the prized real estate that was to come later, the first house was built by civil engineer Thomas Moore Rickards. With the completion of Henry Morrison Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railway in 1896, families arrived from Georgia and South Carolina, and the fledgling settlement was born.

Life for these early pioneers was hard work. The small community, which included several ethnic groups recruited by railroad magnate Flagler, tackled the backbreaking work of growing crops of Florida oranges, pineapples and vegetables to ship to Northern market.

With daily train deliveries, a grocery store in nearby Delray Beach, a general store opened by Rickards, and a bit of trading with their Seminole neighbors, the first settlers had no shortage of basic food supplies. They lived on deer, rabbit and fish, as well as the fruits of the native palmetto, guava, cocoplum and sea grape trees. Although in many ways the location was idyllic, 10 years of hurricanes, crop failures, freezes and infestation eventually sent Rickards and his family to North Carolina.

Before Rickards left, however, he served as a mentor to a group of settlers from Japan. Flagler knew the railroad would not be profitable unless there was something more than passenger service; freight and produce was needed. When Jo Sakai, a Japanese businessman with a degree from New York University’s School of Finance, got a glimpse of Boca Raton’s potential, he sent word to his countrymen. Sakai named the budding Japanese settlement Yamato – “large, peaceful country.”

The colony was not particularly successful. There were disagreements between Sakai and the younger members of the colony, and a pineapple blight destroyed their crop. One Japanese truck farmer, George Morikami, spent his money buying up land. After becoming a U.S. citizen at age 82, Morikami presented the community with 150 acres just north and west of the city – today the site of Delray Beach’s Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens.

It was in the 1920s that the sleepy town of Boca Raton began to change, marked by three important developments: the incorporation of the town; the purchase of oceanfront property by a group of Palm Beach and Northern investors headed by society architect Addison Mizner; and the announcement of plans to build a giant, beachfront hotel complex, Mizner-style. (These plans were soon scrapped in favor of the Ritz-Carlton Cloister Inn.)

Mizner had already built 40 homes in the Palm Beach area and established the Mizner Development Corporation. At one time its stockholders included such high-rollers as Paris Singer, Irving Berlin, Elizabeth Arden, W.K. Vanderbilt II and T. Coleman du Pont. Film star Marie Dressler, the unofficial hostess of Boca Raton, actually sold real estate for Mizner.

Fresh from turning Palm Beach into a playground for the rich and famous, Mizner set out to transform Boca Raton into his dream city. The result: Twenty-nine homes in Floresta, now an historic area adjacent to the Boca Raton Museum of Art; and at least 12 smaller ones in Spanish Village, north of Singing Pines and the Children’s Museum and west of Second Avenue. The 100-room, Spanish-style Cloister Inn opened its doors in early 1926. Now the Boca Raton Resort & Club, the development’s distinctive Mediter-ranean Revival style set the standard for local architecture.

Although the land boom went bust and Mizner and company went bankrupt even as the inn’s first guests were unpacking their bags, by the end of the decade, Boca Raton had become one of Florida’s best-known cities.

Then came World War II. Boca Raton set aside 5,000 acres of facilities for 20,000 army personnel at what is now Florida Atlantic University. Because of the German submarine threat and fear of invasion, residents volunteered for four-hour shifts of spotter duty in a 30-foot-high wooden observation tower on the beach.

 

After the war years, Boca Raton’s subtropical locale and beckoning business climate attracted the prestigious International Business Machines (IBM) and Florida Atlantic University; both set-up shop here in the mid-’60s. Other businesses with an eye to the future soon followed suit. Between 1965 and 1980, newcomers in pursuit of the good life tripled Boca Raton’s population. Today, Greater Boca Raton’s population is more than 180,000. For More information, visit:

Boca Raton Real Estate Listings

Active Listings in Boca Raton

23386 Liberty Bell Ter Boca Raton, FL 33433
Photo of 23386 Liberty Bell Ter, Boca Raton, FL 33433 (MLS # F10082738)
3 beds 2 baths 1,103 sqft $310,000
19652 Dinner Key Dr Boca Raton, FL 33498
Photo of 19652 Dinner Key Dr, Boca Raton, FL 33498 (MLS # F10082507)
4 beds 3 baths $599,500
3476 Pine Haven Cir Boca Raton, FL 33431
Photo of 3476 Pine Haven Cir, Boca Raton, FL 33431 (MLS # F10082398)
4 beds 3 baths 2,372 sqft $649,900
9701 Palma Vista Way Boca Raton, FL 33428
Photo of 9701 Palma Vista Way, Boca Raton, FL 33428 (MLS # F10082043)
4 beds 3 baths 2,513 sqft $574,999
MLS # F10081030 Boca Raton, FL 33428
Photo of Boca Raton, FL 33428 (MLS # F10081030)
3 beds 2 baths 1,770 sqft $324,900
251 Ne 25th St Boca Raton, FL 33431
Photo of 251 Ne 25th St, Boca Raton, FL 33431 (MLS # F10081710)
3 beds 3 baths 1,850 sqft $399,999
6484 Via Benita Boca Raton, FL 33433
Photo of 6484 Via Benita, Boca Raton, FL 33433 (MLS # F10081357)
4 beds 3 baths 2,964 sqft $595,000
362 N Glouchester St Boca Raton, FL 33487
Photo of 362 N Glouchester St, Boca Raton, FL 33487 (MLS # F10081605)
2 beds 2 baths 1,094 sqft $395,000
1040 Sw 4th Street Boca Raton, FL 33486
Photo of 1040 Sw 4th Street, Boca Raton, FL 33486 (MLS # F10081601)
3 beds 3 baths 1,587 sqft $429,900
8815 E Escondido Way Boca Raton, FL 33433
Photo of 8815 E Escondido Way, Boca Raton, FL 33433 (MLS # F10081569)
3 beds 3 baths 2,061 sqft $399,900
1574 Sw 2nd St Boca Raton, FL 33486
Photo of 1574 Sw 2nd St, Boca Raton, FL 33486 (MLS # F10081164)
4 beds 2 baths 1,869 sqft $555,000
1070 Sw 18th St Boca Raton, FL 33486
Photo of 1070 Sw 18th St, Boca Raton, FL 33486 (MLS # F10080226)
4 beds 2 baths 2,328 sqft $599,900
4209 Nw 2nd Ct Boca Raton, FL 33431
Photo of 4209 Nw 2nd Ct, Boca Raton, FL 33431 (MLS # F10081254)
3 beds 2 baths 1,602 sqft $270,000
1781 Sw 11th St Boca Raton, FL 33486
Photo of 1781 Sw 11th St, Boca Raton, FL 33486 (MLS # F10080955)
3 beds 2 baths 1,290 sqft $415,000
22396 Waterside Dr Boca Raton, FL 33428
Photo of 22396 Waterside Dr, Boca Raton, FL 33428 (MLS # F10079315)
4 beds 3 baths 2,910 sqft $699,000

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Boca Raton School Data

Boca Raton School Districts

Boca Raton Schools

Hammock Pointe Elementary School
K-5, public
http://www.edline.net/pages/Hammock_Pointe_ES
J. C. Mitchell Elementary School
PK-5, public
http://www.edline.ner/pages/J_C_Mitchell_ElementarySchool
Boca Raton Elementary School
K-5, public
http://www.edline.net/pages/Boca_Raton_Elementary_School
Boca Raton Community High School
9-12, public
http://www.palmbeach.k12.fl.us/BocaRatonHS
Addison Mizner Elementary School
K-5, public
http://www.palmbeach.k12.fl.us/AddisonMizneres
Boca Raton Community Middle School
6-8, public
http://www.edline.net/pages/Boca_Raton_Middle_School
Loggers’ Run Community Middle School
6-8, public
http://www.Ircms.com
Spanish River Community High School
9-12, public
http://www.palmbeach.k12.fl.us/SpanishRiverHS
Verde Elementary School
K-5, public
http://www.edline.net/pages/Verde_Elementary_School
Whispering Pines Elementary School
K-5, public
http://www.edline.net/pages/whispering_pines_es
Coral Sunset Elementary School
PK-5, public
http://www.edline.net/pages/Coral_Sunset_Elementary
Calusa Elementary School
K-5, public
http://www.edline.net/pages/Calusa_Elementary
Del Prado Elementary School
K-5, public
http://www.edline.net/pages/Del_Prado_Elementary
Sandpiper Shores Elementary School
PK-5, public
http://www.edline.net/pages/Sandpiper_Shores_ES
Omni Middle School
6-8, public
http://www.omnimiddle.org
Olympic Heights Community High School
9-12, public
http://www.edline.net/pages/Olympic_Heights_Community_HS
Waters Edge Elementary School
K-5, public
http://www.edline.net/pages/Waters_Edge_Elementary_School
Eagles Landing Middle School
6-8, public
http://www.edline.net/pages/ELMS
A.D. Henderson University School & Fau High School
K-12, public
http://www.adhus.fau.edu
St Joan Of Arc School
PK-8, private
St Paul Lutheran School
PK-8, private
Pine Crest School – Boca Raton
PK-8, private
Boca Raton Christian School
PK-12, private
http://www.bocachristian.org
Advent Lutheran School
K-8, private
Pope John Paul Ii High School
9-12, private
http://www.pjpii.org

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