With gorgeous, lush landscaping, a fabulous marina, a revitalized downtown, and a multitude of amenities, the Town of Lake Park, Florida, has certainly earned its nickname as “The Jewel of the Palm Beaches.” Founded in 1923 by Harry Kelsey, the town was previously known by The Courtesy City of Florida, The Miracle City of Florida, The Gateway to the World’s Winter Playground, a New City in the Making, and Kelsey City. Its long, rich history can be easily divided into four periods, the Kelsey Period, the Great Depression, World War II, and the Present. The original town site as envisioned by founder Kelsey was a 900-acre resort community with an 18-hole golf course. The town was planned to encompass three sections, residential, retail business, and manufacturing. Within a few years, Kelsey invested over $3 million and obtained 60,000 more acres. Because it was revolutionary, the town attracted nationwide attention and experienced exponential growth. However, as a result of a hurricane, followed by the Depression, the population and progress declined in the 1930s. Today the community is enjoying a delightful resurgence and is embracing the future while celebrating its past.
One of the most charming aspects of this historic community is its layout. Initially planned by Dr. John Nolan and the Olmstead brothers in the early 1920s, it is a series of north-south oriented rectangular blocks, the exceptions being a few angular streets in the center of town and along the Intracoastal Waterway. Most industry in the town is found west of Old Dixie Highway and the railroad, while residential communities are situated east, all the way to the Intracoastal. Along Federal Highway (U.S. 1) there are commercial buildings, with 918 Park Avenue being the lone exception as it sits as the only original historic structure in the area.
As you might expect from such a delightful historic community, the architecture in Lake Park is something to behold. Lake Park properties include Mission, Craftsman Bungalows, Mediterranean Revival, Spanish Eclectic, Frame Vernacular, and Masonry styles such as Minimal Traditional and Ranch homes. Listing prices for Lake Park real estate fall in a broad range and depend on the home’s age, condition, location, and square footage. If you would like to learn more about available homes in Lake Park, Florida, please allow us to assist you and contact us at your earliest convenience.