In 1894, William Linton, a Republican Congressman, purchased land in what would become Delray Beach in hopes of creating a new farming community. It was not to be. After a hard freeze, settlers left the area, and the remaining citizens renamed the town Delray in 1901. People from all over began settling in the small town, from 24 different U.S. states, the Bahamas and the Japanese settlers from the nearby Yamato farming colony. By the 1920s, tourism and real estate speculation helped to boost the economy. An artists colony was formed in the 1920s, and throughout the next 30 years, Delray became a winter haven for artists and authors alike. The 1960’s saw Delray become a surfing mecca and today the town is a bustling tourist destination.
Delray Beach has been named “Most Fun Small Town in the USA” by Rand McNally, and with good reason. Atlantic Avenue, or “The Ave,” as it is known to locals, is filled with charming upscale shops, fine restaurants, and outstanding nightly entertainment. Downtown is nationally known for the Garlic Fest, Delray Affair, On The Ave, and during the holiday season, the famous 100 foot Christmas Tree with animated displays. 20 art galleries line Atlantic Avenue, and the Pineapple Grove Arts District. As with many towns along the East Coast, Delray has excellent beaches, water sports, parks, and museums.
Delray Beach is a very family friendly town, as well as a great spot for young professionals and retirees alike. There’s a perfect home for everyone, whether a high rise on Atlantic Avenue, a historic gem, a beachfront bungalow, a secure gated community, or neighbor friendly townhome is for you, you will find your perfect spot in Delray!
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