If you’re a family seeking to purchase a new home, we understand the challenges you are likely facing. Many questions arise as to where you should begin searching for a home. When is the best time for a family to purchase a new home? Which neighborhoods are best for families? Which schools will children attend once a home is purchased and are the schools going to provide the best education possible? In this blog, we will provide answers to these very same questions with the hope of offering guidance to families seeking to buy a Palm Beach home in a top ranked school zone.
When is the Best Time for a Family to Buy a New Home?
With summer just around the corner, now it’s the perfect time for families with school-aged children to start looking for that new home. There are many benefits to purchasing a home during the summer months. Moving while school is in session brings about many interruptions for the entire family, including the possibility of having to switch schools. Also, for families whose children have not yet started attending school, searching for a home to buy in a specific neighborhood may afford you access to the top public elementary schools, due to zoning. We have access to an overwhelming number of top ranked schools in the South Florida area, particularly in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Weston, and Parkland.
Understanding The School Grading System in Florida
Before we begin discussing neighborhoods to focus on in your search, it is best to gain an understanding of the way schools are ranked. In Florida, the highest grade a school can achieve is an A, which is given by the State. However, not all A schools perform at the same level. It is easy to find access to the letter grades, but these grades don’t necessarily allow for proper comparison of one school to another. Each school receives a letter grade based largely on student performance on standardized tests, and that is how they are ranked. Schools also receive a numeric score which is a significantly more accurate way to compare schools in terms of performance.
Which Neighborhoods are Ideal for Families?
As a guide for families, we have compiled a list of the top communities based on two of the most highly rated Elementary Schools in Palm Beach County: Morikami Park Elementary in Delray Beach and Water’s Edge Elementary in Boca Raton.
Top Communities Zoned for Morikami Park Elementary in Delray Beach include:
Drexel Park Townhomes - Drexel Park is a new construction townhouse community centrally located in Delray Beach. It is in close proximity to both Boca Raton and Delray Beach shopping, dining, and entertainment. Townhomes in Drexel Park feature 2 and 3 bedroom units priced from $230,000 - $300,000.
Mizner’s Preserve - This stunning, gated community located in Delray Beach was built in 2001 and includes 170 estate homes. Surrounded by lush landscaping estate homes in this community range from 2,800 square feet to over 5,000 square feet and range in price from approximately $500,000 to over $1 million. Mizner’s Preserve is known for being a luxurious haven for residents with their top-notch amenities.
Bristol Pointe - The gated, luxury residential community on Bristols Pointe is in Delray Beach and features 74 distinct estates. Homes range in size from 3,000 square feet to 5,000 square feet and price from $600,000 to over $1 million. Each home is surrounded by lush landscaping and includes beautifully appointed interiors. Located in close proximity to downtown Delray Beach, residents are a short distance away from shopping, dining, and fantastic local museums, including Morikami.
Top Communities Zoned for Water’s Edge Elementary in Boca Raton include:
Boca Falls - Boca Falls is an active community of single-family homes. Comprised of 722 homes in ten neighborhoods, this gated community offers homes ranging from 1,800 to 4,400 square feet and range in price, starting in the upper $400s. A newly renovated clubhouse, resort-style swimming pool, and fitness center are just a few of the amenities available. The neighborhood is conveniently located near shopping, a variety of dining establishments, and schools of all grade levels.
Boca Reserve - This is a close-knit community of fewer than 50 homes, which is known for holding exclusive events for residents. Homes range in size from 3,000 square feet to 6,000 square feet and range in price from $600,000 to over $1 million. This intimate community is perfect for growing families.
Boca Winds - This large development of single-family homes, located in West Boca Raton, is comprised of eight subdivisions. Beautifully tree-lined streets and sidewalks plus playgrounds spread throughout this community making it ideal for families. With several different home types to choose from, floor plans range from 1,500 square feet to over 3,000 square feet. These residences are priced from $300,000 to over $600,000.
If you would like additional information about top-ranking schools in South Florida, this recent article titled “Which A-rated schools are top performing?” published by the Sun Sentinel, includes a list of the highest performing schools in Palm Beach County. Of course, there are many more outstanding schools throughout the area and the team at Stein Posner Real Estate would love to help your family find the perfect Palm Beach County home in a top rated school zone. At Stein Posner Real Estate, we strive to provide clients with an exceptional real estate experience. Contact our office today to schedule a meeting with one of our expert real estate agents.