By: Christel Silver Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers
In the early 80’s we lived in Tamarac. If we wanted to go to the beach, our choices were either Boca Raton or West Palm Beach. Delray Beach did not appeal to us at that time. After moving to Washington D.C. and living there for 16 years, it was time to move away from the snow and cold weather. We knew we wanted to live anywhere between Boca Raton and Fort Pierce, but this time closer to the beach.
We began exploring different areas. Then after driving on A1A, we turned onto Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach just to grab some lunch. We loved the Avenue with its ambience, the restaurants, shops, and the life. Then we discovered the Tennis Center and we stopped to see what they had to offer.
Since I love tennis, and played in the USTA league for many years, I decided that Delray Beach where I wanted to live. The Center has tournaments, leagues, reasonable membership fees, and lessons.
Even though I am Realtor®, I wanted to see quickly what was available so we bought a newspaper and began to look for something to rent for a short time and then buy.
We found an ad from a private investor who was selling a brand new villa. We made an appointment, and loved everything about the location and house backing a lake. The next day we wrote the contract. This was in August 2001 and we never looked back. We love Delray Beach.
And the Village by the Sea has even become better. Every visitor we have from Europe or other parts of the US is excited about the European flavor of this City. I asked some of my friends why they love to live in Delray Beach, here are their answers:
“I love living in Delray Beach because I can walk to my favorite restaurant, grocery store and the water all in less than 10 minutes!”
“We love Delray because its charm and downtown activities (restaurants, art galleries, festivals, tennis tournaments, people and its diversity).”
“Great and close by beaches also interesting nearby cities and parks like Wellington and Boca Raton, including best rated schools and FAU university. Finally, it has a wonderful winter climate that brings visitors from all over the Northeast cities.”
“It is an eclectic town that reminds me of home in Greenwich Village, New York.”
“I love Delray Beach because of the small-town atmosphere and feeling, of knowing people and seeing friends no matter where I am in town. The merchants are mostly all local, very friendly, remember you, and are most helpful.”
“The multitude of choices in dining, the easy parking on the street and in the Old School Square garage, and the beautiful shops, most with unusual merchandise that you don’t see anywhere else.”
I love Delray Beach because it is in the heart of South Florida—between Palm Beach and Miami Beach—and Atlantic Avenue was voted as the Best Main Street in Florida thanks to Florida Monthly Magazine.
About Christel Silver
Christel Silver is a full time Broker/Owner of Silver International Realty servicing the East Coast of South Florida. In 1985 she was licensed in Maryland and Washington, DC as a Realtor and later as a Certified Residential Appraiser and Associate Broker and has been in Florida since 2001.Silver is a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS), and a certified speaker teaching CIPS classes. She served the Florida Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) Chapter as President, as Regional Vice President helping Chapters to grow, and as a member of the Board of Directors for two years. She is the Global Ambassador for Austria and Germany in 2019. Fifty percent of her business is in the International arena. For more information visit www.silverhouses.com.