The Pros and Cons of Living in Delray Beach, FL

December 23, 2020

Are you considering moving to Delray Beach but you’re not sure if it’s the right fit for you? In this video, we’re going to go over the pros and cons of living in Delray Beach. From local activities to the weather, we’ll look at everything you need to know to decide if this place is right for you.

It’s All About Location

One of the best things about Delray Beach is the location. Living here makes you about an hour and a half away from the first set of keys in the Keys. You’re about four and a half hours to the very most southern point of Key West, two hours to Naples, two and a half hours to Orlando, four and a half hours to Jacksonville, and four hours to Tampa.

There are plenty of activities and places to go throughout the entire state of Florida that are within a four-hour drive of Delray Beach. Whether you’re headed to Disney World, Ginnie Springs, the Keys, or Daytona Beach, everything isn’t too far. Looking to catch a football game? We’ve got Miami, Jacksonville, and Tampa. We’ve got a lot of activities that are very close by that anybody can access. 

Florida has some of the most beautiful state parks, including the Everglades and the Springs. From Delray Beach, these locations are just about three to four hours away. While this is definitely a pro, the con is that there’s not enough time to do it all. We have so many activities and so much available that it would be virtually impossible to be able to see everything in a lifetime.

Florida Weather

One of the big questions I get about Delray Beach is our weather. The best way I can describe our weather is to say that if I were to go to Target in Delray, I can pick up a bathing suit, flip-flops, and a gas grill any day of the year. If I were to drive past the golf course, I will see golf carts on the greens. If I’m looking for a community with an open tennis court, it wouldn’t be hard to find. 

Occasionally, I will get people who will ask about the hurricanes. We get them, just like a lot of places in the country along the East Coast and in the Gulf get them. Even Hawaii gets hurricanes. Most people think about Hurricane Andrew when they think about hurricanes, which was nearly 30 years ago. The building codes changed so much after that hurricane that I truly do feel I’m in the safest place I could be should one happen. It’s worth mentioning that we get enough warning about hurricanes that it’s not even something we think much about. If we know it’s going to be a bad one, we can leave. Some people do. Some people stay and have their hurricane parties.

The other question that I get is about our heat in July. Yeah, it gets hot, just like it does everywhere else. We have the ocean breeze coming in, so it doesn’t feel as bad as heat in the middle of the country. It does reach 90-95 degrees here, though I much prefer living in a warm climate that occasionally gets really hot. There are pools everywhere and every place is air-conditioned, so there’s not much to complain about.

Economy And Cost Of Living

What about our economy and our cost of living? In the state of Florida, we do not have state taxes. That’s obviously a pro. In the city of Delray Beach, we have a lot of business opportunities that make it a great place to start a business. The Delray Beach Development Authority helps get those businesses started and also helps promote them. This ensures that Delray Beach’s downtown is active and has a lot of good stuff going on. Whether advertising from streetlights or promotions online, it’s a wonderful program for entrepreneurs that want to come to Delray Beach.

Additionally, we have a property tax exemption in the state of Florida called a homestead exemption. That helps with our property taxes, taking down the appraised value of your home by $50,000 and lessening your tax burden. With that being said, the cost of living for housing is a little bit more. However, we live in paradise. I guess if you’re not shoveling snow, you’re going to pay a little more for your house.

The Lifestyle

Last but not least, Delray Beach has a beautiful array of lifestyles. I would describe the lifestyles of Delray Beach as sexy, sultry, beautiful, paradise, and adventurous. It’s like living in a big city with a small-town feel.

The cons of the Delray Beach lifestyle would be the trade-off of needing sunscreen, a gym membership for the year-long bikini season, and extra money for hobbies that can get quite expensive. At least for my hobby, diving, that is the case.

Is Delray Beach Right For You?

I hope I was able to give you all of the information that you need to decide whether or not you want to move to Delray Beach, Florida. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out to me and I’d be more than happy to connect.  And if Delray Beach is something you’re interested in, please make sure that you subscribe to my channel so you never miss a video.