Are you considering moving to Boca Raton? Maybe you’re thinking about retiring in Florida or moving to the area with your family? In this video you’ll learn 7 things you ABSOLUTELY need to know about life in Boca Raton in 2020!

So you're thinking about making a move to Boca Raton, excellent idea. In this video, I am going to give you the seven things that you need to know about living in Boca Raton. Honestly, we get so many calls, texts, and emails every single day from people who are looking to move here to Boca Raton and the surrounding cities here in Southeast Florida and we absolutely love it. If you are thinking about making a move down here give us a call, shoot us a text, send us an email. You can even send a smoke signal or carrier pigeon. However, you want to communicate, we got your back when moving to South Florida.

The first thing you need to know about Boca Raton is that it is really separated between East Boca and West Boca. The dividing line between East and West Boca, depending on where you are within the city, tends to be somewhere around the turnpike. East Boca, typically as far as housing goes, you are going to get slightly older houses slightly smaller, but you are closer to a lot of restaurants, you are closer to the beach. The schools are excellent out east, so you get the slightly older, but a lot of them have been updated and renovated.

If you go farther out west, you get more bang for your buck. The homes are typically built in the 90s, or a little bit newer. And you get bigger lots, bigger homes, and you just get more home for your money in West Boca versus East Boca, but you are farther west. You are farther away from the action. Either way the schools are good there, there's good gated and non-gated neighborhoods in both sections. There are country clubs, there's non-country clubs in either way. It just does become a matter of preference.

What can you afford for your budget, and what makes more sense for you? When you are farther west, you are out of the city proper, so you are technically in unincorporated Palm Beach County. You get Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office versus Boca Raton Police, but either way, they are both great areas, it just does become a matter of preference.

Number two is that we have great schools here in Boca Raton. Just about no matter where you are in Boca, all the schools are rated at least an eight out of 10, if not a nine or a 10 out of 10. There is a ton of options to choose from. We have four high schools, there is a bunch of middle schools, a ton of elementary schools. We have great parochial schools, private schools. There is a ton of options out there. If you are thinking about moving to South Florida and living in Boca Raton with a family, this is an excellent place to raise a family. A lot of people who come down here to Boca, they do it because they want to put their kids in the best schools possible. They are willing to pay a little bit more and maybe get less bang for your buck as far as house, because they want to get the best schools. Boca's an excellent place to raise a family.

Number three, you're going to hear a lot, "Boca Raton? That's where my grandparents live." And they might live in Boca Raton, but realistically a lot of the 55-and-over communities that are down here are in Delray and in Boynton, which are the two cities just to the North of Boca. We do have a lot of retirees who come to South Florida, they come here for a lot of reasons, number one, we do not have a state income tax, there's great weather, things like that. There are a lot of retirees. You are going to see, on a lot of the menus in some of the restaurants, some early bird specials, and things like that. But in general, most of the retirees live a little bit farther north of Boca, and Boca really is more of a family friendly, great place to be of all ages.

Number four is weather. The weather is great here all year round, from July till basically the end of October it is very, very hot. This is the peak of hurricane season, so we do have storms, it is high humidity in the summer but from November to April, the weather is immaculate. In December, in January, we are in the sixties and seventies. It is beautiful, you can go to the beach all year round. The weather is nice down here, you just must know how to prepare for hurricane season if and when a storm does come our way.

Number five is people love their pets here. You're going to see when you go to the mall, sometimes when you go to restaurants, people pushing their dog in a stroller, they carry it around with them in their arm like this. That is just Boca, people love their pets. It is one of the things you just get used to. It is just one of those quirks about living here in South Florida.

Number six is snowbird season. Snowbird seasons from December till basically the end of March. We get a lot of people who are coming to South Florida to escape the colder weather from northern parts of the country, and from across the world. We get a lot of people from Canada, from Great Britain, from France, all over Europe. We get a lot of snowbirds that come basically from December till March. Traffic is noticeably higher on the road, but it is never too crazy. You just got to know that you are going to deal with people at that time of year that really are not from here. Just one of the things that you learn to love about South Florida.

Number seven is traffic. So, traffic can be bad depending on the time of year and depending on the time of day. Obviously, it is worse during snowbird season when there are more people down here, and more people on the roads, but it is never terrible. It is not like you are in a congested city. You are not like in Brickell, in downtown Miami, or in Manhattan. It is not like that. Traffic is only bad during rush hours on I95. And then if you are going east to west, or west to east, it is not bad, but you are going to hit a lot of lights as you are going east to west. Realistically, we do not have terrible traffic down here. It's just one of the things that, during winter time you got to know that you got to leave a little bit early, because you're going to run into more people on the road.

So, those are my seven tips about living in Boca Raton. If you have any questions, or if you're thinking about making a move to Boca, any of the surrounding cities, or anywhere here in southeast Florida give us a call, shoot us a text, send us an email. We got your back when moving to south Florida.

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