Before being known as a golf capital, Palm Beach Gardens was a swampland with cattle ranches and pine forests. Its development happened when John D. MacArthur bought the land from Sir Harry Oakes. He envisioned the community to become a garden city that will become home to 55,000 residents.
However, the city was only incorporated as a paper town in 1959. By 1960, Palm Beach Gardens has only one resident – a squatter that MacArthur permitted to live in the town.
By 1970, the town had a population of 7,000. Although the growth of the community was slow, it was steady – reaching only 48,452 in 2010.
Palm Beach Gardens is an accessible neighborhood, which currently has three interchanges on the I-95. The Florida’s Turnpike also serves two interchanges to the city.
The city has a public transportation system, the Palm Tram – a regional commuter bus system. There are nearby international airports at Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Miami. General aviation airports within 35 miles from the city include North Palm Beach County, Lantana, Stuart and Boca Raton.
The neighborhood has its own Police Department with 117 sworn officers and 85 civilian volunteers that make up the Volunteer in Police Service unit. The department is also responsible for providing emergency communications through the North County Communications Center, which covers Palm Beach Gardens, North Palm Beach, Juno, Jupiter and Palm Beach Shores.
The city also has its own Fire Department with five stations spread within the neighborhood.
Palm Beach Gardens is a golfing community, home to 12 golf courses within the city limits including the PGA National Golf Club and Old Palm Golf Club.
The community also has several country clubs such as the Country Club at Mirasol and the Frenchman’s Creek Beach and Country Club. Country Club at Mirasol served as the venue of the Honda Classics from 2003 to 2006. It is now hosted by the PGA National, which previously hosted the 1983 Ryder Cup, 1987 PGA Championship and the Senior PGA Championship from 1982 to 2000.
Aside from golf, residents also love to do some retail therapy. There are a number of shopping centers within the community including the Gardens Mall, Legacy Place, Midtown, PGA Commons and Downtown at the Gardens.
Palm Beach Gardens Real Estate
- Bent Tree
- Frenchman’s Creek
- Frenchman’s Reserve
- Garden Oaks
- Harbour Oaks
- Legends at the Gardens
- PGA National
- Fiore at the Gardens
- Landmark at the Gardens
- Residences at Legacy Place
- Residences at Midtown
- San Matera
- Tamberlane Condominiums
- The Fountains