College Park Homes for Sale
Where the Tropics Begin
Learn the Art of Florida Living in Lake Worth! Linger here, take your time and enjoy the pace in this diverse community of form and function.
This diverse enclave is a true haven for artists and free spirits. Built around a tree-shaded square, this eclectic downtown boasts a colorful collection of boutiques, galleries, and inventive culinary options. There are charming bed and breakfasts nestled along the side streets. Just over the Lake Worth Bridge are beaches, a fishing pier, and one-of-a-kind water view restaurants; Kayak Lake Worth offering various eco-tours; and a montage of intriguing festivals. The annual PrideFest of Lake Worth and The Palm Beaches, one of the largest festivals in South Florida and The Palm Beaches’ largest gay and lesbian visibility event, celebrates diversity and awareness of the LGBT community. The Street Painting Festival, with its graffiti of a different kind, lasting only until the next raindrop, transforms asphalt and sidewalks into living art in a centuries-old tradition.
College Park Neighborhood
Community, Growth, Beauty
The College Park subdivision was created by plats filed between December 1924 and May 1925. Edgewood Realty Co. of West Palm Beach opened the College Park development. Since the original development was marketed during the Florida Land Boom (1919-1929), within three hours 90% of the lots were sold. In order to maintain an upscale residential atmosphere, the developer restricted the minimum lot width to 50 feet and all newly constructed residential dwellings were required to cost a minimum of $5,000.
Unique to “College Park” is the naming of each street after prominent American colleges or universities instead of numbers or letters. Several of the older homes within College Park were built during the Florida Land Boom that ended with the 1928 hurricane and the national economic depression. Several of these homes are notable for their Mediterranean Revival and Mission Style architecture. A second building boom occurred in the 1940’s after World War II which included many single story, slab on grade masonry houses. These homes are characterized by their Masonry Vernacular, International and Ranch architectural styles.
Local and National Historic Districts
As the College Park neighborhood evolved it was decided that the area should apply for historic places designation. A survey of contributing historic structures was prepared using a 50% cost share between the association and the City of Lake Worth. Based on the survey two historic districts were formed. The National Register of Historic Places recognizes the homes within the bounded by Wellesley Dr, Maryland Dr, Pennsylvania Ave and the alley behind the Dixie Hwy business as a National Historic District. The homes bounded by Wellesley Dr, Maryland Dr, Federal Hwy and the alley behind the Dixie Hwy business are part of a Local Historic District. The portion of College Park between Federal Highway and the Intracoastal Waterway did not have enough contributing historic structures to qualify.