East Delray Neighborhoods Where You Can Buy Property & Build a Home

Posted by Lori Keroack on Thursday, May 28th, 2020 at 3:23pm.

Osceola Park

The recent quarantine has many people asking for bigger yards that are a quarter acre or larger. There is a limited amount of properties in Delray Beach with yards this big, as land values have appreciated substantially in the last 10 years. Most newer build communities have smaller lots- many even zero lot line- even with price points in the million-dollar range. 

Real estate buyers and investors are speculating the future values and buying lots in East Delray with homes built in the 1950s and 60s. Ultimately these homes are torn down to build new structures, although some owners keep the existing structure and rent them out to gain income while land values appreciate. 

Here are some of the East Delray neighborhoods with no homeowner’s association (HOA) where you can buy a piece of property, and build a new home on it if you wish:

Osceola Park

Osceola Park was the first platted neighborhood in the community, and it is over 100 years old. With nearly 1,000 residential and commercial parcels, the area is very eclectic- you won't find two homes that look the same here. Osceola Park is currently one of the hottest areas in downtown that is undergoing redevelopment, mainly because it is located east of the train tracks, it is close to the beach and it’s centrally located near shops and restaurants.

Lake Ida 

Lake Ida is an established 20+ block area north of Lake Ida Road and west of historic Swinton Avenue covering approximately 2 miles. There are more than 1,200 single family homes in Lake Ida, with some built as early as 1955. Most of the lots are at least 1/4-acre in size and some estate homes have much larger properties. Some buyers purchase a property here just to tear down the house and build their dream home, while others love the historic charm, unique architectural detail, and Old Florida character that these older homes offer.

Del Ida Park

Located just north of Delray Beach's central district, Del Ida Park consists of 300 single family homes with spacious yards. One of Delray’s earliest planned neighborhoods, Del Ida Park’s unusual diagonal arrangement of streets, triangular lots, and public parks make it unique. This imaginative street layout was designed to create a sense of space while maintaining a park-like atmosphere. Architectural styles including Mediterranean Revival, Spanish Mission and Craftsman Bungalow reflect the popular culture of South Florida during the 1920s to 1940s. Additional development during the 1950s and 1960s added Ranch and Contemporary styles.

Tropic Isle

Located just east of Federal Highway and south of Linton Boulevard, Tropic Isle features a mix of custom-built estates, single family homes, townhomes, condos, and multi-family homes. It’s a popular choice for those who enjoy the waterfront lifestyle, the most desirable lots are located on deep water canals that have direct access to the Intracoastal Waterway. Many of the homes that were built in the 60s and 70s are being torn down and replaced with modern homes. 


Arguably the best location in Delray Beach, Seagate is an upscale neighborhood nestled between the Intracoastal Waterway and the beach where dry lots start at around $1.5 million. The area is strictly residential, and low density, so it is quiet, and highly desirable.

Delray Beach Shores

Another incredible location is Delray Beach Shores. Located between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean, many properties in this community boast deep-water access and oversized lots. Here you will find both newer waterfront estates and older 1950s-era homes on large lots that are ready for renovation or rebuilding. 


Lori Keroack is the Business Office Manager of Mizner Residential Group. Lori recently moved to Delray Beach from Connecticut. She is enjoying learning about her new home town and the surrounding areas by researching and blogging about various topics that are relevant to the area.

- Lori Keroack, Business Office Manager - Mizner Residential Group

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