East Delray Neighborhoods with No HOA

Posted by Lori Keroack on Tuesday, April 14th, 2020 at 11:32am.


It seems like most of the homes in South Florida are in HOA communities, even so, there are still many people that seek out a new home that is not. The reasons that people want homes in non-HOA communities are many. What is your reason?  Perhaps you want your own personal gym or a pool right outside your back door.  Maybe you only spend three months out of the year at your South Florida Home.  Other people prefer their amenities being outside of the community they live in.  Still others, just don't use the amenities.  Whatever your reason - East Delray Beach provides options.  Here are some neighborhoods in East Delray Beach with no HOAs.   

Lake Ida is a neighborhood with personality.  The neighborhood 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.  The streets in the Lake Ida neighborhood are lined with trees, the lots are oversize, and the community is clean and safe. Most of the lots in Lake Ida are at least 1/4-acre in size and some estate homes have much larger properties allowing for an elaborate backyard oasis. 

Because there are many older homes in the community, some buyers purchase a property just to tear down the house and build their dream home.  Other Buyers purchase homes with historic charm, unique architectural detail, or character of Old Florida because they want to pour their heart and soul in to the restoration process.  Lake Ida is a true stand out community with every home reflecting it's very own personality by its unique style, scale and appearance.  Lake Ida has been a work in progress since 1955 and will continue to evolve into the future. 

Lake Eden is a family-friendly, gated community of single family luxury homes on the beautiful Lake Eden in Boynton Beach.  Lake Eden consists of approximately 200 homes built in the 1990s.  Homes enjoy incredible views of the lake, canals and intracoastal waterway.  Many of the homes are directly on the navigable canal and are custom built giving the community a distinct feel compared to cookie cutter neighborhoods.  Backyards are spacious allowing for gorgeous outdoor living spaces with play scapes and swimming pools.  This neighborhood is attractive to families because of the extraordinary architecture and neighborly feel.  Many families keep their homes for many, many years.  

Lake Eden is adjacent to Lake Ida in Delray Beach.  The trendy downtown Delray Beach is only a mile by water.  Lake Eden is highly sought after for its fishing, jet skiing, and boating activities. Many of the homes are right on the lake and have private docks for easy access to boating, jet skis, wave runner riding, kayaking, fishing, and paddle boarding.  Residents enjoy a fantastic lake lifestyle yet are close to several pristine beaches.  

Tropic Palms is a well-maintained waterfront community nestled between the ocean and delightful Downtown Delray Beach. Tropic Palms is situated east of I-95 and south of Linton Boulevard.  The non-gated community of single family homes was primarily developed in the 1970's and 1980's.  Most of the homes are either three- or four-bedroom.  Easy beach access and private docks that many homes enjoy are truly highlights in the neighborhood.  Many lots at Tropic Palms can accommodate RV or boat storage if that's your jam.

Living in Tropic Palms makes accessibility to the best of South Florida, Boca Raton and Delray Beach, both quick and easy.  Tropic Palms is only minutes away from Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach where there are many excellent restaurants like City Oyster and The Wine Room Kitchen and Bar.  Other fine dining establishments outside of Atlantic Avenue, such as La Cigale and 50 Ocean, are just as easily accessible.  The GreenMarket, Artist’s Alley, museums and other cultural attractions in Delray Beach are also just a stone's throw away.  Mizner Park in Boca Raton is only 6 miles down the road.  Mizner Park offers the best shopping in Boca plus an extensive list of excellent restaurants concentrated in one area.

Del Ida Park is one of Delray Beach’s earliest planned neighborhoods. Del Ida Park’s unusual diagonal arrangement of streets, triangular lots, and public parks make this neighborhood unique compared to the rest of the city's grid pattern. 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, throughout the neighborhood reflect the popular culture of South Florida during 1920's - 1940's.  Additional development during the 1950's - 1960's added Ranch and Contemporary styles to the eclectic South Florida neighborhood. 

Del Ida Park is a charming piece of history concentrated in 58 acres containing 300 lots and 3 pie-shaped public parks.  Del Ida Park has quiet streets, single family homes and spacious yards for families and pets.  Del Ida Park is just north of Delray Beach's central district where there are cultural and historic buildings that are home to galleries, museums, and shops.  Del Ida Park residents love to stroll through downtown with their children and pets or heading over to Lake Ida West Park for the walking trails, picnic space or community space for sports in the park.

Osceola Park neighborhood in downtown Delray Beach was the first platted neighborhood in the community.  It was platted more than 100 years ago in 1912/1913. Small bungalows and single-family homes popped up in the beginning, however, today there are condos, townhomes, lofts and single-family homes existing cohesively with the iPic Movie Theater, Aloft Hotel, and many other local businesses. Osceola Park is located just south of Delray Beach’s central business district (aka downtown) making Atlantic Avenue walkable from any starting point in the neighborhood.  There are nearly 1,000 residential and commercial parcels in the area.  The much anticipated food hall, Delray Beach Market, is under construction and soon there will be 35 food stalls adding many choices to the already difficult diner's dilemma of deciding where to eat.  

Osceola Park is very eclectic - you won't find two homes that are alike in the historic neighborhood and the prices are all over the place ranging from the low $100's all the way up to millions.  Charm, character, and convenience surround you and new infrastructure and redevelopment is on the way.  Osceola Park is currently part of the City of Delray Beach's neighborhood improvement project to reestablish the service life of critical infrastructure.  Because of the age of the neighborhood, Osceola Park is currently one of the hottest areas in downtown that is undergoing redevelopment which is certain to enrich the area.  

Tropic Isle is a luxurious community in Delray Beach that features custom built estates, single family homes, townhomes and condos.  Tropic Isle is located on deep water canals that have direct access to the Intracoastal Waterway.  Many residents in Tropic Isle enjoy waterfront lots with private docks and boat lifts.  There are no fixed bridges which makes access to the Boynton Beach Inlet to the north or the Boca Raton Inlet to the south easy peasy.  The community is conveniently located just east of Federal Highway and south of Linton Boulevard making fine dining, shopping, upscale grocers, entertainment, every day amenities and so much more easily accessible.  It's hard to believe that there ever was an unobstructed view to the C-15 canal before this neighborhood began construction in the 1960's.   

In recent years, many of the “old world” Florida-style homes that were built in the 60s and 70s have been and continue to be torn down and replaced with modern custom-built mansions. Single family homes range from newly constructed luxury waterfront estates to older Florida-style homes.  The types of homes and wide range of prices has created a well-diversified neighborhood with residents from all around the world with varying interests. The neighborhood of Tropic Isle has had it's own unique character throughout the years and continues to evolve.  Unique architecture, tree-lined streets, beautifully landscaped yards, lavish outdoor living spaces, and shimmering views of the Intracoastal Waterway make this neighborhood very unique and highly desirable.

Old School Square (Metcalfs) is named after its focal point, the Old School Square complex, located at 51 North Swinton Avenue.  The Old School Square neighborhood covers approximately 15 blocks surrounding the town's geographic center.  The neighborhood boundaries are NE 4th Street to SE 2nd Street (north to south) and NE and NW 1st Avenues (east to west).  In the heart of the neighborhood, the Old School Square campus includes the Cornell Art Museum, Crest Theatre, Fieldhouse, Pavilion and the Creative Arts School (located in the Crest Theatre).

Old School Square consists of dual zoned commercial and residential homes due to the downtown proximity.  Many of the original cottages in the neighborhood have been converted into professional office space.  Homes on NE 1st Avenue, aka Bankers Row, are a perfect depiction of original homes unique to this area.  Two story Mediterranean Revival residences that are reminiscent of the 1920's are on the West Side of Bankers Row and minimal traditional single story cottages built in the old Florida Vernacular style are on the east side.  Homes styles in Old School Square consist of Bungalow, Mission, and Mediterranean Revival styles dating between 1902 and 1945.  The City of Delray Beach designated the Old School Square Historic District in 1988.  The historical significance of Old School Square protects future development in this area as stricter guidelines must be adhered to. 

Seagate is a single family home community located on the east side of the Intracoastal Waterway, between E Atlantic Ave and E Linton Blvd.  Seagate is a high-end neighborhood where dry lots start at a cool $1.5 million  Construction of the neighborhood began in the early 1960's.  From the very beginning, Seagate has been luxury living at its finest.  You can board your yacht or tee off at an 18-hole golf course within moments after leaving the comfort of your home. 

Seagate is arguably the best location in Delray Beach.  The community is upscale and its architecture is refreshingly unique throughout the neighborhood.  A waterfront estate home with private deep-water dockage in a no-wake zone that is nestled between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean is truly a tropical paradise.  The estate homes found in Seagate deliver an unprecedented level of refined elegance making Seagate one of south Florida's premier home locations.  Discerning buyers will love discovering a tropical paradise of majestic luxury homes ranging from classic Key West beach houses to chic coastal contemporary designed homes.  Seagate real estate captures the essence of coastal splendor, elevating luxury living to new heights.  


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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