Luxury homes in one of Florida’s most exclusive communities
Home to some of the most luxurious properties in Florida, the exclusive town of Manalapan offers residents a chance to indulge in the very best of Palm Beach's lifestyle. Bisected by the Intracoastal waterway, most of Manalapan’s residential properties are found on a narrow barrier island that has staunchly resisted the rapid development of neighboring communities to maintain its private, peaceful appeal.
With a permanent population of just over 400 residents, the town offers homeowners a chance to enjoy Florida’s natural beauty, tropical climate, and bright blue waters from the lap of luxury and seclusion. Home to many high-net-worth families and individuals, the community’s exclusivity and affluence have turned the local property market into one of the most desirable in Palm Beach County.
Originally settled in the late 1800s, Manalapan experienced very gradual growth and never truly went through a population boom. As such, the town still maintains its rugged island atmosphere while playing host to some of the most magnificent waterfront estates and villas in the state.
Life in Manalapan is typically peaceful and relaxed. Despite the upscale nature of the community, most residents enjoy laidback outdoor activities like boating or fishing, sometimes venturing into nearby West Palm Beach or Boca Raton for drinks or get-togethers with friends. With very few restaurants or entertainment destinations found in the neighborhood itself, Manalapan enjoys matchless tranquility, which is one of the main draws for new and long-time residents.
Despite not having many onsite restaurants or shopping opportunities, Manalapan’s location between West Palm Beach and Boca Raton means residents can easily access some of the region’s best eateries and stores within a short drive. Just north of the neighborhood, John G’s Restaurant is an award-winning, family-owned venue that serves traditional American cuisine in a casual, friendly setting.
For beautiful sea views, residents won’t go wrong with a visit to Breeze Ocean Kitchen. Located inside the grounds of the magnificent Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa, the restaurant serves fresh seafood cooked in classic Floridian and Caribbean styles. They’re also well known for their selection of renowned craft beers which are perfect for a lazy afternoon under the palms. The resort is home to three other dining options, as well as an indulgent spa where visitors can enjoy everything from luxurious massages to top-of-the-range skin care treatments.
And, for those in search of a livelier afternoon or evening out, no one does it better than Banana Boat in nearby Boynton Beach. Brightly decorated, and serving beautiful views of the Intracoastal Waterway, Banana Boat is popular among locals for its casual seafood, comprehensive drinks list, and regular live music events.
Besides swimming, boating, and fishing, which take up the majority of most residents’ free time, Manalapan enjoys a range of activities and attractions located in its direct proximity. The scenic Lantana Nature Preserve is particularly popular among hikers and photographers looking to enjoy the beauty of Florida’s indigenous flora and fauna.
For those who prefer sunbathing over outdoor exercise, the Lantana Municipal Beach is a great spot to unwind in the sun and meet other Palm Beach County residents.
Although Manalapan itself does not have any local schools, nearby neighborhoods offer residents access to several excellent educational institutions, including: