A suburb of West Palm Beach, Golden Lakes is a small community with about 7,000 residents, built around a series of finger-like man-made lakes. Don't worry, the finger lakes were made by small men, not giants. Read Guide >
Your search for apartments in Golden Lakes probably won't take too long; the entire community encompasses less than three square miles. Condominiums make up the bulk of the rental housing available in Golden Lakes. Of course, condos come with an extra layer of complexity because you may have to deal with an individual owner, an owner's association, a co-op board, or all three. In addition to providing the standard credit report, proof of income, and rental history, you may be subjected to a group interview led by your prospective neighbors.
Renting an apartment in a large complex owned by a single entity may be simpler. Plus, the large complexes often feature added amenities such as tennis courts, on-site convenience stores, and clubhouses.
Most of the rental properties in Golden Lakes occupy one or two stories, which means you can usually park right by your front door. Due to the threat of high winds, you won't find many high-rise apartment buildings in these parts.
Students who live in Golden Lakes attend Benoist Farms Elementary, Jeaga Middle School, and Royal Palm Beach High School. Clearly, there's no need for more than one of each level, given the high proportion of seniors -- and relative dearth of young families --living in Golden Lakes.
Belvedere Isles is a gated community located near several small lakes. Condos range in size from 1,190 to 1,200 square feet and feature hurricane shutters, walk-in closets, and screened porches. $$
Golden Lakes Village: The complex has an active owners' association that publishes two different newspapers, one for each phase of the development: The Village Talk and The Village Speaker. Amenities include a large pool surrounded by well-maintained landscaping. $$
Health-conscious newcomers may want to spend some time at The Hippocrates Health Institute in Golden Lakes. It was founded by Ann Wigmore, who allegedly healed her colon cancer using wheatgrass. In fact, wheatgrass plays a prominent role in the Institute's Life Transformation Program, which also includes enemas and bio-energy treatments. The 50-acre, heavily forested campus provides a peaceful setting for learning about self-discovery, nutrition, and advanced navel gazing.
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