Want to get away? There are four international airports within a 70-mile radius of Westgate, the closest of which is Miami International, which is only five miles away. But if you live in such a picturesque place, you may not find yourself taking to the skies often.
Water has always attracted people to property, be it a lake, river or the seaside because who doesn't want to live on a waterfront? Westgate does exactly that as it is located in the beautiful surroundings of Palm Beach, Florida. Westgate, with plenty of lakes, a popular beach and numerous parks, provides the ideal place to nest in for all you nature lovers out there. Clean, green and ravishing are only a few of the compliments that have been paid to this beautiful place. Planes whizzing by add to the thrill of living in or visiting this town. This bustling community of 7,975 is located on 1.5 square miles.
Moving to Westgate
So you are planning on moving to Westgate? That's great. With many lakes in the vicinity, you certainly have a very good opportunity to live near a beach, and we're sure that's probably a big reason why you're looking in Westgate for your new home. Many of the houses in Westgate resemble row houses, and a number of the homes in the community include a personal swimming pool and garden.
How Much is it Going to Cost You?
Thankfully, not too much! Rent in Westgate is just 3.7 percent higher than the state average, and it's probably because of all the beaches and lakes you'll have access to! If you're hell-bent on buying a home, properties here go for 40.3 percent less than the state average.
Check out the area where you would like to locate, and take time to go through all the available options. Whether you're looking for a studio apartment, two-bedrooms apartments or a three-bedroom house, you'll be sure to find something. Rental property isn't hard to find here as long as you give yourself enough time to search for a place to rent. Keep in mind this is Florida, and everyone flocks here for the beautiful weather and proximity to the shores, so give yourself a good four to six weeks, if not more, to look for a home.
When to Move In
Again, you need to remember that this is the Sunshine State. We can't stress it enough that it gets hot, hot, hot in the summer, and because it's Florida, there's also a good amount of rain from June through September. Hot and humid? No thanks. But the good thing about being the Sunshine State is that temperatures average 75 all year long, so moving in the winter is probably a good idea.
What You'll Need
Prepare your budget for now for your move to Westgate. You will need a good credit score, but if your credit score is not the best, then you will want to gather a suitable deposit. In the case of a rental property, it is advisable have a few months rent on hand. And whether you are buying or renting, look at all legal documents, with the help of an attorney if necessary, before making the final decision.
Neighborhoods of Westgate
Now that we've got you hooked on the lakes and beaches in Westgate, let's talk about neighborhoods.
Golfview Heights: This neighborhood has good options renters, so finding a rental apt here shouldn't be too much of a struggle. This area is great for those who like to hop onto public transit as there are stops for the Palm Tran's 44 line running along Cherry Road.
West Gate Estates: Renters make up a majority of this neighborhood, so you should start your search for places to rent in Westgate here. For food, you have Bay Bays Chicken & Waffles, and China One Express.
Living in Westgate
One mode of transportation in the area is the Palm Tram, which has been running since the early 1970s. The other is the Tri-Rail, which runs its round-trip route from Westgate through Ft. Lauderdale and on to Miami. Even with the easy access to public transportation, having your own set of wheels wouldn't be a bad idea.
Things to Do
Many interesting activities are available in and around Westgate and surrounding region. You can visit the Westgate Town Center where you will discover a wide range of activities for people of all ages. When it comes to golfing, you have the Trump International Golf Course to the north, and Bear Lakes Country Club and the President Country Club to the south. On the west side you have Emerald Dunes Golf Course.
The area has a special love for the arts, including the Norton Museum of Art and the Kravis Center of Performing Arts.
Uptown Art is known by those looking for exciting nightlife.
Westgate has got you covered for all your shopping needs. Stop by the Cross County Plaza or the Pine Trails Shopping Center at the northwest corner of town to do some serious damage. Spencer Square is another, smaller option for you. And last but not least, we have Westward Shopping Mall.
The Westgate Park & Recreation provides tons of activities to keep you on your feet. There are basketball courts, a multi-purpose field, a soccer field and even a splash park. If you want to stay indoors, you can hang out at the gym or game room.
The Okeeheelee Park and McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary are great places to go for the outdoor enthusiast. At Okeeheelee Park, you can play golf, play disc golf, ride your horse, hike and bike, fish or just picnic. There's even a BMX track for you tricksters out there. At McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary, you will need reservations in order to visit, so be sure to make them! Once you're there, go see the liger, spotted leopard and Florida panther. You'll get up close and personal to the wildlife, and you can even take pictures!