When searching for homes in Boca Raton, selecting the right neighborhood can prove to be challenging due to the abundance of excellent options. That said, there are certainly a few communities that stand out amongst the crowd. One of those is Old Floresta, a historical area in the heart of the city with awe-inspiring architecture.
Much of South Florida is rich in historical significance, and one of the most notable spots is Old Floresta. In fact, the neighborhood was named Boca Raton’s first historic district in 1990. One of Boca Raton’s most beautiful neighborhoods, Old Floresta was developed by famed architect Addison Mizner in the 1920s. Mizner originally developed the area to serve two purposes: to invigorate the local real estate market and provide housing to executives at his nearby company, Mizner Development Company (developers of the Cloister Inn, which is now the famed Boca Resort. Eventually, his project would be taken over and completed by Hermann von Holst, an investor from Chicago who originally owned the land and recognized the neighborhood’s potential.
While nearly all of the homes originally developed by Mizner nearly 100 years ago hold historical significance, the neighborhood is also home to two historically designated residences. The first of these is the Fred C. Aiken House (801 Hibiscus Street), built in 1926, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1992. The home’s historical name comes from its previous owner, film industry executive Fred C. Aiken. Aiken invested in the continued development of Old Floresta alongside von Holst in 1927, and later went on to serve as Boca Raton’s mayor for 10 years. He held the position of town clerk for 10 years after that, ultimately calling this location home for 31 years. The home has retained its Mediterranean-inspired style since it was built in 1926.
The Lavender House (875 Alamanda Street), built in 1926, earned a spot on the register in 1995. Built by Mizner in 1926 and occupied by von Holst two years later, the property is the pinnacle of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture. Von Holst lived in the home until he died in 1953, and had an active role in the community during that time. In addition to lending his architectural savvy to Old Floresta, he also served on Boca Raton’s city council. In addition to Aiken and Holst, other notable residents also added to the neighborhood’s historical significance, such as Florida Atlantic University Founder Thomas Fleming. Today, the community is marked by an old-world charm that stems from its classic architecture and narrow tree-lined streets.
Old Floresta is defined by its history, but the prime location is another reason to make your move here. History buffs can explore Boca Raton’s beginnings at the nearby Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum, and art aficionados are sure to love the close proximity to the Boca Raton Museum of Art. Residents are also never far from
Boca Raton conveniences and attractions. Mizner Park is mere minutes away from the community, where there are seemingly endless opportunities for shopping, dining and entertainment. The beach is just a short drive away, as are the Boca Raton Resort and Club and the city’s many beautiful parks.
If a lavish Mediterranean-style home is what you are after, look no further. Some of the finest homes in Boca Raton can be found in Old Floresta, ranging in size from 2,000 to 6,000 square feet and with prices between $700,000 to $2 million. Buyers can expect to find floor plans that incorporate plenty of natural light, split floor plans and open kitchens. Most of the homes here have been fully renovated, while maintaining the unique architectural allure the neighborhood is known for.
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