Outer Greenacres – Lake Worth, FL

Greenacres is nestled in Palm Beach County, Florida. The city stretches over five miles of land and sits 10 miles south of West Palm Beach and 43 miles north of Fort Lauderdale. Residents marvel in the convenient local amenities and low cost of living. Schools boast high graduation rates, and parents appreciate the education their children receive. The sunny weather and nearby parks attract those who dwell here.

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Restaurants & Nightlife

Although restaurants don't cluster in one spot in Outer Greenacres, the general area provides many dining options. Crazy Mario's specializes in pizza and Indian cuisine. Customers rave about the chicken biriyani and nambaratoon pizza. The fried chicken and wings also make appetizing choices. Quality food and outstanding customer service keep locals coming back for more. If you love authentic Mediterranean cuisine, head on down to Little Italy Italian Restaurant on S. Military Trail. Opt for a chicken Caesar salad at lunchtime, and revel as its fresh ingredients hit your palate. Choose an Italian platter at supper time to enjoy a selection of regional favorites, all of which are served with crispy tossed salad and fresh bread rolls. The spaghetti at Little Italy Italian Restaurant is particularly rich and tasty. For exceptional Latin American cuisine, visit La Granja. Regulars rave about the salsa bar and grilled steak. The boneless chicken with rice and beans also makes a tasty dish. Save room for dessert and order the flan or rice pudding. About five miles from Outer Greenacres lies Alabama Joe's, perfect for chugging a beer while watching your favorite sports team compete. Enjoy a game of trivia or simply hang out with friends. Stop by during the week for happy-hour specials. Head approximately 10 miles north to West Palm Beach to O'Shea's Irish Pub. The beer garden makes a great place to hang out, and on occasion, the bar showcases live music. Pour your own pint at the draft master and participate in a free game of Texas Hold 'Em on Sundays and Mondays starting at 7 p.m. Check out World of Beer, also in West Palm Beach, less than 10 miles away. Sample a variety of beers imported from over 40 countries. Listen to live music as you chug a $3 beer-mosa.

History & Culture

Lawrence Carter Swain founded Greenacres in 1923 and accumulated 1,000 acres of land that he used to develop homes for the middle class. The city became incorporated in 1926, and was virtually destroyed by the hurricanes of 1926 and 1928. In 1945, Florida's State Legislature abolished the city's charter, but it was reincorporated in 1947 following a petition. Residents can learn all about their town's colorful past by visiting the Greenacres Historical Society Museum, which was completed at the end of 2014. They can also satisfy their inner muse by visiting the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, which houses exquisite paintings and sculptures along with "art after dark" events held on Thursdays. Be sure to view the Chihuly ceiling and portrait gallery. Palm Beach County residents receive free admission on the first Saturday of every month. For those who love fashion, check out the Museum of Lifestyle and Fashion History, learn about designers and their masterpieces, and contemplate the exhibits.

Transportation

Residents favor driving their own vehicles to move about the neighborhood. Commuters gain easy access to I-95, which links the city to Fort Lauderdale, and FL-882 or Haverhill Road, connecting to West Palm Beach. Residents have access to free street parking and several free parking lots. If you plan on using public transportation, the Palm Tran bus system runs routes throughout the vicinity. Call ahead when you need a cab, or opt for Uber service. Some residential streets are safe for biking and walking, but most residents agree that cycling and walking along designated trails provide a safer option.

Cost

The cost of living in Outer Greenacres ranks 6 percent less than West Palm Beach and 14 percent less than Fort Lauderdale. Renters pay a reasonable monthly rate of $777 to live in a one-bedroom residence. When utilizing public transit, a single trip on the Palm Tran bus costs $2. Residents spend 4 percent higher than the national average on gas and $9 for a beer at a local bar.

Shopping

Major shopping areas surround Greenacres. Find high-end stores and chain shops such as Macy's and Marshalls in nearby West Palm Beach. When you want to shop at a local boutique, head to Apricot Lane Boutique in West Palm Beach. Customers rave about the excellent selection of women's clothing and accessories as well as the handbags and belts. The shop carries designers such as Lucy Love, Toms, Miss Me and Naked Zebra. Another good shopping option in the vicinity is Cassie and James Boutique. Browse through the consignment items, including jewelry, handbags and shoes. Discover brand-name items such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Coach and Prada. The shop also sells European designer clothing for newborns through age 16. Check out Rapunzel's Closet in Palm Beach for women's denim, scarves and beach wear. The store carries Citizens of Humanity, J. Brand and Hudson Jeans. Those who prefer shopping at farmers markets love Green House Bazaar. Find fresh fruits and vegetables at great prices. The Bazaar also sells prepared foods such as lamb shanks and chicken kabobs. The grocery side has a wide assortment of Persian delicacies such as sabzi and halva. For those looking for more of a supermarket shopping experience, El Bodegon Grocery and Publix are nearby.

Parks

Enjoy the remarkable weather by spending the day at a neighborhood park. Veterans Memorial Park houses a baseball field and basketball court along with a tennis court, although the locals play soccer on it. The kid-friendly playground keeps the children entertained for hours. Feel free to bring the pooch along too. About five miles away in West Palm Beach lies Okeeheelee Park. Spend some time kayaking or fishing, get more exercise by walking, biking or jogging along the well-kept paths or by hitting the exercise course. The property also has a dog park and a water sports park for water skiers, along with a children's park. Play a game of disc golf or enjoy a picnic. Head to the golf course for 12 rounds of fun. Some amenities are free, but the golf course includes fees. Visitors can rent kayaks and bikes. The park hosts annual 5k races and sports-related tournaments.
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