I love New York City. I lived in the city for 15 years—throughout my formative 20s and 30s—and thought I would live there forever. I was wrong.
Seven years ago my family moved to Delray Beach for work and while I wasn’t dreading it, I certainly didn’t expect to fall in love with it the way I have. South Florida has long been referred to as “The Sixth Borough” and while we are bursting with New York ex-pats, South Florida isn’t a borough…it’s better. Delray Beach offers a vibrant yet laid back lifestyle complete with delicious restaurants, a thriving art scene, and a devotion to culture—all situated within walking distance of some of the most beautiful beaches on the East Coast. South Florida offers an upgraded way of life—one that is loved equally by me and my children.
I’m not the only one in on this secret. For years, New Yorkers have been leaving the Northeast in search of warmth, relaxation, and lower taxes. Over the past ten years, this trend has especially ramped up among the under 40 set. Families are recognizing the benefits and ease of raising children in warm weather, big spaces, and open air. Having three airports close by with constant direct flights to New York makes it easy to go back for visits or work.
COVID-19 has added gasoline to this migration fire. Lifelong New Yorkers are coming to South Florida en mass searching for larger homes, year round outdoor access, and extra space while still being able to enjoy the civilities—whether it be delectable cuisine or a thriving arts culture—of city life. Instead of being the driving force, taxes are now just icing on the cake.
If you’ve been contemplating a move to our sunshine state, but still aren’t sure if it’s for you, please reach out. The Newland Smith Team specializes in relocations, and my personal experience has given me added insight that proves invaluable. I will always love New York, but for now my heart lies buried in the sand in Delray Beach. If you’re having a bad day here, at least you are having it in 80 degree weather.