Atlantis : Florida


What It Is Like to Retire in Atlantis

Atlantis is a very tiny incorporated city of just over 2,100 between Boynton Beach and Lake Worth. It is built on the site of a former cattle ranch. This community is gated and has it own police force. There is a public golf course as well as a private country club.  Nathan Hunt and Paul Kintz were involved in its development and management.  The residential development plus a small amount of adjacent land for commercial use was incorporated in 1959. Atlantis is home to the JFK Medical Center.


Where to Retire in Atlantis and Home Prices

The community was developed over different periods and you can see that in its varying neighborhoods. Most are single family homes, although there is one development near the lake comprised of condominiums.  Lot sizes are usually quite generous.   Prices range from the high $100s to near $1 million for the largest homes on the choicest lots. Most homes are on the golf course or lake. It is a very quiet community. There are other small communities in the area as well - Lantana, Kenwood Gardens, Lakewood Estates, and Greenacres to name a few.


What Is Special about Atlantis

It is one of the tiniest incorporated cities in America.  When you come through the gates it is it like your cares have been erased.  There is plenty of golf, tennis, and the JFK Medical Center's acclaimed Cardiac Center on campus.


What Is Not Special about Atlantis

It is not diverse.  You also need a car to get anywhere - which could mean a trip on what some call "Die 95".


Who Will Like Retirement in Atlantis

Atlantis is an all-ages community and you will see babies being taken out for  a stroll and retirees out for a walk. Many of its residents are retired - the median age is 63 - 20 years higher than the median age statewide.  The population is about 7% Hispanic, 2% Asian, and 1% African-American.


Local Economy Is Driven by

Many residents are retired, but others work in the bustling nearby economy as professionals of some type.


Climate and Physical Environment

Atlantis is a short distance west of I 95 between Boynton Beach and Lake Worth.  Delray Beach is to the south and Palm Beach to the north. Average July temp is in the low 80s and Jan average is in the mid 60s.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There is a clubhouse with dining and another if you are a member of the private country club. The nearby area has other restaurants. The cultural scene in Delray Beach, Palm Beach, and Boca Raton is very rich.



Crime is virtually unheard of in this private gated community.


Medical Facilities

The JFK Medical Center is on campus. Other fine hospitals are plentiful in the area, as are medical specialists of all descriptions.



I 95 is within a mile or two, as is the Palm Beach County/Lantana Airport. The Palm Beach International Airport is convenient and close.  Amtrak and commuter railroads are accessible in Boynton Beach and along the coast.


Valuable Links

Wikipedia page on Atlantis


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