Wellington Village, As Seen on TV-PBS
Welcome to Our Community.
Over the years, the native foliage was up-rooted as communities were developed. With horticulture demanding creative landscaping and manicured lawns, the palm trees were preferred and to a great extent, the native foliage and trees were sacrificed. However, all is not lost. If you travel down to the center of the county and go west from Palm Beach approximately a half hour, you will see the welcome signs for Wellington. You can’t help notice that there is something different about the countryside. The first thing you notice as you enter Wellington, is the tall beautiful pine trees. These are South Florida’s own Slash Pine. The pine tree plays such an important role in the overall image of Wellington, that it has been incorporated in the Village of Wellington logo. They are also on the signs at most community entrances and in real life, they grace the scenery. When you can smell the pine scent, you know you are home.
The beauty of living in Wellington is that you are close enough to the beaches, major shopping areas, employment opportunities, local attractions, arts and activities in the area. However, it is the friendly people, convenient shopping, community activities and neighborhood schools that make it easy to stay in Wellington if that is your desire. For some it is the recreational activities or the equestrian lifestyle such as polo, jumping or dressage, or landing their plane next to home that attracts them to Wellington. For others, the appeal is more practical – a place to work, to raise a family or to retire.
The Story Of Wellington.
Because the land was frequently water-logged, the State of Florida saw a need to provide drainage for flood control and to make the land suitable for agricultural purposes. In 1953, they created a special district called the Acme Improvement District. Parcels of lands were either sold or leased to farmers over a period of time. The land was turned to farming. There once were over 2,000 acres of strawberry fields in the area, laying claim to the world’s largest patch of strawberries. In addition, it was discovered that citrus groves thrived in the area. In 1953, though it was proved that the lands that were once water-logged had the capability of great productivity, fewer than 100 people resided in the area.
It was in the early 70’s that Wellington began to take shape as one of the most unique and interesting communities in South Florida. As the story goes, some visitors were taking a tour, in what was then mostly woods, in the vehicle of one of the salesmen. In those days they were probably being shown an undeveloped lot in an undeveloped community. After being provided accommodations and being wined and dined in exchange for agreeing to hear the sales pitch about the wonders of Wellington, the prospective buyers were not very polite or tactful when they refused to purchase property. The salesman, a local lover of the land, took their derogatory remarks about the area for a while, then he lost his patience and asked them to get out of his vehicle…….right in the middle of what was then, an undeveloped overgrown woods. The visitors found their way out and back to the motel, and apparently they told everyone else from that day on, that if you took advantage of a trip to Florida to see property in Wellington, you better purchase a lot, or “you will be abandoned and you might get lost out there”. Rumor has it that the salesman became one of the top salesman for the developer, since no one else ever refused to make a purchase from him.
That could be one explanation about why Wellington became one of the fastest growing areas in Florida. Though it is a cute story, in reality, there are many reasons why Wellington has witnessed growth with such diversity.
Gradually the community became more residential, and services were expanded to include roadway maintenance, landscaping, parks (22 in all), recreational activities and water & sewer services. Wellington has earned public acclaim and much interest by developers.
A Glimpse Of Wellington
The Village of Wellington is located at the gateway to one of the nation’s largest agricultural areas to the west, and the coastal communities of the Palm Beaches to the east. Wellington enjoys one of the most convenient locations in Palm Beach County, while still maintaining the ambiance and friendliness of a peaceful small town.
What We offer.
The Village offers eight churches, encompassing most major denominations. It has six schools, including, Wellington Elementary, New Horizons Elementary, Panther Run Elementary, Wellington Landings Middle School, Polo Park Middle School, and two high schools, Wellington High, and Palm Beach Central. Residents and visitors can patronize one of the five shopping centers, movie theaters, a branch of the Palm Beach County Library and numerous fine restaurants. Two major hospitals are located just outside the Wellington borders. Other notable features include bike and jogging trails, neighborhood and community parks, a recently dedicated Village Park and recreation center, a centerpiece lake, numerous golf courses and country clubs, tennis courts and a skate park.
Wellington offers country club living: golf, tennis, swimming, physical fitness and equestrian facilities. There are activities for young and old, civic and social organizations for every interest. There is a Boys and Girls Club, supervised youth baseball, soccer and swimming programs. Boating, sculling, fishing and sailing can be enjoyed on scenic Lake Wellington.
Wellington…..a great place to live and do business. If you are planning to relocate or visit, let us say “Welcome to Welly-world”.
A Local Introduction.
As a real estate professional Bob Harder believe’s, it is not only his duty, but a privilege to introduce people to the Wellington area and help them make the most of living here. Bob also know that finding your new home is just one of the tasks that face you when you’re relocating. His goal is to coordinate everything efficiently, while you’re wrapping up the final details of packing up and moving out of your current home.