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Living in Wellington Florida

Living in Wellington Florida

I know I am biased but living in Wellington Florida is fantastic! With so many diverse communities to choose from, great shopping, restaurants, schools, equestrian activities, golf, great weather and so much more, Wellington has quickly become one of the most sought after places to live in Palm Beach County as well as one of the its most successful Planned Unit Developments! This article will hopefully serve as a complete guide to living in Wellington FL with a focus on real estate and finding the perfect Wellington community to suit your lifestyle.

Wellington – A Brief Historical Overview

The 1950’s

In the the beginning, Wellington FL, was nothing more than a swamp with lots and lots of water!  In 1951, a very successful accountant from New York, Charles Oliver Wellington, decided to take the recommendation of his local agent, Arthur William Glisson, and purchase several tracts of land.  Soon after, legislation was passed by the State of Florida which created the Acme Drainage District.  The Acme Drainage District’s purpose was to control flooding and ensure drainage on the property in order to make it suitable for agricultural use. This undertaking in 1953 was a huge task as there was over 18,000 acres to maintain.

Charles Oliver Wellington was the first Chairman of the Acme Drainage District and served as such until his death. Charles Oliver Wellington hired Arthur William Glisson ( Known to Wellington folks as Bink Glisson) to manage the property.  Shortly thereafter, the property was named Flying COW Ranch, by  combining  Charles Oliver Wellington’s initials with the fact that  he was also an aviator who had used a road in Flying COW Ranch as a landing strip!  Bink Glisson became the Acme Water Districts first employee and served the district for 40 years.  Bink Glisson was considered by many as one of the founding fathers and the rock of Wellington, FL.  Today, there are 5 subdivisons in a Wellington community known as Binks Forest.

Living In Wellington

The 1960’s

Upon the death of Mr. Wellington in 1959, the decision was made to develop some of the 18,000 acres.  Some believe this was to raise capital for the estate taxes. Throughout the 1960’s, Flying COW Ranch, flourished agriculturally. The land was either sold or leased to some farmers to produce citrus and strawberries.  Flying COW  Ranch was lauded as the “world’s largest strawberry patch” with 2000 acres dedicated only to strawberries. The transition towards residential became apparent during this period. There was maintenance of roads, the addition of landscaping and water & sewer services.

The 1970’s

The year 1971 saw the sale of a major tract of land (7,400) acres being sold to Investment Corporation of Florida ( ICOF) for ONLY $800 per acre!  In 1972, Palm Beach County approved the 1st Wellington Planned Unit Development (PUD). A joint venture between ICOF and Alcoa Aluminum resulted in the 1973 groundbreaking for the 1st phase of Wellington. Hundreds of homes were sold!

1976 saw Alcoa selling their shares back to ICOF and the groundbreaking of the first Wellington shopping center called, The Wellington Country Plaza.  This plaza is on the corner of Forest Hill Boulevard and Wellington Trace. Today this plaza offers some long time Wellington favorites like: Long Paint and Supplies, Schaefer Drugs, Gabriels Café and Grill as well as Backstreet’s Bar and Grill.

In 1977 Palm Beach Polo and Country club was developed thanks in part to the sale of ICOF’s remaining properties to Gould Florida, a division of Gould INC, an electronics company. A gentleman by the name of William Yilvisaker’s, who was the Chairman of Gould, was also an avid Polo Player with lots of interest in the sport.

Wellington’s prestigious aeronautical community broke ground in 1979, the Aero Club. These homes have their own landing strip, so you can fly your plane right up to your front door in time for dinner.  The Wellington Club East also broke ground which is now referred to as the Wellington Community Center, which offers classes, programs and more.  There is something for everyone!

The 1980’s

The year 1980 saw the opening of Wellington Florida’s first public school, Wellington Elementary.  This was only the first of many outstanding schools to be built in Wellington, FL.  Wellington has come to be known as one of the best places to live with school age children, due to the excellence of our school systems.

In the year 1985, Gould Inc. sold the remaining property to Corepoint Inc. Lennar Homes succeeded Corepoint Inc when they bought all of Corepoints assets from First Union Bank.  First Union Bank was holding Corepoint’s $35 million in defaulted loans. The year 1993 saw another sale of distressed real estate. Glenn Straub paid $20 million for Palm Beach Polo and Country Club from Resolution Trust Company. In another twist, Lennar Homes purchased the last 500 home sites in Bink’s Forest.

Wellington was growing in 1986 with the construction of their own community hospital, Wellington Regional, which is on the corner of Forest Hill Boulevard and US-441 ( SR7). This hospital is known as a progressive acute care facility and medical center.  Additionally, 1986 saw the opening of the Wellington Boys and Girls Club. The Club offers children of working parents some companionship and recreation after school.

Wellington Florida was continuously growing and with more families moving and children growing up the need for our own schools increased. In 1987 Wellington Landings Middle School was opened and in 1987 Wellington High School was built.  In 1991 Panther Run Elementary was added.

The 1990’s

The next step in the evolution of Wellington was probably it’s most important for the future. Wellington became The Village of Wellington 44 years later!  After years of trying, a determined group of Wellington residents succeeded in a referendum vote taken in November 1995. The Village of Wellington was officially born on December 31, 1995 (to qualify for certain Florida State funds it was necessary that the Village be chartered in 1995 or millions of dollars in state funds would have been lost). Official operations commenced on March 28, 1996.

2000 to Present Day

In 2001 The Mall at Wellington Green opened. This is the first mall to be built in western Palm Beach County.  During the next 12+ years, The Village of Wellington undergoes a dramatic growth spurt! There are over 13 new communities built: Black Diamond, Buena Vida, Equestrian Club, Georgian Courts, Isles at Wellington, Mayfair, Olympia, Oakmont Estates,Wellington Parc, Towne Place, Versailles, Wellington Shores and Wellington Edge .

Why Relocate to Wellington Florida?

Weather

Living in Wellington you get to experience perks not found in many other parts of the county and in my opinion, the weather is certainly a great plus.  We average over 230 sunny days per year and there are only 120 days in which there is any measurable precipitation.  In the winter the low temperature averages around 67 degrees while in the summer months the temperatures average in the 80’s with the warmest month, July, averaging 91 degrees.

Wellington, Florida, gets 60 inches of rain per year, while the US average is 39. Don’t worry about the rain though, as any Floridian will tell you, just give it a half hour and the rain will usually  move on down the road.  There have been many times I have been driving through Wellington and there are puddles on one street and it is dry as a bone on the next street. The month of June receives the most rain  with an average of 8.7 inches. Just as with the rest of the US, there is always the possibility of severe weather conditions.  Florida has a hurricane season which runs through from June 1st through November 30th.  Unlike other exteme weather such as tornadoes, hurricanes will give us an advance notice, allowing us to stock up and prepare.

Location, Location, Location

In 1984 when I first moved to Wellington FL, I remember relatives thinking that I was crazy to move this “far out”.   Once I drove through Wellington, I realized this was the town for me.  Everything was nicely manicured, well cared for and the homes were not cookie cutter neighborhoods.  My first home was in Sugar Pond Manor and I loved it there.  What I found was that Wellington was only 1/2 hour drive to the beaches, close to Palm Beach International Airport, minutes away from the Florida Turnpike and I-95.  I could hop on I-95 and get to Ft Lauderdale in 45 minutes or to Miami in 90 minutes.  If I wanted to visit Disney in Orlando it was only 2.5 to 3 hours north.

Family Friendly Community

Did you know that Wellington Florida was named by CNN as one of the top ten places to live in 2003?  And yet again, Wellington Florida makes the news as 2010 Money Magazines “Top 100” Best Places to Live 2010.   Wellington Florida continually strives to be the best and yet again we make the news as 2016 Money Magazines “Top 50” Best Places to Live 2010 .  Most recently Wellington Florida was listed in the Top 50 Safest Places to live in Florida in the National Council for Home Safety and Security

Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation Lovers The Village of Wellington offers something for everyone!

Nature

For the nature lovers there are 3 nature preserves in Wellington.  There is Peaceful Water Sanctuary which is 30 acres and has over 1500 feet of elevated boardwalks and one mile of walking trails.  The Pine Valley Preserve is a natural preserve with boardwalk and gazebo and the Wellington Environmental Preserve which is a 365-acre rainwater storage area with nature trails and learning centers.

Family Recreation

There are over 20 community parks throughout the various Wellington neighborhoods. They offer picnic tables, gazebos, basketball courts,  swing sets and more.  There is Scott’s Place , which is a barrier-free playground that was designed to meet the needs of both able-bodied and disabled children.  This wonderful playground is an acre of accessible playground equipment with sensory items, slides, swings and wheelchair ramps.

Pet Lovers

For Wellington’s furry four legged friends there is the The Wellington Dog Park.   There  are separate sections for small, medium and large breed dogs. It features a large fenced in, off-leash area separated into sections for small, medium, and large breed dogs. Facilities on the site include bathrooms, pavilions for shade, wash stations, water fountains for dogs and owners, walking paths and waste disposal stations located throughout the parks. Also available on site are 4 beach volleyball courts, and a swing set and play structure.

Concerts and Events

Wellington Aphitheatre is a 3200 Square Foot facility with state of the art lighting and sound system that is the home to Wellington Plays, School Functions, Movie Nights, Concerts, Food Truck Invasions and the Green Market.

Athletics

The Wellington Aquatics Complex is a state of the art Olympic Sized pool that offers dive lessons, swimming lessons as well as a concession stand, showers and restrooms.

Feel like getting some exercise?  Then head over to the Wellington Tennis Center,  a 4506 Square Foot facility that offers 21 self-irrigated Har-Tru® clay courts, a canvas covered roof-top balcony, and a pro-shop. Additionally there are 8 Tennis Professinals that offer both private as well as group lessons for youth and adults.

For our Wellington athletes there is Tiger Shark Cove  and  Village Park Athletics Park  lighted adult softball fields, lighted soccer fields, lighted multi-purpose fields, lighted football fields, lighted hockey rinks (one outdoor, one covered} , skate parks,  batting cages and more.

Wellington Florida’s 55+ Communities

Buena Vida – Elegant guard gated resort style community catering to active adults over 55 years.  Buena Vida has 449 one-story CBS single family homes ranging in size from almost 1,900 to 2,800 square feet of living area. There is plenty for residents to enjoy at the lavish Buena Vida clubhouse such as: Arts and Crafts, Card Games, Billiards, Library, Fitness Center, Ballroom, Water Aerobics and Tennis. Buena Vida is Pet Friendly and allows residents a maximum of 2 pets.  There are no weight limits but aggressive breeds are not allowed.  There must be at least one person over the age of 55 as a registered occupant of the home. In addition, families with children nineteen (19) years of age or younger will be prohibited from residing in Buena Vida. Buena Vida is conveniently located on the North side of Forest Hill Boulevard just east of US 441.

Mayfair – Popular gated community for active adults 55+ years young.  comprised of 112 condos.  There are 4 models to chose from that are 1,500 to 2,000  square feet of living area, 2 or 3 bedroom homes which are on the 1st or 2nd floor.  Mayfair is meticulously maintained and has lots of activities for their residents such as: bike and jogging path, heated swimming pool, fitness center, community clubhouse, library, game rooms and more. Mayfair is Pet Friendly and allows residents a maximum of 2 pets.  There are no weight limits but Pit bulls are not allowed. Mayfair at Wellington is located on the north side of Southshore Boulevard just past the Forest Hill intersection. Take Forest Hill Boulevard west to South Shore Blvd. North on Chancellor Dr. Left into community.

Gated Wellington Communities

Arissa Place – Gated condo community offering 1,2 and 3 bedroom homes some with garages and some without.  Condos can be on the 1st, 2nd or 3rd floor. Condos range from in size from 800 square feet to 1180 square feet of living area. Lake, golf and preserve views. Located on Greenview Shores across from Wellington High School.

Binks Forest –  Prestigious community offering 6 gated and non-gated sub-divisions. There is something for everyone, single family homes, estate homes as well as townhomes. Enjoy a game of golf? Binks Forest is home to the Wellington National Golf Club. Located on Binks Forest Drive just south of Southern Boulevard.

Buena Vida – Elegant guard gated community of single family homes for folks that are 55+.  These single story homes range in size from 1,886 Square Feet to 2,374 Square Feet of Living Area.  Located on the north side of Forest Hill Boulevard just east of US-441.

Black Diamond – A 24 hour guard gated community of homes with over 2.000 Square Feet to up to almost 4,200 Square Feet of Living Area.  Over 237 acres of lakes and heavily wooded preserves you will find many homes with some outstanding views. Located off US-441 between Forest Hill Boulevard and Southern Boulevard.

Equestrian Club – Exclusive guard gated community of estate homes with over 3,000 Square Feet to over 5,000 Square Feet of Living Area.  Luxury homes with 1/3 acre lakefront and cul-de-sac lots. Located on the north side of Lake Worth Road just east of South Shore Boulevard.

Grand Isles – Guard gated community of single family and estate homes that offer 1,275 Square Feet to almost 3,700 Square Feet of Living Area. The majority of homes offer beautiful lake views or natural preserve views. Located on the north side of Lake Worth Road west of US-441.

The Isles – Guard gated community of single family and estate homes that range in size from 1,700 Square Feet  to over 5,000 Square Feet of Living Area. With over 13 lakes and large natural preserves, many of the homes offer some gorgeous views. Located on the south side of Lake Worth Rd just west of US-441.

Mayfair – Gated 55+ condo community offering homes that range from 1,500 square feet up to around 2,000 square feet of living area. There is plenty to do in this active pet friendly community.  Located on the northside of South Shore Boulevard just past the Forest Hill Intersection.

Meadowland Cove – Gated community offering single family homes that range from 1,300 Square Feet to 2,800 Square Feet of Living Area. Built on the shores of Lake Wellington, many of the homes offer beautiful water views. Located off Big Blue Trace between South Shore Boulevard and Wellington Trace.

Olympia – Magnificent guard gated community offering single family homes as well as estate homes. Distinctive Mediterranean style homes ranging in size from 1800 Square Feet to over 5600 Square Feet of Living Area. Over 300 acres of beautiful lakes, waterways and natural preserves, Olympia is a world unto itself.  Located on the southeast side of US-441 ( SR-7).

Palm Beach Polo and Country Club – Exclusive guard-gated community offering single family homes, luxury estates, villas and condos. A notable Wellington fixture for more than 30 years, Palm Beach Polo and Country Club is the epitome of all that is the Wellington Equestrian scene.  Offering two 18-hole championship golf courses, multiple clubhouses, polo fields  tennis facility and more. Palm Beach Polo and Country Club hosts a wide assortment of social events from charity events to fashions shows and more.

Polo West – Gorgeous guard gated community of  single family and estate homes.  Formerly known as Greenview Cove this impressive community offers homes from 2,444 Square Feet to over 5,100 Square Feet of Living Area. The majority of homes offer lake or golf course views and are on over sized lots.  Located off Southshore Boulevard, across from Palm Beach Polo.

St Andrews at the Polo Club – Exclusive gated community of  2 or 3 bedroom condos ranging in size from 1223 square feet up to 1627 square feet of living area.  Condos can be on the 1st, 2nd or 3rd floors and may coe with garages. Offering lake, golf course and polo field views.  Situated on South Shore Boulevard next to Palm Beach Polo and Country Club.

Versailles – Prestigious guard gated community of French Country Chateau inspired estate homes.  Homes range from 2,000 square feet to 8,000 square feet of living area with 3 to 6 bedrooms. Located on the west side of US-441 between Forest Hill Boulevard and Lake Worth Road.

VillageWalk – Guard gated community that offers single family homes as well as villas.  Built around 112 acres of lakes, waterways and preserves, this resort style community offers many of their homeowners gorgeous lake views. Homes range from 1,500 to 3,000 square feet of living area. VillageWalk is west of the turnpike off Forest Hill Boulevard head south on Lyons Road.

Meadowland Cove – Gated single family home community that was built on the shores of Lake Wellington.   Enjoy boating? Meadowland Cove has their very own boat ramp! Very low HOA fees make this a very popular Wellington community.  Located off Big Blue Trace between Wellington Trace and South Shore Boulevard

Wellington Shores – Elegant gated community of single family homes ranging  in size from 1,600 square feet to just over 3,700 square feet of living area.  Folks who live there say they love it and will never  leave!  Wellington Shores is located on the south side of Lake Worth Road just west of US 441.

Wellingtons Edge –  Extremely popular manned guard-gated community of single family homes, villas and townhomes. Something for everyone! Plenty of gorgeous lake and preserves to enjoy.  Located off Forest Hill Boulevard just west of US-441.

Non-Gated Wellington Communities

Aero Club – Exclusive non-gated, aeronautical community offering luxury estate homes.  Situated on 1 acre homesites that surround a 4,000 foot lighted runway.   Aero Club has two entrances, one is off Greenview Shores Boulevard to Greenbriar to Aero Club Drive or go west on Greenview Shores to Aero Club Drive.

Bedford Mews –  Non gated community of single family homes and townhomes. Homes and townhomes offer 2 or 3 bedrooms and have 1 or 2  garages. Homes range in size from 1,203 square feet to around 2,495 square feet.  Located off South Shore Boulevard across from Pal Beach Polo.

Coventry Green –  Desirable two-story townhome community offering spacious 2 and 3 bedroom homes with garages. Located on the north side of Forest Hill Boulevard just east of South Shore Boulevard.

Eastwood – Single family homes in a non-gated community that has NO HOA. Typically offers larger lots with a diverse mix of home styles. There are no community pools, but many homes have added one in their back yards.  Located on the north side of Forest Hill Boulevard west of US-441, just west of the community of Wellingtons Edge.

French Quarter Non-gated community of two-story townhomes. Designed as a quadraplex which affords owners a home on a corner. Offers 2-3 bedroom homes with all the bedrooms on the 2nd floor. Located off Forest Hill Boulevard and Wellington Trace across from Village of Wellington Town Hall/Municipal Complex. Walk to Wellington Aquatic Center!

Georgian Courts – Popular non-gated townhome community. Offers two-story townhomes with 2 -3 bedrooms, some offer garages and some do not. The homes built in the 1980’s are frame construction and homes built in the 2000’s are CBS.  Georgian Courts is known for their reasonable HOA fees.  Conveniently located off Big Blue between Wellington Trace and Southern Boulevard.

Greenview Shores – Non-gated community of single family homes ranging in size from 1,700 to over 3,200 square feet of living area. Choose from 3 bedroom up to 5 bedroom homes with 2 to 3 car garages. No HOA fees! Greenview Shores is located between Big Blue Trace and Greenview Shores with Wellington Trace on the north side and South Shore Boulevard on the south side.

Hidden Landings – Non-gated townhome community of both 1 story and 2 story townhomes with 1 or 2 car garages.  There are 2 -3 bedrooms homes that range in size from over 1,000 square feet to 1,500 square feet of living area. Located off Forest Hill Boulevard close to Wellington Trace.

Hidden Pines – Non-gated townhome community of 1 story and 2 story townhomes with 1 or 2 car garages.  Offering 2 or 3 bedroom homes ranging from 1,092 square feet up to 1,790 square feet of living area.  Plenty of greenspace!  Located on Wellington Trace just past Forest Hill Boulevard.

Lake Point – Non-gated community of single family homes built from 1988 through 1992. In Lake Point there are 134 homes that can be one or two storys. Lake Point is known for having very reasonable HOA fees. Located off Big Blue Trace just past South Shore Boulevard.

Pinewood – Non-gated communities of single family homes. Pinewood Manor, Pinewood Grove, Pinewood East I and Pinewood East II.  Homes range in size from 3 to 5 bedroom homes and are usually on over-sized lots.

Sheffield Woods – Very popular non-gated condo community that is well maintained.  Offering 1st or 2nd floor condos ranging in size from 1180 square feet up to around 1,300 square feet of living area that are 2 or 3 bedrooms. Frame/Stucco construction.  Located on Wellington Trace between Big Blue Trace and Forest Hill Boulevard.

Sugar Pond Manor – Non-gated community with NO HOA! Mainly single family homes with a few multi family units on certain streets. There are plenty of parks scattered throughout the community. No amenities, but the Village of Wellington has plenty for residents to enjoy.  Sugar Pond Manor covers a rather large area that is south of Southern Boulevard and west of US-441 (SR-7)

The Shores – Non-gated condo community.  There are two different condo styles.  There is the typical condo style which offers spacious 2 bedroom 2 bath homes in 4-story buildings that have an elevator.  The 2nd style condo style resembles a townhome.  These are 2 or 3 bedroom condos that are on the 1st or 2nd floor and offer garages.  Located off Big Blue Trace between  South Shore Boulevard and Wellington Trace.

Towne Place – Popular townhome community of 2 story CBS homes with garages.  Offering 2 or 3 bedroom homes with 1284 up to 1,547 square feet of living area. Most homes offer great loft area on 2nd floor suitable for office or study.  Located off Greenview Shores Boulevard and Lilac Place, directly behind the Publix grocery store.

Wellington Place – Non gated community of villas and townhomes either 1 or 2 story homes with garages.  Offering 2 or 3 bedroom homes with 1215 up to 2,026 square feet under air. Conveniently located on the corner of Greenview Shores and South Shore Boulevard across from Palm Beach Polo.

Wellington Communities Without An HOA

Homes without an HOA are for those folks who do not want gated communities with rules and regulations that go along with being in a Homeowners Association. Perhaps they have boats, RV’s, large breed dogs or even drive work vehicles home, this gives them the freedom to keep these on their own property.  The Village of Wellington Code Compliance  allows one vehicle which is deemed a commercial vehicle  ( due to exterior business lettering)  to be parked at the residence provided the lettering is covered and no portion of the vehicle is visible from  the street or  the adjoining properties.  Also, one boat, trailer, sports vehicle, recreational vehicle, or horse trailer is allowed as long as two conditions are met. The vehicles are both owned and used by a resident of the property and  they are not visible in the side or rear lot from the street or adjoining properties.

Wellington has  officials who job it is to ensure that these homes maintain regulations set in place by the Village of Wellington to ensure that these communities remain a beautiful well-kept place to live. Homes that are not in a Homeowners Association typically do not have community amenties.  For folks livingin the Village of Wellington, this is not an issue.  Wellington has 26 community parks, 17 softball/baseball fields, 2 basketball courts, 4 sand volleyball courts as well as an Olympic sized pool.

Eastwood – One of the earliest Planned Unit Developments built in Wellington, Eastwood is know for its diverse mix of  single family home styles. There are no community pools in Eastwood, but the Village has much to offer their residents in terms of amenities. Lot sizes are ample, allowing homeowners to have screened patios, firepits and swimming pools built in their spacious backyards. Throughout the years, many of the homeowners have done some beautiful work updating and remodeling their homes with granite, gorgeous tile and stainless appliances. A non-gated community with NO HOA, Eastwood is located off Forest Hill Boulevard.

Greenview Shores – Greenview Shores is comprised of two divisions, Greenview Shores I and Greenview Shores II.  This single family home neighborhood, covers a large area of Wellington. Generally speaking, Greenview Shores is between Big Blue Trace and Greenview Shores Boulevard and from South Shore Boulevard to Wellington Trace. Comprised of two Greenview Shores I and Greenview Shores II. Greenview Shores II  which is off Big Blue Trace, has several smaller subdivisions named: Margate Place, Farmington, Wiltshire Boulevard, Amesbury Circle and Lynton Circle.  Greenview Shores I entrance is off Wellington Trace with a subdivison called Chatsworth Village that is off Greenview Shores Boulevard.  Greenview Shores is known for it’s limited entry access to each of the subdivisions.  They are typically set off the street with only one entrance/exit.  Beautiful private communities with NO HOA.

South Shore – South Shore of Wellington offers Single Family Homes, Townhomes, Duplexes as well as Condos.  South Shore winds its way up Forest Hill Boulevard on both sides of the street.  The eastern portion of South Shore starts with the street named “The 12th Fairway,” which is just opposite the Wellington Veterans Park on the corner of South Shore Boulevard and Forest Hill Boulevard.  These beautiful homes were built on larger lots in the late 1970’s and 1980’s, with many on canals.  As the community of South Shore winds its way up Forest Hill Boulevard,  you will find townhomes, duplexes and condominiums. Here you will find that some of the homes are part of a HOA but most are not. South Shore of Wellington truly does have something for everyone!

Pinewood – Pinewood Manor offers spacious single family ranch style homes on spacious lots surrounded by mature landscaping. Located on the north side of Paddock Drive west of Big Blue Trace. Pinewood Grove offers single family homes on oversized lots. west on Forest Hill Boulevard then head south on Wellington Trace and Pinewood Grove will be on your right side.  Pinewood East offers larger single family homes in a private park like setting on large lots. Located just off Southern Boulevard and Forest Hill Boulevard. Spacious homes on good sized lots, Pinewood is known for NO HOA fees!

Sugar Pond Manor – The majority of Sugar Pond Manor were built in the 1980’s through 2000. In the last few years, the few vacant lots that remained have been sold, so there have been a few new homes built in recent years.  Sugar Pond Manor has lovely mature landscaping with winding roads and sidewalks.  The style of homes in Sugar Pond Manor is diverse as there were plenty of different builders, each with their own distinct style. Sugar Pond Manor has approximately 2,000 homes.  The majority are single family homes but there are some duplexes and townhomes in a few areas of Sugar Pond Manor. Sugar Pond Manor is a sprawling community that covers the area that is south of Southern Boulevard and west US-441 ( SR7). Sugar Pond Manor is known for having NO HOA.

Equestrian Favorite Communities

Arissa Place – Gated condo community located off Greenview Shores Boulevard only minutes to the WEF. Pet friendly and allows 2 pets with no size restrictions but some breed restrictions. Arissa Place offers a community pool, volleyball, kids playground and some terrific golf course views.

Bedford Mews – Non-gated community of single family homes and townhomes located on South Shore Boulevard just a few minutes to all of the Wellington Equestrian Activities. Up to four pets are allowed with some breed restrictions. A favorite of the Jack Russell folks!

Palm Beach Polo and Country Club – Exclusive guard-gated community offering single family homes, luxury estates, villas and condos.

St Andrews at the Polo Club – Popular gated condo community with units on the 1st, 2nd or 3rd floor, some with garages.  The community offers views of Palm Beach Polo and Country Club golf course which are spectacular. Tennis court, spa, community pool and clubhouse.community Rules and Regulations allow 2 household pets, but they are not to exceed 35 pounds per pet. Small pick-up trucks ( up to 1 -ton) are allowed, but RV’s, Boats etc are not allowed. Each unit is allowed to have 2 vehicles.

Wellington Place – Non-gated townhome community on the corner of Greenview Shores and South Shore Boulevard.  Just a quick golf cart ride and you are at the horse shows!

 Wellington the Equestrian Center

One of the things that living in Wellington Florida is known for is “All Things Equestrian” environment. There is something for all equestrian disciplines such as dressage, hunters, show jumpers and polo.

Palm Beach International Equestrian – Home of the Winter Equestrian Festival, this is a one-of-a-kind equestrian extravaganza.  Here you can enjoy watching an international equestrian event featuring a parade of the best riders in their class, from Children, Juniors, Adult Amateurs  all the way to World Class Olympians. The Winter Equestrian Festival is the largest and longest running horse show in the world, a 12-week international equestrian event. All the arenas at WEF are just a flurry of action and excitement, from morning until night, thanks to the stadium lights.  Here you can attend the various equestrian competitions such as the Hunt Seat Competitions, Gladiator Polo, Show Jumping and Dressage.

  • Grand Prix Show Jumping  is the epitome of show jumping and the most challenging.   Often described as a rush of adrenaline like thoroughbred racing combined with sheer fearlessness for horse and rider. This is the ultimate in pure boldness and athleticism!
  • Hunt Seat Competition has its beginnings based on the tradition of the fox hunt. Well groomed horse and rider are prized for their effortless jumping style over fences and their impeccable manners.
  • Dressage is often referred to as the  “horse ballet” of equestrian events.  Quite an elegant and gracious sport which to me is reminiscent of old-world pagentry! Characterized by mostly imperceptible signals from the rider… this is a sport of  beauty and a great partnership with horse and rider.

Adequan Global Dressage Festival  is held at the Wellington Equestrian Village. Wellington, Florida is the  epicenter for dressage in winter and early spring and draws some top names.

Gladiator Polo – The year 2017 saw the addition of a fast paced game of High Goal Arena Polo.  Much faster that it’s outdoor counterpart due to the fact that Gladiator Polo is held in a small arena that is 150′ x 300′ and closed in by 4′ high walls.  This arena is about 1/10th of the size of the typical grassy Polo Field. I attended the 1st game in Jaunary of 2017 and was riveted. The fans were so close up to the Ponies and the Players it was almost like we were playing along. Come early as the stands fill up quickly!

International Polo Club –  When visiting Wellington Florida, a trip is not complete if you don’t make time for one of our main attractions.  The Sunday at 3:00 PM, Wellington Polo Match!  Home to one of the largest Polo Clubs in the world, the IPC’s polo season lasts from January through April and draws some of the most talented players in the sport. There are players from twelve different countries that arrive in the winter to compete in the highest rated polo competition in North America.  At IPC there are Polo Matches that  Polo enthusiasts refer to as the Triple Crown of US Polo.  The first leg is the C.V. Whitney Cup, then there is is the U.S. Polo Association Gold Cup and the highly coveted, season-ending United States Open Polo Championship. There is plenty to enjoy.  The obligatory and complimentary halftime champagne divot stomp, tailgate tents, cocktail parties, fashion shows, the Polo Pavillion for those interested in champagne brunch and of course, Celebrities to see!

Big Dog Friendly Communities

Aero Club – The HOA allows two “household” pets per home with no size or breed restrictions. Fly right up to your front door! Exclusive aeronautical community offering luxury estate homes. Non-gated community with magnificent estate homes situated on 1 acre homesites with a 4,000 foot lighted runway in the center of the community.

Buena Vida – Buena Vida is Pet Friendly and allows residents a maximum of 2 pets.  There are no weight limits but aggressive breeds are not allowed.  Guard Gated community cateruing to active adults 55+ years young.  Elegant resort style community of one-story single family homes.

Arissa Place – Pet Friendly and allows their resident 2 Pets. Larger dogs 50+ pounds are welcomed but there are some breed restrictions. Gated condo community with homes on the 1st, 2nd or 3rd floor, some with garages.  Gorgeous lake, golf and preserve views.

Bedford Mews – Residents can have up to 4 Pets, with some breed restrictions. Non-gated community of single family homes as well as townhomes.  An Equestrian favorite due to the close proximity to the horse shows.

Channing Villas – The HOA allows two “household” pets per home with no size or breed restrictions. Channing villas are considered Single Faily Homes but have one attached wall.

Eastwood -NO HOA.  No size or breed restrictions. A non-gated community of single family homes on spacious lots. Many homes offer private backyard oasis with screened patio, firepits and private pools.

Georgian Courts – The HOA allows 2 pets with no size restriction but they do have breed restrictions, No Aggressive breeds allowed. Popular non-gated townhome community with reasonable HOA fees!  Two-story townhomes some with garages. Beautiful Community Pool.

Greenview Shores – NO HOA.  No size or breed restrictions.  Non-gated single family home neighborhood with 2 divisions, Greenview Shores I and Greenview Shores II.  Greenview Shores covers a large area of Wellington. Beautiful single family homes in smaller sub-divisions with private single entry ways.

Hidden Landings –   The HOA allows two “household” pets per home with no size or breed restrictions. Non-gated townhome community. One and two-story homes with 1 or 2 car garages. Some homes offer private canal views. Community pool overlooking beautiful lake view.

Hidden Pines– The HOA allows two “household” pets per home with no size or breed restrictions. Non-gated townhome community offering one or two-story homes with garages.  Peaceful park like setting aonst the pine trees. Community pool.

Lakepoint – The HOA allows two “household” pets per home with no size or breed restrictions. Non-gated community of one or two-story single family homes on smaller lots.  Some homes offer gorgeous views of Lake Wellington and your own back yard dock. No community amenties.

Mayfair – Mayfair is Pet Friendly and allows residents a maximum of 2 pets.  There are no weight limits but Pit bulls are not allowed. Mayfair is a popular gated community for active adults 55+ years young.  Offering 2 or 3 bedroom condos on the 1st or 2nd floor, Mayfair is meticulously maintained and has lots of activities for their residents.

Olympia – Generally speaking the Olympia HOA is pet friendly with no size restrictions but there are breed restrictions. Each subdivision will have their own pet restrictions. A magnificent guard-gated community of single family and estate homes. Olympia is well known for their “resort” style amenities.

Pinewood– NO HOA.  No size or breed restrictions.  Non-gated communities of single family homes. Pinewood Grove, Pinewood Manor and Pinewood East offer spacious homes on larger lots.

South Shore – Single Family Homes have  NO HOA.  No size or breed restrictions in Single Family Homes.  Most of the townhomes and duplexes do NOT have HOA nor do they have size or breed restrictions. Diverse community that is not gated and offers something for everyone! Single Family Homes, Townhomes, Duplexes and Condos.

Sugar Pond Manor – NO HOA.  No size or breed restrictions. Beautiful non-gated community with diverse mix of single family home styles, winding sidewalks and mature landscaping.  The majority of Sugar Pond manor is comprised of single family homes but there are some duplexes and townhomes in a few areas of Sugar Pond Manor.

Wellington Dog Friendly Restaurants

By now, you know many of the great advantages that living in Wellington brings but how pet friendly is the community? Hate to leave your furry four legged friend at home? Take a look at these pet friendly Wellington Restaurants where you and your fur kid can dine on the outside patio

Backstreet’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill –  The place where it’s happy hour All Day Everyday!  Daily Specials such as: Prime Rib Night, Fish Fry, Burger Night.  A Wellington fixture! ​12771 W. Forest Hill Boulevard

Field of Greens –  Feel like some healthy fresh food?  Enjoy vegan and gluten free dishes, cold pressed juices,  smoothies and protein shakes and more.  10140 Forest Hill Boulevard #110

First Watch – Breakfast, brunch and lunch spot that serves fresh made to order meals!  Specializes in serving fresh seasonal fruits and veggies!  2335 S. State Road 7- Suite 1100 -Wellington, 

Gabriel’s Cafe and Grill –  Another Wellington Fixture!  Family style restaurant serving breakfast and lunch. Never had a meal I didn’t love!  12793 W Forest Hill Boulevard

Lindburgers – Enjoy one of the 50 gourmet burger selections cooked to order. My personal favorite is the Mt Saint Onion. witha side of their delicious cole slaw.  13860 Wellington Trace – next to Publix Grocery Store

Oli’s Fashion Cuisine – What is Fashion Cuisine you ask?  It is an atmosphere, a place to go and enjoy exceptional cuisine, a place to see and be seen.  Cuisine with an eye-catching presentation! 10610 West Forest Hill Blvd #20

Pei Wei Asian Diner – Ancient Asian cooking, freshly made to order with Wok fired classics from China and the market spices of Thailand! Offering a great Gluten Free menu as well. My favorite is  their Shrimp Pad Thai with extra peanut sauce. 10610 Bay 10 Forest Hill Blvd.

Starbucks – Every now and then you and your furry friend need a cup of Joe! Several Wellington Locations to choose from!

Still Have Question About Living In Wellington?

If you still have questions about living in Wellington Florida or need help deciding on a community that fits your lifestyle, please feel free to email me or give me a call at 561-308-9355 or continue to browse the Wellington Homes for sale resources on this site.

Wellington Florida Realtor Lindsay Reagan

Lindsay Reagan, PA

Your Wellington FL REALTOR®