EL CID WEST PALM BEACH
300 VALENCIA RD, WEST PALM BEACH, FL 33401
El Cid is the most prestigious historic community in West Palm Beach, located just off the Downtown area and off the waterfront. Combined with its concentration of outstanding period architecture, the location of El Cid in West Palm Beach (the west shore off the Intracoastal across from Palm Beach and closest neighborhood to Downtown) attracts professionals and business owners who are proud to call the historic district home. The El Cid Historic District is listed on the local, State and National Register of Historic Places.
The neighborhood’s proximity to downtown and the western shore of Lake Worth attracted affluent business, political and social leaders who dominated the community’s development in the 1920’s and 1930’s. The early collapse of the banks in Florida, followed by the Depression, limited further development. After World War II, there was a burst of infill housing construction. Unfortunately, the movement to suburbia in the 1960’s diminished the area’s prosperity. But not for long. Beginning in the 1980’s and continuing for the past 25 years, El Cid has experienced a re-birth with the renovation and restoration of many of the District’s historic homes.