• The Grandview Heights Historic District will be hosting their 15th annual historic home tour on Sunday, April 1st, between 3 – 7 pm. This home tour will mark the 100th birthday of the oldest section of Grandview Heights, one of the oldest neighborhoods in West Palm Beach. Located within walking distance to City Place and the downtown Clematis Street Historic District, the Grandview Heights Historic District has become one of the most desirable residential neighborhoods in West Palm Beach due to its superb location and eclectic, old south Florida atmosphere. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places with the oldest section of the neighborhood having been established in 1912, this neighborhood has one of the highest concentrations of historically significant architecture in the city, such as Spanish Mission, Mediterranean Revival, Florida Bungalow, Art Deco and Dutch Colonial Revival.
This year’s tour features 13 homes, the biggest ever, with various styles, such as craftsman bungalow, Italianate frame vernacular, spanish mission and Mediterranean revival in different stages of restoration. 11 of the homes have never been shown in the past, including one which dates back to 1912. Highlights of the tour this year include art exhibits by locally acclaimed artists at Grandview Gardens Bed & Breakfast and Casa Grandview Historic Luxury Inn, a complimentary street party including a full meal, wine, soft drinks and live entertainment by Samm, one of the areas most popular jazz singers.
Tickets can either be purchased in advance for $25 at the Armory Art Center, Excentricities at 1810 South Dixie or O’Sheas on Clematis. They can also be booked in advance online at www.historichometours.com or by calling 659-6721. Tickets are $30 on the day of the tour and can be purchased in front of the Armory Art Center in Howard Park.
• 5th Annual Grandview Heights Historic Halloween Walk & Cookout!
The goblins and ghosts will appear Monday evening October 31st, in Downtown West Palm Beach, for the 5th Annual Grandview Heights Historic Halloween Walk and Cook-out. The festivities begin at 6:00 p.m., Casa Grandview, 1410 Georgia Avenue, West Palm Beach, and will continue until 8:30 p.m.
“As always, the Halloween Walk is open to all who desire to participate in this family-oriented event,” says Kirk Grantham, Grandview Board Member.
Participating neighbors, Steven and Katrina Lee, add “The objective is simple: To have safe fun on Halloween. Our neighborhood strives to provide a safe environment for trick-or-treating and to meet neighbors. This has become one of the most talked about Halloween events in town.”
There is no fee to attend the event and neighbors are invited to attend this fun filled evening for the entire family. “The evening starts with our annual cook-out, followed by a haunted walk to participating neighborhood homes for trick-or-treating fun. The concentration of homes will be toward the center of Grandview Heights with many participating homes on New York Street,” according to Dana Little, Grandview Association President.
Approximately 25 homes will participate on the Halloween Walk, maps will be provided, as well as fun, food, bev-erages, and some scary costumes! A great opportunity to meet neighbors, friends and enjoy safe fun for children & adults alike. You will not want to miss it!
For more information, please call: 655-8932
• The Grandview Heights Citizens’ Association has elected a new board:
Dana Little, President
Brian Kennedy, Vice-President
Amy Young, Secretary
Jan Weimar, Treasurer
Jill Kravitz, Director
Kirk Grantham, Director
Lois Clemente, Director
• The Grandview Heights neighborhood Holiday Party is scheduled for December 18th at 5:30pm at 1410 Georgia Ave. All Grandview Heights residents and property owners are welcome!
• On October 27, 2010, there will be a Grandview Heights Citizens’ Association neighborhood meeting at the Armory Art Center starting at 6:30. The entire board of directors of the association will be up for election at this meeting. Current members of the association are eligible to vote. All residents and property owners of Grandview Heights are urged to attend.
• The Grandview Heights Citizens’ Association will be hosting the 5th Annual Historic Grandview Heights Halloween Walk on Sunday, October 31st, between 5:30 – 8:30 pm. The purpose of the event is to create a safe, fun environment for families with children to celebrate Halloween. Over 30 homes will be participating with treats, tricks and surprises for children and families including a neighborhood cookout. Trick-or-treaters can begin their Halloween Walk at the Grandview Gardens Bed & Breakfast, which will have a haunted house featuring the Wicked Witch of Grandview. The bed & breakfast is located at 1608 Lake Ave (across from the Armory Art Center). There is ample parking at Howard Park, along Lake Ave and Howard Park and at the Armory Art Center. All children, families and young-at-heart are welcome in the neighborhood. Flyers listing the participating homes will be handed out for free at Grandview Gardens Bed & Breakfast and homes on the walk (which will be identifiable with lit torches in their front yards). There will be added police presence and volunteers from the Grandview Heights Citizens Association will be patrolling the neighborhood.
• There will be no 2010 home tour. Grandview Heights is preparing for a centennial celebration home tour on April 17th, 2011.
• Grandview Heights recorded the lowest level of crime in 2009 since crime statistics have been available. There was a 17% drop in the number of incidents in the neighborhood in 2009 over 2008 and a 30% drop from the year 2005 when neighborhood crime statistics first became available.