Camino Gardens

Camino Gardens is a beautiful community of single-family homes, located just East of I-95 in Boca Raton, FL.  Camino Gardens, a family-oriented community with a touch of old Florida charm, consists of more than 430 homes situated among sparkling lakes, tall trees, and lush, exotic gardens. 

Originally built in the late 1960's, many of the one-story homes in Camino Gardens have been remodeled and updated with modern interior features.  Homes for sale in Camino Gardens have at least three bedrooms with floor plans offering 1,600 to over 2,400 sq ft of living space. Interior features include tile or wood flooring, updated kitchens with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, wooden cabinets, and spacious open layouts perfect for entertaining.

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700 Holly Lane
RX-10334637

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$939,000

  • 3 Beds
  • 3.0 Baths
  • 1,932 SqFt
  • 0.24 Acres

Residential

Boca Raton, FL

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Immaculate And Completely Remodeled Waterfront Home With All The Latest Designs And Finishes Loca...

Many of the homes also feature private docks and views of the lake on lots that are nearly half an acre in size.  Camino Gardens homes for sale feature large backyards with private screened-in tropical swimming pools and outdoor sitting areas.  Additional outdoor features found in homes in Camino Gardens include luxurious spas, outdoor fireplaces, covered lanais, and full outdoor kitchens. 

When driving through the beautiful streets of Camino Gardens, one will notice that the homeowners take great pride in their community, meticulously maintaining both the interiors and exteriors of their homes.  Maintenance of all common areas is covered by the HOA dues, which are some of the lowest of all single family home communities in Boca Raton.

History of Camino Gardens

Often referred to as the “Park at the Lake,” the Camino Gardens community was once home to the “Africa U.S.A.” theme park, America's first cageless African Safari wildlife park. In 1950, John Pedersen purchased 350 acres of land from the Town of Boca Raton at an auction for about $25 an acre.  He soon embarked on the transformation of the northern portion, consisting of the 177 acres now known as the Camino Gardens subdivision, to a lush, African jungle.  Miles of lakes and winding canals were dug and an artificial waterfall and geyser were constructed. Over 55,000 plants were added to the landscape and approximately 100 animals were collected in Africa and shipped to the property on the African Planet steamship, often referred to as a modern day "Noah's Ark."  

On March 10, 1953, Africa U.S.A. opened its doors to the public.  Admission to the theme park was free, with a tram ride through the park, referred to as the "Jungle Train Tour" costing only 95 cents.  Throughout the 1950's Africa U.S.A. continued to thrive as word spread and its popularity grew, with over 300,000 visitors frequenting the park each year. John Pedersen had succeeded with finally putting Boca Raton on the map.

Unfortunately, after several legal battles involving the development of the road that is now Camino Real, as well as issues with the Department of Agriculture regarding the importation and care of African animals, Pedersen accepted that the success of the park had run its course. On September 4, 1961, Africa U.S.A. was sold and closed its doors for good.  Africa U.S.A., the park that had been regarded as one of America's most well-known tourist attractions for over eight years, was truly a theme park before its time.

Reminders of the theme park can still be seen throughout the community today in the form of exotic trees and hedges, as well as the footbridge to Monkey Island, and the original lagoon with the base of the Watusi Geyser still visible and intact.  In March of 2003, the Camino Gardens Association installed a plaque to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Africa U.S.A., which reads as follows:

"At this site in 1953, John D. Pedersen and his family established "Africa USA," a major Boca Raton tourist attraction for nearly a decade.  The 350-acre site drew some 2,000 visitors daily to view the park's camels, giraffes, elephants and other exotic animals and plants.  In the park a "Watusi Geyser" erupted hourly from the rock still visible in the lake, throwing 1,000 gallons of water per minute, 160 feet into the air.  Near the left edge of the lake are remnants of "Zambezi Falls," the park's 30-foot waterfall."

"Dedicated by the Camino Gardens Association in March 2003 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Africa, USA."

Location of Camino Gardens

Located on West Camino Real and Camino Gardens Boulevard, residents of Camino Gardens enjoy easy access to all of the area’s most popular attractions and amenities such as the Boca Raton Resort and ClubMizner Park and a variety of beachesshopping centers, and restaurants.

Contact Information

If you would like to learn more about Camino Gardens or any of the surrounding single family home communities in Boca Raton, please contact us at 561-998-9015.  You may also reach us using our simple online contact form.  We look forward to assisting you in finding your next dream home!

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Listing information last updated on July 26th, 2017 at 10:21pm EDT.