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Fort Lauderdale, Florida

About Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale is known as the "Venice of America" due to its expansive and intricate canal system, and over recent years, it has been widely regarded as the new "hot spot" in South Florida. The city is a popular tourist destination and major yachting center. It is home to one of the world's largest boat shows and offers 23 miles of white-sand beaches. However, the new Fort Lauderdale has become much more than just a tourism and yachting hub. It boasts a thriving business economy, which has attracted a younger, more diverse demographic.

As prices continue to increase in Miami, buyers continue to flock to Fort Lauderdale. The average new condo price per square foot in Miami is nearly double the average in Fort Lauderdale, and many of the new developments in Fort Lauderdale match or exceed the unparalleled level of luxury once only present in the Miami real estate market. The city's pristine beaches, 300 miles of inland waterways and an expanded international airport are even further attraction to the popular city.

The downtown area, especially around Las Olas Boulevard, has seen dramatic growth, and now hosts many new hotels and high-rise condominium developments. There are currently 3,000 residential units in the downtown area, with more than double that either under construction or proposed. Las Olas Boulevard is now vibrant and teeming with locals.  

In addition to its museums, beaches, and nightlife, Fort Lauderdale offers the finest in both dining and shopping. The Las Olas Riverfront has numerous individually owned boutiques, restaurants and entertainment, including quaint sidewalk cafes.

Other attractions include the Broward Center for the Performing Arts and the Museum of Discovery and Science. Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is a 180-acre park in the city perfect for picnicking, camping, canoeing and swimming.

Fort Lauderdale is located midway between Miami and Palm Beach. It is only minutes from the recently expanded Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Fort Lauderdale Neighborhoods

Fort Lauderdale Beach: Fort Lauderdale Beach is a barrier island nestled between the Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean. The area is distinguished by its award-winning "wave wall" and beachfront promenade that winds by miles of pristine white sand beach and clear blue water. It is an elite destination suitable for all ages. Fort Lauderdale Beach real estate consists of luxury condo towers, including The Palms and the highly anticipated Auberge Beach Residences and Spa. Fort Lauderdale Beach also offers world-class hotels, marinas, fine dining, water sports, entertainment, chic shopping and relaxing outdoor cafés. The Fort Lauderdale International Airport and Port Everglades are only a short drive away.  

Harbour Beach: Harbour Beach is an exclusive gated and mostly waterfront neighborhood located between the ocean and Intracoastal Waterway in Fort Lauderdale. Regarded as one of the city's most prestigious neighborhoods, Harbour Beach contains sprawling luxury estate homes, with many offering private dockage. The location is perfect for boaters due to the deep canals and easy access to Port Everglades. 

Harbour Beach amenities include the Harbour Beach Surf Club and the Harbour Beach Marina. The Surf Club is only available to residents. Upon making a one-time payment and yearly dues, residents enjoy 300 feet of private beach frontage. The Harbour Beach Surf Club also offers lounge chair and umbrella service, dedicated parking and an outdoor dining pavillion. Located near the entrance of Harbour Beach, the Harbour Beach Marina offers boat slips that accommodate vessels up to 120 feet in length. The majority of homes in Harbour Beach do have private dockage, but the marina is perfect for residents who wish to keep their water views unobstructed or for those with more than one boat. 

Rio Vista and the Rio Vista Isles: Located in southeast Fort Lauderdale near downtown, Rio Vista and Rio Vista Isles feature picturesque, tree-lined streets and stunning estate homes. Established in the 1920s, the exclusive area offers historic and new construction real estate of various architectural styles. Many Rio Vista homes boast 100 or more feet of water frontage, making the area popular with boaters. Port Everglades is nearby, and the Atlantic Ocean is easily accessible without hitting a fixed bridge. Rio Vista is located near Las Olas Boulevard and pristine Fort Lauderdale Beach. Residents enjoy walking to world-class restaurants, shopping and entertainment.

Community Details

County : Broward

Total Area : 38.6 square miles (99.9 square kilometers)

Elevation : 9 feet (2.74 meters)

Population : 170,747

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