Broward County

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Parkland

Parkland

Parkland is an affluent city in the northwestern section of Broward County where zoning laws are designed to protect the “park-like” character of the city. Initially, there were no stores or traffic lights in Parkland, though that has changed. The northern boundary of Parkland coincides with the border between Broward & Palm Beach counties. The west is bound by the Everglades. English is the first language of 83% of the population. Most premier homes in this area are on much larger lot sizes and are group together like a planned community compared to older communities in eastern Broward County. Motto: “Environmentally Proud”

Deerfield Beach

Deerfield Beach

Deerfield Beach is named for the numerous deer that once roamed the area. The town originally was named Deerfield and remained largely an agricultural based community. The name was changed in 1939 to Deerfield Beach to let tourists know it has a beach. Deerfield Beach has a pier on the beach as does Lauderdale-By-The Sea to the south.

Hillsboro Beach

Hillsboro Beach

The town of Hillsboro Beach was named for the Earl of Hillsborough who received large grants of land from the King of England while Florida was an English possession. Hillsboro Beach is located in the northeastern most section of Broward County along the Atlantic Ocean. The 3.2 mile strip along SR A1A includes an exclusive stretch called “Hillsboro Mile” or “Millionaires Mile” that includes some of the most exclusive estate properties on the South Florida coast. Hillsboro Mile could be compared to the small town of Golden Beach in northern Dade County for the wealth of the residents.

Lighthouse Point

Lighthouse Point

Lighthouse Point was named for the Hillsboro Lighthouse which is located nearby Hillsboro Beach. Lighthouse Point is located in northern Broward County. It is adjacent to Deerfield Beach to the north, Pompano Beach to the west & south, and to the east is Hillsboro Beach across the Intracoastal Waterway.

Pompano Beach

Pompano Beach

Pompano Beach is a city in Broward County along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean just north of Fort Lauderdale. Pompano Beach is currently in the middle of a redevelopment process to revitalize its beachfront and historic downtown. The city has been listed as one of the top real estate markets and one of the country’s top vacation home markets. Pompano Beach Airport located within the city, is home of the Goodyear Blimp. Its name is derived from the Florida “pompano” a fish that is found off the Atlantic coast. Motto: "Florida’s Warmest Welcome"

Sea Ranch Lakes

Sea Ranch Lakes

Sea Ranch Lakes is a village named for the Sea Ranch Hotel that no longer exists. Sea Ranch Lakes is located on SR A1A surrounded by Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. The majority of Sea Ranch Lakes is a walled-in community (gated entrance) with the remainder of the village being a public shopping center and a private beach club for residents of the village.

Lauderdale By The Beach

Lauderdale By The Beach

Lauderdale by the Sea is a small beach town with a total area of 1.5 square miles. The southern part of Lauderdale by the Sea is situated between Fort Lauderdale and Sea Ranch Lakes, while the north half borders Pompano Beach. The town is centered on the junction of SR A1A and Commercial Boulevard. At the ocean end of Commercial Blvd is a long wooden pier. The main industry is tourism. Note: Need picture of city sign and pier

Oakland Park

Oakland Park

Oakland Park was originally named “Floranada” (a blend of Florida & Canada). Oakland Park borders the city if Wilton Manors, which is experiencing a tremendous amount of new development. Increased property prices in Wilton Manors have pushed up prices in Oakland Park and spurred interest in the city’s downtown redevelopment plan. Motto: “A City on the Move”

Wilton Manors

Wilton Manors

Wilton Manors, the “Island City” was incorporated in 1947 and is known as a ‘gay village.’ It contains a large Pride Center, as well as many gay hotels and resorts. Along Wilton Drive, the city’s Arts and Entertainment District features an array of shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. Over the past few years, Wilton Manors has attempted an economic revitalization. Wilton Manors is home to several recreational facilities, including Colohatchee Nature Park, a 10 mile recreational facility complete with a boardwalk for nature observation, a dog park and boat ramp for watercraft entry.

Plantation

Plantation

Plantation is a community centrally located in Broward County. The city’s name comes from the prior owner of the land, the Everglades Plantation Company. The official motto of Plantation is “The Grass is Greener.” The Plantation Golf Course was the site of the famous movie Caddyshack starring Rodney Dangerfield. As of 2000, English as a first language was spoken by 78% of the population. Plantation is also home to many retired professional athletes from across the country. "The Grass is Greener"

Coral Springs

Coral Springs

The city of Coral Springs is approximately 20 miles northwest of Fort Lauderdale. Despite the name, there are no springs in the city; Florida’s springs are found in the central and northern portions of the state. Coral Springs has notable strict building codes which are designed to maintain the city’s distinctive aesthetic appeal in this planned community. The city has won accolades for its overall livability, its low crime rate, and its family friendly orientation. Motto: "Everything Under the Sun!"

Weston

Weston

Weston is a suburban planned community that was developed by Arvida Properties and is located in the southwest section of Broward County. The entire west side of the community is bordered by the Everglades. Business Week ranked Weston as one of the “best affordable suburbs” in the United States in November 2006. Many professional athletes who played various sports, nationally, not just locally, settled in Weston.

Dania Beach

Dania Beach

Dania was the first city to be incorporated into Broward County dating back to the 1880’s.Dania has disjointed city boundaries. Dania Beach includes a pier adjacent to John Lloyd State Park where the property ends to the north at Port Everglades. Motto: “Broward’s First City”

Pembroke Pines

Pembroke Pines

Pembroke Pines was incorporated in 1960 as the town became a city. The name was taken from an early landowner the Earl of Pembroke and many pine trees in the area. The city’s rapid population growth in the late 1990’s was part of the effect of Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Thousands of southern Miami-Dade County residents moved northward to Broward County, many to Pembroke Pines.

Hollywood

Hollywood

Hollywood was founded in 1925 by Joseph W. Young; he dreamed of building a motion picture industry on the U.S. east coast and named the town after Hollywood, California. Hollywood is a planned community and is the twelfth largest city in Florida. Nickname: “Diamond of the Gold Coast”

Hallandale Beach

Hallandale Beach

Hallandale Beach is a city in southern most Broward County, The city is known as the home of Gulfstream Park and Mardi Gras Casino greyhound racing track. It also has a sizable financial district with a number of banks and brokerage houses. Due to a large number of tourists who eventually retire in the city, Hallandale Beach has one of the fastest-growing populations in Florida. Motto: “City of Choice

Greater Metropolitan Fort Lauderdale “Venice of America
Fort Lauderdale has eighty one neighborhood and additional sub-neighborhoods
A partial list is included for your consideration

Bay Colony

Bay Colony

Bay Colony is highly exclusive and one of only three guard gated luxury waterfront communities of Fort Lauderdale. Located in north east Fort Lauderdale, Bay Colony is just outside the community of The Landings to the immediate south and just west of the Intracoastal Waterway. Bay Colony can be accessed by taking US-1/Federal Highway or Bayview Drive, both running parallel, north & south and into 62nd street that becomes Cypress Creek Road to the west where Pine Crest Preparatory School is located. This premier luxury enclave includes wide, deep water canals, large lots sizes that can accommodate Mega Yacht dockage and is considered a newer development since the oldest houses are from 1968 to newer built homes in 2009 or later. There are approximately 110 homes in this community.

Bermuda Riviera

Bermuda Riviera

Bermuda Riviera is one of Fort Lauderdale’s best kept secrets because of the secluded luxury residential homes. This area is located on the west side of SR-A1A across from the Galt Ocean Mile beachfront condominiums or just north of Oakland Park Boulevard at SR-A1A. This primarily is a single family residence community, many with waterfront lots that provide ocean access with no fixed bridges.

Coral Ridge

Coral Ridge

Coral Ridge, Coral Ridge Isles, & Coral Ridge Country Club Estates is an upscale waterfront and dry lot community centrally located in Fort Lauderdale. The Country Club Estate homes are often located on a golf course that distinguishes these dry lot properties while Coral Ridge waterfront homes are located on the west side of the Intracoastal Waterway. This area includes both a Country Club & Yacht Club with membership independent of each other. The community is bound by Sunrise Boulevard at the Galleria Mall to the South and Commercial Boulevard to the north. The land actually sits elevated slightly on an old dry coral ridge, hence the name.

Coral Shores

Coral Shores

Coral Shores is an upper middle class neighborhood that is boarded by Oakland Park Boulevard to the north and US-1 or Federal Highway to the east. This is a small single family community of mostly dry lots although there are a few waterfront properties on canals at the fringe of this neighborhood. The homes are well maintained and this is a good neighborhood for families with small children. Saint Marks, a well respected private elementary school is located just two blocks west on Oakland Park Boulevard.

Galt Ocean Mile

Galt Ocean Mile

Galt Ocean Mile is a well established oceanfront high rise condominium & hotel community located between Oakland Park Boulevard on the southern boarder and the village of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea on the northern boarder. The price range for a condominium can range from two hundred thousand dollars for a small unit in a community built in the 1960’s or 1970’s to multi- million dollars for newer construction.

Harbor Beach

Harbor Beach

Harbor Beach is located on the southern end of Fort Lauderdale where the 17th Street Causeway at Port Everglades turns into SR A1A heading in the direction of the beach.
Harbor Beach consists of a string of islands connected by small canal bridges and the inner most island, The Harborage is a guard gated community of approximately 20 of the most exclusive homes available in South Florida. Because of the proximately to Port Everglades and the inlet to the Atlantic Ocean, Harbor Beach is one of the most luxurious communities and a yacht owner’s paradise. Although a few celebrities own homes in Harbor Beach, it is more like a neighborhood for the titan’s of industry, most who live more discreetly. There are two additional neighborhoods to this community, Harbor Beach Isles and Harbor Inlet.

Imperial Point

Imperial Point

Imperial Point is a lovely residential neighborhood that still offers the ten different floor plans from the original builder with modifications to many homes over the years. Many of the homes are made of concrete, block and stucco with poured Terrazzo floors. There is pride in ownership throughout the community. It is also home to the prestigious Pine Crest Preparatory School, grades Pre-K to 12th Grade. Imperial point homes are dry lots and the community is located on the west side of US-1 and in the northern section of Fort Lauderdale.

The Landings

The Landings

The Landings is a gorgeous tree lined well established, upscale waterfront & dry lot community located in north east Fort Lauderdale, just outside Bay Colony with beautiful Bayview Drive running through the community. Most of the homes on the east side of Bayview Drive are located on the Intracoastal Waterway with direct ocean access. There are also a large number of homes on the west side of Bayview Drive that has canals for boats but no ocean access for larger boats because of “fixed bridges.”

Las Olas

Las Olas

Las Olas Isles are homes on islands directly off the main road Las Olas, “The Wave” Boulevard. This is an exclusive waterfront community with luxurious homes. Las Olas Isle also includes “A” list, celebrity residents. Las Olas is a yacht owner’s paradise. The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the biggest in the world, comes around at the end of October and the boats start lining up for display right under the Las Olas Intracoastal Bridge. Toward the west, Las Olas Isles turns from a residential mostly single family home community to a premier shopping & dinning experience in a village atmosphere. There are sub-neighborhoods worth recognizing because they are so impressive and some could even be considered more exclusive if that is imaginable. These are Colee Hammock, Seven Isles, Idlewyld, Hendricks and Venice Isles.
This entire area is one of Fort Lauderdale’s most appreciated and admired communities.

Fort Lauderdale beach

Fort Lauderdale beach

Lauderdale Beach includes only 50 ocean front homes and around 220 additional ocean side properties. Lauderdale Beach is located along SR- A1A at the Atlantic Ocean. Oakland Park Boulevard is to the north, Las Olas Boulevard to the south with Sunrise Boulevard right in-between along SR-A1A. The beachfront homes are luxury dwelling while the other ocean side home would be considered upscale properties.

Rio Vista

Rio Vista

Rio Vista Isles is tucked away just east of US-1, south of the New River and on the southern end of Fort Lauderdale. This is also a yacht lover paradise as the deep water canals in this upscale to luxurious neighborhood are closest to Port Everglade’s inlet and the Atlantic Ocean. Most lots are 100’ waterfront but the point lots wrap around 200’ to 300’ for dock space. The private & exclusive “Lauderdale Yacht Club is located in Rio Vista.

Riverland Village

Riverland Village

Riverland Village: As of the 2000 census there were 751 households with 87% white and 68% were non-Hispanic white. The Riverland Villages actually includes a few homes that are not only waterfront but also ocean access with no fixed bridges. This area is located in southwest Fort Lauderdale and boarders the Marina Mile or SR-84 where many yachts are serviced, from an in-land protected area against storms. Most homes are dry lots but with the most lush landscape that I refer to as being like Coconut Grove in south Miami. These two areas have both the lush landscaped properties and secluded homes set back in a tropical forest. You would think to see Tarzan swinging from trees.

Sunrise Intracoastal

Sunrise Intracoastal

Sunrise Intracoastal is surrounded by the Intracoastal Waterway and the Middle River in a fabulous location, walking distance to the beach and the Galleria, one of Fort Lauderdale’s premier shopping and dining destination. This community is a gorgeous, exclusive enclave of just 173 properties of only 54 is waterfront. This community also includes premier condominium high rise developments along the waterway.

Sunrise Key

Sunrise Key

Sunrise Key is in close proximity to Sunrise Intracoastal and it also a secluded residential luxury waterfront neighborhood with ocean access and no fixed bridge somewhat like, Bermuda Riviera. You would have to know about these neighborhoods as a local because you would not generally just drive into them. A small fixed bridge is the only entrance into Sunrise Key that sits right outside of Victoria Park.

Sailboat Bend

Sailboat Bend

Sailboat Bend is a very secluded neighborhood and if you did not know about it as a local resident you probably would not find it. I would compare this neighborhood to The Riverlands that is more south and west in Fort Lauderdale for its secluded and tropical appeal. Sailboat bend is boarded on the north along Broward Boulevard and on the south by the New River Waterway that meanders east through the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale until it flows into the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean.

Victoria Park

Victoria Park

Victoria Park is a true gem of a community that is unique for Fort Lauderdale. Victoria Park is filled with banyan trees, live oaks among other hard wood trees and wild orchids growing out of everything. Victoria Park has many original homes and brand new properties that blend perfectly together. Some of the classic older homes feature Dade county pine floors, exposed wood beamed ceiling, and historic architectural millwork. A recent episode of the TV series, the Glades, was filmed in Victoria Park for its charm and visual effects. The prices within this community range from $200,000 for an upscale condominium to $2 million dollars or more for a waterfront ocean access single family estate home.