Rio Vista:

Rio Vista

Buying a home in Rio Vista is to invest in one of the oldest communities. It was established in Fort Lauderdale at the height of Florida’s land boom in the early 1920’s. Rio Vista, or “River View” in Spanish, appropriately describes the waterfront isles of this affluent and sought-after neighborhood of over 1000 homes. Located close to the business district of downtown Fort Lauderdale and the bistros, boutiques and lifestyle of prestigious Las Olas Boulevard, the quiet, tree-lined streets, sidewalks and unique architecture of these historic homes enhance this neighborhood’s proximity to the city’s vibrant action

Rio Vista was founded when real estate visionary, C.J. Hector bought the entire platted area from its original recorder, Mary Brickell, wife of William Brickell, who along with their neighbor, the esteemed Julia Tuttle, co-founded Miami from a simple trading post on Miami’s shores in 1871. The Brickells’ holdings reached into Fort Lauderdale and included the area Hector bought as Rio Vista.

The prestigious, welcoming neighborhood of Rio Vista consists of five islands, each reached by bridge with a peninsula of land at the south end of the enclave. Streets and sidewalks were established by 1925, but the building boom didn’t take hold until the mid-1930’s when developers William F Morang and E.S. Hamilton came to Rio Vista to create Mediterranean romantic residences.

Just east of Rio Vista, the waterfront properties in Rio Vista Isles consist of both original lots from 50 feet to 100 feet of waterfront with wider than usual canals, perfect for accommodating mega-yachts. Rio Vista borders on the Intracoastal Waterway to the east, the wide and deep New River on its north shores, by Federal Highway on the west and the Seventeenth Street Causeway south of the enclave’s boundaries.

Las Olas Isles

Las Olas Isles
Las Olas, or “The Waves” in Spanish, derives its name from Fort Lauderdale’s famous waterways surrounding the isles east of downtown. The creation of the Las Olas Isles started in the 1920s by W.F. Morang and Charles Green Rodes; who saw the potential of beautiful waterfront residences through the present swamps and mangroves. The creation of the isles was slightly halted by the depression and WWII, which is reflected in the style of homes lining some of the isles today. The Las Olas Isles are located east of downtown Fort Lauderdale, west of the Intracoastal Waterway, North of Rio Vista and South of Victoria Park. Home values range from $1,000,000 to over $20,000,000 and condominium and townhome residences start around $300,000.

Currently known as the Venice of America, featuring street names such as Isle of Capri and Isle of Venice, the Las Olas Isles offer picture-perfect water views, a lush tropical atmosphere, and a luxurious coastal lifestyle. Locals and residents of Las Olas Isles geographically separate the Las Olas Isles by grouping them in five distinct areas, including: North and South Isles, Seven Isles, Riviera Isles and Idlewyld, all branching off the famous Las Olas Boulevard, known for fine dining, boutique shopping, and night life.

Victoria Park:

Mary Brickell, famous for her creation of Fort Lauderdale’s greatest neighborhoods, recognized how special Victoria Park was before developer Henry Flagler was able to drive his Florida East Coast Railway through the oak hammock straight to Miami. Mrs. Brickell, extremely determined, denied Mr. Flagler a right-of-way through what would eventually become Victoria Park. She forced the train to curve west and left the neighborhood to grow into what it is today; a lively young professional community reflecting modern homes here and there, yet holding onto the history and charm of Old Florida.

For the past 91 years, Victoria Park has worn many hats in Fort Lauderdale ranging from a sleepy agricultural trading post into a vibrant metropolis. Victoria Park is fortunate to sit atop an ancient coral ridge, and because of that high ground, the area has been the historic crossroads of a growing community.

The popularity for Victoria Park rose from the convenience of being centrally located to Las Olas’ fine dining and shopping and being only one mile from Fort Lauderdale’s most popular beach located on the corner of Las Olas and A1A. Perfectly situated between the Isles of Las Olas and Downtown Fort Lauderdale, this neighborhood has excellent schools, Virginia Shuman Young Elementary and St. Anthony’s Catholic, and a beautiful waterfront park that attracts paddle boarders and weddings.

Victoria Park is home to more than 10,000 diverse residents who enjoy living near the amenities of Downtown and the sun, sand and surf of the world famous Fort Lauderdale Strip — all while enjoying a cozy residential neighborhood surrounded by oak trees helping one forget that he is so close to downtown Fort Lauderdale. If real estate is all about “location,” Victoria Park tops the chart.


Coral Ridge and Bay Colony:

When a trio of enterprising gentlemen purchased the area called Coral Ridge Properties in 1953 for $19 million from a Chicago attorney and real estate developer, Arthur T. Galt, the huge track of land reaching south from Sunrise Boulevard northward to Commercial Boulevard, and west from Federal Highway eastward to the Intracoastal Waterway was not yet considered part of Fort Lauderdale.

A prized parcel in this purchase was an area that had been earmarked for a Palm Beach-like village, only to be halted from further progress with the land bust and hurricane of 1926. Coral Ridge Country Club became this desirable tract when James S. Hunt, Joseph Taravella and Stephen Calder began developing the area in 1954 with Robert Trent Jones and the country’s premier golf course architect commissioned to design these select acres.

Charles F. McKirahan, the famed architect of distinguished Tropical Modern buildings in Fort Lauderdale from the late 1940’ss until the 1960’s was chosen to create the Coral Ridge Country Club clubhouse building which proudly opened in 1955 and continues to serve the neighborhood today.

The developers, however, didn’t stop there. To accommodate those property buyers who missed out on purchasing the land and homes surrounding the exquisite views of the golf course, Hunt and Calder decided to offer something special to attract potential investors to another draw of the South Florida lifestyle-waterfront. They began to develop the track of land along the Intracoastal Waterway by continuing with the “finger island” technique successfully used in other areas in Fort Lauderdale.

Today, these prestigious waterfront properties coupled with the peaceful golf course community and signature country club make Coral Ridge Country Club an exclusive and continuously desirable neighborhood. Check out more on the Coral Ridge Country Club by clicking on the link below.

Bay Colony

With gated and waterfront access only, Bay Colony sits just north of Coral Ridge and The Landings, comprising of approximately 110 residences on a private 90 acres. Rarely on the market, Bay Colony homes range anywhere from $2,000,000-$8,000,000 and is one of the only areas in Fort Lauderdale offering double waterfront, or waterfront in the front and back of your residence. Directly off the Intracoastal and situated perfectly between the two ports into Broward County, Bay Colony is most convenient for its expansive water frontage for owners with the largest of yachts. Bay Colony and Coral Ridge are also close to excellent private schools: Pinecrest School and Cardinal Gibbons Catholic High School. See more information on the area and local private schools below:,+Fort+Lauderdale,+FL+33308/@26.204419,-80.1031729,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x88d90277283e8ad9:0x949bf561da511cc0

Harbor Beach:

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The upscale neighborhoods of Harbor Beach, Harbor Isles and Harbor Inlet are found in East Fort Lauderdale, along the Intracoastal shoreline and Fort Lauderdale Beach. This gated and mostly waterfront community consists of sprawling estates with a mixture of traditional Mediterranean and contemporary architecture. With only approximately 300 residences, most homes have private dockage that will accommodate the most luxurious yachts and sport boats; all with direct, unobstructed access to the ocean. Current Harbor Beach inventory ranges from $530,000-$32,000,000.

This exclusive area features many amenities such as the Harbor Beach Surf Club, Church by the Sea and Pre-School, Harbor Beach Marriot Resort and Spa, and Fort Lauderdale Beach, and is conveniently located within minutes to fine dining, private schools, golf courses, and shopping.