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Friday, May 31, 2013
Tags:   Gayle Borden, Fort Lauderdale Real Estate

The City of Fort Lauderdale has long been the premier destination for those seeking the finest living imaginable. With sunny weather year-round, pristine beaches, and endless attractions, there is no shortage of opportunities to live the good life. Fort Lauderdale Real Estate also has a reputation for fantastic homes that you won’t find anywhere else.

Chief among these is the magnificent property on 516 Coconut Isle Dr, in the beautiful community of Las Olas Islands. This fabulous waterfront was built in 1959, and still reflects a charming classic design from a bygone era. There are 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and a living area of over 2,300 square feet – ample space to raise a family.

Notably, this unique residence has been totally remodeled to deliver all the modern comforts you’ll desire, with an amazing assortment of new features. There are over $600,000 worth of improvements to this property.

A newly-installed kitchen features granite counters, new appliances, and quality Dutch cabinetry. A master bath and interior storage room has been added, along with a new pool and spa, outside porch, and stucco design feature. This home is great for outdoor living, with 96 feet of walkway and over 700 square feet of porch space. Even the grounds have been re-landscaped for added elegance and serenity. Boating enthusiasts can also enjoy a new dock, which will allow you to ply the beautiful waters around you. In fact, you’ll be only 4 lots from the Intracoastal Waterway, giving you an amazing location and gorgeous views to go with it.

In short, this Las Olas gem has much to offer for those seeking the best in Fort Lauderdale living. This gorgeous enclave can be yours for $1,650,000.

To learn more about this and other amazing properties, contact award-winning realtor Gayle Borden at 954-525-3355.


Thursday, May 30, 2013
Tags:   Fort Lauderdale Real Estate, Gayle Borden

The Fort Lauderdale Real Estate market is continuously growing at an unprecedented rate, consisting of some of South Florida’s most desired luxury homes. Gayle Borden Real Estate Group recognizes the following residences as a few of its leading properties.   

First, there is the stunning single-family residence on 7980 NW 82nd Terrace in Parkland, Florida. This 8,896 square-foot custom-built home resides on 2 ½ acres of plentiful gardens, professionally landscaped and marked by a lighted tennis court and rock pool that features a spa and fountains. Every room of this spectacular abode is decorated with rich artwork, polished wood details, elegant furniture and lavish lighting. This special home is perfect for those looking for posh comforts such as an extravagant home theatre, huge eat-in kitchen, high-end stainless steel appliances, and Limestone counters.

Another beautiful featured property is the remodeled waterfront single-family home on 2482 SE 12th ST Pompano Beach, consisting of 60-foot dockage, a sparkling waterside pool and deck, and vast yard. Additionally, the home provides a luxurious journey for all visitors, starting from the 2-story foyer with soaring ceilings, to the second floor master bedroom that flaunts spacious closets and bay window seating with Intracoastal views, and finally through a huge waterside family room into the beautiful backyard patio. An updated kitchen and bar, state-of-the-art intercom system, shining skylights, and top-of-the-line appliances make this home the complete package.

Finally, on 808 12th Ave, Fort Lauderdale is a charming, shady waterfront property surrounded by lush tropical plants that offers tenants lovely vistas of the New River and the downtown neighborhood. This sunshine-colored home is nestled in secluded grounds, behind a large hidden driveway with room for multiple vehicles and boats. This bewitching home encompasses 21,000 square-feet, 102 ft of prime riverfront, and includes a 10K lb boat lift and dock.

To learn more about these and other amazing homes, call Gayle Borden at 954-525-3355.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Tags:   Coral Ridge Homes for Sale, Fort Lauderdale Real Estate

The community of Coral Ridge in Fort Lauderdale – known affectionately by locals as “Old Coral Ridge" – lies just south of Coral Ridge Country Club, east of Federal Highway and west of the Intracoastal Waterway. This scenic and historic community offers a safe and inviting atmosphere, superb amenities and some of the most sought after homes in Fort Lauderdale Real Estate.  For an informal tour through Old Coral Ridge, we've provided this sampling of homes you'll find currently for sale in the neighborhood.

2800 NE 26th Court is a recently updated home situated on a large corner lot, just east of Bayview Dr. Built in 1959, this spacious property features old-fashioned charm with contemporary grace. It has 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and a living area of over 2,500 square feet.  The stylishly updated kitchen opens into a large family room and spacious formal living area. Amenities and features include a newer tile roof, outsized master suite, luxurious marble master bathroom with Jacuzzi tub, and an immense lot of 11,729 square feet that’s well suited for a driveway or other additions. Offered for $650,000.

2617 NE 26th Avenue is another tastefully upgraded 1950s classic. Featuring a brand new tile roof, rich Brazilian cherry wood flooring, and a sumptuous kitchen, this single-family home is stylish and accommodating. It offers 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a living space of 1,956 square feet. The elegant kitchen includes granite counters, tumbled marble, a cooking island, and several name-brand appliances. The garage-turned family features beautiful Jerusalem stone flooring. Outside, you can enjoy a beautiful private garden underneath a large awning, custom-designed pavers, and a saltwater pool complete with a waterfall. This splendid property is available for $639,000.

Finally, 2855 NE 23rd Street is located just one lot away from prestigious Intracoastal Drive. This charming property consists of a 1,988 square foot home sitting upon a spacious 10,000 square foot lot. The updated kitchen features granite counters and stainless appliances, while main living areas display quality tile flooring. French doors open into a spacious and totally private garden, with a screened porch and sizeable pool. There are 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and an extra room ideal for a den, office, or formal dining room. This home is listed for $615,000.

These and other Coral Ridge Homes for Sale probably won’t last for long!  In fact, Gayle just sold the lovely single-family home at 3071 NE 41st Street.  This meticulous one-owner deepwater home, enviably situated just two lots from the Intracoastal, was offered at $1,095,000 and went under contract in just 10 days!  It's just another testament to the popularity of this beautiful community.

With numerous nearby attractions including a yacht club, clubhouse, and convenient access to popular shopping and dining,you’re guaranteed a great standard of living in this established community. To learn more, contact Realtor Gayle Borden at 954-525-3355.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Tags:   Fort Lauderdale Homes for Sale, Fort Lauderdale Real Estate, news

Not a week goes by in sunny Fort Lauderdale without many amazing opportunities for fun, leisure, and excitement. No matter what your lifestyle or interests, you’re guaranteed to find something to do in this vibrant city. Consider some of these great events and activities this week.

The Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art (One East Las Olas Blvd) will be hosting “Homage to Fromage: Wine and Cheese Pairings” this Thursday, May 23, from 6 to 7:30pm. This monthly series will be hosted by certified sommelier and wine educator Stephanie Miskew, with a guest chef helping to create the perfect pairings of fine wines and premium cheeses.

The Hard Rock Live (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood) will be hosting The Rascals’ “Once Upon a Dream Tour” this Friday at 8pm. This reunion tour will be the first time the original lineup has performed in public for 40 years. No fan of blues should miss out!

For a unique and educational experience for the whole family, pay a visit to the Museum of Discovery and Science (401 SW 2nd St) this Saturday for “Create-a-Skate.” From 12pm until 4pm, this one-of-a-kind experience will allow skaters to create their own designs on a professional-grade skateboard deck. They can keep their creations and explore the museum’s new Tony Hawk: TAD Science exhibit.

These are just a handful of the amazing events you can enjoy regularly in this dynamic city. With the chance for an active and fulfilling standard of living, it’s no wonder why Fort Lauderdale Real Estate has been booming lately. To get the most of this rewarding market, contact Realtor Gayle Borden at 954-525-3355.

Monday, May 20, 2013
Tags:   Wilton Manors, Wilton Manors Homes for Sale, Fort Lauderdale Homes for Sale, Fort Lauderdale Real Estate

Often referred to by locals as the “Island City”, because it is surrounded by water, Wilton Manors is one of the most secluded and prestigious communities in Fort Lauderdale. Aside from its renowned entertainment district and relaxed, pedestrian-friendly community, Wilton Manors is also known for its great selection of beautiful homes.

Wilton Manors is a thriving and diverse community that grows in popularity year after year.  Life in Wilton Manors centers around Wilton Manors Drive or "The Drive"  as it's referred amongst locals, and there is certainly much to do.  From Richardson Historic Park on the south end of the drive all the way to the famed "Five Points" intersection where original developer Ned Willingham constructed The Abreu Tower at Five Points in 1925, you will find a wealth of activities, shopping and restaurants that cater to locals and visitors alike.  The tower has long since disappeared, but the city that remains may have even surpassed Ned's original visions. History buffs should visit for more information about the city's founding.

Start your day on The Drive at Richardson Historic Park.  This 5.4 acre park features The Manor House,  a river boardwalk and boat dock, observation pier, pavilion area, nature trails, restroom facility, a court yard, and natural habitat areas.  The area's premier kayak outfitter, Atlantic Coast Kayak Company, provides rentals on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 9am to 5pm.  This is an excellent venue on which to hone your paddling skills or take the family kayaking. You will need a couple of hours to navigate the entire 7.5 mile trip around the entire city as you enjoy the natural sights with shore birds, manatees and giant iguanas. This is also a great way to get a sneak preview of the many homes, townhouses and condos that Wilton Manors has to offer.

After you've worked up an appetite,  there are many dining options along The Drive for you to enjoy.  Stop in at the walk-up Dairy Queen for a quick cone or have lunch on the patio at Georgie's Alibi or Rosie's. Both have delicious burgers, salads and more to enjoy while you relax with a cool drink on their breezy tropical patios.  Spend the rest of your afternoon perusing the shoppes along The Drive;  from designer duds to second-hand roses you'll find plenty to satisfy the shop-aholic in you!

As the sun goes down,  The Drive comes alive with activity in its many bars, pubs, restaurants and clubs.  Drop into The Village Pub or back to Georgie's for a pre-dinner cocktail, then enjoy a delicious dinner at Rodeo, Galanga, or Tropics.  Though its in close proximity to Downtown Fort Lauderdale, Wilton Manors has a welcoming small-town feel and truly has something for everyone.

Take the chance to explore some of the best this community has to offer. To learn more about Wilton Manors, or homes you'll find currently for sale in Wilton Manors, contact Gayle Borden, South Florida’s leading Realtor at (954) 525-3355.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Tags:   Gayle Borden, Fort Lauderdale Real Estate

The Gayle Borden Group is pleased to announce the launch of an updated version of our website, The professionally-designed site is a complete overhaul of our previous format, vastly improving user-friendliness, aesthetics, and navigability through its more streamlined and innovative design. We’ve boosted the functionality of our old site while expanding the many pages, profiles, and features users have always enjoyed.

Our homepage is more streamlined and eye-catching than ever, with an inventive slideshow feature that cycles through large, high-quality photographs of Fort Lauderdale and its various properties. We’ve also added a section on the homepage that introduces The Gayle Borden Group and the many services Gayle and the teamprovide. We hope to be even more welcoming to our new clients, while better promoting the beauty and splendor of all that Fort Lauderdale Real Estate has to offer.

In addition to a more attractive design, the homepage will feature visible links, tabs, and sections that will clearly direct you to a range of important resources. Users can more easily locate what they’re looking for, thanks to clearly delineated sections that list the most popular communities, condominiums, and featured listings.

Overall, our new website strives to deliver a better experience to new and existing clients alike. It is a reflection of Gayle Borden’s tireless commitment to customer satisfaction and engagement. We want to make your search for Fort Lauderdale’s best real estate as convenient and welcoming as possible.

Efforts like this explain why Gayle Borden has been identified as one of America’s Most Referred Realtors, with multiple Service Excellence Awards being granted basedon customer satisfaction surveys. Gayle Borden draws on nearly three decades of expertise, as well as the assistance of her own professional support team, and a vast network of resources, in order to deliver the most comprehensive and efficient services in real estate. Our new and improved website is one of many efforts leading to that end.

If you are looking to buy or sell Fort Lauderdale Real Estate, you can contact The Gayle Borden Group by phone at 954-525-3355 or by e-mail at


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