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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Tags:   Fort Lauderdale Real Estate, Gayle Borden

Great Fort Lauderdale Real Estate market update!  South Florida home prices have risen dramatically in May, once again posting double-digit gains amid strong demand from cash buyers and fewer properties on the market.

The median price for single-family homes in Broward County has risen to $255,000, a 23% gain over this same month last year, according to the Greater Fort Lauderdale Realtors Association.  The median price for a condo has increased by 28% to $108,000.

The number of real estate transactions taking place across the county has also seen an increase by 17% over last year. There were 1460 total sales in May, 623 of them cash deals. 

Despite the recent surge, values are still below boom-era levels, according to Jed Kolko, chief economist for real estate website  According to Trulia, homes in Broward County are still undervalued by about 8%. 

Either way, the numbers are promising and evidence shows that an upswing in pricing, with fewer properties for sale, will continue to fuel an active Broward County/Fort Lauderdale Real Estate market.  For more information, call Gayle Borden at 954.525.3355.


Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Tags:   Harborage Isle Homes for Sale, Fort Lauderdale Real Estate

Located within the Harbor Beach area of southeast Fort Lauderdale, you'll find the gated community called Harborage Isle, one of the city’s most affluent and exclusive areas. This high-end waterfront neighborhood is not only guarded and private, but conveniently located to Fort Lauderdale attractions and amenities, making it truly ideal for those seeking the highest standard of living.  Explore some of the finest waterfront Harborage Isle Homes for Sale:

The majestic property at 5 Harborage Isle Drive is one of the most valuable in the area. This amazing 2-story estate sits on a 60,000+ sq ft corner Intracoastal lot.  The immense home has over 16,400 square feet of living space with 6 bedrooms, 7 full bathrooms, and 2 half-baths. The stunning interior features dramatic double staircases, a soaring rotunda ceiling, working fireplace, 24-foot high windows, and marble and Brazilian walnut floors. Each bedroom is spacious, with the master suite including his/her baths and spectacular views from the grand terrace. Other unique features of the home include an executive study, modern gourmet kitchen, gym, and even amovie theater. Outside, you can enjoy a graceful infinity pool and a large dock for those with a penchant for boating. This one-of-a-kind estate is listed for sale at $32,000,000.

Also adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway, the estate at 10 Harborage Isle DR is another masterpiece of design.  Built in 2002, this elegant property features a modern Mediterranean style, 7 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, and a spacious interior of over 10,000 square feet. Its open layout, soaring ceilings, and large windows provide a gorgeous and airy atmosphere. In addition to its elegant aesthetic and exquisite décor, this "smart" home features both Lutron and Crestron systems for easy control of the built-in entertainment systems and lighting. Other special features include a gourmet gas kitchen - both inside and out, a gym, large 3rd-floor theater, a sauna, and double master suites on both the first and second floors.  The spacious garage can accommodate up to 8 cars with its lifts. This amazing and opulent property is being offered for $7,400,000.

These are just a couple of the exemplary homes available in Harborage Isles and the Fort Lauderdale area.  To learn more about the amazing opportunities to be found in Fort Lauderdale Real Estate, call award-wining Real Estate specialist Gayle Borden at 954-525-3355.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Tags:   Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale Real Estate

Another week in Fort Lauderdale brings plenty of opportunities for fun and excitement. Whether your interests are in the arts, athletics, or good old-fashioned family fun, there is something for everyone in this vibrant and active city.  Consider some of these great options.

For a rich cultural excursion, visit The Bonnet House Museum and Gardens, located on 900 N Birch Rd, or enjoy The Bonnet House's fine artists' exhibition at Gallery 928 (928 NE 20th Ave) entitled the "Viva Florida 500 Best in Show Series". This exhibit features artwork inspired by 500 years of Florida history, and is one of the biggest and most popular in the city. The opening reception is on June 20 from 6pm to 8pm at the gallery and is free and open to the public. It will include wine, cheese, and a raffle. The "Florida 500 Best in Show Series" will run through July 21.  The Bonnet House is open year round!

For a fun family outing to support a charitable cause, consider “Alex’s Lemonade Stand" and a screening of the cartoon feature "Monica" starring South Florida actress Bailee Madison, on June 22 from 10am to 2pm at the Young At Art Museum (751 SW 121 Ave, Davie).  Hosted by animator and educator Rob Cabrera and actress Bailee Madison, visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy a fun-filled cartoon feature while buying delicious lemonade, the proceeds of which benefit childhood cancer research. "Alex's Lemonade Stand" is a non-profit foundation that encourages children nationwide to raise money to find a cure for childhood cancer by hosting their own lemonade stands.

On June 22 from 8am to 5pm, the Central Broward Regional Park, (3700 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill), will be the site of the inaugural Australian Football Stadium Classic. Sponsored by The United States Australian Football League (USAFL) and the Fort Lauderdale Australian Football Club (FLAFC), this tournament was 6 years in the making and will pit the host Fort Lauderdale Fighting Squids against the Florida Redbacks, Dallas Magpies and an Invitational Team (The Conquistadors) made up of players from around North America in a round-robin tournament for the Stadium Cup. It promises to be a fun and unique event for all.

These are just handful of the great things to do in Fort Lauderdale, the "Venice of America". This world-class city has much to offer, from its gorgeous beach to chic Las Olas Boulevard. That is why award-winning realtor Gayle Borden is dedicated to providing the finest Fort Lauderdale Real Estate on the market. To learn more about how you can improve your standard of living with the best properties on the market, call her at 954-525-3355.

Friday, June 14, 2013
Tags:   Fort Lauderdale Real Estate, Gayle Borden

Gayle Borden, South Florida’s leading specialist in Fort Lauderdale Real Estate, is proud to announce yet another sale of an amazing property: a charming oceanfront condo located in The Seasons condominium, at 209 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd #16-C.

This lovely residence, offered at $495,000, went into contract the very day after it was first listed, reflecting both its desirability and the skill of the Gayle Borden Group.

This southwest corner unit consists of 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and was recently updated to perfection.  With a living area of 1,310 square feet, it is quite spacious for a condo/townhome unit. Among its great features are its classic tile floors, modern kitchen and bathrooms, walk-in closet, high-quality finishes, and high-impact windows for extra hurricane protection.

Perhaps the most attractive and noteworthy characteristic of this condo was its location and orientation, which allows its owners to enjoy expansive views of the Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean. Furthermore, the venerable and fully-updated condominium offers several amenities of its own, including a pool, a fitness center, a clubhouse room, and 24-hour security.

Needless to say, the new owners of this great property are sure to be pleased, especially given the close proximity to the beach and convenience to other attractions.

Gayle Borden and her expert team have a proven track record of helping homebuyers find the best properties in Fort Lauderdale for nearly three decades. That’s why she’s consistently won awards for the quality of her customer service and performance, including recognition as being among the top 0.25 percent of all Coldwell Banker Residential Sales Associates in Florida. She has also ranked continually among the top 1 percent of all Coldwell Banker NRT Sales Associates nationwide.

To find your dream home, contact Gayle Borden at 954-525-3355.

Monday, June 10, 2013
Tags:   Gayle Borden, Fort Lauderdale Real Estate

The Gayle Borden Group has long been one of South Florida’s leading specialists in Fort Lauderdale Real Estate. For over two decades, Realtor Gayle Borden has worked with clients from all over the world to provide some of the finest properties in the city. That’s why we’re proud to add yet another successful sale – that of 163 Fiesta Way, which was offered at $3,400,000.

This Fort Lauderdale gem is sure to make its new owners happy. Built in 2002, the majestic deepwater residence spares no expense in providing an exceptional combination of style and luxury. It's gorgeous façade combines graceful Mediterranean architecture with charming modernist features, complete with impeccably landscaped grounds. With a living area of over 6,000 square feet – and over 10,000 square feet of total lot space – this immense property offers plenty of room to raise a family or entertain guests.

Inside, the new residents can enjoy 4 bedrooms, 6 and-a-half bathrooms, and plenty of gorgeous and accommodating features.  A modern eat-in kitchen with center island embraces a large family room that offers gorgeous views of the prime waterfront. An elegant formal dining and living room includes a working stone fireplace and polished marble floors. The over-sized master bedroom suite includes a sitting room and a master bath with sumptuous luxury features. High-impact windows will help protect this property from intense weather conditions. Outside, a spacious backyard, resort-style pool and spa, and convenient summer kitchen help make the most of Fort Lauderdale’s famous climate.

In short, this amazing property offers an unparalleled opportunity to make the most of South Florida tropical living. Only a realtor with the experience, expertise, and professionalism of Gayle Borden could have offered such a rare gem. With her vast knowledge and tireless dedication to the needs of her clients, she helped yet another homebuyer obtain an amazing property. To learn more about how Gayle Borden can help you find the home of your dreams, call 954-525-3355.

Friday, June 07, 2013
Tags:   Gayle Borden, Fort Lauderdale Real Estate

The Gayle Borden deals with some of the finest and most desirable properties in the Fort Lauderdale area. We maintain an extensive and regularly-updated listing of the best homes in the market, with the following three representing our most exemplary options.

First there’s the Pompano Beach home on 2484 12 ST. This custom-built deepwater home features 70 feet of beautiful waterfront. Double-door lead you to a majestic 2-story foyer with soaring Pecky cypress ceilings and transom windows. With 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and a living area of over 3,300 square feet, you’ll have ample room to raise a family. Amenities include an open floor plan, updated kitchen with bar and stainless steel appliances, and large waterside family room. The impressive 2nd floor master suite includes spacious closets, a large master bath, and bayside window seating with gorgeous views. This gorgeous tropical niche is available for $895,000.

Then there’s the Parkland home located on 7980 82 TER. Built in 2005, it is literally the only one of its kind, built on stylish custom design plans. The property includes an immense 108,922 square feet (around 2.5 acres) of land, among the largest of any home in the area. The spacious lot includes professionally-landscaped gardens, a lighted tennis court, and a professionally-designed rock pool with spa and fountains.  The interior includes 7 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, and a living area of 8,896 square feet, making it more than adequate for a large or multigenerational family. The home contains a luxury home theater, a rarity even in high-end communities. There is a large eat-in kitchen that invokes contemporary styles, name-brand stainless steel appliances, and limestone counters. Flooring throughout the home is a distinct blend of wood and limestone, while beams and trusses are made from reclaimed high-quality wood. One of the bathrooms features a hand-painted fairytale theme, complete with a sculpted sink. All this is available for $3,150,000.

Finally, there is the centrally-located Fort Lauderdale home located on 808 12 AVE. This 21,000 square foot deepwater property is located in the historic and popular downtown district, putting you in close proximity to plenty of attractions. Built in 1961, it’s been fully-renovated to retain its old-world charm in combination with modern aesthetics. It has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a living area of around 1,900 square feet. Features include high-impact windows, elegant wood floors, fireplace, and vaulted ceilings. Nestled in lush landscaping, you’ve got plenty of room to work with and ample privacy. With 102 feet of prime riverfront, complete with boat lift and dock, this property is ideal for boating enthusiasts. Offered for $850,000.

These are just a handful of the many amazing properties we have available. To learn more about the finest Fort Lauderdale Real Estate on the market, call award-winning specialist Gayle Borden at 954-525-3355.


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