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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Nestled along the Port Everglades Inlet on the southernmost piece of oceanfront land, Sky Harbor East is a mid-rise condominium offering its residents some of the most spectacular views found anywhere in Fort Lauderdale.  The units facing south showcase totally unobstructed views of the ocean, Intracoastal, Port Everglades, John U. Lloyd State Park, and even, on a clear day, as far south as Miami Beach.  The residences on the north side feature the ocean to the east with wide northeast coastal views; and to the west, beautiful vistas that include the Intracoastal, 17th Street Causeway Bridge, and Fort Lauderdale’s shimmering downtown skyline

Located in prestigious Harbor Beach inlet, Sky Harbour East is also meticulously maintained and professionally managed with 24-hour security and on-site management staff, making it an ideal location for those seeking both privacy and comfort.  The resort-style amenities at the recently-updated property include a heated pool, putting green, state-of-the-art fitness center, multiple club and meeting rooms, and tranquil outdoor loggias, all located portside with views of cruise ships and waterways.  Residents and their guests also enjoy access to a private cove-style beach on the inlet, a picnic and barbeque area, and nearby convenient access to beautiful Ft. Lauderdale beach.

Sky Harbor East offers 1, 2 and 3 bedroom residences, each of which boast spacious floor plans with impact windows, lots of storage space, in-unit laundry, roomy bedrooms and large open balconies to enjoy those sought-after views.  

With its unprecedented views, upscale amenities, and enviable location, Sky Harbour East is truly one of the most desirable addresses in Fort Lauderdale.  Whether you are looking for a vacation home or a place to call home year-round, contact the Leading Fort Lauderdale Real Estate expert, Gayle Borden, at 954.525.3355.

Monday, October 28, 2013

This week’s events are centered on music here in Fort Lauderdale.  With an array of amazing venues in which to play, some of the biggest acts in music make a point to put Fort Lauderdale on their schedule.  Here are just a few of the big names you can see perform this week:

On October 27, the Hard Rock Live (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood) will host the legendary Alice Cooper, just in time for Halloween!  With a stage show that features guillotines, electric chairs, fake blood, boa constrictors, and baby dolls, this rocker – whose career has spanned 5 decades - is considered by fans and peers alike to be "The Godfather of Shock Rock"; Cooper has drawn equally from horror movies, vaudeville, and garage rock to pioneer a grandly theatrical and macabre brand of rock designed to shock.  The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee is well-known for his social and witty persona offstage, and The Rolling Stone Album Guide called him the world's most "beloved heavy metal entertainer."  The show begins at 7:00 pm. 

On October 29, head back out to the Hard Rock Live for a performance by the famous swamp pop/roots rock musician, John Fogerty.  Though best known for his time with the popular band Creedence Clearwater Revival, Fogerty’s solo career was successful in its own right.  He has the rare distinction of being named to Rolling Stone magazine's list of 100 Greatest Guitarists (No. 40) and their list of 100 Greatest Singers (No. 72). His most recent album, released in May 2013, is a collection of classics and deep tracks from his canon of hits, performed alongside an array of today’s biggest superstars, including Foo Fighters (“Fortunate Son”), Bob Seger (“Who’ll Stop The Rain”), Dawes ("Someday Never Comes"), Brad Paisley ("Hot Rod Heart"), Miranda Lambert ("Wrote a Song for Everyone"), Kid Rock ("Born on the Bayou"), Keith Urban ("Almost Saturday Night"), My Morning Jacket ("Long as I Can See the Light"), Alan Jackson ("Have You Ever Seen the Rain"), Jennifer Hudson ("Proud Mary"), and the Zac Brown Band ("Bad Moon Rising"). 
The show begins at 8:00 and tickets start at $69. 

Also on October 29, you can see Selena Gomez perform the hits from her debut album “Stars Dance”.  The former Disney Star and pop sensation is embarking on her first major solo world tour, and making a stop in South Florida at the BB&T Center (One Panther Parkway, Sunrise).  The actress/singer may be best known for her role on the Disney Channel show “The Wizards of Waverly Place”, but has been climbing the charts with her latest musical accomplishments.  The show begins at 7:30 and tickets can be purchased for just $29 and up. 

On October 30, catch the mage-popular Canadian rock band, Barenaked Ladies, at the Hard Rock Live.  Known for their light-hearted, comedic performance style, their shows always feature humorous banter between songs and improvised raps/songs that never fail to delight their fans.  The Grammy nominated (and Canadian “Juno” Award-winning!) band is best known for their hit songs “One Week”, “If I Had $1,000,000”, “Pinch Me”, and the theme song to TV’s The Big Bang Theory, and has sold over 15 million albums since coming together in Ontario, Canada in 1988.  Barenaked Ladies released its 13th album, “Grinning Streak,” in June 2013, and are embarking on a US tour to promote the album, buoyed by the success of their most recent single, “Odds Are”.  Don’t miss the show that starts at 8:00, with tickets available from $39.  

On October 31, Michael Franti & Spearhead is performing at Revolution Live (100 SW 3rd Ave).  A unique ensemble whose music blends hip hop with funk, reggae, jazz, folk, and rock, Michael Franti & Spearhead has been performing around the world since the release of their first album, 1994’s “Home”, a collection of funk- and soul-inspired songs.  They are outspoken supporters for a wide spectrum of peace and social justice issues, and played three different events to commemorate President Barack Obama's inauguration: The Green Ball, The Peace Ball and the “Rock the Vote” Party.  They are touring this fall to promote their latest album “All People” that features the popular single “I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like)”.  The venue where they will be featured, the historic Revolution Live, is located in the heart of Downtown Ft. Lauderdale's Arts and Entertainment district and has played host to thousands of concerts and events since opening in the 1970's. The venue features two-state-of-the-art stages, with its main indoor stage accommodating just 1,100 patrons, making it a popular venue for intimate shows. The concert begins at 7:30 and tickets start at $27.  

And finally, at 7:30 on November 2, superstar crooner Michael Bublé returns to South Florida when he headlines at the BB&T Center for a stop on his 2013 “To Be Loved” Tour.  The critically acclaimed Bublé is the recipient of three Grammy Awards for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, and has been nominated five additional times. He was named Favorite Adult Contemporary artist at the 2010 American Music Awards. Bublé is best known for his hit songs like “Home”, and "Haven't Met You Yet", and his new single "It's a Beautiful Day". His latest album "To Be Loved" is his fourth consecutive to hit No. 1 on the US Billboard charts.  Tickets to this show start $59.50.  

So much music, so little time!  So, go ahead and get out there to enjoy these great Fort Lauderdale venues with this exciting array of entertainers!  Be sure to check in with is each week as we continue to share many of the events Fort Lauderdale has to offer.  And to learn more about our great city, or to get information on Fort Lauderdale Real Estate, visit us at or contact The Gayle Borden Group at 954.525.3355.   

Thursday, October 24, 2013

One of the most popular neighborhoods in town, Colee Hammock is also one of Fort Lauderdale’s oldest and most charming, featuring a number of homes built more than 70 years ago, many of which have been faithfully restored.  This quaint, tree-lined community borders one of the many waterways found throughout the city but is also considered part of its growing and bustling urban downtown.  

Colee Hammock’s history begins with its establishment sometime after 1836 by the Colee family.  In 1893, Frank Stranahan – widely considered to be the “founding father” of Fort Lauderdale – opened his trading post and inn on the banks of the New River, and fostered the birth of this new community in the heart of what is now known as Colee Hammock.

When Henry Flagler brought his Florida East Coast Railway to Fort Lauderdale in the late 1890s, he wanted to continue on a straight line along the coastal ridge down to Miami. But that would have taken his tracks right through the beautiful oak hammock where the Colees had settled. Instead, Mary Brickell - the famous speculator who bought the land in 1916 - refused to sell and forced Flagler to take his tracks west.  One day, she predicted, this would be a beautiful residential neighborhood. Mary Brickell’s foresight was correct; and today the neighborhood she fought to preserve is one of Florida’s most beautiful urban subdivisions, still graced with those ancient oaks and a small town atmosphere within the larger city around it. 

Mary Brickell’s vision of a beautiful residential neighborhood would ultimately exceed even her expectations. Some of the most charming residences in Colee Hammock go back decades. Recent years have seen older cottages replaced by larger elegant homes, some of which can be counted among Fort Lauderdale’s finest residences. Today, the neighborhood features an eclectic mix of Mediterranean Revival, Craftsman bungalows, and mission and modern styles from the 1920’s- 40’s; not to mention 21st Century contemporary.  But through it all, in most cases, the builders have taken pains to preserve the old trees and wooded canopy which have characterized the area since back in Mary Brickell’s day.

Aside from the allure of its natural and architectural beauty, Colee Hammock may be just as popular for its location: within walking distance to Las Olas Boulevard.  The “Rodeo Drive” of Fort Lauderdale, Las Olas is well-known for its assortment of high-end boutiques, art galleries, and sidewalk cafes.  In addition, a short trip over the Las Olas Bridge means that Fort Lauderdale beach is just minutes away.  

If the history, beauty, and convenient location of Colee Hammock are enticing to you, then contact Gayle Borden at 954.525.3355 to find your piece of Fort Lauderdale Real Estate.  

Monday, October 21, 2013

Looking for fun things to do in Fort Lauderdale this week?  This vibrant and exciting city always seems to offer something for everyone, with this week being no exception!

On October 25-27, from 12-4 pm bring the whole family to the Museum of Discovery & Science for the “Grossout Halloween Science Weekend”!  Enjoy an array of fun – and totally gross – Halloween activities.  Take the jelly bean taste test, touch snakes, gators and bugs and play the GrossOut Showdown. Make sure to dress to impress for the Halloween Costume Contest.  If you dare, taste edible bugs!  Visit the Totally Gross Science Lab where you can dissect a diaper, get sweaty, make a crusty scab, dig for ear wax, make fake vomit, get bad breath and play with snot. Check out the Mad Scientist Chemistry and Electricity Shows, where the Mad Scientist will blow you away with color changing liquids, bubbling mixtures, and static electricity experiments!  See the Human Organs Show, listen to Bat Chat, or watch South Florida Pirates put on a show.  You can even visit the Blood Truck – where you can donate blood to the South Florida Blood Bank.    

The 15th Annual Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Craft Festival is being held October 26 & 27, right in the heart of the Lauderdale-by-the-Sea business district at Commercial Blvd & A1A.  Presented by the city’s Chamber of Commerce, this festival is a perennial favorite amongst residents and visitors, and consistently draws enthusiastic crowds to peruse scores of vendor booths and their handmade wares.  Enjoy crafts, music, food, and fun right on the beach on Saturday & Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

The widely acclaimed Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival is underway and running through November 11.  Now in its 28th year, the festival is always successful in compiling a wonderful selection of entertaining features, shorts and documentaries from around the world, and bringing them to the great art houses and small cinemas of South Florida, including the renowned Cinema Paradiso.  Come see what film enthusiasts call “A vacation from ordinary film.”  A wide selection of titles are scheduled for each day throughout the 3-week festival, so be sure to check the listings!

We love sharing how spectacular our Fort Lauderdale community is and the wide array of fun activities and events that are available here each week.  So check out our website regularly in order to stay up-to-date on all that Fort Lauderdale has to offer and to learn more about this great city.  Additionally, you can browse our Fort Lauderdale Real Estate listings anytime by visiting or call Gayle Borden at 954-525-3355. 

Thursday, October 17, 2013
Tags:   Fort Lauderdale Condominiums, Alhambra Place, Gayle Borden

Alhambra Place is a 16-story upscale, boutique condominium with just 24 residences, making it ideal for those seeking a tranquil place to live with the utmost of privacy.  Situated directly on Fort Lauderdale’s Intracoastal Waterway, these spacious units offer spectacular views of the Intracoastal and the Atlantic Ocean.

The building’s luxury amenities include 24-hour concierge, security, and valet; state-of-the-art fitness facility with sauna; semi-private elevators; heated pool; and a billiards room.  Seafarers will appreciate the boat slips located directly on the Intracoastal, a highly atypical feature that adds even more appeal to Alhambra Place.

Residences at Alhambra Place are generously sized, with floor plans starting at 3,150 square feet, and featuring resplendent water views from almost every room.  Large private balconies, spacious walk-in closets, and luxurious finishes round out the features found in these elegant high-end condos.

A short stroll from Alhambra Place is Fort Lauderdale’s famed Las Olas Boulevard, with its boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants; plus seven miles of sparkling, award winning beaches are just steps away. 

For more information on Alhambra Place or other luxury Fort Lauderdale condos, contact Gayle Borden, Fort Lauderdale Luxury Real Estate Specialist, at 954.525.3355. 

Monday, October 14, 2013
Tags:   Fort Lauderdale Condominiums, Alhambra Place, Gayle Borden

Looking to get into the Halloween “spirit”?  Head out to Hugh Taylor Birch State Park (Sunrise Blvd A1A) on October 18 & 19 for the 5th Annual Howling Hammock Adventure.  A haunting event for the whole family, this year’s spooktacular adventure offers a scary night hike along the park’s Howling Hammock trail, a 2-mile carriage ride with creepy and fun surprises, live animal presentations, lots of games, and trick-or-treating. The younger children can visit the Pumpkin Patch located at the Garden Center where they can make Halloween crafts and have their picture taken with the ghost of Hugh Taylor Birch! The Howling Hammock Adventure is an exciting way to get out and enjoy Fort Lauderdale’s state park in the evening. The sprawling hammock trees and dark (maybe even haunted!) trails are the perfect setting to put you in the Halloween mood. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children (children 5 and under are free.) The event runs from 7:00 pm to Midnight. Complimentary parking is available at The Galleria Mall (across from the park). Howling Hammock is an annual fundraising event that benefits the Friends of Hugh Taylor Birch State Park.

Perhaps you’re searching for something even spookier…then check out the Stranahan House River Ghost Tours, held every Sunday night at Fort Lauderdale’s Historic Stranahan House (335 SE 6 Avenue).  This hour-long tour includes a visit inside the home (one of Fort Lauderdale’s oldest) along with a boat ride on the New River where “Sea Dog John” will spin yarns about the colorful characters that once lived along the banks (or in the house) and occasionally come back to visit…  Tours start at 7:30 each Sunday, with advance reservation required.  $25/person, for ages 10 and up. 

Looking for a little less spooky and a little more psychedelic?  The Laser Light Experience at the AutoNation IMAX® Theater at the Museum of Discovery and Science (401 SW 2 Street) is just the ticket!  Like a blast from the past, the Laser Light Experience blends amazing effects with the classic rock music you love, creating a spectacular fusion of light and sound. During each show, laser graphics and beams in an incredible spectrum of colors will fill the theater and pulsate to the sounds of rock music from the 42 speakers of the 15,000 watt IMAX® digital sound system. The Laser Light Experience shows are a must-see for fans new and old of Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Aerosmith and other classic rock bands.  It’s a dazzling audio and visual immersive experience!  Every Thursday- Sunday until November 17, you can choose from four different laser shows: • Laser Vinyl (a line-up of various artists including Aerosmith, AC/DC, Journey, Queen, Van Halen and more) • Laser Zeppelin (a collection of Led Zeppelin’s Greatest Hits) • Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon • Pink Floyd’s The Wall • Laser Beatles.  Each show runs approximately 45 minutes and tickets are $9/adults, $8/seniors, $7/kids 12 & under. 

Check in regularly with The Gayle Borden Group as we continue to share the array of exciting events held in our community each week. There is never a shortage of fun to be had in Fort Lauderdale!  In addition, you can browse our Fort Lauderdale Real Estate listings anytime by visiting or contact Gayle Borden at 954-525-3355.

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