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Friday, November 29, 2013

The shining star of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, the Villas-by-the-Sea condo community is an intimate enclave of just 67 very private and exclusive residences sitting directly on the shores of the Atlantic.

At Villas-by-the-Sea, two 4-story buildings feature residences with 2-bedrooms plus den or 3-bedrooms, each built around beautifully landscaped atriums with private gated courtyard entry.  These luxury homes are distinctive in their Mediterranean-style design, providing lots of open space and large terraces with beautiful views of the beach and beyond.  Floor plans range in size from 1,500 to nearly 2,300 sq. ft. and offer state-of-the-art design, including innovative beach-style lofts.  This type of low-rise oceanfront luxury simply doesn't exist anywhere else in South Florida.

All residences at Villas-by-the-Sea feature gourmet kitchens with Italian cabinetry, granite counters and high-end appliances; luxurious baths with marble or granite vanities and designer fixtures; impact-resistant windows; and ample secured parking conveniently tucked beneath the buildings.  Residents have convenient access to the private Sea Club, with its 2-story clubhouse with fitness center and social room, and a beautifully landscaped pool area with a spa and private furnished cabanas, all overlooking 600 ft. of white sand beach and the Atlantic. In addition to the clubhouse and beach, the beautiful Oceanfront Park that is incorporated into the property is another fabulous place to unwind for those who call Villas-by-the-Sea home. The property is pet friendly (two pets of any size are allowed!) and owners are permitted to lease their units twice yearly with a minimum lease period of 90 days.

Villas-by-the-Sea is an intimate and exclusive community within the charming town of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea.  By limiting development and high-rise construction along its shoreline, the tiny 1.5 square mile town continues to go to great lengths to preserve and maintain its small beach-town feel and casual way of life. Though it feels miles away from urban life, with a convenient location just north of Fort Lauderdale, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is merely a short drive from the world class dining and shopping of Las Olas Boulevard or the Galleria Mall.

Because there are few town homes or low-rise condos within walking distance to the ocean, Villas-by-the-Sea is a truly unique property.   It offers oceanfront luxury living the way it was meant to be — low rise, low key, and with high style! To get your dream home on the ocean at Villas-by-the-Sea, or to learn more about oceanfront living in Fort Lauderdale or surrounding area, call Gayle Borden at 954.525.3355.



Monday, November 25, 2013

Looking for something fun to do over the Thanksgiving holiday?  Here are a few things happening this week in and around Fort Lauderdale to kick off the "holiday season".  Enjoy!

The touring production of “The Book of Mormon”, the critically-acclaimed musical from South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, begins its 3-week run at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW 5 Avenue) on November 26.  The New York Times calls it "the best musical of this century”, while Entertainment Weekly says it's "the funniest musical of all time."  Jon Stewart of The Daily Show calls it "a crowning achievement. So good it makes me angry."  The winner of nine Tony Awards - including Best Musical - “The Book of Mormon” will take center stage at the Broward Center through December 22 and tickets start at $45.

Get some exercise in before your big holiday meal!  The 3rd annual Fort Lauderdale 5K Turkey Trot & Turkey Paddle takes place on Thanksgiving morning (November 28) and offers participants the chance to run one of most scenic routes in America as it takes you down beautiful State Road A1A along Fort Lauderdale’s famous white sand beach.  This USA Track & Field sanctioned race is great for everyone, from beginners to elite runners and even paddleboarders, too. (The 2 mile Stand-Up Paddleboard course will start at the same mileage marker as the 5K Run/Walk, head north for 1 mile and then turn around to finish back at the starting point.) Thanksgiving-themed costumes are welcomed and encouraged!  Race registration begins at 6 am, with the starting gun going off at 7:30.  Your $35 registration fee benefits the iTrace Foundation and its mission to fight childhood obesity.

On November 29, the BB&T Center (One Panther Parkway, Sunrise) will host the arena-rock juggernaut that is The Trans Siberian Orchestra, perfectly coinciding with the start of the holiday season.  With a musical style incorporating classical, orchestral, and progressive elements into hard rock and heavy metal, the Trans Siberian Orchestra is widely known for their elaborate concerts that feature a string section, a light show, lasers, moving trusses, video screens, and special effects synchronized to music.  Consistently one of the top ten ticket-selling bands to tour the world, it is TSO’s holiday rock opera that is always most anticipated. Set to debut a new stage with new surprises this year, you don't want to miss this rocking holiday tradition!  Two shows at 4 pm & 8 pm feature tickets starting at $46.

The legendary Bonnie Raitt will be performing at the Hard Rock Live (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood) on November 30 at 8pm.  The famous singer/songwriter’s first few albums of the early 1970’s largely comprised traditional blues material and introduced her unique voice, feminist stance, and abilities as a slide guitarist. But it was her 1989 release, “Nick of Time”, that reached the top of the charts  - earning her 3 Grammys along the way - and sent her career soaring.  She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. In 2012, she released her 16th studio album, “Slipstream”, which went on to win various awards, including the 2013 Grammy Award for best Americana album.  Her current tour showcases the new album along with many of her greatest hits and tickets for the evening’s show start at $59.

We hope you continue to check in with us each week as we share the exciting activities and events available in our community.  In addition, you can browse our Fort Lauderdale Real Estate listings anytime by visiting or call us at 954-525-3355.

And a Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at The Gayle Borden Group!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Lauderdale-By-The-Sea proudly traces its roots back to the 1920s.  In 1924, Developer W.F. Morang (known also for his development of the Las Olas Isles) purchased and platted the property as a seaside subdivision north of downtown Fort Lauderdale.  He bought the land with $10 down, $250 in revenue stamps, and a $50,000 mortgage from the sellers.  Several years later, Melvin Anglin, a successful contractor and real estate investor from Indiana, bought the land platted by Morang with the intention of creating a new town.  Anglin would later serve as the town’s first mayor.

The boom of the 1920’s soon went bust, and the town’s charter was revoked by the state in 1933 after a failure to make mortgage payments.  It wasn’t until 1947 that an effort was spearheaded to once again incorporate this area now known as Lauderdale-by-the-Sea.  Margaret Linardy was elected mayor of the new town, making her the first woman mayor in the state of Florida.

Today, what separates Lauderdale-by-the-Sea from its neighbors is its laid back, vintage charm.  While most other coastal cities in Florida began allowing the development of high rise condominium and hotel complexes on the beach, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea constantly strives to maintain its small town appeal - and its ocean views - by limiting building heights and development, even today. With a total area of just 1.5 square miles (and just 6000 year-round residents) it truly retains its feel as a charming seaside oasis, far from the bustle of the city just to its south.

Situated between Fort Lauderdale to the south and Pompano Beach to its north, the town is essentially a long narrow island separated from the mainland by the Intracoastal Waterway and stretching an approximately half-dozen city blocks east to the Atlantic Ocean. The town is centered at the junction of State Road A1A and Commercial Boulevard, where you can find a variety of shops, restaurants and bars, as well as the long wooden pier at the end of Commercial Blvd - one of only four such piers in Broward County - famous for its great fishing and diving.  Weekends in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea often feature a variety of festivals, flea markets, art shows, or live music, taking place on or around this social hub.  In addition to its popular beaches and a myriad of activities for all, the town features public tennis, shuffleboard, and bocce courts; a children’s park; and a Senior Center.

While some of the most popular real estate in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea can be found in its oceanfront condos, there are many sought-after single family homes still within walking distance to the beach.  They can be found along the Intracoastal and on ocean-access canals, or on dry lots in the communities of Bel Air Isles, Bel Air, Lauderdale Surf & Yacht Estates, Palm Club Co-op, Silver Shores, and Terra Mar Island Estates.

Whether waterfront or dry lot, full-time or part-time residence, condo or single family, if you seek a small, tight-knit community full of vivacity and charm, look no further than Lauderdale-by-the-Sea.  For questions about Lauderdale-By-the-Sea or other beautiful oceanfront communities in the area, call Fort Lauderdale Real Estate expert Gayle Borden at 954.525.3355.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Its name inspired by its location, The Symphony condominium sits adjacent to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on 2.5 acres along prime waterfront of the New River.  The very best in contemporary living, this luxury high-rise includes one, two, and three bedroom units in each of its two 22-story towers, most with spectacular views of the city, the riverfront, and the surrounding areas.

The Symphony offers all the conveniences and sophistication of downtown living with amenities typically saved for the best vacation resorts.  Among these top-notch features are its exclusive Resident’s Club featuring a private theater, billiard and game room, cutting-edge fitness center, and catering facilities. The building also boasts a heated pool, a private lawn and garden area designed for hosting events, and outdoor terraces with superb vistas, virtually unmatched in the city.  

The residences within The Symphony feature expansive balconies on which to take advantage of the views, beautiful kitchens with stainless steel appliances, granite counters, and Italian cabinetry.  Modern baths are finished with designer fixtures and glass-enclosed showers.  The building is pet friendly, and even has a recreational area designated just for them.  

Just steps from The Symphony is Himmarshee Village, the oldest section of Downtown Fort Lauderdale and an eclectic, historically-designated commercial district featuring a collection of bars and clubs (many offering live music), restaurants, and a coffee house.  Just east along the water is Las Olas Riverfront, an open-air entertainment complex with additional restaurants, nightclubs, Movie Theater and access to the Water Taxi.  Also nearby are the Museum of Science and Discovery, an IMAX Theater, and the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art.  The Fort Lauderdale Sun Trolley stops right outside the door, to conveniently whisk residents east along famous Las Olas Boulevard down to Fort Lauderdale Beach.

For those searching for the convenience and sophistication of downtown living, The Symphony will be like music to your ears.  For more information on The Symphony, or other luxury Fort Lauderdale condos, call Realtor Gayle Borden at 954.525.3355.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Looking for fun things to do in Fort Lauderdale? Our vibrant and exciting city never disappoints with the variety of events available - and this week is no exception!

On November 13, the Parker Playhouse (707 NE 8th Street) will be showcasing a performance of Charlotte’s Web.  Based on E. B. White's heartwarming classic children's book, the show tells the story of a pig named Wilbur and his friendship with a little barn spider named Charlotte. Wilbur has a major problem, so he turns to Charlotte, a fine writer and true friend, who assures Wilbur that she will save him. This treasured tale, featuring mad-cap and endearing farm animals, explores bravery, selfless love and the true meaning of friendship.  Showtime is 10 am and admission is just $7.

On November 16, CBS' The Late Late Show's multi-talented host Craig Ferguson will bring his "Hot and Grumpy" stand-up tour to the Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood).  Craig Ferguson entered the world of late night comedy following a diverse and eclectic career that encompassed film, television and the stage. Since taking the helm of the Late, Late Show in 2005, the show has set all-time viewer records. He won his first Emmy nomination in 2006 and received the 2009 Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting for his interview with Archbishop Desmond Tutu.  Ferguson has also become a huge success on the North American comedy circuit.  He performs all over the country and has sold out Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall.  Tickets for this must-see performance start at $34 and the show begins at 8 pm.

Every full moon – including this Saturday, November 16 - The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale (1 N. Atlantic Blvd) unveils a mystical, moonlit lounge with plush couches, music by DJ Rob Riggs, specialty cocktails and gourmet appetizers, and oversized telescopes to view the golden moon rise above the Atlantic.  Every soiree is open to the public, with each event benefiting a local charity.  For the month of November, The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale is excited to announce all donations will benefit the Cameras for Kids Foundation.  There are no velvet ropes, no cover charge, $7 valet parking, and so much fun that Condé Nast Traveler named it “The Party” in Fort Lauderdale.  Enjoy the fun from 7-10 pm.

Be sure to check in with us each week as we continue to share the many events Fort Lauderdale always 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.

Friday, November 08, 2013

Fort Lauderdale's premier dining and shopping destination can be found along Las Olas Boulevard.  This beautiful tree-lined promenade runs west to east from Andrews Avenue in the Central Business District all the way to A1A on Fort Lauderdale Beach.  The “Rodeo Drive” of Fort Lauderdale, the commercial portion of this famous boulevard features courtyards and breezeways alive with nightclubs, upscale bars and restaurants, shops, boutiques, and art galleries.  Las Olas Boulevard is sometimes referred to as the “Riverfront" area of Downtown Fort Lauderdale as it sits along the banks of the eastern stretch of the New River. There are a number of newly built luxury condominiums that rise above Las Olas along the river, making this area of Downtown a desirable place to call home.

Much of Fort Lauderdale - including the Las Olas area - is interlaced with canals that showcase beautiful waterfront properties.  The city of Fort Lauderdale is often referred to as "The Venice of Americas" because of its expansive system of canals and waterways.  It is for this ubiquitous access to water that Fort Lauderdale has attracted a large boating community, and waterfront homes are always in high demand.

Just off of Las Olas Boulevard, past the bustle of the shops and restaurants as you drive east, sits a quiet, affluent area known as Las Olas Isles. Las Olas Isles was created in the 1920’s when W.F. Morang, a Developer from Boston, dredged the area around Las Olas Boulevard in order to create buildable lots with canals interlaced.   The perfect paradise for any boating enthusiast, Las Olas Isles is widely considered to be one of the most prestigious neighborhoods in the city, flaunting gorgeous waterfront mansions and luxury town homes, many with magnificent yachts docked right at their doorsteps.  Water frontage of these properties can range from 50 to 600 feet, all offering deepwater and non-fixed bridges to facilitate quick access to the open water.  Private dockage is available for Las Olas Isles residents and the neighborhood is monitored by private security patrol.

Residents of Las Olas Isles live in close proximity to the marina, two yacht clubs and the Coral Ridge Country Club, with beautiful Fort Lauderdale beach just minutes down the boulevard.  Shopping and dining on Las Olas are within walking distance, giving this coveted area the best of all that Fort Lauderdale has to offer.

Whether living on the waterfront or in the heart of Downtown, residents of the Las Olas area are part of a rich, vibrant community that enjoys beautiful architecture and an infinite number of activities in which to indulge.  This is part of why Las Olas and Las Olas Isles Real Estate are in high demand.  For the latest information on both, call Gayle Borden - South Florida’s leading expert on Fort Lauderdale Real Estate - at 954-525-3355.

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