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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Sunrise Key is a lovely private island community in northeast Fort Lauderdale. It is situated between Las Olas and Sunrise Boulevards, in the center of the Middle River, a wide waterway that splits off from the Intracoastal and meanders northwards.  The river comes to an end at a low overpass of Sunrise Blvd, just north of Sunrise Key, continuing only for small watercraft, jet skis and kayaks.  South of Sunrise Key, with just a deepwater canal between them, are the exclusive Nurmi Isles and Seven Isles; to the west is the “mainland” neighborhood of Victoria Park; and to the east is the Intracoastal Waterway.  Because of its outstanding location, Sunrise Key provides some of the best deepwater dockage in the city, making it an appealing location for boaters and yachtsmen.

The idea of a manmade island in this part of the Intracoastal was conceived in the late 1950’s.  Earlier, in 1952, Real Estate Developer Victor Nurmi was in the process of dredging to create what are now the Nurmi Isles, just to the south.  In October 1957, Eastern Property Land Developers announced the development of their own manmade key to the north of Nurmi.  By February 1958, Eastern Properties had sold all but 17 of the 82 waterfront lots they had carved out on the island they created. Sunrise Key soon became known as one of the most expensive and exclusive communities in Fort Lauderdale, where every home was situated on a deepwater lot.

In 1995, Sunrise Key created a bit of a stir over the introduction of a security gate at the entrance to the island.  In order to increase the privacy of the neighborhood, the neighborhood’s civic association sought to gate the single bridge entrance on Sunset Key Blvd, even though it was (and still is) a public road.  The city agreed to allow the gate, but stipulated that it must automatically open for all visitors.  In doing so, it slows cars just enough for a surveillance camera to capture their images, allowing the homeowners tighter control over the security of their neighborhood.  In addition, a dedicated security car patrols the area checking on any slow-to-leave visitors.

Today, Sunrise Key is filled with magnificent waterfront estates and is truly the private, exclusive neighborhood that the developers envisioned, featuring some of the most expensive homes in Fort Lauderdale.  While Sunrise Key was developed in the late 1950s, many homes were rebuilt in the 1990s and 2000s.  Any of the original homes that do remain have typically undergone extensive renovations and updates, adding modern amenities and features.  It is also not uncommon to see tennis courts and magnificent pool areas throughout the neighborhood that could rival any resort in the area.  But what truly set this neighborhood apart from others are the expansive deepwater docks that can accommodate mega yachts and multiple vessels.  In addition, views from every property are panoramic and look out onto the Intracoastal or across the river.  Prices of homes on Sunrise Key start over $2 million and, because the island is so small, you typically won’t find more than 2-3 homes for sale at any given time.

Sunrise Key is considered by many to be one of Fort Lauderdale’s best kept secrets. A secluded oasis, tucked away and offering privacy and exclusivity, yet is just minutes to all that Fort Lauderdale has to offer. For more information on this and other great Fort Lauderdale communities, contact The Gayle Borden Group at 954.525.3355.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Looking for fun things to do this weekend in Fort Lauderdale?  Our exciting city always seems to offer something for everyone, with this week being no exception!  Here’s just a sample of things going on around town:

The beloved children’s story, Five Little Monkeys is hitting the stage on January 27 at the Parker Playhouse (707 NE 8th Street)!  Going shopping...baking cakes...sitting in trees...JUMPING ON BEDS!!!  Performed completely in cumulative verse, don't miss this zany play that features wonderful costumes and a whole lot of wackiness.  Five silly simian siblings insist on doing things their own way and-- heedless of admonitions--monkey mayhem ensues as they try to bake a surprise birthday cake for mom, go shopping for clothes, have a picnic, climb a tree and so much more!  Showtimes are 10am and 11:30, and tickets are just $7.

Jerry Seinfeld will be bringing his quintessential style of observational humor to the Hard Rock Live (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood) for two shows on January 31 & February 1.  Though famous for his groundbreaking TV show “about nothing”, Seinfeld has returned to his stand up roots to the delight of his millions of fans.  Shows begin at 8:00pm and tickets start at $79.

The 5th Annual Burger Beast “Burgie Awards” is coming to Esplanade Park in Downtown Ft. Lauderdale on Saturday, February 1st from 5-10:30pm.  In 2009, the popular Food Blogger known as The Burger Beast wanted to honor the unsung heroes of the South Florida Food Scene with Awards.  His "Burgie Awards", quickly became a local sensation.  In the years since, local restaurants & food trucks have taken to proudly displaying their "Burgie Awards" year round.  Voting for the 2014 awards ended last week, and the winners will be announced live at this event.  The 25 Best Food Trucks in South Florida will be on hand selling to the public a variety of great eats. Funky Buddha Brewery will have an array of Craft Beers to choose from. Music will be provided by DJs and live bands throughout the evening.  Come on down, admission is free!

Be sure to check in with us each week as we continue to share the many 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, January 23, 2014

The Shore Club at Fort Lauderdale Beach is the true embodiment of South Florida living.  A beautiful high rise just steps from the ocean, this luxury condo (not to be confused with the Miami Beach hotel!) allows its residents to take advantage of everything Fort Lauderdale has to offer.

Each residence has resplendent water views of either the ocean or Intracoastal, and floor-to-ceiling windows by which to fully enjoy them.  Every unit features 2 bedrooms with 2 full baths, a grand oval foyer entry, large eat-in kitchen plus formal dining, and luxurious marble baths.  The building amenities are not to be outdone, featuring a private beach club with cabanas and tiki bar, beautiful pool/spa, state-of-the-art fitness center with sauna, elegant club room for residents’ private parties, and covered parking.

The Shore Club is situated in the northern portion of Fort Lauderdale Beach, just north of Sunrise Blvd and close to Hugh Birch State Park.  It stands on the property west of A1A where the Sea Shore Motel once stood. A mid-century gem built in 1957, the Sea Shore helped usher in the grand age of the beach vacation to Fort Lauderdale.  Though the original motel was demolished in 1974 to make way for the new Shore Club condo, the motel’s original tunnel built under A1A is still in use to allow underground passage directly to the beach.

The Shore Club is just a short ride from many conveniences, including the upscale shops and restaurants at the Galleria Mall, making this beachfront residence the perfect location to call home.  For more information on the Shore Club on Fort Lauderdale Beach or other luxury condominiums, contact the Gayle Borden Group at 954.525.3355.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

What an exciting array of events this week in Fort Lauderdale!  With a former President in town, a Disco-era pop star performing, and a celebration of kitschy Florida art, there is just about something for everyone!

The Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital will be presenting the first ever Joe DiMaggio American Icon Award on January 24 at 8:00 pm at the Dan Taft University Center of Nova Southeastern University in Davie.  As the person who best represents the values for which the hall of famer and philanthropist stood, this year’s American Icon Award is being presented to Former President and founder of the Clinton Foundation, Bill Clinton.

Also on the evening of January 24, you can see KC & The Sunshine Band perform all their hits at the Hard Rock Live (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood).  Founded right here in South Florida in the early 70's, the world-famous band fuses funk, R & B, and disco to create their own signature sound, recording such memorable hits as "Please Don't Go", "Shake Your Booty", "Get Down Tonight", "Give It Up", and many more, helping to make them a part of the soundtrack of a generation.  The pop icons will take the stage at the Hard Rock Live at 8:00, and tickets start at $49.

The weekend of January 25-26 is “Flamingo Fest” at Flamingo Gardens in Davie.  It’s a celebration of the great pink bird and all things Florida “kitsch”!  The festival features a juried fine art exhibit in the gallery with Flamingo sculpture, art and photos by local artists, and a "Flappin' Flamingos" display of festively decorated pink flamingo yard ornaments in the botanical gardens.  Artists, Craftsmen, and local vendors will have their wares for sale, along with food, music, and entertainment.  Wear your favorite flamingo or other kitschy Florida apparel for a chance to win prizes.  You can enter your own creative Flamingo or just come vote for your favorite!  The event takes place all weekend from 10-5.

We hope you continue to stay up-to-date on Fort Lauderdale events as we share the exciting activities available in our community on a weekly basis throughout the year.  In addition, you can browse our Fort Lauderdale Real Estate listings by visiting or you can contact Gayle Borden at 954-525-3355 with any questions or to find your home in Fort Lauderdale.

Friday, January 17, 2014

The Gayle Borden Group is excited to highlight a beautiful property for sale on Fort Lauderdale Beach at 3332 NE 16th Court, located in the desirable Birch Park Finger Streets area.

This is luxury beachfront living at its finest! A gorgeous contemporary residence just yards from the beach offers picturesque vistas and room to entertain. This stunningly upgraded 2662 square foot home features fine travertine & hardwood floors, and a spacious gourmet chef’s kitchen. The 2nd floor master suite includes an open loft with fireplace, oversized dual bathrooms with huge spa tub and sauna, and private balcony extending over the sparkling pool below.  The large 2nd bedroom has an en-suite bath and access to a charming side yard with patio.  A huge rooftop terrace overlooking the beach is a superb place to entertain or just unwind and enjoy the special view.

For a virtual tour of this property, click on 3332 NE 16th Court - Virtual Tour.  With its desirable location, enviable ocean views, and exquisite modern finishes, this home is sure to make an impression.  For more information on this and other fine homes, contact Gayle Borden at 954-525-3355.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Sea Ranch Lakes is a unique village of approximately 0.2 square miles located along A1A just north of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea and to the south of Pompano Beach.  The majority of the village is made up of a gated residential community, while the small remainder outside of the gate includes a shopping plaza open to the public and a private beach club just for residents.


Sea Ranch Lakes was incorporated in 1959 when the early residents of the community feared they could be forcibly annexed by either Pompano Beach or Lauderdale-by-the-Sea and lose their cherished autonomy. The residents realized that, by incorporating themselves as a municipality within Broward County, they would be able to remain independent for as long as they wished. As a result, they created their own self-governed village that oversees the nearly 600 residences behind the gate.  They created a governing body made up of 7 village council members and a mayor, all elected to 2-year terms.  However, part of what makes this village unique is that there is no public property within its municipal borders.  All roads, streets, parks, and lakes are actually considered private, because they are all owned by the Sea Ranch Beach Club. Since the property is private, the Sea Ranch Lakes Police Department is legally allowed to deny non-residents access to the residential areas of the village through use of a guarded gate along its entrance on A1A.

The Beach Club itself has members who are elected to serve on a board of directors, and is responsible for maintaining all of the property throughout the village, including roads, street lights, and street signs. All major issues that affect the Beach Club must be voted upon by its members, and all town residents are allotted one vote for each parcel of property he/she owns. In addition to their property taxes, there are annual membership dues to the Beach Club that all residents are required to pay. Dues are used for capital improvements such as street repairs, painting of the Beach Club, and salaries of Beach Club employees who manage the club, and tend to all of its property. It is the employees of the Sea Ranch Lakes Beach Club who are responsible for maintaining the village’s property.

Law Enforcement services are provided by the Sea Ranch Lakes Police Department. The Department has approximately 30 sworn law enforcement officers, many of whom are retired NYPD, with several former employees of local and state law enforcement agencies. The Department has 3 patrol vehicles, and a minimum of two sworn officers on duty at all times, with a normal weekday staffing of two officers, one service aide, and the police chief. The department prides itself on its low crime rate, with fewer than 15 crimes per year, the majority being burglaries and robberies of businesses and vehicles inside the Sea Ranch Lakes shopping center.

The Department is mostly known, however, for its small-town efforts and assistance that is seldom found with law enforcement in larger cities. The department provides keyholder services for residents, and will assist with matters that are normally classified as non-law enforcement, including escaped animals, resident check-ups, and other service-type calls.  It is this “small town” atmosphere encompassing the village that makes residents feel safe and comfortable.  Life within the borders of this village can feel bucolic and carefree, with the rest of the world left just outside its gate looking in.

Homes in Sea Ranch Lakes start at $600,000, which is unusually affordable given both its proximity to Fort Lauderdale Beach, as well as the benefit of the additional amenities included with living in the village.  In addition, this waterfront community is home to two large lakes (Lake Cayuga and Lake Seneca) and sits along the Intracoastal Waterway, giving this neighborhood some of the most sought-after waterfront real estate in the area.  To learn more about Sea Ranch Lakes contact the Gayle Borden Group at 954.525.3355.

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