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Monday, September 29, 2014

Looking for something fun to do this week?  We’re not just sun and sand here in Fort Lauderdale, there is so much more to do!  Music, film, ballet, family fun, there are many things from which to choose.  Here are a few things happening this week:

On October 2, the legendary rock-blues band Chicago will take the stage to perform all of their American rock classics at The Hard Rock Live (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood).  Hear them play some of their biggest hits like “25 or 6 to 4”, “So Hard to Say I’m Sorry”, “You’re the Inspiration”,  “Hard Habit to Break”, “Saturday in the Park” and many, many, more.  Tickets start at $40, which includes a $1 donation towards Chicago's charity.  The show begins at 8:00pm.

Also on October 2, The Museum of Art/Fort Lauderdale (One E. Las Olas Blvd.) will be presenting the Oscar-nominated film “The Color Purple”.  Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, The Color Purple spans the years 1909 to 1949, relating the life of Celie (Whoopi Goldberg), a Southern black woman virtually sold into a life of servitude to her brutal husband, sharecropper Albert (Danny Glover). Admission is $10/person, which includes admission to the museum, and is free for members and NSU students and faculty.  Showtimes are 11:15, 3:00, and 6:00.  The film’s running time is154 minutes, and is Rated R.  The museum requests that you please RSVP to

October 3-5, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW 5th Ave) presents “Sesame Street Live – Make a New Friend!”  No matter where you're from or where you've been, everyone is special - so join in! Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby, and their Sesame Street friends welcome Chamki, Grover's friend from India, to Sesame Street. Together, they explore the universal fun of friendship and celebrate cultural similarities, from singing and dancing, to sharing cookies! Join the fun and make a memory with your friends and family! Showtimes vary, and tickets range from $11 to $36. 

October 3 – October 4, the Florida Grand Ballet Theater will present "An Evening at the Ballet".  This annual gala performance will open the winter season, and features a sneak peek at upcoming new works.  See the artists as they are showcased in classical pas de deux and new contemporary divertissement.  Performances will be held in the Amaturo Theater of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts at 2:00pm and 8:00pm.  Tickets are on sale for $35 and $45. 

Though the South Florida temps in September & October may not always feel like Fall, you can still get into the spirit of the season by joining the Flamingo Road Nursery & Farmers Market (1655 S. Flamingo Road, Davie) for their 2014 “Fall Harvest Festival” now through November 2!  Choose from the biggest and best pumpkins in the area. Other activities include: Pumpkin picking, Pumpkin and pot painting, photo ops with “Tow Mater” and “Herbie the Love Bug”, a Corn Kids Maze, authentic southern BBQ, live music and hayrides. Flamingo Road Nursery has premium fresh local produce, homegrown local honey, baked pies, jams and jellies, as well as Carmel apples, cider and popcorn.  Everything you need to celebrate the fall!

And on October 5, legendary British rock guitarist Peter Frampton, will take the stage at the Hard Rick Live (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood).  Best known for his live release “Frampton Comes Alive!”, which sold more than 6 million copies in the US alone and spawned several hits hits, his career has successfully spanned 4 decades and culminated in his recent induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Tickets start at $49 and the show begins at 7:00pm. 

Be sure to continue checking in with us as we share the many events Fort Lauderdale has to offer.  And to learn more about our great city - or for information on Fort Lauderdale Real Estate - visit us at or call The Gayle Borden Group at 954.525.3355.  

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A $1 billion neighborhood of homes, senior-living apartments and hotel rooms - including a 45-story tower that could become Fort Lauderdale's tallest building – has been proposed for the area surrounding the Galleria at Fort Lauderdale mall.  The mall's owner, Keystone-Florida Property Holding Corp., announced plans recently to build seven new buildings surrounding the existing property and featuring 1,600 apartments/condos and 150 hotel rooms, connected by tree-lined streets, walkways and bike lanes in what the company calls a “walkable” community off of East Sunrise Boulevard.  The plans submitted to the city's Department of Sustainable Development proposed the expansion on the 40 acres adjacent to the mall.  The 45-story tower would stand on the eastern edge, containing luxury apartments/condos. At this height, it would be Fort Lauderdale's tallest building, rising three stories higher than the Las Olas River House. If the plan is approved by the city, construction would start in late 2015 and be completed in phases over seven years, according to mall executives. 

The Galleria, first opened in the 1950s as an open-air venue called Sunrise Shopping Center, was enclosed in 1980 and is now home to approximately 100 retailers, anchored by Macy's, Dillard's and Neiman Marcus. It also features popular restaurants P.F. Chang's, The Capital Grille and Truluck's.  But the mall lost two major national tenants in recent years when Lord & Taylor moved out in 2002 and Saks Fifth Avenue followed suit in 2008. It has since struggled to fill the large spaces they left behind.  This proposed development will better position the Galleria in the retail industry, as retailers look for dense regions when choosing where to operate new locations.

Some residents of the area have expressed concerns about parking and additional traffic to an area that already sees heavy usage.  Neighbors attended a meeting last week where project staff presented the plans to the community and responded to questions and concerns raised by residents.  Many were concerned about the density of the project, the impact on the surrounding neighborhood, and the drastic changes that could accompany the development.  Some parents also were concerned that additional residences may contribute to possible overcrowding at nearby schools.  Mall representatives said they are conducting traffic studies and will continue to have community meetings to hear from neighbors and address their concerns.

Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler has said he has not yet seen the plans, but has spoken with the Developers and feels that the project would seem to benefit the community through new jobs and housing, as long as the Developers are able to address parking and traffic concerns.  "Everything is about balance," he told the Sun Sentinel. "You can bring good projects in here and good development, but at the end of the day, you've got to maintain balance with quality of life. There's no reason to believe they're not going to make the necessary compromises to really present a first-class project in the city that also preserves our quality of life."

We’re looking forward to learning more about the project as it progresses through the planning stages and to see how it can improve the Galleria Mall and its surrounding areas, including its impact on the overall Fort Lauderdale Real Estate Market.  We’ll keep our clients and readers updated as we hear more!  Follow the Gayle Borden Real Estate Group blog to keep up with any news as we receive it.  And for any information on any Fort Lauderdale Real Estate, contact us anytime by e-mail at or by phone at 954-525-3355.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Mark your calendars and help Fort Lauderdale celebrate Broward County's 100th Anniversary!  The Kickoff event for the year-long centennial celebration is a block party in downtown Fort Lauderdale on October 16, from 5-9pm.  See below for a schedule of the evening's festivities and we hope to see you there!

Event Schedule

5 - 5:30 p.m.
Arrive, explore the children's plaza, the information/education booths and food trucks, music will be playing and a graffiti artist will be creating art on the Museum of Art plaza

6:10 - 6:30 p.m.
Speakers on Children’s Plaza

6:30 p.m.
John Wai Kung Fu Academy Lion Dance Performance Team will lead the public over to the areas where other activity is taking place -- Education Plaza, Entertainment Plaza, Museum of Art plaza and the Museum of Art Academy

6:30 - 8 p.m.
Children's Plaza entertainment continues

6:30 - 8 p.m.
Busker performing artists along Las Olas between 1st and 2nd Avenues

6:30 - 8 p.m.
Performers will be on the stage at the Entertainment plaza

More information about Broward 100 @ The Block Party can be found on the Broward 100 website.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Rio Vista is a beautiful tree-lined community adjacent to downtown Fort Lauderdale.  Its name means "River View" in Spanish, and as you can expect, the sought-after neighborhood is nestled between the banks of both the New River and the Tarpon River, as they flow through the southeastern part of the city towards the Intracoastal. It is one of the oldest communities in Fort Lauderdale and, in addition to its shady tree-lined streets, features meandering sidewalks and plenty of unique architecture, both old and new.

At the close of World War I, Fort Lauderdale claimed approximately 2,000 residents. An era of prosperity in the early 1920’s, along with the proliferation of new modes of transportation, saw the city begin its transition from a mostly agricultural community to a full-fledged resort town. Residential areas began to develop along the New River, with the creation of neighborhoods like Rio Vista on the south bank and Colee Hammock on the north.  The first plat of the area to the south of the river was recorded by Mary Brickell, the famous pioneer developer in Miami and now a major landholder in Fort Lauderdale, as well (she also owned much of the land in Colee Hammock and along Las Olas Boulevard). Upon her death, the land to the south was purchased by C.J. Hector, who began developing the area he dubbed “River View”.  By February 1923, the Fort Lauderdale Herald newspaper (now the Sun Sentinel) reported that Rio Vista was booming, with over 5,000 feet of sidewalk laid and streetlights installed!

The land boom reached its peak by 1925, when Fort Lauderdale's population climbed to 16,000.  The late 1920’s saw a series of unfortunate events plague the city, only to be followed by the start of the Great Depression, and then the onset of World War II later in the decade.  It was after the war that Fort Lauderdale started seeing growth again when thousands of servicemen discovered the area with its pleasing climate and a chance to reasonably purchase land in a burgeoning community.  Rio Vista development began anew, thus accounting for the eclectic architectural style that is incorporated in this picturesque community.  You may find an original 1930’s Spanish Mediterranean design next to a 1940’s bungalow next to a modern estate; yet nothing seems out of place, lending to the distinct character of this charming neighborhood. 

Today our beautiful city has a total population of close to 165,000 and Rio Vista is comprised of about 1000 homes.  It is bordered by US 1 to the west, the Intracoastal to the east, SE 12th Street on the south (adjacent to the neighborhoods of Harbordale and Lauderdale Harbours) and, of course, the New River to the north.  Though the interior of the neighborhood is very quiet and peaceful with no through traffic, the enviable location (close to downtown, commercial/retail areas, as well as offering quick and convenient access to major highways, airport, and Port Everglades) makes this waterfront neighborhood one of the most desirable places to live in the area.

Of course, that’s not even taking into consideration its prime waterfront location.  Though Fort Lauderdale has nearly 170 miles of waterfront real estate (it isn’t called the “Venice of America” for nothing!), Rio Vista has long been considered one of the foremost communities for mariners to call home.  Residences along the “Rio Vista Isles”, or the finger streets on the east side of the neighborhood, have only the 17th Street Causeway bridge over the Intracoastal between them and the open sea (this bridge measures 55’ when it’s closed, but will open for vessels upon request).  Many homes here are on double lots with 100’ of waterfront.  The canals are large – averaging about 130’ wide (with depth varying from 4-7’) - offering many options for boat size.  There are also homes along a stretch of the Tarpon River, but with a width of 60-90’ and a fixed bridge at SE 9th Street with just an 8’ clearance, only smaller motorboats and kayaks can traverse this route.  But it is the dozen or so homes located directly on the New River that are the most sought-after in Rio Vista.  With 100’ of waterfront each along the river that is 140-165’ wide, there is ample space for homeowners to dock even the largest yacht right in their back yard!

The Gayle Borden Real Estate Group is the leading expert in luxury Fort Lauderdale Real Estate, working tirelessly to provide comprehensive service to all of our clients.  For information on Homes for Sale in Rio Vista or other fine Fort Lauderdale neighborhoods, please contact us by phone at 954-525-3355 or by e-mail at

Monday, September 15, 2014

There is so much to do this week in Fort Lauderdale.  Our exciting city always seems to offer something for everyone, and this week is no exception.  Here are just a few of the things that we recommend…

“Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy” will take center ice at the BB&T Center (1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise) September 18-21. The action-packed ice spectacular whisks audiences on a captivating adventure to four magical locations, including the auto-racing terrain of Cars, a visit to Andy's bedroom for some fun with the stars of Toy Story 3, a journey under the sea to Ariel's world from The Little Mermaid, and then into the mystical land of Pixie Hollow for a presentation of Tinker Bell.  Admission ranges from $23 to $67 and show times vary.

On September 19, The Hard Rock Live (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood) presents “Experience Hendrix”, featuring some of the greatest guitarists of our time: Billy Cox, Buddy Guy, Zakk Wylde, Jonny Lang, KWS, Chris Layton/SRV, Doyle Bramhill II, Eric Johnson and many more, in a tribute to guitar legend Jimi Hendrix.   Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, Hendrix is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of pop music, and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes him as "arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music". If you are a fan of classic rock, and of the legendary singer, songwriter, and musician, this is a show you won’t want to miss.  Tickets for “Experience Hendrix” start at $49 and the show begins at 8:00pm.

The Ford Motor Company is partnering with the Museum of Discovery and Science (401 SW 2 Street) to bring “FORD $5 DAYS” to the Museum on September 20 and 21. On these dates, visitors only pay $5 exhibit admission per person to spend a day exploring hundreds of dynamic exhibits. Visitors will also be the first to explore the new traveling exhibit Black Holes: Space Warps & Time Twists that opens on September 20.  The museum is open Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 12-6.  Enjoy!

Stay tuned for more information on events held throughout the greater Fort Lauderdale area.  And to learn more about our great city - or for information on Fort Lauderdale Real Estate - visit us at or contact The Gayle Borden Group at 954.525.3355.  

Friday, September 12, 2014

September 19-21 will be Florida's first-ever Energy Star and WaterSense products tax holiday.  Buyers can save on the 6% sales tax on 16 eligible appliances and water-conserving accessories during the state's final tax holiday of the year (other tax holidays offered by the state have included hurricane supplies in May and school supplies in August).  What that means for the consumer is up to $90 in savings (not including any accompanying sales by retailers), since the exemption applies to the first $1,500 of each new Energy Star appliances of $500 or more.  The 6% discount is applied to just one of each qualifying item in this category of $500 or more.

For items priced less than $500, there is no limit on how many items that can be purchased. Qualifying Energy Star appliances include washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, room air conditioners, water heaters, pool pumps, air purifiers and dehumidifiers, ceiling fans and light bulbs. Bathroom sink faucets and faucet accessories, shower heads, high-efficiency toilets and weather or sensor-based irrigation controllers are also on the WaterSense list.

Buyers can compound savings with additional county/city rebates.  Broward County is offering a $100 Water and Wastewater Services credit on new WaterSense toilets.  West Palm Beach also is offering $100 credits in a toilet replacement program, which includes $100 each for up to two residential and four commercial properties. Check with your municipality to see if it is offering any rebates. 

We at The Gayle Borden Group think its a great time to invest in your home, while saving money – and water! – at the same time! 

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