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Friday, April 18, 2014
Things to Do This Week in Fort Lauderdale (Apr 21 to Apr 27)

What do your plans include this week“  How about a soulful concert at the beautiful Broward Center for the Performing Arts; a food and wine festival to perk up the palate;   or a “rockin” good time at an intimate venue in an exciting nighttime hotspot.  These are just a few of our favorite things happening this week in Fort Lauderdale!

Don't miss R&B sensation John Legend perform at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW 5 Ave) on April 22.  The 9-time Grammy Award-winning artist takes R&B/soul to the next level, creating an immersive experience about romance, love, hope, commitment and optimism. Music industry pioneer Quincy Jones has called Legend simply "a genius." Named one of Time magazine's “100 Most Influential People” and one of the music industry's most innovative artists, Legend returned to the studio after five years to record his much-anticipated 4th solo album entitled Love in the Future, a “rich, melodic soundscape that fully integrates the musician's gospel and pop influences, classical training and unerring hip-hop and soul sensibilities”.  The show starts at 8:00pm and tickets can be purchased for $40-$120.

Meet & mingle among the best chefs in South Florida at the 4th Annual Deerfield Beach Wine & Food Festival on April 25th & 26th at Quiet Waters Park (401 S. Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach). Friday night kicks-off the festivities with the Vineyard Party from 7 PM to 10 PM, featuring a gourmet food tasting, along with wine, craft beer, cooking demonstrations and live entertainment. Saturday top chefs from the tri-county area gather for the Grand Tasting from 6 PM to 10 PM. This is the time for you to dine on fine local cuisine, drink fine wines and experience a festival like no other!  Admission starts at $45 with additional charge for admission to various VIP events.

Rock out with Rob Thomas at the Hard Rock Live (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood) on April 26.  The Grammy-winning songwriter and singer - and former frontman for the popular band Matchbox 20 – will take the stage at 8:00pm.  He is sure to perform many songs from his lengthy catalogue, including the hits “Lonely No More”, “Ever the Same”, and “No Diamonds”.

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 for information on Fort Lauderdale Real Estate - visit us at www.gayleborden.com or contact The Gayle Borden Group at 954.525.3355.


Posted at 9:37:42 AM
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Convenient Location & Quiet Comfort at the Sunrise East Condos

As Fort Lauderdale developments continue to grow and improve on the features they offer, buyers sometimes seek an option that is simpler, quieter and more comfortable.  Sunrise East Condo fulfills this need by being a refreshing contrast to some of its neighboring buildings.  With just 93 units, and situated at the end of a quiet street off of A1A, this condo can often feel like its a world away from other more metropolitan developments.

Though originally built in 1970, an extensive renovation in 2005 has made Sunrise East virtually new again.  Residents of this 20-story condo that sits along the east side of the Intracoastal Waterway, now have the benefit of a 3-story parking garage, a heated rooftop swimming pool, fitness center, sauna and a lounge equipped with a kitchen perfect for entertaining. Other great features of Sunrise East Condominium include semi-private elevator lobbies, servicing just two units per floor.

Residences at Sunrise East feature spacious floor plans of 1,000 to 2,220 square feet. Many units boast stylish upgrades like hardwood or marble floors, granite counters, marble baths, and more.

The building’s attractive location on the water means residents can relax at home, while enjoying stunning Intracoastal, city, and even ocean views.  In addition, it’s just a short trip to the upscale dining and shopping at the Galleria Mall, and of course, just a stone’s throw to the beautiful beaches of Fort Lauderdale.

For more information on Sunrise East and other luxury Fort Lauderdale Condos, contact the Gayle Borden Group at 954-525-3355.  Gayle Borden is a leading expert on Fort Lauderdale Real Estate, and is available to help with all of your real estate needs.


Posted at 9:43:24 AM
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Everglades House, Standing Majestically Along the Port Everglades Inlet



Tucked away in Fort Lauderdale’s exclusive Harbor Beach neighborhood, along the Port Everglades Inlet, sits Everglades House, an 18-story condominium built in 1965. Because of its amazing location, residents here can enjoy sweeping ocean views, as well as impressive views of Port Everglades – one of the busiest cruise ship ports in the world.

Great emphasis was put on the placement of the building and the location of each apartment suite within the building. Interiors were designed to extend from front to back to ensure that all residences command a panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean, the inlet to the Southeast, and the city lights to the Northwest.  The unique semi-circle design also captures the Southeast trade breezes and the open walkways on the west side allow the breeze to flow through the units.

A 2-story lobby was built with a grand circular staircase leading to the 2nd floor recreation lounge and fitness center.  Additional outside resort-style amenities include a beautiful new deck with heated pool, BBQ area, sauna/spa, and shuffleboard, all amidst beautiful tropical landscaping with waterfalls.  Residents are also offered assigned covered parking, 24-hr security, and privileges to the private beach located along the Harbor Beach peninsula.

The 160 residences in the building are comprised of 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom units. Though some still maintain some original, vintage qualities, many have been updated over the years with the aesthetic upgrades buyers are accustomed to finding among oceanfront buildings in Fort Lauderdale.

For more information on the Everglades House and other superb Fort Lauderdale Condos, contact the Gayle Borden Group at 954-525-3355.  Gayle Borden is a leading expert on Fort Lauderdale Real Estate, and is available to assist with all of your real estate needs.


Posted at 9:38:15 AM
Monday, April 07, 2014
Things to Do This Week in Fort Lauderdale (Apr 7 to Apr 13)

Wonderful performances abound this week in Fort Lauderdale!  From the Broward Center to the Parker Playhouse to the sands of Fort Lauderdale Beach; whether your interests lie in the theater, classic opera, country, pop, or rock, there is so much to do, see, and hear! 

Check out a few of our suggestions…

On April 10, experience Florida Grand Opera’s performance of Tosca, Puccini’s poignant opera featuring star-crossed lovers, a sadistic villain and suicide. Set in Rome during the Napoleonic period, the tragic tale of Tosca’s love for the painter Cavaradossi and their implication in revolutionary activities through the machinations of the wicked police chief Scarpia features some of opera’s most tender arias. Listen for “Recondita Armonia,” “Vissi D’Arte” and “E Lucevan le Stele.” The stunning production at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW 5th Ave) will be performed in its original Italian with projected English subtitles, and accompanied by a live orchestra.  The show begins at 7:30, with tickets starting at just $21.

April 11-12, The Parker Playhouse (707 NE 8th Street) is hosting performances of C.S. Lewis' brilliant novel The Screwtape Letters, a story revealing spiritual warfare from a demon's point of view. A sold-out hit in New York, Chicago, Boston, Dallas and Washington, D.C., this funny, provocative, and wickedly witty theatrical adaptation, directed by Max McLean, will change the way you think about how demons influence your everyday life. The performance includes after-show talkback about the play with director Max McLean. The performance is appropriate for ages 13 and up.  Admission prices range from $29-$69 and showtimes vary.

Back by popular demand, Rock the Ocean's Tortuga Music Festival returns to Fort Lauderdale Beach on April 12-13, with headliners Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Train, Sheryl Crow, Ziggy Marley, and others performing in this three-stage lineup of country, pop, rock, reggae, funk and folk artists. The sands of Fort Lauderdale Beach will be turned into oceanfront festival grounds for the 2nd annual Oceanside event, making the Tortuga Festival a music and ocean lover's paradise. Fans will enjoy music performances with the sun and stars above, an ocean breeze in the air, and sand beneath their feet. Local culinary fair, sustainable seafood as well as traditional festival favorites will be served.  A 2-day pass for all of the music is $165 and the party starts at 11:00am both days.

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 for information on Fort Lauderdale Real Estate - visit us at www.gayleborden.com or contact The Gayle Borden Group at 954.525.3355.


Posted at 9:48:10 AM
Thursday, April 03, 2014
Las Olas Beach Club – Luxury Oceanfront Living

In the heart of Fort Lauderdale’s famous Las Olas Beach area stands a stunning 29-story luxury condo known as the Las Olas Beach Club.  Directly across the street from Fort Lauderdale Beach, this condo’s enviable location is matched only by its high end finishes and luxury amenities.

Built in 2007 by the Related Group, the beachside highrise is often considered one of Fort Lauderdale’s finest residences, offering glamour, excitement, and pure luxury to its residents.  With interiors by the renowned design firm of Yabu-Pushelberg, the Las Olas Beach Club features an Art Deco design tinged with a uniquely contemporary flair dubbed “Neo Deco”.  The 148 impressive and spacious residences range in size from 1900 sq ft up to 5700 sq ft each offering stunning water views of the Intracoastal and Atlantic Ocean.

All units feature private elevators and entry foyers, beautiful gourmet kitchens with granite counters, high end appliances from Miele and Sub-Zero, floor-to-ceiling windows, and large balconies from which to enjoy those views.  Building amenities include an infinity-edge heated pool with spa, fitness center with sauna/steam room, 2 social rooms for gatherings, valet and garage parking, concierge, and full-time security.

With a location that’s second to none, amenities for every interest, and some of the most awe inspiring views around, the Las Olas Beach Club offers one of the best experiences in a city famous for its world class beaches, comfortable living, and diverse cultural opportunities.  Experience the next level of condo living in this spectacular residence overlooking the majestic waters of the Atlantic.

For more information on Las Olas Beach Club and other luxury Fort Lauderdale Condos, contact the Gayle Borden Group at 954-525-3355.  Gayle Borden is a leading expert on Fort Lauderdale Real Estate, and is available to assist with all of your real estate needs.


Posted at 10:04:25 AM
Monday, March 31, 2014
Things to Do This Week in Fort Lauderdale (Mar 31 to Apr 6)

Looking for something fun to do this weekend“  While you can always hit the beach to enjoy the wonderful Fort Lauderdale sun and sand, here are a few other choices, as well!

The country's premier figure skating production, "Stars on Ice", is proud to announce that this year's US figure skating champions, and top Olympic medal contenders at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi will headline this year's nationwide tour. Bringing the spirit and passion of the U.S. Olympic Figure Skating team back to home ice, this year's highly anticipated "Stars on Ice" production arrives at the BB&T Center (1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise) on April 5 at 7:30.  Tickets are $25.  If you love figure skating, this show is not ot be missed!

On April 5, St. Clement Church in Wilton Manors (225 NW 29 Avenue) will be hosting a “Spring Festival Eggstravaganza”, where thousands of Easter eggs filled with goodies will be scattered across the fields, ready to end up in the hands of hundreds of children. This free event, from 10:00am to 6:00pm, is for all kids newborn to 5th grade, and includes bounce houses, a concession stand, arts and crafts, live entertainment, face painting and pony rides.  Have your cameras ready, Peter Cottontail will hop on over and be available for pictures!

The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) invites the South Florida community to participate on April 5 in the nation’s largest event dedicated to finding cures for digestive diseases. The “Take Steps” walk is one of 150 such events that are taking place nationwide to support the more than 1.4 million Americans (among them 94,000 Floridians) that are affected by Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Supporters are encouraged to create a team and help change the lives of the thousands of people affected locally. In addition to the Walk festivities, there will be free food, drinks, musical entertainment and kid’s zone featuring bounce houses and fun for the entire family. Registration is at 9am, followed by the 10:30am start for the Walk which will begin at Huizenga Plaza (1 East Las Olas Blvd) in downtown Fort Lauderdale.  Any registered walker who raises a minimum of $500 will be entered to win a $1,000 Target shopping spree.

Also on April 5, The Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale will be hosting it's 3rd Annual New River Raft Race at Esplanade Park from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. The race will start and finish on the river in front of this beautiful park adjacent to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. This year's theme is “Pirates of the River”, so rafts and crews will be decked out for the festivities in their finest pirate garb.  Rafts are judged on a number of criteria including best finish, best design, most spirited and most pirate-like crew, among others. The fleet will paddle and splash on the river to compete for prizes awarded at the party in the park immediately following the race.  Participants and spectators alike can enjoy food & drink, musical entertainment, crafts, and a kid’s area with bounce house and face painting.  Racers can build their own rafts or purchase them pre-built from the sponsors at The Rotary Club.  All Proceeds benefit Rotary’s 1090 Foundation that provides college scholarships for local students, international humanitarian aid and infrastructure projects.

Any great activities that we missed“  Let us know what you're up to!  And be sure to check in with us each week as we continue to share the many events Fort Lauderdale has to offer.  Of course, to learn more about our great city - or for information on Fort Lauderdale Real Estate - visit us at www.gayleborden.com or contact The Gayle Borden Group at 954.525.3355.


Posted at 10:02:16 AM
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Coral Heights – Suburban Feel in the Middle of the City

Coral Heights is a small area of Fort Lauderdale north of Oakland Park Blvd, between Federal Highway to the east and Dixie Highway on the west.  Though technically within the boundaries of the city of Oakland Park, many simply consider Coral Heights to be another great “East Fort Lauderdale” neighborhood; located within close proximity to great schools, shopping and dining, and only ten minutes to beautiful Fort Lauderdale beach.

Homes throughout Coral Heights can be found along the shores of 2 large lakes offering beautiful wide water vistas, several canals with fixed bridges, or on dry lots along quiet residential streets.  Neighborhood demographics are typical of most East Fort Lauderdale locales, with a wide variety of young families, adult couples, singles and empty nesters, along with some second homeowners.  The typical home in Coral Heights is often ranch-style, 2-3 bedrooms with about 1300 to 2000 square feet, with 1-2 car garage or carport attached, and very often a pool in the backyard.  It is not uncommon to drive through the neighborhood and see newer roofs and windows, fantastic landscaping, and an obvious sense of pride in ownership. Located in the heart of Coral Heights are the Villas of Coral Heights Townhomes. With less than seventy 3-story townhomes situated on just over 4 lush acres, the Villas are a popular location, boasting amenities and features often reserved for high end luxury condos, with a much more affordable price tag.

One great advantage of living in Coral Heights is its enviable location, close to many conveniences and amenities.  Bordering the neighborhood on the east is Federal Highway (US1) with its many retail stores and restaurants.  Less than 10 minutes to the east is the beautiful Coral Ridge Country Club with its classically-designed Robert Trent Jones, Jr. golf course.  Just a little further beyond and across the Intracoastal is world-famous Fort Lauderdale Beach.  To the southeast, you can find Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, and the Galleria Mall with its upscale shopping and dining, and bustling Pompano Beach is just to the north.

Coral Heights truly embodies everything great about Fort Lauderdale living, with its suburban feel right in the middle of the city, and easy access to many conveniences.  For more information on this and other fine Fort Lauderdale communities, contact Leading Fort Lauderdale Real Estate expert Gayle Borden at 954.525.3355.


Posted at 12:31:21 PM

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